Very low maintenance, Cotoneaster Horizontalis (Herringbone Cotoneaster, Wall Spray Cotoneaster) ground cover simply require a light trim after flowering to retain the symmetry of the plant and a generous mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant. They will perform best in full sun but are equally happy in partially shaded locations. One thing they do require is moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil until established, when they will tolerate slightly drier soil. They will not thrive in soil that becomes waterlogged so add grit and well-rotted organic matter to clay soils before planting

As a rough guide when planting Cotoneaster Horizontalis as ground cover – 4 plants per square metre is adequate with a little patience, 6 will give better coverage, and 9-12 will make a weed supressing carpet very quickly. These versatile shrubs can also be used as a low hedge up to 100cm tall using 3 plants per metre run of hedge.

How to grow Cotoneaster Horizontalis

Position: Full sun, partial shade

Foliage: Deciduous

Soil and site: Moderately fertile, well drained

Flowering time: May

Growth rate: Moderate

Ultimate height and spread: 100cm high and to 150cm wide

Hardiness: Fully Hardy

Aftercare: Water well until established, avoiding soil becoming waterlogged. Trim in early Spring or late Autumn to maintain shape