I tore out a couple of overgrown specimens the other year and while I don't miss "them", I miss something with year-long foliage. I'm realizing now that I have too many perennials and especially close to the house, it would be nice to have some evergreens.
So remember the dwarf globe blue spruce I was salivating over at the Arboretum? (Photo to refresh memory)Well, that's what I wanted to find at this place and find it I did ... except the price tag was over $100!!! I asked if they sell smaller plants at a more economical price, but I was told to look at boxwoods then. UGH. I can buy a boxwood at Home Depot.
But I didn't walk away empty-handed, I found this dwarf juniper (Juniperus procumbens 'Nana') at a much better price. It should get 1-2' high and 3-5' wide and I think it'll look great where my lot slopes down. I might even add some rock. I was also pleased because I found on the UConn Hort website that this is species is:
'Nana' - One of the finest groundcover junipers, this old favorite grows similar to the species, but is more dwarfed. Plants appear as a neat, mounded mat of small branchlets 2' tall and up to 10' wide. The plant mounds on itself with age and develops a slight purple cast in winter. (http://www.hort.uconn.edu)So this is the start to my evergreen hunt.