Cool Conifer Cones

Abies koreana ‘Nanimo’

Flowers are obvious choices to add color to our gardens. Less obvious is foliage even though it often provides a longer season of interest. Even more under-utilized as a garden design element are conifers and their technicolor cones.

This is the time of year to enjoy the extra show conifers put on for us. It’s sort of like adding a piece of jewelry to a lovely outfit: it provides an extra visual impact. Often new growth on conifers offers interesting contrast—the bright spring green against darker mature needles—but cones can be spectacular additions, too. Enjoy conifers in containers and nestled in the garden.

Here’s a sampling of photos provided by Dave Grotz, owner of Peace of Mind Nursery, a nursery open by appointment to the public with a location in West Linn on the banks of the Willamette River and just a mile or so from The Oregon Garden in Silverton. More photos can be found on the nursery’s web site. Dave can be reached by calling 503.949.4944. Many exceptional conifers can also be found in your local garden centers and other specialty nurseries. Visit our online Nursery and Garden Center Guide to find one located near you.



Abies cilicica





Abies koreana ‘Starker’s Dwarf’



Cedrus deodara ‘Pendula’


Abies concolor ‘Sherwood Blue’



Abies koreana ‘Horstmann’s Silberlocke’
Picea alcoquiana ‘Howell’s Tigertail’
Picea likiangensis ‘Purpurea’
Cedrus libani ‘Blue Snake’
Picea abies ‘Acrocona’
Pinus parviflora ‘Bergman’


Picea bractytyla



Picea mariana ‘Aureovariegata’