The dogwood shrub in our back yard has had a trying life under our watch. It was once one of three, but Brodie peed on the other two so many times that they ended up giving up the ghost. Now this one is trying to be a ghost, or something, as it has sent up this one white stalk in the center of the bush.
I’ve hacked this thing back a few times pretty ruthlessly, but forgot to this year. It’s huge now, and Coraline likes to try to eat the leaves that are near the ground. I wonder about its well being.
I’m just not sure what to do with this dogwood. For the record, it’s a European Variegated Dogwood ‘Elegantissima’ and as you can see, it’s out of control.
I cut it back last year, and it got HUGE this year. It’s blocking the access door to the garage and Coraline has decided that getting underneath all the lower leaves is fun. Brodie also likes to pee on those leaves – gross!
So anyway, I’m looking for advice! Should I cut it back again? Should I move it to somewhere that it would have more room to grow (not sure if I have such a large spot)? Is there something else I could do to help it thrive?
I love the shape that tulip leaves make when they’re first sprouting.
So pretty! The one pictured above is in the Garage-side Garden in the back yard.
As you can see, I didn’t do a lot of clean-up in this bed before the end of the season last fall. (You can also see that we didn’t get to do the final mow that we should have – even after raking and poo-scooping, it’s looking pretty shaggy.) I do like the interest the dead Coreopsis gives in the winter, so I like to leave it there. I’m actually not sure what tulips I have planted over here, so that’ll be a nice surprise when they really come in.
This part of this garden is realllly in need of some clean-up. Look at all that dead foliage! Now that we’ve cleared the area of dog doo it’ll be easier to clean this up (for some reason the area next to the stone border is a favorite poo area).
Here you can see that the lone surviving Dogwood is doing alright here. I just saw something online the other day saying that propagating dogwood is really easy, so I think I’ll put that on the to-do list for this fall. I’d love to have more than one. You can also see a few sad little Purple Wintercreeper cuttings that I put in here at some point (and failed to log on Folia). I think I will move those this year.
Below you can see that there are a lot of things sprouting in this bed right now. Huzzah!