Conifers are typically evergreen trees and shrubs which bear cones and have needle-like leaves. They are mainly very tough and well suited to our cold winters and can be used for hedging and shelter, in containers, or in borders. There are many forms and foliage colours to choose from and we have listed out Top Ten to help you decide.

Top Ten Conifers


Chamaecyparis pisifera Sungold (Japanese false cypress)

This is a lovely small, slow growing conifer for the rockery, gravel garden or containers. It has relaxed, weeping habit and thread-like lime green and gold leaves that hold their colour all year.

Soil: Any well drained soil.
Situation: Sun or partial shade.
Height and spread: 50cm


Juniperus horizontalis Lime Glow (creeping juniper)

Slow growing semi-erect plant with arching branches of lime green foliage which turns bronze and pink in the winter. Good ground cover plant.

Soil: Any well drained soil
Situation: Sun or semi-shade
Height and spread: 50cm x 150cm


Pinus mugo Golden Glow (Dwarf European mountain pine)

This is a very popular dwarf Pine. It is a bushy, rounded conifer with long golden needles that turn bright yellow in the winter. It produces attractive orange buds in winter.

Soil: Moist well drained soil
Situation: Full sun
Height and Spread: 50cm - 100cm high and wide


Thuja occidentalis Smaragd

A fine hedging plant with lacy emerald-green foliage and a narrow pyramid shape.

Soil: Any moist but well drained soil
Situation: Full sun or semi-shade
Height and Spread: very slowly reaches 2 to 3 metres high


Taxus baccata fastigiata Robusta (Irish yew)

This is the column form of this much loved favourite. It has dark green foliage and red berries in the winter.

Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained soil
Situation: Full sun or shade
Height: Slowly growing to 2 metres


Microbiota decussata (Siberian carpet cypress)

This is an extremely tough, low growing evergreen conifer which makes a wide dense mat. It has tiny triangular green scale-like leaves which turn bronze in the winter. It has yellow/brown fruits in the autumn.

Soil: Moist but well drained
Situation: Full sun
Height and spread: 30cm x 120cm


Cedrus deodara

Cedars are handsome stately trees but there are dwarf selections suitable for the smaller garden and they can provide lovely shapes and colour. Cedrus deodara has bluish grey young foliage and attractive drooping stems.

Soil: Well drained soil
Situation: Sunny site
Height: 3-5 metres


Picea pungens glauca (Colorado blue spruce)

The glauca group are blue leaved selections and this conifer makes a lovely focal point in any garden. It likes our moist cool climate. Beware it has very stiff sharp needles.

Soil: Moist acid soil
Situation: Sun or partial shade
Height: 3+ metres in 10 years.


Abies koreana (Korean fir)

Firs are another conifer which grow well in our climate. Our choice of the Korean fir has spectacular cones which are violet-purple and stand upright on the branches. It is a beautiful conical tree.

Soil: Moist, well drained soil
Situation: Full sun or partial shade
Height: Height in 10 years is 3 metres


Metasequoia Gold Rush (Golden Dawn Redwood)

This is a deciduous conifer. It has soft fern-like foliage which is golden yellow through the summer then becomes orange/brown in the autumn.

Soil: Moist, well drained soil

Situation: Sun or partial shade

Height: Approximately 4 metres in 10 years

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So looking forward to welcoming you all back and hope you enjoy the improvements we had made over lockdown.

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Thank you all once again for your continued support and patience through this difficult period and hope to see you soon.

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From Inverness you head west on the A862 then take the A833 to Kiltarlity.

Once through the Village just follow the signs for 'Garden Centre'.