The landscape is absolutely beautiful now, and the spring blooming dogwoods are a big part of that!
Spring blooming dogwood (a.k.a. cornus florida) is native to North America and really a superb all around plant. The flowers are spectacular and long lasting (in reality the white petals aren’t really a part of the flower but who cares!…) in the spring, it has pretty red fruit that is both ornamental and great for wildlife and then in the fall it has a spectacular leaf color that can’t be beat.
What I love is that it hovers under the tree canopy and on the margins of the woodlands adding depth and beauty. You can see in the photo below how beautiful it is silhouetted against a red maple. It’s height hovers between twenty and forty feet and it’s happy in zones 5-9, and did I mention the deer don’t like it either?
They can be susceptible to anthracnose and other diseases but generally they’re quite hardy and a huge addition to your landscape. Plant them individually as a specimen or in multiples for an amazing woodland palette.
If you’re interested in adding them to your yard your local nursery will have them (they also come in a bright pink but please, just don’t go there!), they also grow fairly easily from seeds if you like to try and grow your own, but you’ll have to wait a bit for flowers – but isn’t that what gardening is all about? Planting a seed and watching it grow?
Happy gardening all!