Unlike my Nana, this ‘Nana’ is a groundcover juniper that forms a compact, dense mat with spreading branches. The blue green foliage reaches minimal heights of 20-30 cm (7-12 in) and an impressive spread of 1.5-2 m (5-6 ft)- keep in mind it could take up to 10 years for it to reach its full growth potential. This variety of Japanese Garden Juniper is a zone 3 that enjoys basking in full sun. Needless to say, it is not native to North America but still has a high success rate of surviving in its climates and various environments.
Though a groundcover, the Juniperus procumbens ‘Nana’ has a plethora of garden uses and adds a number of quality characteristics to a garden space. Use it in rock gardens, on slopes, for mass plantings, to flow over retaining walls, or along foundations. It is a very tolerant and resilient species and can put up with rocky soil, deer, disease, drought, shallow soil and air pollution. It does not take well to wet soil or pruning. Be selective if there is a need to cut it back and trim branches just above a healthy side branch. A juniper may never recover from a bad haircut.
Plant your ‘Nana’ in a sunny, well drained area and appreciate her evergreen needles all year round.