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Caucasian Spruce (Picea Orientalis)

Hardiness: zones 5-8 Features: short, blunted needles; golden cultivars (‘Skylands’, ‘Aurea’) are very attractive Limitations: generally pest-free Culture: adaptable, but needs sun and...

Nordmann Fir (Abies Nordmanniana)

Hardiness: zones 4-7 Features: lush, shining green needles on neat, regular whorls of branches; strong, pleasant aroma Limitations: subject to balsam woolly...

Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria Japonica)

Hardiness: zones 6-9 Features: interesting dark green foliage; many fancy cultivars to choose from Limitations: few pests or diseases Culture: sun or shade,

Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga Menziesii)

Forms of the Douglas Fir in the B.C. interior are hardier, more compact and bluer-needled than coastal types.

Dwarf Alberta Spruce (Picea Glauca var. Albertiana 'Conica')

Hardiness: zones 3-7 Features: small, densely needled cone Limitations: prone to damage by spruce aphid and spruce mite; pungent aroma Culture: adaptable, but...

Limber Pine or 'Vanderwolf's Pyramid' (Pinus Flexius)

Hardiness: zones 3-8 Features: beautiful blue needles and conical growth; pleasant aroma Limitations: blister rust; not drought tolerant Culture: requires sun and good...

Norway Spruce (Picea Abies)

Hardiness: zones 3-8 Features: many fancy cultivars to choose from; strong aroma Limitations: prone to damage by spruce aphid and spruce mite;...

Noble Fir (Abies Procera)

Hardiness: zones 5-7 Features: short, blue-green brush-like needles on neat, regular whorls of branches; strong, pleasant aroma Limitations: subject to balsam woolly...

White Fir (Abies Concolor)

Hardiness: zones 3-7 Features: long, blue needles on neat, regular whorls of branches; a number of fancy cultivars available Limitations: subject to...

Serbian Pruce (Picea Omorika)

Hardiness: zones 5-8. Features: narrow cone; similar to native Engelmann spruce (Picea engelmannii, zone 2–6), but smaller and more pest-free Limitations: few...

Grow a Winter Wonderland

Winter in the garden is far from dull. For rain climates, some plants actually look their best during or just...

Trim Your Tree

The myriad of growth habits, shapes, scents and colours of trees available is reflected in the realm of decoration: dazzlingly...

The GardenWise guide to choosing a Christmas tree

Confused about Christmas Trees? You're not the only one. Douglas Justice takes the mystery out of choosing the perfect tree...

Add winter colour with a container of foliage

Best in full sun or partial shade and hardy to zone 5, ‘Gold Splash’ looks great in containers and has...

Strange But True…

Although the male flowers of Helwingia japonica are small and not showy, they are still quite special: the flowers emerge...

Chill Thrill

A late snowfall caught this spike winterhazel in bloom, a dusting of powder accentuating its cheerful blossoms. Truly a four-season...

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