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Gardening tips: plant a black-stemmed dogwood

Cornus alba ‘Kesselringii’ makes a dramatic winter picture.

Cornus alba ‘Kesselringii’ makes a dramatic winter picture. Photograph: Gap Photos

Plant this Looking for something showy for your garden this month? Black-stemmed dogwood (Cornus alba ‘Kesselringii’) underplanted with evergreen grasses or snowdrops makes a dramatic winter picture. This hardy shrub will reach 2m each way and is suitable for most aspects, aside from deep shade.

Visit this Even though my family thinks there’s a houseplant takeover already happening in our house, I’ve got nothing on RHS Wisley in Surrey. From its huge glasshouse hosts the Giant Houseplant Takeover, where hundreds of plants grow wild in a Victorian house.

Read this The term “plant hunter” may seem straight out of a sepia-tinted Victorian photograph, but biologist Dr Sandy Primrose is determined to prove that contemporary adventures to find new species are just as riveting and important. His new book Modern Plant Hunters: Adventures in Pursuit of Extraordinary Plants (£30, Pimpernel Press) tells the stories of Roy Lancaster, Dan Hinkley and more.

 This article was amended on 21 January 2020 to correct errors introduced in the editing process about the Modern Plant Hunters book.