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In the depths of winter, the quiet charms of plants with strikingly coloured bark come into their own. Textures and stem colours attract the eye, as bright whites, yellows, pinks warm red-browns light the gloom.
Cornus can be coppiced annually.
Winter interest provided by bark on trees and shrubs is an important aspect of planting up a garden, and is sometimes overlooked in favour of more flamboyant flower interest. Many of the suggestions listed here provide strong upright forms as well as striking colours. For maximum impact, plant the shrubs in groups and the trees where their bark can be seen and appreciated.
Points to note:
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Arboricultural Association CoppicingHardy heathersPollardingPlants for winter interestPruning for colourful stemsShrubs: evergreen by sizeShrubs: evergreen for specific situationsTrees for smaller gardensTrees and shrubs: colourful foliageTrees and shrubs: plantingTrees and shrubs: variegated foliageTrees: staking
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