Not every conifer species can produce spherical shapes. In principle, the only species that (at least in part) of naturally established branches exhibit. But as always there are exceptions. Some spheres from witches brooms or other deformities occur, others are deliberately pruned. Of Taxus are such beautiful bulbs to form. Also, there are balls to cut the branches of species that definitely do not spherical. The latter are even great for both decorative fashion and very sleek design gardens and classical gardens. These topiary in all shapes and foliage colors offered.
Species and cultivars that naturally exhibit a clear sphere and thus not need to be pruned, there are plenty (of maximum dimensions of 50 cm to 3 m for the largest convex cultivars). Picea glauca example, the ‘white fir, has yielded magnificent spheres. As Picea glauca ‘Alberta Globe’ with soft, light green needles and cultured in a witches broom on small ball “Echiniformis’ with blue-gray needles. The latter is ideal for a mini-rock garden or trough. The slightly flattened spherical Picea pungens ‘Glauca Globosa’ is a dwarf form with pure blue-gray, sharp needles. One of the best spherical pine Pinus strobus is “Radiata” (a form of Weymouthden). It can be up to 2 m tall and has gray-green needles. Pinus pumila ‘Globe’ is about as high with twisted needles and blue (very beautiful) wine-red male flowers in spring. Pinus mugo (the mountain pine), the famous ‘Pug’ completed, a small green ball that after many years about 1 m high. ‘Benjamin’ is a dwarf, ‘Allgäu’ a nice green sphere. The light green Pinus densiflora ‘Globosa’ is up to 3 m high and wide. In the living trees (Thuja) is T. occidentalis’ Rheingold ‘a big orange-yellow ball,’ Golden Globe ‘is more yellow,’ Little Champion ‘remains quite small and’ Woodwardii ‘is a somewhat loose ball, just like’ Globosa. Very special are the brown-green variety of Japanese cypress (Cryptomeria japonica) ‘Globosa Nana “and the extremely dense vilmoriniana, but also the bolceder, Cedrus libani’ Comte de Dijon ‘. More good Buxus and conifers: the dark green and very hardy, small Abies balsamea ‘Nana’ (a balsam fir cultivar, very good for heath and rock gardens and troughs) and even a dwarf juniper: Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star’ (blue gray). So there is plenty of choice!
Conifers grown in pots can also now be planted in frost-free weather and well drained soil unfrozen. Care in implant the soil well around the root ball connect and give generously of water. Give until spring as organic manure.
The garden in January
Prune apple and pear (only non-freezing weather). Gooseberries and red currants running early. Therefore, the prune, kiwi and grape like the end of January have happened. Check stored bulbs and tubers regularly for mold. Also check overwintering container plants for infestations. Do not walk on frozen grass. This can damage the grass.