Juniper shrubs vary in size and shape from very low-growing groundcover to quite tall columns. Juniper shrubs are evergreen and usually planted as low, spreading, bush-type plants. There are approximately 50 species of junipers with hundreds of cultivated varieties available. They are found in most countries in the northern hemisphere. Juniper shrubs are low maintenance, drought tolerant and perform quite well in rock gardens. Most varieties of juniper require very little pruning, if any, unless you desire a topiary effect. Be sure to leave enough room for the juniper plant to spread.
How & Where to Plant Juniper Bushes
Junipers thrive in full sun but tolerate partial shade, and they require well drained soils. They also prefer an acidic pH soil but will grow in soil that are not so acidic. These versatile plants are highly adaptable to many conditions and can be especially helpful in preventing soil erosion, controlling weeds, and achieving plantings on difficult to access parts of a landscape.
Low-Growing Junipers as Groundcover
Fill a rock garden or other large space with low-growing juniper shrubs for a dynamic, self-maintaining result. These types of juniper shrub generally stay a few inches above the ground, preferring to grow outward rather than upward. Plant them three to six feet apart on steep slopes, one to four feet apart in flat gardens. Our fave picks for juniper groundcover are:
Columnar Junipers as Garden Accents
Whether you want a pair of topiary sculptures flanking your home’s entryway or you’re looking for a fast-growing privacy hedge, columnar juniper shrubs offer high visual impact with low maintenance obligations.
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