Junipers | Everything You Should Know
Junipers are indisputably the most useful and easy to grow landscape shrubs out there. These evergreen bushes are hardy, beautiful, low maintenance, and grow throughout the United States. The versatile Juniper is widely used by professional landscapers because this tough plant thrives with almost no care and offers year-round interest.
Junipers in the Landscape
Junipers are probably best known for their amazing capacity to control erosion. This is why you often see pretty blue evergreens on slopes and hills. You won’t find a better option for hillside planting. No more mowing down that steep hill for you! Replace that grass with a groundcover Juniper!
Groundcover junipers are my very favorite Junipers and I think the prettiest groundcover you can buy! Low growing Junipers like the Blue Rug, Blue Pacific, and the Japanese Garden are perfect for replacing grass in hard to mow areas or just adding some low profile, high beauty to a mixed bed, garden, or border. These Junipers will take your breath away when planted in rock gardens or cascading over walls.
Shrub Junipers like the Angelica, Blue Star, Gold Coast, Grey Owl, and Parson’s are striking in mixed beds, foundation and mass plantings, and rock gardens. You will love these colorful evergreens as low hedges and borders too!
Juniper trees like the Blue Point Juniper are perfect for privacy screens. These pretty evergreen trees are a great way to add some height to your landscape and anchor the corners of your home. Plant Blue Points in groups of 3 in a bed for some landscape flare. These look great just about anywhere with an attractive loose feathery look that stands out against the evergreen tree competition.
Add rich color, unique texture, exciting depth, and FOUR seasons of interest to your landscape with easy to grow Junipers!
Junipers generally grow best in full sun, but will tolerate some shade. Plan for at least 5-6 hours of sun. These hardy shrubs adapt to any soil as long as there is no sitting water. Junipers are great street shrubs because they tolerate pollution and salt well. Mulching your juniper with a couple inches of pine straw or bark is great for protecting the roots, retaining moisture, and keeping the lower branches from touching the soil directly. The added benefit with using pine is that it will add some acidity to your soil over time which helps your Junipers take up nutrients. Water your Juniper deeply a couple times a week for the first month or two. Junipers are extremely drought and heat tolerant after establishing. Fertilize when planting and in early spring with a slow release fertilizer for optimal growth.
Junipers are disease, pest and deer resistant. Generally, as long as you avoid overly saturated soils and fertilize if you have nutrient poor soil you will not see pests or disease.
The Blue Pacific Juniper is a hardy, low maintenance groundcover that is great for preventing soil erosion. The feathery, green foliage transitions to a silvery green in the winter months. This low growing juniper is great for adding texture to almost any landscape. The Blue Pacific only reaches about 1 foot tall, but spreads up to 6 feet wide.
The fast growing Blue Rug Juniper is a gorgeous creeping groundcover that only reaches 4-6 inches tall, but spreads to 6 feet wide. Perfect for those steep hills you’ve had such a hard time growing anything on, this juniper is great for preventing soil erosion. The Blue Rug is extremely disease resistant and low maintenance.
The Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper is a compact groundcover juniper that grows in a lovely, cascading fashion that flows outward along the ground, over rocks, or down a wall or container for a stunning, natural look that you just cannot beat. The lush foliage is a vivid green that transitions to hints of blue and purple as temperatures drop. This hardy evergreen is drought and pollution tolerant as well as pest and disease resistant. The Japanese Garden Juniper has a mature size of about 1 foot tall and up to 6 feet wide.
The icy green-blue color of the Angelica Blue Juniper is a great way to make your entire landscape pop! As winter arrives this juniper becomes very blue with a hint of purple. The Angelica Blue will instantly add depth and texture to your landscape with its loose shape and lacy texture. The Angelica grows to 3-5 feet tall and up to 8 feet wide.
The Blue Star Juniper is a hardy, dwarf variety that is perfect for adding color and texture to small spaces. Resistant to disease, and drought, this variety is a great pick! And you can’t beat that icy blue color! The Blue Star only reaches 2-3 feet at maturity.
Enjoy the ease and versatility of a juniper in a unique and bold golden-yellow color! The Gold Coast Juniper really stands out in the landscape. You can't beat the year-round, yellow color and the lush, lacy texture it brings to any garden! At full size the Gold Coast is 3-4 feet tall and wide.
The soft blue color and whimsical shape of the Grey Owl Juniper make is a real treasure in any landscape. These look great in a flowing, curvy hedge or sprinkled throughout a bed. This hardy, evergreen shrub is pest and disease resistant. The Grey Owl reaches 3-4 feet tall and up to 6 feet wide at maturity.
The Parson's Juniper offers a great look in a hardy, easy to maintain shrub. You will love having a groundcover with shrub height! Juniper Parsoni grows quickly to 2-3 feet tall and about 6 feet wide. The lush foliage is a silvery blue-green that looks great anywhere.
The Blue Point Juniper has lovely evergreen blue green foliage. It will reach heights of up to 12 feet tall and get can get as wide as 6-8 feet. But don't worry, it will maintain its pyramid form and does not require any pruning. The feathery Blue Point Juniper is drought tolerant, easy to grow, and perfect for privacy!
Junipers Offer Endless Options
You can see from the various types, cultivars, and uses of Junipers you have A LOT of options. No matter the Juniper or Junipers you choose you know you are making a great choice in an evergreen for your landscape. Junipers are some of the toughest, most adaptable, and easy to grow plants on the planet and they are gorgeous to boot. Trust us; you are going to love them! Transform your landscape with ease and look like a pro with Junipers!