Juniperus horizontalis Limeglow
After moving into our new house in February we pondered for a couple of weeks as to how the garden, front and back should look.
We decided on a complete change from our usual style for the front, and went for a Japanese look. Well, perhaps not fully sticking to the rule book but nevertheless with a Japanese feel to it.
We have planted, Azaleas, Rhododendron, Acer, Magnolia and conifers as well as several other shrubs which we felt would be suitable.
As for conifers, the Juniperus horizontalis Limeglow when it arrived in late March had me ringing up the mail order company to complain, well, take a look at it below.
Limeglow is described as having bronze leaves with shades of purple and red in Winter. I still was not convinced, either the specimen I received was dying or someone is being very flattering.
Well, anyway, I planted it in the front garden as intended. Two or three weeks later the conifer seemed to be recovering, or was it simply starting to develop its Spring/Summer transformation.
Take a look at it now, genuinely lime green. I will probably even enjoy its Winter shades from now on, well maybe.
Having done some research on Juniperus horizontalis Limeglow, it would appear to be a very highly regarded small conifer which received the RHS award of garden merit.
Growth is said to be quite slow, reaching an eventual height of about 50cm/2ft 4 in and spread of 12cm/4ft.
The plant is fully hardy in the UK.
Does best in full sun/part shade
The front garden in late May. Looking rather young, the Japanese theme would have required plants a little more mature, however it really does look better than the pictures suggest.
Through the garden gate
The driveway leading to the garage seemed such a waste of valuable space, considering the small garden which we have.
We put up a fence and gate at the front, which still gives room to park two cars. This area is now our courtyard garden.
It is a secluded sun trap. All the plants are in pots, perhaps we can change this and have a raised bed running along the length of the fence.
For this area we opted for plants which were that bit more mature.
We have four apple trees
Four Flower carpet Roses
Viburnum Tinus Eve Price
Portuguese Laurel (Prunus Lusitanica)
Philadelphus belle etoile
Half standard Bay Lollipop Laurus Nobilis
The back garden
Its not very big, however once again, when the plants mature it should look much better.
Our back garden faces North East, we expected it to be in shade for most of the day. Nothing of the kind, it gets loads of sunshine, well it does in Spring and Summer. Before moving in we gave a lot of thought regarding the laying of a lawn, would it be so boggy grass would struggle to get through the Winter. We ruled out more gravel, (sick of the sight of it) What did we do, I can barely tell you, as if you didn’t notice, the grass ISNT REAL.
Well proper grass would have likely been fine after all, but hey! the fake stuff is fantastic.