Our yard is planned so that there is something blooming almost all year round. One of our favorite winter bloomers is mahonia japonica, also known as grape holly. These shrubs start blooming in December and continue until March. The yellow blossoms are a delight for the eyes and the sweet odor fills the yard.
Here is the mahonia last year
Fragrant blossoms that turn into clusters of berries
Unfortunately, this year's freezing weather did a lot of damage to these lovely plants. They are very brown and we are uncertain whether or not they will survive.
Dried up and sad
Time will tell how much of the plants are salvageable. One thing for certain. If we lose them we will definitely replace them. The winter fragrance alone is worth the effort. But I do so hate to lose one plant, much less three.