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Blue Rug Juniper

Blue Rug Juniper is a popular evergreen shrub. It grows low to the ground, its branches creeping only a few inches above the ground. The attractive feathery silver blue foliage provides year round interest as it turns slightly purple in the winter.

It makes a wonderful contrast with the snow. Almost invisible flowers form small cones during the growing season.

Plant these hardy shrubs on a sunny slope or wherever you need a durable, low maintenance covering. This easy groundcover is perfect for someone with little time for yard care.

Landscaping Ideas

Blue Rug Juniper is perfect for erosion control on a sunny slope. You can also put it in a rockery to provide some greenery. It is easy to train the branches to go the way you want by pinning them in the direction you want them to grow with U hooks.

If you have a wall edging a hilly portion of your yard, this juniper looks fabulous cascading down the wall. This hardy juniper is a common site in commercial landscaping because of its easy care. It grows equally well on sea cliffs, rocky slopes and dry areas.

Care And Planting Tips

Plant your Blue Rug Juniper in a sunny spot for the best results. The soil should be well drained and light. The only thing this juniper can't tolerate is wet roots, so don't plant it in a marshy area.

Pruning is limited to removing any dead spots that may appear. They are low maintenance plants that require very little attention once they are planted.

This juniper is resistant to deer and other animals. It is relatively resistant to most of the diseases that strike the juniper family. Watch for leaf miners, scale, bark beetles, aphids and mites. Weeding is seldom necessary, especially once the plants are established. Surround with a mulch of bark or small stones to keep weeds at bay.

This plant is very drought tolerant once established. Water regularly during the first season to get a good root system established.

Juniper Information

  • Scientific Name: Juniperus horizontalis 'Wiltonii'

  • Best Soil: Slightly acidic, well-drained soil

  • Light: Full sun

  • Growth Rate: Moderate

  • Foliage: Evergreen; silvery blue foliage that gets a purplish tinge in the winter

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows 4 to 6 inches high and spreads 3 to 4 feet wide in a low spreading habit

  • Pruning: Only as needed

  • Watering: Water regularly, especially the first season

  • Hardiness Zone: 2 - 9

  • Spacing: Plant 3 to 4 feet apart for the best effect

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