New in the Nursery: Dwarf Conifers


Our nursery is full of new arrivals at this time of year, but we're especially loving a fresh collection of dwarf conifers in all shapes and colors. The American Conifer Society defines a dwarf conifer as a cone-bearing tree or shrub that grows just 1 to 6 inches each year, reaching 1 to 6 feet in height after 10 years. Common varieties include juniper, false cypress and arborvitae, offering all-season color and a truly dazzling variety of forms and growth habits. In the garden, these miniature evergreens are especially striking in spring, when new growth creates a two-tone effect.

Great for making an impact in smaller gardens, dwarf conifers are most striking when planted in clusters. A mix of vertical and mounding varieties can create a low-maintenance vignette that will provide vivid color throughout the seasons. Thanks to their minimal growth, dwarf conifers are also an excellent choice for container plantings. Finally, upright varieties like spruces can be used to add vertical interest in the landscape or create a privacy screen when planted side by side. One additional benefit to these small-scale conifers? Their dense, year-round foliage provides shelter for birds, attracting feathered friends to your landscape. 

Throughout the season, our plant team highlights their freshest additions to the garden with New in the Nursery. Check in at your local store to take home these newly-arrived plants.

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