The Beauty of Cotoneaster

 

Attract wildlife to your garden with Cotoneaster

If you are looking for plants to attract wildlife into your garden then why not consider the Cotoneaster? These valuable, hardy, ornamental shrubs are easy to grow and much undervalued in garden plantings.

Cotoneasters are an excellent choice for attracting wildlife to the garden, their single, simple flowers are especially attractive to bees and produce a delicate tasting honey whilst most berries can be enjoyed by birds when ripe. Their flowers usually appear from April to August depending upon species, followed by their berries which can be in a range of colours from white, cream, pink, yellow, orange, red, purple to black- the red varieties are most attractive to birds.

Their use within the garden is endless, from specimen trees in the lawn, to wall shrubs, ground cover and hedging. Many are suitable for windy coastal areas and tolerant of atmospheric pollution, hence town plantings and municipal parks. They respond well to pruning and can be pruned at any time of year but should be pruned in summer to encourage flowers and fruit for the following season. Hedges are best pruned in September. They are happy in any well drained soil and particularly like chalk and limestone, they also do well on sandy and gravelly soils. They dislike heavy, wet soils and like most other plants dislike the excessive use of mulch/ wood chips which depletes the nitrogen from the soil. They will flower and fruit best in a sunny location but some varieties will tolerate semi shade, especially the black berried forms.

Cotoneaster were over exposed by county councils when common varieties were used en-mass in large parks and municipal plantings. The decline of true ‘nurseries’ has also lead to the number a varieties on offer to the general public being limited. However we hope to change this and are very grateful to Jeanette Fryer who donated a number of stock plants to us in order to help revive this genus. She has done a lot of research over many years into these plants and has published a very useful reference book with Bertil Hylmo named ‘Cotoneasters’ and published by Timber Press. We are now pleased to offer over 100 different types including many rare and beautiful varieties, these range diversely from ground cover plants up to large trees. For a full list of the Cotoneaster we have available have a look here.

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