We love slow-growing, dwarf conifers and find them especially valuable in small gardens where every plant needs to earn its keep; their compact size and year-round good looks secure them a place.
But, dwarf conifers can vary greatly in their growth rate and eventual size, and consequently can be tricky to site properly in gardens. As I'm getting acquainted with a conifer that's new to me, one of the ways I try to assess how large it might get in the garden is to examine how much new growth it pushes each season.
As we demonstrate in the video below, this is easiest to see early in the season, just after it has put on its spring growth but before it has fully hardened off and the color has faded.
Use the eGardenGo site to get plant combination ideas that include some of our favorites: Cryptomeria japonica 'Little Diamond', Tsuga canadensis 'Monkinn', and Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Snow', to name a few—and you'll find even more options if you search for "plant type = conifer" and "plant feature = dwarf plant" on the eGardenGo site.