Winter in the garden is not necessarily synonymous with dull colours. On the contrary, there are many shrubs that not only resist the cold but also bring a particularly appreciable touch of color once winter comes. And what could be more beautiful than a colorful garden under the snow?


  • 1) The sacred bamboo
  • 2) The Candy Shrub
  • 3) New Zealand flax
  • 4) Lavender
  • 5) The white dogwood
  • 6) Winter mimosa
  • 7) The laurel tin
  • 8) The Paper Bush
  • 9) Pretty Wood
  • 10) Camellia

1) The sacred bamboo

The sacred bamboo, from its scientific name Nandina domestica , has the particularity of having foliage that changes with the seasons. Thus, in winter, its leaves are a magnificent red-orange . You will also be able to appreciate its pretty red berries , which will persist from summer until the following spring, as well as its small white flowers.

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2) The Candy Shrub

The candy shrub, also called Callicarpa , takes its name from the purple fruits that characterize it and which look just like candies. But beware, its fruits are not edible , they are only decorative ! These appear in October and persist until December.

In addition, the golden hue of the foliage of Callicarpa is also a particularly appreciable decorative element in the garden.

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3) New Zealand flax

New Zealand Flax, also known as Phormium , is a shrub that can reach 1 to 3 meters in height . Its leaves evolve vertically, which gives it a very original appearance.

This shrub tolerates the maritime climate particularly well. It can therefore be planted by the sea. Note that to obtain purple foliage , it is necessary to opt for the “Maori Chief” variety of Phormium cookianum “.

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4) Lavender

The great thing about lavender , or Lavandula , is that it gives off its pleasant fragrance all year round. But it also has the advantage of offering a nice spectacle in winter, especially in the snow. Provided, however, that you prune it into a ball and let the grasses dry around the plant in the fall.

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5) The white dogwood

The white dogwood, or Cornus alba , is distinguished from other shrubs by the bright red color of its branches in winter . It then offers an astonishing spectacle. Note that it blooms in late spring and early summer, when the shrub develops pretty white flowers.

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6) Winter mimosa

The flowering period of the winter mimosa, also called Acacia dealbata , is from December to March. This large shrub, which reaches on average 10 meters in height, is then adorned with pretty yellow and fragrant flowers . Enough to illuminate and embalm your garden!

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7) The laurel tin

The laurel, from its scientific name Viburnum tinus , flowers throughout the winter, that is to say from November to April. Then appear pretty white and pink flowers that color the garden. In December, the fruits of this shrub come out in the form of small dark blue or silvery-black berries, which gives it a crazy charm.

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8) The Paper Bush

The paper bush, or Edgeworthia , is a shrub native to China and relatively unknown but which nevertheless benefits from a generous winter flowering. Thus, it gives birth to many small orange or yellow flowers , depending on the variety, and this in the heart of winter, from January to April.

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9) Pretty Wood

The pretty wood, also called “ Daphne ”, is a low shrub which has the particularity of displaying clusters of pink flowers in winter. Therefore, from January to March , it is not only pleasant to look at, but also gives off a very pleasant fragrance.

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10) Camellia

The camellia is a shrub which flowers, for certain varieties, from December to March and which produces sublime red or pink flowers finely chiseled. Very hardy, the camellia can sometimes withstand negative temperatures down to – 20°C.

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