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Conifers in the Garden

Conifers are a great garden addition. Ryan uses them successfully in many landscapes. Besides being evergreen they make great specimens and many are blue, yellow and even burgundy. Conifers give a nesting place for birds providing a habitat all year round. Conifers create great structure and bones to a winter garden. Following is a few of our favorites we use in the landscape.

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Scotch Pine Topiary (Pinus sylvestris)

Ryan’s “signature” conifer is the Falsecypress, Boulevard  Pom Pom (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Boulevard’) This tree has the blue green needles and uniform and compact growth habit. It grows moderately up to 10 ft. tall and 3-5 ft. wide. It is deer resistant and prefers full sun with regular watering weekly. It attracts birds and provides year round interest in your garden. Prune in the spring. It’s a great focal point for the garden because of its texture, form and color. They’re even great as a container specimen on your front porch or deck. It makes a statement and is why they’re often used in Japanese gardens.

One we like to refer to as a “drama queen” is the Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca Pendula’). This conifer displays branchlets that drip of blue-green needles. It’s definitely an accent in the garden with dramatic form

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Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca Pendula’)

especially showing up when snow laden branches display its form. It’s a slow grower and can easily be maintained but has boasted sizes of 15-25 feet tall and wide when left to spread. This specimen does well in a full sun setting in your garden.

To create an interesting vertical  point and often used for hedges and privacy screens is the Emerald Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Emerald’). It’s a moderate grower topping out at 15 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide. It’s thick evergreen density makes a suitable windbreak on the north side of a garden.

Using conifers and evergreens in the garden not only invites the wildlife to linger but gives added structure, focal points and color all year round. For a landscape consultation, fill out a contact form and we will make an appointment to add these and other specimens to your garden landscape.