Conifers comprise a wide group of mostly evergreen trees and shrubs that provide welcome color and structure all year round. Although some have a bad name, growing into ungainly monsters, many make elegant additions to small gardens.
Juniper Among the most versatile of evergreens, junipers range from ground-hugging creepers to mounded shrubs and upright trees. All respond well to pruning, making them useful hedges. Name: Juniperus selections Zones: 3 - 9
Russian Sage This super-tough plant can grow to 6 feet tall, and is great for the back row of garden borders or along fences. It is heat and drought resistant, and most pests like deer and rabbits will stay away from it. The fragrant silver foliage is just as pretty as the purple blooms.
Cupressus macrocarpa 'Greenstead Magnificent' - magine a cypress that has light blue-green foliage and grows flat on the ground. This describes a wonderful new cypress from New Zealand called Cupressus macrocarpa 'Greenstead Magnificent' It is a spreading blue form of Monterey Cypress and will make a ground cover 6 inches off the ground and 10 ft. wide. Leaves are a stringy coarse look with powder- blue color. Magnificent !
Dwarf Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica 'Globosa Nana'). A superb selection that retains a neat, dense mound with little care. Enjoy as a single specimen or group as a filler. Fine-textured foliage breaks up the bold effects of large-leaved plants. Foliage becomes rusty red in winter. Evergreen. Slowly forms a dense dome 2 to 3 ft. tall, slightly wider; 4 to 8 ft. tall with age.
Dwarf Eastern White Pine is an evergreen conifer displaying soft delicate blue-green needles on a compact shrub. Pinus strobus 'Nana' is hardy to zones 3-9, prefers full sun and a moderately moist slightly acidic soil. Dwarf Eastern White Pine is slow growing reaching an eventual 3 feet tall by 4- 6 feet wide and is deer resistant. This conifer goes beautifully just about anywhere whether it be a formal or informal garden. This one is positioned by a poolscape.