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Gravel And Rock Garden

Enjoy the fascinating world of rock garden plants!

Designed to recreate the free-draining dry conditions of alpine meadows, rock gardens can be expensive to build and labor-intensive. However, a pleasing rock garden can be created and enjoyed even when space and resources are limited, by filling crevices between paving stones or using carpeting varieties at the front of a mixed border. You may transform a soft slope into a scree garden and plant an array of colorful rock plants that will scramble in and over small rocks or boulders. Raised beds are another pretty alternative as they provide excellent drainage and the perfect conditions to grow a rich selection of Alpine plants and dwarf hardy bulbs such as crocus, narcissus, tulip, chionodoxa, allium, eranthis or galanthus.

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Abies amabilis 'Spreading Star' (Pacific Silver Fir)

Abies amabilis ‘Spreading Star’ is a low-growing, evergreen conifer forming a widely spreading mound adorned with thick, overlapping, horizontal to arching branches clothed in a lush foliage of fluffy, green, long needles with silvery undersides. Slow-growing, 3-4 in. per year (7-10 cm), this Pacific Silver Fir is a great choice for small gardens or rockeries.

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Abies balsamea (Hudsonia Group) 'Nana' (Balsam Fir)

Highly popular, Abies balsamea ‘Nana’ is a dwarf, aromatic, evergreen conifer of globose habit forming a broad mound with numerous short branches, adorned with a lush foliage of dark green needles radially arranged around the stems. Slow-growing, 2-3 in. per year (5-7 cm), this Balsam Fir is a great choice for small gardens or rockeries. Perfect for adding year-round color to the garden.

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Abies cephalonica 'Meyer's Dwarf' (Greek Fir)

A popular selection, Abies cephalonica 'Meyer's Dwarf' (Greek Fir) is a dwarf evergreen conifer rich of many habits. Depending on the nature of the scionwood used in propagation, this dwarf selection could present itself as a low, spreading mat of sharp, stiff, glossy dark green needles with silvery underneath. It can also be seen as an upright pyramidal tree adorned with sturdy, short branches.

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Abies concolor 'Archer’s Dwarf' (White Fir)

Abies concolor 'Archer’s Dwarf' is a dwarf evergreen conifer of regular, conical habit adorned with slightly ascending branches clothed in soft, silvery-blue, slightly incurved needles. Slow-growing, 3-4 in. per year (7-10 cm), this White Fir is a great choice for small gardens, containers or rockeries.

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Abies concolor 'Compacta' (White Fir)

A deservedly popular White Fir, Abies concolor 'Compacta' is a slow-growing dwarf evergreen conifer of great beauty. It forms a dense, compact mound of irregular, spreading shape, unless it is sheared to a conical form. Its branches are beautifully clothed with long and slender, powder-blue needles

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Abies concolor 'Hosta la Vista' (White Fir)

Abies concolor 'Hosta la Vista' is a dwarf evergreen conifer of globose habit, beautifully clothed with long, thick, slightly recurved, blue-green needles adorned with a glaucous, powdery coating. Slow-growing, 1-2 in. per year (2-5 cm), this small White Fir brightens up the garden and makes a lovely addition to small gardens, rockeries or containers.

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Abies concolor 'Piggelmee' (White Fir)

A miniature White Firm cultivar, Abies concolor 'Piggelmee' is a slow-growing dwarf evergreen conifer with a lovely pale blue foliage.

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Abies koreana 'Alpin Star' (Korean Fir)

Abies koreana 'Alpin Star' (Korean Fir) is a dwarf, evergreen conifer of compact, upright, irregular habit densely clothed in incredibly dark green needles, adorned with white undersides. Slow-growing, 1-3 in. per year (2-7 cm), this Korean Fir is a great choice for small gardens, containers or rockeries.

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Abies koreana 'Blauer Eskimo' (Korean Fir)

Abies koreana 'Blauer Eskimo' (Korean Fir) is a dwarf, evergreen conifer of globose habit adorned with short and stubby branches clothed in blue-green needles and prominent resin covered buds which are ravishing in winter. Slow-growing, 1 in. per year (2.5 cm), this Korean Fir is a great choice for small gardens, containers or rockeries and makes a lovely specimen plant when grafted onto a standard.

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Abies koreana 'Blue Emperor' (Korean Fir)

Abies koreana 'Blue Emperor' (Korean Fir) is an evergreen conifer of great beauty. It forms a compact pyramid with attractive steel-blue needles.

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Abies koreana 'Green Carpet' (Korean Fir)

Abies koreana 'Green Carpet' (Korean Fir) is a dwarf, evergreen conifer forming a compact, flat, round cushion adorned with attractive fresh green needles in spring, turning dark green over the summer. Abundant purple cones are held upright along the branches, creating a lovely contrast against the foliage. Slow-growing, 2 in. per year (5 cm), this Korean Fir is a great choice for small gardens, containers or rockeries and makes a handsome groundcover.

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Abies koreana 'Kohout's Ice Breaker' (Korean Fir)

Abies koreana 'Kohout's Ice Breaker' (Korean Fir) is a dwarf, evergreen conifer of globose habit when young, developing into a small, broadly pyramidal tree over time. Its short and stubby branches boast a ravishing foliage of strongly-curled needles showing off their silvery-white undersides, creating a striking shimmering silvery-blue effect in the garden. Slow-growing, 1-3 in. per year (2-7 cm), this Korean Fir is a great choice for small gardens, containers or rockeries.

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Abies koreana 'Silberperle' (Korean Fir)

Abies koreana 'Silberperle' (Korean Fir) is a miniature, evergreen conifer of globose habit when young, becoming a small squat conical tree over time. Its compact branches are adorned with short, slightly twisted, deep green needles which expose their silvery undersides, creating a lovely bi-color effect. Equally attractive are its resin covered buds which resemble silver pearls. Slow-growing, 2-3 in. per year (5-7 cm), this desirable Korean Fir is a great choice for small gardens, containers or rockeries.

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Abies lasiocarpa 'Green Globe' (Alpine Fir)

Abies lasiocarpa ‘Green Globe’ is a semi-dwarf, evergreen conifer of globose habit when young, becoming conical over time, and clothed in a lush foliage of short, soft, green needles. Slow-growing, 3-6 in. per year (7-15 cm), this Alpine Fir is a great choice for foundation plantings or rockeries.

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Abies nordmanniana 'Golden Spreader' (Caucasian Fir)

Stately and elegant, Abies nordmaniana 'Golden Spreader' is a slow-growing evergreen conifer of great beauty, particularly in the winter garden. While this dwarf Nordman fir sports a soft green color in summer and fall, its needles turn bright golden-yellow in winter.

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