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Do you need something exciting in your garden? I know I do. Do you need to add elegant structure and unbelievable colour? Who doesn’t?

Well, golden shadows pagoda dogwood is the plant for you. With a natural horizontal branching habit giving it a tiered appearance, and its glorious variegated leaves of bright yellow with a splotch of emerald green, this is definitely a showstopper.

This spectacular dogwood takes on a pink tone on the new growth and in the spring produces clumps of lacy, yellowish white flowers. This is definitely a spectacular addition to any landscape.

It is a tough native North American shrub tree that gives year-round presents and beauty. It thrives in dappled shade, but will withstand some sun. Moisture is the key component and weekly watering during hot spells is necessary. They will also benefit from mulching to maintain the moisture.

Golden shadows will grow in different soils, like loam and clay, while giving it compost in the spring is all the fertilizer it will need. No pruning is necessary, but you can, only to keep a desired shape. Therefore, it is a low maintenance specimen.

Of course, with all plants you might need to protect them from our wildlife, as they tend to nibble on new growth. You also need to protect them from weed whackers and lawn mowers, too.

Don’t forget the Dunnville Horticultural Society holds its monthly program night every third Thursday of the month, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Optimist Club of Dunnville hall, 101 Main St. E. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with light refreshments provided. The group is now sponsoring lug a mug, so don’t forget to bring your reusable mug. This month, our program is all about favourite YouTube gardeners. Memberships are available to purchase.

Also, don’t forget to save the date for April 29, for the collaboration Seedy Saturday with the Haldimand Horticultural Society. It will be held at the Cayuga Memorial Arena, 55 Thorburn St. S., Cayuga. It is sure to be a spectacular day.


Marlene Link is a member of the Dunnville Horticultural Society.

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