Dogwoods, willow and ornamental blackcurrant come into their own in the winter. Place them somewhere low sunshine can catch them and the colours sing. Moist soil preferable though the red dogwood, Cornus alba Sibirica can be more forgiving.
Many gardens showcase the jewels of winter gardening. Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire has just opened their new Winter Garden attraction. The Hillier Gardens are absolutely worth visiting at this time of year. For some very enjoyable reading, look out the classic ‘Colour in the Winter Garden’ by Graham Stuart Thomas.