Brighten Up Your Winter Garden with Berries

By: Julie Day

Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster sp.)

Most varieties of Cotoneaster are small, spreading shrubs, with many prostrate varieties used as groundcovers as they tumble over walls and slopes. Both evergreen and deciduous varieties are available, with dark reddish-green leaves, pink spring flowers, and eye-catching small red berries in winter.

Hardy to zone 4.

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  • Christine Moers Says:
    June 2nd, 2010 at 9:55 am

    I have a large Nandina bush near my kitchen window. I like it, but my friend said it will grow into my sink plumbing. Is this a bad idea to keep the Nandina?


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    Julie Day Says:
    January 31st, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Pyracantha does have some humongous, tough thorns! As I was photographing pyracantha for this article, I was surprised to see my neighbor’s dog happily munching the berries, oblivious to the thorns – I still haven’t figured that one out.



  • Penn Says:
    January 30th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Do not buy a Pyracantha. It grows like crazy and the THORNS!!! I just cut this out of my back yard and now I have piles of branches that I can’t move. I’m going to have to burn them in my back yard because the thorns will go through shoes/jeans/gloves and cause extreme pain almost like a bee sting.


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