Plant of the Month: October

img_20161015_164847.jpgFall is here. The nights are drawing in earlier each day. The blue skies and sunny days haven’t quite disappeared but there is a distinctive winter chill in the air. In the garden the herbaceous borders across the country our winding down and the winter shrubs are taking centre stage.

It’s not too late to be planting, moving or introducing new plants into the garden. The ground below is still warm from the summer sun. This is the perfect time for new plants to establish themselves firmly amongst the borders, building their root system through the winter, ready to make an entrance in the spring.

Here in Fownhope we have welcomed a couple of new arrivals into our garden hedge. A pair of chirpy winter Robins who have set up home and seem to be rather fond of fruit cake.

My plant of the month for October has to be:

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Cotoneaster’s

Cotoneaster’s are probably as old fashioned and robust a plant as they come. Part of the Rosaceae (Rose) family, these beauty’s can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs or small trees. Their branches, adorned with teardrop leaves, bare clusters of petite white or pink bee friendly blooms in spring and summer. These gems then go on to become flash red, purple or black juicy berry suppers for visiting winter birds.

I do believe there is a space in any garden for a sneaky Cotoneaster to grow…though they usually find those places themselves.

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