gallery Winter Flowers to Warm to. Part 7

Cornus (or Dogwood as it is more commonly known as) is easily distinguished by its blossoms, berries, and most notably distinctive bark.

Their bark is often a bright green, red or even a red fading into yellow.

They made a great winter shrubs/trees as they add a great burst of colour without having delicate flowers such as other flowers

Position this Cornus anywhere but the front of a border, because it’s pretty dull in summer yet it makes a good foil for smaller deciduous shrubs or herbaceous perennials. Come winter, though, the vivid stems – golden yellow at the base and pink-orange at the tips – will shine out like a beacon. Best planted in groups for maximum glow!

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They are easy to keep, all you should take note of is to prune it back hard if you want to keep it small. Otherwise, they can grow up to 25ft (8m) tall.

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