STAR OF THE MONTH

Co­toneaster amoenus

Gardeners' World - - On The Cover -

Co­toneast­ers are gen­er­ally un­ap­pre­ci­ated: they are mainly con­sid­ered worth their place in the gar­den as back­ground ev­er­greens, small trees, hedges or as big green blobs grown to block off un­wel­come views. They are use­ful in all those roles but, at this time of year, they come into their own. Clus­ters of Santa- coloured berries scurry along ev­ery branch. When cut they make won­der­ful wreaths and dec­o­ra­tions; left in place they carry a frost with great aplomb and they also pro­vide valu­able win­ter food for many of our gar­den birds. So, let’s all show them some proper Gar­den­ers’ World love.

An easy shrub – fine in all free- drain­ing soil types and happy in sun or light shade. Height x Spread 2.5m x 1.5m

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