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Miniature Conifers- How Does Your Garden Grow?

I have so much fun planning my gardens and planting dwarf and miniature conifers. I just love picking from the different textures, colors and types. It is so satisfying to see all of my hard work pay off with a beautiful landscape or container.  But sometimes I get lost in the here and now and forget about what things will look like down the road. A big question when I’m working on something new is always “How big will that get?”

So I thought about how to give an accurate account of what things might look like in a few years and I came up with this. The following is a series of photos with real life size comparisons to give you an idea of how big things will become.

I used an Ilex X ‘Rock Garden’ miniature Holly.  This lovely is going to be a part of a gift for my dear Aunt, which I will reveal soon. It will be so sweet with tiny red berries!


By best guesses, it is about 4 years old and currently the size of a tennis ball.


In about 10-12 years it will be the size of a basketball.


Here is a look at how that would fit in a medium to large patio container.



In addition to considering the size of plants and how they grown, here are a few other tips for planting your dwarf and miniature conifers:

–       Don’t plant on flat ground, mounding them will protect them from animals and provide optimal drainage.

–       Use a ground cover like small decorative rocks. This will keep rain from bouncing dirt up on to the leaves.  When this happens the dirt solidifies between leaves and browns things out, which can kill these tiny treasures.

–       Consider using a dwarf in the background for proportion. Dwarfs will grow faster than the miniatures, filling things out. Also consider using miniatures that grow at different rates to keep the container looking mature, even right after planting!

I hope this helps you keep size and proportion in mind while planting your dwarf and miniature conifers.