Park Life Blog

Plant of the Month : December 2018

Winter Dogwoods

Colourful Dogwood

We grow quite a range of different Cornus varieties around the Park. Several of these flowering Dogwoods (as they are known) can be found in the old drive near the train station where they bloom spectacularly in spring and early summer.

Dogwood in a border at the Park

In winter it is the turn of different Dogwoods – types with insignificant flowers but with very showy winter stems. These are normally medium sized shrubs, but we hard prune them in spring to about 50cm. The resultant new wood is not revealed until their attractive yellow Autumn leaves have fallen. Then they become prominent, illuminating even the dullest of winter days . We have several varieties of ┬áthese brightly coloured winter warmers in reds, oranges, yellows and even black.

Dogwood berries

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens