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Main Line Gardens
376 Paoli Pike, Malvern, PA 19355
Phone: 610-644-2300

Seasonal Tip

Winter Container Gardening: Dwarf Alberta Spruce
December 21, 2009

When your mums start to fade and you are preparing to transition your porch design from fall into winter, We recommend containers or planters using Dwarf Alberta Spruce trees.

Dwarf Albertas are miniature, easy-to-care-for, cone-shaped trees that grow very slowly (2 to 4 inches per year). Because of their slow growth, they retain their tight conical shape with little to no pruning. Their dense, fine textured needles remain attractive for years with minimal care. While Dwarf Albertas planted in the landscape can take full sun, container-grown plants need a degree of protection. Protection from weather extremes offered by roof eaves and shelter from drying winds makes these ideal porch plants. A location with protection from strong mid-day sun is also needed.

A great accent to any home is a simple pair of identical Dwarf Albertas in matching containers, placed on either side of the entrance. Dappled with snow and decorated for the holidays with a few white lights and a bow, they create a simple, yet festive way to spread holiday cheer. What’s even better is that these easy-to grow containers transition beautifully from season to season! As winter begins to fade, they will look just as attractive in your spring, summer, and fall porch designs as well!

When planting your trees into their containers, be sure to choose containers that will accommodate their growth through maturity. Once they become established, disturbing their root systems can hinder their overall health and growth. Be sure to choose containers and potting mix with good drainage.

So, if you are convinced that it is time to upgrade your outdoor home decor with attractive, no-fuss-no-muss versatile evergreen containers that will last beautifully for years, the Dwarf Alberta Spruce is the choice for you!

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Main Line Gardens is a family-owned business that was established in 1981. More than just a full service garden center and nursery for professional landscaping and hardscaping, Main Line Gardens is an architect of beautiful, functional outdoor living spaces that provide a lifetime of enjoyment. The company's first priority and foremost goal is establishing long-term relationships with its customers by offering exceptional service and the highest quality products. This philosophy has defined its success for over 25 years and will continue for decades to follow. Main Line Gardens' experienced and professional staff takes customers all the way from design through installation, involving them every step of the way in the creation of their own outdoor landscaping paradise. Customers can choose from a full selection of plants, trees, shrubs, mulch and stones from the onsite full service nursery.

Please note that Main Line Gardens is not able to honor Waterloo Gardens gift cards/certificates, item exchanges or returns, broken or damaged items, etc. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.