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Types of Juniper Ground Cover

By Callie Barber ; Updated September 21, 2017
Juniper ground cover.
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Originating in the northern hemisphere, juniper has between 50 to 60 different species. Juniper ground covers are evergreens, meaning they keep their vibrant color all year long. The spreading and low-growing form of the juniper ground cover is often seen in rock gardens or flanking a garden border as edging. Junipers are tolerant of a wide range of soils, making these hardy growers versatile.

Andorra Juniper

This moderate to rapidly growing evergreen has fine texture and ascending branches. The Andorra juniper, a variety of juniper ground cover, grows up to 18 inches wide. Its light green foliage is tinged with purple beginning in the winter. Andorra juniper prefers full sun to thrive. Its USDA hardiness zone is 6 to 8.

Bar Harbor Juniper

Bar Harbor juniper is a slow-growing evergreen with a flat, branching form. The foliage on Bar Harbor juniper is feather-like and grayish green in color. During the winter, the foliage turns to a silvery plum color that lights up the landscape. Bar Harbor juniper grows 8 to 12 inches high and is ideal tucked along a front flower bed or edging a garden path. The USDA hardiness zone is 6 to 8.

Blue Chip Juniper

Blue Chip juniper is a moderate-growing evergreen with fine texture. Its low and mounding form grows up to 8 inches high and has a spread of 2 feet. The foliage on the Blue Chip juniper is bluish silver and remains vibrant in color all year long, including the winter. Blue Chip juniper ground cover prefers full sun. The USDA hardiness zone is 6 to 8.

Blue Pacific Juniper

Blue Pacific juniper has a rapid growth rate and fine texture. Its low and spreading form is ideal cascading over a garden retaining wall for a striking addition to the landscape. Blue Pacific juniper has bluish green foliage that grows 10 inches high and wide. Blue Pacific juniper prefers full sun but does not tolerate overly moist soil. The USDA hardiness zone is 6 to 8.

Japanese Juniper

The Japanese juniper is a moderately growing evergreen ground cover with fine texture. The low and ascending branches grow 18 to 30 inches high for a striking addition to the landscape. The foliage on the Japanese juniper is a greenish blue that remains its color throughout the winter. Japanese juniper ground cover requires full sun to thrive. The USDA hardiness zone is 6 to 8.


About the Author


Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on Travels.com and GardenGuides.com. Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.