December 30, 2019
This popular shrub grows best in partial shade to full sun. Although it prefers moist, well-drained soils, it will survive in wet sites as well. For the best stem color, regular pruning is required, as older stems tend to darken and discolor. Either prune 1/3 of the older stems each year or cut the entire shrub back to the base, every 2-3 years. Proper air circulation is also important with this shrub, as it can be susceptible to fungal disease.
'Isanti’ or Redosier Dogwood is a compact version of older varieties and allows it to fit most landscapes with ease. White flowers appear in May/June, attracting early butterflies and other pollinators. Dense green foliage covers the shrub for the summer months, making this a great plant for creating privacy, or for use as a backdrop to other flowering plants. The ornamental fruit develops in summer, attracting birds and other fauna. Dogwood is a great choice for the wildlife garden, however this shrub wins 'best in show' for the winter landscape. After the leaves drop, the bright red stems become showcased for the winter. Fresh snow adds even more dimension and contrast. The winter landscape deserves this vivid color!
Hedges, mass plantings and slopes (spreading roots make for great erosion control).
LCbW frequently uses Ann Magnolias in the ‘Little Girl’ series of magnolia hybrids.
Canadian Hemlock are stately yet graceful evergreens in the landscape.
Do you love the graceful texture of ornamental grasses, but have a shady site? Hakone grass or Variegated Forest Grass is a choice plant for such a site.