Christmas time in a Berkeley garden
This year's fall color as the year ends has provided some interesting contrasts. Although this photo was taken a few years ago, the Smoke bush, Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' has again retained foliage into mid December while the Bougainvillea 'Barbara Karst' is still in full bloom. The feathery Papyrus and succulent Coral Aloes and Sunburst Aeoniums provide the winter foliage color and interest once the reds and burgundies are gone with the cold and winter rains.
I feel truly fortunate to be able to design with a climate that does have some seasonal changes, yet allows for plant growth and visual interest all through the winter. It would be hard to imagine gardening in a climate where the growing season is already over, and frozen soil and snow is the norm...
Here is a link that might be useful: Christmas time in a northern California garden