Pansies are truly the flowers of winter. They faithfully bloom through all the cold weather and brighten up the day when nothing else does. I like to plant mine in hanging pots around the patio area. They grow fine in partial shade. Don't let their commonality make you forget them. They come in such a variety of colors that you can always find something different. They quickly get lost in the crowd once spring comes around, but pansies are the queens of winter flowers for me.