If I want blue/silver blue juniper - Chip or Rug?

oakrunfarmNovember 29, 2011

I've got a space about 3 or 4' deep and about 12' wide between a raised open gazebo/pavilion and a low brick retaining wall. (The gazebo is on a higher elevation, and so the top of the brick wall is only a few inches above ground level.)

On either side of the gazebo at the ends of this space, there are 4-5' pencil hollies.

I would like to put a few blue-colored junipers in that space, and hope that they will grow to fill the area, plus cascade down over the wall to the concrete pool deck below.

What I would really prefer is one that is as blue or silvery-blue as possible that stays relatively close (1' or less) to the ground.

I have been looking at Blue Chip and Blue Rug and can't seem to make up my mind. Or is there a better choice?

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    Bookmark   November 29, 2011 at 3:54PM
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I like the blue rug, it will get 7-8 feet long in time.
It is easy to control also, prune back from the tips as you would a tree limb.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2011 at 4:13PM
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    Bookmark   November 29, 2011 at 4:16PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

might not be as blue as you wish .. in that much shade ...

where you are might make a difference also ...

small plants are rather cheap... plant multiples.. should you wish to cover ground faster ...


    Bookmark   November 29, 2011 at 6:20PM
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Juniperus horizontalis 'Monber' - Icee Blue Juniper is my recommendation. I have 5 and the tallest of any is about 4 inches. Also maintains pretty good blue color in partial shade. I think Monrovia is the sole source wholesaler so you may need to locate a retailer who purchases from them.


    Bookmark   November 29, 2011 at 8:19PM
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Thank you. I really DO want it as blue as possible due to some surrounding blue tones (bluestone pool coping, Pebbletec in pool), so that's important.

We bought some taller "blue" conifers from a Monrovia dealer, but they did not have any Juniper ground cover, so I will check around.

Thanks again. :)

    Bookmark   November 30, 2011 at 7:07AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

the next month or so.. is when local high end dealers.. make their orders for late winter/early spring delivery ...

so now is the time to visit with a manager .. and speak directly with whomever orders in stock ...

check out the link .... if you wish to go cheaper, in volume ...

i wouldnt get too tied up in the name game.. any blue creeper is probably going to be blue enough for you .... sometimes the old standards are better than the newer ones anyway.. that is why they have been around forever .... so i would go on height, if that is the secondary important part ... in other words.. dont focus solely on color.. lets say that part is a given ...

they will all grow in some shade ... but they ALL PREFER full sun ... the only impact is a slower growth rate.. and perhaps the intensity of spring coloration .... or not.. we really can not predict.. with any certainty.. how it will all work out in your project ...


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    Bookmark   November 30, 2011 at 8:54AM
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