There's one tree that stands out in all its glory in winter. My crepe myrtle is in the process of losing its leaves for the season but, before it does, this stunning colour appears.
This is a photo I took last year but, as I gaze out my window, I can see the tree is just as stunning today.
I have never regretted planting this tree. It brings me (and my neighbourhood) bursts of colour each season - huge branches of flowers in summer, colouring leaves in autumn and winter, and unfurling new leaf growth in spring. The bark is also a joy, as it peels off the trunk to reveal fresh 'skin'. Glory days.