Conifer plants for rockery garden
Shop our range of the best conifer plants for the rockery garden. Conifers are useful for providing year-round evergreen foliage, interesting colours, shape, structure and texture to the rock garden. Most varieties in this section are dwarf or small-growing conifers that will thrive in full sun on rocky outcrops. Dwarf conifers are a favourite for the rock garden because they stand up to the rigours of the British winter to shine through all of the seasons. Dwarf conifers are really 'witch's brooms' - a deformity of part of a conventional, conically shaped conifer which results in the natural structure of the plant being changed. These low, congested or weeping growths are then grafted onto a rootstock as a means of propagation and, if proven worthy, used as small garden plants for the fronts of borders and rockeries. Dwarf conifers are a staple of rock gardens because they can be used to fill in gaps between craggy rocks without dominating the beautiful rock formations. Some choice rockery conifers include certain varieties of abies, Chamaecyparis, juniper, pine and thuja. Rock gardens can be constructed using existing stone in your garden, or carefully selected hand-picked purchased material to create a stunning alpine setting. Constructed as natural-looking rocky outcrops, they’re ideal on a slope in full sun and work particularly well alongside pools, water features or next to walls.