In the garden cistus is invaluable: it will tolertate extremely poor conditions and drought. Most cistus also seem to be resistent to the cold. I could not have managed without this plant to cover unsightly piles of rubble and to underplant shrubs not to mention the colourful planting on the teraces. But many Italians do not even know that it exists as a garden plant. Colours and patterns of flowers are very varied and some grow tall whereas others as low growing. There is even a later flowering Yellow 'tardiflorens'. What's not to like?