Spreading Juniper photos

Photographs of Junipers used as a groundcover to cover steep banks or to fill-in around taller shrubs

Junipers are known for their fast growth, adaptation to poor soil and low maintenance requirements.

These evergreen plants are usually spaced three to four feet apart (on center) with every other row being staggered for better, more even cover.

For faster fill-in of a planting area, closer spacing requires more plants but provides faster cover of a planting area.

Required number of plants to cover 100 square feet: 

Plant spacing / Number of plants
per 100 square feet (10′ x 10′)

6-inch centers / 400 plants
1-foot centers / 100 plants
2-foot centers / 25 plants
3-foot centers / 11 plants
4-foot centers / 6 plants


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Blue Chip Juniper
Juniperus horizontalis ‘Blue Chip’
Silver-blue foliage all year, Prefers full sun, Growth to 12″ high x 8 feet wide

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Blue Pacific Juniper
Juniperus conferta ‘Blue Pacific’
Blue-green foliage all year, Full sun to partial shade, Growth to 12″ high x 7 feet wide

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Blue Rug Juniper
Juniperus horizontalis ‘Wiltonii’
Silver-blue foliage all year, Full sun, Growth to 6″ high x 8 feet wide
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Blue Star Juniper
Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star’
Rich blue foliage year round. Compact, slow growing plant to 3 ft across. Ideal for rock gardens and small beds. BOBscaping favorite!

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Broadmoor Juniper
Juniperus sabina ‘Broadmoor’
Bright green foliage all year, Full sun, Growth to 36″ high x 6 feet wide

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Gold Coast Juniper
Juniperus x pfitzeriana ‘Aurea’
Gold-tipped lacy foliage all year, Full sun, Growth to 36″ high x 4 feet wide

CONTROLLING WEEDS
Weed control is extremely important during the first years after planting, while low, spreading junipers are filling-in to cover the planting area. Eventually, the plants will completely cover an area, reducing the requirements for annual mulching and weed control.

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Golden Creeping Juniper
Juniperus horizontalis ‘Mother Lode’
Gold foliage to yellow-bronze in winter, Full sun, Growth to 6′ high x 3 feet wide

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Grey Owl Juniper
Juniperus virginiana ‘Grey Owl’
Silver blue-gray/Purplish in winter, Full sun, Growth to 36″ high x 6 feet wide

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Japanese Garden Juniper
Juniperus procumbens ‘Nana’
Bluish-green foliage all year. Full sun, Growth to 12″ high x 6 feet wide. Bob’s favorite spreading juniper!

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Sargent’s Blue Juniper 
Juniperus chinensis sargentii ‘Glauca’
Blue-green foliage all year, Full sun, Growth to 24″ high x 10 feet wide
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