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A new year already!  Well, it’s not just a time for planning and making resolutions but it’s also a time for getting outside and enjoying the garden. There are winter beauties to marvel at and make you smile with plenty of plants this January to choose from for your garden.

Here are ten of the best plants for January:

1. Coronilla valentina subsp. glauca (coronilla) ‘Citrina’

First up is a pretty, undemanding evergreen shrub that brightens up the garden during a time when not much else is doing its thing. Not only does it have pretty yellow flowers, but they’re scented too! Grown in a sheltered spot and given the right type of soil, it should do well for many years.

  • Flowers winter to spring
  • Hardy throughout most of the UK
  • Grows to 90cm tall and 90cm wide
  • Well-drained or moist but well-drained soil
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
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2. Helleborus niger (Christmas rose)

Once you’ve bought one Christmas rose, the chances are you’ll want more because their flower colour ranges from pure white to deepest darkest purple. Some flowers can be found with freckled markings, others with double petals so there’s always plenty of choice.

  • Flowers winter to spring
  • Fully hardy
  • Grows to 50cm tall and 50cm wide
  • Moist but well-drained soil
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
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3. Cotoneaster franchetii (Franchet’s cotoneaster)

Next is a charming evergreen shrub with graceful arching branches and silver-white backed leaves. At this time of year, the plant is covered in long lasting orange berries. It’s also fast growing and easy to keep in check by pruning and can easily be clipped into neat, rounded shapes.

Also, it’s a great shrub for wildlife; bees adore its small flowers and birds love the berries. A lovely addition to any garden whatever the time of year.

  • Flowers in spring and summer, but foliage interest all year round & berries in autumn and winter
  • Fully hardy
  • Grows to 4m tall and 4m wide
  • Well-drained or moist, but well-drained
  • Full sun or partial shade
  • Sheltered or exposed
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4. Galanthus nivalis (snowdrop)

How can you resist such dainty looking but tough flowering bulbs? On the face of it they all look the same. However, once you start looking carefully you can find many subtle differences in flower markings and those differences can work out to be very expensive. For example, there have been single bulbs of the more unusual varieties selling for £50 or more and, in an extreme case, £725 was paid for just one bulb!

Fortunately, the humble snowdrop can be bought in bulk for a fraction of those prices. Either ’in the green’ which means in full leaf around March/April time, or as bulbs during the summer months. These will delight you for years to come as they naturalise and increase from year to year.

  • Flowers winter
  • Hardy
  • Grows to 15cm tall and 20cm wide
  • Moist but well-drained or well-drained
  • Partial shade
  • Exposed or sheltered
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5. Acer griseum (paperbark maple)

This medium size tree is a gardeners’ winter delight. The coppery, cinnamon coloured bark peels naturally but remains hanging off the trunk in a delightful fashion. As well as an airy branch structure and stunning fiery red autumn leaf colour.

It also has a remarkable tolerance to growing in a wide range of soil types. Without a doubt it’s a great one to consider for the winter garden.

  • Foliage/stem interest all year round
  • Hardy
  • Grows to 12m tall and 8m wide
  • Well-drained or moist but well-drained
  • Full sun or part shade
  • Sheltered
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6. Carex testacea (orange New Zealand sedge)

This is an undemanding, evergreen, tufted perennial plant that looks like a grass. It has winter and summer interest because its new growth leaves are vivid green tinted brilliant bright orange.

From autumn onwards, these turn to a darker burnt orange. Brown flower spikes are produced during the summer months and its compact growth makes it an ideal plant for any garden.

  • Evergreen interest all year round
  • Hardy
  • Grows to 40cm tall and 60cm wide
  • Moist but well-drained or well-drained soil
  • Full sun or partial shade
  • Sheltered
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7. Chimonanthus praecox (wintersweet)

This hardy shrub is not at all showy but the scent that comes from it during winter months is utterly wonderful. Place it at the back of a border and grow a medium size clematis through it for interest at other times of the year.

  • Flowers winter to spring
  • Hardy
  • Grows to 2.5m tall and 2m wide
  • Well-drained or moist, but well-drained
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
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8. Adiantum venustum (evergreen maidenhair)

Ferns are undemanding beautiful plants that are great for softening edges of partly shaded walkways and plant borders. Evergreen and semi-evergreen are particularly useful as they have a year-round presence and are generally easy to maintain. This fern turns an attractive orange-bronze colour in autumn and winter.

  • Evergreen foliage for year-round interest
  • Fully hardy
  • Grows to 1.2m tall and 1m wide
  • Moist, but well-drained soil
  • Full shade or partial shade
  • Exposed or sheltered
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9. Brachyglottis ‘Sunshine’

Evergreen shrubs really help keep the winter garden looking interesting. Silver leaf ones like this hardy Brachyglottis really lighten up the space on those dullest of dark days. It has a loose habit and jolly yellow flowers in the summer months.

  • Flowers summer to autumn, but evergreen foliage for year-round interest
  • Hardy through most of the UK
  • Grows to 1.5cm tall and 1.5m wide
  • Well-drained or moist but well-drained
  • Full sun or partial shade
  • Exposed or sheltered
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10. Aucuba japonica (variegated Japanese laurel) ‘Variegata’

This is another versatile evergreen shrub that can fit into almost any part of the garden. It has gold speckled leaves and grows well in most soil types and it can be pruned as a hedge or left to grow as a specimen shrub.

  • Evergreen foliage and berries in autumn
  • Hardy
  • Grows to 2.5m tall and wide
  • Well-drained or moist but well-drained
  • Full shade or partial shade
  • Exposed or sheltered
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All that’s left to do is pick your plants to give your January garden some cheer and get your new year off to a flying start.

For more inspiration of winter structure, read this:

Or check out my Pinterest board for more ideas:

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