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5 Vibrant Winter Plants to Grow This Season

Winter is a time for family gatherings and celebrations of the season. However, despite the parties and dinners that make the season feel merry and bright, our yards can look a little bleak under a blanket of snow.

Keep reading to learn more about 5 plants you can grow to give your yard a little pop of color this winter.


Holly is a hardy winter plant with brightly colored berries. The plant is hardy to zones 5 and 6 which makes it the perfect plant for winter in Kentucky. The traditional Christmas holly features white flowers and red berries, but different variations can sport pink, white, orange, yellow, or blue berries.

Tips for growing: Holly plants bloom after 2-3 years, but berries take longer to appear. You’ll have to be a little patient for this plant.

Blue Spruce

The blue spruce is a more colorful take on a winter favorite—the evergreen. Blue spruces get their names from the blue tint to their needles and are hardy to zones 2-7, meaning they can grow throughout many of the climates of the United States.

Tips for growing: Be cautious using insecticides on this tree—the chemicals can strip the plant of the needle coating that gives it its color.


The plant’s purple flowers and fragrant smell make it a great winter alternative to lavender. The plant is hardy to zones 3-8 and is able to handle partial sun, poor soil conditions, and even drought.

Tips for growing: Once your catmint is established, it can be drought tolerant. However, you’ll want to make sure your plant is well-watered for its first year.


Primrose is a hardy plant grown in zones 3-8. These plants have small, colorful flowers and prefer to be lightly shaded.

Tips for growing: Primrose has shallow roots that need protection to retain their moisture in winter. Lay mulch down to insulate the roots and keep your plants healthy.

Lily of the Valley

The lily of the valley looks beautiful and can put up with a lot. It tolerates partial shade which makes it a great match for long winters with cloud cover, and it has a toxin that protects it from being eaten by deer and other animals.

Tips for growing: Depending on how much water your plants get, lily of the valley can adapt to full sun or full shade with relative ease.


Whether you want to add a pathway, water feature, or are just interested in adding a pop of color to your winter landscape, contact the professional landscapers at River’s Edge Lawn and Landscape to learn how we can help you add a little excitement to your yard this season. Our team is available online or by phone at(270) 232-2022.

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