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Growing Dwarf Conifers in Zone 7b
We started planting dwarf conifers in our Atlanta area garden in September 1997, about the same time
that area gardeners were beginning to recognize that conifers COULD be grown in our area.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
(ABG) had just installed a display garden of conifers near the Dorothy B. Fuqua Conservatory.
They had prepared a perfectly draining planting bed to accept the conifers they had selected,
knowing that our wet, heavy clay would be a death sentence.
| After visiting ABG, I realized that most of these plants were going to be too big for the site we had chosen.
The newly created stream bed and pond that my husband had built was right in front of our entrance walk and porch.
We needed dwarfs. I went looking for them.||
I researched catalogs. I studied my "Photo-Library of Woody Landscape Plants" on
by Dr. Michael Dirr, as well as his reliable reference "Photographic Manual of Woody Landscape Plants" ISBN 0-87563-153-3.
The breakthrough was a visit to Plant Delights Nursery in Raleigh, NC
The nursery has several open days per year and we were fortunate to visit in September. At Plant Delights, we were
thrilled to find many conifers that were labeled as dwarfs and we loaded up. Most of the dwarfs in our conifer garden
had their start at this wonderful nursery.
The other source we found was Piccadilly Farms in Bishop, GA, owned and operated by Sam and Carleen Jones.
(no website, phone 706-769-6516) The nursery has been known primarily as a source of hellebores and other shade plants,
but their wonderful conifer display garden continues to expand, currently holding over 200 varieties. Not all are offered
at the nursery. They hold a Conifer Day once a year when they give guided tours of their displays.
If you have great self control, visit
They are wholesale only, but feature a photo gallery and descriptive
information on hundreds of conifers. You may want them all.
Also, go to the
American Conifer Society website for lots of info and photos
For photos and comments on the conifers we have grown,
click on the family name below:
||I recently discovered this new book
- "Gardening With Conifers" by Adrian Bloom. He started growing conifers
in the early '60's and has fit an amazing amount of information into this
My review, written for
the Georgia Perennial Plant Association's quarterly journal, Perennial