There are quite a few plants and shrubs that we can enjoy during the dark winter months.
The many varieties of Viburnum like V. tinus
or V. bodnantense which is highly scented, are a good choice for any garden. Winter jasmine, Mahonia japonica, witch hazel Hamamelis mollis, and
the red barked dogwood Cornus alba sibirica look fantastic on a winters day.
Mahonia japonica in February and in May.
Helleborus and snow drops also bloom in the midst of winter.