Blue Rug Juniper

Great for Erosion Control and on Steep Slopes

  • Winter landscaping shrub that will bring you blue color all year
  • Silver blue foliage that will enhance your landscape
  • Pairs well with pinks, reds, and yellow plants

Never Bareroot...  All plants come rooted into a container with soil.

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The Blue Rug Juniper is a low lying, creeping Juniper shrub. The growth habit can be described as a dense, low, mat-like plant with a height of 4 - 6 inches and a spread of 5 - 6 feet.  Foliage is a silver blue that transitions into purple bronze during the winter months. The Blue Rug Juniper is fast growing and is resistant to diseases that normally plague juniper shrubs.

The Blue Rug Juniper is a great groundcover to use when you are in need of covering a lot of space very fast. Many people use the Blue Rug Juniper on steep hillsides to help erosion control. This keeps you from having to deal with mowing in such a terrible and dangerous area. These junipers also look great in your front yard landscaping beds. Just plant them and let them take over the entire bed. You will have a gorgeous, landscape bed that borders nicely with a perfectly manicured lawn with no maintenance. Other great areas for the Blue Rug Juniper would be around the mailbox and cascading down beautiful rock walls.

The Blue Rug Juniper is a very low maintenance groundcover shrub. Plant the Juniper in full sun with well drained acidic soil. Space plants 4 to 6 feet apart to allow for a dense coverage that will prevent weeds from peeking through. To further prevent weeds, pile mulch around the plants making sure that it is not piled on top of the crown of the plant. Once plants become mature, thin them out by pruning them just a little bit to allow air circulation. 

Additional Information

Shipping Restriction AZ, CA
Grows in Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Sunlight Full Sun
Soil Type Acidic
Mature Width 5-6 Feet
Drought Tolerance Good
Fall Color Burgandy
Botanical Name Juniperus horizontalis 'Wiltonii'

How To Care for your new Blue Rug Juniper

Be sure to choose the best location for your Blue Rug Juniper.  As long as you avoid extreme temperatures you can plant your Juniper almost any time of the year.  

Junipers thrive in full sun to part sun and adapt to any soil that is well drained.  They do like a neutral to acidic soil so if you know you have an alkaline soil choose an acidic fertilizer (most fertilizers for evergreens are acidic). Junipers are great "street shrubs" as they tolerate pollution and salt well.  After planting, adding a layer of 2 to 3 inches of mulch will help keep the soil moist and protect the lower branches from fungal issues.  Do not allow the mulch to touch the trunk as this increases the chances of pests and disease.  Water your Juniper deeply a couple times a week for the first month or two.  After your plants are established, they only need watered during hot, dry spells. Junipers are drought tolerant after establishing and even moreso after being in the ground about two years.  Fertilize when planting and in early spring yearly with a slow release fertilizer.   When planting be sure to mix the fertilizer into the ground soil well before placing your new plant in the hole to prevent fertilizer burn.

Junipers are extremely hardy and versatile.  When properly cared for, they rarely have issues with pests and disease.  Mites and scale are insects that can occasionally affect Junipers.  These can be treated with horticultural oil. For severe infections the pesticide Bonide is recommended.   Avoid saturated soils to prevent fungal issues in Junipers.  


Planting Directions

Step 1:

Unpack all of your plants right away! Look for the perfect location. Make sure you are planting in the correct light conditions.

Step 2:

Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball. Position your plant in the hole. Make sure the top of the root ball is slightly higher than the original grade of the bed. Also check to make sure it is straight from all sides.

Step 3:

Fill up hole with water before placing new plant in hole in order to saturate the surrounding soil.  Once the water is absorbed place your plant in the hole and water thoroughly.  


Planting a shrub digging the hole

Step 4:

Mix the potting soil and the soil removed from the hole. Start by backfilling soil around the root ball. Carefully pack in the soil to remove any air pockets. Water plant thoroughly again until the soil will not hold any more water. This will ensure that your new plant will be a success.

Step 5:

Fertilize around your plant with the amount recommended on the package. Our special Fertilizer contains all of the nutrients to keep your plants growing and healthy. Repeat every 3 months.

Step 6:

Finish up by mulching around your new plant.  Apply 2 - 3 inches of mulch around the plant and plant bed. Mulch will help keep the soil moist and keep weeds out.

Step 7:

Keep watered with a hose every 2-3 days for 2 weeks. This is critical for plant survival. In the third week, begin to water as needed depending on the weather. Always check by placing your finger under the mulch to see if the soil is moist.


Shipping and Delivery

Most orders ship next business day.  Please allow 1-3 business day to process and pack your order for shipping.  View the Fedex shipping map below.  Please note that Fedex ships Monday-Saturday only and shipping times on the map below are not guaranteed.  West coast orders MAY be held until the following Monday to prevent additional transit time on sensitive plants.  Your plants will be carefully packaged and shipped using Fedex.   

You will receive a confirmation via email when Fedex picks up your shipment.  Delivery emails are also sent when your package arrives.  As soon as your package arrives, It is important to open your boxes and water your new plants thoroughly.

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Love this blue rug juniper! Excellent species in great packaging. I will be ordering more soon and will post pics.
January 19, 2017
5 months ago
Spring hasn't sprung yet
Purchased five plants to test slope of property in PA but was hopeing to have in the ground allready , unfortunitly the weather hasn't cooperated with my plans .Hope to plant in at least the next two weeks ,until then Im babysitting the plants .
March 17, 2017
2 months ago
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Why did you choose this? Store
Looking to plant these on my berm.
David M on Apr 26, 2017
Love the plant.
TATYANA R on Apr 18, 2017
Looking to plant these on my berm.
David M on Apr 26, 2017
Great reviews
Laura R on Apr 23, 2017
Love the plant.
TATYANA R on Apr 18, 2017
Planting on steep incline in PA , hoping it overgrows the weeds
Robert B on Apr 14, 2017
Very steep incline grows nothing but weeds , hopefully Ill try this and if it works will buy more .
Robert B on Mar 2, 2017
Beautiful ground cover
Jennifer L on Feb 25, 2017
I was looking for a drought tolerant, full sun ground cover to place in my front flower bed. I didn't want anything too tall so that I could still see out my floor to ceiling window. Also, it seems to fit in perfectly with a more modern landscape.
Maria S on Nov 23, 2016
I have it on the front slope of my house and some of it has died. I need them for the open spots.

Susan S on Aug 4, 2016
Great reviews
Laura R on Apr 23, 2017
Planting on steep incline in PA , hoping it overgrows the weeds
Robert B on Apr 14, 2017
Can I cut pieces of plants Juniper)already in ground for 2 yrs & plant in a new area. Must it have the roots?
Dee G on Dec 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can. You will have to use a piece that has roots unless you root a cutting indoors. Once it has roots, you can begin to plant.
The steep hillside I am planning on planting this on is shaded. How will blue rug juniper do in shade?
mark p on Nov 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They will need to have at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day to be successful.
How large is the one gallon size plant itself?
A shopper on Sep 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The container is about 8" diameter and 8" high. The greens of the plant are just a bit bigger than the container.
Does this juniper spread from one main root or does it further root along the way as it grows?
Barbara V on Aug 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This juniper will spread but stay one plant. We recommend planting about 3-6 feet apart on center for ground cover.
When should these be planted in zone 6 - the eastern tip of Tennessee?
A shopper on Aug 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: These are going to do well being planted just about any time. The only thing I would really avoid are planting when the temps are above about 85.

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