Very low maintenance, Cotoneaster microphyllus shrubs 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 in full sun but are equally happy in partially shaded locations coming into their own in these more difficult shady areas – though may produce less flowers and berries. One thing they do require is moderately fertile, 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 garden compost to clay soils before planting.

How to grow Cotoneaster microphyllus

Position: Full sun, partial shade

Foliage: Evergreen

Soil and site: Moderately fertile, well drained

Flowering time: Late Spring

Growth rate: Moderate

Ultimate height and spread: 100cm and to 150cm

Hardiness: Fully Hardy

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