Whether coated by frost or under a few feet of snow, the winter garden can rival the beauty of summer. With its rich tapestry of flowers, flora, and fruits. The trick is to use plants with sculptural forms and standout features. These are actually made BETTER by all that winter can throw at them.
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