What can do this, according to Richard Miers, garden designer, is added structure and water and enjoying the resulting interplay of light and the reflections and sounds from the water.
"Structure is important because winter is a long period of time," Richard said.
"So when the herbaceous flowers have died down, the earthworks, hedges, topiary, walls, avenues and ponds take over, meaning there is still something to look at."
In other words a garden must pull us out into it from every window or view.
"The low level of the sun creates fantastic shadows that are constantly changing and draw you out into your garden however cold it may be," Richard said.