Plants for the winter garden
Though you're cleaning up the perennials, raking leaves and mulching over the roses, there's no need to give up on the garden until spring. You can keep it going all year with these winter workhorse plants. -- BY JESSICA DAMIANO
Planting trees and shrubs with unusual bark can add a lot of interest to the winter garden. Branches will be bare, but in many cases that can be a plus. Consider red twig dogwood , a ho-hum shrub during summer that becomes a dramatic, eye-catching showstopper in the snow.
Stewartia has smooth, multicolored bark.
When flowers fade, showy fruit takes over on Viburnum
Not all hollies are evergreen. Winterberry holly , for example, loses its leaves in the fall, but the red or yellow berries remain on the branches throughout winter. More Gardening 101 : Step-by-step how-tos for a great garden, from Jessica Damiano, Newsday's Garden Detective.
Callicarpa (Beauty berry)
Christmas rose (Helleborus)
Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis)
Yellow winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis)
Winter jasmine (Jasmine nudiflorum)
Suill (Scilla tubergeniana)