A very popular and attractive landscaping idea is to add a Montgomery blue spruce shrub to your yard. There are many choices of blue spruce shrubs available, however, my favorite is the Montgomery dwarf blue spruce shrub. It’s small, very attractive, and low maintenance.
The Montgomery dwarf blue spruce shrub (Picea pungens) adds a wonderful touch of blue-green color that’s highly attractive whether it’s in a garden, used as a hedge, or by itself as a specimen plant. No matter how or where you plant a Montgomery dwarf blue spruce shrub, it will immediately draw attention to that area.
The Montgomery dwarf blue spruce shrub can be planted as a hedge against a deck or bare wall of a house. After we built our low deck, we needed something to hide the underneath of the deck. We liked the Montgomery dwarf blue spruce shrub and bought five of them and planted them as a hedge in front of the deck. We, then, planted a perennial garden bursting with yellows, purples, and pinks in front of each Montgomery dwarf blue spruce shrub. Using a Montgomery dwarf blue spruce shrub as a backdrop in the garden is a beautiful landscaping idea. The contrast in color is striking.
You can also plant the Montgomery dwarf blue spruce shrub alone on the corner of the house, in front of the house, or in a garden surrounded with other perennial plants. It will always be the center of attention because of its striking blue-green color.
The popularity of blue spruce shrubs over the years is quite apparent. Besides their fabulous blue-green color, they’re deer resistant, rabbit resistant, and low maintenance. This family of dwarf globe blue spruce evergreens has a long life and are very hardy.
Like all blue spruce varieties, the Montgomery dwarf blue spruce shrub is quite expensive. You can easily spend $100 for a 5-gallon shrub. Personally, I think the cost is well worth the pleasure you’ll get out of enjoying a Montgomery dwarf blue spruce shrub in your landscape. The compliments from this eye-catching shrub are endless.
Montgomery dwarf blue spruce shrubs are slow growing and drought tolerant. They are best suited for Zones 3-7 where they can withstand temperatures as low as -50°F. They prefer full sun exposure and can grow 3-6 ft. tall and wide. They’re not too fussy on soil conditions and will adjust to some clay in the soil. They are a very dense growing dwarf globe blue spruce shrub and can be pruned.
Planting a Montgomery dwarf blue spruce shrub is very easy. Dig a hole about 2-3 times the size of the width of the container. Leave some loose soil in the bottom of the hole. Gently loosen the roots of the shrub and place it in the hole. Fill the hole halfway with soil and then water the shrub. I always add fertilizer at this point. Wait a few minutes for the water to soak in and the new soil to settle and then add more soil to fill the hole. Add more water and let it soak in. Gently pat down the earth around the shrub and add a few inches of mulch.
The first year after being planted, the Montgomery dwarf blue spruce shrub will need to be on a regular watering schedule. This will help the shrub establish a deep, extensive root system. After it’s first growing season, you can feed these plants once a year in the Spring and then water them less frequently. A general purpose fertilizer can be used and I’ve always preferred Miracle-Gro on them.
Although Montgomery dwarf blue spruce shrubs are slow growing, you will notice a difference in size each year. Mine reached their full height in just 5 years which I thought was quite moderate for a blue spruce.
All you need is one Montgomery dwarf blue spruce shrub to make your landscaping extremely attractive, however, a group of these dwarf globe blue spruce shrubs is magnificent.
Source: Personal Experience