The little shrub that could, cotoneasters are fuss-free, berry-making machines that tolerate cold, drought once plant is established, winds, road salt, and salt spray, and can be put to great use as groundcovers or in the case of some varieties, tidy hedges.
They often take a backseat to showier winter-interest shrubs such as hollies (and we get why!), but in many instances they’re the better fit where you have a tough spot and want loads of interesting branches, textures, and winter color.
There are several types ranging from ground huggers to towering hedges, but here we’re going to focus here on the low growing types because they are so useful on slopes, edging driveways, bordering foundation plantings, or even in pots.
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Light pink or white spring flowers
Beautiful fall foliage and berries that remain stay on the branches into winter
One of the lowest growing cotoneasters, this one sports tiny white spring flowers followed by showy red berries that linger into fall and winter. Use on banks, berms, and to cascade over walls. Evergreen. Up to 6 in. tall and 8 ft. wide. Full sun. Zone: 6 – 8