More and more often people prefer coniferous trees and shrubs when designing an original ornamental garden on the territory of a summer camp. This can be explained by the fact that evergreens remain fresh and look attractively during the whole year, they give the landscape a special “flavor”. It is easy to cut the crown of these plants and model it, creating different shaped compositions. In addition to decorative functions, conifers have some healing properties: they fill the air with a special aroma and phytoncides.
When using evergreens in landscape design it is important to take into account their growth, leaf shape, and color palette to avoid the tedium of the territory. Coniferous trees and shrubs enrich the landscape with new shades and colors create a warm, a trifle fairy and inviting to the philosophical reflection atmosphere of the ornamental garden.
Conifers are perfectly combined with all finishing construction materials, both artificial and natural:
A variety of shapes of coniferous tree crowns and species of shrubs enables to create original landscape compositions, where you can use both natural and artificial elements of landscape decoration. A sculpture, a small basin, masses of rock or a huge old stub against the background of evergreen trees and shrubs create an original park ensemble and bring the natural primevalness into focus.
Compositions of dimensional dark stone with the background of fragile trees, such as cypress or arborvitae make a very strong impression:
Landscape mini-parks with conifers
Using conifers on a small landscape area you can create a mini-park in English or French styles. This calls for creating different geometric shapes of plants that would be harmoniously combined in the landscape. The ball-shaped forms of shrubs in combination with conical or columnar forms of cypress or arborvitae in the landscape design will create the atmosphere of English or French parks:
Blooming shrubs will look picturesque in turns with evergreen plantings, which will keep the territory attractive in different seasons, even after leaves and flower heads fall off:
Forest in miniature, where conifers get along with the plants of other species is another unusual approach of landscape design. In this case, it is better to plant evergreens in tiers, alternating light and dark shades of fir-needles, round and pyramidal crowns. It will lay emphasis on the peculiar rhythm of the design:
Tall coniferous trees (spruce, larch, cedar) with a widely ramified crown provide good shadow. Thus, if the territory is small, it is better to plant them near the fence:
Many species of arborvitae and cypress, thanks to their shape and rather dense crown, can serve as a hedge:
or serve as a surround of park alleys:
If the area is a slope, the most practical and original solution will be its design in the form of the tiered cascade of terraces. Juniper bushes or dwarf pines can be placed on the lower level. Neatly trimmed shrubs in combination with other plants will be a perfect arrangement of terraces.
Creeping bushes of juniper ground-covering species (Wiltony or Repanda), interchanged with other climbing and trailing shrubs, make the impression of artistic confusion and rave of nature. At the same time, they serve as a good way of strengthening the slopes:
Patio with evergreens
For the arrangement of cozy inner courtyards—patios—you can use container planting with conifers. This type of design is very convenient, practical and indispensable for a small area:
Patios, situated on several tiers of terraces look impressively. In this case, conifers can serve as borders for these zones: the upper level is best for positioning tall trees, and the lower one is best for the species of dwarf arborvitae or creeping shrubs:
Coniferous plants can be used as the main landscape element or an original supplement to it. It is important to know that conifers do not tolerate moisture stagnation in the soil, so clay and heavy soil should be mixed with sand and complemented with good drainage. Also, you need to fertilize evergreens with special types of plant food for such herbs. Proper care will ensure a long life for the conifers and attractive look of the ornamental garden.