Winter gardeners know that some of the most decorative flowers bloom during the winter season. Whether these beauties are harbingers of spring or solid winter bloomers, the flowers brighten any landscape. One plant most noted as a winter holiday bloomer is not really a flower; the poinsettia blossom is technically a bract, or a modified and colorful form of the plant's leaf.
With names like Winter's Rose, Snow Flurry, Polar Ice, Winter's Star, Winter's Charm and Winter's Hope, you can expect winter flowers, and the camellia does not disappoint. In shades of white and pink, most camellias bloom for four to six weeks beginning in the late fall. Plant camellias in your garden if you live in an area with a hardiness zone rating of 6b or warmer. The showy bushes work well as border plants, foundation plants or as stand-alone stunners. Camellias prefer moist, well-drained soils that are more acidic than alkaline.
Winter Jasmine is a small shrub plant that can bloom as early as January, depending on your climate. The plants form a trailing mound that may grow up to 4 feet high and between 5 and 7 feet wide. Small yellow flowers dot the plant sporadically over a period of six to eight weeks during the blooming time, but the shrub rarely becomes covered in winter flowers. Plant winter jasmine on an embankment or at the top of a garden wall; the shrub will cascade over the wall or down the embankment and camouflage whatever is underneath.
Hardy as a winter blooming flower in zones 6, 7 and 8, pansies are compact plants with bright, multicolored blossoms. Considered a winter annual, pansies can survive temperatures in the single digits; they may freeze, but they return when the weather warms. Planting time for these seasonal beauties ranges between mid-September in zone 6 and early November in zone 8. Pansies prefer soils with good drainage in full to partial sun.
If you're looking for a large, fragrant shrub with white flowers during the winter, select a winter honeysuckle. This shrub can grow up to 8 feet tall and up to 10 feet wide, making it a good choice as a foundation plant, a property border plant or as an ornamental focal point on your landscape. Hardy in zones 5 to 9, winter honeysuckle can grow in partial shade to full sun.