Blue Rug Juniper Shrub

Blue Rug Juniper Shrub

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  • Low maintenance

  • Feathery green foliage

  • Deer resistant

  • Drought tolerant

Regular price $29.95

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  • Family owned farm since 1980
  • You're good to grow this in Zone X

Dense Evergreen Groundcover With Beautiful Blue Colors

Tired of grass? Have poor soil conditions? The Blue Rug Juniper shrub is the ideal plant for you. This classic dark green needled evergreen creeping plant will provide year-round coverage with an unmatched charm. With silvery-blue foliage and easy maintenance, what is not to love!

This Juniper variety is the most tolerant to less than optimal conditions like dry, sandy, and sloped terrains. Place it cascading against a wall, over rocks, and on banks to aid in erosion control. Using the Blue Rug Juniper for ground cover is an excellent choice, as they are the lowest and slowest growing Junipers. The birds will also be grateful when Juniper berries appear in the fall, as they are the perfect snack for our winged friends.


The Juniper Blue Rug plant is a low maintenance species known for its ability to thrive in desert climates. When planted in ideal conditions, this Juniper is extremely easy to care for. During colder seasons, the silver-blue evergreen leaves will acclimate to the fluctuating temperatures of snow and frost. A common pest that occurs in this evergreen shrub is spider mites. This can be prevented by hosing the plant with a strong spray of water and will disrupt web-making.

How To Plant Blue Rug Juniper Ground Cover

Juniperus horizontalis ‘wiltonii’ grows best in USDA hardiness zone 3 to 9. Grow this Juniper in a full sun spot, and water once the soil has completely dried. Plant Blue Rug Juniper ground cover in a hole double the size of the root ball. This trailing juniper is drought tolerant and prefers less moisture in its root systems. Juniper shrubs are also tolerant to salty or sandy soils and can be planted near the coast.

How Big Does Blue Rug Juniper Grow

The Blue Rug Juniper will spread about 6-8 feet and only reach .5 feet in height. Plant this shrub staggered, 3 to 4 feet apart to ensure full coverage groundcover functions.

How To Prune Blue Rug Juniper

Pruning a Blue Rug Juniper should be done lightly to achieve the desired shape. Heavy trimming is not recommended because Junipers usually have dead zones in their center. This means that some areas on a mature Blue Rug plant may not receive sufficient light and will dry up. On most occasions, new growth will not develop in this area unless there are remaining green needles on the affected branches.

Creeping Junipers, like the Blue Rug, should be pruned by cutting back to make strong lateral branches. Prune your plant by following its natural growth patterns, and cut above the dead zone. As always, make sure your shears are sanitized to reduce cross-contamination and prevent disease.

Is Blue Rug Juniper Deer Resistant?

The Blue Rug Juniper is deer resistant unless it is the only specimen in the area. Juniper plants are not deer’s first choice but will be more attractive when they produce berries.

Blue Rug Juniper Landscaping Ideas

Blue Rug Junipers make a great addition to all sorts of landscapes. If you’ve ever wanted a green wall, look no further! You can train the Juniper to cascade over walls to encourage a centered growth habit. They are most commonly seen in rock gardens, retaining walls, and borders as their creeping habits given the landscape a multi-dimensional look. If you have bare sandy soil spots in your yard, the Blue Rug Juniper will surprise you with its ability to thrive in dry conditions. Keep in mind that this Juniper variety does best in well-draining soil to avoid root rot. The evergreen foliage will develop a purple shade in winter, giving a great contrast to whatever landscape they are planted in.

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Shipping information

Once your Blue Rug Juniper Shrub order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

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Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

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Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

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Botanical Name
Juniperus horizontalis 'wiltonii'

Full Sun / Partial Shade

Foliage Color

Mature Width
6-8 ft

Mature Height
0-1 ft

Growing Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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