Monday, September 3, 2012

Conifers Delight the Eye


    Evergreen conifers delight the eye in any season, they are especially great among the snow in the winter when there is no greenery in the garden.
Thuja is the most unpretentious of conifers. It grows well on sunny places, fits perfectly in any garden landscape. This one was the first Thuja in my garden. I planted it in front of the pond and Thuja loved  this place. Now it's taller than me. 


The next year two other Thujas were planted on the other side of the pond.
I have some spherical Thujas. One of them is "Danica'. Its height is 0.6 m, the spherical diameter of crown is 1 m, the needles are scaly, thick, green, soft, shiny. 
The others are 'Golden globe' with yellow needles, have a slower growth, but the form is clearly rounded. This variety was bred by F. Grotendorstom.
Pine is an undemanding plant, grows well with any other plants. Interesting experiments can be done with the cutting of their crown. The results may be stunningly unexpected. I wanted to form "Niwaki" ("bonsai") from my young pines.
Cypress  (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Filifera nana’)  grows slowly and is beautiful, hardy to frost. It's a tight bush, its spherical crown is 90 - 50 cm wide.  The branches are strand-like, spreading in all directions. The needles are dark green, scaly. There are two Cypresses in my garden, grown near the roses.
My Juniper ('Juniperus sabina') is young, but hardy, bravely stands under snow and frosts.

   The Fir (Abies procea 'Glauca') is my last purchase. I wanted to buy a Fir, but have not seen such a beautiful like this. If you look closely you can see small red cones those are starting to grow among its soft needles.

    
Conifers have a wonderful feature: they bring an effect of refined perfection and comfort into the garden landscape.

25 comments:

  1. I grow these evergreen plants too, including yew. I see them as the work horses in the garden, they give structure and a focal point when nothing else is growing. Some can be quite beautiful in their own right.

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    1. I love yew, too, but it's not enough hardy to our climate. When I chose the Conifers always read if they suit for zone 5a. I hope your evergreens are healthy. Thank you, Frico!

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  2. Dear Nadiezdo!
    I think I find myself in an enchanted garden!
    Wonderful!
    Fantastic photographs.
    Gorgeous green for this time of year!

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    1. Lucja-Maria, you've been to an enchanted trip! Thank you!

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  3. I love the variety of greens in your conifers. They are a great plant and look fresh right through the seasons. So nice as a background to roses and annuals.

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    1. Yes, Betty, you're right. I always use conifers' neighborhood with roses and perennials. Thank you!

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    2. Betty, please, write your blog name address. I lost it!

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  4. Your conifers are beautiful!! I often see them dried up or planted in strange spots but yours are beauties. I really love the way you've incorporated them into your garden design. You are quite a talented gardener!!

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    1. Tammy, thank you! Some times I replant my spherical Thujas or Junipers for, as you said, to 'incorporate them into your garden design'. And my conifers tolerate my experiences!

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  5. You have a wonderful variety of evergreens, I can't wait to see your pictures of them in winter :)

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    1. Rosemary, the spherical Thujas, cypresses, junipers stay under the snow, completely covered by. The high Thujas (photos 1-3) stay above the snow level about 30-40 cm. Thank you!

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  6. I should plant more of these in my garden, as they are perfect for adding interest in the long winter months. The juniper and cypress look particularly good.

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    1. Tracey, I love juniper and cypress too. But there is a problem: they could be broken by snow, it's enough heavy. I do special covering above small conifers.

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  7. Hello there Nadezda girl !
    I love your post because many times these wonderful trees/plants are not mentioned .. I have a variety of them in my garden as well .. and in pots for the deck so we can have winter interest there and then .. I have Bonsai an Austrian Pine in a pot .. I call him my Charlie Brown Christmas tree : )
    I have cedars, yews, junipers .. one in a pot for the deck and one in the garden .. two little fantastic False Cypress "Mops Gold Threadleaf" an Alberta spruce, Mugo Pine .. 2 big Yews (Christmas tree shape) in the front ... well, I think you get the idea I love evergreens too ? haha
    Your ever greens are wonderful and placed so nicely !
    Joy ... loved this post girl !

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    1. Joy, I see you have a collection of evergreen! I had 2 cypresses in pots some years ago, but they died in winter because of the soil in the pots was frozen, I have no place to store them in my summer house. All conifers I plant in ground. I look forward to read your post about the evergreen in your garden! Thank you.

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  8. That fir is so lovely, Nadezda. All of your conifers are beautiful. I use them for winter interest and for privacy. And they are so beautiful on their own. You must take very good care of yours because they all look wonderful.

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    1. Thank you, Sage! I will! I love especially my little gray-blue fir, and need any advices about its winter covering.

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  9. I love such green gardens, I like to admire such fantastic views. I am greeting

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  10. Your trees are beautiful Nadezda, conifers have been out of fashion for a while in UK gardens but I think they may be about to make a comeback. Thhis post would have been perfect to link to my foliage day on the 22nd of the month, why not link it in this month? Christina

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    1. I agree, Christina!Please, link my post to your Foliage day. I like conifers and for me they are of fashion always.

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  11. Oh I love that Thuja 'Danica'! We haven't planted hardly any evergreens in the garden yet, though it is in desperate need of some evergreens for some winter color. I wish my little lot was bigger! Such pretty conifers!

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    1. Indie, I love this 'Danica' too, especially to touch its soft needles. Thank you!

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  12. Lovely conifer choices you've made. Your gardens look great. Thanks for stopping by.

    Cher Sunray Gardens

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