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Juniper hedge plants

Wacholderhecke kaufenA juniper (Juniperus) is an attractive ornamental element in the garden thanks to its decorative foliage and the beautiful growth habit. Juniper plants form loose hedges and provide a year-round, evergreen screen. Also for separating the garden into partitions, a columnar or cone-shaped juniper is attractive. A juniper hedge can be planted almost anywhere because the conifers tolerate even poor, sandy locations.

If juniper trees are displayed in an entrance area or in the front yard, they will show their full beauty. These conifers are very tolerant to pruning and can be cut into artistic forms. Basically, we recommend planting a wide row of juniper plants, however for formal, rectangular-shaped hedges Juniperus is only partially suitable.  In addition to their special charisma, the plants score well with a high tolerance to drought. And because they do not have to be cut so often, the hedge is also very easy to care for.

A Juniper Hedge – Decorative Group Elements for the Garden

Junipers are ideal for smaller gardens as they grow slowly and generally do not grow as big compared to other conifers. In our Lubera® range you will find many attractive juniper selections with beautiful needles. Here are a few varieties that bring colour and structure to the garden:

• The columnar 'Spartan' has a dense, compact habit. Unlike other juniper varieties, its beautiful, dark green needles are not sharp. After 15 years, it will reach a height of 250-350 centimetres.

• The Rocky Mountain juniper 'Wichita Blue' is stunning due to its silver blue needle colour, which it keeps in every season, and its beautiful, pyramidal habit. This variety does not develop cones (juniper berries) because it is male.

• The columnar juniper 'Gold Cone' was selected due to its golden yellow needle colour and the fact that it sets beautiful accents against a dark backdrop. 'Gold Cone' is very easy to care for due to its particularly slow growth.

   
 
Chinese Juniper 'Stricta'

Juniperus chinensis 'Stricta', the silvery blue/green juniper with a distinct,...

From £7.90 *

Common juniper

Juniperus communis 'Arnold'

£15.40 *

Common Juniper 'Excelsa'

Juniperus communis 'Excelsa', the silver, blue-green columnar juniper

From £16.40 *

Common Juniper 'Gold Cone'

Juniperus communis 'Gold Cone' has fantastic, golden yellow columns with slow growth

From £16.40 *

Eastern Red Cedar 'Glauca'

Juniperus virginiana 'Glauca'

From £26.90 *

Red Cedar 'Helle'

Juniperus virginiana 'Helle'

From £26.90 *

Rocky Mountain Juniper 'Blue Arrow'

Juniperus scopulorum 'Blue Arrow'

From £14.40 *

Rocky Mountain Juniper 'Wichita Blue'

Juniperus scopulorum 'Wichita Blue'

£31.90 *

Sentinel common juniper

Juniperus communis 'Sentinel'

From £15.40 *

   
 

Special Features of a Juniper Hedge

Wacholderhecke kaufenBeautiful hedges can be created with juniper plants. However, it may happen that the needles fall off in the contact area of the individual plants because there is not enough sunlight. Therefore junipers should not be planted too densely. The hedges often have an elegant, loose shape.


The Suitable Location and Soil

A juniper hedge thrives best with lots of light. It is best to choose a sunny spot, but a partially shaded area is tolerated. Shading through tall trees can also rob the hedge of a lot of light – so keep in mind that a location can change over the years.
Juniper trees often thrive even in barren areas, so the soil may also be sandy and have a tendency to be dry. The soil for a juniper should not be too moist or too nutritious. When it comes to the pH value, a juniper is less selective – the soil can be both moderately acidic and slightly alkaline.


Planting a Juniper Hedge 

If a juniper is planted as a hedge, there is a rule of thumb:
•    Take the specified growth width when fully grown and divide by 2.
•    The variety 'Blue Arrow', for example, has a particularly narrow habit. For a hedge, a planting distance of about 50 cm should be chosen.
•    It may be useful to dig a complete planting trench instead of digging individual planting holes. You can use a string for a straight alignment. After planting, the junipers should be watered well. Around the root area you can create a watering edge out of soil, so that the water penetrates near the plant. In addition, the soil can also be mulched.


Caring for a Juniper Hedge

If you buy a juniper hedge, it should be planted in the spring if possible. When planting, work some compost into the soil. Fertilise – if at all – only sparingly. Organic fertilisers that slowly release their nutrients are best. In the case of magnesium deficiency (yellow leaves often indicate the deficiency), Epsom salts can be helpful.
In the early years you should water the plant when dry. If the plants are well grown, additional watering is not required.
Older, columnar junipers should eventually be tied together in the winter so that the branches do not break under the weight of the snow or tilt outwards.


Pruning

When you buy a juniper hedge, you do not have to prune them much as the plants grow slowly. A juniper is generally tolerant to pruning and can be worked on all year round, with spring being the best time. Basically, any dead shoots and inward growing branches should always be removed. This allows your juniper to remain vital.
If you have planted a columnar juniper, it should be cut regularly, but moderately, because without pruning there is a risk that older branches will break out.  If you have not taken hold of the clippers for a long time, you should proceed with caution because a juniper does not produce new growth out of the old wood.
If the juniper hedge has grown together, make sure the top is narrower than the base. This ensures that there is enough light in the lower areas and the plants remain green. In addition, the snow pressure is reduced, so that the trees do not break apart so quickly.


Toxicity

Juniper is slightly toxic due to the essential oils. This affects both the berries and the needles. The berries (or cones) of the common juniper (Juniperus communis), however, are edible or can be processed. If, however, many berries/cones of Juniperus communis are eaten, intolerance symptoms can also occur.
When cutting a juniper, sensitive people should always wear gloves: allergic reactions due to contact with the plants can easily occur.

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