So did you know--gardens are not just to for summer anymore? Yes it is true. Sophisticated design people like yourself can have and appreciate winter interest year round with perennials, shrubs and trees with cool branching and bark color. Browns, greys and whites can actually be quite stunning, and grasses are good for this effect because they lend structure to the appearance of a garden through the winter months with their stiffness. The drier the Fall, the more upright the grasses will be throughout the winter...so actually this season we should have more upright looking gardens in the Northeast. Seedheads on tall grasses, like Monarda, Rudbeckia, and Verbena literally can also lend interest to a winter composition.
And then there are some elements that are just simple and sculptural like the Sled lounge leaf chair, that look great all year round and complement the bones revealed of a garden in winter. A fireplace can also help to warm a garden, physically, but also function as a dramatic focal point from inside to outside.