Juniper (Juniperus) is a tree or shrub that is often creeping, with pin or scaled needles. Seeds in fleshy covers – black cone-berries, covered with a bluish bloom. Resistant to frost and drought, hates wetlands.
We can choose from several species, which can be recommended for small gardens: common juniper (Juniper) – characterized by a fibrous cortex, thin, brown-gray, scaly with thin strands. Narrow-conical needles, length 1,5-2 cm, prickly, with a white stripe along the entire length. It grows well in light soils, sands. The varieties deserve attention: Cracovia – columnar habit, short needles and dangling ends of twigs, Repanda-dwarf, "Squat” about round, flat shape; dense, thick, non-pricking, gray-green needles, Strict – pyramidal, forming dense, narrow columns.
Creeping juniper (Juniperus horizontalis) – shrub low, spreads, about long, dense branches. There are also specimens with short needles, and also scaly, with a greenish or greenish tint. His variant of Douglasia deserves a recommendation, which is low, about creeping shoots, covered with needles of a steel color. Second variety – Glauca – blue, increase to 30 cm, procrastinating, sharply ended scales, clearly deep blue in color. It grows fast.