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Ground-covering conifers

Buy ground cover conifers at Lubera

Whether it is yew, fir, thuja or juniper - when you buy ground cover conifers, you get easy to care for shrubs that develop into an evergreen, robust plant carpet or set great eye-catchers in a rock garden.

   
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Alpine totara

Podocarpus nivalis

£15.40 *

Chinese Juniper 'Blaauw'

Juniperus chinensis 'Blaauw', the robust juniper with slow growth

From £14.40 *

Chinese Juniper 'Gold Star'

Juniperus media 'Gold Star', the juniper with bright yellow needles

£7.90 *

Creeping juniper

Juniperus horizontalis 'Wiltonii'

£11.90 *

Creeping Juniper 'Blue Chip'

Juniperus horizontalis 'Blue Chip', the slow-growing ground cover with blue needles

£5.90 *

Creeping Juniper 'Glauca'

Juniperus horizontalis 'Glauca', the silvery blue juniper with extremely flat growth

£5.90 *

No image available Creeping Juniper 'Green Carpet'

Juniperus communis 'Green Carpet', the extremely flat-growing, dwarf juniper

£5.90 *

Creeping Juniper 'Repanda'

Juniperus communis 'Repanda', the evergreen, ground-covering juniper for sunny spots

£5.90 *

Creeping Juniper 'Slager'

Juniperus conferta 'Slager', the robust ground cover with the silvery shining needles

£6.90 *

Dwarf Balsam Fir

Abies balsamea 'Nana'

£26.90 *

   
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More information about ground cover conifers

 

Small conifers are ideal for creative garden planting and they fit in with almost any design: with their filigree appearance, they enrich modern gravel gardens, heather gardens or areas laid out in Japanese style. But they also cut a good figure in pots or for grave design.

Take a look at our extensive ground cover assortment and discover the diversity of low-growing conifers! We have put together attractive ground covers for you that bring structure to any garden landscape. Among them, you will also find rarities.

 

Set high-contrast accents with ground cover conifers

 

In general, the mini versions of conifers impress with attractive growth forms and needles in many interesting shapes and colour shades. Here are a few recommended varieties:

  • The creeping juniper 'Green Carpet' is a true ground cover that grows to a height of only about 20 centimetres, but it can reach an impressive diameter of 2 metres with its delicate shoots.
  • 'Podocarpus nivalis' is a beautiful newcomer with broad growth and olive green needles. It originally comes from the New Zealand forests and as an exotic species has good winter hardiness.
  • The dwarf balsam fir 'Nana' grows in tiers and very compact. It exudes a pleasant scent, which comes from the resin of the bark and the needles.

 

Special featuresBuy ground cover conifers at Lubera

 

When you buy ground cover conifers, there are numerous design possibilities. Small variants of the popular evergreen conifers such as yew, juniper, thuja and fir are suitable as border plants on beds or for extensive vegetation. The flat growing, needle-like shrubs usually reach a maximum height of about 1-1.5 metres; their species and varieties grow spherically bushy, cushion-like or creeping. These conifers are slow-growing - decades can pass before they reach their final size. Ground cover conifers are particularly well established in the garden due to their frost hardiness and drought tolerance. Furthermore, they can be cut back as much as desired, so that a beautiful needle carpet is created in the desired size. Here is a short presentation of the typical conifers that are used as ground cover:

 

  • Yew is not only easy to care for, but also tolerates shade and can cope well with the root pressure above its standing plants. This makes them ideal for planting under trees.
  • Podocarpus are attractive dwarf ornamental shrubs from the subalpine regions of New Zealand and Tasmania and excellent conifers for the small garden, but 'Podocarpus lawrencei' should not be planted in harsh locations (on a northern side), as it is only hardy to about -15°C.
  • Very well known and appreciated is the tree of life (Thuja), which has some varieties that are not only suitable for hedge planting. A low-growing type is often used to border garden paths and beds. It has pretty, fern-like foliage that adds texture to the garden.
  • The creeping growth of small juniper varieties makes them ideal for ground cover. They also often decorate your garden with a beautiful combination of bluish needles and brown cones.

 

The suitable location

 

For all conifers, the garden soil should be well-drained and rich in humus. Waterlogging should not be present. A juniper prefers a sunny location but also thrives in partial shade. Podocarpus also prefer a sunny to semi-shade location. A yew (Taxus) also thrives in shady areas of the garden. As a flat-rooting shrub, Thuja needs a deep and loose soil, it does not have any special demands on the location, but too much shade is not ideal. In order to allow them to develop roots until winter, the conifers should be planted by the end of October.

 

Care and pruning

 

As with all evergreen plants, conifers that cover the ground must not dry out in the winter, so if necessary you should water them. You should actually only fertilise in the spring with a special conifer fertiliser, but this should not be in high doses. Organic fertilisation is also recommended. Yellow needle tips are a typical sign of magnesium deficiency, in which case you should use Epsom salts.

The small conifers are dimensionally stable and, due to their low annual growth, hardly need to be cut. Even without pruning, the small-growing tree of life, for example, will grow into a beautiful sphere - but with regular pruning, the spherical shape can be perfected. Of course, you can also cut some of the conifers into other artistic shapes - it is your personal taste that decides.

 

Use and design possibilities

 

It's not just about suppressing "weeds". When you buy ground cover conifers, you can play with shape and colour. The conifers bring texture to your garden. Conifers are very decorative in the company of ornamental grasses or heather plants of the Erica and Calluna genera. The upright needles of fir trees contrast well with the hanging foliage of dwarf juniper. The conifer dwarfs are well suited for planting in front gardens, small borders and planting beds, for planters of all kinds and for grave design. But also larger areas benefit from the interesting growth forms of the conifers.

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