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Living Lattice ... It's a Very Well-Trained Cotoneaster

Magazine article Sunset

Living Lattice ... It's a Very Well-Trained Cotoneaster

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Living lattice ... it's a very well-trained cotoneaster "If I wre stuck on a desert island and could have just one plant, it would be cotoneaster. You can do so much with it." Just what does gardener Edyth Henderson like about it, and what has she done with it?

Cotoneaster makes a fine display because it always gives you something to look at: flowers in the spring, leaves in the summer, and bright red berries in the fall and winter. It also thrives in poor soil and with little water--traits as useful in drought-stricken suburbs as on desert islands.

The photograph above shows rock cotoneaster (C. horizontalis) trained on a fence in Mrs. Henderson's garden. Starrting with plants in gallon cans, you could achieve the same effect after about five years of training.

As Mrs. Henderson's plants grew, she tied the stems loosely to U-shaped staples nailed into the wooden fence. To maintain the lattice-like pattern and keep the five plants from blanketing the fence, she prunes them once in spring after flowers (and bees) have gone, and once more at summer's end. …

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