The Delightful Evergreen Juniperus Conferta

Juniperus Conferta

Juniperus conferta, which is also known as shore juniper, is a low-growing evergreen shrub typically used as ground cover or border plant that is native to Japan. 

It can also be trained to grow as a tall standard tree form, that can add interest and diversity to a landscape. 

Juniperus Conferta

If you want miniature, these make fabulous bonsais too. 

Bonsai is the Japanese art of growing miniature trees in pots or containers, and juniperus conferta is an excellent species for bonsai due to its attractive foliage, and ability to withstand pruning and wiring. As a bonsai, it will require bright, indirect sunlight and well-draining soil. Water when the soil is slightly dry, but avoid overwatering as this can lead to root rot. Fertilize during the growing season with a balanced liquid fertilizer. Pruning and wiring can be done in the spring and fall to maintain the shape and size of the bonsai.

Juniperus Conferta

It is a shrub that is widely used in general landscaping because of its attractive appearance, dense spreading branches with green pine-like leaves and small Spring flowers  that are followed by bluish-black berries.

It is a very hardy low maintenance plant that grows well in a variety of conditions. Preferring well-drained soil and full sun exposure, it's frost and drought tolerant and can withstand coastal conditions such as salt spray and strong winds.

 You can propagate using seeds or cuttings.

Grown in a non-standard form it is a popular choice for ground cover as it forms a dense mat of foliage.

It's perfect for slopes and hillsides.

Juniperus Conferta

 Juniperus conferta in a Standard Tree Form

Here are some tips for growing Juniperus conferta in a standard tree form.

1. Choose a central leader: When the plant is young, select one stem to be the central leader and prune away any competing stems.

2. Prune regularly: To shape the plant into a tree form, prune away any lower branches that are too close to the ground. Continue to prune regularly throughout the growing season to maintain the desired shape.

3. Provide support: When the plant is still young and developing, provide support with a stake or tie it to a nearby fence or trellis.

4. Water regularly: Juniperus conferta prefers moist, well-draining soil. Water regularly to avoid drought stress.

 With proper care, Juniperus conferta can thrive in a standard tree form and be a unique addition to any landscape. By selecting a central leader, pruning regularly, providing support, and watering consistently, you can successfully grow Juniperus conferta as a stunning tree.

Juniperus Conferta

I've planted my standard Juniperus Conferta (which I bought directly from a Garden Centre) in a large pot to use in my courtyard as a statement plant.

I love how it looks in the large white pot.


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FREE To Print Valentine's Postcards

Valentine Postcards

A selection of beautiful Valentine's postcards to save and print on your home computer.

Valentine Postcards

Print them on a heavy card for a postcard or paper for a love note.

Valentine Postcards

   Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to express your feelings to your loved ones. 

Valentine Postcards

And what better way to do that than through one of these beautiful postcards?

Valentine Postcards

Print on your home computer to the size desired, and write on the back of the card a heartfelt message conveying just how much they mean to you. 

Valentine Postcards

A  Valentine's postcard is more than just a piece of paper or card.  

Valentine Postcards

It’s a symbol of love, affection, and appreciation. 

Valentine Postcards

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DIY A Valentine Sweet Jar

If you want to create a personalized one-of-a-kind Valentine's Day gift for your special people, a sweet jar made of glass or ceramic is a great idea. 

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You can fill it with their favourite candies or chocolate treats, and decorate it with paint pens to make it extra special.  

This is a creative craft for kids to gift to teachers or grandparents.

How to Use Paint Pens to Create a DIY Valentine Sweet Jar

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Materials

A glass or ceramic jar with a lid
Paint pens in various colours (you can find these at most craft stores)
Newspaper or a drop cloth to protect your work surface
A clean-up rag to erase mistakes
Sweet treats to fill the finished jar

 Plan Your Design

Before you start painting, it's a good idea to plan out your design. You can sketch it on a piece of paper first, or just wing it if you're feeling confident. 

You can also print a stencil heart shape from the internet and use double-sided tape to place on the jar and then paint around it for the outline.

The design can be as elaborate or as simple as you choose.

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Start Painting

 Shake the paint pens well before use, and test them on paper first to ensure the ink is flowing smoothly. Then, begin painting your design onto the jar. 

 
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Start with the larger shapes first, and then add smaller details. 

Don't worry if your lines aren't perfectly straight – that's part of the charm of hand-painted items!

Let it Dry

After you've finished painting your design onto the jar, let it dry overnight. 

This will ensure the paint is fully set and won't smudge or rub off. 

Note: The painted jar is a handwash item and not dishwasher-friendly.

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Once it is dry, you can fill the jar with your loved one's favourite sweets and surprise them with their personalised Valentine's Day gift!

Valentines Day Crafts

Creating a sweet jar with paint pens is a fun DIY project. 

It's a lovely way to show your loved one that you care and make something truly unique that they'll cherish for years. 

Valentines Day Crafts

So why not give it a try this Valentine's Day?

Valentines Day Craft Ideas
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