Patio Prickles

At the top of my rockery, next to the patio, there is a beautiful Euonymus fortunei “Emerald ‘n Gold”, hidden behind these prickles!


I can’t remember what they are called, but these little evergreens are some of the prickliest plants I’ve ever come across… and I have an aversion to prickles.

I admit to not watering this pot all summer – it survived 6 weeks without rain, with temperatures in the upper 30s. But its days were numbered nonetheless. Say goodbye…


Bye bye prickles, hello…

Cupressa macrocarpa goldcrest!


These are sold as “seasonal” plants here… I’m not sure it will last the winter, but I can wrap it up in the pot if necessary and for now it has brightened up the patio… and I can see the Euonymus!


Do you have any prickly plants you don’t like?

27 thoughts on “Patio Prickles

  1. Roses…love them but not the thorns. I have a holy tree and leaves are prickly. There are a few others too that were planted here before I moved in. I am with you on not liking prickly plants. No fun if you have to deal with them. I love your pots. They are lovely and the “non” prickly plants you’ve replaced are beautiful. ❀ ✿ ❁ ✾ Cheers to new non prickly plants!

  2. Am looking at the cypress: OK, taken for granted that my winter temps do not go down below about – 2 C, but I do think your beautiful plant would overwinter and then you could try it in ground, somewhat sheltered next spring? . . .

  3. Pruning back pyracantha bushes is when we are attacked the most by lethal thorns! Even when they are on the ground, their thorns can pierce your boots or shoes. I keep them as they are so good for the bees in the spring and the birds in the autumn.

    • Those and Berberis and Hawthorn too… I have had those thorns in my boots as well Pauline, and once even in my foot, so I am rather sensitive now. I dream of the day when a big digger comes and removes them all for me… sigh! I would then plant something thornless in their place for the wildlife.

  4. At first when I saw this post I thought it said “Patio Pickles” and I was all… SWOON! Here comes another great recipe from Cathy! 😀 Then I had a closer look, ha!

    I totally hear you on the prickle aversion. We live amongst cactus and more cactus here… and I am constantly getting pricked, poked and scratched while yanking stuff out of the yard that I don’t want the dogs coming in contact with. It always makes my blood run cold for a moment.

    I am always amazed a the prickles on cucumbers and zucchinis… it’s almost like we aren’t suppose to eat them?!

    • LOL! I avoid cactus plants too, since stroking a houseplant one as a child and getting all the prickles stuck in my finger! I noticed my zucchini plants seemed even more prickly this year than usual. Or maybe I’m just getting more sensitive in my old age! 😉 Thanks for visiting!

  5. Can’t see the prickly plant properly…is it a Juniperus? Don’t like them very much but otherwise I’m quite fond of prickly plants, I admit. Berberis sp., Roses…all have a place in my heart 🙂

    • I don’t know – it was supposed to be a “dwarf” something or other but outgrew the container! We removed so many juniper and similar bushes when we moved here, so I don’t think I would have planted another one. I’m glad someone likes prickles… 😉

    • The number of teasels growing wild nearby has increased dramatically here in the last few years, so I have to keep an eye out for stray plants that set themselves. Although not prickly, the Canadian Solidago is also becoming very profuse – we only used to see it occasionally, but it now dominates the September landscape. Very invasive. Do you have problems with that too?

  6. Yes I do! My pyracantha. However, it works well in the position I have it in and I do like looking at it, I just don’t like having to touch it!! I love the Euonymus! I grew one a couple of years back and it survived the winter but a surprise late frost killed it.

    • Hi Anna. I haven’t grown Pyracantha in my present garden and forgot it’s prickly. This Euonymous is amazing… it often loses almost all its leaves and looks dead at the end of the winter, yet it comes back stronger than ever time and again! Thanks for commenting Anna!

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