Horizontal juniper

To tell you the truth, I’m fed up of the way my front garden looks. After first visiting the property before I purchased it, I determined the lawn had to go. However, the space is currently too much of a hotch-potch of plants, with little cohesion.

Wandering round a garden centre yesterday, an idea started to form, which may resolve this issue. Amongst the conifers were a couple of horizontal junipers. Now, knowing nothing about junipers, let alone the habits of ground-hugging plants, I wondered if anyone else had any thoughts on the matter.

Juniper on display outside Belton Garden Centre. This horizontal variety seemed the most appealing but I’m going to see which others there may be before choosing the one for the front garden.

If there were a juniper towards the back of the garden, closest to the house, this would cover a tricky area (north-facing, dry). It wouldn’t need much looking after, wouldn’t self-seed all over my neighbours’ gardens and would reduce the number of other plants needed to fill the front garden. At least, that’s the dream.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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4 Responses to Horizontal juniper

  1. I quite like junipers. They smell nice, are easy to care for, but can be prickly on the ankles. 🙂

  2. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I have a low growing conifer which was given to me by a friend when it outgrew the space in her g garden -no idea if it is juniper! It is evergreen which is a plus and is quite good ground cover,another plus and it needs no attention at all , a big plus!

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