Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ (dogwood)
Ok, I’m admitting right up front that this plant will appear twice…… once in this month, when it’s foliage changes from green to the most gorgeous buttery yellow; and then again, when the leaves have dropped, and the naked stems are revealed…. but more of that another time.
This dogwood’s autumn leaf colour, compact habit and easy to care for nature would be enough to secure it a place in my top ten shrubs, even if it was dull for the rest of the year.
If cut down to the ground in early spring — although thankfully its not too fussy, and won’t mind if you forget to get around to it for a month– this shrub remains small and neat all year. But neat in a natural way — this isn’t a formal structural plant. Alternatively you can cut out a third of the oldest stems each year, which gives you a larger plant , but one that always retains a presence, rather than all the stems disappearing at once.
It’s blissfully easy to care for, growing anywhere, although it does prefer moister soils. The stems colour best in full sun, and a dark backdrop sets it off to perfection.
Is this one of your favourites? What does it look good growing with in your garden?
Check back to see how stunning it looks without it’s autumn finery, when the winter stem colour is revealed.