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Numerous varieties of juniper horizontal are actively used in landscape design. Juniper Lime Glow - no exception. A dwarf shrub with decorative needles and a capricious nature is excellent for decorating alpine hills, low curbs.
A long-lived winter-hardy plant will help to strengthen the slopes and give the site a unique look.
Description of juniper Lime Glow
The Juniperus horizontalis Lime Glow is of American origin. Taking as a basis wild-growing specimens of a horizontal juniper, in 1984 breeders received a low, creeping species with a dense crown and lemon-yellow needles. Thanks to her, the juniper Lime Glou and received his varietal name.
Planted on the site, the decorative shrubbery grows slowly, only reaching 10-15 years, reaching a height of 40 cm and a diameter of -2 meters. The skeletal branches of the plant diverge from the cent parallel to the ground, evenly covered with scaly pine needles, and their ends droop to form a compact, crescent-shaped crown. With age, the above-ground part of the bush takes the form of a wide funnel, but at the same time it retains compactness and attractiveness.
If the young seedlings of the needles are colored in green tones, then over the years you can see that in the summer the branches acquire ever brighter yellow shades. Winter again changes the face of the plant. Needles of juniper horizontal Lime Glow becomes orange-bronze.
The fruits of juniper reaching ripeness for two years, like those of wild specimens, are spherical and blue-black in color. The surface of the pine cone is covered with a dense bluish bloom.
Decorative variety of Lime Glow makes the variety one of the most popular. A small annual increase and unpretentiousness of juniper add attraction.
Conditions for growing juniper Lime Glow
The plant is unpretentious, but if you create conditions close to natural for a juniper, the bush will respond with good growth and a bright color of the crown.
According to the description, juniper Lime Glow is a drought-resistant perennial culture, preferring easy soil, sunny areas or transparent penumbra.
If the bush is in the shade, its appearance may change. A beautiful yellow hue of the needles turns into a regular - green color.
In nature, horizontal junipers have become obsolete on the eastern coast of the USA and Canada, on sandy light soils, which are typical for the shores of lakes and rivers. The plant does not need special soil nutrient, but if the juniper is planted in a dense substrate with poor access to water and air, the growth slows down, the seedling looks oppressed. The proximity of groundwater, as well as the stagnation of melt or rain water, leads to the same result, and sometimes to the death of the plant.
Due to the low crown and dense needles, the juniper Lime Glow, in the photo, well tolerates:
- strong winds;
- winter middle belt;
- dry periods;
- bright spring sun, which on many varieties of shrub leaves ugly brown burn marks.
If there is little snow in winter, shrubs, especially young ones, must be covered with a thick layer of peat, wood shavings or other covering material. In the hot summer the plant responds well to irrigation with warm soft water and watering.
Juniper Lime Glou excellent next to other ornamental plants, whether grassy ground cover species, larger than the bushes of cereals and conifers of other varieties.
Planting juniper horizontal Lime Glow and caring for the bush
It is not enough to choose a suitable site for a bush. Planting juniper horizontal Lime Glow and caring for him are the key moments on the road to success.
The planting of bushes is carried out in pits or trenches with a depth of at least 60 cm. Dimensions depend on the size of the root system and the age of the seedlings. If the juniper is to become part of a live curb or green carpet, between the bushes leave a gap of 50 cm to a meter. The distance between separately growing plants should be at least one and a half meters. The bottom of the landing pit is covered with a 20 cm drainage layer. It will protect the roots from decay and stay in the water.
The soil for filling, if necessary, is deoxidized, and for a loose consistency enriched:
- 2 parts of peat;
- 1 part of sod land;
- 1 part washed sand.
In order for the juniper to develop properly, the root collar must be left at ground level or slightly higher during the filling of the pit.
Immediately after planting, the seedling is watered, then watering, as well as sprinkling on hot days, should be regular. The top dressing of the juniper Lime Glow occupies a prominent position in the design of the juniper garden, as in the photo, once a year, in the spring, when the plants awaken and begin active growth.