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Cotoneaster microphyllus 'Cooperi'

12/14/2019

     Cooperi is a sweet, low growing Cotoneaster that can be used a number of fun ways in the garden.  My favorite use for Cooperi is a ground cover.  We all need a great ground cover sometimes and Cooperi is second to none.  It has flowers and then berries and both are lovely but it's really the texture and form I can't get past!  Because of it's rigid, twisting branches and small stature it is a unique, eye catching choice for many different types of garden projects.  It is, hands down, my favorite Cotoneaster and certainly a top contender for the best all around ground cover award.

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Sat, 12/14/2019 - 16:05 -- Sarah

     Finding the perfect ground cover is the best way to dress up an empty hillside or bare spot in the yard without making more work for yourself.  In fact, if you pick the right ground cover, you make a bare spot pleasing to the eye while simultaneously you  CUT DOWN on yard work by squeezing out the weeds.  Cooperi is one of my favorite go to ground cover recommendations.  It has seasonal interest and it is very good at keeping the weeds down.  The best landscaping plants are the ones you never need to touch and Cooperi has that going for him.

     The stiff, redish branches hug the ground and twist around each other and cover themselves with little green leaves.  The texture and form can be difficult categories for a ground cover to compete in because they really just .... cover the ground in places you don't want to mow; but Cooperi brings a little oomph to the game of ground covering.  Sometimes I put a rock here or there to put some depth in the picture as it gets swallowed up in the tangling braches.

Here's the little guy just going into the ground:

And here is his sea of twisted branches 10 years down the road:

     I have heard Cooperi is fun to bonsai with it's tiny, twitsy branches and perfect leaves but I haven't actually tried it for myself.   For all the same reasons Cooperi lends itself to the patio container garden, rock garden or miniature railroad garden and let's face it; it's time for the miniature railroad garden to make a comeback. 

     I should mention the flowers and berries before we go much further.  Delicate white flowers in spring will give way to bright red berries in fall.  When that show is over, it is fabulous just the way it is.

 

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