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Plants That Can Survive an Alberta Winter

Vibrant red berries hang from a twig covered in snow.

It’s that time again! Things are cooling off here in Edmonton, Alberta and before we know it we’ll hit the -30 weather at full force. Whether you are a new homeowner, looking to change up your landscape, or just curious about Alberta vegetation, we’ve compiled of list of plants that can hold up (or thrive) in a cold Alberta winter. 

Plants That Thrive in Winter

Winterberry and Snowberry 

A favorite Christmas decoration, the Winterberry is a deciduous holly that has bright red berries throughout the winter. 

Snowberry shrubs are known for their white bulbs and berries, they also come in different colors, like pink and red. The berries grow in autumn and last into the winter.


Firethorn shrubs add color to the landscape year-round. These shrubs flower from spring to mid-summer. And then, in autumn and winter, they grow red, orange, or yellow berries.

Japanese Ewe

This evergreen is drought-resistant and can withstand the harshest North American winters. This plant is ideal for growing in a pot, as ground cover, or as a tree—being able to grow more than 50 feet high if allowed.

Siberian Cypress

This evergreen can withstand the arctic cold of Siberia! Its vibrant mint green changes to a purple-brown once the cold weather arrives.

Perennials and Peonies

Perennials are known to last the winter, resting until the warm weather returns. To help your perennials rest through the freeze/thaw cycle, trim back dead foliage and cover with mulch for insulation.

Peonies have a long lifespan and actually need a cold period in order to have a healthy bloom in spring. To help them bloom in spring, trim back dead foliage in autumn.

Did You Know Vegetables Can Survive the Cold Winters?

Have no fear your vegetable garden is safe. These tasty veggies are set up for success this winter! 

  • Broccoli
  • Collards
  • Swiss Chard
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes

Now rest easy, there are plenty of options for your Alberta landscaping this winter!