Growing guide

How to grow conifers

Conifers come in all shapes and sizes from large specimen trees to cascading ground cover and fast growing hedging plants. Most are evergreen and add valuable structure and colour to the garden, especially on darker winter days. With such wide range of plants to choose from, there will be a conifer suitable for most soil types and situations, here’s all you will need to know to grow them successfully.

Quick facts

  • Easy to grow
  • Mostly evergreen, with a range of foliage colour
  • Come in all sizes so will fit in any garden
  • Great choice to make hedges when pruned
  • Most are fully hardy
  • Plant conifers in October and March
  • Make new plants from cuttings or seeds

All you need to know

Before you get started
Ongoing care
Pruning and training
While we think all this information will be helpful to you, we always recommend to read the instruction labels on your plants.

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