Today, ladies and gentlemen, I give you the star of Tesco carparks across the country, winner of an RHS Award of Garden Merit and quiet stalwart of many a suburban garden. I give you….
Herringbone branches make interesting traceries in Winter and little pinkish flowers appear in Spring but Autumn is when Cotoneaster horizontalis really shines as its tiny glossy green leaves turn a deep crimson and it carries cheerful red berries.
It’s a deciduous, hardy shrub which loves some sun and can cope with a dryish spot at the bottom of a wall, against which the shapes of the branches can be appreciated. It can be kept withinin bounds with some pruning in early Spring if necessary but be careful not to lose the lovely shape of the twigs!