lime glow junipersDuring the winter seasons it is a good idea to add a little color in your garden.

Lime Glow creeping juniper (Juniperus horizontalis) is a lovely compact evergreen shrub with its soft, feathery, lime-green summer foliage. During winters you will be surprised with its bronze-purple with pink tips. Its winter color is, of course, nothing compared to all the bright hues in the flamboyant summer garden.

Lime Glow Juniper develops its best color, summer and winter, in full sun. Experts mostly agree on the non-fading summer color of lime-green. But the winter color is variously described as burnished gold, bronze-orange, burnt orange, bronzy copper, and deep purple with pink flashes.

Lime Glow is a small, flat-topped juniper which grows 1 or 2 feet tall. If you’re looking for a somewhat bigger plant, there’s Gold Lace Chinese juniper (Juniperus chinensis). It’s shaped like the common Pfitzer juniper but, maturing at 3 to 4 feet tall and 5 or 6 feet wide, is more compact. Dark, forest-green branches of Gold Lace are tipped with vibrant yellow in summer, with more subtle winter coloring.

Like all junipers, Lime Glow and Gold Lace are tough as nails, drought-tolerant, deer-resistant plants that are extremely easy to grow in full sun. Just keep them away from an automatic sprinkling system, the kiss of death to junipers and most other evergreens.

During the winters and the so-called non-gardening seasons the gold and pink are fun colors as well as the evergreens in various shades of green are what really make the winter landscape.

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