conifers

  • Globosa Nana dwarf japanese cedar
    Design

    This Underutilized Dwarf Conifer Is a Great Boxwood Substitute

    Japanese cedar is an extremely beautiful, variable, and overlooked conifer that offers much appeal in the landscape. Not an actual cedar at all, Japanese cedar is in the genus Cryptomeria,…

  • columnar conifers
    Design

    Columnar Conifers for Focal Points, Screening, and Tight Spaces

    In elementary school I was told that it was poor form to use more than one exclamation point at the end of a sentence. However, when I design gardens, I’m…

  • training a conifer
    How-To

    How to Stake and Train a Conifer

    While many conifers are able to grow without any staking or training at all, newly planted trees may require it in order to establish well. Additionally, staking and training can…

  • Feelin Blue deodar cedar
    Article

    Two Dwarf Deodar Cedars for Year-Round Color

    I am fascinated with deodar cedar (Cedrus deodara, Zones 6b–8). It is perhaps one of the most graceful of all evergreens we can grow. Deodar cedar is hardy to 6b…

  • meadow garden surrounded by trees
    Design

    Jay’s Garden in the Mountains

    I’m always happy when garden designer Jay Sifford sends in photos. We’ve visited his beautiful garden in Charlotte, North Carolina, a few times (Jay's Garden in North Carolina, Revisited), and…

  • Article

    Carla’s Garden in Winter

    Today we’re visiting with regular GPOD contributor Carla Z. Mudry in Malvern, Pennsylvania. The garden in winter is magical all on its own. It doesn’t have the lushness of a…

  • compact conifers
    Design

    Compact Conifers for the Northern Plains

    Gardens should appeal to the senses in every season. I find that one way to ensure winter interest is to plant evergreens. There are more evergreens available than one can…

  • blue conifer
    Design

    Alternatives to Blue Spruce for the Southwest

    Many of my landscaping clients desire a blue color from evergreens to balance out the earth tones of our high desert environment. One of the go-to conifers used for this…

  • Article

    Kevin’s Garden in January

    My name is Kevin Kelly, and I have submitted photos of my 1/3-acre suburban garden in the past. It is now January, and we finally had our first snow. Over…

  • narrow conifers
    Design

    Narrow Conifers for the Mountain West

    Sometimes you just want a tree to stay green year-round. You may need privacy from a neighbor, or you may need a specimen with color and texture to accent your…