Posted: 29/09/2016 at 11:44
Heathers, like conifers, have had a bad press because they were planted in the wrong places or never maintained. treated as they should be they are delightful full value plants
"dwarf" conifers are simply slow growing. However, mostly they keep on growing until one day the owners realise they have large conifers on their hands
I have less heathers and conifers than I did 15 or more years ago......they served their purpose well. Yes, it was Adrian Bloom who inspired me to grow them but also to grow other perennials. A great plantsman and gardener. I am sure he never regretted growing heathers and conifers
I have juniperus Blue Star ....after 20 years it still is less than a metre wide and less tall; I do trim it occasionally but what wonderful blue foliage. I have a couple of dwarf cryptomerias that are 60 cm tall and wide after 20 years....delightful little "buns" of foliage. So there are genuine dwarf conifers
I have to remove a large juniper soon...15' high and almost as wide. Wonderful eye catching blue foliage and shape that I have maintained for many years that I will miss. Phytophthora has attacked it. However a new planting area will present itself too so mixed feelings
for me heathers and conifers are far better in the garden than the ubiquitous bramble, er rose. Most people have roses in their gardens that look AWFUL....they ARE awful. prickly, diseased and unshapely things that need constant attention to produce the odd flower. Who would grow these things ?