How to Prune Upright Junipers

A horizontal photo of a narrow, columnar juniper shrub growing in front of a tan building. The shrub is in a bark mulched flowerbed surrounded by yellow daffodils.

Pruning an upright juniper is about supporting the plant’s natural shape. It’s not about trying to turn a squat shrub into a tall tree, but gently highlighting what’s already there. You’ll need a few tools, the right technique, and an idea of when to start cutting. Learn how to prune an upright juniper in this guide.

Tips for Growing Skyrocket Junipers

A horizontal shot of a row of skyrocket junipers hedges growing in front of a wooden landscape fence with a stone walk in front of the hedge.

Skyrocket junipers are stately, low-maintenance evergreens that draw your eye to the heavens. It’s no wonder they’ve earned a place in many gardens as specimen plantings or windbreaks. They’re popular as living fences or as sentinels lining pathways. Learn how to grow these evergreens in this guide. Read more now.

Tips for Growing Spartan Juniper

A close up horizontal image of the foliage of a 'Spartan' Chinese juniper growing in the garden pictured in light sunshine on a soft focus background.

For a plant as tough as the strongest warrior, check out ‘Spartan,’ a Chinese juniper cultivar with a columnar growth habit. It’s perfect as a windbreak, specimen, or living fence. We’ll explain how to plant, grow, and care for this stately shrub, from finding the right place in the garden to caring for it as it grows.

How to Plant and Grow Chinese Junipers

A horizontal image of a large Chinese juniper (Juniperus chinensis) pictured on a blue sky background.

Chinese junipers come in a variety of colors, sizes, and shapes, which means they can easily suit many different situations. You can grow these classic shrubs as gorgeous bonsai trees, stately garden specimens, maintenance-free hedges, dense privacy screens, container topiaries, and more. Read our growing guide now.

How to Grow and Care for Rocky Mountain Juniper

A close up horizontal image of the foliage and blue berries of Rocky Mountain juniper (Juniperus scopulorum) pictured on a soft focus background.

Rocky Mountain junipers are adapted to the harsh, changing, and rough conditions of the Rockies. They can cling to rocky cliffs, hunker down in sand dunes, or survive a long freeze. That adaptability translates to tough, hardy, versatile shrubs for the home garden. This guide helps you make them thrive in your space.

How to Grow and Care for Creeping Juniper

A close up horizontal image of a creeping juniper growing in a garden border.

For a truly carefree, evergreen ground cover, check out creeping juniper. These plants are perfect for rock gardens or xeriscaping and they come in a wide range of options, including dwarf or full-size with green, yellow, gold, or blue foliage. Learn how to choose, plant, and care for these elegant little creepers.

Juniper Herbal Uses: Put This Natural Powerhouse to Work for You

A close up horizontal image of a bowl of juniper berries and foliage set on a dark gray surface.

Juniper has been used herbally for centuries. Even King Tut had some of the berries from the trees in his tomb. Whether you want to make a wound-healing salve or some tea to ease a cold, the needles and berries have the potential to help. Not all species are useful herbally, though. This guide has what to know.

13 Juniper Berry Uses in the Kitchen and Beyond

A close up of a cluster of juniper berries set on a wooden surface.

Juniper berries are the unsung heroes of the spice world. They can flavor everything from drinks to savory dishes and even desserts. And they can also be used herbally, to make sourdough, and around the home. Whether you forage or purchase them, our guide will help you to make the most of the pungent fruits. Read more.

When and How to Harvest Juniper Berries

A close up horizontal image of a small bowl filled with juniper berries.

Juniper berries can be used herbally, in the kitchen, or around the home. But harvesting them requires knowing the right time and method for plucking the fruits. Additionally, you should know with certainty that the species you are harvesting is suitable for your purposes. Our guide provides the details. Read more.

Are All Juniper Berries Safe to Eat?

A horizontal image of a hand from the left of the frame harvesting a branch from a juniper shrub.

Yes, juniper berries are edible. Well, most of them. Many species are not just safe to eat, they’re delicious. But some, on the other hand, can be toxic. In this guide, we’ll help you figure out which is which so you can harvest the good ones and leave the ones that are bad (for humans!) for the birds who love them.

How and When to Prune a Juniper Shrub

A close up horizontal image of a hand from the left of the frame pruning a juniper shrub.

Pruning junipers the right way takes a bit of finesse and know-how. If you do it wrong, you can end up with a sad-looking skeleton of a plant, rather than a robust shrub that adds to your garden. You need to know when, how, and which branches to prune if you want to keep your plant healthy and looking good. Read more.

Blue Star Juniper: How to Grow These Hardy Garden Staples

A close up horizontal image of blue star juniper growing in a garden border.

‘Blue Star’ junipers practically glow in the garden with their bright, steely blue foliage. Add to that their dense, mounding growth habit and extremely tough nature, and you have a plant that adds heaps of year-round character to your yard without much fuss. Get to know this happy accident and how to care for it.

How to Grow and Care for Juniper Shrubs

A close up horizontal image of the foliage of a juniper shrub pictured on a soft focus background.

Hardy, reliable, and surprisingly multi-purpose, juniper shrubs are garden staples for a reason. They can stand up to brutal environmental conditions like drought and heat while providing food, medicine, and alluring visual impact. Learn how to grow this outstanding plant in your garden in this guide. Read more now.