Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire'

dogwood

2 litre pot
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A twiggy ‘bonfire’ with winter stems in shades of orange and red at the upper tips to mustard-yellow down below

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  • Position: full sun to part shade
  • Soil: any moderately fertile soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: June
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    This deciduous shrub has oval, mid-green leaves and produces small, creamy-white flowers in May and June. But it's really grown for the brilliant, flame-coloured stems that are revealed when the leaves, which turn orange-yellow in autumn, fall. This fabulous dogwood looks best planted in groups in damp areas of the garden, beside water, or in a winter border. One of our recommended plants, it's best in full sun, and works particularly well with red or purple-stemmed varieties of dogwood.

  • Garden care: For best stem colour, cut the stems back hard to within 5-7cm (2-3in) from the ground in March and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or horse manure around the base of the plant.

Cornus alba 'Sibirica'

red-barked dogwood

Bright coral-red stems in winter

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Viburnum davidii

viburnum

Attractive turquoise-blue berries

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Skimmia japonica 'Rubella'

Japanese skimmia (male)

Superb winter colour

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Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'

red-barked dogwood

Vivid red stems in winter

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Hamamelis mollis

Chinese witch hazel

Spidery flowers with lovely winter fragrance

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Lonicera × purpusii 'Winter Beauty'

winter honeysuckle

Fantastic fragrance during the winter

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