In this garden, a stand of small birch trees are silhouetted against the red stems of dogwood shrubs. Also, there are a variety of dwarf conifers, and for the wow factor, a stand of winter heath. (These trees are Betula apoiensis 'Mount Apoi'. You can get the same impact with the variety to which we've pinned an icon.) Looks great now, but even when it’s January, the colors and shapes will still be spectacular.
Add any one (or two) of these kinds of plants to existing beds and borders. You'll have garden bragging rights every winter.
Image: GAP Photos/Richard Bloom, The Winter Garden, The Bressingham Gardens, Norfolk