Some plants will survive and bloom during the winter depending on their type. Winter sadly brings the lives of many colorful plants to an abrupt end. But many plants can survive the winter to come back stronger, and still others thrive during winter’s chill.
Plant Types - The two main types of plants are annuals, which grow for one season and then die, and perennials, which survive the winter and can grow and bloom season after season.
Trees - Trees, by definition, are perennial plants and survive winters very well. Like other perennials, in colder climates many trees appear to die in the winter, but they are simply dormant.
Cool-Season Annuals - Some flowers, like pansies, geraniums and snapdragons, and some vegetables, like broccoli, cabbage and spinach, are cold- and frost-tolerant They can bloom and grow all winter in mild and moderate climates.
Bulbs - Spring bulbs like daffodils, tulips and crocuses don't just survive the cold; they need winter's chill to grow properly and tend to come back stronger and more plentiful from year to year.
Considerations - Whether or not a plant survives the winter can depend on its geographic location. A plant that's considered an annual in a colder climate may be a perennial in a climate with milder winters.
Expert Help - Information about whether a specific plant can survive the winter through local cooperative extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's website and Plant Hardiness Zone Map at www.usna.usda.gov/Hardzone/ushzmap.html.