Best of the bunch
●● DOGWOOD THE bright stems of the dogwood, or cornus, light up the winter garden with shades of yellow, orange and red, providing a flaming bonfire of winter colour.
Some are particularly vibrant, including C. sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’, whose bare stems are bright yellow at the base and red at the tip.
In summer, the foliage is green and the plant bears fragrant white flowers followed by blue-black berries, and the leaves change to yellow and orange in autumn.
Dogwoods grow well in open situations in many conditions and will flourish in damp soil, where other shrubs might fail.
Shrubby cornus grown for their winter stems should be cut back hard every one to three years in February or March.