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We hit, says P.M., in recommending the addition of dwarf conifers to a landscape full of perennials.
"I admired them all winter. When spring came and I might have been down about the ragged interface between last year's perennial debris giving way to this year's greenery, the color change and new growth beginning on the conifers kept me smiling."
pruning them to suit your taste.
Two of our favorite people support us and many other gardeners in sorting out dwarf conifers. Our Forum moderator Dennis Groh and his wife Carole Groh maintain their own big conifer collection and work through the American Conifer Society to help others learn about these plants.
Their own favorites? Weeping eastern white pine (above, Pinus strobus pendula) and Alaska falsecypress (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis).
Don't let the term "dwarf" mislead you. It's shorthand for "Smaller than the species norm." So those in the know expect this weeping Alaska false cypress to top out at about 30.' That does make it a half-size dwarf compared to the average member of its species, and gives it the rating "Large garden conifer." Visit the website of the American Conifer Society for what to expect from plants in four categories: large, intermediate dwarf and miniature.