From time immemorial, gardeners have been attracted by trees with various forms of crown. So in the gardens appeared weeping specimens. And, despite the fact that they are not yet ubiquitous, their popularity is growing every year.
Filifera Nana: pea cypress
Such weeping cypress trees like Filifera Nana look great among the stones.
A miniature hemispherical shrub develops rather slowly. By the age of 10, it reaches only 0.5 meters in height. Prefers moist fertile soil. Durability - as long as 300 years!
The height of the tree reaches 3 meters. The crown is broad-conical - 4 meters in diameter. The shoots hang down, the needles have a dark green color. The original feature of the tree is the large cones, which are located quite unusual. Even young plants have them. Spruce is used in group plantings and as a soloist, in rock gardens and small gardens.
Inverse: inverted spruce
Weeping trees of this type have an interesting shape. Height can be any, it all depends on the gardener. Height - 8 meters, crown diameter - 2 meters.
Spruce grows slowly. 20 centimeters per year. The lower shoots lie directly on the ground. The tree looks perfect in a conspicuous place as a soloist or in composition. The needles have a dark green color. Inversa is frost-resistant.
Trees like Juniper Pendula reach a height of two meters. The tree grows 15 centimeters per year. The shoots are curved, hanging down, the crown has an irregular shape. The needles are green, short. The plant is quite frost-resistant, prefers a light shadow. They are mainly used on lawns, rockeries and as single landings. In the heat will have to carry out moderate watering.
Cedar "Glauka Pendula"
Plant height can reach three meters. Crohn is weeping. The diameter of the crown can reach 4 meters. Shoots differ in that they sink down almost vertically. The needles gather in bunches, the color is silver-blue. The plant is thermophilic. Recommended for use in the foreground and for single landings.
Canadian spruce pendula
Pendula coniferous spruce trees have rigid branches forming a cascade. The lower branches almost lie on the ground. The variety is winter hardy. In the first years of life, the plant is quite picky, does not tolerate pollution, grows slowly. Spruce is shade tolerant, but it is better to plant it in a sunny place.
Weeping Bonfire has branches down. Height - 10 meters. The needles have a bluish-green color. The diameter of the crown is up to 5 meters. Young shoots are orange-brown. The crown is brown, the trunk is curved.
How do conifers grow?
The use of weeping conifers in landscape design
Trees that have a weepy shape give the landscape a special expression. They are often used as part of landscape groups as a soloist.
They look great together with trees that have a columnar or narrow-conical crown.
The best option is to plant conifers:
- in the corners of the rest;
- at water bodies;
- against the background of a well-groomed lawn.
When planting, it is worth noting that garden conifers require more attention, are more photophilous and less hardy, compared to their "wild relatives". We also recommend that you read the article “Conifers in Landscape Design“.
It is worth noting that often conifers have asymmetries around the world.
This is important to consider when placing the plant on the site.
If you decide to plant several trees of different varieties nearby at once, you should take into account the fact that different species grow at different speeds. Therefore, it is recommended that those trees that develop slowly be brought to the fore.
The use of conifers in the garden is diverse. They look great both in groups and singly, with compositions of 5 plants, in hedges and malls, on slopes and in a rocky garden.
Common placement options for weeping conifers
The most common use of conifers is to place them among stone boulders when creating a rockery. For this you need:
- Choose low varieties of conifers and plant them.
- Dig several vessels with holes in the bottom near each plant for irrigation.
- Constantly weed weeds.
- Place stone blocks and boulders near the landing.
Various varieties of weeping trees that differ in the color of the needles also look good.
Usually they are planted in small groups. Seribrist, blue and white-motley conifers against the background of plants with dark needles look picturesque. If the needles of the tree are yellow, do not place it near green specimens! Otherwise, the yellow tree will look sick.
So, conifers with a weeping crown are rapidly entering the gardens as specimens for landscape design. There are plenty of varieties of trees, so each gardener will be able to arrange the site at his discretion.