Appreciating junipers

Discover the many ways to use these trees. Includes downloadable reference chart!
Richard and Melinda Murray’s multi-trunk, variegated Japanese garden juniper (upper right) has graced their yard for 35 years with its butter-yellow-splashed foliage. Now their Green Hills Railroad has a mature, bushy grove to shade the fishpond. Left of the bridge, the non-variegated variety, dwarf Japanese garden juniper, hugs the banks.
Nancy Norris
Junipers don't get much respect. . .at first. Wowed by showy flowers and striking colors, novices pass them by as nondescript, formless ramblers; hikers rein in their arms and legs to avoid the prickly leaves; new gardeners trot by in search of more glamorous beauties; but seasoned landscapers, having replaced those under-performing starlets, appreciate all that the genus Juniperus has to offer in its supporting role.

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