You like it or you don’t. For many winters I’ve hated this particular planting of bronze-hued Russian arborvitae (Microbiota decussata) and winterberry (Ilex verticillata), but recently I changed my mind. The old me thought that the bronze microbiota looked drab and sickly (it does), but this year I changed my thinking. Winterberry and microbiota bring color to the winter landscape. The planting, after all, is in southern New Hampshire, where winter used to last five or six months. Seeing the bright red fruits makes me smile, and even if dull olive-bronze and clear red make a jarring pair, the microbiota complements the stone wall over which it drapes. And the pairing doesn’t last all that long. Sooner or later, birds eat the winterberries, and only the bronzy microbiota foliage remains. Both plants are tough, hardy, and relatively care free. So I’m curious. Does this combination appeal to you?