One of the earliest trees on earth, identified through fossils, was the Ginkgo biloba, also known as the maidenhair tree.
What can flower gardeners do when their perennials' roots are sleeping the winter away?
It contrasts well with other colors and flower shapes, never needs staking, is untroubled by pests and deer avoid it.
So while we cherish our natives, if we add a Japanese dogwood to our landscape that is a good choice too.
Vita Sackville-West's luxuriant plantings create a setting of decadence and romance at the garden of Sissinghurst Castle.