Stuart Price
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The winter is a time of year when many of us are looking for ways to bring some colour back into our lives. If you’re tired of the same old browns and greys, then this article has something for you! Here are 16 flowering shrubs that will make your winter more beautiful.

Korean Boxwood

Korean boxwoods offer dense evergreen foliage with an upright growth habit. These shrubs tolerate shade and have a lovely variegated leaf pattern that adds interest to any landscape setting. The flowers on these plants last only one day, but they bloom from late fall until early spring (November – March). This means that you’ll enjoy their beautiful flowers for most of the winter.

Winter Honeysuckle

This deciduous flowering shrub is native to Japan. It’s not cold hardy in all areas, so be sure to check your local zone before planting one in your garden. If you do have a winter honeysuckle plant in your landscape, then you’re in for a real treat. These plants bloom during the winter months, especially between January and February! Their fragrant flowers are pink or white with yellow centres. There are many different types of honeysuckle to choose from, so be sure to do some research before choosing one for your landscape.

Winter Daphne

Just about everyone loves daphne flowers. They’re gorgeous, and they often smell like grape bubblegum (at least to me). But did you know that there are many different flowering shrubs in the Daphne genus? Many of these plants flower during the winter months, making them an attractive choice for your landscape. The Winter Daphne (Daphne odora) is one of these.

Winter Jasmine

Did you know that jasmines don’t have to be grown as vines? Some varieties are shrubs, like this beautiful winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum). This deciduous plant is perfect in a landscape, and it also makes a great houseplant if you’re in colder climates. It’s less than 3 feet in height and width, but it can be pruned to any size or shape that you desire. The flowers on the winter jasmine last only one day, but they’re abundant and fragrant. These flowers bloom between November and February (in colder climates).

There are also variegated varieties of this jasmine, so be sure to do your research before planting one.

Blue Honeysuckle

Winter honeysuckles aren’t the only honeysuckles that can be used in landscapes. There are many different types of honeysuckles you can plant, the blue honeysuckle being one of them. This plant is a deciduous, multi-stemmed shrub that grows to a maximum height of about 20 feet tall and 15 feet wide.

Star Jasmine

The winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) isn’t the only jasmine that can be used in landscapes. You can also plant the star jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum). This is another deciduous shrub, as most of the other winter-flowering shrubs on this list. It’s native to China and Japan. It can reach a height of approximately 15 feet tall, so be sure to give it plenty of room for its roots if you plant one in your landscape.

Persian Ivy

Persian ivies are trendy plants that are used extensively as ground covers, especially with rock gardens. But did you know that there are also many varieties of Persian ivies that flower in the winter? This makes the plant an excellent option for your landscape since it offers year-round appeal! The flowers on these shrubs range in colour from white to pink and purple, depending on the variety you choose.

White Jasmine

The white jasmine plant is another variety of jasmine perfect for using as a flowering shrub in your landscape. Like the other winter-blooming jasmine sunlight, this plant has highly fragrant flowers, and it grows best if it gets plenty of. It can also tolerate growing conditions such as drought.

Spurge Laurel

The spurge laurel is another type of daphne that’s great for using as a flowering shrub in your landscape. This plant has highly fragrant flowers, like many of the other plants on this list. It also tolerates drought well, which makes it more versatile in the landscape.

Natchez Honeysuckle

The Natchez Honeysuckle is another type of honeysuckle that blooms in the winter months. This shrub thrives when planted under full shade, so it’s a good option for planting under trees. It also has small red berries that taste like much, but the Natchez Honeysuckle is still edible. According to Clemson University, all parts of this plant are edible, including the roots and flowers.

Japanese Andromeda

Japanese andromedas are another type of shrub that is commonly used in landscaping. They too have flowers that bloom in the winter, but they also produce berries later in the fall. These can range from purple to red or orange, depending on the variety you choose. Japanese Andromeda shrubs are tolerant of wet conditions, and they’re great for using near water gardens or ponds.

White Honeysuckle

You can also plant the White Honeysuckle, another variety of honeysuckle that’s perfect for landscaping. Like most other varieties on this list, it has highly fragrant flowers, and they bloom during the winter months. It’s conservative, so it spreads slowly, and it tolerates heat well. You can use this plant anywhere where the temperature doesn’t drop below 0 degrees F.

Winter Jessamine

Another variety of jasmine that you can plant is the winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum). This is also known as the winter jessamine. It has highly fragrant flowers, and it blooms in the winter.

Hypericum (St. John’s Wort)

St. John’s worts are another type of flowering shrub that blooms in the winter. These shrubs are perennials, but they do grow into nice-sized bushes that look great in landscaping. The flowers can vary in colour, depending on the type of St. John’s wort you have, but most have yellow or red blooms.

Winter Creeper

If you want a variety of daphne that will look great as a flowering shrub in your landscape, you must plant the wintercreeper (Daphne odora). This is another type of flowering daphne that’s great for landscaping. It has flowers in white, pink, or purple, and it blooms during the winter months.

Yellow Jasmine

Finally, you can plant the yellow jasmine as a flowering shrub in your landscape. This type of jasmine is also known as the winter jasmine or J. confertiflora ‘Winter Beauty.’ It’s highly fragrant, and its yellow blooms are a nice contrast to the snow.

Conclusion

The winter months can be cold and dreary, but they don’t have to be. With the proper landscaping, you can make your garden bloom even when it’s covered with snow! The 16 flowering shrubs on this list are great for adding some colour in the wintertime. Plus, many of them are tolerant of wet conditions or drought tolerance which is perfect if you live somewhere with a lot of rain during these colder months. Since these flowers will only last until springtime rolls around again, enjoy them while you still can!


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