I’m crazy about conifers (see link at bottom page for past post on conifers) so today, I want to share with you more info about them -but not really -them – instead, conifer like plants!
Now I know what you’re thinking… What’s this about?! But in your garden, the textural element of chosen plants (by way of foliage) can create a wonderful effect and these foliage effects can in turn create drama, tranquility, and an artistry left only to your creative imagination!
So, the same thing I love about real, needle-leaved conifer plants applies to these five conifer-like plants below.
How to Use Needle-like foliage:
- Use as a way to Mimic dwarf or smaller conifers in the garden
- Use to capture their finely textured leaves
- Use to contrast with bold foliage or to blend
Coleonema ‘Sunset Gold’ and Westringia Blue Gem
1. Coleonema ‘Sunset Gold’ – Sunset Gold Breath of Heaven. Zone: 8 – 10. Native to Australia this plant is an excellent compact spreading shrub with fragrant, golden needle-like foliage. As you can seen in photo above, this is a great plant for contrasting with other foliage colors and textures. Flowers: Pale-pink, blooms winter to spring. Exposure: Full Sun to light shade. Soil: Good drainage. Water: Moderate to low. Size: 2-3′ h x 4 -5′ w. Good seacoast plant!
Euphorbia ‘Blue Haze’ – Blue Haze Euphorbia
Hebe pinguifolia ‘Sutherlandii’ – Sutherland Hebe
Asparagus densiflorus ‘Myers’ – Foxtail Fern
5. Asparagus densiflorus ‘Myers’ – Foxtail Fern. Zones: 7-9. This evergreen plant is not a true fern but rather a perennial. Growing gracefully with architectural shape, Foxtail Fern is clothed in soft chartreuse linear shaped leaves that clothe upright plume-like stems. Lovely as a specimen or in mass. Size: 2’h x 4’w.