Conifers: Organic as well as Beautiful Ways to make use of Conifers within the Garden.

Just what exactly I’m planning to suggest here’s that you think about using conifers in your garden in one of two different ways. To introduce those two ways we must begin by thinking about how conifers grow in the wild. Putting it very basically you will find two forms of natural landscapes in which conifers play an important role. Alpine landscapes and forests.

Alpine landscapes are windswept rocky places, usually in mountainous terrain but also on seashores. They’re places where soil fertility is low, soil depth is normally shallow and the soil itself is saturated in stones. The wind plays an important factor to keep plants low growing, and the plant populations tend to be naturally reduced or miniature species. There are usually no large trees or vigorous herbaceous plants to crowd out the more interesting species.

Alpine Gardens usually try to replicate this type of terrain, or at least to suggest its effect, by being placed well from shrubberies or trees, partly to make sure good light levels but also to prevent autumn leaves falling on the plants and stifling them. Attention can be given to making the soil poorly nourished and free-draining.

With regards to conifers, the representatives of the group that typically grow in wild alpine landscapes are mainly low growing or shrubby junipers. Due to the strength of the wind and low soil fertility such conifers accept both neat and fantastical forms which is often exceedingly beautiful and fascinating to the eye.

In the alpine garden the wonderful range of colourful and spiky junipers might be supplemented with dwarf spruces (Picea species and cultivars), miniature firs (Abies species and cultivars), miniature pines (Pinus) and similar forms. The intention here’s to recreate a high-altitude Alpine terrain effect.

Another main natural landscapes in which conifers play a respected role is the forest. In a garden it is probably unlikely that numerous may wish to recreate a conifer forest, however by selecting slow growing but upright varieties which exhibit a selection of appealing foliage texture and colour this is actually possible. Vertically-growing firs and spruces will be applicable here, along with Lawson Cyprus cultivars (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana), Thujas, deciduous larches and so on. 1 or 2 colourful-barked birchs will lighten any heavy effect produced by the conifers.

However a more likely and varied usage of conifers that suggest forest forms to a person’s eye would be to begin to see the garden as an edge of woodland situation, the fringes of the forest where young conifer trees vie with dwarf shrubs and natural herbaceous plants for space and light. Many if not most contemporary suburban gardens would probably fall within this category regardless, but to realize that this is actually the case enables the home garden designer to truly have a clearer goal and so to achieve an improved effect.

Visits to conifer forests and attention paid specifically for their margins and fringes, can result when placed on the home garden in a more natural looking effect. Natural-looking is good because it is both more beautiful and more relaxing when compared to a garden created using a mishmash approach, filling spaces with any available plants, as an example, with little if any thought to planning or overall effect.

Likewise, visits to upland hills and seashores can give the home gardener the ability to observe how plants grow and interact with each other in an alternative type of wild situation. Notes should be produced and photographs taken; lessons can then be learned and placed on the home garden. To supplements such visits, images and information about wild landscapes is widely available on the Internet and may give insights into places what type cannot actually visit.


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