Colorful outdoor flowers brighten up a dull dreary winter. While many people think spring and summer are the only times for landscaping and gardening, there are a variety of flowers that bloom through the winter season. Plant bulbs during the fall to enjoy blooms in the later winter and early spring. Grow flowers in containers and raised beds during the winter to help the soil warm up quicker and to keep the roots from freezing.
Winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) is a deciduous plant that grows 3 to 4 feet tall. It prefers a sunny to partially shaded area and well-drained soil. Winter jasmine can be planted in USDA hardiness zones 6 through 10. It can also withstand conditions where the planted area may be in sand or heavy clay. During winter through early spring, winter jasmine blooms light-yellow unscented flowers. Its foliage is made up of three leaflets that are an emerald green and have bright-green stems.
Winter daphne (Daphne odora) is an evergreen ornamental shrub that grows slowly, reaching about 3 feet tall. It can be planted in USDA zones 7 through 9. Winter daphne must be grown in an area with sun to partial shade in moist, well-drained soil. Its green leathery leaves are pointed and tapered at the ends. During the late winter to early spring, the winter daphne blooms pink fragrant flowers that live four to six weeks. The winter daphne is a highly toxic plant that is poisonous if it is ingested.
Winter honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima) is a winter shrub that grows 6 to 10 feet tall. It can be planted in USDA zones 5 through 8. Winter honeysuckle is used for border, hedges, screens and specimen. Through the months of January through March, it blooms small fragrant lemon-scented white flowers. Once the blooms fade, the honeysuckle sprouts red berries that are a favorite amongst outdoor birds. Plant the shrub in an area with full sun to partial shade. It does well in moist, well-drained soil but can tolerate dry areas as well. Prune winter honeysuckle annually to keep its shape and to encourage new growth.