Cornus alba 'Sibirica'

red-barked dogwood

2 litre pot
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Grown for its brilliant, winter-red straight stems and extra sensational when reflected in still ponds in winter sun

Val Bourne - Garden Writer

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

    This deciduous shrub has oval, dark green leaves and produces small, creamy-white flowers in May and June. But it's really grown for the bright, coral-red stems that are revealed when the leaves fall. This lovely dogwood looks stunning planted in groups, beside water, or in a winter border. Best in full sun, it works particularly well with orange or purple-stemmed varieties of dogwood.

  • Garden care: For best stem colour, cut new growth 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.

Skimmia japonica 'Nymans'

Japanese skimmia (female)

Shining red berries

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Jasminum nudiflorum

winter jasmine

Cheerful yellow flowers in winter

£12.99 Buy

Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald 'n' Gold'

evergreen bittersweet

A tough evergreen shrub with yellow, variegated leaves

£7.99 Buy

Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire'

dogwood

Flame-coloured winter stems

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Hamamelis × intermedia 'Jelena'

witch hazel

Flushed orange, scented flowers in winter

£29.99 Buy

Lonicera × purpusii 'Winter Beauty'

winter honeysuckle

Fantastic fragrance during the winter

£12.99 Buy
 

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