The types available in commerce range from low-growing junipers (about ankle height) to upright specimens as tall as trees. Short types of juniper serve well as ground cover and also offer erosion control on slopes.
When you want to start growing juniper in zone9, you’ll have to make some difficult choices between excellent plants. It’s great for ornamental ground cover with blue-green foliage that turns purple in winter.
If you want to start growing juniper in zone9 but are thinking of a privacy screen or hedge, consider large or extra-large species. For example, California juniper (Junipers California) grows to about 15 feet (4.6 m.) tall.
But some are better than others, and green mound, Junipers recumbent Nana, is the pick of the litter when it comes to ground cover. A ground cover, in my opinion, is a plant that is weed smothering, attractive and not so aggressive that it takes over the entire landscape and makes a play for your house later on.
Green mound meets these criteria and has the added advantage of being drought tolerant and thriving in full, hot sun. A Word to the Wise: Don’t plant any juniper where it gets hit by automatic irrigation more than once a week.
Place junipers in full sun and initially mulch around the new plants so that they can start to get established without weeds in their early days. Juvenile needles are narrow, awl-shaped, sharp pointed, 8 mm long, borne in pairs or in 3s; adult leaves are scale-like, in 4 ranks (2 opposite pairs), lying flat along the stem.
Fruit is white-blue then violet or brown, more or less globe, to 12 mm wide, ripen the second year. The species type is not often used in landscaping since there are many fine selections commercially available, Dirt (1998) lists over 80, they include: ‘Armstrong’ (syn.
When soil is poor, rocky, chalky or sandy, we amend it or build up berms. In dry, arid locations, we add irrigation systems or periscope.
Large evergreens with needle-like foliage can soften high winds. In city lots, for instance, wind can be intensified as it bounces off buildings, walls and fences.
In some cases, gardeners must simply grow plants that can tolerate windy conditions. They also tolerate dry conditions and do not have high water needs.
The effect of wind can actually add more interest to certain plants; for example, the beauty of grass blades and plumes swaying in the breeze or the soothing sound of quaking aspen leaves rattling against each other in the wind. California lilac plants can be shrubs or trees depending on variety.
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This evergreen shrub makes a wonderful specimen or screen plant. Growing up to 14 feet tall, it will command attention no matter where you put it.
This juniper tolerates cold weather very well and remains healthy for years. The blue-green foliage is attractive year round even in a less than ideal spot.
Its pyramidal shape makes it the perfect choice for a specimen in the center of a lawn. This juniper is a good choice for a Zen garden or an eco-friendly yard.
These Asian curiosities bloom with orchid-like flowers that demand a close look, when the garden is winding down in fall. They do best in light shade in humus-rich soil that retains moisture, and are suitable for borders or less formal parts of the garden and among shrubs gradually becoming large clumps.
Also known as carpet weed or bugle weed, Amiga forms a 6-inch-tall mat of glossy leaves that always seem to look neat and fresh. In many cases, the leaves are colored with shades of purple, white, silver, cream, or pink.
Individual plants grow as a rosette, but they intertwine to form a solid carpet that withstands some foot traffic. Blue, lavender, pink, or white flower spikes adorn plants spring to early summer.
To massive 4-foot clumps with heart-shape leaves almost 2 feet long that can be puckered, wavy-edged, white or green variegated, blue-gray, chartreuse, emerald-edged. This is tough, shade-loving perennial, also known as plantain lily, blooms with white or purplish lavender funnel-shape or flared flowers in summer.
Container plants also require more frequent watering than those grown in the garden. Special Features: overwintering, as these plants, which are considered tender annuals, are highly susceptible to cold temperatures.
Virtually pest-free, they can light up the shade garden or soften a sunny spot, and they are very low maintenance. Also known as Leopard plants these shade loving plants delight you all year long.
They a be grown in the ground or in pots and will provide you with showy daisy like yellow flowers on tall spikes once and sometimes twice a year. The good thing about them is in SE Texas (Orange area) they stay green all year long, even through freezes down in the 20s.
Claims combine colorful arrowhead-shape leaves with easy growth requirements to star in containers and shade gardens from June through fall. Zones: 9 -11. Special Notes: If leave in ground make sure not in wet area during winter or tubers will rot.
For that reason, don’t plant these heat-lovers too early in the growing season. Plant at least three claims together for a bold statement. Notes: Sun loving Calcium the stem attaches in the middle of the “V” of the leaf.
Hardy Ferns are essential in today’s modern garden design. Very low maintenance plants, their only requirement is partial shade and consistent moist soil.
When you provide them their favorite spot, you’ll be rewarded with timeless beauty for years to come. Special Notes: Ferns like warm, moist, organically-rich soil rotted leaf mold.