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Winter Coloured Stems & Bark
When choosing winter plants you may be drawn to scented flowers or evergreen berried foliage, but two of the markers for me in a winter garden have to be bright coloured stems and interesting barks with unusual textures. Easily overlooked in the warmer months, barks and stems really come into their own in winter and I think a few well-chosen specimens will add beauty even on the dullest days.
Dogwoods and willows are often grown for their fiery winter stems and there are trees that are favoured for their colourful bark. Both stems and bark can have an arresting effect. Here I’ve given a quick run through of some of the better options that may be of interest to you.