Why? I love its meandering ways, it works its way around and through plantings, visually connecting them.
Plus its bright blue/green foliage with silver undersides always looks happy and fresh.
And I like the contrasting stems.
My search for another plant finally ended at Portland Nursery on Division St. last month.
Halleluiah! Plus this one has several growing tips so it should spread out in all directions.
Something I will need if my go-to plants for green meandering groundcover, Grevillea juniperina ‘Lava Cascade’ and G. juniperina ‘Molonglo’, continue their post-freeze decline…
Not that ‘Blue Pacific’ will ever get those great grevillea flowers of course, but it is hardy to USDA Zone 5!
- “a decumbent evergreen shrub that is native to certain sandy coastal areas of Japan and Sakhalin Island (Russia)” (source)
- hardy in USDA Zones 5 -10
- prefers full to partial sun and is tolerant of heat
- medium to low water needs once established
- grows to a maximum height of 1ft with a spread of 4-6ft
Here’s a nice description I found on the WSU Clark County Extension page: “Shore Juniper is a dense, ground hugging evergreen conifer that grows 12” tall but spreads out to 8’ across. The slender stems bear aromatic blue-green awl shaped needles which are one half inch long and are borne in fascicles of three. While the needles are soft to the touch they do have sharp points. Each needle has a single white band growing along its length. Mature plants bear female cones which are one half inch in diameter and silvery or bluish black with waxy bloom. Stems are slender and initially green. With time however they turn reddish brown.”
And a frightening quote pulled from the Monrovia description: “Dense blue green foliage gives this selection a handsome appearance and is best when left unsheared” what? Why would someone even consider shearing this plant?
Do you have a favorite plant in your garden this week? Please share it in the comments!
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