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Zone 7 Junipers: Growing Juniper Bushes In Zone 7 Gardens

Zone 7 Junipers: Growing Juniper Bushes In Zone 7 Gardens


By: Liz Baessler

Junipers are evergreen plants that come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. All the way from creeping groundcovers to trees and every size of shrub in between, junipers are unified by their toughness and adaptability in poor growing conditions. But which type of juniper shrubs are best suited to growing in zone 7? Keep reading to learn more about selecting junipers for zone 7.

Growing Juniper Bushes in Zone 7

Junipers are hardy plants that do well in drought conditions. They’ll grow in dry soil that ranges from sand to clay, and they can take a wide range of pH levels. Some are even especially well-suited to salt exposure.

They are also, as a rule, hardy from zone 5 to zone 9. This puts zone 7 right in the middle of the range and zone 7 gardeners in a great position. When growing zone 7 junipers, the question is less one of temperature and more one of other conditions like soil, sun, and desired size.

Best Junipers for Zone 7

Common juniper – The ‘main’ juniper, it grows 10-12 feet (3-3.6 m.) tall and nearly as wide.

Creeping juniper – Low growing ground cover juniper plants. Different varieties can range from 6-36 inches (15-90 cm.) in height with spreads sometimes as big as 8 feet (2.4 m.) Some popular ones include “Bar Harbor,” “Plumosa,” and “Procumbens.”

Red cedar – Not really a cedar at all, the eastern red cedar (Juniperus viriginiana) is a tree that can range from 8 all the way up to 90 feet (2.4-27 m.) in height depending on the variety.

Shore juniper – A low growing groundcover that tends to top out at 18 inches (45 cm.) high. As its name suggests, it is very tolerant of salty conditions. Common varieties include “Blue Pacific” and “Emerald Sea.”

Chinese juniper – A large, conical tree. While some varieties reach only 18 inches (45 cm.), others can reach 30 feet (9 m.) or higher. Popular varieties include “Blue Point,” “Blue Vase,”and “Pfitzeriana.”

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GROWING JUNIPER SHRUBS AND TREES

Montana Moss® juniper. Photo by Proven Winners.

Juniper has long been a popular ornamental garden plant for its four-season interest, ability to grow in most regions, and virtually carefree nature. With shapes ranging from ground-hugging juniper bushes just 6 inches high to towering juniper trees 130 feet tall, and colors from steely blue to shimmering gold, there’s a juniper that suits nearly every landscape need. Whether you want to cover a slope for erosion control or create a privacy hedge, there’s one that fits the bill.

A member of the cypress family, there are some 50 to 60 species of these coniferous evergreens, which occur natively throughout the Northern Hemisphere, from the Arctic region to tropical Africa. Here are some garden-worthy varieties suitable for urban lots and other common residential landscapes.


Low Maintenance Shrubs that are Perfect for the Front of Your House

Boxwood

Boxwood shrubs are a tough and dependable year-round shrub that is most known for its uniform green leaves. Boxwoods also offer small white flowers that bloom in the spring.

  • easy care and disease resistant
  • zones 5-9
  • partial to full sun needed
  • well-drained soil
  • 1-12 ft tall and 1-5 ft across
  • slow growing-no more than 12 inches per year

Rhododendron

Rhododendrons are shrubs that have dramatic, multi-colored flowers that appear on top of irregular foliage. There are hundreds of species of rhododendrons that can be used as nice and sturdy backdrops for many types of flowers and foliage plants.

  • zones 4-10
  • partial sun needed
  • acidic and coarsely textured soil
  • 2-12 ft tall and 2-8 ft across
  • blooms from spring to early summer
  • shallow rot systems
  • need to be planted 2-6 ft apart
  • evergreen

Rosemary

Rosemary is not only an herb, but it is an evergreen plant that adds interesting foliage to your shrubs in the front of the house. It’s easy to grow and can take the heat as well.

  • full sun needed
  • loamy or sandy soil
  • blooms in summer
  • zones 7-11
  • 1-8 ft tall and 2-4 ft across

Juniper

Junipers are rugged and dependable shrubs that are easy to grow. There are different species of Junipers for every type of climate. They produce berries from fall into winter. Look for the low growing varieties such as Wilton or Nana for the front of a house.

  • zones 2-10
  • full sun to partial shade
  • evergreen
  • drought resistant
  • good idea for ground cover for the front of your landscaping as well as hillsides
  • well-drained soil
  • low growing Juniper grow from 6 inches to 2 feet high and can spread up to 8 feet

Lilac

Lilacs are taller, scented shrubs that have good cut flowers. Lilacs are best used when they are their own showy shrubs or as a background shrub.

  • zones 3-8
  • full sun needed
  • well-drained soil
  • 5-20 ft tall and 6-12 ft across
  • attracts wildlife
  • easy to grow
  • blooms late spring to early summer, but not evergreen
  • plant around 15 ft apart

Camellia

  • zones 6-9
  • partial shade, particularly need a break from the afternoon sun
  • 2-20 ft tall and 2-10 ft across
  • well-drained soil
  • bloom from mid-fall to early spring

Azalea

Azaleas are shrubs with vibrant colors to light up shady or dark spots. They produce many different bell or star-shaped flower colors ranging from white, pink, red, purple, lavender, and orange.

  • zones 4-8
  • partial to full sun
  • acidic, moist, well-drained soil
  • blooms from early spring to early fall
  • evergreen

Hosta

Hostas are perfect low lying plants for the front landscaping areas of your house. They come in a variety of striking green shades from chartreuse to dark green. You can layer in Hostas in front of taller plants for increased variety.

  • partial sun
  • zones 3-9
  • well-drained soil
  • 1-3 ft tall and 1-8 ft across
  • blooms between May and September

Sunshine Ligustrum

Ligustrum is a stunning bright yellow/green shrub that is perfect as a foundation plant. Pair it with plants with darker foliage for a striking contrast.

  • zones 6-10
  • can grow 3-6 feet tall and around 3 feet wide so give it plenty of room when planting
  • full sun preferred
  • well-drained soil
  • evergreen with bright yellow-green foliage

Gardenia

One of my absolute favorite plants with a heavenly smell is a Gardenia. There are a few varieties you can choose from – some grow tall and some are dwarf versions that stay low to the ground. Either way, you’ll have amazing scents when they bloom!

  • zones 8-11 – these prefer warmer climates
  • prefer morning sun and afternoon shade
  • dark green glossy foliage with white blooms – blooms in early summer
  • dwarf varieties grow around 2 feet tall, others around 8 feet
  • dwarf Gardenias are prolific bloomers
  • evergreen

Fire Power Nandina

Fire Power Nandina is a great choice for landscaping the front of your house. It is a low growing shrub and has beautiful red leaves in the fall and winter.

  • zones 6-9
  • grows slow and up to 2 feet tall and wide
  • green foliage gives way to bright red leaves in fall and winter
  • drought tolerant
  • can tolerate both full sun and full shade

Cryptomeria (Globosa Nana) or Dwarf Japanese Cedar

I’ve seen these called both ways, but either way you say it, it’s an incredibly low maintenance shrub. It has bright green foliage and is evergreen.

  • evergreen
  • zones 5-9
  • full sun, but can tolerate shade
  • mature height between 4 and 6 feet and spreads between 4 and feet as well
  • beautiful almost droopy cedar foliage that adds interest to your yard
  • deer resistant
  • low maintenance and does not require pruning

There are so many choices for foundation plants or low maintenance shrubs that are perfect for planting in the front of your house.

Try pairing a few with different color foliage or blooms as well as choosing varying heights. For example, 2 Gardenias on the side of a walkway, Azaleas lining the front, and a bed of Ligustrum mixed with Firepower Nandina. That combo would be a striking look.

Make sure to give each plant plenty of room to grow when first planting. Pay attention to your spacing and planting guides and you should have a beautifully landscaped area for years to come.


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