The top 3 plants that flower in December for seasonal colour

Winter might not seem like the best time of year for blooms, but there are some hardy plants that flower in December.

Viburnum tinus ‘French White

viburnum-tinus flowers in winter december

This medium-sized evergreen shrub flowers from December to March and will brighten up any border during winter. It bears small white flowers that give off a gentle fragrance. They grow in clusters that look like splodges of snow against the deep green foliage.

Viburnum is tolerant of most conditions and is hardy down to temperatures of about -12C once established. The plant is also compact and will happily grow in a container.

Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’

clematis-cirrhosa-freckles early flowering over winter

This evergreen climber is tolerant of low temperatures in winter and frost hardy to about -5C. It is an early winter-flowering variety that produces large cream and pink speckled blooms appear from December to February.

Plant it in a sunny position in well-drained soil and keep the roots shaded to stop the plant from drying out. It happily grow up a wall or fence to a height of about 10ft with a wire or trellis support.

Mahonia japonica

mahonia a winter flowering plant with yellow flowers

This evergreen plant comes into its own in the winter garden. Mahonia is a tough, fully hardy shrub which will grow to about 6ft high and spread as much as 10ft.

It has large dark green leaves that make a striking backdrop for the heavily scented yellow flowers. They have a similar fragrance to lily-of-the-valley and last well in vases as cut flowers.



  1. Howard Lewis December 13, 2016 at 10:46 am - Reply

    Hello David

    My mahonia in my garden in Tenby is in full flower , when is the best time to prune.

    I hope your bees are well,, we met in a
    Bira conference when you said you were about to start keeping bees, my 6 hives have produced about .140 jars this year., I hope you have had a fair crop, this not being a very productive year
    Regards. Howard. Lewis. Bira. Bank. Chairma,

    • Elli December 13, 2016 at 1:35 pm - Reply

      Hi Howard, Mahonia usually lasts with little to no pruning, but if you feel it’s necessary, wait until after flowering, and around April time. Thanks – Elli

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