Sep 2, 2010

Clothing For The Garden: Cotoneaster


The northwest side of my house is death to plants.  I have tried woody shrubs, herbaceous material and various groundcovers.  Nothing has worked.

I was about to give up and throw some grass seed on this woeful corner, but I decided to give it one more chance.  I planted a cotoneaster and it survived, even thrived.

Two weeks ago in Kent, walking around the gardens at Pashley Manor Gardens, I was talking to one of the gardeners.  He was cutting back some euphorbia characias subsp. Wulfenii and next to that euphorbia was a cotoneaster.  

I remarked on how many uses I had seen for cotoneaster in the UK.  
"Yes, they are good clothing for the garden."

Cotoneaster is a shrub I used to dismiss.  
I have gained new respect for its beauty and its utility.

All photos copyright Phyllis Odessey.  No usage without permission.


Elin said...

Recently, we toured a small private garden in Newfoundland - a place where wind and temps make growing anything a challenge - cotoneaster was one of the few plants that seemed to thrive without major nurturing!

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