Friday, October 23, 2009
Boring but important - Pyracantha
The bright orange and yellow berries of the spiny Pyracantha bush are everywhere at this time of year. Does that make it too boring? Well it seems to survive in my garden where all else fails - both drought and frost - and the splash of colour at this time of year is welcome. There are shorter varieties good for a low hedge and and tall, up to 4 m high giants for massive thorny barriers. Even Olivier Filippi has a tall hedge of un-clipped Pyracantha protecting his pépinière - so it must be alright then.