Monday, August 1, 2022

This Month in the Garden: Feature Low Maintenance Evergreen-Dwarf Mugo Pine

Feature Plant: Pinus Mugo 'Slowmound' (Dwarf Mountain Pine)

Hardy in USDA zones 2-8 and part of the Iseli TRUdwarf® introduction, Dwarf Mugo Pine 'Slowmound’ is a slow growing, compact evergreen with attractive dark green needles on a uniform mounding plant that grows to a maximum height and width of just 4 feet high by 6 feet wide. It is a compact enough plant to introduce into even the smallest of spaces, such as along a walkway, and is extremely easy to care for with low maintenance. All the plants in the TRUdwarf® collection are propagated from root cuttings, making each plant true to its original.

Pinus Mugo 'Slowmound'

This versatile evergreen is an excellent choice for garden borders, water-wise gardening and rock gardens. Plant 'Slowmound' in full sun to partial shade with moderate watering and a well-drained soil and it will perform beautifully. I find that placing this cultivar in an eastern exposure is ideal, but it does just as well with afternoon sun from a western facing location, making it very versatile. 'Slowmound' is also tolerant of a variety of soil types, ranging from sandy to clay, loamy and rocky and is known to be drought and salt tolerant once established.

Walkway Planting: Pinus Mugo 'Slowmound' paired with Liriope 'Variegata'

If you are looking for an attractive, slow growing and low maintenance evergreen for your garden, then this could be the plant for you. Excellent companion plants include Japanese Garden Juniper and Variegated Liriope, as seen here. A new one of a kind ground-hugging addition to the TRUdwarf® series will be coming onto to the market in the spring of 2023. Keep an eye out for Mugo Pine 'Pesto'!

I hope you enjoyed This Month in the Garden for the month of August. Be sure to stop by on the 1st. and 15th. of each month as I continue to share gardening tips, information and horticultural adventures! Until we meet again...Happy Gardening!

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  1. I have a number of Mugo Pine - and one dwarf Mugo pine. I planted them all the same year. The Mugo are over my head after 15 years. The dwarf is still only about 1.5 ft tall.

  2. That's a pretty neat plant, Lee. Question: is it soft like a yew, or a little more prickly like a Scotch pine would be? I have just this past week discovered cane borer in my oak leaf hydrangeas that were hard pruned late last fall, and I will be replacing them this fall. I'm weighing my options on whether I'll use the same specimen, move existing plants around, or try something new. Thanks.

    1. Sorry to hear about your Oakleaf Hydrangeas. This variety has pretty soft foliage compared to other conifers and will stay small. I have had mine in the garden for several years and they are still at 1-1.5 feet tall, as they take a long time to reach their maximum height.



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