The variety of conifers, ease of care, absolute unpretentiousness to climatic conditions — all this attracts gardeners and allows you to create an original landscape ensemble even in a small space. Which conifers are the best? 

Among the numerous varieties of firs, pines, junipers, thujas, cypresses, firs, you can choose exactly the specimen that will most harmoniously fit into the landscape plan of your garden. Dwarf rocks — for alpine slides, pyramidal — for hedges, thick-crowned bushes — for multi-tiered flower beds, ground covers will look great near water bodies, stately classic spruces and pines — on the outskirts of the plots. In addition, the colors of needles and cones — from light green to blue-violet — will allow you to create original pictorial compositions.

TOP 10 conifers

  • Prickly spruce Majestic Blue is an evergreen tree (up to 15 m in height) with densely growing horizontal branches. The needles, even in a young plant, have a pronounced blue tint.
  • Cypress Lawson Yvonne (height — about three meters) is distinguished by a golden crown. Small numerous cones are painted in pink tones.
  • Juniper horizontal Blue Chip is a dwarf conifer (height — 30 cm, length of shoots creeping along the ground — 1.5 m). In spring, the color of velvety needles is bright blue, in summer silvery shades appear, in winter the bush turns purple.
  • Single-color California fir is a tall coniferous tree (it can grow up to five meters). The branches are horizontal, sagging with age. Soft greenish needles with white patches (needles up to 4 cm long) spread a lemon aroma.
  • Mountain pine Mugus is an evergreen shrub about two meters high with a powerful crown that can reach four meters in diameter. In spring, the needles are painted in soft green tones, and in autumn they become dark green. The ends of the branches are decorated with golden cones (up to 5 cm in length).
  • The Wojtek yew is an evergreen compact pyramidal conifer ideal for creating hedges. The needles are colored dark green. Under the influence of direct sunlight, the needles acquire a reddish tint.
  • Thuja western Smaragd can grow up to six meters. The fluffy cone-shaped green or golden crown without regular pruning reaches a diameter of two meters. During the flowering period, small oblong brown cones appear on the tree.
  • Juniper horizontal Prince of Wales is a low-growing ground cover coniferous shrub (maximum height — 20 cm). The plant does not have a central stem. Shoots are formed near the surface of the earth (their length is about 1.5 m). Delicate green needles turn purple-plum in autumn.
  • Thuja western Rheingold is an evergreen coniferous shrub in adulthood reaching a height of 3 m. Bright yellow leaves acquire a bronze hue in winter. During fruiting, numerous brown cones appear on the branches.
  • Rocky juniper Blue Arrow (Blue Arrow) reaches a height of three meters, while a compact crown (up to 50 cm in diameter) is formed by branches that grow from the base of the tree. Soft blue-blue needles with a silvery sheen give a special decorative appeal to this plant.

A few tips for budding landscape designers

If you are just starting to shape your garden, regardless of the size of the space, we advise you to create a Coniferous Forest landscape plan. To do this, it is necessary to plant various coniferous plants: from dwarf ground cover shrubs to classic tall trees. The advantages of such a mono-composition are quite obvious: your garden will be filled with greenery and fresh aroma all year round, while the exquisite shapes and various colors of plants will allow you to create a unique design.

If your garden already has completely finished forms, it advises updating a multi-tiered flower bed with coniferous shrubs with a dense crown, planting a hedge along a fence of thuja or cypress trees, adding a few dwarf conifers to an alpine hill: it can be juniper, pine or a small Christmas tree. 

And our agronomist will tell you about the rules for planting conifers in a small master class. Watch this short but informative video:

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