|Hinoki Cypress 'Crippsi'|
Some of my favorite evergreens for brightening up any garden include the genus picea (spruce), chamaecyparis (cypress), juniperus (juniper) and cedrus (cedar). In the spruce catergory-the Colorado Blue Spruce 'Hoopsi' is a favorite which grows to an average of fifteen feet in 10 years, stays at smaller size than an ordinary spruce and exhibits a characteristic blue color throughout the year. A smaller globe variety shrub form of the blue spruce is the 'Montgomery' Globe Spruce, another nice addition to any well lit garden.
|'Gold Mop' Cypress|
|Juniperus 'Blue Star'|
Last but by no means least are the Cedars. Cedrus deodara 'Aurea' is magnificiant golden cedar which steals the show for any area where you have good lighting and plenty of space. This beauty can serve as an "anchor' plant for a foundation planting but allow it enough area to grow and make sure the center portion of the tree is planted an average of seven to ten feet away from the foundation (the further the better) to ensure proper distance from the exterior of your home- then enjoy this beauty. Two other stand alone pieces in the genus cedrus are cedrus atlantica 'Glauca Pendula' and cedrus atlantica 'Glauca'-both blue in color similar to the blue spruce however less of a "bottle brush" look to the needles as in the genus picea. The weeping form (pendula) can be used as a foundation planting or in any garden and the later upright form can be used as a stand alone piece where they is plenty or room as it can also reach up to eighty feet in height under optimum conditions.
|Cedrus atlantica 'Pendula'|
(Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar)
I am hoping you have found the information in the above segment both informative and useful. This is the first in a series of three articles on color in the garden. Parts II and III will focus on the usage of flowering shrubs and perennials to add everlasting color and interest to your landscape.
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