Front Yard Conifer Combo Inspiration - Blue Needles and Purple Perennials - January 2024
Yesterday, I created and published a lengthy - and winding - post about a potential front-yard garden transformation that is anchored in conifers and contains a potential 'path' through the middle. In that post, I talked about using a berm in part to create some elevation change and I also sort-of came to the conclusion that I would certainly NEED to start in phases as the project is a multi-year planting (at least for me). In that post, I concluded that based on some inspiration, I could (in theory) start down by the sidewalk with a small bed and expand from there.
One of the dependencies is the creation of the berm and the location for said berm. My current thinking is that the berm is created if-and-only-if, I do some excavation for the pizza oven. I would haul the material that I excavated from the back out to the front and build up a little berm on the driveway side of the front yard, down near the sidewalk.
I bring this all up, because I recently came across a photo on Conifer Kingdom that I wanted to save down to my front-yard inspiration collection. I've pasted it below - this is NOT my photo, rather the source of the photo is here - and it features a trio of pyramidal blue-needled conifers interplanted with some purple perennials that sure look like Stachys monieri 'Hummelo' (which I planted my first two this Fall). The conifers in this photo are listed by Conifer Kingdom as Juniperus scopulorum ‘Wichita Blue’ Rocky Mountain - which are zone 4 hardy (that's good), have a pyramidal habit (nice) and are described as being "exceptionally blue" (love that). They're backed by something more gold (like a Forever Goldie Arborvitae) in the photo below: