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Conifers are unusual plants and excel in unexpected uses. As traditional ground covers spilling over the side of container planting or as a hedge enlivened with a mixture of species or cultivars, conifers can create a four-season tapestry of texture and color.
Left: Variegated sawara cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Argenteovariegata’) has feathery foliage.
Right: A contorted deodar cedar (Cedrus deodara ‘Twisted Growth’).