Conifers for Small Gardens

Evergreen and reliable, conifers are elegant trees with sculptural foliage, beautiful cones and sometimes autumn colour too. Several are compact enough to fit into a smaller garden: here are five of our favourites.

Korean Fir (Abies koreana):Startling steel-blue needles make this fir stand out: it's a low, wide-spreading tree, and the cones are purplish blue too. Grows slowly to about 3 metres.

Cryptomeria Japonica:Very handsome upright tree with sweeping blue-green branches ('Elegans Aurea' is yellow-green) which flush bronze in late autumn. Grows between 5m to 10m tall depending on variety.

Picea Pungens 'Globosa':Low-growing spruce which gradually forms a spreading dome of sharp, stiff grey- green needles. The height and spread are just 1 metre.

Columnar Yew (Taxus baccata 'Standishii'):Evergreen yews are great in small gardens as they're easily clipped into shape. 'Standishii' does it all by itself, forming a golden column 1m tall and just 18cm wide.

Maidenhair Tree (Ginkgo biloba):The conifer that doesn't look like a conifer: ginkgos are airy trees with delicate-looking fan-shaped leaves which turn butter-yellow before falling in autumn. Reaches 5m to10m tall.

Please ask the staff in our garden centre for more information and advice about choosing conifers suitable for small gardens.

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