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Winter Plant Combo Ideas: Festive Plant Palettes for Winter Holidays

Winter Plant Combo Ideas: Festive Plant Palettes for Winter Holidays

Winter Plant Combo Ideas: Festive Plant Palettes for Winter Holidays
mugu pine, fern, mountain pepper and red heuchera

Photos by Monrovia: Doreen Wynja

Elevate your winter holiday decorations this year with the natural beauty of plants. We're getting creative with enchanting plant combinations that are perfect for bringing festive magic to large winter containers or entryway gardens. Join us as we explore the beauty of plants in winter and discover fresh ways to celebrate the joy and wonder of long nights, warm fires, glittering lights, and the giddy excitement of the holiday season.

(Above) This holiday container contains a festive mix of reds and greens, with Mountain Pepper, Slowmound Mugo Pine, Jurassic™ Pterodactyl Eared Lady Fern, and Forever® Red Heuchera.

These holiday-inspired plant palettes are suitable for those in Zones 4-11, bringing some magic to your interior décor, porch plantings, or entryway borders no matter where you live. Not sure what your growing zone is? Find out here. 

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5 Winter Plant Combo Ideas for Zones 4-9

Pink Symphony™ 

Full, leafy branches are adorned with light pink summer blooms that produce an abundance of bright pink berries, becoming especially showy on the bare stems in winter. The perfect plant in front of evergreen shrubs to spice up northern native plant landscapes and wild garden woodlands. Berry-filled stems are excellent in floral arrangements. Partial to full sun. Up to 4' tall and wide. Zones 3-7.

The Blues 
Blue Spruce

With no two plants alike, the strongly weeping branches and irregularly spreading and drooping top create a unique, bright silver-blue specimen. A striking focal point when combined with complementing deep yellows, pinks, and greens. Full sun. Up to 6' tall and wide. Zones 2-8.

GRANDE™ Amethyst 

Supersized and stunning, this handsome, tough, and highly adaptable hybrid has a big mounding habit with wavy purple leaves. Stands up to heat and humidity while tall spikes of tiny pink flowers put on their summer show. Plant in groups for a bold color statement, or in pots with contrasting companions. Full shade to partial sun.  Up to 14" tall, 28" wide. Zones 4-9.

Candles in the Windows

Carsten's Wintergold 
Mugo Pine

One of the finest of the gold-hued pines, on a dwarf form! Short, densely arranged evergreen needles are an attractive green in spring and summer, turning to a rich gold tone as cold weather arrives. Most intense color in colder climates. Full sun. Up to 2' tall and wide. Zones 2-7.

Berri-Magic® Kids 
Holly Combination

A profusion of bright red berries fall through winter is assured because a male pollenizer is planted in the same container as the fruiting female. The x meserveae species is the hardiest of the hollies with glossy, blue-green leaves and purple stems. Ideal as a landscape accent, or planted in groups as a dense hedge or screen. Partial to full sun. Up to 8' tall, 6' wide. Zones 5-9.


Brilliant chartreuse-yellow, needle-like foliage forms a quick groundcover. Adds cheery color to containers, dry slopes, and flowering borders. Excellent for use as year-round coverage for beds with spring bulbs. In winter, the foliage turns orange in northern climates. Full sun. Up to 6" tall, 36" wide.  Zones 3-11.

Winter Whites

Full sun

Blue Star 

Attractive sparkling blue foliage on dense, spreading branches. Creates a colorful contrast to purple and green foliage plants. Use in a rock garden or as a low border plant. Ideal for mass plantings in minimal-care landscapes. Full sun. Up to 3' tall, 4' wide. Zones 4-8.

Foerster's Feather 
Reed Grass

Create a stunning vertical effect with feathery stalks that emerge reddish brown in spring and turn a rich golden color in fall. Thrives in wet soils, yet tolerates drier conditions. Stalks make great cut flowers. Sterile seeds do not produce unwanted seedlings. Full sun. Up to 2' tall and wide.  Zones 4-9.

White Symphony™ 

Full, leafy branches are adorned with light pink summer blooms that produce an abundance of white berries, becoming especially showy on the bare stems in winter—excellent in floral arrangements. The perfect plant in front of evergreen shrubs to spice up northern native plant landscapes and wild garden woodlands. Partial to full sun. Up to 4' tall and wide. Zones 3-7.

Northwest by Northpole

Partial to full sun

Forever® Red 

The reddest foliage to be found, with intensely colored, incised, lightly ruffled leaves on deep red stems. Foliage color is most intense in the cooler spring and fall months. Showy sprays of tiny pink buds open to white flowers in midsummer. Excellent color for borders, rock gardens, and containers.Full shade to partial sun. Up to 7" tall, 14" wide. Zones 4-9.

Emerald 'N Gold 

This colorful evergreen shrub sports bright green leaves with gold edges, turning pinkish red in fall and winter. Spreads by creeping stems that root where they touch the ground. Dense mounding form makes an excellent small hedge or border plant. Gently climbs with support, making a nice background or foundation planting. Full sun. Up to 2' tall and 5' wide. Zones 5-9.

Red Twig 

Current year's growth features outstanding coral-red branches on a multi-stemmed shrub. Yellowish-white flowers are followed by small blue berries. Bare stems create an attractive winter accent, and are a wonderful addition to seasonal flower arrangements. Partial to full sun. Up to 9' tall, 5' wide. Zones 2-8.

Berries in the Snow

Partial sun

Berry Poppins® 

An excellent, prolific dwarf variety with bright red berries that brighten the winter landscape. Plant a male such as Mr. Poppins™ for berry set. This handsome shrub provides a good winter food source for birds. Ideal for floral arrangements. Partial to full sun. Up to 4' tall, 4' wide. Zones 3-9.

Ivory Jade 

A beautifully variegated shrub with a low, spreading form highlighted by rich green leaves with ivory white margins that are often tinged with pink in winter. Highly adaptable and versatile in sun or shade, this is a useful accent for brightening dull or dim spaces in the landscape. Partial shade to full sun. Up to 3' tall, spreading to 6' wide. Zones 4-9.

Balboa Sunset® 

Dark cool-green and purple leaves with lovely wavy edges grow upright, showing off their wine-red undersides. Short and compact; perfect for containers or the front of perennial beds. Partial sun. Up to 7" tall, 14" wide. Zones 4-9.

5 Winter Plant Combo Ideas for Zones 7-11

Mom's Cooking

Partial to full sun


A true garden aristocrat, this refined evergreen shrub is a great specimen or formal hedge plant for mild-climate gardens. The oval-shaped, deep green leaves are held along beautiful red young stems. Creamy yellow-green perfumed blossoms enhance the distinctive foliage. Leaves may be used to add a spicy, peppery flavor to foods. This male selection will not fruit. Partial shade to full sun. Up to 12' tall, 8' wide. Zones 7-10.


A rosemary selection with foliage that has especially remarkable flavor and aroma for cooking. Strong, straight stems make perfect barbecue skewers! A fast growing, upright shrub with profuse, clear blue flowers. Takes to pruning well, perfect for hedging or screens.Full sun. Up to 6 tall, 3' wide. Zones 8-10

Little Ragu® 
Sweet Bay

A more compact sweet bay with highly aromatic, deep green foliage that emerges on unique red-tinged stems. The dried leaves add a classic Mediterranean flavor to soups and sauces. Easy-care upright shrub or small tree. Handsome in natural form, or easily clipped into a formal hedge or topiary shape. Thrives in containers. Partial to full sun. Up to 8' tall and wide. Zones 8-11.

Festive Fireside

Full Sun

Carol Aloe

A festive, petite succulent with fleshy, dark green leaves that feature bright red trim and deep crimson raised spots. Bright pink to red-orange flowers begin blooming in the fall and can continue into winter. A great pick for use in rock gardens and dry borders, or as a small-scale groundcover. Full sun. Up to 12" tall and wide. Zones 9-11.

Little John 
Dwarf Bottlebrush

Blood red, bottlebrush-like flower spikes cover this dwarf evergreen shrub from spring into summer. In warm, temperate regions, it will continue to bloom intermittently throughout the year. A densely branched habit with blue-green leaves that have a citrus scent when crushed. Full sun. Up to 3' tall, 5' wide. Zones 8-11.

Retro Succulents® 
Carmine Aloe

A striking succulent that has fleshy, orange-stippled, pale green foliage with bright, orange-red fringed margins. This handsome, clumping, heat and drought-tolerant hybrid performs well indoors or out. A must-have for the succulent collector! Partial to full sun. Up to 10" tall and wide. Zones 9-11.

Winter Sunset


This stunning sport from the extremely popular red Yuletide Camellia has large, wonderfully fragrant, deep pink blooms with bright yellow stamens - making a beautiful addition to the cool season garden. Float blossoms in a bowl to enjoy the fragrance indoors. An excellent choice for a colorful hedge, espalier, or border shrub. Full shade to partial sun. Zones 7-10.

Sirens' Song™ Orange 
Delight Heuchera

A Monrovia exclusive with lively peach and orange tones that will brighten up a dappled shade garden, and partly shaded beds and borders. Large leaves create a full, mounding plant that is exceptionally heat tolerant. Dainty flowers appear on spikes above the foliage in the spring. Partial shade to partial sun. Up to 18" tall, 15" wide. Zones 4-9.

ReJoyce Coast 

This showy coastal native from the southeastern U.S. offers a superb alternative to common boxwood or holly, with fantastic blazing red new foliage, white urn-shaped flowers on gracefully arching branches, and brilliant winter color. Perfect for lightly shaded to dappled sun foundation plantings, slopes, and naturalized woodlands. Partial sun. Up to 3' tall and wide. Zones 6-9.

Night Before Christmas

Partial Sun


Single, brilliant red blooms centered with bright yellow stamens make an elegant statement in the winter garden. The glossy, dark green foliage creates a handsome natural hedge, foundation shrub or espalier specimen. Full shade to partial sun. Up to 10' tall and wide. Zones 7-10.

Mondo Grass

Stunning contrast for the front of the border with exceptional, dense, purple-black, grass-like foliage. Produces dark lavender flowers in summer that are followed by purple berries in fall. Use en masse as edging, or tuck into mixed containers. Partial to full sun. Up to 6" tall and wide, spreading slowly. Zones 5-10.

Cream De Mint™ 
Dwarf Pittosporum

Glossy, mint green leaves with creamy white edges create a lovely accent to colorful shrubs and perennials. The new spring growth glows green-gold. This compact evergreen with dense foliage requires very little maintenance. Excellent for use as a fuss-free, low-growing hedge or fill-in plant for shrub borders. Partial to full sun. Up to 30" tall and wide. Zones 8-11.

First Snow

Partial Sun

Nuccio's Gem 

Sparkling white, formal, double blooms contrast well with the glossy, dark green foliage. This mid-season bloomer is a prized plant of the milder regions of the U.S. Full shade to partial sun. Up to 8' tall and wide. Zones 8-10.

Snowcap® Indian 

A compact, mounded evergreen with large, dark green, highly disease-resistant foliage that changes to a dramatic, burgundy-red in cold weather. Clusters of pink buds open to pale pink flowers which fade to white, followed by small, blue-black, ornamental fruit. Partial to full sun. Up to 4' tall and wide. Zones 7-10.


A fast-growing vine prized for its glossy green foliage and spectacular display of pink buds that open to intensely fragrant white flowers in late winter. The presence of both bloom and bud throughout the flowering season gives it a wonderful bicolor effect. Partial to full sun. Quickly climbs up to 25' tall with support. Zones 8-11.

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