A lot of varieties of Mahonia are evergreen, retaining their foliage all year round. They produce bright yellow flowers that attract pollinators – providing an essential food source for the likes of bees during a time when food is scarce. These are perfect for brightening the garden as well as taking care of the wildlife in it during winter.
Hellebores are the ultimate all-rounder for a winter garden; they’re cold-tolerant, shade tolerant, low maintenance and because they’re perennials, come back year after year. They also continue to bloom into the early spring, so if you’re already planning ahead to next season, consider adding these to the garden to help the transition from winter to spring.
6. Winter Heathers
Winter Heathers, or ‘Erica’ and ‘Calluna’, are known for the colourful, bell-shaped flowers they produce during winter. Ranging from shades of white, pink, red, purple and gold, these flowers are not one to miss when planning your winter garden. Not only are they drought-tolerant, but they can withstand extremely wet weather too and are unlikely to suffer from root rot.
Finally, we have the beautiful Snowdrops – a true picture of winter. Despite their dainty appearance, these plants are exceptionally cold-hardy and are able to withstand harsh conditions outside. Snowdrops also act as a transitional plant between winter and spring, with their early blooms helping to bridge the gap before other dormant plants bloom.