Evergreen Conifers

Conifers provide atmosphere, texture and color in the winter.

evergreen spruce juniper Juniperus scopulorum

Atmosphere in the garden: evergreen artworks.

Winter evergreens play a glorious role in the garden. They provide color, sparkle in the sun, give shelter. Deciduous trees and shrubs are always in a hurry, evergreens (especially conifers) radiate a majestic tranquility. They have all the time and withdraw from the seasons little.
Yet they change throughout the year stronger than some believe: shades change, they bloom, mature cones, young shot appears as the candles twijgtopjes. And the variation in color, growth and pruning shapes and structures is enormous, from dwarfs to giants and ground cover plants to green obelisks.

The most asked pillar shapes
There is plenty to choose from in this category. A few favorites: juniper Juniperus scopulorum ‘Blue Arrow’ grows up into a piercing arrow with blue needles. An Irish juniper, J. communis ‘Hibernica’ is very much planted. Each green needle has a silver stripe. Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Columnaris’ (columnar) is a small California cypress with scaly blue-gray leaves and red cones in spring. Pinus sylvestris ‘Fastigiata’ is a columnar, upright branches with pine green and blue-gray, long needles. Taxus baccata ‘Fastigiata’ and ‘Fastigiata Aureomarginata’ are small, green and yellow variegated form of the famous yew. ‘Fastigiata Robusta’ develops a fat cigar shape. (Plants with ‘Fastigiata’ in their name are always columnar.) Sequoia sempervirens, the coast redwood (up to 30 m high) with yew-like leaves and a red hot, elastic, fibrous bark. Calocedrus decurrens in California to 60 m high, 30 m here ‘Pillar’ is the smallest columnar form that grows very slowly. The narrow-conical, hot green Thuja occidentalis ‘Smaragd’ is a discontinuous sheet nice and fresh fruity smell when you rub it for a moment.

Other forms
There are scale and conifer needles, crawlers, weeping forms, spheres, staying small, koepelvormers, prehistoric-looking (Araucaria), and even exotic ‘living fossils’, such as Ginkgo. A few nice tips: Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana Gracilis’ is a dwarf with wavy ranking scales (grows well in a bucket). Cryptomeria japonica ‘Monstrosa Nana “after years 1 m (a green hemisphere), Chamaecyparis obtusa’ Drath ‘is 3 meters high (green cone), Juniperus pingii (= squamata)’ Loderi ‘has a loose shape and blue-green foliage. All types of conifers are also produced special topiary: layered, spheres etc. Almost as familiar as the topiary Buxus are those of Taxus. They can be pre-formed finished buying.

Plant evergreen clump good (trees and shrubs – conifers too) preferably in April – May Make the scrim off until the planting hole. Spread it on the bottom of the hole out. Pull it from outside the root ball. After implanting the soil firmly around the roots quite firmly and water.

February Garden Tips
February is the quietest month of the garden year. Most maintenance work you have already done. It is waiting for the new season. You can already remove weeds, shrubs and trees are still (re) planting, pruning leirozen, pruning vines and birdhouses and hang clean.



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