Cornus Canadensis Ground Cover
Cornus Canadensis (Creeping Dogwood)
With its showy white petal-like flower bracts appearing in late Spring and early Summer, framed by a collar of rich green leaves that will take on attractive red tones during Autumn, Cornus Canadensis ground cover is a wonderful, hardy perennial. After the flower bracts fade, they are followed in Autumn by a jaunty cluster of bright red berries.
Very low maintenance, Cornus Canadensis is ideal attractive groundcover for shaded areas of your garden where it will quickly form a weed supressing mat – perfect for planting under trees or in a woodland garden, but also ideal for the front of a border where its dark green foliage would contrast beautifully with the silvery leaves of Artemisia, Lavender Silver Sands or Perovskia.
Happiest in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in sun, or partial to full shade. Cornus Canadensis ground cover need little maintenance, simply trim off any dead, diseased or damaged growth, or cut back plants to fit the space available and divide large colonies of plants in Spring or Autumn. Note that the foliage can cause irritation to skin and eyes, harmful if eaten.
As a rough guide when planting Cornus Canadensis as ground cover – 4 plants per square metre is adequate with a little patience, 6 will give better coverage, and 9-12 will make a weed supressing carpet very quickly.
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How to grow Cornus Canadensis
Position: Sunny, full or partial shade
Foliage: Perennial, foliage dies back in Winter, new young leaves emerge in Spring.
Soil and site: Fertile, moist, free-draining
Flowering time: Late Spring – early Summer
Growth rate: Moderate/fast
Ultimate height and spread: To 10cm, spread to 100cm
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Aftercare: Divide large/congested colonies in Spring.