Red Twig Dogwood

Winter may seem like a bleak time for your garden, but if you have red twig dogwood (Cornus sericea), you have a fiery scarlet island in the endless sea of white or brown. The striking shrub, which is native to North America, has winter stems that vary in colour from bright red to dark burgundy. […]

Littleleaf boxwood charms, especially during the holidays

As Christmas decorating gets underway, thoughts turn to pine boughs and holly wreaths. Or, in some cases, littleleaf boxwood (Buxus microphylla). If you’re searching for a pinch of green to supply big Christmas spirit in a small space, this could be your plant. The ½-inch bright green leaves hold their own in a holiday display—they’re […]

Cornelian cherry dogwood

If you don’t want passersby to stop and stare at your yard, don’t even think of planting Cornelian cherry dogwood (Cornus mas). This small tree opens the growing season with a bang in March, when its clusters of tiny yellow flowers explode. The show often continues for weeks and can still be going when other […]

Woodland Phlox

The problem with phlox is waiting until midsummer for the blooms. But there’s a cure for that, and it’s called woodland phlox (Phlox divaricata). This fragrant and hardy wild phlox is a spring bloomer with pretty violet-blue flowers and glossy green leaves. It stays closer to the ground than its city cousins and spreads by […]