Junipers are very widely used in landscape here, probably because many varieties attain landscape size quickly, and practically ‘death proof’ in our area. Personally, I find that most of the varieties available at the garden centres are of little or no ornamental values (to me). I have some of these around here and there, and they will not be shown here. There are a few that I consider ornamental, but of course, other gardeners may not like what I deem ‘ornamental’ as well.
Juniperus chinensis (common name Chinese juniper) provides a few ‘better looking’ junipers that I like.
Juniperus chinensis ‘Aurea’
I am not 100% sure that my plants are ‘Aurea’ since they are not in a hurry to develop a vertical form.
Juniperus chinensis ‘Kaizuka’
Juniperus chinensis ‘Kaizuka’ (common name Hollywood juniper) foliage forms dense lobes and has irregular structure that add interest in the garden. My plant is quite old, but was stuck in an unmaintained bed for many years. I hope it is not too late to salvage it to a more presentable form.
Juniperus chinensis ‘Shimpaku’
This is a common subject in Japanese bonsai. Its dark green foliage, fine texture, readily trained irregular structure are highly desirable ornamental attributes.
Juniperus chinensis ‘Sparta’
This is probably the only commonly available juniper in the garden centres here that is garden worthy because of its lush dark green foliage.
Juniperus chinensis ‘Variegata’
I am not 100% sure the identification of the cultivar name is correct. It is one Juniper that I definitely want to keep around.