While I was gardening

The art of gardening and the science of life.

Good Things come in Small Packages, page 1

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Photographs by Plumb Pixel Photography, Terri Johnson, Owner


Conifers are an invaluable asset to any garden, but few people have room for one full-size tree, and most new homes are being built with land that doesn’t allow room for even one tree.  However, there is a solution to the problem of space (and the lack of) in a garden – dwarf conifers.  Many genera of conifers offer small-size cultivars.  Some of these selections are listed in this and following pages.

The genus Pinus offers a good variety of small conifers though not as extensive as Chamaecyparis (see next page).  The pictures below are Pinus wallichiana Nana, Dwarf Himalayan Pine, and Pinus mugo, ‘Carsten’s Wintergold’.  I find few trees, small or large, as beautiful and graceful in appearance as the Himalayan Pine.  If I had room for only one full-size tree, it would be the Himalayan Pine.

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Author: dphare2014

Horticulturist, Lead Steward Carkeek Park Demonstration Gardens, Author

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