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Plowmans Garden Centre is a part of the Home and Garden group and is situated in West Parley in Dorset. We have a wide range of plants, shrubs, garden furniture and much more to inspire all of your gardening needs. Come and visit us today!
Plant of the Week: Cornus
Many of us are familiar with the colourful winter dogwoods, with whippy stems in brilliant scarlet, lime green or flames of orange to enjoy through the cold weather months.
Less well-known is that the family also includes some truly spectacular summer-flowering shrubs. Flowering dogwoods have showy, elegant bracts in ivory white or palest pink, opening in a waterfall over the delicate, airy branches, stealing the show in May and June. Look out for Cornus kousa ‘Miss Satomi’ in powder-pink, or C. florida in ivory white. The lovely wedding cake tree, C. controversa, has tiered branches of creamy-white flowers: give it a prime position where it can really show off.
Weeds, so the saying goes, are just plants in the wrong place. The trouble is, there are so many of them. However much you might think dandelions are pretty, or ground elder has elegant leaves, if you stop to admire them too long you (and your plants) will quickly be overrun.
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Start cutting back whippy green shoots from this year's growth on wisteria. Prune back to five or six leaves from the main stem to encourage the plant to form more flower buds. This also helps to keep the plant under control. ;