Flowers (Annuals & Bulbs) – Pansies & Violas are my absolute favorite. They come in a vast array of colors, many are fragrant and they are edible (organic only). They can go anywhere- containers, beds and borders perfect for a cool season color spot. Sheer or pinch back after bloom to continue longer flowering times. They will bloom in fall, take a rest and then bloom again from midwinter to late spring. Pansies have larger heads while violas- “johny-jump-ups” have smaller heads and may reseed themselves.
Grape Hyacinths (Muscari 'Big Smile') Tight heads of small, bell-shaped blue flowers rimmed in white on an erect stem. They multiply quickly to give good color in spring. Full sun to pt. shade, Ht. 10in, Zone 4
Later- Daffodils and Tulips usually late February through March.
Heather (Erica spp.) Erica x darleyensis 'Kramers Rote'(Magenta-Red) Vibrant magenta flowers on dark green/bronze foliage. This variety is one of the best dark pink Ericas! Compact habit. Blooms December-April. Ht. 12-18in, spread 20-25in. Zone 5. There are other Erica Heathers that bloom in white or pink.
Pasque Flower (Pulsatilla 'Fairy Dream') Exciting new variety with double, deep purple flowers. Flowers are followed by fluffy seed heads that are just as interesting as the flowers. Requires well-draining soil, and works well in rock gardens or dry banks. Ht. 10in. Zone 4
Camellias, evergreen shrubs that bloom fall through winter with others blooming in spring. Great container plants or use as specimens or hedges. Blooms are single or double ranging from white, pink to red. More about Camellias
Winter Daphne (Daphne odora 'Maejima') Broad creamy yellow margin with dark green center foliage. Dark pink buds open in late winter into light pink fragrant flowers. Full sun. Ht. 3-5ft, Zone 7.