How to plant dogwoods
A sunny position will bring the best stem colours so long as plants are in moist, fertile soil. If the plants could be stressed by dry soil, a lightly shaded position will help them thrive.
These plants tolerate some waterlogging.
Dogwoods look best when planted in groups. Set them at least 90cm (1m) apart for a thicket and 4-5ft (1.2-1.5m) apart to enjoy their shape. They are often left with bare mulched soil underneath, and in between, pools of bulbs, groups of grasses or ground cover.
Water young or recently moved plants during dry spells for at least their first year while roots are put down.
After pruning, make sure soil is moist, give a generalpurpose fertiliser if the soil is poor and mulch over the roots to encourage top-quality regrowth.
Dogwoods do best in moist, fertile soil