Best Juniper For Ground Cover
If you're looking for a ground cover for sunny slopes, this is the plant for you. Unlike other junipers, green mound grows thickly enough to out-compete the weeds. Its light green color is perfect to compliment other conifers or the foliage of deciduous shrubs.
green mound juniper, Juniperus procumbens nana, groundcover for dry soil, sunny ground cover, weed smothering ground cover
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Best Juniper For Ground Cover

Best Juniper For Ground Cover

Name: Juniperus procumbens nana aka green mound juniper 

Type of Plant: A ground cover juniper…truthfully, the only one I commonly recommend. Hardy zone 4 to 9.

Why I Love/Hate this plant: In general, junipers are really great plants that are misused and abused by people who plant them. But some are better than others, and green mound, Juniperus procumbens nana, is the pick of the litter when it comes to groundcover. In my opinion and experience, of course. Why this one instead of ‘Blue Rug’ (which I HATE, btw) or ‘Blue Star’ (nice enough when located and treated well)? I prefer green mound because it grows thickly enough to out-compete weeds. A ground cover, in my opinion, is a plant that is weed smothering, attractive and not so aggressive that it takes over the entire landscape and makes a play for your house later on. Green mound meets this criteria and has the added advantage of being drought tolerant and thriving in full, hot sun.

A Word to the Wise: Don’t plant any juniper where it gets hit by automatic irrigation more than once a week. Less often is better. Place junipers in full sun and initially mulch around the new plants so that they can start to get established without weeds in their early days. Green mound isn’t really fast, but it’s not a poky plant either. Plant it and be patient.

Green mound junipers are light in color which makes them perfect with other conifers that have darker green or bluish tones.

Unlike other ground cover junipers such as Blue Rug (I hate that plant), green mound grow so thickly that weeds don’t grow into and through their branches. Yay!


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