Plants for Winter Color

Many garden plants — from tough shrubs to annual bedding plants — provide welcome color throughout the winter. Check out these favorite cold-weather beauties for some inspiration.

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purple violas provide color in winter months How To Grow Practically Everything ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2010

Pansy

Mature size: 8 inches tall, 10 inches wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun, partial sun, well-drained soil, moist soil. Hardiness: Pansies will flower all winter in USDA Zones 8 through 11.

ornamental cabbage provides color in winter months How To Grow Practically Everything ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2010

Ornamental cabbage (Brassica oleracea)

Mature size: 18 inches tall, 18 inches wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun, well-drained soil

emerald n gold provides color in winter months How To Grow Practically Everything ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2010

Winter creeper (Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald 'n' Gold')

Mature size: 24 inches tall, 36 inches wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun, well-drained soil, moist soil. Hardiness: Hardy to USDA Zone 5

asplenium provides color in winter months How To Grow Practically Everything ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2010

Hart's tongue fern (Asplenium scolopendrium)

Mature size: 20 inches tall, 24 inches wide. Ideal growing conditions: partial sun, well-drained soil, moist soil. Hardiness: Hardy in USDA Zones 5 to 9 but winter color is best in Zones 8 and 9

helictotrichon provides color in winter months How To Grow Practically Everything ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2010

Blue Oat Grass Helictotrichon sempervirens

Mature size: 4 1/2 feet tall, 24 inches wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun, well-drained soil. Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9

eva ivy provides color in winter months How To Grow Practically Everything ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2010

Ivy (Hedera helix) 'Eva'

Mature size: 4 feet tall, 12 inches wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun, partial sun, well-drained soil, moist soil. Hardiness: Hardy to USDA Zone 4

mexican orange blossom provides color in winter How To Grow Practically Everything ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2010

Mexican orange (Choisya ternata)

Mature size: 8 feet tall, 8 feet wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun, well-drained soil. Hardiness: USDA Zones 8 to 10

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Primula

Mature size: 6 inches tall, 8 inches wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun, partial sun, well-drained soil, moist soil. Hardiness: Many varieties are hardy to USDA Zone 5, but winter bloom is more common in Zone 8 and warmer.

silver dust provides color in winter months How To Grow Practically Everything ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2010

Dusty miller

Mature size: 12 inches tall, 12 inches wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun, well-drained soil. Hardiness: Although the plant is hardy to USDA Zone 3, it can't be counted on for winter color except in Zone 8 and warmer.

Checkerberry has Bright Red Berries in Winter Containers for Patios ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2007

Checkerberry, or Gaultheria

Mature size: 6 inches tall, 3 feet wide. Ideal growing conditions: partial sun, moist soil. Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 8

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