Conifers in the Capricious Garden, April 4, 2011

April 4, 2011

Conifers are the backbone of any winter garden.

My winter garden has more than a dozen dwarf conifers, but these  two larger evergreens make up (part of) the back drop.  They came through the winter with no sun or wind burn.

This is Pinus strobus ‘Pendula’ or Weeping White Pine. We call it “tiny monster” although a child can hide in it. Some day it will be a giant monster.

This is Picea likiangensis or Likiang Spruce.  Later in the season, it will have almost florescent glowing purple cones.


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Laurie April 7, 2011 at 5:25 am

I live such a sheltered life. I’ve never heard of either of these trees. Your blog is so educational!


Anna April 6, 2011 at 10:29 pm

I love the cones! Do they stay that color if you pick them?


Danniel April 7, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Some do, but only for a little while. Most lose the bright colors as they dry out. This fall I am going to blog about all the cool cones and cone-like things that dry well.


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