When we think of pine trees we usually visualize a classic conical shape, or the towering umbrella of a Scots pine. There are other pines though, and one of the most interesting for gardeners is the smaller, shrubby Pinus mugo variety “Mughus”. Reaching a modest height, but spreading out over quite a wide area, this is a great choice for borders or to create a haven for wildlife. It has all the wild beauty of its taller cousins and will brighten your garden with a year-round splash of green, but it doesn’t take much maintenance and is resistant to common pests and grazers. If you’re looking for something a bit different to keep your outdoor space colorful in winter you should definitely take a closer look at the Mugo Pine!