Superior groundcover with a very low, spreading habit and attractive soft green evergreen foliage. Use in perennial borders or along walkways. Very durable landscape specimen that tolerates heat, cold and drought.
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. As a groundcover, space plants 5 ft. apart, (closer for faster coverage). Control weeds with mulch until the plants cover the area.
Low rich green mounding junipers are the perfect choice for erosion control coverage on cut slopes and natural banks where run-off is a problem. This plant is perfect for nestling landscape boulders or softening the top edge of a masonry retaining wall. Makes an excellent winter structural plant for mixed borders that tend to look too barren in the colder months. Makes a useful problem solver in native and wild gardens when arranged in naturalistic compositions. As with most junipers it is welcome in Japanese gardens either natural or pruned into creative bonsai forms.
Combine this juniper with deciduous flowering shrubs such as Jet trail Flowering Quince, (Chaenomeles x superba 'Jet Trail') and Gold Flash Broom, (Genista pilosa 'Gold Flash'). It's particularly nice in a low rock garden patchwork with Spring Torch Scotch Heather, (Calluna vulgaris 'Spring Torch'), Golden Prince Euonymus, (Euonymus fortunei 'Golden Prince'), Magic Carpet Spiraea, (Spiraea japonica 'Walbuma') and Crimson Pygmy Dwarf Japanese Barberry, (Berberis thunbergii 'Crimson Pygmy')
Known as the savin juniper, Juniperus sabina is native to an enormous range of eastern Europe and extends across Asia to Siberia. Although it has been known since the 18th century, it was not cultivated widely until the 20th due toproblems with juniper blight disease. To find resistant species, thousands of J. sabina seedlings were imported by D. Hill Nursery of Dundee, Illinois from a government forest station near Leningrad in 1933. Of these only three we selected for resistance to the blight and constitute the ancensty of most modern cultivars. Among them is Calgary Carpet, one of many that originated in this part of Canada.
The leaves of this juniper are toxic but used in certain home remedy ointments in the Old World. Foliage was repellent to lice and used in rural areas and later oils extracted from the plant were used in traditional insecticides.