Plants That Stay Green in Winter

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Plants That Stay Green in Winter
Evergreen plants stay green in the winter. (evergreen image by FFprod66 from

Although most plants, trees and flowers are dormant during the winter months, there are plants that retain their lively green colour during the winter season. If you want to create a garden that is alive all year long, despite the cold, there are plants, trees and flowers that you can plant to create this effect.

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A number of evergreen trees will continue to flourish throughout the winter. Juniper trees, spruce trees and other types of evergreen trees can be purchased in a variety of different sizes to accommodate both small and large garden spaces. Evergreen tree varieties come in other colours in addition to green, making it possible for a garden to be filled with colourful trees that are filled with leaves all throughout the year.


A popular shrub for individuals looking to add colour to their garden is dogwood. Several dogwood varieties actually experience colour changes in their branches, allowing them to become gold or red during the winter months. Hellebore is another plant variety that is evergreen, offering both bright green leaves and flowers during the winter season. A number of other plants offer colour during the winter season, though it is more likely for them to be blue, red or gold rather than green. They will still lose their leaves, but the colours underneath are allowed to really show.


There are a number of perennial flowers that are evergreen. Examples of flowers that will continue to bloom in the winter include heuchera, candytuft, several types of lavender, hellebore, Christmas rose, Oriental poppies, perennial geraniums and pink ruffles. Heuchera maintains silver and purple flowers throughout the winter months. Lavender is an all-season plant, because the leaves stay green throughout the year and smell just like the flowers. Both Lavandula angustifolia "Hidcote" and L. "Munstead" are solid choices.

Grasses and Ground Covers

Some ornamental grasses are designed to maintain greenness or to turn an interesting colour when it gets cold outside. Some turn buff coloured, whereas others become rose or even silver. The Feather Reed Grass is a solid choice that has won awards on behalf of the Perennial Plant Association. Another popular plant is known as stinking iris, because it maintains greenness and features bright red seed heads during the fall and winter months.

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