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A bright winter with colourful cornus

Creating year-round interest in the garden requires careful planning. It’s fascinating to observe the changing seasons through the way out gardens evolve. Colourful cornus, commonly known as dogwood, offer a lovely summer backdrop for borders. As their flowers fall in late summer you’re left with a colourful shrub that stands out in the wintery light and stays looking wonderful right through until spring.

Look out for varieties with names such as ‘Winter Beauty’ and ‘Midwinter Fire’ which boast red stems that will really light up your borders in the low winter light. Look out for ‘Flaviramea’ which has green leaves and golden-yellow stems and ‘Spaethii’ with yellow-edged green leaves and red stems.

Dogwoods grow successfully in most soils and even thrive in moist and clay soils. Plant your dogwood shrubs straight into the border or if you have a patio, planting dogwood in a pot can also work well. For an interesting display in a pot, under-plant with leafy perennials and small shrubs. Plants that make good partners for dogwoods include low growing plants such as bergenia and heuchera. Under-planting with early flowering bulbs like snowdrops, crocus and narcissus can also create a lovely display.

Visit your local Homebase store for our full range of winter plants or browse online, now.

Top tip:

  • Prune your dogwood shrub annually by cutting all stems down to the woody base, close to ground level, in the spring.

Companion plants

  • Ajuga varieties
  • Bergenia varieties
  • Brachyglottis ‘Sunshine’
  • Corsican hellebore (Helleborus argutifolius)
  • Daphne mezereum
  • Daphne odora
  • Euphorbia varieties
  • Garrya elliptica ‘James Roof’
  • Heuchera varieties
  • Mahonia varieties (eg M. aquifolium, ‘Charity’, and more
  • Ophiopogon ‘Nigresens’
  • Phormium varieties eg ‘Sundowner’
  • Rubus cockburnianus
  • Skimmia varieties
  • Snowdrops (Galanthus varieties)
  • Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’
  • Viburnum tinus ‘Eve Price’
  • Winter Flowering Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum)

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