The Jervis Canada Hemlock looks like a huge tree in the garden, in miniature. That’s supposed to be a clubhouse, not an outhouse, but I think I miss the mark on this one. Lol!
Why Do Conifers Make Great Mini Garden Trees?
~ Why do our true miniature and dwarf trees and shrubs make such great miniature garden trees? Well, let me count the ways!
Our miniature garden conifers get better and better with age. The trunks thicken, the branches reach out and a they become “big” mini garden trees.
There is something for every spot. Some are super hardy. Some are really tolerant of dry conditions and others are happiest in shade.
They are evergreen! A lot of them will change color in the winter for year-round interest.
They are low maintenance. Water in the dry months to maintain wrung-sponge-damp soil.
They grow into bonsai specimens on their own.
They grow slowly and can stay in scale in your miniature garden for years.
Enjoy this photo blog of some before and after shots. All the trees you see in here are still in our miniature gardens today and there is a reason for it. I don’t like fussy plants. In fact, I kill fussy plants quite easily!
All the plants in our inventory have to pass through my busy schedule in order to get into our online store. If a plant dies suddenly because I looked away for a moment, it doesn’t pass the test. :o)
This hemlock was about 6 inches tall when I first got it. Over 4 years later, with the fresh spring growth, the same Jervis Canada Hemlock is more majestic – in miniature – than ever.
Another 4 years later now in a display at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. You can see how the trunk has lifted the start of the branching system up off the ground naturally.
This was entirely by accident: Planting the RED Thyme, WHITE Bud Mugo in a BLUE pot – so I added the windsock and gazing balls for even more whimsy. The Mugo Pine can stay in this 12″ diameter pot for years.
Same garden as above. The pot is about 16″ across.
This Bud’s for You
The spring flush of new growth on the conifers are really a joy to behold. The colors of the new buds are usually lighter than the mature growth so you get to really enjoy it each and every spring.
Jamy Balsam Fir buds in spring. A true miniature garden conifer that grows less than 1″ per year. Flat leaves are just charming. Good for part shade with evenly damp soil.
Jean’s Dilly Dwarf Spruce buds, a favorite mini garden tree. It’s a miniature Christmas tree as well as a perfect anchor tree for any miniature garden. Full sun, hardy to -20F.
Tiny buds on the tiny Blue Planet Miniature Spruce.
Betty Rose Canada Hemlock buds in a creamy white.
Jean’s Dilly Dwarf Spruce anchors the back, right corner, and Mother Lode Juniper creates the second layer in this mini garden. Elfin Thyme and small Hens and Chicks create the under-story while the bench and trellis cinch the scale. This garden is over 4 years old.
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