Conifers rarely set the tone, but nevertheless they are an integral part of creative garden design. With more than 600 species and thousands of splendid varieties, conifers may constitute the floral frame in your private garden empire. As evergreen eyecatchers, firs (Abies), spruces (Picea), pines (Pinus) or yews (Taxus) will direct the eyes of the viewer to the flower-filled perennials at their feet. If you use conifers as a hedge, you create a gentle alternative to the brick enclosure. For this purpose, aborvitaes (Thuja) and Lawson cypresses (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana) are the perfect choice. If you're looking for a little more colour, you may choose the Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Ellwoodii' with blue or yellow needles. The common juniper (Juniperus communis) and other dwarf conifers work as a long-life ground cover for bedding and grave. If you are a hobby-gardener, you can grow your own Christmas trees with Nordmann firs (Abies nordmanniana) or noble firs (Abies procera). Conifers shouldn't be missed in the small garden and make a good impression on the balcony too. With gracefully overhanging, yellow-gold needle branches, sawara cypresses (Chamaecyparis pisifera) and Juniperus media will reveal all their beauty. Compact descriptions list their outstanding attributes. Here you can learn how cultivation, caring and cutting is done best.