variegated red twig dogwood & w&r weigela need a companion

csmerkJune 13, 2007

We are creating a bed in between two young shade trees (approx 12 ft high) to add a splash of interest against the plain 6ft high white vinyl fence. We had arborvitae Elegantissima there that didn't survive the winter winds. With that in mind, we've chosen variegated red twig dogwoods and wine and roses weigela so far but are now stuck on a broadleaf evergreen to mix in. The bed is only going to be 7.5 feet deep by about 30 or 32 feet long so we can't have an evergreen that will take over the bed. We had decided on the Green Mountain boxwood but can't afford the 3 feet specimens and have since discovered that if we plant the small 2 gallon ones it may take up to 10 years before the even reach 3 feet. We feel it won't be a good idea to take that route since the dogwoods will take off and the weigela will also grow at a faster rate. Also, we love hollies, but our current hollies (nellie stevens and inkberries) are just recovering from the winter winds as well so we really do need something very hardy back there. Any ideas? Are we being ridiculous about thinking there has to be an evergreen in the mix?

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megajas(z7 VA)

My first thoughts were rhododendrons or Camellias. Other thoughts for winter interest would be curly willow for it's stems. Maybe Nandina for berries?

-bonnie

    Bookmark   August 15, 2007 at 3:01PM
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prairiegirlz5

I think Taunton yew (Taxus x media 'Tauntonii')looks very nice with red-twigged dogwoods. Keep in mind, to get the best winter color of your dogwoods, you're going to be removing the older stems, keeping the ultimate size smaller than if left to grow "naturally" so you can place the yews in front of or behind the dogwoods, whatever works best for you. I would berm the soil a little, if possible, kind of stages the planting and provides good drainage for evergreens.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2007 at 12:05AM
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grow_now(5)

Tough broadleaf evergreen PJM rhody
they turn puplish for winter color
green again in the spring, lavender flowers, very early spring

    Bookmark   February 19, 2008 at 1:03PM
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mori1(5b/6a)

I have a red twig dogwood and old fashion canary weigela. May I suggest that you put them as far apart from each other as possible. With the dogwood, maybe groundcover would be the best bet. My dogwood is over 7 ft and I have to prune every three weeks or less if we have a good rain. The weigela will be the slower grower but I have had to remove a two shrubs and now a groundcover because I failed to realize how wide this thing will get. The reality hit me when I went over to friend. He has a weigela in the middle of his yard. The thing is huge about 6 ft tall and 5 ft wide. A wine and rose should get about 5 ft wide and the same in height. Please keep this in mind when choosing companion plants

    Bookmark   July 21, 2008 at 5:17PM
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