Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

The Advantages of Dwarf Conifers

Rather than having to prune to control the growth of large conifers, consider buying “dwarf” conifers (actually, they’re more slow-growing then dwarf). They will look good for decades, yet require no pruning and essentially no care except to replenish their mulch so weeds don’t move in. After 20 to 35 years, when they begin to outgrow their designated place, just replace them. 12 months of beauty for 20 years or more and no maintenance? Now that is lazy gardening!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

2 comments on “Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

  1. edremsrola

    Hi Larry,

    Since you are using this photo from my blog without permission, it would be neighborly of you to state your source – or at least include a link back.


    • Hi Ed,

      Sorry about that. I’m still rather iffy about how to do things on this attempt at a blog (like even realizing that I have to check comments occasionally!). I’ve added your website as source of the photo. I’m not sure how to do a link.

      Hope you felt my advice was adequate!


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