Winter’s cold palette can even curb the interest of the most enthusiastic gardener. Colour is a very important element of any garden as it creates the scene that awakens the senses of the visitor. Winter doesn’t have to be depressing. Work with that palette to create subtle tones, highlights and contrasts of colour. Once the trees and shrubs have lost their deciduous leaves their skeleton branches become the backdrop of the garden. The gardener must work creatively to use striking flaming red and golds against the paler winter hues. Flashes of carefully placed plants will provide surprise, shock and joy. Brightly coloured berries look magnificent against evergreens like yew and holly. Allow the winter sunlight to filter through the branches onto the white trunks of birch trees as this will add atmosphere to any garden in winter. Each season nature presents a different array of colours that we must work to enhance and create the desired landscape we are drawn to even on the dullest winter day.