Coniferous in design have a special value. This is due to their difference from hardwood - they are green at any time of the year. In winter, conifers attract particular attention with their green snow-covered outfits. But in the summer, if they are properly planted, taking into account the design advice, they will be beautiful.
Choice of conifers for landscape design
To make your site look more attractive, start by asking what types of conifers you would like to see.
- Before you choose a view, you must take into account the climatic conditions of the zone that you want to make. After all, conifers, compared with deciduous trees and shrubs, are the most picky in terms of growing conditions. For example, if you want to see a cypress on your plot, then you need to think that it is the hallmark of the southern cities of our country. Therefore, in medium latitude, it cannot grow; it simply freezes.
- If you have a large space, you can safely choose the pines. They look great single trees. You can, of course, plant a pine tree and small groups of several trees, then she, too, will not lose its charm. But a single pine will look more majestic. It perfectly replaces the luxurious oak, and unlike it, will be green at any time of the year. By the way, pine grows much faster than oak.
- Eliprev looks great in groups, both purely coniferous and mixed. In mixed groups, the spruce shade well the bright crown of deciduous plantings. In the landscape design of your site you can confidently choose ordinary spruce (dark green) and decorative (silver and blue).
- Siberian cedar is extremely good for decorating an open area, but in our latitudes the climate is too wet for it. It is successfully used in the landscape to the east of the Urals.
- The Italian pine also belongs to no less capricious conifers. It is somewhat more stable than cypress and may rise somewhat higher to the north. But all the same, already at the latitude of Moscow, and all the more above, its existence in an open natural environment is almost impossible.
- The most widely used conifers in landscape design are sustainable unpretentious species with a wide habitat. This, as a rule, was eaten by European pines, larch, fir and others. Moreover, it is important to know that larch is similar to deciduous trees in that it sheds leaves for the winter, although it is referred to as coniferous trees.
A selection of miniature conifers for design
Dwarf species of conifers are less common.
- The most common among them is juniper. Designers recommend it as a groundcover. It can be used in this capacity in place of lawn grass. Juniper looks especially beautiful among skillfully and tastefully arranged stones.
- Dwarf conifers include a special form of the common spruce - "Little Gem". In height, it grows no higher than a meter. Her needles are thin, but thick. The crown of this spruce is flatly rounded, at the top there is a nest-like depression.
- In addition to the above dwarf spruce form, there are others: "Reflexa", "Pygmaea", dwarf creeping spruce tree "Repens"; and also dwarf forms of decorative fir trees: "Montgomery", "Glauca Globosa", "Moll".
- Among the pines there are also dwarf species: "Mops", "Mini Mops" and others. They reach no more than a meter in height, some of them grow very slowly. There are shrub species of pines ("Gnom").
- Cedar is a creeping, multi-stem coniferous plant. Perfect for site design. There is a cedar forest with a bluish shade of needles.
Not so often you can find in the design of dwarf species of larch and thuja, as well as dwarf cypress.
When to plant conifers?
In gardening, seedlings of conifers or young trees are used. Young adult conifers tolerate transplant well.
It is best to replant conifers in spring or autumn. This period is very successful for seedlings. Trees are better to replant in winter. Coniferous in the design of your site will bring a special freshness, clean the air and will always be green, all year round.