Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Pacific Northwest

October, 2013
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Variegated Redtwig Dogwood
Variegated redtwig dogwood (Cornus alba 'Elegantissima') is a workhorse shrub, giving a great deal for the little it asks in the way of care and attention. Extremely adaptable, it grows in a wide range of soil types. It is one of a handful of shrubs that can take very wet soil in winter and very dry soil in summer.

In the spring, bright gray-green leaves emerge with a wide, irregular margin of pure white. This variegation remains vibrant and does not fade during summer. Once the leaves have dropped in late fall, its vibrant red stems are revealed, adding interest to the winter scene. The stems are brightest red when they are young. To encourage this new growth, cut a few (or all) of the stems to about 6 inches above the ground in late winter.

Variegated redtwig dogwood can eventually get to 10 feet high and wide, but it can easily be kept smaller with pruning. It gradually spreads from the base, sending out upright shoots. Once established, it grows quickly and won't miss armfuls of branches; bring them indoors for winter arrangements or place them in containers and decorate them with white lights for holiday festivities.

Shows & Events

Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Fall Tree and Shrub Sale
For two weekends, October 11-13 and October 18-20, the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden in Shoreline, WA, a public garden containing a unique blend of Pacific Northwest native plants and unusual exotics in a naturalistic, wooded setting, will hold its Fall Tree and Shrub Sale. Enjoy discounts of 10-50 percent on all trees and shrubs in the nursery. Clearance items and select perennials are on sale as well. You can also enjoy a cup of hot cider and a stroll through the garden to view the fall foliage. On Saturdays, October 12 and 19, at 11 a.m. take a free one-hour guided tour and learn the history of the Kruckeberg Garden. On Sundays, October 13 and 20, at 1 p.m., participate in a free seminar, The Right Plant for the Right Place, where experienced KBG horticultural staff will highlight unique plant choices for difficult situations including dry shade and slope stabilization. The sale will take place at the MsK Rare and Native Plant Nursery at the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, located at 20312 15th Ave. NW, Shoreline, WA For more information visit or call 206-546-1281.


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