I just bought a dwarf bakeri spruce for a new garden area. It's a beauty. I bought it for it's blueness and 'dwarf' quality. It is about 4' tall at this point I guess I didn't realize how big 12' at maturity was until I put the tree into context, and I now fear it will overshadow all the low growing plants it was meant to set off. It will reach the eaves of our building. The original soil is mostly sand and some gravel, an old drive through on the river that we've converted to garden by adding soil every year. There is now about six inches of good soil over top. Our climate is temperate coastal (Pacific NW). I'm told spruce don't really grow that well in our conditions. Is that correct? So maybe it won't reach its 12' potential? I know it's strange to be asking how to stunt a tree...is there a better candidate out there? Blue to maybe 6 feet or so?