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Garden Plants in Flower January | Flowers Colour Shrubs Perennials Bulbs 

January is one of the most inhospitable months of the year. Rarely are two successive January's the same, so it is difficult to list which plants are going to flower. But flower isn't the only criteria for colour interest in the garden - especially for the winter months. Foliage and bark are two other aspects to plant interest for consideration.

This - the first of our - Plants in Colour' pages, should be a good collection of colourful plants to brighten up our days as we move towards the spring season. I have been amazed when venturing out in all types of January weather to see the wide array of colour that sometimes has to be 'found' but often hits you full frontal when you walk into a January garden. Even more amazing is the fact that some plants which flower this month, seem so fragile and tender.

We are hoping to get input from you the gardeners - as to what you find in flower in any given day of the month - not only January either! 

Please contact us with names of plants that you see in flower in your own garden or out and about. WE NEED YOUR HELP

Viburnum x bodnantenseEranthis - yellow Winter Aconite flowersLonicera prpursiiCyclamen coumHamamelis Orange PeelGalanthus - snowdrops

We need to know about SHRUBS...
Chimonanthus praecox |  Cornus mas | Coronilla |  Daphne spp | Erica carnea and others | Mahonias | Hamamelis |  Skimmias | Viburnums | Edgeworthia | Camellias | Clematis cirrhosa etc | Winter Lonicera - shrubby types | Acacia | Abeliophyllum | Chimonanthus | Corylus | Rhododendrons | Azaleas | Sarcococca | Ulex - Gorse |and many many more.....

We need to know about PERENNIALS incl BULBS...

Eranthis - Winter Aconite | Trillium sessile types | Pulsatilla | Hellebores | Bergenia | Galanthus - snowdrops | Euphorbia | Epimedium |


This is just a sample from January past. Help us update it with January present!

Gayya elliptica

  • Garrya elliptica - The Silk Tassel Bush, so-named because of its pendant grey green tassels in mid winter. Ideal wall shrub. A good start to January flowering plants. It will certainly go through to the end of January - and probably beyond.

camellia in flower 1st January

  • Camellias assorted - January is normally the start of Camellia flowering, though some will have delighted in December


Viburnum davidii berries

  • Viburnum davidii berries. This shrub has many uses, and the evergreen foliage is distinctive enough to be of interest throughout the year.


  • Edgeworthia chrysantha - The 'Paper Bush' There are golden yellow (E. chrysantha) and red flowered types Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Red Dragon'. The image shows the buds before full opening of the flowers.

Lonicera fragrantissima - Winter honeysuckleLonicera fragrantissima - Winter flowering honeysuckle

Vinca minor Alba

  • 2nd Vinca minor 'Alba' - This I would normally describe as a spring/summer flowering plant, but it was happy to put on a flower show on a bitterly cold January 2nd.

Iris foetidissima Seedheads Iris foetidissima - Seedpod

Berries of Euonymus  japonica

  • 3rd Euonymus japonicus - berries - Evergreen Shrub used as seaside screen planting or as hedge. Rarely sets seed, which is how it found itself on this page.

Witch Hazel Jelena - copper flowers

  • 4th Hamamelis x intermedia 'Diane - A stunning red flowered Witch Hazel that is happy to flower mid-winter come what may! There will be many of these to see in January.

Masses of Witch Hazel flowers

  • 5th Hamamelis 'Pallida' - A slightly more upright growing form of this yellow-flowering winter shrub.

Euphorbia foliage - attractive with no flowers

Jasminum nudiflorum

  • 7th Jasminum nudiflorum - The Winter Flowering Jasmine. Golden flowers arching over whatever the January weather!

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena'

Christmas Rose - Helleborus niger

  • Helleborus niger - the Christmas Rose  -

Cyclamen coum Hybrids

  • 8th Cyclamen coum hybrids - This is the hardy Cyclamen that flower at the same time as having foliage, unlike its cousin - Cyclamen hederifolia - which flowers in autumn - before the foliage emerges.

Helleborus foetidissima flowers light yellow

  • 9th Helleborus foetidus In spite of its name, this is quite a useful perennial - especially for this time of the year

Prunus subhirtella Autumnalis

Winter Aconite - Erathis hyemalis

Masses of orange and red twigs on Cornus Midwinter Fire

Clusters of verries on Skimmia reevesianum

Berry cluster of Cotoneaster lacteus

A single flower of Rhododendrom macronulatum

  • 14th Rhododendron macronulatam - This is a stunning - yet small flowered - Rhododendron, photographed here after a very frosty morning in January.

Hamamellis x intermedia Nymans

  • 15th This image Hamamelis x intermedia Nymans
  • Hamamelis The Witch Hazels are in a class of their own when it comes to winter flowering plants.

Assorted Dead Grasses in January

  • 16th Dead Grasses Certainly did not run out of ideas by using this group. Most of the ornamental grasses are good for winter interest and colour.

Low growing Rosemary - Rosemarinus lavanduloides

Miscanthus sin. 'Kaskade' putting on a great show of drooping seedheads.
Hamamelis everywhere I look - all looking good on January 17

Lime green stems of Cornus stolonifera Flaviramea

The best red Dogwood - Cpornus sibirica

White stems of Rubus cockburnianus

Sloughing bark on Acer griseum

  • 21st Acer griseum It is not only flowers that appeal during this month. The bark on the Maple always a good feature

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Vesna'

Orange Charmer Firethorn berries

  • 22nd Pyracantha Orange Charmer. Many different types with a wide range of berries. Evergreen at that.

Daphne bholua Full of sweet scented pink mauve flowers. getting a lot of attention and'sniffers.
Catkins galore on an Alder tree - Alnus cordata
Lonicera fragrantissima very full of itself with masses of white flowers.
Helleborus sternii 'Boughton Beauty' just past its best, but still good for a late January offering.
Camellias aplenty - in such a wide range of colours. The C. williamsii are just starting to take over from C. sasanqua types.
Galanthus - snowdrops - are not going to be outdone by anything.
Sarcococca humilis 'Winter Beauty' - I believe - is absolutely stunning - and such a heady scent.
A nice group of Eranthis hyemalis are braving the weather and have much flower to come yet.

Variegated foliage of Rhododendron Molten Gold

A Rosmarinus is determined to make the January page - only a few flowers yet, but the blue flowers are welcome in January.

Hedera Goldheart - a favourite

Large lime green leaves of The Ivy Hedera dentata Aurea

Camellia japonica 'Noblissima'Camellia japonica 'Noblissima'
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Sunburst'

Clusters and drifts of snowdrops

Tight pink buds on winter flowering Viburnum

  • 27th Viburnum x bodnantense Charles Lamont - Even at this bud stage there were traces of the gorgeous scent to follow!

Garrya elliptica 'James Roof'Garrya elliptica 'James Roof' with 8-9in (20-22cm) long catkins.

Helleborus orientalis 'Burgundy'

Helleborus orientalis White

Camellia japonica joshua E YoutzCamellia japonica 'Joshua E Youtz'

Hebe Pink Elephant lives up to its name - but not in size!

29th Camellia sasanqua 'Jean May' Every space on this page could have been filled with the many different Camellias that flower through January - non moreso then the 'sasanqua' group. Every day of this month could easily have a different Camellia in flower - next month also.

Brunnera macrophylla

Pittosporum Tom Thumb - Purple foliage shrub

  • 31st Pittosporum tenuifolium Tom Thumb. January 31st and it had decided to send out it's first flush of new growth. The green buds against the bronze foliage looked good.

We are always happy to have your photos and plant names for this section.

The Flowertime Project is one of the newer sections on the site - with the firm intention of enlarging it over the coming months.


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