Juniperus communis ‘Compressa’ – This blue-green conifer is a dwarf form of Common Juniper. It is very upright, very tight, and very prickly. There is no need to prune this plant as it stays compact, but a little snip from time to time can make this an exceptional addition to a sunny rock garden. Almost any soil type is adequate, but for best performance give it good drainage and slightly acidic soil.
Juniperus communis ‘Gold Cone’ – A beautiful, upright conifer that is very slow growing, this yellow form of Common Juniper adds a bright spot to any garden or landscape. It may ultimately reach 10 feet and still be only 2 feet wide. The bright yellow new growth softens as the summer wears on, so plant this nugget in full sun. As a solitary specimen or a colorful grouping this plant contrasts nicely with other nearby plantings.
Juniperus communis ‘Golden Schnaaps’ – This Common Juniper form is a newer introduction. It is intermediate in its growth rate and will likely reach 15 or more feet. Treat this small tree as a vertical accent. ‘Golden Schnaaps’ is blue-gray towards the center and has a bright yellow new growth that is feathery in appearance, but prickly to the touch. The bright color softens as winter approaches. ‘Schnaaps’ can be planted in a small grouping or single specimen in full sun.
Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star’ – This dwarf juniper is a star in many ways. The name is derived from its new growth tips suggesting a many-pointed star. It is also an immensely popular plant, a star, in the landscape industry. The form is a low mound, eventually attaining a size of up to 3 to 4 feet with bright blue foliage. It can be used in a rock garden or en mass in any full sun landscape. Good drainage is needed, but once established, this star is very drought tolerant. Grafted on a short to medium under stock, this handsome conifer will become an elevated star in your garden.
Juniperus squamata ‘Holger’ – Bright, creamy-yellow new growth adorns this juniper in spring and early summer. It eventually turns a gray-green color in autumn. This plant will mature at 2 to 3 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide. Planted in full sun, ‘Holger can be used as a mass planting for stabilizing a bank, or as individual specimens in a foundation planting. Good drainage is required for this juniper to thrive.