Remember, Remember, the 5th of November, Gunpowder, Treason and Plot! Nothing gives you a fiery winter display like a bold wedge of Cornus in the border or use to create spectacular “bonfires” of colour with individual shrubs.
Cornus “Dogwood” is easy to grow, in dry soil on a hill but their favourite is wet or waterlogged soil, so are very happy in our Kentish clay! Any pH of soil will do, and their only real demand is that they spend most of the day in full sun in spring and summer.
Their brightly coloured stems are from the fresh young growth, so a year after establishment, around every March you should coppice or hard prune them to about 6 inches above ground level, just after where the plant begins to branch out at the base.
Try Cornus “Baton Rouge” for a vibrant red, or Cornus“Midwinter Fire” for a bright orange.
We look forward to seeing you soon.