Black pine, boulders, patio and switchgrass.
Photo by Jay Sifford.
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Specialty pruned conifers. These conifers are full of mystique and personality, conjuring images of Asian gardens. They are, however, equally at home in contemporary spaces. They are meticulously pruned and shaped over many years, generally into cloud or pom-pom formations. No two are alike, so selecting one in person is imperative. Recommended conifers for this type of pruning: Black pine (Pinus nigra, zones 4 to 8, shown here), Thunderhead pine (Pinus thunbergii ‘Thunderhead’, zones 5 to 10), dwarf Japanese garden juniper and Boulevard false cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Boulevard’, zones 4 to 8). Next: Designing With Conifers: Exploring Color More: Houzz guides to beautiful foliage
An interesting pine such as this one could be used hanging over the boulder grouping in the Street Terrace. Conifers, such as this pruned Austrian pine (Pinus nigra, zones 4 to 7), can be very sculptural and can establish focal points all by themselves. This pine commands attention by hanging over a small urban patio and is contrasted by an underplanting of low Golden Pacific shore junipers (Juniperus conferta ‘sPg-3-016’, zones 6 to 9).