As the snow melts and I begin to see green again, some of my favorite conifers start peeking out. Conifers are evergreen trees or shrubs that bear cones and needle-like leaves. Well-known members are Pines, Junipers and Spruces. They are a great addition to any landscape because they add year-round color. Many conifers are drought tolerant and unless planted in the wrong place, they do not need pruning. The following picture was taken on a trip to Asheville:
Arborvitaes (Thuja occidentalis ‘Emerald Green’) flank the front door
Golden False Cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Gold Mop’) adds yellow contrast
The little blue shrub on the right-hand side closest to the brick wall is a Blue Star Juniper (Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star’) (The other bluish plant is lavender.)
This is a dwarf shrub that grows only a few inches a year with beautiful yellow tips. It is a Verdoni False Cypress (Chamacyparis obtusa ‘Verdoni’).
Dwarf (4-6’) Cryptomeria (Cryptomeria japonica ‘Globosa Nana’) Can handle some shade and has beautiful feathery foliage.
My Hinoki False Cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana Gracilis’) peeking out from the snow.
What are your favorite winter garden ideas?
Art of Stone landscaping provides garden and landscape design services for Georgia residents.