Pucker Up for Dogwoods

Cornus stolonifera Pucker Up in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

Colorful Cornus stolonifera ‘Pucker Up’ (Photo by: Kathy Diemer)

I’ve been a fan of shrubs for decades, they add architecture and color to the year round garden while helping keep maintenance to a minimum. Many shrubs offer additional benefits of vibrant foliage, beautiful flowers and luscious fruit. And a few offer extraordinary attributes wrapped up in a petite package, minus the bow. One such shrub is the North American native, Cornus stolonifera ‘Neil Z,’ commonly known as the red-twig dogwood ‘Pucker Up.’     [Read more…]

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Silky Dogwood Berries in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

Silky Dogwood Berries (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

I’ve been growing native twig dogwoods for decades and they never cease to amaze me.  Though not as showy as the glowing red and yellow twigs, for growth habit and minimal care, there is no better shrub to fill in a large area effortlessly.  Grey twig dogwood, Cornus racemosa, and silky dogwood, Cornus amomum, are native to Eastern North America, where they happily thrive in marshes or wooded areas.  Because they are a suckering type of shrub, they can spread (over a decade) to form a 10′ to 15′ tall and wide mound.  They grow in sun or part shade and tolerate a great range of soils from wet to dry, making them the perfect option for a problem spot. [Read more…]

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