Garden Plant of the Month for January: Blue conifers
Conifer is a collective term for spruce, cypresses and junipers. Some bear lots of fruit, others have dark green or blue needles. Some can growing incredibly tall, whilst others remain compact and low. For example blue juniper (Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star’) will not grow taller than 50 cm. This makes this Blue Star ideal for planting at the front of the border or placing in pots on the garden table. Other blue conifers which are very suitable for garden use are the blue spruce (Picea pungens ‘Super Blue’), Chinese juniper (Juniperus chinensis stricta) and the cone-shaped dwarf cypress (Chamaecyparis ellwoodii).
- Bring out the blue colour shades of conifers by planting them in indog or grey coloured pots.
By placing a few different conifer species together, you can easily create a mini forest or little woodland. Choose different sizes and display them at different heights and create variety and depth.
It’s easy to care for conifers – they don’t even need pruning: conifers grow to shape of their own accord. If the conifer is in a pot that’s fine, but do make sure there’s a hole in the bottom so that surplus (rain) water can drain. Plant food in the spring is recommended to keep conifers healthy and strong.
You can find more information about conifers and other garden plants at Thejoyofplants.co.uk.
Published on: 14 January 2016