Winter flowering plants?

hi everyone im new here. my name is will and im 20 from the uk.
anyway i grow plants from seeds and am currently growing pansies fo the winter. can anyone advise me of what other plants i can grow to get winte colour at this bleak time of year.
many thanks
Wil
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PERENNIAL BEDS AND BORDERS - Gardens of perennials often lack visual interest during the winter months when the herbaceous species are dormant, waiting for spring's call of warmer temperatures. In the late summer months when many perennials are waning, many of the Callunas are flowering heaviest. The structure and foliage color of these evergreens can also be used to an advantage. The winter blooming Ericas are natural selections for winter color. Erica carnea and E. x darlyensis start forming buds in early summer, that open as early as November in shades of pink, rose or white. These long lasting flowers are colorful all winter until the first of May when many of the spring bulbs are in full bloom. The soil requirements are a bit different than those of some perennials but you may be able to provide them with a site that has a well drained soil that has not had a lot of fertilizer and manure added.
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Witch hazel is great. It makes fragrant little flowers at the end of winter, even before there are leaves on the shrub.
This picture doesn't quite do it justice, but you can find others. The hybrid shown is pretty popular, so I suspect you can find it in the UK. http://www.pbase.com/simon2005/image/38916822
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Hardy Cyclamen coum &amp Cyclamen hederifolium are autumn & winter bloomers. Hepatic nobilis is a similarly small shade-tolerant perennial that blooms in winter before arrival of its new leaves.
Winterblooming honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima, a shrub rather than a vine) has fragrant white blooms in winter, followed by spring berries.
The hybrid heathers Erica x darleyensis called "Winter heather" or "Darley heaths" bloom in the winter, need lots of sun.
Several species of crocuses designated "Snow crocuses" begin blooming in January for the earliest, others in February. Crocus etruscus & C. korolowski & C. ancyrensis are the earliest (Jan/Feb). The winter-crocus Crocus laevigatus var fontenayi blooms even earlier, Dec/Jan. Here's an overview of the snow crocuses I grow: http://www.paghat.com/snowcrocus.html
Viburnum bodnantense 'Dawn' is a deciduous shrub that blooms in winter.
Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) has its berries big & red for winter, good as blooms. Callicarpa bodinieri has neon-violet berries in winter.
Evergreen sarcococca has small tubular vanilla-scented flowers in winter.
Camellia sasanqua is a semi-climbing camellia with many varieties that bloom depending on variety from September to February.
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When in school in Ct there was a shrub that bloomed an interesting color of red during the winters. Sorry I can't give more details.
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Perhaps it was the Red osier dogwood:
http://www.uwex.edu/ces/wihort/Phenology/RedOsierDogwood.html
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Red bark isn't the same as a red flower, but evergreen Camelea sasanqua varieties include those which have intensely red flowers in winter (also pink ones & white ones), & Asian hybrid deciduous witchhazels include cultivars with strappy red winter flowers (also orange ones & yellow ones & bicolors).
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