9 winter garden plants | Gardening On

There are many outdoor plants that survive the winter.

During winter many plants come to rest, making the garden seem asleep, as if someone had hit an imaginary pause button. Every day they seem the same, since they remain practically unchanged throughout the season. The only visible changes are those shown by the weather: sometimes there is snow, other times ice, sometimes it rains or it is windy. But this situation may be something different.

If we plant evergreen outdoor plants in our winter garden, we will be able to continue contemplating the natural beauty of our favorite corners. And that’s not to mention that these will allow us to take magnificent photographs during all these weeks, regardless of whether the snow falls or the wind blows.

What are the most recommended plants? Well, some of the ones we recommend here are the following:

  • Holly (Holly aquifolium)
  • Astilbe (Astilbe sp.)
  • Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster horizontalis)
  • Dicksonia (Antarctic Balantium)
  • Durillo (A little viburnum)
  • Snow eucalyptus (Eucalyptus pauciflora)
  • Raised palm (Trachycarpus fortunei)
  • Star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)
  • Christmas rose (Helleborus niger)


Holly can be potted

Holly can be kept in a pot

El holly is a tree, sometimes a large, evergreen shrub that can grow between 6 and 15 meters in height. It has a straight trunk and a pyramidal bearing, as well as a highly branched crown from which numerous oval leaves sprout. It bears fruit in autumn-winter.

Supports up to -20ºC.


Astilbe is a very rustic rhizomatous plant

The astilbe is a very rustic rhizomatous plant

El astilba It is a robust perennial that is cultivated both for its size and, above all, for its striking feathery flowers. Depending on the variety, It can measure up to 1 meter or a meter and a half in heightand in spring it produces its flowers, which are red, pink or lilac.

To grow it needs partial shade, but in very cold climates it is grown in full sun. It easily withstands frosts down to -18ºC.


Cotoneaster is an evergreen shrubThe cotoneaster is an evergreen shrub.

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El cotoneaster it is an evergreen shrub that grows reaches the meter in height approximately. Its leaves are about one centimeter long, and are green in color. Its fruits are red berries with a high ornamental value.

It is an interesting plant for temperate and cold climates, as it resists frosts down to -20ºC.


Dicksonia is a tree fern that withstands the coldThe dicksonia is a tree fern that supports the cold

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La dicksonia is a tree fern that reaches 15 meters in height. Its leaves, called fronds, are perennial, with a length of between 2 and 6 meters. The growth rate is very slow, but it is a plant that can be used to decorate gardens and terraces since its youth.

It must be in shade or semi-shade, because if the sun hits it directly it will “burn” it. If the specimen is adult and acclimatized, it is capable of withstanding up to -10ºC according to some English portals such as Foliosa, from the United Kingdom, but we advise protecting it if it drops below -4ºC.


Durillo is an evergreen shrub that is highly resistant to frostThe durillo is an evergreen shrub that is very resistant to frost.

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El Laurustinus is an evergreen shrub that also it can be had as a tree of up to 7 meters since it tolerates pruning quite well. Its leaves are ovate-elliptical, bright green on the upper surface and lighter on the underside. In spring it produces white flowers grouped in inflorescences that attract various beneficial insects, such as bees.

It resists frosts down to -12ºC.

Snow eucalyptus

The snow eucalyptus, or the snow eucalyptus as it is also known, is an evergreen tree that, depending on the harshness of the climate in which it lives, can grow up to 5 metersor exceed 7 meters. The leaves in the adult specimens are lanceolate, but when young they tend to be a little ovate.

It is a highly recommended plant for those areas where temperatures can drop a lot, since it supports up to -23ºC.

Raised palm

The raised palm is a palm tree that resists the cold winterThe raised palm is a palm tree that resists the cold winter

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El raised palm, also known as palmera excelsa, is one of the palm tree species that is most resistant to cold winter. Develops a single trunk up to 12 meters high by about 30 centimeters thick, from which palmate leaves sprout 75 centimeters wide by 50 centimeters long.

It grows in places exposed to the sun, and can survive up to -20ºC if there are occasional frosts.

Star jasmine

The Trachelospermum jasminioides is a winter garden plant that produces white flowersThe Trachelospermum jasminioides is a winter garden plant that produces white flowers

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It is also called milk jasmine or helix jasmine, and is an evergreen climbing shrub that can measure up to 10 meters high if it has support, or grow as a rounded bush about 7 meters high. Its leaves are simple and oval-lanceolate, of a glossy dark green color. In spring it produces white and highly perfumed flowers, similar to those of the true jasmine (Jasminum).

However, the similarities end there, since star jasmine is a plant that resists cold much better: up to -12ºC

Christmas rose

Helleborus is an outdoor plant that resists winterThe helleborus is an outdoor plant that resists winter

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The Christmas rose or hellebore, It is a perennial plant that grows as a creeper, reaching about 0,50 meters. The leaves are palmate and dark green. During the winter it produces large white, pink, or red flowers depending on the variety. Also, it is important to add that it is toxic if ingested.

It grows in semi-shade, so it is recommended to have it a little protected from the star king. Supports up to -10ºC.

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