|Cornus alba 'Elegantissima' in the background |
with Iris reticulata and Hamamelis sp. in the foreground
Their feature is one of the major attraction in the Winter Garden at the Sir Harold Hillier Arboretum and Gardens. In contrast with colourful Rubus sp. or the evergreen black grass Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' it proves that after leaf fall the cold season is far from being boring or quiet. The petite flowers of snowdrops planted en masse underneath gives the coloured stems elegance which is enhanced by the grace of winter frosts.
|Cornus sericea 'Flaviramea' surrounded by snowdrops and Cornus alba 'Sibirica' in the background|
|Cornus alba 'Sibirica' with Carex morrowii|
After the plants have established all there is to do is an annual prune down to a few inches above ground level around March time, just before new leaves emerge. That will keep the shrub neat as well as numerous new shoots at the base will form the next winter display. An unpruned specimen will soon lack in colour and will grow straggly.
|Cornus sericea 'Flaviramea' and Cornus |
sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire' in the background