5 Colorful Shrubs for Winter

November 12, 2018

While many plants shine in spring, summer, or fall, these 5 colorful evergreen shrubs will hold their own throughout winter and every other season.

Scarletta Fetterbush (Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Zeblid’)– Scarlet-purple leaves pop out of this evergreen, shiny deep-green shrub in spring and has bronze-red fall coloring. In winter the foliage has tinges of bronze-red making this shrub stand out in the winter garden. The Scarletta Fetterbush does best in partial shade to filtered sun and needs regular watering and likes plenty of organic matter mixed in to the soil. It was get to be about 1’6″-2′ tall and 3-4′ wide.

Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Zeblid''

Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Zeblid”

Flaming Silver Pieris (Pieris japonica ‘Flaming Silver’)– The bright red new growth and fragrant white flowers are vibrant in spring, but the silvery edged foliage hangs on throughout the year. This bright plant is sure to add some much needed color throughout the year. You’ll want to place this in partial sun and water regularly especially in times of intense heat. It looks well-drained soil and to be placed out of harsh winds. The Flaming Silver Pieris will get to be about 3-5 tall and wide.

Pieris japonica 'Flaming Silver'

Pieris japonica ‘Flaming Silver’

Golden Mexican Mock Orange (Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’)– The golden chartreuse foliage provides year-round color in the garden. The orange blossom-like flowers have a sweet, citrusy scent in spring. It can handle partial to full sun but will need regular watering and well-draining soils to thrive. It will reach 5-6 feet tall and wide.

Choisya ternata 'Sundance' Photo Courtesy of Monrovia

Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’ Photo Courtesy of Monrovia

Goshiki Holly Olive (Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Goshiki’)– This highly variegated shrub has splatters of various shades of white, green, and pink on its foliage. Once mature, the flowers are also fragrant in fall. Smaller in size, this shrub gets to be 3-4 feet tall and wide. The Goshiki Holly Olive will do best in partial to full sun and moist, but well-drained soils.

Goshiki Holly Olive (Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Goshiki’) Photo Courtesy of Great Plant Pics

Goshiki Holly Olive (Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Goshiki’) Photo Courtesy of Great Plant Pics

Glossy Abelia (Abelia x grandiflora ‘Kaleidoscope’)– This compact shrub has quite a dynamic color transformation through the year. In early spring, tiny light-green leaves appear with bright yellow edges, maturing to have dark green centers and lime green edges. White flowers bloom in summer through fall which provide food for bees and butterflies. The growing season is finished beautifully as fall colors of red, orange, and yellow wash over this shrub. It can tolerate dry spells once established but prefers to be watered regularly. Glossy Abelia will do well in partial to full sun in well-drained, acidic soils. It gets to be 2- 2’6″ tall and 3- 3’6″ wide.

Kaleidoscope Abelia (Abelia grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope')

Kaleidoscope Abelia (Abelia grandiflora ‘Kaleidoscope’)

Which is your favorite winter shrub to add some color to your garden? Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear from you!

2 comments... (add a comment)

  1. Sally Hasselbrack

    I love your post, and your shrub choice is lovely. Please state the soil and sun conditions plus maximum size for these shrubs

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