Sep 2, 2010
CLOTHING for the GARDEN
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.
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