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Anne K Moore
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In 2008 I was lucky enough to visit the display gardens at Iseli Nursery in Oregon with the Garden Writers Association. Iseli is a wholesale nursery with outlets all over the country. Not only do they have magnificent large evergreens, they also supply the markets with dwarf evergreens suitable for pot culture.



Iseli grows and generates conifers that will fit into today’s smaller yards and gardens. Even tall trees, such as the Wollemia nobilis, will fit into today’s smaller spaces since they are narrow.








Dwarf or very slow growing aren’t Iseli’s only focus. Funky shapes are definitely “in” with these growers. Think how one of these quirky trees, like the Picea pungens pendula, would appear through your window glass. And needle colors. Who knew there could be so many variations, so much to choose?







Conifers can very easily create the backbone of your garden. Look out your windows and picture your garden in winter. Is it bare? Now picture it with evergreens in multi colors throughout. Create your winter garden in the fall, before the cold days arrive. Think about evergreens and the life they can bring to your window views.

Posted August 9, 2013


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