I have a few 'Waterlily' star magnolias in my yard in North Florida (Zone 8) that begin blooming sporadically in January, pausing only for passing hard freezes. 'Waterlily' is a small shrubby variety that, as the weather warms, will be covered in hundreds of shapely fragrant flowers.
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The Chickasaw plums (Prunus angustifolia) bloom very early in the season along the Gulf Coast. This little tree tends to form colonies and signals its presence at this time of year with clouds of tiny white flowers. Click here to download a large version.
I received word that the first few blossoms appeared on the 'Duc de Rohen' azaleas at my place. In a week or two our part of (Zone 8) North Florida will be ablaze in (mostly) Southern Indica varieties and it is a sight to see! Click to download a large version of the "Duc".
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Cool Weather Annuals
This nemesia (Nemesia strumosa) selection is 'Sunsatia Peach'. Nemesias are small cool weather annuals available in a range of jewel-like colors.
Another cool weather annual, this stock (Matthiola incana), is one of the Harmony Series known for roselike fragrant flowers.
More cool weather lovers to read about:
calendula (Calendula officinalis)
California poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
common primrose (Primula vulgaris)
Icelandic poppy (Papaver nudicaule)
moss verbena (Glandularia puchella)
nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)
petunia (Petunia x hybrida)
snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)
sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima)