Dogwoods, members of the Cornus family, are often the unsung heroes of the winter garden. Although there are exceptions, in summer they tend to be unremarkable. This is because they are covered in foliage when daylight hours are longer and their crowning glory is their bark which can only be seen when the leaves have fallen.
In winter however shrubby dogwoods dress themselves in shades of gold, bright green, dark purple, scarlet and orange. In a large garden, a border can be devoted to a mixed dogwood planting. They look good when underplanted with spring flowering bulbs and they live very happily together with some subjects such as Hostas.
Spring is just around the corner, and blooms are already starting to appear – daffodils and crocuses seem to be popping up all over the place. Where does the time go?
Plants growing too soon, gardens being battered by wind and rain, how on earth do gardeners cope with unseasonable conditions?
A really useful addition to any garden
A box hedge is a really useful addition to any garden and has the advantage of being evergreen. Some of the most fabulous gardens in the country are winter ones and have acres of box hedging in them. Continue reading
Love cats and want a bird friendly hedge?
If you love cats and want to create a bird-friendly hedge, make sure you have a few thorny plants included, which we have done in our RSPB bird friendly collection. Once the hedge is mature, most birds will be happy to build a nest in it and the cats will play elsewhere rather than risk pricking themselves on thorns.