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Creating Beautiful Gardens throughout Warwickshire and beyond

Gardens by Design, 18 Willes Terrace, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV31 1DL Tel 01926 315880

Plant of the Month

Cornus kousa (Chinese dogwood)

Tiny green flowers in June are surrounded by large, tapered, creamy white, flower bracts, fading to red-pink. This fully hardy broadly conical Chinese dogwood is renowned for its dark green leaves that turn crimson-purple in autumn. It is an excellent specimen tree in full sun to part shade for a small garden or woodland edge growing to 7m. The leaf colour is best in fertile, well-drained, neutral to acid soil. On mature plants the flowers are followed by strawberry-like fleshy fruit. Requires minimal pruning.

In early-spring apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted compost or manure around the base of the plant.

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Association of Professional Landscapers
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The Royal Horticultural Society
BBC - Gardening
Garden Organic- was HDRA
Crane Sheds and Summer Houses
The National Garden Scheme
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Kew Gardens
The Eden Project
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