Blue Rug JuniperJuniperus horizontalis ‘Wiltonii’
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“Blue Rug Juniper” is a top choice where rich coloring all year round, combined with toughness and fast, easy growth is needed. It soon becomes a broad carpet of evergreen foliage, just a few inches tall but 6 to 10 feet across. It will grow 7 to 12 inches a year, soon covering broad areas, or cascading down slopes or over walls. This easy-care plant thrives in the hottest, sunniest places, and it tolerates drought once established. It grows well even in sandy soil, or gravel and stones, and it is excellent for planting among rocks, or beside paved areas and concrete edging. It prevents soil erosion on slopes, and grows well at high-altitudes, as well as right beside the ocean. It is hardy even to minus 40, and yet it grows in zone 9 too. So don’t worry if this plant will grow in your area or not – it definitely will.
Plant the Blue Rug Juniper in a sunny location in well-drained soil. It will not grow well in shade, or in soil that is constantly damp. It needs no winter protection and it tolerates salt too. Deer leave it alone, and it has no significant pests or diseases. Plant it in groups to cover large areas, or you can use it to soften the edges of paths and driveways, walls and edges. Wherever you grow it, you will love the reliable rich coloring and growth habit of this very popular plant.
When it comes to easy growth in even the most difficult conditions, there are very few plants that can beat the Blue Rug Juniper. This is one of the best garden plants for hot, dry locations, and poor soils – and it thrives in regular conditions too. It doesn’t matter where you live – the north with icy winters; desert areas with hot days and cold nights; hot, dry inland deserts; coastal areas; or the hottest places with little winter cold – this plant is for you.
The Blue Rug Juniper is a fast growing evergreen that forms a low carpet of striking silver-blue foliage over a wide area. It will soon reach 6 to 10 feet across, with its branches spreading in every direction. It stays no more than 6 inches tall, so it really is a carpet of blue over your garden. It grows well on sloping ground, preventing erosion of the soil. It cascades over walls and terraces, or it covers large areas which are so hot and dry that nothing else will grow. It makes the perfect foreground for larger beds of shrubs and trees. This truly is a plant for all gardens.
The Blue Rug Juniper is hardy all the way to minus 40 degrees, yet it also grows well in zone 9, where frost hardly ever arrives. At high altitudes, under strong sunlight and sudden temperature changes, it grows well. It will grow in any well-drained soil, and is happy in very sandy soil, or gravel and rocky soils too. Most gardens have hot, sunny areas, such as alongside a driveway, or by a curb, where reflected heat from hard surfaces often creates difficult hot conditions. Through it all, the Blue Rug Juniper looks great, with dense, silvery-blue foliage all year round. It grows by sending out long stems, which then branch sideways to develop a thick, low carpet.
The Blue Rug Juniper is normally completely free of pests or diseases. Do not plant in shady areas or damp soil, as this plant needs plenty of sun, and well-drained soil. It is not eaten by deer, so you can plant even where they are found. It is resistant to salt-spray, and since it loves sandy soil it is ideal for the beach-front cottage. It is also rarely affected by road-salt in winter, so it can be planted along driveways too. Very few plants are a tolerant and versatile as this one.
Because if its wide-spreading habit, remember to allow enough room when planting. For a ground-cover over a large area, plant on 4 to 6-foot centers. To soften the edges of a terrace or driveway, plant 2 feet back from the edge, so that you don’t need to trim. It is possible to trim back over-long branches. Simply cut back to just after an upward-growing shoot, and the cut end will never show. New side-branches will soon appear and thicken the growth of your plants.
Creeping Juniper (Juniperus horizontalis) is an American native plant, found growing all across north America, from Alaska to Maine. It grows south into Montana and Illinois, as well as across Canada, from east to west, and up into the Arctic. It is a variable plant, in growth pattern and in its foliage coloring, and many forms exist.
In 1914 Jacob van Heiningen, who lived in Connecticut, found a unique form growing on the island of Vinalhaven, Maine. Jacob had originally come from Holland, and he started a successful and important nursery in the town of South Wilton, in rural New England. So he was interested in plants, and saw the potential of this colorful juniper, which has become one of the most popular and reliable of all garden conifers. He also had a sense of humor, and called his plant ‘Wiltonii’, after his town, but also after Wilton Carpets, a famous brand of dense wool rugs from Axminster, England. Over the years most people came to call this plant the Blue Rug Juniper, keeping the spirit of Jacob’s original joke.
Our plants are grown from stem cuttings taken from top-quality parent plants of the right variety, and this is such a popular plant, and so widely grown, that we know our stock will not be with us long. Orders for multiple quantities are coming in, so order now as we will soon be sold out. No garden is complete without a Blue Rug.
Blue Rug Juniper’s silver-blue foliage and low-growing habit make it an excellent companion for a variety of plants. It pairs well with other drought-tolerant plants such as Sedum, Yucca, and Agave. Its low profile also makes it a good ground cover under taller shrubs and trees. For a pop of color, consider pairing it with flowering plants that also enjoy full sun and well-drained soil, such as Daylilies, Coneflowers, or Russian Sage.
Blue Rug Juniper can be propagated through stem cuttings. Choose a healthy, disease-free branch and cut a 4-6 inch section. Remove the foliage from the bottom half of the cutting and dip the cut end in rooting hormone. Plant the cutting in a pot filled with a mixture of sand and peat moss. Keep the soil moist and place the pot in a location with indirect light. The cutting should root in a few weeks.
Yes, Blue Rug Juniper can be grown in a container. Choose a container with good drainage and fill it with a well-draining potting mix. Place the container in a location that receives full sun. Keep in mind that while Blue Rug Juniper is drought-tolerant, it will need regular watering when grown in a container. Also, its fast growth rate means it may outgrow its container quickly, so be prepared to repot or prune as needed.
Blue Rug Juniper is drought-tolerant and can handle dry conditions once established. However, during the first year after planting, it will need regular watering to help it establish a strong root system. After that, you can reduce watering. During hot, dry periods, it may need additional water. Always check the soil before watering – if the top inch of soil is dry, it’s time to water.
If your Blue Rug Juniper is turning brown, it could be due to a few reasons. Overwatering or poor drainage can cause root rot, which can lead to browning. Check the soil and make sure it’s not waterlogged. If the plant is in a shady location, it may not be getting enough light, which can also cause browning. Finally, pests or disease could be the culprit. Check the plant for signs of insects or disease and treat accordingly.
Yes, Blue Rug Juniper is extremely cold-hardy and can tolerate temperatures down to minus 40 degrees. It’s an excellent choice for gardens in colder climates. Despite its hardiness, it’s always a good idea to provide some protection during extreme cold snaps, such as a layer of mulch around the base of the plant.
Blue Rug Juniper’s low-growing, spreading habit makes it a versatile choice in landscape design. It can be used as a ground cover in large areas, to prevent soil erosion on slopes, or to cascade over walls and terraces. Its silver-blue foliage provides a striking contrast to other plants, making it a great choice for the front of borders or as a backdrop for flowering plants. It can also be used to soften the edges of paths and driveways.
Yes, Blue Rug Juniper is deer resistant. This makes it a great choice for gardens that are frequented by deer. However, keep in mind that in times of food scarcity, deer may eat plants that they normally avoid.
While Blue Rug Juniper is not known for attracting a large number of beneficial insects or birds, its dense foliage can provide shelter for small creatures. Additionally, some species of birds may use the branches for nesting.