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Blue Rug Juniper also known as Creeping Juniper, is very popular as an evergreen ground cover. It features blue to silver foliage that remains thick & lush all year long.
Blue Rug prefers full sun and once established, it is considered drought tolerant. Blue Rug Creeping Juniper can handle almost any well drained soil types and is even used in rock gardens.
This juniper is also popular for soil erosion, planted along sloped terrain. It is one tough evergreen shrub used as a ground cover in areas where many other plants won’t survive.
Blue Rug Juniper Plant Facts
Juniperus horizontalis ‘Wiltonii’
|Average Height:||6 inches to 1 foot|
|Average Width:||6 to 10 feet|
|Soil Conditions:||Any well drained soil|
|Foliage:||Dense Silver-Green Foliage|
|Grow Zones:||4 to 9|
USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 9
Blue Rug Juniper Planting & Care
To create a lush, evergreen ground cover, plant Blue Rug Juniper about 4 feet apart. This Juniper can handle most soil conditions, including sandy, loamy & hard packed clay. The key is to plant it where the soil drains well and the area gets a lot of sun.
This is not a ground cover for areas that might get a lot of foot traffic. Blue Rug Creeping Juniper is also very popular because it literally doesn’t need pruning. The only time you would ever want to prune is if it is growing over an area you don’t want it on. Unwanted excess foliage can be pruned away any time of the year.
Blue Rug Juniper Frequently Asked Questions
How wide will a Blue Rug juniper get?
This low lying juniper groundcover will remain under 2 feet tall but spread out as wide as 6 o 10 feet.
Are Blue Rug juniper considered fast growing?
No! In ideal planting conditions, don't expect the spread of the Blue Rug to be any more than 6 to 12 inches per year.
Can a Blue Rug juniper handle full shade?
No! Blue Rig juniper will not do well in full shade. They prefer at least direct morning sunlight with filtered or dapples afternoon sun.
Are junipers toxic for dogs & cats?
The berries on most junipers, including the Blue Rug, can be attractive to all animal life, including household dogs & cats. While not toxic, they can cause stomach distress, especially in dogs, if too many are digested.