Who doesn’t love to shop? Not to mention when its your fall landscape assignment from Team Fine Foliage! One of the topics that we get asked about constantly is how to get more color and interest in the fall and winter landscape. And since everyone’s climate challenges are slightly different conifers remain one of the category of plants that seems to cross all of the USDA hardiness lines for the plants that everyone can appreciate in some form or another.
I will readily admit that plant names in general are never my strength for memory retention, and trees are at the top of that list. So, as you peruse the photos below hang with me, if I know the name of a tree, I will list it. If not, I won’t but that is where YOU come in; if YOU know the name and its not listed here, drop us a note in the comments and I will add it. Sometimes in the world of working 2or 3 jobs at a time, I don’t always have the time to properly ID some plants before posting- sorry FF Gang!
The idea with this post is to get you thinking about what conifers would look great in your landscape and to get your little landscaping rear-end to your nearest Independent Garden Center to get them as soon as possible before it gets too cold and the selection has dwindled. This is a fine time for digging and planting as the weather is still fairly mild in most locations and the work weather is divine!
This uber blue cypress is a columnar one that looks gorgeous in spring with this Heuchera ‘Delta Dawn’ planted below.
The same blue cypress as above, but this time, showing you the incredibly pretty hydrangea paniculata ‘Quick Fire’ foliage with it in fall.
My own beloved Weeping Larch in spring. Don’t you just want to pet those baby soft needles???
The incredible warm gold of the needles just before they drop in late fall.
You may have seen Team Fine Foliage refer to this one as “Mr. Wissel”, he is officially ‘Wissel’s Saguaro’ cypress. 🙂 A Columnar standout for the landscape in all four seasons.
A lovely example of delicate gold details on this cedar, the red twig dogwood makes it even better!
Another favorite that makes you just want to reach out and feel the feathery soft needles- the Cryptomeria elegans ‘Aurea’. Paired with this Ilex, a textural feast for the eyes.
A Cryptomeria elegans showing off its famous winter color!
Cryptomeria elegans paired with this gold cypress is eye-catching here in winter.
Possibly more pedestrian for some folks, but for many Italian Cypress feels quite decadent and exotic. The larger scale pine in the foreground is a good dark contrast.
This columnar blue cypress paired with the broad leaves of magnolia and the delicate grass in the foreground are a wonderful compliment to one another.
The cones of the weeping ‘Blue Atlas’ cedar are worth it for the winter interest alone, not to mention the color of the blue needles against that red maple in the background!
Arizona cypress has been a favorite of mine for over 20 years. That BLUE and columnar growth habit are hard to beat!!
Feeling fancy? Then maybe this truly collectors ‘Wollemi’ pine is right up your alley. The story about how this tree was discovered is VERY cool via National Geographic- Google it! 🙂
Other than the INCREDIBLE blue of the sky in Denver, this columnar pine tree is pretty spectacular too!!
An affordable way to collect small conifers is to buy the one made for container gardens and miniature gardens and grow them on in containers until they are sized up for the landscape.
Crazy cool and unusual is the Cryptomeria ‘Cristata’. Remind me to tell you all a very funny story about this tree one day. LOL
One of my clients picked out this gold pine to go into a container in her landscape. Its gorgeous against this red leaved Japanese maple.
A ‘Chief Joseph’ pine is good one for the small garden and provides a wonderful accent to the winter garden as it lights up dark days!
What conifers are you shopping for in your landscape this year? Let us know, drop us a comment below!
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