If Cornus were a celebrity, it would be Bear Grylls. It’s strong, resilient and attractive for it’s can do attitude.
Commonly referred to as Dogwoods, Cornus are
Provided it fits with my textural pallet then Cornus will always feature in my planting plans. Cornus has a great success rate and will handle whatever the weather has to throw at it. However, I’d always plant a few. One can look a bit lost. My great friend and fellow garden designer Rebecca http://gardensbyrebecca.co.uk is a big fan of Cornus alba Kesselringii but I feel you need really good light levels and a good background to use this one. It can get lost. I tend to use good old Cornus alba ‘Siberica’ or Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’. If you’re after a lime green stem then Cornus
Great examples of Cornus are Anglesey Abbey and Broadview Gardens. There’s also a nice little show in the Japanese garden opposite Preston Park. If you want bright colour in your stems then coppice (cut down to the base) every year. If you want flowers then leave as they flower on their second year. the flowers are adored by passing pollenators.