Rugged good looks earn Maney juniper (Juniperus chinensis ‘Maneyi’) a place in any landscape. This tough evergreen tolerates salt, cold winters and drought (once established). Plants have a naturally spreading growth that reaches 4 to 5 feet tall and wide. Count on Maney juniper as part of a foundation planting, waterwise drought-tolerant garden or mixed border. Hardy in Zones 3-8.
A symmetrical shape and strong columnar form makes this juniper a go-to plant for a vertical accent in a planting. It grows to 15 feet tall and 3-5 feet wide. Expect it to add up to 12 inches per year in height. Hardy in Zones 5 to 9. Botanical name: Juniperus chinensis ‘Spartan’
Brighten up your space with bold pops of red and green using a mixture of cut ranunculus stems and branches of juniper and cedar. The slight variation in green coloring will add depth to the finished look and rough texture against the pretty, soft shape of the ranunculus.
This juniper is versatile in the landscape, growing in containers or beds. It’s deer resistant and drought- and salt tolerant. Plants grow quickly to a mature size of 2-3 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide. Expect 6-10 inches of growth per year. Hardy in Zones 4 to 9. Botanical name: Juniperus chinensis sargentii ‘Viridis’
While pastel toned tulips are often associated with spring, red tulips are a perfect fit for the holidays. Once cut and placed in vessels, tulips can last up to ten days. Change the water every day or two and also cut the ends of the stems at an angle to ensure the tulips receive proper hydration. For a touch of texture, mix juniper sprigs in with the tulips.
Blanket a slope or add year-round greenery to an entry garden with a planting of dwarf Japanese garden juniper. Deer resistant and shade tolerant, this ground-hugging evergreen boasts an easy growing personality. Hardy in Zones 5-9. Botanical name: Juniperus procumbens ‘Nana’
Homeowner Wendy Durnwald injected a touch of rustic elegance in her kitchen by adding an aged wooden cabinet. She stores appliances like her coffee maker, toaster and slow cooker behind a cute country curtain, which keeps her counters tidy and lets her style shine through. Here, she has also layered an antique cutting board, a pizza stone and a china gravy boat filled with juniper to spruce up her countertop.
A stunning pergola draws you into the shade of this concrete patio. With wood and stone construction, the pergola is a rustic accent to the Mediterranean-style chandelier and lush landscaping. Timeworn patio furniture creates a cozy seating area with bright red pillows.
Durable Trex decking mimics true wood on this simple rooftop living space. Wired cedar, juniper and boxwoods, as well as spiraling topiary shapes, give a nod to a classic English garden from the middle of the city.
The right regional plants shine when combinations feature contrasting leaf textures. These plantings feature yellow twig dogwood shrubs in the center, surrounded by thin-leaved plants, including daylily, variegated sedge and lavender. Blue junipers interject a pretty evergreen hue.
Small juniper and cypress trees are the best fits for mobile trees meant for outdoor use. Since these live, organic trees are taller and narrower than artificial versions, it's smart to consider placing them in taller, squatter vessels rather than low, oblong wash tubs. For this outdoor dining area, a cypress was placed into an old wine crate outfitted with casters.
A small cedar arbor over the gate creates an entryway into the backyard. By adding various plant types that bloom during different times of the year, the homeowners have a new experience each season. The dwarf mondo grass in between the stepping stones acts as a sponge to soak up any water left standing. Spreading juniper in front of the koi pond provides cover for the filter and pump compartments.
A living mulch is a type of low-growing ground cover that blankets soil like a mulch. In this garden, golden creeping jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’) is the living mulch. Other plants that work well as living mulches include alpine strawberry, low juniper, vinca vine or short mints like Corsican mint. Be careful with living mulches that root along stems as they grow. These types of plants can easily become invasive and even try to overgrow lawns.