Red twig dogwood companion plants are usually limited to grasses, shrubs, cover crops, certain trees, and bushes, and one of the key varieties is the Tatarian dogwood also known as Cornus alba.

Red Twig Dogwood Companion Plants

The reason lies in understanding how the red twig dogwood grow. Besides avoiding a bland garden, companion planting provides synergy with crops.

Here’s a look at nine wonderful companion plants for dogwood trees, even variegated Red Twig Dogwood.

List of Red Twig Dogwood Companion Plants

1. Dutchman’s Pipe

Dutchman’s Pipe is a vine plant that grows within the same zone as the red twig dogwood. 

Dutchman’s Pipe Flower Hangs from the Vine

– Features

The heart-shaped leaves grow in a dense form, often covering the flowers when present. The beautiful green leaves would grow near each other and they would vine your garden wall along with the red twig.

– Companion Advantages

The nectar of their flowers is irresistible to hummingbirds and butterflies. They are a great source that attract pollinators like bees and wasps to your garden to take the pollen off the flowers. 

It’s handy when growing red twig dogwood, especially when you’d love natural propagation across your garden, which s why it is great with the best red twig dogwood varieties include the red osier dogwood, which is also known as Cornus sericea.

For example, in a garden with a monotonous red color, the Dutchman’s pipes help to even out the color. You bring a beautiful blend of green and red by planting them on the fence or beside the red twig dogwood.

– Growing Requirements

Just like when growing the Red Twig Dogwood, shade is important. The Dutchman’s Pipe vine prefers to grow under partial shades and enjoys moist, well-drained soil, conditions that favor the red twig dogwood.

Regular pruning is necessary to control the growth of this plant and protection from the wind. In addition, by leveraging on the part shade and protection of the red twig dogwood, coupled with the pollinator attraction of the Dutchman, growing either of the plants becomes a breeze.

2. Bluestar Juniper

The Bluestar Juniper, Juniperus squamata, is a short shrub known for its hardy nature and blue leaves. For lovers of colors and art, the mere sight of blue contrasted with red is heavenly, if you place them together in your garden, of course. 

Blue Berries in Juniper Plants

– Companion Advantages

The Bluestar Juniper reaches a mature height of about two to three feet after many years, with a milestone of one foot in about five years. It makes it an ideal cover crop to take up the space produced by planting red twig dogwood. 

Regarding compatibility, the Bluestar is a tough plant that thrives under full sunlight, well-drained soil, and average moisture. The bonus is that it can adapt to hot and rather cold regions, which makes caring for the Bluestar Juniper easy.

As you get to add the Bluestar Juniper to a garden of red twigs is a seamless yet colorful and resourceful addition.

– Growth Requirements

You must remember that these flowers can’t tolerate wet soil or waterlogged soil, which means that the soil must be moist and not soggy. In addition, the Juniper may be tolerant to hot conditions, but extreme heat is a problem like for example it would cause burn.

Overall, you must note that one of the befits that it has is that it is easy to grow once established, often needing little supervision, it is a low maintenance plant.

3. Yellow Twig Dogwood

The Yellow Twig Dogwood, scientifically it is known as the Cornus sericea ‘flaviramea,’ is the same as the red twig dogwood, except for its yellow twigs. They’re an awesome way to add color to your garden without thinking about newer growing conditions. 

Beautiful Yellow Twig Dogwood Plant

– Companion Advantages

As mentioned earlier, they don’t need a different monitoring form to be sure of their optimum growth and as they would still add beauty and elevate the aesthetics of your garden. You will simply follow the same Red Twig dogwood care program.

– Decorative Aspects

The mix of Red and gold or even the yellow creates that meadow looks many garden owners strive to make up. It creates beautiful scenery as the sun rises and an even more beautiful one in the evening as the sun sets.

For something a little dramatic, try the concept of Red Twig Dogwood foundation planting with yellow twigs also.

– Growing Requirements

Ensure adequate spacing exists between the yellow and red twig dogwoods to allow them to spread somewhere between four and six feet is a good bet.

You must water it in a deep manner as long as it develops some extensive and long roots that will establish themselves in your garden. After the latter, you may water it once a week up to an inch. 

As you would grow both plants the same way, stay away from scorching heat but under direct and dull sunlight. However, be sure to have rich, moist, well-drained soil, and watch your garden become a radiant heaven, actually.

4. Ruby Spice

Ruby Spice even known as the Clethra alnifolia, or sometimes called the Sweet pepperbush or the summer sweet, is a beautiful shrub that grows between four and six feet. Ruby Spice is known for its pinkish-red flowers that boom during fall, a beautiful sight to behold.

White Ruby Spice Blossoms

– Companion Advantages

The Ruby Spice is a great attractor for hummingbirds and butterflies, a big advantage for Red twig Redwoods. In addition, Ruby Spice grows well to cover the ground when you have fallow space in a garden.

As you grow them together, you will get the synergy of removing the space weeds would occupy with a garden teeming with birds and butterflies, pollinators, and beautiful features. The pollinators would come and bloom your garden even more as they look for some pollen from one plant to the other. 

Nonetheless, for lovers of aesthetics, the blooming flowers during the fall creates a magical terrain to gaze upon. The splash of green, pink, and red instantly creates a picture-perfect garden.

– Growing Requirements

The Ruby spice, like the Red Twig Dogwood, grows under full sunlight without the scorching heat. They are well able to tolerate part shade and even full shade.

The Ruby Spice thrives in well-drained soil and can tolerate wet soil conditions if the situation demands it. The red plant grows within the hardiness zone three to nine, similar to the red twig hardiness region.

5. Daylily

The Daylily, belonging to the Hemerocallis spp., refers to a group of flower-bearing plants with beautiful foliage and vibrant-colored flowers, most notably the red-colored flowers. 

Blooming Daylily with Buds

– Characteristics

Due to their hardiness, often requiring a little amount of care to thrive, and their beauty coupled with unique features, they are often called ‘perfect perennials’ and this is one of their key characteristics.

– Growth in All Seasons

These flowers come in seven categories corresponding to early spring and late fall; Extra early, early, early mid-season, mid-season, late mid-season, later in the season, and very late. Their flowers have a blooming period of about three to five weeks per year, each blooming for only one day.

This feature allows you to pick when you would love to have your garden arrayed with the splendor of lilies during the day. In short, this characteristic of being flexible in their bloom, is a key one that gardeners look up to.

– Companion Advantages

The Red Twig Dogwood tree and Daylilies thrive under full to part shade, enjoy well-drained and moist soil, and are perennials. In addition, the beautiful lily flowers are irresistible to bees, butterflies and even hummingbirds, our favorite pollinators, which you will be seeing them in your garden.

The benefits increase when you consider landscaping options, because they make good curbs or can be used to increase curb appeal. With red flowers around the fence, curb, or selected areas in the home, and the red twig redwoods, you treat the eyes to a beautiful landscape.

– Growth Requirements

A place that basks in the sunlight, or is partly shaded, if you stay in regions with scorching heat, is the perfect spot to have these lovelies. Once established in organic-rich soil, preferably loamy soil, these lilies don’t need fertilizing or special care. With constant watering, you have a happy lily.

When it comes to watering, be careful not to go overboard. Moist and not water-logged soil is the key! Consider spraying the foliage with water to keep them moist during the summer.

– Blooming in Winter

Wintering for Daylilies depends on the specie you go for. Some species are evergreen, while some require special care to maintain their foliage and flowers during the cold seasons. Some very special species go through a dormant period from late Fall to early Spring. 

The beauty of Daylilies is that it’s up to you. When planting them with red twig dogwood, the options are almost limitless.

6. Ghost Bramble

The Ghost Bramble, is a unique plant that seems ordinary for most of the year, but gives a ‘ghostly’ appearance during the winter.  It’s quick-growing but not choking, and easily covers the space left by Red Twig dogwood when planted together. 

Thorny Tangle of the Ghost Bramble

The silver-green foliage and bark make this shrub/bush an intriguing companion for Red twig plant. 

– Characteristic

Once established, the Ghost Bramble requires little to no maintenance. Though it grows quickly and can reach eight feet in height, it’s more than happy to enjoy your neglect for a period.

– Features

During the winter or cold periods, the Ghost bramble sheds most of its leaves to reveal silver-white stems. The stems resemble twigs, similar to red twigs. This creates a beautiful and breathtaking landscape of colorful twigs.

Asides from Summer, when the leaves are mostly green, the foliage produced by the Ghost Bramble maintains a silver-green color. Exploring this with the radiant red to almost crimson of the twigs is an excellent idea.

– Growing Conditions

By very keen to give it a space of nine feet wide, and the availability of well-drained soil and adequate water, as these green brambles would be good to go. While they can survive under full sunlight to part shade, they prefer colder regions to hot environments.

On the other hand, the soil requirements are similar to the Dogwood meaning they should be placed in a well-draining soil that doesn’t clog water like a clay-textured soil would, and the same goes for nutrition needs.

7. Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are medium-sized plants, reaching up to five feet in height, known for their well-rounded flowers that bloom during the summer. The Hydrangea flowers have a plethora of colors, are relatively easy to grow, and easily accompany Red Twig Dogwood.

Close up View of Blue Hydrangeas

– Features

Even though the Hydrangea is arguably the most popular, other Hydrangeas can be incorporated into your garden, with their beautiful multiple blooming flowers having a variety .of colors like blue, pink, purple, and even white So basically, if you’re a lover of flowers during the summer, planting Hydrangeas ensures you experience that burst of summer colors.

– Companion Advantages

Hydrangeas attract butterflies and hummingbirds, pollinators that are useful for the Red Twig Dogwoods. In addition, Hydrangeas are a nice way to have natural colors in a monotonous red environment by using several colors, like the ‘Altonia’ and ‘Big Daddy,’ which have pink and blue flowers, respectively.

– Growth Requirements

The best way to grow Hydrangeas is under shade and with well-drained soil. They thrive in zones five to nine, a period that easily favors the Red Twig Dogwood. Watering should be done to keep the soil moist and can be reduced to twice a week during the winter.

8. Red Oak

The Red Oak is also known as Quercus rubra scientifically, and it is a tree capable of reaching well over a hundred feet and is a native plant to North and Central America. What makes it an awesome companion for the Red Twig Dogwood is the beautiful red leaves that it produces. 

Organic Red Oak Vegetables

– Companion Advantages 

For lovers of color-based themes, especially in certain seasons, the Red Oak is an awesome companion to go with Red Twigs for a red-colored theme or a Fall-based theme. Simply because of the aesthetic feel, it brings to the landscape. 

The red leaves of the Red Oak compliment the Red Twigs of the Dogwood to produce a beautiful scenery that covers the ground below and the heights above.

The Red oak also offers part shade for the Dogwood, a condition allowing you to grow Red Twig Dogwood in an environment known for the scorching heat. The breeze from the trees, coupled with the shade and the matching colors, make the Red Oak a beautiful tree in a garden of Red Twig Dogwoods.

– Growing Requirements

The Red Oak Tree thrives in soils similar to most forest regions; moist, well-drained, and rich in organic matter. This beautiful Oak grows to be a large tree, so space should be envisioned.

Within the first ten years, they can easily reach twenty feet in height, although they’ve been known to reach 140 feet with time.

They can live for over 300 years and thrive under harsh cold winters and mild to relatively intense droughts. So once planted, the early years require moderate water and may not need fertilizer, as it has gotten the grip of the growing system that you have set.

9. Primrose

Primrose, is a modest, resourceful, and easy-to-grow flower that grows peacefully with Dogwoods, red or yellow twigs alike. This amazing flower enjoys cool environments with part shade and well-nourished organic soil.

Primula Plant with Red Flowers

– Advantages

The Primrose attracts several insects and animals to it, a feature necessary for its pollination and propagation, but that also benefits the dogwood. 

– Blooming Season

If you’re someone who loves colors, Primroses begin to blossom with the early rains of Spring. Combine Primroses, Hydrangeas, and Ghost Brambles with the Red Twigs, and it’s an easy-to-maintain garden with beautiful colors all year round.

– Growing conditions

One of the reasons why they would go great together is because both of them would thrive under partial shades of sun. Note that you must keep the prime rose in a soil that doesn’t leave any water on the surface, as the water would drain out completely.

In short, it doesn’t need constant moisture, but if you place relative humus on the soil, it would thrive because the moisture level shouldn’t be too high or too low.


The Red Twig Dogwood is an amazing plant known for its hardy nature, easy-to-maintain feature, and bright-red twigs. Companion planting ensures synergy, beauty, and the health of your plants.

As mentioned above, these points show why the plants in this article are the best for you:

  • Companion Plants bring Pollinators that help with the natural propagation of the Red Twig Dogwood; Hydrangeas, Primroses, and  Bluestar Junipers, for example.
  • Beautiful contrasting colors create beautiful landscapes. Consider the Yellow Twig Dogwood, Ghost Brambles, and Bluestar Junipers to have beautiful contrasting colors.
  • Companion plants should easily grow with the plant in question. All plants in this article thrive with the Red Twig Redwood shade’s preference and growing conditions, from Bramble bushes to Oak trees.

Knowing the best companion plants for the Red Twig Redwood, which one are you adding to your garden?


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