It can be a long winter and a tad gloomy.
One way to have a bit of cheer is by planting a shrub with colour and interest for autumn and winter. Besides shrubs with amazing autumn colour, there are also shrubs with bold variegated foliage, bright berries, winter flowers and some shrubs even have scent. Described on this page are the more popular varieties of garden shrubs which provide interest in either autumn or winter. An additional advantage of growing shrubs which produce berries, such as Pyracanthus, is to provide food for birds, especially Blackbirds and Thrushes, which are avid berry takers.
Many Acers have superb autumn colour and there are now so many varieties it's best to see them on display in one of the garden centre in autumn when you can check out its autumn colours. Generally, the green-leaved Acers produce the best autumn colours.