The American Conifer Society – Southeastern Region Rendezvous 2012 visit to my Garden…

I recently had the honor in having members of the American Conifer Society- Southeastern Region and other conifer enthusiasts, visit my garden this weekend. Harry and Rona Bethea, of Bannister Creek Nursery, hosted this ‘Rendezvous’ of visitors throughout my garden and another local garden, that of Wes and Charlene Rowe. Meeting and mingling with all the fellow conifer enthusiasts (a.k.a. coneheads), was an incredible experience and made me realize that I too am a conifer lover and proud of it!  Being able to converse with so many knowledgeable and wonderful people made me want to become a part of their  ‘conifer family’  in sharing this enthusiasm .


January 7, 2012- ACS Southeast Region Rendezvous


Though I also adore my Japanese Maples and other flowering shrubs and trees, I must admit I have acquired an addiction for conifers over the last 6 years.  I’ve come to realize, conifers are incredibly versatile and reliable adding wonderful texture, form, and color to my garden. They come in a palette of different blues, greens, golds and bronzes and also add ‘personality and art form’ to my landscape all year long when most of my deciduous trees and shrubs have shed their leaves. Most of my conifers are easy to care for in my Zone 7b garden. Of course, through trail and error and having a great conifer mentor like Harry Bethea, I’ve learned certain conifers will do really well in our climate as long as you have implemented the following steps: choosing the right planting site, planting properly, plant high or in raised beds, give adequate water especially in the 1st year and during drought, and do some occasional pruning and spring fertilizing with a mild organic fertilizer such as Hollytone.


My garden-Summer 2011


Summer 2011


Here’s a sampling of some of the many conifers I have collected over the years for my southern garden- I have well over 100 in my landscape but these are some of my favorites…

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Picea orientalis 'Skylands'
Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar -(Cedrus atlantica)
Chamaecyparis nootkatensis & Tsuga canadensis 'Pendula'
Cedrus deodara 'Snow Sprite'
Cupressus macrocarpa 'Saligna Aurea'
Cedrus deodara 'Feelin Blue'


Picea omorika 'Pendula Bruns'
Picea likiangensis var. purpurea
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Lemon Twist'
Picea abies 'Frohburg'


Tsuga canadensis 'Summer Snow'
Picea abies 'Pendula'



Cedrus deodara 'Sanders Blue'
Juniperus horizontalis 'Gold Strike'
Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star'
Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'Golden Dawn'




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