All Posts   Posted:   January 28, 2015 by Justin Parker - Dennis' 7 Dees Plant Buyer

When the long, wet & cold season settles here in the Pacific Northwest and you’ve already got your garden put away for the winter what’s next? Must I wait for spring to do something cool in my garden?  

You might say ‘there's just not much to plant in January and it’s too cold, besides there’s hardly any plants blooming right now. What could I possibly plant for winter interest in my garden? ‘

Can you say conifers to the rescue? With their many colors, textures, size options, and varying forms available, these cool season beauties are just what’s needed to keep your green thumb going through the winter. The resiliency & hardiness of conifers typically allow Garden Centers the luxury to keep a handful of these precious gems in stock over the winter, while providing us year round garden enthusiasts something to keep our green thumbs going.

There are an array of design options with conifers that are abundant in both color and texture. You can generally find sizes from small 4″ pots on up to large specimens available here in the Pacific Northwest. They can be booth a strong focal point of your garden or a graceful accent. Often we’ll find these beauties supporting or providing contrast to a specimen ornamental tree or a back drop wall providing screening or privacy. More and more people are utilizing dwarf, columnar & weeping conifers in containers as well. Although this application may require some repotting & maintenance, it can make a pretty dramatic statement in your garden.

Below are some common favorites you’ll find here at Dennis’ 7 Dees. We look forward to assisting you this winter in beautifying your space with the use of conifers.

Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar

Blues & Greens:

  • Abies korena ‘Silberlocke’ / Silberlocke Korean Fir
  • Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Gracilis’   / Slender Hinoki
  • Picea pungens 'Glauca '   / Colorado Blue Spruce
  • Pinus flexilis ‘ Vanderwolf’s’ / Vanderwolf’s Pine
  • Pinus parviflora   / Japanese White Pine
  • Taxus x media ‘Hicksii’ / Hicks Yew
  • Tsuga heterophylla / Western Hemlock
  • Tsuga mertensiana / Mountain Hemlock

Columnar:

  • Chamaecyparis law. ‘Wissel’s Saguro’ / Wissel’s Saguro Cypress
  • Cuppressus sempervirens  /  Italian Cypress
  • Juniperus ‘Sky Rocket’ / Sky Rocket Juniper
  • Taxus baccata ‘Fastigiata’ / Irish Yew

Dwarfs & Ground Covers:

  • Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana’ / Dwarf Hinoki Cypress
  • Chamaecyparis law. ‘Ellwood’s Pillar’ / Ellwood’s Pillar Cypress
  • Chamaecyparis law. ‘Ellwood’s Pygmy’ / Ellwood’s Pygmy Cypress
  • Picea gluaca ‘Conica’ / Dwarf Alberta Spruce       
  • Pinus mugo var. pumilio   / Dwarf Mugo Pine
  • Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star / Blue Star Juniper
  • Juniperus horizontalis ‘Wiltoni’ /   Blue Rug Juniper
  • Sciadopity’s veticillata /    Japanese Umbrella Pine

Screening:

  • Cupressus leylandii / Leyland Cypress
  • Thuja occidentalis ‘Smargd’ / Emerald Green Arborvitae

Weepers:

  • Chamaecyparis nootkateniss ‘Pendula’ / Weeping Alaskan Cedar
  • Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca Pendula'  /  Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar
  • Tsuga Canadensis ‘Pendula’ / Weeping Hemlock

Yellows:

  • Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Gold Mop’ / Golden Thread Branch False Cypress
  • Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Aurea’ /   Golden Hinoki Cypress
  • Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Tetragona Aurea’ / Golden Fernleaf Cypress
  • Cryptomeria japonica ‘Sekkan Sugi’ / Sekkan Sugi Japanese Cedar
  • Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Wilma Goldcrest’ / Lemmon Cypress
  • Picea orientalis ‘Skylands’ / Golden Oriental Spruce
  • Taxus Standishii  / Golden Columnar Yew

When the long, wet & cold season settles here in the Pacific Northwest and you’ve already got your garden put away for the winter what’s next? Must I wait for spring to do something cool in my garden?  

You might say ‘there's just not much to plant in January and it’s too cold, besides there’s hardly any plants blooming right now. What could I possibly plant for winter interest in my garden? ‘

Can you say conifers to the rescue? With their many colors, textures, size options, and varying forms available, these cool season beauties are just what’s needed to keep your green thumb going through the winter. The resiliency & hardiness of conifers typically allow Garden Centers the luxury to keep a handful of these precious gems in stock over the winter, while providing us year round garden enthusiasts something to keep our green thumbs going.

There are an array of design options with conifers that are abundant in both color and texture. You can generally find sizes from small 4″ pots on up to large specimens available here in the Pacific Northwest. They can be booth a strong focal point of your garden or a graceful accent. Often we’ll find these beauties supporting or providing contrast to a specimen ornamental tree or a back drop wall providing screening or privacy. More and more people are utilizing dwarf, columnar & weeping conifers in containers as well. Although this application may require some repotting & maintenance, it can make a pretty dramatic statement in your garden.

Below are some common favorites you’ll find here at Dennis’ 7 Dees. We look forward to assisting you this winter in beautifying your space with the use of conifers.

Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar

Blues & Greens:

  • Abies korena ‘Silberlocke’ / Silberlocke Korean Fir
  • Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Gracilis’   / Slender Hinoki
  • Picea pungens 'Glauca '   / Colorado Blue Spruce
  • Pinus flexilis ‘ Vanderwolf’s’ / Vanderwolf’s Pine
  • Pinus parviflora   / Japanese White Pine
  • Taxus x media ‘Hicksii’ / Hicks Yew
  • Tsuga heterophylla / Western Hemlock
  • Tsuga mertensiana / Mountain Hemlock

Columnar:

  • Chamaecyparis law. ‘Wissel’s Saguro’ / Wissel’s Saguro Cypress
  • Cuppressus sempervirens  /  Italian Cypress
  • Juniperus ‘Sky Rocket’ / Sky Rocket Juniper
  • Taxus baccata ‘Fastigiata’ / Irish Yew

Dwarfs & Ground Covers:

  • Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana’ / Dwarf Hinoki Cypress
  • Chamaecyparis law. ‘Ellwood’s Pillar’ / Ellwood’s Pillar Cypress
  • Chamaecyparis law. ‘Ellwood’s Pygmy’ / Ellwood’s Pygmy Cypress
  • Picea gluaca ‘Conica’ / Dwarf Alberta Spruce       
  • Pinus mugo var. pumilio   / Dwarf Mugo Pine
  • Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star / Blue Star Juniper
  • Juniperus horizontalis ‘Wiltoni’ /   Blue Rug Juniper
  • Sciadopity’s veticillata /    Japanese Umbrella Pine

Screening:

  • Cupressus leylandii / Leyland Cypress
  • Thuja occidentalis ‘Smargd’ / Emerald Green Arborvitae

Weepers:

  • Chamaecyparis nootkateniss ‘Pendula’ / Weeping Alaskan Cedar
  • Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca Pendula'  /  Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar
  • Tsuga Canadensis ‘Pendula’ / Weeping Hemlock

Yellows:

  • Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Gold Mop’ / Golden Thread Branch False Cypress
  • Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Aurea’ /   Golden Hinoki Cypress
  • Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Tetragona Aurea’ / Golden Fernleaf Cypress
  • Cryptomeria japonica ‘Sekkan Sugi’ / Sekkan Sugi Japanese Cedar
  • Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Wilma Goldcrest’ / Lemmon Cypress
  • Picea orientalis ‘Skylands’ / Golden Oriental Spruce
  • Taxus Standishii  / Golden Columnar Yew