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Cotoneaster procumbens Queen Of Carpets


A decorative ground cover

If you are looking for a hardy evergreen to cover the ground quickly, this is the plant for you. The low growing, stiff stems hug the soil. In early summer the rounded evergreen leaves are the perfect backdrop to single white flowers that smother the branches. These are adored by bees and their work will result in plenty of bright red berries through the autumn. These are valuable food for birds and small mammals as the prepare for the winter months.


Easy to grow and happy in sun or shade. An excellent plant for difficult sites such as steep banks or areas little maintenance will be carried out.


Happy in any soil as long as it is not too wet in winter Water occasionally in dry conditions until the plant has established. trim in early spring to keep tidy and shape if necessary.

An evergreen ground cover with bright red autumn berries

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub, Ground cover
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring, Winter
Flowering March - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 10 cm - 50 cm
Plant width 160 cm - 250 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 10 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Flower border and beds, Garden edging

Typically available

From March to September