Juniperus 'Blue Star' is an award winning dwarf evergreen forming a globe shaped mound of dense sparkling silver blue foliage.
A compact shrub that is fabulously easy to care for, with its mounding, spreading habit and slow growth rate making it an attractive ground cover that doesn't get out of hand. The aromatic silvery blue leaves are complimented by small oval black berry like cones appearing in autumn and like all junipers 'Blue Star' is very low maintenance requiring very little pruning, if at all. Ideal for growing in a pot or in any well drained soil in sun or light shade, its architectural shape and needle-like foliage lends texture and form to the garden all-year-round. Once planted and settled in, the Flaky juniper will also tolerate drought meaning there's very little to worry about and it can be left to get on with brightening up borders and rock gardens like the super performer it is.
If your after a blue sparkle in a sunny spot, you cant do better that this fuss-free colourful conifer.
Plant Type: Conifer
Hardiness: H7 Very Hardy. Minimum temperature < -20.
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 50cm x W 1m (Mature age: 10 Years)
Foliage Colour: Blue, Silver
Flower Colour: -
Fragrant Flower: No
Aromatic Foliage: Yes
RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: No
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Hazardous / Poisonous Information: Skin irritant.
Soil Type: Chalky, Clay, Loam, Sandy, Acid, Alkaline
Soil Drainage: Well Drained
Light Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Planting Style: Rock Garden, Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Coastal Garden, Gravel & Drought Resistant Garden, Urban Garden, Courtyard Garden, Flower Beds & Borders
Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Juniperus 'Blue Star' prefers a sunny position but will tolerate some light shade perhaps at the edge of a tree canopy or somewhere similar.
It prefers a well drained soil and so sandy, chalky or sandy loam soils would be best, although to improve conditions grit can be incorporated into the planting hole and surrounding soil.
If planting in a container use a heavier soil based compost with grit added into it to allow the water to drain freely.
Water regularly during it's first growing season to help the shrub to establish itself and also feed in spring and summer with a general purpose fertiliser to help with establishment.
Juniperus 'Blue Star' is a compact grower but should any branches become unwieldy or out of place these can be clipped out in autumn down to their base or junction with another stem.