Looking for an eye-catching, intensely coloured garden hedge? Look no further than the brilliant Dogwood.
Recognised by the RHS by receiving the prestigious award of Garden Merit, Dogwood’s dazzling appearance is a popular choice for show gardens, garden designs, parks and along watersides and paths. Used for its ornamental value, Dogwood has the ability to create a vibrant atmosphere with fiery shades that dramatise a green space.
A plant for all seasons, Dogwood brings interest to the garden all year round. In Spring, flat heads of creamy, white flowers burst into life followed by clusters of blue/white berries. The smooth, oval green leaves sit opposite each other along stems and offer fantastic autumn appeal as they turn a crisp, crimson colour. Being deciduous, the rusted leaves fall as the winter weather sets allowing the decorative bark to take centre stage as the vibrant colours are exaggerated and their fully beauty is revealed.
Numerous species of garden wildlife are attracted to this multipurpose hedging plant. The spring flowers entice bees and butterflies, whilst a range of British birds adore the autumn berries. Its dense, thick framework which the intricate stems and branches create, forms a sheltered nesting site for birds and a protected habitat for smaller animals.
Planting a single variety of Dogwood will produce a fantastic looking feature, but for an even more exciting appearance, plant a combination of the coloured varieties we supply to create a unique, contrasting hedge. We stock a great range of Dogwood varieties so you can access a selection of enthralling colours. Choose the dark maroon shade of Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’, the striking red of Cornus alba, the alluring orange of Cornus sanguinea or the captivating yellow of Cornus stolonifera.
Dogwood plants also make a great addition to a native hedgerow bringing added visual interest in the form of divergent shapes, textures and colour. You can also plant this species in front of large, evergreen hedges as the taller backdrops embellish the eye-catching stem colours. Brighter colours are emitted by new growth.
Dogwood Pruning and Aftercare
Therefore, to get the best from your Dogwood and to gain the distinctive colours this plant is famous for, pruning is a must. Dogwood is as tough as it looks and will thrive after a harsh cut back. In spring, before the buds appear, remove almost a third of the stem.
It has a quick growth rate with an annual reach of 40-60cm so don’t worry about removing so much, it will grow back. We recommend cutting them back to about 5-10cm above ground level, this will produce more radiant bark in Winter. Dogwood is a hardy plant which will thrive in most normal soils and grows especially well in rich, lightly damp sites. For Dogwood to parade its colours more vigorously, plant in positions fully exposed to the sun, however there’s no need to be afraid of planting in the shade as it poses no threat to successful and healthy growth. Dogwood will thrive in screened areas, making it the perfect plant to bring life and colour to the darker parts of your garden.
Orange Stemmed Dogwood (cornus sanguinea)
Red Stemmed Dogwood (cornus alba)
Vivid Red Stemmed Dogwood (cornus alba Sibirica)
Yellow Stemmed Dogwood Cornus stolonifera 'Flaviramea'
Cornus Kousa ‘Miss Satomi’ – Chinese/Japanese Dogwood
Native to East Asian countries including China and Japan, Cornus Kousa also offers seasonal interest. In spring, a heavenly array of deep pink star-like blooms surrounding a cluster of yellow-green flowers appear. In summer, strawberry like rosy-pink fruits loved by birds, and dark green oval leaves. Autumn sees spectacular scarlet red foliage.
We don’t currently stock this species of dogwood but we are able to source most plants so we will be happy to help with any enquires you may have.