Calgary Carpet® Juniper
Calgary Carpet® Juniper
Juniperus sabina 'Monna'Item #5175 USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 7
A superior evergreen groundcover with a very low, spreading habit and attractive soft green foliage. Use on slopes for coverage or erosion control. Allow it to drape off retaining walls or in perennial borders and along walkways. Very durable landscape specimen that tolerates heat, cold and drought.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches only 9 in. tall, spreading up to 10 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:ju-NIP-er-us sa-BI-naDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:SpreadingGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches only 9 in. tall, spreading up to 10 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.Design IdeasLow 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.Companion PlantsBarberry (Berberis); Rose (Rosa); Clematis (Clematis); Catmint (Nepeta); Russian Sage (Perovskia); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus)
- CareCare InformationAdaptable and easy to grow in most well-drained soils; avoid overly wet conditions. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought. Space 8 ft. apart as groundcover; closer for faster coverage. Control weeds with mulch until plants fill in.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory: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.Lore: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.