Thursday, February 2, 2012

Brightening your Backyard with Dogwoods

Shrub Dogwoods provide four season interest within the landscape.  In winter, their vibrant twigs add a much needed splash of color to the garden.  Their varying foliage, flowers, and fruit also bring interest throughout spring, summer, and fall.  Dogwoods prefer full sun - part shade, and require a regular - heavy amount of water.  They range in height and spread, but most are quick growers (about 12"+ annually).  Read on to find the perfect choice for your landscape, or head to our website to view our live inventory & further information.

Midwinter Fire Bloodtwig Dogwood
Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire'
This multi-stemmed shrub displays standout orange-yellow stems in winter.  Produces white flower clusters from May - June. Green leaves transition to a yellow- orange in fall.  Makes an excellent impact when paired with a dark green or deep purple as shown. Matures to about 10-12' tall with the same spread.

Bud's Yellow Dogwood
Cornus sericea 'Bud's Yellow'
Brilliant yellow stems add winter interest to any full sun - part shade area of the landscape.  Green foliage emerges in spring, then transitions to a striking purplish-red in fall.  Here we've used a backdrop of matte black pottery to accent its colorful stems.  Matures to about 5-8' tall with a 5-8' spread.

Arctic Fire Red Twig Dogwood
Cornus sericea 'Arctic Fire'
Dwarf, red twig dogwood shrub, well known for its bright red winter stems, especially on younger stems.  Dark green foliage is complimented by white flowers in late spring, that give way to a whitish fruit in late summer.  Fall brings a reddish-purple cast to the dark green leaves. Matures to about 3-4' in height and spread.
Variegated Red Twig Dogwood
Cornus sericea 'Hedgerows Gold'
Upright, deciduous shrub with variegated gold and green leaves, red stems, and creamy white flowers in spring.  Foliage turns to beautiful shades of pink and purple in fall.  Matures to about 7-12' in height with a 5-8' spread.

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