January doesn't have to be a blah month. Brighten it up with these colorful and shapely choices.
Coral Bark Maple with Hoar Frost.
Mahonia 'Charity' makes a great winter companion for Red Twig Dogwood.
Vibrant in both color and fragrance, Witchhazel 'Ruby Glow' is a favorite.
A combination of Red Twig Dogwood (in the back) and 'Mid-Winter Fire' Dogwood (front) creates a dazzling display even on the darkest days.
Cyclamen give a ground-level glow to the winter garden.
Flame Willow adds a stylish complement to conifers.
The winter plum coloring of Cryptomeria japonica 'Elegans' makes it a show-stopper.
The stark white pollards at the Getty Garden in Los Angeles give a bright dimension against the brilliant blue sky.
Weeping Pussywillows can become quite ragged and blobbish unless cascade-pruned.
Take advantage of winter to appreciate the silhouettes of Japanese Maples.
Ghostly Birches stand guard in the Oregon Garden.
Some of these pictures have been used on other posts on this blog, but I have used them again for emphasis on January. Please forgive.