While I was gardening

The art of gardening and the science of life.

Good Things come in Small Packages, page 3

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I’ve grown dwarf conifers for many years.  After reading about Adrian Bloom’s large garden in Norfolk, England, and having always had a deep love of conifers, I decided to add as many small conifers to my garden as I could successfully fit.

On a memorably enjoyable and enlightening shopping trip specifically for small conifers, I found the tree that was to guide the look of my garden for years to come – Picea pungens, ‘Baby Blue Eyes’.  This small, symmetrical spruce is notable for its beautiful, true-blue foliage and dense, tidy appearance.  It tops out at 20 feet but with very slow growth, and is an excellent selection for neighborhood gardens.  As with all blue spruce, its beauty is most evident when covered with a light dusting of snow or frost.

As you see here, it’s a beauty.



Author: dphare2014

Horticulturist, Lead Steward Carkeek Park Demonstration Gardens, Author

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