Juniper shrubs vary is size and shape. Juniper shrubs are evergreen and are usually low spreading bush type plants. There are approximately 50 species of junipers and they are found in most countries in the northern hemisphere. Popular species of juniper that are used for landscaping purposes are: Juniperus virginiana, Juniperus horizontalis, Juniperus communis, and Juniperus chinensis.
Juniper shrubs are a low maintenance plant to grow. Junipers thrive in full sun and in well drained soils. They also prefer an acidic pH soils but will grow in soil pHs that are not acidic. Junipers are used for groundcovers and border plantings. They are especially helpful in preventing soil erosion, weed control, and planting on difficult to access parts of a landscape. Juniper shrubs are drought tolerant and perform quite well in rock gardens. Most varieties of juniper require very little pruning, if any. Be sure to leave enough room for the juniper plant to spread. Nature Hills offers several varieties of junipers and they are displayed below.