Article: Conifers in your Gardens and Growth in the Spring: Beautiful Trees

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Image Conifers in your Gardens and Growth in the Spring
By Dea O'Hopp on March 23, 2010

The new spring growth of conifers is an amazing story in contrast. The bones of a garden are particularly delightful in the Spring when you see their new growth. Thumbnail pic is Picea abies 'Acrocona'

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Apr 8, 2010 7:19 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
My favorite of the two are the purple pinecone and the gold tipped branches Smiling

You just love my command of the botanical language eh? Rolling on the floor laughing

I don't know if blue spruce will grow in your zone or not but I think they are beautiful. In OH, we had them all along the driveway but they don't grow here.

In the hardwoods, maple and oak are my favorites. Of course there are lots of each of those too.

Ornamental trees are nice too for their beautiful colors in the spring like dogwoods, red buds, etc.

I don't envy you Dea, making that decision.

Can't wait to see what you plant.

NATIONAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION Purslane & Portulaca ~ Garden Art
Apr 9, 2010 11:22 AM CST
Name: Dea O'Hopp
Frederick, MD
PVC Pipe is a Cook's friend
Thanks vic - it's going to be a lot of fun and yes - we love blue spruces Smiling
Apr 9, 2010 4:04 PM CST
Name: Angele (zone7b/8a)
Elephant Butte, NM
Yeah! I'm a Charley's girl!
Pinus contorta 'taylor's sunburst' is absolutely gorgeous!
Jul 2, 2010 11:08 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Dea, you have quite a challenge ahead of you, starting from scratch selecting your trees and plants! It took me several years just to finally pick out a few shrubs to put in front of our house, but we were fortunate in that our property is basically a cedar swamp, populated with not only cedar but spruce, hemlock, tamarack, junipers, white birch, and many other species. After living here for 20 years, only this spring did I notice that the new growth on the spruce had that red tip that you show so clearly in your photo -- it doesn't last long and I guess I never looked at just the right time!
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Jan 3, 2013 6:49 PM CST
Name: Natineah
It's beautiful.. I imagine painting them in fancy colors :D

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