Winter interest in the garden

My garden is looking very brown and boring this month. Not a lot is happening in January. I walk through the garden twice a day to take care of the chickens. The kids run around in the mud and I often drift out there with a cup of tea to get some fresh air and a moment of peace and quiet. So I would like it if there was more to look at. I have been considering ways to add interest to the garden during the winter months. The photos show some of my ideas. They were taken on a visit to a local park.

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Use plants with architectural stems that look stark and beautiful against the winter sky

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Include plants that flower in the winter

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Variegated leaves add colour

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Think about contrasting forms and textures

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Add splashes of bright colour

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Leave seed heads standing

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Use plants with coloured stems

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Use plants with berries, these are good for wildlife and great to look at

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Look for plants with interesting branch forms

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Plant winter flowering trees

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Get up close and enjoy the tiny details

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