Maybe just make a branch art piece without the paint? Build cheer and deck the halls with this fun-to-build DIY Branch Shelf. See instructions here. This DIY Branch Shelf is an easy way to decorate with nature and bring the outdoors in.
Hellebores are one of those rare flowers that love the shade. These beauties bloom in late winter or early spring, and provide a pop of color to an otherwise monotone green shade garden. - The Handymans Daughter - Shade Gardening
For the garden: Hydrangea 'Double Delights Freedom' - Elegant soft rose pink blossoms edged in cream are simply stunning against the lush dark green foliage of the shrub. This Hydrangea will bloom blue with cream in acidic soils.
Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ -- Another great choice for late summer flowers and winter texture. Its flowers bloom from August into November; they open pink and mature to a copper befitting of autumn. It is 2 feet tall and wide, with succulent stems and leaves.