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Wonderful Winter stem colour

ImageI can’t help noticing the stem colour you see on shrubby Cornus (Dogwoods) at this stage of the year. They create punctuation in the Winter garden and when planted en-masse, they can produce an eye-catching show. Even the onset of snow makes it more appealing, setting the stem colour off against the white backdrop.
One of the great benefits of shrubby Dogwoods is their ability to thrive in moist soil, making it an excellent choice for those areas that may have some drainage issues.
It might sound rather harsh, but they require a good hack back (coppicing) about every 2 years, to produce the best stem colour.

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Some of my all time favourites and definately worth a mention are:

Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ with it’s yellow-orange stems and orange autumn foliage
Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’ with it’s bright red stems and red autumn foliage
Cornus alba ‘Baton Rouge’ with it’s bright red stems and green foliage
Cornus alba ‘Kesselringii’ with it’s dark purple stems and purple foliage
Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’ with it’s lime green stems and green foliage
Cornus canadensis (Creeping Dogwood) with it’s red autumn foliage

With this sort of Winter interest, you could have even a Winter Garden looking colourful.

Happy gardening…

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