Which Plants Grow In Winter?

During the bitterly cold winter months, it can be hard to keep on top of your garden maintenance, especially as the vast majority of plants/flowers cannot withstand such conditions. For those looking to bring a bit of life back to their garden during this time, here are some of our picks for the best plants to grow in winter:

lily of the valley


Lily of The Valley

With its gentle, elegant appearance, the lily of the valley is actually quite deceiving. They are much more durable than they look, allowing them to withstand some rough cold conditions. They can survive even when planted in areas that have a restricted amount of sunlight, in addition to this, they have a poisonous nature that makes them resistant to attacks from deer and other animals.




Winterberries are one of the plants that are most commonly associated with the winter, not just because of their name. They are in fact regularly used for winter decor, a soothing red in colour, winterberries add an amazing touch of colour to your garden.

They can be planted in the autumn in order to prosper over the winter months. Please keep in mind that they must be kept in a patch of the garden that has a lot of sun, they also like to be kept in moist soil.

primrose flowers



The shallow roots of the primrose allow them to retain their moisture throughout the winter. Ideally, the primrose should be kept in light shade and is perfect for those looking to add a touch of elegance to their garden.

One of the main threats to primrose plants are snails and slugs, however, they can easily be kept at bay through the use of non-toxic slug bait.




The vibrant flowers, pansies, can survive at low temperatures, although we do advise covering them in mulch or pine straw in order to protect them from a build-up of frost. If you are looking for your pansies to flower at the start of spring, there is no harm in planting them towards the end of winter.

Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis)


Snowdrops actually thrive off the winter period and are typically the first bulbs of the year to flower. This delicate-looking flower comes in a variety of ranges including single and double-flowered versions.

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Coneflower (Echinacea)

Do keep in mind that the coneflower will naturally lose its vibrant purple colour as the temperatures drop over the winter. However, they will come back stronger than ever in the spring when cared for properly over the winter. This sunlight-loving plant will thrive when planted in areas that have full access to sunlight, so do ensure to trim any dead stems/leaves too.

Additional Winter-Flowering Plants

  • Catmint
  • Coral Bells (Heuchera)
  • Winter jasmine
  • Blue Spruce
  • Quince

Contact Our Landscaping Specialists

If you would like to learn more about the best plants to grow during the winter or interesting in any of our garden planting services, feel free to contact our friendly team today on 01933 652 786.