Wednesday Vignette – ordinary, yet not at all ordinary

You know that rather ubiquitous ground cover Cotoneaster horizontals ‘Rock spray’? The other week at a client’s house, I saw such a great way to use it that it stopped me in my tracks. It made me smile – it was so clever…

Behind the pot with the bamboo and the silver ball (with in itself is a fun touch) is an evergreen screen that caught my eye.

Behind the pot with the bamboo and the silver ball (with in itself is a fun touch) is an evergreen screen that caught my eye.

Here, it shows a little better. Per the owner, the greenery shuts out on side of a rather unsightly storage area, and renders the view from the glazed wall of the living room a little more pleasant.

Here, it shows a little better. Per the owner, the greenery shuts out on side of a rather unsightly storage area, and renders the view from the glazed wall of the living room a little more pleasant.

Not only is it evergreen, it has cute little flowers, and an abundance of red berries to boot!

Not only is it evergreen, it has cute little flowers, and an abundance of red berries to boot!

When I commended her for this – in my opinion – ingenious idea, she told me it was nothing but a lucky accident. The Cotoneaster which was planted below, simply started climbing one day, and they never looked back. So, just like last week, this week’s Vignette is a fluke of fortune. Gotta love that…

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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24 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – ordinary, yet not at all ordinary

  1. Pauline says:

    I have one of mine growing up the kitchen wall and round the window, the bees love it!

    • annamadeit says:

      The bees and I both, Pauline! I was so surprised when I saw it growing up, I always liked it as a ground cover, but I love it on the vertical. An idea to stash away for future use, for sure! 🙂

  2. Peter/Outlaw says:

    I love cotoneaster grown vertically and this is a beautiful example. Because of its overuse, it has a bad reputation but it’s lovely and you get those pretty red berries to boot!
    My Wednesday Vignette offering is here: http://www.outlawgarden.blogspot.com/2015/06/vignette-wednesday-dark-shadows.html

  3. Denise says:

    I don’t see that cotoneaster overused locally in SoCal, so it still looks fresh to my eyes. I captured this vignette on Tuesday but offer it for Wednesday: http://agrowingobsession.com/?p=66055

    • annamadeit says:

      It’s rather abundant here, but I still love it. It’s a rockstar plant in my book – looks good all the time! But being as low growing as it is, putting it on the vertical gives it a whole new freshness – to me at least. 🙂

  4. mattb325 says:

    Now isn’t that amazing – I’ve only ever seen it as a ground cover too! Cotoneaster gets a very bad wrap in Australia, so you don’t see C. horizontalis grown very often!

    • annamadeit says:

      Well, I think it deserves to be reconsidered! I really do love this… To think it was just another lucky accident – you gotta love that! 🙂

  5. Kris P says:

    I never realized Cotoneaster could be used this way. It looks fantastic. I’ve got a Wednesday Vignette this week (or actually two): http://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2015/06/wednesday-vignette-i-couldnt-pick-just.html

  6. Alison says:

    I posted my Wednesday Vignette first thing this morning, but I’m just now getting around to adding it to a comment on your post. When we first moved in here, we had a ground hugging cotoneaster that had grown so wide it was starting to come up the siding on the house. That was one of the first things I cut back, and eventually got rid of entirely. They’re using it perfectly to climb that trellis.

    My post is here: http://bonneylassie.blogspot.com/2015/06/wednesday-vignette_10.html

    • annamadeit says:

      We had some when we lived in Sweden. It was in my earliest days of learning to garden, and I don’t even think I had a name for it. Seems like so long ago…

  7. Evan says:

    I’m seeing cotoneaster from a whole new angle. That really is a great way to use it. It’s wonderful how accidents or flukes can result in revelation. I’ve been considering cotoneasters in their traditional capacity as ground covers. I need weed control!

    • annamadeit says:

      Call me outdated and uncool, but I actually really like them used traditionally too. There’s just something about all those red berries! I don’t have them in my garden, but every time I see them on a wet and dreary fall day – I think I should! 🙂

  8. Loree says:

    I like the bamboo and ball in the container too! I posted to your meme on plant lust today: http://plantlust.com/blog/2015/06/wednesday-vignette-lots-going-on-here/

    • annamadeit says:

      Isn’t it cool? I complimented her on it, and she said her husband would be happy to hear that, since he’s the one who came up with it. In fact, I like it so much, I’m thinking I might steal the idea. Or, at the very least, store it away for later…

  9. rickii says:

    No such thing as a boring, overused plant…just boring ways of using it. You just proved it. Pardon me for using this week’s vignette to advertise a couple of things: http://bannersbyricki.com/archives/4651
    Hope you’ll be participating in at least one of them.

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  11. I am coming more and more to feel that it is wrong to dismiss a plant simply because it is common in gardens. I was just thinking this in regards to Marigolds. Here’s my contribution for this week. https://gardeninacity.wordpress.com/2015/06/11/out-damnd-leaf-spot-out-i-say/

    • annamadeit says:

      I completely agree with you. It’s the same thing with colors. There are no bad ones – only bad combinations. They all look good at some point or other. 🙂

  12. b12alley says:

    Lovely idea. Now the flowers and berries can be admired close-up.

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