Hello my name is Brie Kappert. I am a Landscape Designer working at Earthdance Organics. I am excited to start a new blog series called: Plants to Pull Over and Admire!
Have you ever been driving home from work or on a walk and spotted a plant in someone’s yard that just grabs your attention and you just want to know more? It happens to me more than I might like to admit and hopefully some of my findings will inspire you. Maybe your neighbor will be stopping by next year to admire your yard too!
This is the Month of January, not the height of this climates gardening season. However one plant that is showing it’s full glory right now is the Red Twig Dogwood (Cornus sericea).
There are many different types of plants in the Dogwood family from trees that bloom in spring to a delightful low ground cover great for shady spots. There are also several sizes of red and yellow twig dogwoods that are shrubs. Even better is many of these are native plants who can serve many helpful purposes in your yard.
Following is the information from King County’s Native Plant Guide which is a great local resource. https://green2.kingcounty.gov/gonative: “Another plant for wetter areas, even right in shallow water. This is an attractive plant almost year round. In the winter it is known for its flaming red bark and in the spring and summer for it’s light foliage that flickers in the wind. Fall foliage is golden to reddish on red stems. The small flowers are in large clusters of frothy white. The berries are pale with a touch of blue. For best gardening effect these need to be pruned to an inch above ground in the early spring as the red begins to darken and just before new buds begin to appear. They will form thickets which birds love and they can also draw deer. If left unpruned they will grow to 15, but they make a fine screen in summer.”
Would the Redtwig Dogwood be right for your garden? Certainly with so many varieties and growth sizes it would be hard to imagine a garden that wouldn’t benefit from some fire red in the winter and beautiful foliage in the summer like the variegated Cornus alba ‘Ivory Halo’…