Atlantica Aurea is a slow growing cedar of Lebanon with blue-green needles that emerge bright yellow-green in spring, mature to fresh green in summer, and turn yellow again for autumn and winter. Mature height is about 10 m in open spaces and much less in gardens. If your garden is too small you can easily control its size by pruning which cedars take very well. It can be done in early spring or in midsummer. It grows reliably in almost any soil type, even chalky, just avoid too acidic locations. For the best resul ...entire article
Bi-hoo is a new Japanese maple variety found by maple enthusiast, Mr.Masayoshi, in Japan in 1993. It was introduced and licensed in Europe by Maillot Nurseries in France in 2004. It is valued predominantly for its stunning colour in autumn and winter when the stronger branches and stems gain golden yellow or apricot orange shades, and thinner twigs turn salmon pink. Leaves are palmate, 5-lobed, deciduous, emerge medium green and remain fresh green all summer until autumn when they turn yellow, orange, and salmon p ...entire article
Comtesse de Bouchaud is a historical clematis variety from France, bred and introduced in 1900. Yet today it is one of the most sought-after reliable clematis varieties with pink flowers. They are 11-15 cm across, soft pink, and open all summer long from June until September. Healthy leaves are medium green. It thrives in full sun and grows and blooms in partial shade, too. It was awarded AGM (Award of Garden Merit) by RHS. It belongs to Group 3 clematis, flowering on new growths. Cut back all the previous year's s ...entire article
18.02.2018New in catalogue
old man's beard (Clematis "'TAE'")
Tae is a Japanese clematis raised by Ren Tanaka in 2009. It features extra large, 15-20 cm across flowers composed of 8, narrowly lanceolate, pointed tepals combining rich pink and white colours. They appear in profusion from the first decade of May and continue for 4-6 weeks. After a short summer break they re-bloom from early August until September, making somewhat smaller, deeper pink flowers. Leaves are rich green and emerge with wine red hues. Tae prefers full sun. It belongs to Group 2 clematis. Its flowers a ...entire article
Gipsy Queen is a vigorous clematis variety from England, bred and introduced already in 1877 by T.Cripps. It makes a profusion of deep violet flowers with 6 petals from mid to late July until September. Gipsy Queen will be happy in ful sun and partial shade. It was awarded AGM (Award of Garden Merit) by RHS in 1993. It belongs to Group 3 clematis, flowering on new growths. Cut back all the previous year's stems to a pair of strong buds, 15-20 cm above soil level, before growth begins in early spring. Clematis li ...entire article
Innocent Glance is something you experience before you fall in love. And looking at this clematis variety one does not need to look twice to fall head over feet. Its large, 14-15 cm wide flowers are pinkish white, semi- or fully double in late spring, and single and richer pink when it blooms for the second time in late summer. The plant prefers full sun but avoid overheating - keep its roots cool by adequate moisture and provide some shade above them i.e. grow a plant there. It was bread in Poland by Szczepan Marczyń ...entire article
18.02.2018New in catalogue
old man's beard (Clematis "'HANIA'")
Hania is Polish clematis variety bread by Szczepan Marczyński and introduced in 2001. It produces bi-coloured, single flowers in late spring and again in late summer. They are deep velvety purple red as they emerge, and their margins become paler as the flowers mature. It prefers cooler locations, sheltered from the hottest summer sun, therefore partial shade will be ideal. It belongs to Group 2 clematis: in early spring remove dead and damaged stems before growth begins, trimming all remaining stems to where stron ...entire article
Color Guard is another variegated Adam’s needle. It is a tough and beautiful variety. Its sword-like are medium soft, definitely not sharp as those of yucca gloriosa, deep green at margins and butter yellow to rich yellow in the centre. Between these two colour appear soft green highlights. From autumn till spring yellow colour on older leaves is substituted with orange and salmon red. In second half of June it produces numerous creamy-white, bell-shaped flowers on sturdy stems, up to 160 cm tall. When in ...entire article
Wichita Blue juniper grows slowly into a compact, upright, conical, and very bushy habit, reaching about 2-3m tall in gardens and possibly twice or three times as much in open areas. It produces small, pea-like fruit of silvery blue-grey colour. Junipers will grow in almost any reasonably drained soil of any pH. Once established it needs no maintenance or watering. In fact it can take long periods of droughts and strong winds. Pruning, if necessary, can be made in early spring or late summer. Fully hardy to about - ...entire article
Deciduous leaves of the Chinese species have three narrow lobes out of which the central one is prominently long. Margins are entire and smooth so the leaf looks like 3 fingers. Unlike Tesi Ubaldo variety. This mulberry is very different. Its leaves are also 3-lobed but the margins are more or less incised with inward, rounded, and very decorative lobes. They are fresh green, quite glossy, and in autumn turn shining yellow in a shade similar to maidenhair autumn foliage. The tree grows slowly unless it is pollarded or annually cut back in the same ...entire article
INSTANT KARMA is a unique variety of European elder, found as a natural mutation in England in 2013. It produces variegated leaves with thin, soft yellow margins when young, maturing to almost white in summer. In late spring appear flattened panicles of white flowers which are followed by edible berries in late summer if pollinated by another elder. INSTANT KARMA exhibits medium vigour and makes a shrub about 2.5 tall and wide. Patented as PP28314 in 2015. Elder tolerates wide ranges of soil except waterlogged, and ...entire article
GOLDEN TOWER is a slender growing variety of European elder, a sister variety of BLACK TOWER, but this time with golden foliage. Its deciduous leaves emerge bright lime green and reach a vivid yellow green or almost golden yellow shade in full sun. They are deeply incised and perfectly soften the stiff, columnar habit of the shrub. In late spring appear flattened panicles of white flowers which are followed by edible berries in late summer. Elder tolerates w ...entire article
Thundercloud is another dark-leaved variety of European elder. It is a sport of Guincho Purple from 1997 producing attractive purple red, almost purple black, deciduous leaves, and numerous flowers on young plants. They are formed in flattened panicles, open from rich purple pink buds to soft cotton-candy pink, fragrant flowers from late May for 3-4 weeks. They are followed by edible berries in late summer. Elder tolerates wide ranges of soil and will be happy of almost any location. Thundercloud is a vigorous grow ...entire article
Buchlovice is a dwarf rhododendron producing handsome foliage that bears strong resemblance to its parent r.minus. Its evergreen leaves are short, elliptic, mid green, and glossy. Flowers are 3-4 cm across, lilac pink to pale violet, and appear in profusion already from early May for 2-3 weeks. It slowly forms mounding shrubs which form tiered, horizontal branches in maturity. As a sun-tolerant species it can be placed in a large rockery or a border with other sun-loving ericaceous plants like heather and deciduou ...entire article
Salicifolia is a Japanese laurel variety from the longifolia group. It has very attractive, evergreen, partially drooping, narrowly lance-shaped leaves that are highly glossy and almost lack typical serration at margins. They look quite exotic and densely cover the plant. In mid spring numerous, small, purple red flowers appear and, if pollinated by a male plant, are followed by vivid red, glossy, somewhat oval fruit in autumn. It grows slowly, forming a well-behaved, dense shrub about 1.5 m tall and a little w ...entire article
Son of Thumb fuchsia is a successor of Tom Thumb. Also garden hardy, also compact, and free flowering. It makes a mounding shrub with short, upright branches, yet perfectly covering the ground. Flowers are small, cerise pink with lilac to pale violet corolla. They are pendent and not fully opened like snowdrops. Grow hardy fuchsias in full sun or partial shade. They need moisture from spring until they become dormant so water them freely. Mulching is reco ...entire article
06.02.2018New in catalogue
hardy fuchsia (Fuchsia "'SATURNUS'")
Saturnus is a hardy fuchsia variety from the Netherlands bred by Johan De Groot as a cross between f.regia var.typica and Frau Henriëtte Ernst. It produces masses of attractive flowers which open from distinctly oval, rich fuchsia pink buds. Their sepals are elongated, conspicuous, and the corolla is partly open, light lilac pink to deeper lilac violet or lavender blue. It forms a small shrub with partly upright and partly arching twigs with flowers from late June until October. A great companion for small, spring bl ...entire article
06.02.2018New in catalogue
hardy fuchsia (Fuchsia "'HEIDI ANN'")
Heidi Ann is a hardy fuchsia variety bred by English breeder E. Smith in 1969 as a cross between Tennessee Waltz and General Walk varieties. It produces medium large, eye-catching flowers with striking fuchsia pink tube and sepals and rich violet to purple blue, wide open corolla. Heidi Ann is compact but not too dwarf – it forms and upright and lightly outwardly spreading habit. Flowering begins in late June and peaks in late summer, usually in late August and early September when the plant is literally covered ...entire article
05.02.2018New in catalogue
Spanish fir (Abies pinsapo)
Spanish fir is one of the most beautiful and elegant conifers next to cedars. It comes from south of Spain and Morocco, home of its close relative Algerian fir. It is valued for its symmetrical, conical habit and numerous dense foliage (needles). It is also called hedgehog fir as the needles are short and stiff, regularly composed around its branches. Spanish fir make only some 1.5 cm short needles which do not tend to fall off quickly unlike most other European conifers. A tree keeps its needle ...entire article
05.02.2018New in catalogue
Alegrian fir (Abies numidica)
Algerian fir is a beautiful conifer from North Africa (Algiers, Morocco) and is widely cultivated in South Europe (the Mediterranean). It is very tolerant to drought, heat, and poor soil but very sensitive to pollution and long-lasting frost under -23°C. The needles are short and stiff, and densely cover the branches. Their colour is deep green with silvery stripes at margins. Its natural habit is narrowly conical with tiered, almost horizontal branches which droop slightly with age and weight. It grows very slowly and its common garden size is 6 to 8 mete ...entire article
Holm oak is a natural species, not a hybrid in spite of two specific names in its Latin title. Oleifolia is one of its few selections made in order to describe distinctly different seedlings. Its evergreen, leathery leaves strongly resemble olive tree leaves - they are 3-6 cm long, elongated, spineless, and slightly undulated. They emerge soft green and mature to very dark green and glossy on the upper side, and delicately hairy and almost silver on the reverse. Older trees produce small, elongated, dark brown, glossy ...entire article
03.02.2018New in catalogue
leopard plant (Ligularia "'PANDORA'®")
Ligularia is probably too beautiful to worry about its common name. There are so many of them such as leopard plant, golden groundsel, ray flower, even tractor seat, and still mostly everybody call it ligularia. Pandora® is a smashing novelty from 2016, introduced by Dutch company CNB in 2007. Pandora® is the most compact leopard plant known to trade so far. It is the darkest of three newly bred varieties producing dark wine red, ...entire article
02.02.2018New in catalogue
buddleja (Buddleja "'LOCHINCH'")
Lochinch is a hybrid butterfly bush which originated as a natural mutation in the gardens of the Lochinch Castle in Scotland around 1940. It is possibly a hybrid between the most utilized b.davidii and its Chinese relative, more tender sister b.fallowiana. Lochinch buddleja produces about 25 cm long, very fragrant inflorescences composed of lilac pink to pale lavender violet flowers decorated with striking, deep orange throats. They are a magnet for bees and butterflies as ...entire article
Atropurpurea Nana is a red-leaved, dwarf variety of well-known barberry. Its deciduous leaves obovate to elliptic, emerge rich red, and if grown in full sun they turn deep burgundy red in summer and bright carmine red in autumn. New shoots are always red. Bottom leaves without much sunlight remain light green from spring till autumn. The plants form low, spreading shrubs with prostrate branches. Barberries are renowned for their durability. Especially now, at times of fast climate changes and frequent whims of wea ...entire article
Novita is a new sensation among cherry laurels. Eventually there is a hardy variety which has benefits of the formerly more tender ones: it grows fast and big, has large leaves of a nice colour, and is surprisingly hardy for a large-leaved cherry laurel. It is a selection of Rotundifolia variety hence the resemblance. Evergreen leaves are 10-15 cm long, obovate, very glossy, soft green when young turning to deep green. It is a perfect specimen or a superb ...entire article
Renault Ace® is a recent introduction among cherry laurels. Its rich green foliage looks similar to Otto Luyken variety i.e. narrow, very glossy leaves with a conspicuous tip, but about twice as large and not so dark green. It has upright, dense habit without pruning which makes it ideal not only for hedges but also for grafting as small evergreen tree. Cherry laurels have compound inflorescence made out with small, white, fragrant flowers that appear in April and May, followed by very ornamental but poisonous ...entire article
Pinball Wizard is a hybrid variety of ornamental onion, a cross between a.macleanii and a.cristophii. It produces extremely large globes of star-shaped, violet flowers from late May until late June. The inflorescence is up to 20 cm across, and strong stems reach only about 50-60 cm. Strap-shaped, basal leaves are light to pale green, and die back soon after the peak flowering phase. You can remove them or let them wilt and compost in situ if their unsightly state is not irritating. Large flowered ornamental onion ...entire article
25.01.2018New in catalogue
ornamental onion (Allium giganteum)
Giant onion is an aptly named ornamental onion from Central Asia. Possibly the tallest of all onions it makes almost 1.5 m tall stems with 12-14 cm wide, globular inflorescence, composed of numerous small, rich purple violet flowers. They open as early as in late May the strap-shaped, pale green, basal leaves begin to die back. You can remove them just after flowering, or let them wilt and compost in situ if their unsightly state is not irritating. Large flowered ornamental onions need very well-drained soil or sand-base ...entire article
Ornamental onions, too, have their white sheep in the herd. This beauty is called Mount Everest and is a large flowered variety of Persian onion from Central Asia. It makes 12-14 cm across flower heads composed of numerous star-shaped, pure white flowers with beige stamens in June for about 3 weeks. They appear atop strong and sturdy stems that usually grow about 70-80 cm tall, exceptionally in very fertile soil almost one meter. Strap-shaped, basal leaves are light to pale green, an ...entire article
25.01.2018New in catalogue
ornamental onion (Allium "'GLADIATOR'")
Gladiator is a hybrid variety of large flowered ornamental onion. It makes up to 15 cm across flowers heads composed of numerous star-shaped, rich violet flowers from early June until early July. They appear atop strong and sturdy stems that grow about 90 cm tall. Strap-shaped, basal leaves are light to pale green, and die back soon after the peak flowering phase. You can remove them or let them wilt and compost in situ if their unsightly state is not irritating. Large flowered ornamental onions need very well-dra ...entire article
Ambassador is a hybrid variety of large flowered ornamental onion. It makes up to 15 cm across flowers heads composed of numerous small, sterile, striking rich purple violet flowers from end May until early July. The inflorescences are very dense and similar to a.giganteum species, only flowering a little later. They appear atop strong and sturdy stems that grow as tall as 1.2m which makes Ambassador one of the tallest ornamental onion. Strap-shaped, basal leaves are light to pale green and die back soon after the pea ...entire article
Blue Dwarf is a small and compact variety of Japanese larch. It is a low growing shrub with soft, deciduous needles that emerge fresh green changing to blue green, and turning yellow in autumn. Its almost horizontal branches make it a welcome addition to a Japanese style garden. This little beauty looks great as a shrub or grafted on a short stem. It can find its spot in any garden or front yards of the smallest size. It will look great mulched with standard brown mulch as well as pebbles or decorative gravel of g ...entire article
SCARLET FIRE® is a proper Japanese dogwood, not a hybrid, so a plant which flowers later than American dogwoods, on already leafed-out trees (shrubs). The flowers are in fact bracts. There are 4, rich magenta pink, oval, sharply pointed bracts, composed around a small flower head, about 13 cm across. It is very floriferous once it reaches good flowering age. It blooms from late May until June. Pointed leaves are deciduous, ovate, drooping like pear tree leaves, dark green with burgundy hues when young, and mak ...entire article
Diamant Purpur is a compact evergreen azalea, a cross between Multiflorum azalea and a rare rhododendron species r.kiusianum var. kiusianum. The flowers are medium to small, pastel purple pink and come out from mid May until early June. The leaves are deep green, small, ovate, very glossy, and reliably evergreen. Diamant azaleas form a neat cushion when young, and make almost tiered horizontal layers with age. You can use them for bonsai making. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not ...entire article
Rosalba is a little mysterious variety of evergreen azalea because no one knows where it came from, who bred it, nor when it was first seen or introduced. Never mind. The only thing that matters is that it is beautiful. It produces small but lovely, hose-in-hose, semi-double, white flowers flushed pale salmon pink. Reliably evergreen leaves are small, ovate to elliptic, and glossy. Rosalba forms a dense, upright shrub at moderate growth rate. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not us ...entire article
Amur maple is a subspecies of a less cultivated species called Tatar maple. This one comes from NE Asia, precisely Mongolia, Korea, Japan, and mainly the Amur River valley between Russia and China. It can be variable in habit but usually forms a vase-shaped, multi-stemmed shrub or small tree with dome-shaped canopy. Deciduous leaves are three-lobed, prominently and irregularly serrated at margins, mid green in summer turning a fantastic palette of colours in autumn hence its other Czech name: fire maple. The shades include deep golden orange, scarlet r ...entire article
Evi's Pride (also spelled Evey's Pride) is a purple-leaved form of silk tree which boasts with better hardiness and richer flowering as opposed to Summer Chocolate®. Its flowers are rich pink, hairy spheres with nearly white centres, 3-5 cm large and with a sweet fragrance. Fern-like, compound leaves emerge soft green with coppery tones, and mature dark burgundy purple. They close for the night and re-open in the morning, just like mimosa when touched. They ...entire article
Imagine passing by a green bush with pretty leaves but before you even take a glance at it you are struck by a cloud of highly sweet and pleasant fragrance coming from flowers that are only about 6-8 cm across. As if moonstruck your nose is dragged closer to the plant to look for the perfume source. Sticking your nose inside the flower is the last thing you remember for a few dozens of seconds. Got a picture? This fragrant beauty is called MOONGLOW and is a variety of sweet bay magnolia, patented as ...entire article
Multiflora (or Multiflorum) is a small and compact Japanese azalea with rich purple red, double flowers. They are small to medium-sized, hose-in-hose, and open in profusion from mid May. Leaves are evergreen, small, obovate, evergreen, and glossy. he shrub is low and dense. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growth rate. The size of new branches would get out hand and spoil the shape you are going to achieve. The ...entire article
Maischnee® is another Japanese azalea bred by German rhodo/azalea guru Hans Hachmann. It produces extra large, usually 7 cm across, pure white, open wide flowers late in the azalea season - commonly from late May until mid June. Profusion of flowers covers the shrub completely. The plant grows low and wide, forming dense cushions. Evergreen leaves are glossy, mid to dark green, ovate, only about 2-3 cm long. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growt ...entire article
Burgundy Flush is an American selection of Chinese sweetgum which is unique sweetgum species. It makes 3-lobed, quite large – almost 20 cm across, deciduous leaves. They emerge burgundy red in spring and mature to olive green in summer, yet the leaves at the ends of the branches remain flushed red throughout the season if planted in full sun. In autumn green leaves turn amber orange and red leaves show more prominent red shades. It grows moderately fast, about 30-40 cm per year, forming a rather symmetrical pyra ...entire article
Weaver's Weeping is one of very few, only about 3 commercially successful Japanese dogwoods of weeping habit. It forms a picturesque canopy of arching or cascading branches decorated with a profusion of pure white flowers. Botanically correct the showy parts of the inflorescence are coloured bracts, surrounding a small head composed of tiny flowers. Those are followed by 2-2.5 cm across, spherical, pink, edible fruit in late summer. As tasty it is for humans, the same attractive it is for birds, too, so harvest them b ...entire article
Golden Globe is a dwarf Norway maple i.e. one of those with large leaves as opposed to Japanese maples with small and dissected foliage. One of the big advantage of Norway maple is its resistance against majority of common tree diseases and pests. And it will grow almost anywhere. Golden Globe variety produces striking colours of newly emerging leaves. They are bronze red to salmon orange-pink first, changing to golden yellow and yellow green in mid spring, and fresh green in summer. In autumn they turn yellow agai ...entire article
Honeyberry is an edible version of honeysuckle with fruit of similar taste and appearance of blueberry. The fruit is sweet or sweet-and-sour, 25-35 mm long, oval, deep blue. The fruit ripens very early, often already in May, about two weeks before the first strawberries. Trávníček is a Czech selection with large and sweet fruit. Honeyberry is easy to grow. It does not require any special soil unlike blueberries. All they need is full sun and plenty of water and fertilizer. Foll ...entire article
Sterntaler mountain laurel is a successful result of a controlled breeding programme hybridizing two older varieties: Ginkona and Mitternacht. By the way a year later the same programme brought another nice variety Bandeau. The star-shaped flowers are the same large size as on Ginkona, decorated with a dark maroon red, or almost burgundy bla ...entire article
Panicle hydrangea BOBO® is unique for its small and compact growth and incredible amount of flowers. This variety produces numerous panicles, 25-30 cm tall and about 15 cm wide, composed of sterile flowers that emerge creamy white with lime green shades in midsummer, and mature to pale pastel pink in late summer and autumn. They are borne atop strong crimson brown stems which do not bend even after a heavy rain. Deciduous leaves are ovate, pointed, fresh green. BOBO® grows medium fast into a rounded, symmet ...entire article
Ever since we saw the very first flowers of this weigela variety it was clear that the world is about to witness a sensation. And there is more to it: this success came from our country – the Czech Republic so a dose of national pride is attached. PINK POPPET is the name of weigela which was bred as a cross between varieties Venusta and Eva Rathke in 1991. Vojtěch Benetka and Jaroslava Dvořáková are behind this invention which was applied for a US patent in 2001. PINK POPPE ...entire article
MAGICAL VOLCANO is a new photinia bred by Peter R.Kolster from the Netherlands in 2009. It is a cross between popular Fraser’s hedging photinia and Chinese photinia serratifolia. It is renowned for extremely serrated leaf margins, compact growth, and longer lasting colour of new shoots. It was patented under PP25024P2 in 2014. MAGICAL VOLCANO photinia has ovate, 7-10 c ...entire article
Are you a magnolia lover who thinks he has seen them all? Well, have another look at this almost blue magnolia. Of course it is slightly exaggerated, there are just blue hues in the bud, yet they are stunning. Blue Opal magnolia is a selection from magnolia acuminata (so-called cucumber magnolia) which is capable of green and yellow flower colours. Blue Opal has added blue to the family which looks rather impressive though only on the outer petals. Just one note about the images ...entire article
Omoshiro is a stunning large-flowered Japanese variety of clematis. It produces 16 cm wide flowers whose petals are almost white with a thin, rich purple pink margins along slightly wavy margins. Reverse is pink. They look like early magnolia flowers. Omoshiro clematis blooms in late spring and early summer and in late summer again. Leaves are rich green. It belongs to Group 2 clematis. Its flowers appear first in late spring and early summer on last year’s sideshoots, and in mid- and late summer at the tips ...entire article
Venus is one of the fascinating inventions which followed Richard Hartlage’s breakthrough with hybridizing sweetshrub species in early 1990’s. This variety was bred by Dr. Thomas Ranney of the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station in Fletcher, NC, USA, and patented in 2005 under PP15925. Flowers of Venus sweetshrub are extremely large: 7-11 cm across and resemble those of star magnolias. Unlike the common red sweetshrub, larger tepals of Venus are white and smaller ones are light yellow and win ...entire article
Ima-Shojo is a Japanese azalea whose alternative name is ‚Christmas Cheer‘. Wonder why if the Japanese original says ‘virgin’ … Anyway. This variety has rich purple red flowers from early May for about 2-3 weeks. Not growing too fast, it forms a small shrub with evergreen leaves that are elliptic to oval, partly glossy, mid green and turn bronze in autumn and winter. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fe ...entire article
Whitebeam is a European native from warmer regions of our country. It is a long-lived tree, able to cope with air-pollution and heavy clay soil which most other trees may find difficult to adapt to, which is why it has become common in public landscaping. Magnifica is an attractive whitebeam variety from Germany originated already in 1917. It has large (12-15 cm long), highly glossy, deeply veined, deciduous leaves which emerge silvery grey and mature to dark green retaining silv ...entire article
You must remember how thrilled the hydrangea world was when Limelight® was introduced. Well, a few years later it seems it has a little sister. And ‘little’ is the most correct word since this new achievement is called LITTLE LIME® for a reason. This panicle hydrangea is a dwarf selection of Limelight bearing equal profusion of flowers of the same colour as Limelight, it is just smaller and quite compact. LITTLE LIME® is a trade name f ...entire article
Ruby Falls is undoubtedly a stunning little tree that will grab your attention thanks to its dark burgundy red, typically heart-shaped, large leaves and a weeping habit. Its crown is quite compact and the branches may soon touch the ground unless pruned on regular basis. In early spring small, purple-pink to lavender-pink flowers are borne on bare wood on tiny stalks. Leaf stalks and branches are deep maroon or almost red, too. Leaves may turn dark green if not exposed to full sun. In autumn they make another show with glowing golden yellow and fiery s ...entire article
Kelly’s Gold is a fantastic box elder variety with striking yellow foliage that does not burn in full sun. It was introduced by Duncan & Davies Nursery in New Zealand in 1989 and quickly became one of the top 5 trees with yellow leaves. Kelly’s Gold leaves are pinnate, composed of 5-7 leaflets, deciduous, rich yellow from spring to autumn with some pink shades in spring and red stalks. In autumn they fall down without any significant colour change. It grows a li ...entire article
Epaulette tree comes from China and Japan. There are two very similar species and even though they are both called the same common name, this one often gets the epithet v. It is a mid-sized, often multi-stemmed tree or spreading shrub, about one third smaller than p.hispida. Its main attraction are the pendent panicles of creamy white flowers in early summer. They do look like racemes but they are compound of secondary branches that bear individual flowers hence its botanical correct classificati ...entire article
Sonoma dove tree is a sensation that has been a subject of excited debates and positive comments on horticultural forums for some time now. It is a variety that arose from grafts taken from Sonoma Heritage Tree No.20 at Sonoma Horticultural Nursery. This tree was about 60 years old at the turn of the millennium and produces plants that bloom at very young age. Many enthusiasts on their internet blogs show pictures of their young plants that bloom 2 or 3 years after grafting! That is truly a fantastic achievement which ...entire article
F.C.F. is, so far, a non-registered variety of Japanese azalea from Italy. This small shrub produces abundance of semi-double flowers already in mid May. They are rich pink and completely cover the plant. The evergreen leaves are elliptic to oval, partly glossy, mid green and turn bronze in autumn and winter. F.C.F. azalea grows medium fast into a compact, rounded shrub. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growth rate. The size of new branches would get o ...entire article
Aztec Pearl Mexican orange is an attractive hybrid between choisya ternata and choisya arizonica. It was bred by Peter Moore and introduced in 1989, when Hiller Nurseries celebrated their 125th anniversary. The variety name perfectly describes this evergreen plant from the moment it begins to show flower buds. They are light pink and open into simple, star-shaped, pure white, and very fragrant flowers with yellow stamens in the centre. Their perfume is very similar to orange flowers hence its name Me ...entire article
Witch hazels are unique shrubs that offer profuse flowering at times when everything else in the garden looks dull and far from cheerful. Pallida is a tried and proved variety that has been popular for decades and loved for its rich yellow, fringe-like, sweetly scented flowers. They like cold weather and start flowering in late winter and continue until the first very hot days of spring. Deciduous leaves are mid green, similar to hazel, but larger and turn yellow in autumn. Witch hazel is a beautiful shrub or a sm ...entire article
Pyramidale is a silver maple variety with attractive, deeply cut foliage with prominent red veins. The leaves are deciduous, rich green in summer, turning yellow, golden and orange-red in autumn. The tree forms a widely columnar canopy and is fast growing. Its branches may have a tendency to break, though. Silver maple is popular for its durability. It can live almost anywhere and is tolerant of most soil types including wet, heavy clay, and very acid soil. It can be pruned from late autumn until late winter to pre ...entire article
Hibernica is an old juniper variety first introduced in 1838, and still in popular demand, especially for its habit and reliability. Hibernica juniper is an evergreen, columnar shrub of dense habit. It has short, prickly, rich green needles with bluish hues. The branches grow strictly upwards and do not bend under a heavy snowfall. Plants younger than 10 years are usually slimmer than 50 cm and mature plants can be upto 1.5 m wide and 5m ...entire article
Wisselii is a gorgeous variety of Lawson cypress. It was found by a Dutch grower F. van der Wissel in 1888. It is an evergreen conifer of strictly upright, columnar growth and picturesque habit. Its branches are covered with scale-like, emerald green needles. Wisselii cypress grows rather slowly, and can be only 1 meter tall at the age of 5 years. In maturity, which is anything over 50 years, it can reach as tall as 6 meters, and not more ...entire article
It is always so nice to learn about a new plant that represents a smaller version of a large species just because many of us want to enjoy its features without having to fear that it will take up the whole of our garden. GREEN PILLAR® is one of them. It is a narrowly columnar variety of pin oak which keeps itself very slim – about 1m wide in about 10 years. Why would you go for this oak rather than the fastigiated form of English oak? The main diff ...entire article
Hikul is a very attractive variety of sea buckthorn. It is a slow growing, deciduous shrub of very compact and dense habit. It has short, narrowly lanceolate, deciduous leaves that are mid green from spring till autumn, and silver when they emerge. There is no significant colour change in autumn but it keeps its foliage longer than the species. It makes upright branches that naturally form a rounded shrub of a neat shape without pruning. It is a male variety which does not produce fruit but pollinates female plants. ...entire article
Saskatoon is a native Canadian species of juneberry. It is cultivated for very tasty and juicy fruit which are deep purple to blue-purple berries similar to blueberries. They are formed in short clusters and best picked when fully ripe = when it turns the deepest colour. It can be used in any way you would use other berries, including wine. Unless eaten fresh they retain its vitamins by careful drying. They are borne from simple, pure white, star-shaped flowers that open in April. The harvesting period is quite long in a goo ...entire article
Athene is a large-flowered magnolia hybrid, a cross between magnolia „Mark Jury“ and magnolia x soulangeana „Lennei Alba“. The flowers have almost white petals with deep red or purple red shades at the bottom. They are very fragrant and reach 25-30 cm across when fully opened. It is an early variety which is easily detectable by the large flower buds which overwinter on the plants from the previous season. Their enormous size is an added value especially in winter when the trees a ...entire article
Fragrant snowbell is a large bush or a small tree which, in spite of its name, does not bear highly fragrant flowers. It is closely related to Japanese snowbell and comes from the same regions of Asia: Korea, China, and Japan. Compared with the latter, it has bigger, almost rounded leaves with a pointed tip. They are deciduous, rich green in summer and yellow in autumn. Fully leaved tree resembles eastern redbud (cercis canadensis). It produces high quantity of snow-white, bell shaped flowers, co ...entire article
Snakebark maple is a distinctive maple species that was discovered in China by Jean Pierre Armand David in 1869. Being quite easy to grow and non-problematic to transplant one wonders why it remains in the group of plants difficult to locate both in garden centres as well as private gardens. It is cultivated mainly for its picturesque bark which is painted with green and creamy white vertical stripes. Since seedlings of snakebark maple are quite variable modern nurseries select plants with stable features such as enhanced leaf size and more interesting sh ...entire article
Vulcan is an awesome magnolia hybrid raised in New Zealand by Felix Jury in 1990. Yet before it got its attention by gardening public it was used for further hybridizing and became a parent for excellent varieties such as Ian’s Red, Advance, Amethyst Flame, and nonetheless a variety bred by his son Mark and named after his late father Felix. Vulcan ...entire article
Quince is an old-fashioned fruit species that is re-gaining well-deserved attention again. There are new varieties which are very tasty as well as good looking. Vranja bears large fruit that is typically pear-shaped, rich yellow when ripe and highly aromatic. Flowers are also large, pinkish white. All quince varieties are cultivated for the strongly aromatic fruit which is picked in late autumn, usually in October in temperate regions of Europe. In countries with hot and long summers it is left on the tree until i ...entire article
Red Sunset belongs to the top favourite scarlet maples. It makes eye-catching display of autumn colour. Its deciduous leaves are three-lobed, mid-sized, rich green in summer and bright scarlet red in autumn. It grows fast, forming a widely oval, upright canopy. The crown is dense and needs no training to look good. Scarlet maple will grow in almost any soil, it also withstands wet feet. However, if you are looking for a strong and healthy tree with superb autumn colours grow it in acid soil (add peat) that is even ...entire article
Daybreak magnolia has a unique shade of pink. The flower buds are slim and tall, rich pink but not garish. They show small, flame-like triangles of green colour at the bottom of their calyxes. The buds take quite some time looking precious for many days before they open wide into fascinating, soft pink colour that is only disturbed by almost white shade of the triangles that were green on the outside. The centre shows a profusion of purple red stamens and yellow pistil. Perfume is the inherent feature of Daybreak magnolia...entire article
Avondale is a Chinese redbud that comes from New Zealand and is said to be the most profusely flowering redbud ever. From the first hot days of spring small, deep pink, pea-like flowers appear on bare wood, opening from buds that overwintered from the previous season. Flowering lasts for as long as 3-4 weeks, weather conditions pending, and before they fade out new leaves begin to emerge. They are yellowish-green with some coppery hues when young, maturing to mid green, and turning yellow and golden in autumn. They ar ...entire article
Snow Queen is an oak-leaved hydrangea from Princeton in New Jersey, USA. It was bred and introduced by nurseryman William Flemmer III in 1979. It was distinct from the species by its large flowers of pure white colour and somewhat more upright habit. It was patented under PP4,458 and may not be reproduced without license. Snow Queen oak-leaved hydrangea produces very large 20-25 cm long and 10-12 cm wide panicles, composed of 50-60 indivi ...entire article
ALTA® is a gorgeous southern magnolia of dense habit and narrowly columnar, very elegant shape that looks like a candle flame. From the first hot days of summer large – 20-24 cm across, creamy white, strongly sweet-scented flowers are produced singly and continuously for 2 months or a little longer depending on plant’s age. Evergreen leaves are narrower than on the species, deep green, extremely glossy, covered with rich rusty brown indumentum beneath. Pruning is not necessary to keep its compact ...entire article
Girard’s Rose is another Girard azalea variety that originated in Girard Nurseries in Ohio, USA. Flowers of this one are bright rosy pink and open up in May. The evergreen foliage is mid green, turning deep burgundy red in autumn and winter, changing back to green with warm days of spring. Girard azaleas are quite hardy and keep their leaves in winter down to zone 6. Girard’s Rose grows slowly, making a compact shrub with tiered branches. In constantly moist ...entire article
Growers and fans of lily-of-the-valley shrubs probably know Little Heath variety, but few of them know that there was a selection made some time ago with only green foliage. In my view it is much more elegant since there is no variegation to disturb its beautiful green colour. Little Heath Green pieris is a very slow grower with small, widely elliptic, evergreen leaves that emerge coppery red and orange. It grows slowly, forming an irregular mound with ere ...entire article
Favorite azalea is probably so favourite that it the American Azalea Society list of varieties it is entered 6 times, each time in a different group. And try google it. Poor chap will not find a single entry matching all words correctly. So let’s make this right. Favorite is a Japanese azalea with soft, salmon pink, medium-sized flowers that come out in mid May and last for 2-3 weeks. The are borne at tips of predominantly upright branches which can be ideal if you wi ...entire article
Brewer spruce is an evergreen conifer native to the Siskiyou Mountains of southwestern Oregon and northern California where it is a rare plant owing to its sparse occurrence. It has a beautiful shape. The stem and inner branches are firm and upright whereas new branches are soft and pendulous which gives this tree almost a Himalayan cedar appearance. The needles are 2-3 cm long, thin, blue-green. New twigs are reddish-brown. The cones hang down and are 6-15 cm long. This spruce grows slowly: a 5m tall plant must be about 30 years old. In Central-European c ...entire article
Shoka (sometimes also misspelled as Sogha) is a hybrid Satsuki azaleawith large flowers. They are predominantly white with bright purple pink blotch, or they can come out lilac-pink with the same blotch, or they can be either colour with a stripe of the other colour. Quite picky this azalea, isn’t it? As if it did not know what to wear for each season. Blooming time is later than Japanese azaleas: end May till end June, and in Czech climate I often make photos of its flowers yet in early July. It is slow and den ...entire article
Common alder is a European native plant. There are varieties, however, that are very uncommon and I am not afraid to say exquisite. Such as this variety: Imperialis. Imperialis alder bears mid-green, deciduous, very deeply cut, 4-8 cm long, narrow leaves that look like tiny witches’ brooms. But I suppose they do not fly. It grows slowly into a large shrub or mid-sized tree which, thanks to horizontal layers of branches, resembles Himalayan cedar from a distance, and i ...entire article
This (large) witch alder is a special plant that originates in the USA. It is popular among collectors as well as garden designers who want to incorporate a nice and interesting shrub that is almost maintenance-free into their projects for beautiful gardens. Witch alder produces abundance of brush-like, fragrant, white flowers in terminal spikes at the ends of erect branches from about mid April. They flower for a long time, before the leaves unfold. Deciduous leaves are rounded to obovate, mid to dark green and somewhat leathery, with shallowly serrated m ...entire article
Scarlet crabapple is a fantastic addition to the collection of spring flowering apples and cherries. This one, however, has more than one feature to look at (just like Scarlett Johansson who may have been a reason for giving this tree its name …) Scarlet is a flowering crabapple tree with profusion of bright purple-pink flowers in mid spring. The deciduous leaves are borne during blooming. First leaves are typically ovate but from the end of spring the tree starts producing larger leaves with 3 lobes at the end of branches. They are glossy and deep burgundy red as they e ...entire article
Blue Danube is a German variety of Japanese azalea. It is a slow and dense growing plant with profusion of large, 3-4 cm across, widely open, purple-violet flowers with a darker blotch just like rhododendrons have. Leaves are small, almost flat, elliptic to oval, deep green and partly hairy. They are reliably evergreen. This azalea flowers in May for 2-3 weeks. It makes a low and compact bush about 50 cm tall and 70-90 cm wide in 10 years. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growth rate. The size of new branc ...entire article
Fastigiata is a unique version of Scots pine. It makes a very slender, columnar shape and bears long and stiff, bright blue-green needles with a silvery-blue overlay. Naturally grown plants form a medium tall pillar while plants that are clipped every spring remain small and compact. Scots pines love insolated locations. Before fully established they like equal moisture but later than take long periods of drought probably best of all pines. The soil has to be well-drained, preferably acidic and moderately fertile. It hates over salting so avoid planting next to busy roads whe ...entire article
Sekkan Sugi is a gorgeous evergreen conifer not only for Japanese gardens. It forms a fat, cone-shaped shrub or small tree with bright, sulphur-yellow or creamy-yellow new growths. They remain yellow throughout the year until next spring when they turn deep green and are replaced by new foliage that is again bright yellow. This contrast as well as an elegant statue make this Japanese cedar an eye-catching feature of any garden. The reports on growth rate are quite contradictory so we shall use logic to work out how to look after it. If your Sekkan Sugi grows fast it wil ...entire article
Mariesii is an architectural shrub with 100% horizontal, tiered branches and profusion of flowers in late spring. They are pure white, composed in umbrella-shaped terminal panicles, most of them are sterile = producing no or very few fruit. Deciduous leaves are mid green, broadly elliptic, furrowed, and serrated at margins. It grows slowly or medium fast in the same way as cornus controversa. First the plant makes vertical stems which in the next years develop lateral, horizontal layers of branches from side buds along ...entire article
VARIETIES: Oregon Thornless is a fantastic blackberry variety from the leading US blackberry producer: Oregon. It offers high yields of tasty fruit and does not irritate us with thorns. On top of that it has evergreen, deeply cut leaves so the plant looks beautiful even before it sets fruit. The berries are almost black, sweet and juicy, and mature from mid August. You can use them just like traditional forest blackberries – best eaten fresh but also freeze well. Thornless Evergreen is very ...entire article
Following market’s thirst (or even hunger) for magnolias of the deepest and vibrant colour shades we are introducing a spectacular variety from New Zealand, again, this time bred by one of the most respectable magnolia breeders Ian Baldick. Its name is Ian’s Red and come from crossing magnolia Pickard’s Ruby and magnolia Vulcan. Its flowers are vibrant purple-red, not fading to light shades even in wet weather. They have the aristocratic cup-and-saucer shape and open wide they just are a little larger than an adult man’s hand. T ...entire article
Snowball tree is a popular deciduous shrub flowering in May. It bears profusion of pure white, spherical inflorescence that might resemble hydrangea flowers from a distance. They are sterile (not producing fruit), not scented. The branches often weep under their weight. The leaves are palmate, three-lobed, 5-8 cm wide, mid green and partly glossy, changing to bright and deep red shades in autumn. It forms a rounded shrub usually about 3m tall and wide and can be pruned or shaped in any way. The best time to cut it is after flowering (i.e. in June): either trim current year’s gr ...entire article
Fastigiata Robusta is a slender growing variety of columnar yew that originated probably in Italy in 1950. It is similar to its parent variety Fastigiata but much slimmer, like a model who prefers not to eat to stay slim forever. The needles are dark green, glossy, longer than on the species, and evergreen. Its strictly upright growth can be used in any type of garden where a vertical feature is required. Now a few words about its toxicity. The whole plant is slightly poisonous for humans but extremely poisono ...entire article
Orchidea Empress is a gorgeous name for a gorgeous azalea. It is another of late flowering hybrids, this time with bright pink, hose-in-hose flowers that appear from about mid June for 3-4 weeks. It is never the whole shrub blooming, individual buds burst out continuously one by one. It is not only the double flowers that attract attention. The leaves of this variety are an equally beautiful feature for which many growers use it as an evergreen plant where flowering is just a bonus. The evergreen leaves are widely elliptic, 3-5 cm long, deep green and rather mat. Orchidea ...entire article
Arabesk is an attractive variety of Japanese azalea with large, deep red flowers. They come out in profusion from mid until end May. The evergreen foliage is dark green, with some burgundy red shades in autumn and winter, changing back to green before it starts flowering. This azalea grows slowly, making a neat and compact shrub which will remain dense even without pruning. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growth rate. The size of new branches would get out hand and spoil the shape you are going to achieve. ...entire article
Fine Line® buckthorn is a gorgeous shrub which in its few years on the market has managed to gain attention of many gardeners as well as landscape architects. It is a result of cross-pollination carried out by Ronald Williams in 1989, but only in 1999 he selected plants showing stable characteristics. He had the plant patented under PP 14,791. Fine Line® buckthorn has identical leaves to one of its parents – a href="">Aspleniifolia variety. They are deciduous, very narrow, fern-like, linear, 10-12 cm long and soft ...entire article
Hybrid azalea Carolina is a typical item for collectors and everyone who loves multi-coloured flowers. Their centres are almost entirely purplish-pink while the margins show rich white variegation. This effect is similar to another Robin Hill variety called Conversation Piece, however, Carolina does not often revert to overall pink like Conversation Piece does. The flowers are 5-6 cm across and come out from late May until mid June in zone 6. And now, fanfare for an extraordinary feature: Carolina blooms FOR THE SEC ...entire article
Martha Hitchcock is a true sensation azalea from Glenn Dale hybrid group. This beauty bears extra large flowers that are 6 cm across, white in the throat grading to neony pink towards the margins. The flowering plant looks like a thousand of pink torches all lit up at once. It starts blooming in early June and continues for about 3 weeks. Its leaves are mid green, ovate, larger than on Japanese azaleas. They are evergreen but a large portion of foliage from inside the shrub may fall off before and during winter. It grows at medium growth rate to an airy bush. If you don ...entire article
If you are fond of summer-flowering hybrid azaleas then this variety can easily become a jewel in your garden. Its name is Summer Sun and it is another Satsuki azalea. Soft red flowers look very attractive on the background of deep green foliage. They open in late June or early July and continue blooming for 4 weeks. Evergreen leaves are rather narrow, elliptic, and glossy. This plant does not grow fast, it makes a low, compact shrub that can make a lovely flowering feature in beds and borders around swimming pools and on patios that are mostly in use during summer months. ...entire article
Girard’s Fuchsia is an eye-catching Japanese azalea with vivid magenta-pink flowers. They appear quite large – 4-4,5 cm on the background of small leaves. The evergreen foliage is mid green, turning deep burgundy red in autumn and winter, changing back to green with warm days of spring. This azalea grows slowly, making a neat and compact shrub which will remain dense even without pruning. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growth rate. The size of new branches would get out hand and spoil the shap ...entire article
Gold Star is a less known but very attractive variety of Japanese dogwood with variegated foliage. Its leaves are dark green at the margins and bright golden yellow in the centres. Sometimes the leaves may revert to its former green colour. Should this happen remove all branches with reversed foliage to keep the shrub colourful. The leaves are deciduous and gain fantastic shades of burgundy red and purple in autumn. Gold Star bears white flowers in mid spring. In fact, they are flower bracts while true flowers are tiny and gathered in a small sphere surrounded by the bract ...entire article
I always feel a proud when describing a plant that comes from our Czech breeding. Prague viburnum is one of them and the name tells where exactly this hybrid originated in 1955. It is a cross between viburnum rhytidophyllum and viburnum utile. Prague viburnum is an evergreen shrub with lustrous, glossy, elliptic leaves that show deep veins and are softer green as opposed to its parent. They curl up a bit in winter to reduce evaporation. Small, white flowers are gathered in terminal, almost flat cymes and open in late May. Th ...entire article
Perla del Verbano is a sensational new variety of evergreen hybrid azalea that originated in Northern Italy. It bears profusion of bright pink, double = hose in hose flowers from end June until late July. They appear continuously so you can enjoy them for as long as a month under ideal conditions. Perla del Verbano can be a fantastic feature in summer gardens where it offers flowering when all spring flowers have gone, so do not hesitate placing it near a swimming pool or at a patio where you spend time on hot and sunny days of summer. Evregreen leaves are elongated, quite ...entire article
Aladdin Scout is a great Kurume azalea with profusion of soft red, large flowers. It blooms from end May until early June. Evergreen leaves are medium sized, deep green, and narrowly ovate. It grows medium fast in all direction forming a rounded bush. Azaleas can be clipped to shapes immediately after flowering. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growth rate. The size of new branches would get out hand and spoil the shape you are going to achieve. If can be placed in full sun if grown in excellent soil with equal moisture throughout the season. They need light, per ...entire article
Nuccio’s Wild Cherry is one of those great Satsuki azaleas with large flowers. They are cherry red with a light burgundy red blotch. It was bread by Nuccio Nursery of Southern California wich is a leading nursery for Satsuki azaleas and camellias. The flowers appear from early June and continue popping out for 3 or even 4 weeks. Leaves are medium sized, deep green, ovate and flat. It is upright growing. Satsuki azaleas are quite compact and bushy growing but can be clipped to shapes in early July after flowering. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growth rate ...entire article
Moyland is a new variety of mountain laurel from 2009 named after a castle near the city of Kleve, Germany. Its parents are the same as for another spectacular variety with dark leaves called Mitternacht. Moyland, however, has only light pink leaves with conspicuous blotches around the flower corolla. Buds are light pink, too. The evergreen leaves are leathery, dark green, and glossy. In 10 years it grows about 1m tall and wide. For a happy life it MUST HAVE acidic soil (add plenty of peat). Do not dig a deep hole but a wide one. Plant it in light, well drained soil tha ...entire article
Alphen’s Globe has been a sought after small tree in the last decade or so since it offers beauty of its parent – plane tree - but much smaller dimensions which make it suitable even for small gardens. Its deciduous leaves are large – 20 cm wide, glossy green, with 5 lobes. Fruits are prickly spheres that remain on the tree during the winter. Its peeling-off bark reveals various shades of green, brown, grey and beige in ornaments that look like military camouflage. This variety grows slowly or moderately, forming a very regular, rounded crown. Prun ...entire article
Plumosa Aurea is an attractive variety of red-berried elder. It has striking foliage that will perfectly contrast with dark green or purple-leaved shrubs. The deciduous, pinnate leaves are finely cut and may look like a short fern frond. Their colour is bright golden yellow with bronze tips when they emerge, changing to fresh yellow-green in summer. This variety is not known to flower. It grows quite vigorously if you regularly prune it every spring. By cutting it back you will gain an elegant, dense shrub with plentiful of new branches and healthy, bright coloured foli ...entire article
Blue Bunny is a nice newcomer among blue hollies from Canada. It is a brother (male variety) of Golden Girl which is a female version with yellow berries. Blue Bunny is a perfect pollinator for all female varieties of blue hollies. Its leaves are dark green and glossy, rather elongated and slightly toothed at margins. Twigs are purple. It grows upright into a narrowly columnar shrub and will fit into a small garden. Meserveae hollies are called “blue hollies” thanks to the shade of the species leave ...entire article
Another jewel among magnolias came from New Zealand, again, and was raised by Mark Jury. Its name is Black Tulip® and has been sought after thanks to its very deep purple colour of flowers. They are rich purple in colour, not too large – only about 10-15 cm across, goblet-shaped making a tight cup that almost never opens up. Thick, waxy petals are not translucent which emphasizes the flower colour. Deciduous leaves are mid green. The plant grows into an upright shrub at moderate growth rate. Protected in EU by grant No. 14218 (Plant Breeders Rights). Magnolia ...entire article
Spike winterhazel is a rare shrub from Japan and Taiwan. It is especially popular among hobbyists and garden enthusiasts. Its small, primrose yellow flowers are born in 10-15 cm long, pendent racemes from early March until end April, weather conditions pending. They are fragrant and do not mind light frosts or snow. The shrub is usually literally flooded with flowers bare branches every year. It has more flowers in one raceme compared to corylopsis pauciflora and more erect branches. Deciduous leaves are ovate, upto 10 cm across, bronze when young, bright to dark green in summer ...entire article
Royal Red is a majestic looking Norway maple for large gardens, parks, and city avenues. Its palmate leaves are dark crimson red, almost black, and glossy, turning amber orange or orange-red in autumn. In spring, just as leaves emerge, it flowers profusely with many small yellow flowers, typical for many Norway maples. This tree is a big dude, offering a strong colour into an overall green situation. It does not grow too fast but owing to its large size in maturity it deserves being planted sensibly so that your grandchildren do not have use a chain-saw to shape it up. ...entire article
Sea buckthorn is getting more and more attention as a healthy type of fruit of high medicinal value. Some gardeners may not like its and broomy appearance, while others may welcome its wild and rampant image. It is a deciduous, wide spreading bush with silvery leaves. Branches bear sharp thorns which make picking up a bit of a nightmare. However, the oval, bright orange fruit is definitely worth the effort as it contains as much as 10 times more vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals in perfect balance ideal for Europeans. A single berry contains a sufficient dose of vitamin C fo ...entire article
VARIETIES Black Jewel is a unique variety of raspberry with deep burgundy purple, almost black fruit. It has excellent, typical raspberry flavour, just a little stronger compared to wild raspberry. The canes grow fast about 1.2m tall. Fallgold is a late or twice fruiting variety of red raspberry. The fruit is light golden-yellow and has excellent, super sweet taste. If you leave one-year canes until the next year they will produce the first crop in June, and the second one in late August and Sept ...entire article
Lavender Twist® is a fantastic variety of eastern redbud with weeping, slightly twisted branches. With age the crown makes a unique shape comparable to some Japanese maples. Leaves are large, mid green, typically heart-shaped. Small, purple-pink to lavender-pink flowers are produced in abundance every spring and are borne on bare wood on tiny stalks. Where does this special plant come from? The truth is that no one knows the true origin. However, this plant in very young age was first given as a present by parents to their daughter, Miss Cornelia Covey in 1960´s. Sh ...entire article
Königstein is an old fortress near Dresden, Germany, as well as a name for this Japanese azalea. It was bred at Pillnitzer castle gardens, close to Königstein fortress. It is a slow and dense growing plant with profusion of large, 3-4 cm across, widely open, purple-violet flowers with a darker blotch just like rhododendrons have. Leaves are small, elliptic to oval, mid green in summer changing to coppery red from autumn until spring. They are reliably evergreen. Königstein azalea flowers in May and grows about 50 cm tall and 80 cm wide in 10 years. Japanese azaleas can be cli ...entire article
Cedrus libani Glauca is truly a cedar of Lebanon whose mid-sized, evergreen needles are blue-green (not silvery-blue as in dcedrus atlantica Glauca), and are borne in whorls of 10-20. The main feature is its habit with strictly horizontal layers of branches so typical for cedar of Lebanon. It grows slowly, thickening its branches first rather than speeding upwards. Aged about 50 years it can grow 12-15m tall (conditions pending). As it is a long-lived tree making its maximum height in a couple of hundreds of years ...entire article
Worcester Gold is another variety of bluebeard. This one has bright yellow-green leaves. They are narrow, aromatic and silvery-green beneath. Flowers are formed in small panicles and their deep blue colour looks like sky before a storm. They attract butterflies and bumble-bees. The plants grows into a low, prostrate, woody shrub. It is quite soil tolerant, however, it does best in fertile, very well-drained soil in full sun. In the spring cut back previous year’s growth to maximum one fourth to encourage strong, new branches that will form an even denser and more ...entire article
Blue colour of Rose-of-Sharon flowers are the most sought-after. No wonder that breeder Roderick Woods came up with a new addition to his double-flowering hibiscus collection, this time in blue. The same blue as in Blue Bird (Oiseau Bleu) but with fully double blooms. The flower size is much larger than its parent. It has very decorative leaves that are unique. They are narrowly palmate, 3-lobed, mid to dark green and coarsely toothed. If they turn yellow in summer the plant manifests too much water at the roots. They are either over-watered or planted in too heavy, water-logg ...entire article
Leatherleaf mahonia is an attractive, architectural shrub. It has distinctive and coarse, bold foliage. The evergreen leaves are pinnate, mid green to almost blue-green and only partly glossy. They have sharp spines along the margins. This mahonia is hardier for zone 6 as opposed to hybrid holly mahonia x media and keeps its foliage healthy and green even after usual winter in zone 6. Flowers are composed in short clusters, they are sulphur yellow and have a lovely fragrance. In zone 7 they may appear already on the warm days of early winter, in colder zones they come out at the end ...entire article
Genie is a sensational new magnolia from New Zealand. After 15 years of breeding there is eventually a plant that holds its deep red-purple colour well and offers prolonged flowering period. The hybridizing process was truly awesome, if you are interested in how this jewel came to life follow its history of crossing: Sweet Simplicity x liliiflora Nigra = Breeder Breeder x Black Tulip = Sweet Valentine Breeder x Sweet Valentine = Genie Genie has deep red, almost black buds that open into medium-sized flowers with 6-12 petals that open into 10-15 cm wide, cup-shaped, l ...entire article
China Girl is a freely flowering Japanese dogwood with numerous creamy white flowers in June when the shrub is fully in leaf. Technically, they are not flowers but 4 flower bracts composed around small flower heads. They are followed by edible, bright pink fruit that looks like litchi. Pointed leaves are deciduous, ovate, dark green and slightly drooping. The best show begins in early autumn when they turn to orangey-red or vivid-red or bright purple. It grows slowly, making spreading, horizontal layers. Every dogwood likes acidic soil, rich in organic material, an ...entire article
Common walnut is a native tree of the Old World. Its natural habitat lies between South-eastern Europe and Himalayas. Irrespective of its large size it is still one of the most sought-after fruit trees of our country. Walnut has attractive, pinnate foliage that have a unique scent. Flowers are catkins. Both the leaves and flowers emerge late but yet may be damaged by late frost should it come in May when the leaves and flowers have come out. Fruit is a well-know walnut in a hard shell. This species ripens in October and sets fruit when 8-10 years old. Self-fertile. Walnut is a la ...entire article
Silvester is a Kurume hybrid of Japanese azalea. It has small, pale purple-pink fowers. These hybrids are renowned for their hardines and soil adaptibility. It flowers early, from end April until mid May. Slow grower, mound-forming. Leaves are mid to dark green, ovate, only about 2-3 cm long. In semi-shade and shade they remain on the shrub throughout winter, if placed in full sun some leaves may fall down. New leaves will then emerge after flowering. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growth rate. The s ...entire article
Sweet chestnut is cultivated for several beautiful features. The deciduous leaves are deep green, elliptic to oblong, up to 20 cm long, distinctly serrated and glossy, turning deep golden yellow in autumn. Flowers are creamy beige catkins that appear in July. They release a rather strong fragrance (especially in the evening) which may be disagreeable for someone. Fruit – chestnuts are hidden in prickly burrs that are bright green first, grading to yellowish-brown in the autumn. Varieties: Belle Epine...entire article
Pink Chimes is a rare variety of Japanese snowbell with pink, bell-shaped flowers that hang on short stalks underneath the leaved branches. Leaves are glossy, ovate to elliptic, mid to dark green, turning yellow or red in autumn. It can be pruned at the end of winter. Grow it as a specimen shrub or in a mixed border with lower shrubs. It is usually pest and disease free. It needs moist, acidic soil, humus-rich soil. A location protected from drying winds is preferred. Fully hardy to -29°C (USDA zone 5). Last update 04-01-2009. ...entire article
Another website I came across calls this Norway maple a meat-ball-on-a-stick. Quite funny, actually, but in fat it truthfully describes the shape of this small tree. Well, that only in case the author meant a good housewife who made proper, perfectly spherical meat balls. Globosum is a variety with typically regular, rounded crown. The shape is natural, no pruning or trimming needed. The leaves emerge bronze-red, along with small but conspicuous, bright yellow flowers composed in abundant corymbs. Autumn colour of leaves is vivid golden-yellow. It is a small tree tha ...entire article
Trident maple is an attractive medium-sized tree with unusual leaves. They are three-lobed and their size, depth of lobing as well as autumn colour may vary greatly with location. The deciduous leaves are deep green and glossy, turning yellow, orange and bright red in autumn. They change colours later than other maples and last longer, often until winter. Branches on young trees are usually upright, later spreading forming a wide crown. Although this tree can reach some 7 meters in maturity it grows slowly and its size can easily be maintained by pruning at the end of winter. Tha ...entire article
Dawn viburnum is a garden hybrid between v.farreri and v.grandiflorum. It is one of winter flowering plants because its flowers come out from end December (in mild winters) until March. If it snows while it blooms it does not matter, snow will do no damage to the flowers. The flowers are narrowly tubular, deep pink when young, maturing to light pink, borne in terminal and axillary clusters on bare wood. Their most attractive feature is heavy, but nice, sweet perfume which is strongest on warm and sunny days. It brings the feeling of forthcoming spring. Viburnu ...entire article
If you like the smell of Japanese skimmia in the spring, then this variety is ideal for you. Fragrant Cloud will cover you in lovely, sweet lilac-like perfume. It is a luxurious, evergreen plant with small, white flowers that open from lime green flowers buds formed in fat, upright panicles the previous autumn. It is a male plant, pollinating female varieties that produce berries in the autumn and winter. It grows slowly and compact, making a neat ground cover. Ideal for Japanese style gardens. If you plant it well you needn’t look after it any longer except for ...entire article
Amoena is a Japanese azalea with small to mid-sized, bright, deep fuchsia pink flowers, hose in hose, that totall cover the plant when in full bloom. They come out in mid May and continue until early June. Thanks to their bright colour it will light up the daker corners of your garden. Leaves are mid to dark green, ovate, only about 2-3 cm long. In semi-shade and shade they remain on the shrub throughout winter, if placed in full sun some leaves may fall down. New leaves will then emerge after flowering. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If s ...entire article
Schneeperle® is a gorgeous, pure white Japanese azalea from Hans Hachmann. Its double flowers are snow white and abundant. Individual flowers are abou 4-5 cm wide and come out from mid May until early June. It grows slowly, 10-year old plant is about 35 cm high and 55 cm wide. Leaves are mid to dark green, ovate, only about 2-3 cm long. In semi-shade and shade they remain on the shrub throughout winter, if placed in full sun some leaves may fall down. New leaves will then emerge after flowering. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do ...entire article
Herbergii is another cherry laurel favourite. It is a dense shrub with elongated, deep green, and glossy leaves. It grows medium fast and unlike another hedging variety Caucasica this one forms a compact pyramidal shape with plenty of bottom branches from young age. This makes it an ideal evergreen specimen in the centre of your border. Compound flowers are white, fragrant and appear in April and May, followed by black berries, and tests proved that they are not poisonous, only seeds from unripe fruit can cause stomach discomfort if eaten in quantity. Though, they are ...entire article
Meyer lilac comes from China and is a dwarf plant. Palibin is a variety with flower panicles that are just a little larger as opposed to the species. The colour of the flowers is lavender pink, the buds are burgundy purple. It grows very slowly, forming a dense mound, flowering profusely every spring. Deciduous leaves are rounded with a tip, fresh green and glossy. Pruning is not recommended. Lilacs can be grown in many soil types. For best result use reasonably fertile, moist but well-drained soil, preferably neutral or alkaline. Full sun for profuse flowering. Fully ...entire article
Nodding lilac bears pure pink flowers that are formed in hanging panicles. Individual flowers are tubular and open from deep pink buds. They have a sweet scent. Oval leaves are mid green, 15 cm long, deciduous. This lilac grows about 3m tall and has arching branches so give it some space in your garden. Pruning is not recommended. If you need to trim or re-juvenate the plant do so immediately after flowering. Lilacs can be grown in many soil types. For best result use reasonably fertile, moist but well-drained soil, preferably neutral or alkaline. Full sun for profuse flowering. ...entire article
This attractive hydrangea comes from Belgium and was bred by Johan van Huylenbroeck. It was patented only in 2004 and got a peculiar name: Pinky Winky. Allegedly, the breeder was inspired by the children’s programme Teletubbies. Pinky Winky® is a panicle type hydrangea, not a mop-head one with big leaves and large flowers heads. It has upto 40 cm long panicles, growing strictly upright on sturdy stems so the flowers never bend under heavy rainfall. They come out in mid-summer and continue blooming until the first frosts. The individual flowers appear cream wh ...entire article
Satomi Compact is the latest version of pink-flowering Japanese dogwood. It is a sport of “Satomi” against which it has much more compact and denser growth. Its flowers are of light to deep pink colour that is unevenly spread throughout the flowers. Technically, they are not flowers but 4 flower bracts composed around small flower heads. They are up to 10 cm wide and conspicuous as they come out in June when the shrub is fully leafed, making them a dense, green background. Freshly transplanted plants may temporarily change its flower colour to white with pink s ...entire article
Evergreen magnolias are the queens of flowering trees. We choose the most beautiful and at the same time the hardiest varieties available. MarylandMarylandwhich offers something unique – different leaf colour as it is a cross between magnolia grandiflora and magnolia virginiana. Thanks to its first parent the foliage is reliably evergreen, and thanks to the latter the leaves are not rusty brown beneath but light green. Now a little note we cannot give a miss – its more correct name is < ...entire article
We have another lovely tree for you who have small gardens but love large trees. This is a compact version of Persian ironwood called Vanessa. . Deciduous leaves of this rather columnar, tall shrub are smooth and slightly glossy, with prominent veins, light green when they emerge and fresh green until the autumn when they change to very attractive shades of red, orange and yellow. Unlike its parent Vanessa remains slender and compact. While the species can get twice as wide as tall this beauty looks as if on a strict diet. Perhaps that was a reason why it was given ...entire article
Lady in Red is a new sport of common ninebark with 3-lobed leaves, which appear early in the spring. It was first sown in 2000 in Norfolk, England. Unlike Diabolo® variety this one has brighter shade of red in the leaves and forms a dense and regular-shaped shrub from young age, rather arching. Clusters of pink flowers are tiny but the shrub is covered with them in May. This shrub is an excellent, fully hardy plant which thanks to its colour-coded leaves highlights every composition or fills a spot where you hopelessly think about putting something. It likes sun or sh ...entire article
Limelight® is a panicle type hydrangea, not a mop-head one with big leaves and large flowers heads. Well, how to explain then that this new variety has even bigger flowers? Never mind, let’s just call them XXL size. The panicles are upto 30 cm long, fat blossoms of greenish-white colour when they come out in early August, changing to almost white after about 2-3 weeks and turning clear pink in September. The shade of pink is not a fading one, but fresh pink as if it was meant to be pink from the very beginning. Ovate, pointed leaves are dark green. The most be ...entire article
We are proud to present a novelty bred in the Czech Republic in 1995, and patented in 2005 under US plant patent PP16,921. This barberry has uniquely coloured leaves – they are orangey-red or red in full sun with a fine greenish-yellow margin which is also the colour of bottom leaves. It grows slowly, forming a dense and compact shrub about 40 cm tall and wide. It likes almost any soil type and does best in full sun or partial shade. Fully hardy to min. -29°C (USDA zone 5). Last update 08-08-2008. ...entire article
Japanese (kousa) dogwoods are very attractive trees or tall shrubs which unlike cornus florida produce flowers after the plant is fully leafed, at the end of May. Cappuccino is a brand new variety with coloured leaves. They emerge bright green soon changing to bronze in the sun and deep burgundy red or crimson-brown. They are deciduous, broadly ovate with noticeable veins, and droop down similarly as on pear trees. Tiny green flowers are surrounded by 4 showy creamy-white bracts, which can be 6-8 cm wide. Edible and often delicious and sweet fruits ripen at the end of summ ...entire article
Tayberry is relatively new type of summer fruit, a cross between raspberry and blackberry. The fruit looks like long raspberry and fully mature it has deep red to burgundy colour. The taste is aromatic and sweet, though somewhat sharp as in blackberries. They are best eaten fresh but you can store them frozen or use for preserves or puddings. Tayberry is a self-fertile plant fruiting on last year’s canes. They need support as they cannot climb or vine. Before winter remove all old wood and leave only this year’s shoots that will bear fruit the next year. It is soil toleran ...entire article
Azaleodendron is a rare hybrid between deciduous azaleas and evergreen rhododendrons. This unusual plant has very attractive flowers of mauve colour and narrow petals, and narrow, bright green, semi-deciduous leaves. Flowers are sweetly fragrant and come out in late spring or early summer which will extend flowering time of your rhody-moor. For richer flowering and growth dead-head where possible. It prefers bright to dappled shade or partial shade (partial sun). Morning sunlight is a killer, same as deep shade. The roots are shallow, spreading to sides in search for nutrients. Never ...entire article
Fastigiatum is a columnar variety of yellow poplar tree / tulip tree which has two advantages as opposed to the species. First - it is narrower and will fit into a mid-sized garden. And secondly, and for most of us perhaps more importantly, it flowers from very young age. As opposed to encyclopedias that give a guaranteed age for blooming as 10-15 years, we saw plants making its first flower when only 4 years old. Plants older than 7 years flower reliably. It exotic looking leaves are quite unique – they are saddle-shaped, mid green, deciduous. They turn buttery-y ...entire article
Eskimo is a jewel among viburnums. It is an evergreen or semi-evergreen, compact shrub, growing slowly about 1m tall and wide. In mid-spring it makes almost spherical corymbs of pure white, lightly scented flowers. The flowering is reliable and abundant every year. There are so many flower-heads that leaves cannot be seen. They are deep green, leathery, 7-10 cm long, ovate, and glossy. Some of them may turn red or purple in autumn and winter. In exposed areas most of them fall down, in sheltered locations the shrub remains almost evergreen. It is naturally mound-forming an ...entire article
Oakleaf hydrangea comes from southeastern USA. It is an attractive mound-forming shrub with oak-like, deeply cut leaves of bright green colour turning purple-bronze in autumn. The flowers of Harmony variety appear at the beginning of summer. They come out in heavy panicles of pure white, double flowers that get so heavy when mature that they droop. Hydrangeas like moist (not wet), slightly acidic soil. This variety can stand in full sun if enough moisture is provided. Pruning is not needed, you can shape it before August (after flowering) or remove unwanted branches in lat ...entire article
Another rare magnolia is this cross between magnolia acuminata var. subcordata “Miss Honeybee” and magnolia stellata. It gained flower shape fro stellata and colour from acuminate. Goldstar has medium sized flowers with 14 narrow petals, very similar to star-shaped magnolias. The colour is a delicate creamy-yellow and as the shrub flowers abundantly it brings a little bit of spring sunshine to your awakening garden. The flowers come out about a week or two later than stellata types. Deciduous leaves are obovate, mid to deep green, bronze when young. Some ...entire article
Issai is a self-fertile variety of the so-called mini-kiwi. This means that unlike the species it does not need a male and a female plant to produce fruit. Apart from tasty fruit it is a nice plant, too, with deep green leaves and scented flowers in June. It is a vine that is less vigorous that the species. It bears smooth-skinned fruit of the same taste and shape like kiwi, only smaller: 4-5 cm. They are green and ripen gradually from end September until end October. They are the sweetest when picked after they have softened a little. You can also pick up harder fruit, ...entire article
Meczek is a special variety of flowering ash with a compact, mop-shaped, round crown that does not have to be trimmed to maintain its shape. It was selected in Hungary in 1980´s. Its most important features are reduced size and slow growth. It can make 10-15 cm per year which makes it ideal for small gardens or narrow streets. Pinnate leaves are glossy, mid to dark green, with bronze shades when they emerge. Autumn colours are orange red to vivid burgundy. In late spring or early summer produces panicles of creamy white, scented flowers. Ashes are quite soil tole ...entire article
Milky Way is an old time favourite. It has snow white to creamy white flowers. Technically, they are not flowers but 4 flower bracts composed around small flower heads. They are 6-10 cm wide and conspicuous as they come out in June when the shrub is in leaf, and the foliage makes a dense, green background. Flowers are followed by edible, bright pink fruit that looks like litchi. This variety flowers and fruits abundantly and reliably every year. Pointed leaves are deciduous, ovate, dark green and slightly drooping. The best show begins in early autumn when they turn to orangey ...entire article
Japanese cedars proved to grow happily in our garden where winter temperatures sometimes drop to -27°C. They showed no damage whatsoever and thrive. Cristata is a weird looking variety with congested new growths that are flattened into “cockscombs” and divide into individual branches in summer. Their colour is rich, warm green that turns bronzy-brown in winter which is its protective colour. It grows moderately into a narrow and conical, evergreen tree. Pruning is not recommended. Just to restore untidy specimens cut it back to within 60-90 cm and let it ...entire article
This false camellia – Korean stewartia is very similar to its Japanese sister stewartii pseudocamellia. It comes from moist woodlands of Korea and it is a tall shrub flowering in summer and has beautiful autumn foliage. Flowers of this variety are a little larger than on Japanese stewartia, about 7 cm across, camellia-like, with 5 pure white petals and a centre full of rich yellow stamens. Unlike the Japanese stweartia these flowers open up nearly flat. As it belongs to the same family as tea (camellia sinensis) th ...entire article
Stewartstonian is becoming the most sought-after evergreen azalea with red flowers. The red is soft, almost orangey red, as far as we can talk about orange in Japanese azaleas. It grows slowly and forms a fairly compact shrub that does not need to be pruned. Slightly glossy leaves are ovate, small, and dark green in spring and summer, changing to mahogany brown or burgundy red in autumn and winter. Its winter leave persistence is excellent not only in semi-shade and shade, it loses only a few portion of leaves in full sun. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early ...entire article
Snow is a pure white variety with large, scented flowers. It grows moderately fast into an irregular-shaped shrub. Leaves are mid to dark green, ovate, only about 2-3 cm long. In semi-shade and shade they remain on the shrub throughout winter, if placed in full sun it might lose a great portion of them. New leaves will then emerge after flowering. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growth rate. The size of new branches would get out hand and spoil the shape you are going to achieve. They need light, permeable so ...entire article
Purple Splendor is an old favourite with medium-sized, bright purple flowers with burgundy blotching and wavy margins of the petals. It belongs to the Gable hybrid group which means that its flowers appear later than on other Japanese azaleas – from end May until early June. It grows moderately fast into a low, almost ground-covering shrub with conspicuous layers. Its evergreen leaves are small, mid green, elliptic, and are quite reliable as far as winter persistence even if grown in sun, provided good soil conditions. They turn coppery orange and red before winter and chan ...entire article
Kermesina Rose is a must have for everyone who likes varigated or multi-cloloured flowers. These are pink with a clear white margin. It is a slow grower forming an irregular, mounding, compact shrub. It may happen to this variety that a certain amount of flowers comes out without white margins and it cannot be predicted or influenced. Leaves are mid to dark green, ovate, only about 2-3 cm long. In semi-shade and shade they remain on the shrub throughout winter, if placed in full sun it might lose a great portion of them. New leaves will then emerge after flowering. Japanes ...entire article
Venus® is a trade name for this lovely plant. It is truly much nicer than the original variety name “KN30-8”. It is as mathematical as the breeding equation: (cornus kousa „Chinensis“ x cornus nuttalli „Goldspot“ ) x cornus kousa „Rosea“. The result being extremely large bracts composed around a flower head (we call this a flower, to keep it simple). The flowers are pure to cream white, 15 to 18 cm across and open up in late May or rather early June. They persist for 2-3 weeks, weather conditions pending. Quantity and size of flowers ...entire article
Stellar Pink® is a cross between cornus kousa and cornus florida “Sweetwater”. The flowers are in fact bracts. There are 4 wide bracts, composed around a small flower head, 10 cm across. It is very floriferous once it reaches good flowering age. It flowers from its 3rd year and profusely from about its 5th year. The colour is such delicate pink that a mature tree looks like a cotton candy cloud. The sterile flowers do not make fruits and if so they never ripen. It blooms from end May until early June for ...entire article
The name of this magnolia hybrid has nothing to do with the British queen. Obviously, it does not come from the UK but the USA. And story tells the following. Quite a few decades ago – in 1957 – Evamaria Sperber planted a newly hybridized seed in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden . As it was seed-grown she waited long years for the first flowers which came only in 1972. But they were truly a success. So she observed the plant’s performance and 5 years later she had it patented (US PP4145), naming it in honour of the director and benefactor of ...entire article
Hybridizing and crossing brings new and better varieties of magnolias that have features never seen before. Mark Jury from New Zealand continues this work that was started in 1960´s by his late father Felix. ´Atlas´ is one of his fantastic results, a cross between Magnolia 'Mark Jury' and Magnolia x soulangeana 'Lennei Alba'. The flowers are incredibly large, they are about 30 cm wide on young plants and 35 to even 38 cm on well established specimens. The colour is lilac pink on the outside and nearly white inside with burgundy red centre with stamens. The impressive flower si ...entire article
We are always utterly happy when we can introduce a plant which in its original form was too tall or wide for a usual-size garden. But thanks to special breeding we can then enjoy dwarf varieties with slower growth which still keep their main features. This pin oak is a perfect example. The thick compact crown bears leaves that are deeply lobed, glossy and green, very attractive for a summer garden giving it a feeling of natural woodlands. But the main show begins in the autumn when the leaf colour changes to orange yellow and golden, crimson red and purple, still with flashes of green. Usual ...entire article
Novita is a new sensation among cherry laurels. Eventually there is a hardy variety which has benefits of the formerly more tender ones: it grows fast and big, has large leaves of a nice colour, and is surprisingly hardy for a large-leaved cherry laurel. It is a selection of Rotundifolia variety hence the resemblance. The leaves are 10-15 cm long, obovate, very glossy, soft green when young turning to deep green. It is a perfect specimen or a superb hedging pl ...entire article
Canadale Gold is a sensational, fully hardy variety with large, gently serrated, ovate to rounded leaves of mid green colour with bright yellow margins that turn pink in winter. It grows vigorously and bushy in sun or not too deep shade. Wintercreepers are excellent, low shrubs that not only withstand low temperatures to some -30°C but retain the foliage without any damage. Canadale Gold is the answer to tender Japanese large-leaved varieties which are not hardy enough to keep all its leaves throughout winter and often the twigs, too, can be damaged by harsh frost. It can ...entire article
Monumentalis is a unique version of hornbeam with strictly conical shape and very slow growth rate. Leaves are bright green and cover the whole of the plant. Even after they fall the tree remains very attractive with its regularly growing branches making a bonsai appearance. No pruning or trimming required. It is ideal for small gardens, or as a stand alone specimen in ambitious or Japanese-style gardens, or in groups with other compact growing plants. Hornbeams do best in full sun and are not fussy about soil type. Fully hardy to min. -34°C (USDA zone 4). Last update 11-0 ...entire article
Weigelas are valuable garden shrubs that grow freely in almost any soil and require little maintenance. They are deciduous shrubs growing 1.5 – 2.0 tall and just a bit less wide. Leaves are ovate to oval. Bell or funnel shaped flowers come in many colours and appear at the end of spring / beginning of summer and sporadically towards the end of summer. “Red Prince” has deep green leaves and bright purplish red flowers. It thrives in semi-fertile, slightly moist soil, preferably in full sun. Prune right after flowering to a third or half on new growths. Flowers on last yearR ...entire article
It is our utmost pleasure to offer this summer-blooming beauty: false camellia. It comes from moist woodlands of North America and eastern Asia (Japan, China, Vietnam, Nepal). It belongs to the same genus theaceae like camellia and tea. Its main attraction are the flowers. They are 6-7 cm wide, pure white with a cluster of rich yellow stamens in the centre and appear from the first hot days of June and keep popping up until end July. It has thick, rich green leaves which turn yellow, orange and purple in autumn. False camellia has peeling bark which gives an extra feature especially ...entire article
Fringe tree is a very rare and beautiful small shrub or small tree. In early summer it has profusion of upto 20 cm long pendent panicles of fragrant, shiny snow-white, narrow flowers. Female plants produce bluish black berries, however, usually only male plants are sold in nurseries. Mid to deep green opposite leaves are deciduous, elliptic and glossy. If you like this plant not as much for the flowers but the foliage there is a way you can double the size of the leaves. Either in early spring or immediately after flowering cut last year’s branches to 20-30% of their original ...entire article
Birches are typical trees of Eastern Europe and Asia, as well as some northern regions. Himalayan birch grows slower and not as tall as white birch so you can try one in your garden, too. Doorenboos is naturally a multi-stemmed shrubby tree with thick trunks. They are highly attractive for the creamy white (on young plants) and snow white (on older plants) bark that peels off in narrow stripes. This feature can be seen in summer, too, as this birch seldom makes bottom branches with leaves so it reveals its white bark beauty. Still, young and thin branches at the bottom ...entire article
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Korean fir (Abies koreana)
One of the most popular conifers for small and mid-sized gardens is this Korean fir. It has short, glossy, dark green needles that are silver on the reverse. Already as a young plant it produces very attractive bluish-purple cones. It is slow growing, the tree shape is very regular, pyramidal, no need for clipping. It does best in full sun and slightly acidic, moist soil, it dislikes wet feet. Wind tolerant. Usual height of plants grown from selected seeds from nurseries is 3-4m. In full maturity, given enough space and time, it can grow twice as tall and ...entire article
Golden rain tree is one of the few trees blooming in summer. This variety, moreover, is yet somewhat rare. It has strictly upright habit. Flowers appear at the end of branches in late July/early August. They are upto 40 cm long panicles composed of small, bright yellow flowers, and can remain on the tree for as long as one month. Leaves are 30-45 cm long, pinnate, pink-red when emerging, bright green throughout the season, and butter-yellow in early autumn. Seeds are hidden in attractive salmon pink lantern-like capsules immediately after flowering, often along with late flowers. It is widely ...entire article
Lawsoniana is my favourite. It is a female, variegated version of male plant Hendersonii which is just green. The leaves of Lawsoniana are deep green at the margins, grading through light green towards bright yellow centres. They are curled which gives the plant an extraordinary appearance. Being a female plant, if a male pollinator is nearby it bears scarlet red berries in autumn and winter. They are not edible and may cause discomfort if eaten. It grows medium fast or fast into quite a nice and regular shape. Main leaders (vertical branches) are upright and lateral (horizon ...entire article
This Japanese dogwood has both large leaves and flowers. It flowers in June when the shrub is fully in leaf. The flowers are 6-8 cm wide, creamy white flower composed around small flower heads. They are followed by edible, bright pink fruit that looks like litchi. Pointed leaves are deciduous, ovate, dark green and slightly drooping. The best show begins in early autumn when they turn to orangey-red or vivid-red or bright purple. It grows slowly into a wide V shape. Every dogwood likes acidic soil, rich in organic material, and always moist. Some gardeners advise planting it in semi ...entire article
Woodbridge is an ideal choice for everyone who loves shiny-coloured flowers in summer. They are bright pink, sometimes of a faint lavender touch, with a bright red eye in the middle, small enough not to disturb the entire colour of the bloom. They come out every year in July and don’t stop blooming until all buds have gone - sometimes by end September. Pruning is not needed. But if you clip max. one third of last year’s growth it will result in larger flower sizes. Hibiscus needs a sunny location and though it can withstand temporary droughts it is advisable to keep the soil moist ...entire article
Heckenstar® is quite a novelty from Germany, bred by Hans Hachmann and patented only in 1998. It is a cross ilex aquifolium „Pyramidalis“ and ilex x meserveae „Blue Prince“® . The result is a strictly upright growing, very hardy, evergreen shrub. Outside Europe it is distributed under trade name Castle Wall™. The leaves are glossy, medium sized (4x2cm) and finely serrated – not prickly. Their colour is deep green, alm ...entire article
Percy Wiseman” brings multi-coloured flowers: bright pink buds open up to peach pink to creamy-beige funnel-shaped flowers. It belongs to the Yakushimanum group of rhodes which were crossed with the species originally found on Yakushima Island, Japan. Its further advantage is the suitability for insolate locations. It grows slowly, forming a dense and compact bush about 1m tall and only a bit wider. For richer flowering and growth dead-head where possible. The roots are shallow, spreading to sides in search for nutrients. Never plant them too deep. The soil has to be acidic, rich in h ...entire article
Based on the successful crossing of saucer magnolia a new variety was bred at the end of the 19th centutry. Its name is Rustica Rubra or just Rubra and comes from the nursery town Boskoop in the Netherlands. The beautifully scented flowers are goblet- to saucer-shaped, bright purplish red outside and white inside. Flower buds are quite large and fuzzy, and appear on the plant in late summer the previous year. It starts blooming when 6-8 years old and since then blooms profusely and reliably every year. Leaves are mid to deep green, stiff and slightly wavy. ...entire article
It was in 1826 when the very first bloom of this famous saucer magnolia came into the world. It was bred by French botanist Etienne Soulange-Bodin who 6 years before that success made a cross between m.denudata and m.liliflora. It blooms on bare branches with beautifully scented, goblet- or saucer-shaped flowers that are white inside and light pink or light ruby coloured on the outside. Flower buds are quite large and fuzzy, and appear on the plant in late summer the previous year. It starts blooming when 6-8 years old and since then blooms profusely and reliably every year. Le ...entire article
This rather unusual and rare variety of magnolia flowers at the end of spring, or more often beginning of summer as a fully leaved shrub. Flower buds are erect and when they open up, the cup-shaped blooms turn to side or nod down. They are pure white, up to 10 cm across, with crimson anthers. Leaves are mid green, ovate to elliptic, 10-15 cm long, slightly downy making a suede feeling. Oyama magnolia dislikes pruning! Should you be unhappy with the shape of purchased shrub, be patient till it forms a dense plant itself. Cut off branches tend to dry out along the length. It needs fertile, alway ...entire article
Among deciduous magnolias there are varieties that bloom later than most of the Asian ones. This selection named Charles Coates originated in England in Kew, famous for its Kew Gardens, by crossing m.sieboldii and m.tripetala.It makes leaves first, and only at the end of spring it shows a magnificent display of flowers. They have 9-12 creamy to snow white tepals, and a conspicuous centre of purple-red stamens. They are about 10 cm wide when fully opened and unlike one ...entire article
Blue Prince® is probably the most popular variety of all so-called blue hollies. It is a male plant that does not produce fruits but is a pollinator for female plants of this group (e.g. Blue Princess). On the other hand, it grows faster than female varieties and has larger, attractive leaves, finely serrated, which are not as spiked as the ones from the aquifolium group. It has numerous, tiny white flowers in the spring and often again in the autumn. Flower buds and new shoots are pinkish-purple. Leaves are always very glossy and deep green, almost blue-green. Me ...entire article
Blue-flowering hibiscus varieties are very popular in gardens. Marina is one of them. It bears medium-large mauve flowers with deep burgundy red centres that have conspicuous veins along the flower tepals. Stigmas are creamy white which makes an adorable contrast with the flower colour. Marina is ideal for combinations with yellow-flowering lower shrubs. It has very decorative leaves that are unique. They are medium large, 7-8 cm long, narrowly palmate, 3-lobed with one lobe deeply cut, mid to dark green and coarsely toothed. If they turn yellow in summer the plant mani ...entire article
This magnolia variety has only recently been imported from China, under the name Fei Huang. It is a sensational plant with large yellow flowers. It belongs to magnolia denudata (Yulan magnolia) group, however, we have not been able to search for the exact breeding details. The Chinese probably keep it top confidential against the spies from the West… It is a true sensation as it bears large flowers that are 15 cm wide and vanilla yellow when fully opened. Freshly opened buds are deep yellow same as the stamens in the centre of the flower. Petals are rather obovate with rou ...entire article
This very hardy shrub is a commonly known sumac. Laciniata, however, means lace-leaf and that makes this variety an exclusive specimen. Fern-like leaves are long, deeply cut, bright grass green with pinkish-purple new twigs and stalks. In the autumn they turn to orange-gold. Due to its unique shape and form it is ideal as a palm tree substitute. New growths are fragile. It can be pruned from spring to summer. Soil tolerant. ...entire article
Ninebark is a low-maintenance deciduous plant which is available in several varieties offering various leaf colours and shapes. Diabolo® is a variety with deep maroon red 3-lobed leaves, which appear early in the spring. Clusters of pink flowers are tiny but the shrub is covered with them in May. Diabolo® is an excellent, fully hardy, deciduous plant which thanks to its colour-coded leaves highlights every composition or fills a spot where you hopelessly think about putting something less demanding. It grows a little taller than its gold-leaved brother and if ...entire article
Dart’s Gold is a variety of common ninebark with bright yellowish-green, 3-lobed leaves, which appear early in the spring, probably at the same time as when magnolias start blooming. Clusters of white flowers are tiny but the shrub is covered with them in May. This shrub is an excellent, fully hardy plant which thanks to its colour-coded leaves highlights every composition or fills a spot where you hopelessly think about putting something. It naturally forms a dense shrub, but has long twigs which can be cut back if unsightly. It likes sun or shade and any soil. You would not find many v ...entire article
This ornamental cherry plum is popular in demand for its deep burgundy leaves, almost no maintenance at all and no special soil requirements. Deciduous leaves are ovate to elliptic, of deep burgundy red colour. Such shade is perfect to break an overall green landscape with or to be used in front of a house with façade of pale colour shades (cream, gray etc.). Nigra (=Pissardii Nigra) variety was selected for its abundant flowering. Its pure pink flowers have deep red calyxes which makes a lovely contrast. They are not as big as flowers on Japanese cherries but the branches are c ...entire article
Minuet bears large flowers with cinnamon red corolla and almost white centre and margins. Buds are light pink to pale red. Leathery leaves are narrow, laurel-like, pointed, mid green and partly glossy. There are many cultivars combining all sorts of red, pink and burgundy shades with white, all of them beautiful, all of them very hardy. The best display is when half of the bloom cluster is still in buds which mostly have a different colour than the flowers themselves. For a happy life it MUST HAVE acidic soil (add plenty of peat). Plant it in well drained soil that has to ...entire article
Ardens is one of the older varieties with beautiful, mauve, double, open flowers. It tends to get harder and harder to get now that new varieties come every year. This one, however, proved to be a winner, blooming profusely and reliably every year, forming a dense shrub. It has very decorative leaves that are unique. They are narrowly palmate, 3-lobed, mid to dark green and coarsely toothed. If they turn yellow in summer the plant manifests too much water at the roots. They are either over-watered or planted in too heavy, water-logged soil that might cause serious problems. Hi ...entire article
This easy to grow shrub has many names and all of them say something about the beautiful scent of the flowers: sweetshrub, strawberry shrub, or even pineapple shrub. That’s because of the deliciously scented flowers which smell like a blend of strawberry jam and apple juice. Flowers are 3-5 cm across, with numerous strap-shaped petals. Their colour varies with soil conditions and amount of everyday sunlight: it is rich burgundy to deep purple or even crimson red. They come out in June (rarely in end May) and continue blooming in a few phases until early August. Oval ...entire article
A beautiful ornamental plum tree with deep purple leaves. Flowers appear in May, after the leaves have started to wrap out, and they are pale, nearly white with light purple tint. They do not flower as richly as the flowering cherries, however, this small tree is exquisite for its foliage. The small eliptical leaves are deep purple and remain such for the whole season. Ideal as a solo plant or in a group next to bright green-leafed trees and shrubs. Suitable also for hedges, too. We suggest to trim it when young to avoid certain broomness ... Likes full sun, tolerates any soil. ...entire article
Just like many beautifully flowering trees or shrubs, this flowering cherry too comes from China. It even bears a name of an ancient tendai buddhist temple. Kanzanu is a mid sized tree with double pink to magenta flowers which come out in early April and follow throughout the spring. It is probably the most showy cherry of all and therefore highly popular with garden architects. Almost leafless bare branches covered with enormous blooming is a must see in early spring as well as a must-have. Soil tolerant, prefers ...entire article
Sunburst is a mid-sized tree grafted at the bottom so the whole plant is thornless. It is usually offered as a feathered tree with branches from the ground level. It can also be trained into a tree form with a thin crown in 2m height. The trunk still keeps producing buds with leaves which should be removed as they emerge. Honey locust can offer a dappled shade, yet allowing shrubs and other plants live underneath. Fern-like, deciduous leaves of Sunburst are very attractive, up to 20 cm long, fine and textured. They emerge bright yellow, changing to light green and mid green i ...entire article
This silver maple will draw your attention to the deeply cut leaves which resemble Japanese dissectum maples. The name silver describes the underneath of the leaves which are silvery gray and glitter in the wind. In too fertile soil the branches can grow as much as 1 meter within one year and can get broken in constant winds, so we suggest finding it a sheltered spot. The crown is airy, not too dense allowing other plants live under its bright canopy. Lower branches get party pendent. Leaves turn bright golden yellow in the autumn. Any soil. Fully hardy to -34°C (USDA zone 4). La ...entire article
Susan magnolia has narrow, goblet-shaped flowers of deep pink, nearly red colour outside and slightly lighter red inside. This is the reddest coloured variety among spring magnolias. It flowers reliably already when young. It does not require pruning at all. As it has flower buds at the ends of last-year’s branches should you need to cut something off do it immediately after flowering in the spring. Deciduous magnolias are quite easy plants. All they need is light, well-drained, acidic soil with equal moisture throughout the year. Once established they can do with occasional d ...entire article
David viburnum is a handsome, compact little shrub, with eye-catching foliage. The leaves have prominent, deep veins, which give this shrub an additional 3D image. They are elliptic, emerald green with rich red or burgundy red stalks, young twigs, and flower buds. The flowers open in early spring in C.E. conditions or in autumn in milder climates, but are not the key feature. When pollinated they produce deep sky blue fruits ripening in the autumn. Thanks to its size and lush foliage David viburnum has multiple uses. It ...entire article
Otto Luyken is probably the best known and the hardiest selection among cherry laurels. It is a small, healthy shrub, which predominantly spreads to sides. It reaches no more than 1,5m in many years, therefore can be used be used for planting under trees or as a ground cover. Pointed leaves are glossy and deep green. Compound flowers are white, fragrant and appear in April, followed by very ornamental but poisonous fruits. It is common that second flowering occurs in early autumn. This cherry laurel flowers profusely. It needs slightly acidic, normal to fertile, moist soil, and ...entire article
Caucasica is a healthy, vigorous, and tall shrub that can reach 4 meters under ideal conditions. Deep green leaves are broadly elliptic and glossy. Compound flowers are white, fragrant and appear in April/May, and are followed by very ornamental non-edible fruit. Cherry laurels needs slightly acidic, fertile, moist but well-drained soil, and extra watering in frost-free periods in winter. Good mulch is essential in colder regions and after planting since it helps retain moisture. Will thrive best in semi-shade but if cultivated in good soil it does well in both full sun and deep shade. Har ...entire article
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