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15 Plants for the Yard

Below are 15 plant varieties and the planting information for each zone.

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Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Aurea'--Gold Thread Chamaecyparis (False Cypress)(2 of 15)

  • Slow growing; unusual texture
  • Interesting evergreen that can be massed together for a screen or used as a specimen.
  • Even though this plant can get large (upwards of 20 feet), the slow growth rate and the ability to be pruned make it useful in smaller landscapes.
  • The colorful foliage, which holds its color well year round, can be used as a backdrop or to complement plants with darker foliage.
  • This conifer handles the southern heat very well.
  • Height: 6-10 feet
  • Width: 3-7 feet

    Hardy in USDA zones 4-8:

  • Zone 4-5: Plant in spring to avoid winter heaving; plant in full sun; mulch heavily after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; fertilize in spring with balanced fertilizer; water during dry spells.
  • Zone 6: Plant in early spring or early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch heavily after first hard frost; fertilize in spring with balanced fertilizer; water during dry spells.
  • Zone 7-8: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch heavily after first hard frost; fertilize in spring with balanced fertilizer; water during dry spells.

    Care for Gold Thread Chamaecyparis:

  • Plant in organic, but well drained soil; water when dry.
  • Plant in full sun to light shade.

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