|Forest Hideout - group of 5 Cotoneasters and Akita dogs statue in white porcelain pot|
|Akita dogs hidden in the shadow of Rock Cotoneasters|
“Forest Hideout” was started when we found the Akita dogs statue. We love to see them taking rest in a shadow of Cotoneaster bush, simulated with 5 trunks. A rock add balance to the design. The scene is completed by the white porcelain pot.
|Miniature Cotoneaster bonsai - group of 3 plants|
Cotoneaster is a woody shrub in Rosaceea family spread in Asia, Europe, Africa, North America, with more than 300 species that are growing with vigor at lower altitude or on the alpine plains. This is a strength that make it usable in many thematic arrangements (parks, alpine, forest) looking great as groups of plants near rocks, accent plants, moss, park's bench or alley.
Cotoneaster Horizontalis (known also as Rock Cotoneaster) is a cultivar with small roundish leaves which changes its color from green to burgundy in fall. Because is a drought-tolerant plant, it can be used in xeriscaping gardens.
|Cotoneaster Horizontalis burgundy- green foliage in March|
|The Squirrel - our Assistant taking lunch|
Don't ask me how many times I had to restore my miniature gardens... but how could I resist to the charm and warmth of its eyes?
It became kind of our assistant which corrects the design in our outdoor miniature gardens when believes that the plants or rocks are not well placed - you can see in the picture how dirty nose has after one of these tasks ;-)