Perennials and Grasses for Winter Interest

Evergreen and winter-flowering perennials are an important ingredient in the winter garden offering welcome splashes of colour and interest.

Popular choices include:

  • Bergenia – offer pink, purple or white flowers from January to April as well as round, leathery leaves that develop red and bronze tints.
  • Helleborus niger – offer white flowers from December to March.
  • Iris unguicularis – violet-blue flowers from October to March.

grassMany ornamental grasses die back in winter, but their foliage remains, offering beautiful structure and form, especially when edged with frost.

A few evergreen grasses offer additional winter interest, including Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’ and black lilyturf (Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’).

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