Winters may be long and cold, but your garden can allay that dreariness and be transformed into a place of natural beauty with visually arresting textures or colors. While flowers are usually associated with spring or summer, they can also contribute to the beauty of the winter garden. Adapted to endure harsh winter conditions, they bring the garden to life with their bright, showy colors and attract the eye.

Most people celebrate daffodils as the harbingers of spring, without being aware that many other plants flower much earlier, such as Witch Hazels, Hellebores or Snowdrops.

Here is a list of shrubs, trees and flowering bulbs that will help you create beautiful winter scenes and let you enjoy the winter season in a beautiful new way.