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WINTER DISCOUNTS 2017-2018
We are bringing you our Winter Sale which starts November 1 and ends on February 28. You can come and shop in our garden centre using our discount system, or make an order on-line for shipment or collection either now or in spring. It does not matter. The only important thing which matters is when you make your payment. It is simple and easy - when making an order on-line after filling your e-basket simply tick APPLY WINTER DISCOUNT and the system shows you automatically how much you save. Wondering how much you can save? It depends on when you pay for your order - every month has its discount:

NOVEMBER - 20%
DECEMBER - 15%
JANUARY - 10%
FEBRUARY - 5%

You can pay with your card on-line (free of charge) or via bank transfer (a transfer fee is commonly charged). We will notify you when we have received your money, and then when your plants are ready for collection or shipment in the spring.

There is another clever way of how to use our discounts even if you don't know yet what plants you will need - gift tokens. They can be ordered here and you will get the same discount as if ordering plants. Easy, isn't it? :-) Well, that's it, folks, your shopping basket is waiting!
WESTERN STAR LEO is a Shasta daisy variety introduced by Syngenta Flowers in 2016. It bears beautiful, snow white, uniform flowers with yellow discs from late May until early July, and again from mid August. Leaves are deep green and glossy, narrowly lance-shaped, distinctly serrated. The plant makes a dense, compact clump about 20 cm tall with leaves, or 30 cm tall with flowers. It looks great combined with low growing and mat-forming perennials of contrasting colours such as blue flowering lithodora. Shasta daisy ...entire article
SpinTop is a new blanket flower series from Dutch company Dümmen Orange® introduced to market after 2015. SpinTop Orange Halo is a tricky one which some may found expandable now that we have several yellow and red varieties to date. Well, not quite. This one is truly unique. Its flowers are much deeper red compared to those known so far, and the ray florets are distinctly ribbed giving the flower and extra 3D effect. Moreover, they are always firm at tops of stronger stem ...entire article
SpinTop is a new blanket flower series from Dutch company Dümmen Orange® introduced to market after 2015. SpinTop Yellow Touch left me breathless when I first saw its ingenious flowers. While yellow in many bi-coloured blanket flowers occupies a large enough portion to almost outstrip the overall flower appearance, here you will find something entirely different - a very fine line at the petal tips, so thin as if pen-drawn by a skillful artist. The centres are yellow with ...entire article
SpinTop is a new blanket flower series from Dutch company Dümmen Orange® introduced to market after 2015. SpinTop Red is a variety with rich red, daisy-like, medium large flowers. Their centres are yellow with red corolla when young, and mature to dark, almost wine red. Flowers appear from about mid June and continue blooming restlessly until October, sometimes even November if early autumn is sunny and warm. The stems are hairy and short which helps maintain a compact, m ...entire article
06.12.2017New in catalogue
blanket flower (Gaillardia "'FANFARE'")
Fanfare is a unique blanket flower which was first discovered by an English botanist Richard Read in 1997. It is a seedling mutation probably of gaillardia Goblin. Fanfare produces large, daisy-like flowers with tubular ray florets where the tube is dark red and the bell is golden yellow and divided into several acute lobes. They appear from about mid June and continue blooming restlessly until October if early autumn is sunny and warm. The stems are hairy and short whi ...entire article
LaSpider is a large-flowered Shasta daisy with fully double, snow white flowers. The petals are fringed and numerous, yet cannot hide golden yellow central discs. Flowers excel in longevity and commonly appear from about mid July for 5-6 weeks, and after a short break re-bloom to decorate your gardens and patios for late summer and early autumn. Leaves are deep green and glossy, narrowly lance-shaped, distinctively serrated. The plant makes a dense, compact clump about 20 cm tall, or 30 cm tall with flowers. Shast ...entire article
Lemon Popsicle™ is a torch lily with rich lemon yellow flowers opening from green buds. Its spike-like inflorescence appear atop strong, smooth stems from mid July. Under ideal growing conditions and in fertile soil it will flower continuously until September. Commonly it flowers for about 6 weeks and then repeats flowering in a weaker flush from early September. Semi-deciduous leaves are linear, narrow, dark green, and look like day-lily leaves but are firmer and more erect. Flowering stems are strong and do no ...entire article
Redhot Popsicle™ is a vibrant red variety. It produces spike-like inflorescence atop strong, smooth stems from mid July. Under ideal growing conditions and in fertile soil it will flower continuously until September. Commonly it flowers for about 6 weeks and then repeats flowering in a weaker flush from early September. Semi-deciduous leaves are linear, narrow, dark green, and look like day-lily leaves but are firmer and more erect. Flowering stems are strong and do not bend in wind or rain. Torch lily needs a location in full sun and humus-r ...entire article
Claire Austin rose is one of the finest white roses David Austin bred so far. It produces pleasingly cupped buds of a pale lemon shade which gradually open to form large, creamy-white, full-bloom flowers of typical English Musk delicacy. Their petals are perfectly arranged in concentric circles, with a few more loosely arranged in the centre. They have a strong fragrance based on myrrh with dashes of meadowsweet, vanilla and heliotrope. Excellent repeat flowering, hardiness, and health make this rose one of the most s ...entire article
Hansestadt Rostock® is a charming polyantha (floribunda) rose introduction by Rosen Tantau from 2010. This healthy and extremely floriferous rose produces delicate flowers of rich apricot orange and golden colour that changes to soft salmon pink as the blooms fade out. They have a lovely, sweet tea perfume, not very strong but surely attractive. This rose is disease resistant and repeats blooming from June until October. Thanks to bushy habit it makes a perfect standard rose with dense crowns, filled with beaut ...entire article
Herzogin Christiana®, or also only CHRISTIANA® is another of those beautiful light-coloured roses. It was bred by Hermann Kordes in 2003 and introduced in 2013. Open field trials proved its health and hardiness so in 2015 it was awarded ADR for being absolutely trouble-free. It produces mid-sized, 6-8 cm across flowers of strong perfume resembling lemon and champagne. They are fully double, pompon-like, light pink with almost white outer petals. The shrub has dark gr ...entire article
LEONARDO DA VINCI® is from French Romantica™ series rose bred by Alain Meilland. This rose was introduced in 1994 and has been popular ever since, mainly owing to abundant flowering and great health. Its flowers are bright pink, medium sized (10-12 cm across), with a light tea fragrance. Petal count varies greatly - anything from 40 to 80 petals, and we reckon that the older the plant is the more petals it produces, irrespective of feeding. Flowers come out from early June almost continuously until the firs ...entire article
German polyantha rose Märchenzauber® that was named much more simply BLISS® for the rest of the world is one of them. Its medium sized flowers (8-10 cm across) are a very soft shade of peach with a hidden golden light in the centre which shows up only when the flower has matured. Numerous petals form a perfect, fully double cupped form. Beauty of beauties, indeed. Fragrance is rich and strong on hot and sunny days, otherwise it has medium depth, revealing ripe aprico ...entire article
LEONARDO DA VINCI® is from French Romantica™ rose series bred by Alain Meilland. This rose was introduced in 1994 and has been popular ever since, mainly owing to abundant flowering and great health. Its flowers are bright pink, medium sized (10-12 cm across), with a light tea fragrance. Petal count varies greatly - anything from 40 to 80 petals, and we reckon that the older the plant is the more petals it produces, irrespective of feeding. Flowers come out from early June almost continuously until the firs ...entire article
Bentheimer Gold® is a polyantha (floribunda) rose bred by Tim Hermann Kordes in 2001. It was introduced in 2015, and launched in Velké Pavlovice, the Czech Republic, one year later (2016) where it received the name Pálava® after a famous wine-growing region. It produces mid-sized, about 6-8 cm across, non-scented flowers from June until October. They emerge rich apricot orange with pink highlights, and mature to soft golden orange. Leaves are dark green, very glossy ...entire article
Bentheimer Gold® is a polyantha (floribunda) rose bred by Tim Hermann Kordes in 2001. It was introduced in 2015, and launched in Velké Pavlovice, the Czech Republic, one year later (2016) where it received the name Pálava® after a famous wine-growing region. It produces mid-sized, about 6-8 cm across, non-scented flowers from June until October. They emerge rich apricot orange with pink highlights, and mature to soft golden orange. Leaves are dark green, very glossy ...entire article
It is difficult to tell if breeders from Rosen Tantau expected that their hybrid tea rose Nostalgie® rose would become such a blockbuster after its release in 1995. This rose has been a top seller ever since irrespective of how many new varieties are introduced every year for it is truly unique. Nostalgie® rose produces mid-sized, semi-double flowers with creamy white centres and rich cherry red outer petals. The colour play is visible from a distance but what comes as a lightning is the bewitching perfume w ...entire article
Schloss Ippenburg, or Father of Peace® is a hybrid tea rose bred by Alain Meilland in 1996. It produces large, fully double, highly fragrant flowers that are 13-14 cm across, soft pink when opening from buds, maturing to very pale flesh colour. As a midseason variety it begins blooming from late June and continues in abundance until October. Leaves are extremely healthy. Planting instructions: Prepare a hole of size 30x30 cm. Put your rose in the way that the grafting ...entire article
Roseromantic® is another rose you would probably found growing at the tower where Sleeping Beauty snoozed while waiting for Princ Charming. It was bred by Reimer Kordes (†1997) in 1985 as a polyantha (floribunda) shrub rose. Its stunning flowers are so simple, they are single, pale pink to almost white with richer pink margins and lower petals, especially towards the end of the season, 8-10 cm across, and flower continuously from June till October. Deciduous leaves are absolutely healthy, dark green, and gl ...entire article
RED LEONARDO DA VINCI® is fantastic red polyantha (floribunda) rose from France, bred by Meilland International in 2005. It is a cross between Rote Max Graf, Cassandra, and Bonica. It bears medium-sized, deep red, fully double, lightly scented flowers which come out from early June almost continuously until the first frost. The foliage of this rose is extremely healthy and disease-resistant so the leaves are very dark green and glossy all season long, emerging dark wine red which is the same colour of young twigs ...entire article
AUGUSTA LUISE® is a stunning hybrid tea rose by Rosen Tantau from 1999. Even the breeder admits that this is one of their best roses of all times. Rich perfume and incredible continuous production of flowers make it a demanded jewel for every garden. The flowers are large, and buds open into small, tousled heads with rich pink margins, and mature into salmon-pink colour with golden orange centres. Then, especially in hot summer months, the flowers turn pale orange, almost beige, and finally gain bright pink shade ...entire article
23.11.2017New in catalogue
rhododendron (Rhododendron "'SIMSON'")
Simson rhododendron is a result of multiple hybridization where possibly the key parent was a Chinese wild form r. wardii from S.E. Tibet and N.E. parts of Yunnan province. Further crossing with hardier species and varieties significantly increased hardiness of this variety as well as improved its flower colour. The open bell-shaped flowers are medium to light yellow without a blotch on the upper lip. Evergreen leaves are flat, medium to olive green, and matte. Simson is popular also for its faster growth rate ...entire article
Diamant Orange is a notable achievement with warm red flowers which, on a sunny afternoon, may bear some resemblance to orange colour but let's be honest, it is NOT orange, though a beautiful colour. The flowers 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 use fertilizers enh ...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
Black Lace is an older and proved variety of hardy camellia, in fact one of the best reds available. Its is a hybrid of c.reticulata and c.williamsii and has so far withstood -20°C. Its fully double, dahlia-like flowers are rich red, and bloom from early April for 6 to 8 weeks if the plant has enough buds. These are formed from the previous year and need as long as half a year to mature. Leaves are evergreen, ovate, leather, deep green, and very glossy so even without flowers the shrub looks lush and beautiful. April ...entire article
07.10.2017HELLEBORES
We have a new supply of long-awaited, fresh hellebores. Altogether 9 varieties, 7 of which you can find in our Catalogue, and 2 varieties are new. These are Shooting Star and Sophie, they will soon be introduced here on our News page. Most of them have flower buds, some of them are blooming already, and 3 varieties are late i.e. they will be making buds from winter.
30.09.2017CHANGE OF OPENING TIMES
From October 1 we are closed on Sundays and all holidays.
Silberwolke is a beautiful yaku hybrid bred by Hans Hachmann in 1963. It bears profusion of bell-shaped flowers opening from abundant trusses consisting of 12-16 buds. Flowers are clear pink first, maturing to snow white. They open late in the season - from end May until mid June. Evergreen leaves are short, broadly elliptic, slightly convex, mid to dark green and glossy. Reverse is covered with suede-like indumentum. Young plants form rounded shrubs which spread with age showing more prominent tiers. Tests proved ...entire article
Hachmann's Picobello® is a proof that it is worth waiting for the best result of the many crossings a breeder has to make in order to have enough material to select new plants from. This gorgeous rhododendron makes outstanding, large flowers which are open wide, pure white with a deep garnet red blotch and dots on the upper lip, and slightly frilled margins. They open from light beige buds from late May. Evergreen leaves are long, elliptic, dark green, and very glossy. The shrub is compact and forms a wide and rat ...entire article
Rhododendrons with dark flowers are still among the most popular varieties among these evergreen shrubs. No wonder breeders keep coming up with new, improved cultivars like this one called Dramatic Dark®. It looks like enhanced Azzuro variety - large, wide-open flowers of deep purple-violet colour with frilled margins and a very dark, almost black blotch. Evergreen leaves are leathery but thinner than usual, almost flat, elongated, mid green, and matte. D ...entire article
Sylphides is an old English variety of deciduous azalea from 1950. It makes lovely, bi-coloured flowers with a conspicuous golden yellow blotch on the upper lip. Flower buds are salmon pink. Deciduous leaves are oval to elongated, mid green in summer and coppery orange and crimson red in autumn. It grows moderately forming a nice shrub, almost as wide as tall. Deciduous azaleas are ericaceous plants, loving insulate position with always moist soil. During temporary summer dry spells in certain areas their leaves ma ...entire article
Fireglow is a red-leaved Japanese maple variety from Italy. It is similar to Bloodgood with less vigorous growth and brighter red colour, and Atropurupureum with more upright habit and richer leaf colour. Leaves are palmate, 5-lobed, deciduous, glowing crimson red when they emerge and shiny burgundy red in summer, turning bright red again in autumn. It commonly forms a nice shape, evenly branched, almost as wide as tall with age. Japanese maples need constantly moist soil that has to be well-drained, acidic to neut ...entire article
Chestnut Leaf is probably the most common variety when you happen to come across a Koehne holly in Europe early 21st century. I am giving this date deliberately in case you are reading this article in 2050 or later, laughing how come that we used to be so deprived having just one Koehne holly then. Anyway, back to the subject. Its name reckons there is a similarity to sweet chestnut leaves which I can only confirm. The leaves are up to 15 cm long, broadly elliptic, serrated or short-spined at margins, rich green, and glossy. The difference is that they are leathery and evergreen. It is a femal ...entire article
Trompenburg Japanese maple was found as a seedling plant in Dutch arboretum of the same name in Rotterdam. Its unique foliage, vigorous growth, and good health are something that makes me wonder why it is not more widespread and available in European nurseries and garden centres as opposed to other commercially successful red-leaved varieties which are prone to diseases. Trompenburg variety has extraordinary leaves which are botanically classified as palmate (like all Japa ...entire article
Summer Gold is a special Japanese maple with yellow-green foliage that is very resistant to heat and sun, and is commonly grown in locations where yellow and green coloured maples fail to perform. The leaves are 5 or 7-lobed, palmate, bright golden or almost orange yellow with some salmon orange-pink shades when they emerge, and mature to very light lime green in summer whilst majority of insolated foliage remains golden yellow. The best show, however, kicks off in autumn when they slowly turn coral orange, salmon pin ...entire article
30.11.2017New stock
holm oak (Quercus ilex)
Holm oak or holly oak (holm is an old word for holly) is native to the Mediterranean and is spread from southern parts of Italy, France, Spain and Portugal, to west Balkan and milder parts of North Africa. It used to form vast areas of evergreen forests most of which are chopped down today. It was first described in 1753 and many sources until this day claim it is not drought tolerant. In fact it very drought tolerant once established which why it is commonly cultivated in heat-accumulated and paved city squares. In the wild ...entire article
Carré Rouge is a French selection of Fraser's photinia from Red Robin variety. It originated in Nantes and produces smaller leaves of intensely red colour when young, maturing to deep green, yet keeping the top leaves crimson or wine red. New leaves with red colour emerge at least twice a year: in early spring and in late summer, and you can bring the second phase forward by pruning the shrub in early summer just as the new leaves turn green. Young twigs are r ...entire article
This rhododendron variety is commonly mislabeled as Diadem. It is not correct since the real Diadem originated in England already in 1862 and is white. This one is lilac pink and was bred by Hans Hachmann in Germany more than 100 year later - in 1969. It is a cross between Hachmann’s Ornament and Furnivall’s Daughter. Hachmann’s Diadem rhododendron is a showstopper. Bright lilac pink flowers with a conspicuous dark red blotch on the upper lip and slightly frilled ...entire article
Petticoat® is a beautiful variety bred by Hans Hachmann in 1988. It makes quite large, semi-double or almost fully double flowers that are pink with red dots. They come out in mid May for 2-3 weeks. Small, ovate to elliptic leaves are deep green in summer, turning coppery orange and burgundy red for autumn and winter. They are quite reliably evergreen. The shrub is low and compact. 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 ...entire article
Schneekrone (Crown of Snow) is a white wonder bred by Hans Hachmann in 1968. It produces highly elegant, snow white flowers with burgundy red dots on the upper lip, opening from pink buds from about mid May for 2-3 weeks. The evergreen leaves are leathery, broadly elliptic, dark green, and rather matte. 10-year-old plants reach about 80-90 cm tall and a little more in width, in a neat, cushion-like habit. It is a cross between varieties Koichiro Wada and Humboldt. Tests proved that deadheading of these hybrids does not influence formation of flower ...entire article
Red Leonardo Da Vinci® is fantastic red rose from Meilland breeding, grafted as a standard rose. It bears medium-sized, deep red, fully double, lightly scented flowers which come out from early June almost continuously until the first frost. The foliage of this rose is extremely healthy and disease-resistant so the leaves are very dark green and glossy all season long, emerging dark wine red which is the same colour of young twigs. Planting instructions: Plant it in the same level as it is now in the container ...entire article
Snowflake is possibly the earliest flowering oak-leaved hydrangea bred so far. From early June, as soon as hot weather comes, it produces large, cone-shaped, pendent panicles for about two months. They are 30-40 cm long and composed of white, double, sterile flowers whose petals grow in up to 5 layers ending with a couple of small, almost green ones in the very centre. Fertile flowers are pale green and tiny and are often covered by sterile ones. It makes very attractive, shallowly lobed, deciduous, somewhat coars ...entire article
Brenelia is an elegant novelty variety of Portugal laurel from early 21st century. In appearance and use it is similar to Angustifolia variety but has larger leaves with undulated margins. The stalks and new stems are rich burgundy red not only in winter but most of the growing season. It grows moderately and very dense into a regular, pyramidal shrub. In our climate it seldom reaches 3m tall. Blossoms are numerous racemes, compound of white, sweetly scented flowers in late May and early June. Fruits are black berries ...entire article
Kabarett is a fantastic achievement bred by Hans Hachmann in 1984. It is one of the best rhododendrons with violet flowers. They are pale lilac-violet with a prominent deep burgundy red blotch in the throat and frilled margins, and come out from late May until early June. Evergreen leaves are dark green, leathery, elongated, and glossy. It is a healthy, strong growing shrub which in maturity will be wider than tall. 10-year old plants may reach about 1.3 tall and about 1.5m wide. In order to keep the plants lookin ...entire article
PINK is a FOREVER & EVER® hydrangea with large, clear pink flowers. They open from greenish-yellow buds in early summer and continue blooming in several flushes by early autumn. To achieve pink or red shades your soil should be alkaline with pH of 6.0-6.2. If you are unsure about your soil pH buy a simple testing kit and if needed add some dolomitic lime to reduce soil acidity. It produces large, globular, mop-head flowers on both old and new wood so you don’t have to worry about pruning or unexpected fro ...entire article
Feuerzauber is a witch hazel variety that is in English speaking countries marketed as FIRE CHARM, while a more accurate translation says ‘fire magic’ and that name really fits. When this shrub is at its blooming peak it does look like on fire. The flowers have the colour of the hottest flame of a fire torch – deep red with fiery orange. They are fringe-like and very fragrant, their perfume is stronger than on yellow flowering varieties and deeper fruity. ...entire article
Mimosaceae plants are common and popular mainly in southern Europe for their high tolerance to drought as well as attractive and long lasting flowering. Even though they come from subtropical parts of the world there is one species hardy enough to be grown in our climate - silk tree. Silk tree comes from Iran and is typical for its dome-shaped crown and pink flowers over a long period in summer. They are pink, hairy spheres with nearly white centres, 3-5 cm large and with a sweet fragrance. Fern-like leaves are deep green ...entire article
Horizontalis is a small variety of maidenhair tree with almost flat canopy with deciduous, 4-7 cm wide, fan-shaped, divided, mid green leaves (botanically classified as needles), that change to fantastic shade of bright golden yellow in autumn. It grows relatively slowly making some 20-30 cm per year. Total height of this variety depends on the stem height it is grafted on. It usually does not exceed 3m but mature trees can be twice as wide. Yet, its spread is easily controlled by early spring pruning. Maidenhair ...entire article
Metallica is an awesome variety of rhododendron bred by Holger Hachmann. It produces profusion of pure violet flowers with very dark, almost black blotch from late May until early June when most other rhododendrons have finished flowering. Evergreen leaves are leathery, ovate, very dark green and glossy. Metallica grows moderately into a wide shrub. For a better looking plant 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 a ...entire article
Benifuji is a Japanese dogwood variety which in this case originated in Japan, near Mount Fuji. It was found among selected seedlings in Shinkyo Gotenba-shi nursery already in 1970, still, its patent was released only in 1994 (PP8,676). Benifuji (or Beni Fuji) is a Japanese dogwood with the deepest pink purple bracts known to trade so far (2014). The colour depth even beats another old favourite Satomi whose bracts turn rich pink later after opening while Benifuji offers ri ...entire article
Forever&Ever® WHITE is a new mop-head hydrangea from early 2010’s with pure white flowers that open from pale lime green buds. If you ask what kind of soil pH white colour might need, rest assured that it is not important. White colour can take any soil pH and will always be just white. It produces large, globular, mop-head flowers on both old and new wood so you don’t have to worry about pruning or unexpected frost or any other damage. You will always have flowers. This variety is supposed to star ...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 nam ...entire article
Viveleg silverthorn is a bushy, upright growing, evergreen shrub with irregularly variegated leaves. They are leathery, oval to ovate, partially undulated, and glossy. The centres are dark green, the margins are rich yellow, and the borderline between these two colours is light green but is not present on all leaves. Newly emerging leaves are silvery-beige. Twigs are orange-brown and the colder weather comes in autumn the deeper the colour gets. Apart from the foliage this plant is also interesting for its almost ...entire article
This Japanese holly is a unique species formerly known as ilex mutchagara. Its correct Latin name is far too long and a bit complicated to both pronounce and spell, hence its modern trade name IMPALA® holly. The easiest way to describe IMPALA® holly is to compare it with Japanese box-leaved holly ilex crenata. It differs in larger leaves and faster growth. IMPALA® holly has 2-3 cm long, elliptic, evergreen leaves ...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
Japanese azaleas are very popular features of our gardens. Diamant series comes from Germany and consists of a few varieties bred by Carl Fleischmann in 1969. All of them manifest a very compact and dense growth, and profusion of flowers every year. Diamant Rot is rich purple red but not warm red like for instance Maruschka. The flowers come out from mid May until early June. The leaves are deep green, small, ovate, very glossy, and reliably evergreen. The plant forms a neat cushion when young, and makes almost ...entire article
Japanese azaleas are very popular features of our gardens. Diamant series comes from Germany and consists of a few varieties bred by Carl Fleischmann in 1969. All of them manifest a very compact and dense growth, and profusion of flowers every year. Diamant Weiss has snow white flowers from late May until early June. The leaves are deep green, small, ovate, very glossy, and reliably evergreen. The plant forms a neat cushion when young, and makes almost tiered horizontal layers with age. You can use for bonsai m ...entire article
Japanese azaleas are very popular features of our gardens. Diamant series comes from Germany and consists of a few varieties bred by Carl Fleischmann in 1969. All of them manifest a very compact and dense growth, and profusion of flowers every year. Diamant Rosa has pure pink flowers from late May until early June. The leaves are deep green, small, ovate, very glossy, and reliably evergreen. The plant forms a neat cushion when young, and makes almost tiered horizontal layers with age. You can use for bonsai mak ...entire article
Kleiner Turm (Small Tower) is a German variety of Austrian pine. It is a dwarf plant of widely columnar, compact habit and slow growth. It has long, stiff, deep green needles. Mature size has not been observed yet but is expected to reach about 1.5m. It will look great as a small specimen in a lawn, or will be a perfect piece in a Japanese garden, or a large rockery surrounded by stones, white sand or pebbles. It can be grown in a large outdoor container. Pines need full sun and well-drained soil that will not be t ...entire article
Wren is a dwarf rhododendron from Great Britain, bred by P.A. Cox in 1971. It is a cross between r.ludlowii and „Yaku Fairy“. Its evergreen leaves are small, leathery, ovate, and mid green, turning bronze in winter. It gets completely smothered with pale yellow, widely campanulate flowers in mid spring. It grows slowly into a compact shrub of equal height and width when young (5-7 years), and when it reaches about 40 cm high it slows down vertical growth and starts spreading to sides, forming ...entire article
Robert Seleger is a unique rhododendron variety. It was bred by Dietrich G. Hobbie from German nursery town Westerstede in 1960. It is a hybrid where only one parent is known: rhododendron calostrotum ssp. keleticum, nevertheless, the result is fascinating. Mounding habit, slow growth, neat and compact shape make it a beautiful feature all year round. The unique bit about it is the foliage. The evergreen leaves are narrowly lanceolate with a conspicuous tip. In May appear masses of light pink flowers with deep ...entire article
Canzonetta is a Japanese azalea bred by Hans Hachmann in 1987, and is still among the most popular varieties until today. The reasons are rich colour, compact shape, and reliable evergreen foliage. Canzonetta bears medium-large double flowers of rich magenta red colour. Leaves are small, broadly elliptic to almost rounded, very glossy, rich green in summer and changing to deep purple or bronze in winter. The plant makes a compact cushion or a ground cover, growing only about 3 ...entire article
Oberon is a cushion-like, dwarf variety of Korean fir. It grows slowly into a low, mounding shrub that is only about 30-40 cm tall and 40-60 cm wide in 15 years. Its evergreen needles are short, glossy, deep green with silvery underneath, and grow densely 360° around the branches. Oberon Korean fir does not loose needles even on older branches unless cultivated in unsuitable conditions. Thanks to limited size it is ideal for small gardens ...entire article
Rhododendron Dora Amateis is an old favourite from the USA, bred in 1951 by Edmond Amateis from Brewster, New York. The plant is a cross between r.minus and r.ciliatum, and bears profusion of pure white, funnel-shaped flowers in May. The evergreen leaves are unique for a dwarf rhododendron, unlike many others with small, oval leaves, this one has medium-sized, narrowly elongated, glossy, leathery leaves with a pointed tip. They resemble those of another variety called Robert Seleger. Slow grow ...entire article
Lucky Strike is a beautiful variety of Colorado spruce which, in fact, does not look like a spruce at all. Rather a dwarf pine with short needles. They are dark green with silvery film thanks to which the plant looks mid green on the overall. Also attractive is the honey-yellow colour of new branches that are quite thick. Reddish-brown cones are produced on already young plants. Lucky Strike grows slowly and will be about 1.2m tall and a little less wide in 10 years. It can be trimmed or clipped in early spring or ...entire article
HeckenzwergŸ is a fantastic holly novelty bred by Holger Hachmann in early 1990’s as a cross between Myrtifolia holly and common holly. It was introduced in 2009 and patented under No. PP22,979 three years later. It is a compact, slow growing, mound-forming holly with narrow, highly glossy, deep green leaves with marginal teeth, curled a little at tips. It can be trimmed or clipped in mid-s ...entire article
Molli is a dwarf variety of Korean fir from late 20th century. It is a compact, smaller version of common Korean fir with rich green, short, glossy needles with silver-grey film underneath. It grows slowly and develops a more or less regular conical shape. It always has a central leader giving it a typical appearance of a fir tree, just much smaller. Lateral branches grow upright, and are held at an angle of about 45°. Molli does not reach much taller than 2m tall and about ...entire article
Smooth cypress comes from SW of the USA and is probably the only true cypress that can survive winters of zone 6. Sulphurea is a French variety from 1963. As the name suggests, it has light yellow colour of new growths that turn pale yellow or light sulphur yellow in summer. The foliage forms typically thin, thread-like branches which are always erect when emerging, and are covered with small, pointed, scale-like leaves (needles). The dorsal glands produce tiny resin flecks that release very fragrant scent without hav ...entire article
Blue and Gold is another bi-coloured variety of juniper from the Pfitzer group. Juvenile branches look like cypress branches with fans of small, scale-like needles lying flat on the branches. Thanks to that young leaves are so nice to touch (non-prickly). Its main colour is blue-green and up to 50% of the branches emerge banana yellow, not variegated but solely yellow along the entire length of the branch. They are at an angle of about 45° with bended tips. Blue and Gold juniper grow ...entire article
Black Sea holly lives naturally in the regions of Balkan Peninsula, Caucasus, and some parts of Turkey. It is becoming less and less common in the wild mainly because of excess exploitation of forests which make the typical microclimate for this holly. It used to be considered a subspecies of common holly ilex aquifoilum until Antonina Ivanovna Pojarkova gave detailed description and comparison for this plant, and classified it as separate species. Black Sea holly...entire article
This rhododendron is currently the flag ship of Hachmann’s nurseries in Germany. It was bred and introduced by Holger Hachmann in 2009, and named after his late father Hans Hachmann (†2004). It bears uniquely coloured flowers with almost white centres, deep violet purple margins, and velvety red blotch on the upper lip. All colours are distinctly divided from one another which enhance the multicoloured effect. The inflorescence is compact, erect, and may consist of 11 up to 22 individual flowers. The everg ...entire article
Fastigiata Blagon is a French variety of maidenhair tree with narrowly conical or almost columnar growth. It bears deciduous, 4-7 cm wide, fan-shaped, divided, mid green leaves (botanically classified as needles), that change to fantastic shade of bright golden yellow in autumn. It is often pruned or sheared to achieve a more compact shape and denser habit which will help the tree produce a breathtaking show in autumn. It grows relatively slowly with 30-40 cm per year. Mature size is expected to exceed 10m but the ...entire article
Being addicted to special and rare plants I could not miss this unique holly which comes from the USA and is extremely hard to find in Europe. I cannot figure out why knowing that it proves to be one of the hardiest and at the same time utterly beautiful evergreen plants. Long-stalk holly is a spineless holly whose leaves are entire, which means they have soft margins with no spines at all. More than a holly this plant looks like a subtropical ficus benjamina. The leaves are evergreen and pendent which gives the plant a very relaxed appearance. That is why ...entire article
Fireball is one of the most sought-after deciduous azaleas. It has mid-sized, fiery orange-red flowers that have a pleasant sweet scent. Deciduous leaves emerge bronze-red, mature to mid green, and turn burgundy red in autumn. It grows moderately to fast, some 20-30 cm per year, forming an airy shrub with almost equal height and spread. Deciduous azaleas are ericaceous plants, loving insulate position with always moist soil. During temporary summer dry spells in certain areas their leaves may suffer and be prone to ...entire article
Little Rascal® is a beautiful new variety of blue holly, found in US nursery Monrovia in 1996 as a natural mutation of another blue holly called Blue Boy. The plant exhibits unique features, distinctly different from its parent for which it was patented under PP9,999 as ilex x “Mondo”. Little Rascal® is a compact and slow growing variety of blue holly. It bears plentiful of approx. 3 cm long leaves that are evergreen, undulated, richly serrated at ...entire article
Carnaval is a beautiful and colourful variety of Japanese lily-of-the-valley shrub. This evergreen gem shows narrowly lance-shaped, evergreen leaves that are dark green in the middle and creamy white along the margins. New foliage is vivid red or purple-pink. This colour remains for a few weeks before it matures to variegated. New growths are often shown again in late summer. Well established plants grown under good conditions bear long racemes of small lily-of-the-valley like white flowers from March to April. De ...entire article
Toskana Smaragd is a fascinating novelty arborvitae as well as a clever idea from a nursery in Germany. They did not come up with a brand new variety, they simply used one that naturally grew slim. The idea was to give it a desired shape from young age to achieve a dense and compact framework that would assure excellent structure for the years to come. Toskana Smaragd is a slow growing conifer of a slender habit and gorgeous emerald green colour all year round, without winter ...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
Oriental sweetgum is a beautiful, slow growing shrub or a small tree from SW Asia. It bears attractive, deeply cut leaves that are fresh green from spring until late summer, and turning rich yellow in neutral soil or orange and red in highly acidic soil in autumn. Each lobe is decorated with a pair of small antlers along the sides. Bark is smooth and on young twigs glossy and burgundy red. Oriental sweet gum forms an elegant, densely branched shrub of a somewhat pyramidal when young, becoming more rounded with age. Pruni ...entire article
Sheep laurel is a dwarf version of mountain laurel and comes from southeastern parts of the USA. The leaves look like miniature laurel hence its name. Rubra is probably the best-known variety. It produces masses of deep pink to purple red flowers that open from burgundy red buds in June. They have no scent and the buds are formed the year before so if you want a profusely flowering plant fertilize it from midsummer when the plant starts producing flower buds. The leaves are evergreen, narrowly elliptic, deep green ...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
Hachmann’s Feuerschein is an outstanding variety of rhododendron with large, cherry red to deep red flowers. They come out from the end of May until the middle of June. Evergreen leaves are dark green, partly glossy. It grows moderately into a compact shrub with profusion of flowers already on young plants. 10-year-old plants are just over a meter tall and a little wider. It can be placed in full sun or part shade where it will withstand deeper frost. It was bred by Hans Hachmann in 1978 and has received several ...entire article
After a huge success with BREPO® variety, a breeder of pines from Switzerland Henri Bregeon comes up with another dwarf pine variety, this time called Marie Bregeon. It is a result of a controlled crossbreeding of pinus nigra and pinus densiflora, both of which were H.Bregeon’s own selections. Surprisingly the new plant was kept with the species name nigra irrespective of cross-breeding. It was patented in the USA under PP13,870 in 2001. ...entire article
Humpy is a very beautiful variety of dwarf mountain pine introduced in 1979. It grows extremely slowly into a cushion-like, mound-forming shrub that is some 50 cm tall and a little over one meter wide in 15 years. Its evergreen needles are short, stiff, rich green, and are borne in pairs. Annual growths are small and make numerous little “heads” which emphasizes plant’s dense and compact habit. Humpy is suitable for conifer gardens as well as large rockeri ...entire article
Little Champion is a witche’s broom of another Japanese cedar variety called Gracilis, found in Europe. It is very similar to Nana Gracilis variety but has slightly different foliage and shape and grows smaller. Little Champion is a dense, compact conifer with rounded branches that look like woven rope. The needles are curved, inward-pointing, bright green as they emerge and emerald green in all seasons ...entire article
This photinia was given a nice name Cassini, but is marketed as PINK MARBLE®. That name tells the truth, though. PINK MARBLE® is an evergreen shrub producing dark green leaves that emerge rich red with white margins, maturing to deep green with silvery-white veins just like marble, gaining pink shades later in the season. Such colouration deserves a well chosen spot in your garden where it can fully display its assets. Young plants grow fast – 30 cm (in garden ...entire article
Rhododendron Lagerfeuer is another successful hybrid bred by Hans Hachmann in 1960. It is a cross between Nova Zembla and Mars. Lagerfeuer bears large, deep red flowers with a hint of purple red shade, opening from end May until early June, and produces abundance of flowers regularly. It grows moderately, reaching only about 1m tall and wide in 10 years, though, adult plants are supposed to exceed 2m in both directions. We have experienced very good tolerance to full sun if grown in good soil. Evergreen leaves are widely elliptic, deep green and not ve ...entire article
Would you like a gnom for your garden? Not the one from plaster, a living one – a dwarf pine called the same name = Gnom. This one is very beautiful, slow and dense growing with short to medium sized, dark green needles. It is mound-forming when young, making a shrub about 60 cm tall and almost twice as wide when 10 years old. Later it slows down spreading, and makes more height, so in maturity its height and spread are equal – encyclopedia says it can reach up to 3m in 25 years which is hard to believe. ...entire article
Brigitte is a fantastic rhododendron, no wonder that its breeder Hans Hachmann gave it a girl’s name – I bet the girl was as charming as this piece. Brigitte is a compact and very bushy growing rhododendron that will attract your attention yet before it starts flowering. It bears handsome, evergreen, glossy, long and narrowly lanceolate leaves that persist for as long as 3 years before the plant drops them. Flowers are as beautiful as the leaves – they burst out late in the season from pink buds i ...entire article
Varella is a dwarf pine variety from 1999. From the first look it resembles another dwarf pine variety: Hesse. Still, Varella is smaller and more globular in habit. Its evergreen needles are quite long – up to 11 cm, curly, and deep green almost all year round, only in winter they may turn a little more light green or yellow green. It grows slowly and its new needles remain very short (3 cm) for almost the entire season, awaiting spring of the following ...entire article
Lily-of-the-valley shrubs are very popular ericaceous plants with attractive foliage and abundant flowering. Cupido is a compact variety which keeps its form without pruning and will fit even the smallest of gardens. Its evergreen leaves are short, narrowly elliptic with a pointed tip, deep green, and mat. In spring they emerge coppery red like photinias and mature only about 6 weeks later. This show repeats once or twice again throughout the season. Cupido is more attractive for its flower buds rather than flower ...entire article
Corallinum is a handsome variety of Japanese maple, similar to Sango Kaku. but much slower growing. It has medium-sized, deciduous, palmate leaves that emerge bright pink early in the spring, changing to soft green or yellow green in summer, and turning red in autumn. Leaf stalks remain pink-red from spring until autumn. As the weather turns colder another feature becomes visible – coral pink shade of the bark and branches. So when the plant is bare wit ...entire article
Mogambo is a fantastic variety of deep purple-blue rhododendron bred by Holger Hachmann in 2004. Its flowers are large, open wide with slightly frilled margins, marked with a deep maroon-red blotch in the throat. Evergreen leaves are leathery, elongated and quite long – up to 17 cm. It grows medium fast and can reach about 1.4m tall and 1.6m wide when 10 years old. Received Silver Medal at horticultural fair BUGA in Munich in 2005. For richer flowering and growth dead-head where possible. The roots are shallo ...entire article
Mexican oak is not a widespread tree. It is not listed in many encyclopedias in America and is almost non existent in Europe as it is too tender to grow in most parts of the old continent. Still, there is a mention in 1979 of a special sport selected from this species. At that time Internet was yet to be born and news of any kind took long to get to the right ears. But some European growers did not sleep and began its cultivation. The result came much later - in 2006 when it was presented at a garden exhibition in Dutch town Zundert under the name Maya. Worthily it was rew ...entire article
We are happy to present our selection of a sweetgum that was gained in Italian nurseries. It bears our name SAFRO®and we believe that you will find it as attractive as we do. It is a deciduous tree that has larger leaves than the species. They are deeply lobed, fresh green, and glossy, and offer a fantastic colour show in the autumn when they change to the following colours: golden-orange, scarlet red and deep purple and burgundy red. And what is most interesting – all at the same time on one tree. Coloured leaves remain on the tree for a considerable period of t ...entire article
Yoshino cherry brings joy to spring gardens with profusion of white flowers borne from deep red calyxes. It is a hybrid cherry that came from crossing prunus sunhirtella and prunus speciosa. The flowers appear on bare branches in early spring – around April and are followed by deciduous, cherry-like leaves that are rich green in summer and turn vivid golden-orange, scarlet red and burgundy purple in autumn. This tree is not popular only for its flowers and autumn foliage. For 12 months a year it gives away a wonderful view of an irregular crown with arching branches which make ...entire article
Originally named Snofozam after it was put to trade this hybrid weeping cherry received a nicer name Snow Fountains® which tells everything. In the spring it produces masses of lightly scented pure white flowers along plentiful of weeping branches that may run almost to the ground unless pruned. Leaves appear after flowering and are narrowly obovate or elliptic with serrated margins, mid green and partly glossy, turning multiple colours in the autumn: yellow, orange, and various shades of red. It grows medium fast and grafted at the top it makes strictly wee ...entire article
Germany has another novelty among blue hollies. Its name is Heckenpracht and it is a cross between ilex aquifolium Pyramidalis and ilex x meserveae Blue Prince®. Heckenpracht is a bushy shrub with upright branches and evergreen, medium large, glossy leaves that are dark green and serrated at margins but not sharp. As a male variety it is an ideal pollinator for combination with female hollies to produce berries in autumn. Meserveae hollies are ca ...entire article
Blue Peter is an old time favourite rhododendron whose origin is dated in 1930. It produces rich trusses of large, frilled flowers. Their colour is violet-mauve towards the margins and almost white in the centres with a large, deep burgundy red blotch. They come out from end May until early June. Evergreen leaves are leathery, dark green. It is a medium fast growing shrub that can be some 90 cm tall and 140 cm wide in 10 years. For richer flowering and growth dead-head where possible. The roots are shallow, spreading to sides in search for nutrients. Never plant them to ...entire article
Lavendula is a gentle touch of lilac-lavender colour in your ericaceous border. This slow growing rhododendron is a fantastic piece with medium-sized flowers that are much bigger than the leaves. Those are evergreen and leathery, elliptic with a sharp tip. It is a successful cross between the following three rhododendron species: 'russatum x saluenense' x rubiginosum. It was bred and introduced by one of the most contributing rhododendron breeders in Germany in 1952. Prefers sunny locations. For richer flowering and growth dead-head where possible. The roots are shallo ...entire article
Keleticum is a sought-after species of dwarf rhododendron from Tibet and SW China. It has deep lilac-pink to bright purple, small flowers on long-ish stalks, and 5-10 mm long, dark green, glossy leaves. It belongs to dwarf, prostrate growing rhododendrons forming cushion-like groundcovers. They are highly valued in Japanese-style gardens where they are called living stones. It blooms later than many hybrids and once it starts flowering it offers a stunning show of hundreds of flowers for which the leaves are barely visible. No pruning recommended. Slow grower. Grow thi ...entire article
Francois Treyve evergreen magnolia is more compact than the species. It bears deep green, glossy, broadly ovate or almost rounded leaves with cinnamon-brown leathery undersides that protect them from drying winds and cold. Flowers appear from the first hot and sunny days of summer. They are beautiful as on any bull bay magnolia, creamy white in colour, 20 cm or a little more across, very fragrant. One flower lasts for 1-3 days only but they pop up continuously one by one. Well established, mature plants can produce buds and bloom for as long as 2 months if the weather is sunny an ...entire article
Tamarisk is a beautiful plant with tiny leaves and profusion of flowers in late summer. The flowers are small, pink, composed in long racemes. Deciduous leaves are scale-like, blue-green, very small. Overall appearance is feathery and very fluffy and the plant looks great in a Mediterranean-style landscape, or combined with other larger plants with leathery foliage. It grows medium fast and looks best when pruned annually. Cut back 80% of previous year's growth in early spring to encourage new growth with plentiful of flowers on a dense and compact shrub. Comparison of salt ceda ...entire article
Mountain pines and dwarf pines are common conifers of our gardens. Their limited size and dense habit is often welcome in less spacious areas. Laurin is a slow growing variety of such dwarf mountain pine with short, dark green needles and mounding habit. It grows about 50 cm tall and twice as wide while keeping a rounded outline. It is a favourite variety for bonsai makers. Dwarf pines look nice in small front yards or combined with taller shrubs and small trees where they help to fill the lower space. They are ideal for larger rockeries, containers on patios, and look ...entire article
Incrediball® is a beautiful and new variety of sevenbark. It is very similar to Annabelle, however, it has a few improved features which make this plant a sought-after item. Incrediball® has typical mop-head flowers of pure white colour from mid to late summer. They are larger than those of Annabelle and are produced on thicker stems that hold the inflorescence better even in and after rain. Deciduous leaves are mid to dark green, changing to yellow in autumn. Grow this hydrangea if you are in doubt ...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="http://www.havlis.cz/karta_en.php?kytkaid=451">Aspleniifolia variety. They are deciduous, very narrow, fern-like, linear, 10-12 cm long and so ...entire article
Leaves of this rare daimyo oak are extra large and can reach up to 30 cm in length on adult trees. They are glossy, have rounded lobes, and are almost leathery, just like leaves on evergreen plants. This one, however, is deciduous but still it keeps its old foliage late into winter. The leaves are a nice shade of mid green colour in spring and summer, changing through red, orange, and yellow in autumn to a unique mix of salmon-orange that dries out slowly as the weather turns colder. This oak grows medium fast, reaching about 6m in maturity in the climate of Central Europe and about ...entire article
If you like Mediterranean umbrella pines but feel sorry that it is too tender for our climate try to have a look at this selection of dwarf Japanese red pine. It is called Alice Verkade and has bright green, soft needles. It is a slow growing plant making only about 7-10 cm per year, forming a beautiful, dense, rounded head which can create a typical Mediterranean atmosphere when older. Pine trees hate wet soils. They do best in full sun and well-drained soils that is kept moist until establishment. Fully hardy to approx. -29°C (USDA zone 5). Last update 17-07-2010. ...entire article
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Black mulberry is a versatile plant used in ornamental landscaping as well as pomiculture. You can find it in standard forms with a long trunk, or as a half-standard which is suitable for easy fruit picking. It can also be seen grown as a shrub densely branched from the ground. Deciduous leaves are heart-shaped, toothed at margins, up to 15 cm long, deep green and glossy, changing yellow in autumn. Mulberry belongs to the same family as fig tree and its leaves sometimes show irregular lobes similar to fig leaves. Jumbo is a variety with l ...entire article
Argentea, formerly 'Candicans', is a superb variety of white fir with almost silver to silvery glaucous foliage and smaller size when adult. Its needles are soft, borne erect on almost horizontal to slightly ascending branches. The tree shape is conical, quite symmetrical. It grows slowly to medium fast. White fir will grow in almost any well drained soil, from slightly alkaline to acidic. The soil should be humus-rich and moist when transplanted but once established it can take long periods of drought. Grow it in full sun for best ...entire article
Smooth cypress comes from SW of the USA and is probably the only true cypress that can stand winters down to zone 6. Fastigiata varieties are of columnar habit and are a sought after plant for both exotic types of gardens as well as typical Central-European landscapes where it will create a perfect specimen planted among other conifers. Fastigiata Aurea is a gorgeous variety with bright colour of needles. Although the Latin name Aurea means golden, the smooth needles are beige to sand yellow while branches nearer the trunk are silvery grey making a perfectly con ...entire article
If you like cedars or perhaps if you are a collector or just an enthusiast don’t miss this one. It is a beautiful example of a form that is rarely seen in private gardens or arboretums. Fastigiata is an attractive form of Atlas cedar with strictly narrow, columnar habit. Its evergreen, short needles are deep green with slightly blue-green tint. Lateral branches are short and densely cover the leader. If a branch goes mad and grows too long in the unwanted direction just clip it, any time of year. Other pruning is not required or even suggested. It grows slowly. ...entire article
RED is a Forever@Ever® hydrangea with the deepest red possible. To achieve this colour your soil should be alkaline with pH of 6.0-6.2. If you are unsure about your soil pH buy a simple testing kit and if needed add some dolomitic lime to reduce soil acidity. It produces large, globular, mop-head flowers on both old and new wood so you don’t have to worry about pruning or unexpected frost or any other damage. You will always have flowers. This variety is supposed to start blooming on the first hot days of spring which can be as early as May, and will continue ...entire article
Blue Heaven® comes from the Netherlands and has the typical mop-head flowers that are heavenly blue if grown in acidic soil with pH 5.2-5.5. If you are unsure about your soil acidity buy a simple testing kit and if needed add some aluminium sulphate to reduce the pH which will increase the acidity. Blue Heaven® flowers on both old and new wood so you don’t have to worry about pruning or unexpected frost or any other damage. You will always have flowers. This variety is supposed to start blooming on the first hot days of spring which can be as early as May, and wi ...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
Maruschka® is a lovely name for a lovely azalea. Who knows which Maruschka made the breeder Hans Hachmann give this gorgeous plant an East-European name in 1988. This Japanese azalea is a low growing plant with profusion of mid-sized bright red flowers in May. Wen in full bloom they cover the plant almost entirely. Leaves are nonetheless pretty – they are small, oblong, very glossy, deep green in summer and reliably evergreen in winter or should we rather say ever-red since they turn red in autumn and grade to even deeper burgundy red in winter. This colour remai ...entire article
Baden-Baden is another old-time favourite. It has numerous, campanulate, cherry-red flowers in mid spring. Evergreen leathery leaves are dark green and glossy, ovate to rounded, smaller than on the species. The shrub is compact and slow growing. It thrives in light shade, well mulched it can take full sun. 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 (pH 4.5-5.5), rich in humus, cool and always moist. Ideal soil mixture is peat with lime-free, li ...entire article
Smooth cypress is an extraordinary conifer whose steel-blue needles will leave no doubt that this one is really something. The species of this cypress comes from SW of the USA, while Fastigiata variety was selected in Italy. It has distinctly silvery-blue to glaucous colour of thread-like needles and branches. They are smooth, not prickly, hence its name smooth cypress. Natural shape is conical and even without pruning it keeps quite a dense habit. Pruning and trimming however is very common in this case and should be carried out at the end of spring at the earliest, ...entire article
Bonfire is a spectacular new variety of dwarf ornamental peach with edible fruit. It has profusion of typical peach-like, light pink flowers that are clustered along short branches in a dense crown. The leaves are fantastic deep burgundy red and glossy, narrow and elongated, and not much smaller than on a classic peach tree. Extreme density of leaves on a dwarf crown creates an amazing appearance. Fruit is small, purplish red and yellow, the skin is slightly hairy and may taste a little bitter but if the fruit is eaten fully mature in mid autumn the juicy flesh is swee ...entire article
Mops is an elegant and very slow growing variety of dwarf mountain pine. It was bred in 1951 and has been in demand ever since. It has short, deep green needles in whorls of two. Natural habit is mound-forming, cushion-like when young, changing to rounded with age. 15-year-old plants are about 80 cm tall and just a little over 1m wide. It is ideal for larger rockeries, containers on patios, it looks great when surrounded by white sand or pebbles. It needs full sun and well-drained soil, no fertilizing required. Fu ...entire article
Camelliifolia is a beautiful and robust plant that is not very new worldwide but has not yet been in wide cultivation in Europe. Which is a pity. It is an elegant and densely leaved, evergreen holly with entire, mostly spineless, elliptic, camellia-like leaves with a hard tip. They are dark green in summer, and deep purple-blue when young and before winter. It is a female variety that bears vivid red berries if a male pollinator is nearby. Under ideal conditions, e.g. in Benelux countries and England, it may grow quite tall and wide, whereas in our zone it makes a symme ...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
Anouk is an extraordinary variety of dwarf habit but with large flowers. It grows slowly into a ground-covering shriu with less conspicuous horizontal layers. The flowers are pink and rather wide, when in full bloom they look as if someone dropped a basket of freshly cut rhododendron flowers on green carpet. Small leaves are ovate or rounded, glossy, and dislike winter sunlight i zones 5 and 6. Japanese azaleas need light, permeable soil that is acidic, constantly moist (keep azaleas mulched at all times) and moderately fertile. Use fertilizers for rhododendrons and azaleas, o ...entire article
Mariken is a new variety from 1999. It is a dwarf form with short branches, densely covered with foliage. It is usually available as a small shrub suitable for rockeries, or a half-standard for gardens with less space, or a standard tree. Thanks to its dense growth and attractive foliage mainly tree forms look rather luxurious. It is ideal for sophisticated gardens where you need a dignified but compact specimen tree. It belongs to conifers though its needles are so flat and wide that you just have to call them leaves. They are fan-shaped, young leaves are fresh green and tur ...entire article
Like a glowing neon sign. This is how Claudine rhododendron shines when in full bloom. It has 6-7 cm large, bright pink flowers with gently frilled margins that are surprisingly lighter that the petals which outlines their beauty even more. It grows strong and wider than tall. Hybridized by Hans Hachmann in 1987 and awarded silver medal at Buga in Düsseldorf in the same year. 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 (pH 4.5-5.5), rich in humu ...entire article
Weeping form of deciduous larch Stiff Weeping is one of the most sought-after conifers in our country. It has strictly pendent branches with no horizontal growth. The crown looks like a head of a long-haired girl. The needles are about 4 cm long, bright green with a silvery blue shade, turning yellow in autumn. It is grafted on stems of various heights. The plant will never get taller than how tall its stem is. Larch hates wet soil. If it dies for no obvious reason it is often due to water-logged soil. Grow it in any well-drained, preferably deep soil in full sun. Fully hardy ...entire article
This low shrub is an attractive form of barberry. The main feature that distinguishes it from others is evergreen foliage. The leaves are 2-3 cm long, bright green, oblong or ovate with spiny tips. Unlike other barberries it has only very small thorns or is entirely spineless. Older leaves may turn red in autumn. Magellan barberry has beautiful small flowers. They are deep yellow and appear in profusion in April. Nana variety is a dwarf, mound-forming plant, growing very slowly. It is suitable as a ground-cover, for rockeries, outdoor pots and small gardens. Grow it in almost any well-dr ...entire article
A collectors’ item not only for collectors is this sweetgum. An interesting novelty called Golden Sun has quite a unique feature never found on any other sweetgum before: golden yellow branches. The colour is present on new twigs as well as up to about 3 year-old branches. Leaves are usual, 5-lobed, mid green, turning multiple colours in an interesting way in the autumn: they change to bright red from the top of the tree downwards, and orange-yellow from the bottom upwards. It grows slowly to medium fast, forming a compact, pyramidal shape. If you wish to keep it sma ...entire article
Slender Silhouette is a beautiful sweetgum which could be your perfect choice for a small garden or a miniature front yard. A 5m tall plant seldom exceeds 1m wide. It is a slow growing version of sweetgum with strictly upright and columnar habit. The leaves are quite large, conspicuously lobed with 5 lobes. They are mid green in summer, turning golden yellow, orange and bright red in autumn. Coloured leaves remain on the tree for a long time. Another nice feature is the fruit. Formed in about 3 cm wide spiny spheres they can be quite attractive to look at and a bit irr ...entire article
Silver Queen, or also more logically called Silver King, is a male version of English holly. It has deep green, glossy leaves with attractive, creamy-white, spiny margins. Stems of new branches are purple. As a male plant it is an ideal pollinator of female varieties, mostly of aquifolium group, that bear coloured berries in autumn and winter. Silver Queen does not produce berries. It grows moderately fast and is often pruned to ach ...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
If you like big trees for their leaves but own only a small plot have a look at this dwarf red buckeye. Koehnei is a fantastic variety with attractive both foliage and flowers, and moreover, slow growth. The flowers are upright, conical panicles composed of orange-pink, tubular flowers and come out at the end of May. Typically chestnut leaves are deciduous, 5-7 palmate, with oblong to lance-shaped leaflets, bronze when they emerge, turning mid green in summer and yellow in autumn. Older plants make small, brown nuts hidden in smooth-skinned pods. Very slow growth ...entire article
Tamarindos rhododendron is for lovers of deep violet-blue flowers. An extra feature is the blotch which has unique colour: golden-green which makes a rather unusual contrast with the flower colour. It blooms late in the spring season, starting at the end of May, following by mid June. Bred by H.Hachmann in 2001. 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 (pH 4.5-5.5), rich in humus, cool and always moist. Ideal soil mixture is peat with lime-fr ...entire article
Have you had a penguin in your garden yet? Well, here’s your chance to get one. This rhododendron is called Pinguin not just because it can take the cold but because of its beautifully contrasting flowers. They are only very light violet with conspicuous deep burgundy red, almost black blotch. They are quite large: 7-9 cm wide and come out from end May until early June. Attractive leaves are deep green and glossy. Bred by H.Hachmann in 2005. For richer flowering and growth dead-head where possible. The roots are shallow, spreading to sides in search for nutrients. ...entire article
The breeder himself, Hans Hachmann, considers this variety Erato the most reliable deep red rhododendron so far produced. The flowers are 7-8 cm wide, deep but bright red. When the shrub is in full bloom it steels all the attention of passers-by. Leaves are deep green, slightly glossy. It grows compact to about 1.4m tall and wide in 10 years. First introduced in 1982. 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 (pH 4.5-5.5), rich in humus ...entire article
Cassata is a striking variety of rhododendron with light rosy-pink flowers that have a super-contrasting blotch of deep red colour. The individual flowers are 6-7 cm wide and come out very late – in early June and last through the hot days of early summer for 2-3 weeks. Leaves are deep green. This shrub grows about 1m wide and tall when 10 years old. Hybridized by H.Hachmann in 1997. 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 (pH 4 ...entire article
Red colour on rhododendron flowers is probably the classic which will never get boring. This compact form proves the fact. Scarlet Wonder has loose trusses of cardinal red flowers. Their colour is so vivid and wild that can hardly be left unnoticed. Leaves are very unusual, short and rounded, often with burgundy red stalks and buds. It grows slowly into a prostrate shrub. If well mulched it can take full sun. 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 ha ...entire article
Bonfire is a new variety of pireis which will be loved by those of you, who dislike the pendent habit of its flower racemes: this novelty holds it flower strictly upright, like lined-up soldiers. They are deep burgundy red and appear from early autumn. The flowers themselves may come as a surprise being completely white. They open in March and can last for 3-4 weeks. Evergreen leaves are lanceolate, mid green and glossy. New shoots are deep red to bright burgundy red. It grows medium slow and forms a compact, upright shrub that is a little taller than wide. No pruning required ...entire article
Diane bears the deepest red flowers, so far cultivated. They are fringe-like and appear on bare wood from the first warmer days of February and keep blooming for 6 to sometimes 8 weeks! Leaves are similar to hazel, but larger and turn bright orange-red in autumn. Witch hazel is a beautiful shrub or a small tree of an open vase shape, growing to some 3-4m which is ideal for even a small garden. It is a garden-origin cross between Asian species h.japonica and h.mollis. Soil has to be acidic to neutral, moist but well drained. With hazels will not tolerate lime. Do not prune older plants. Sun ...entire article
GOLDRUSH is a trade name for a new variety patented as Ogon when it was brought from Japan in 1993, by a Dutch horticulturist Peter Zweinburg. It is a rare, deciduous conifer with bright golden-yellow or yellowish green, opposite, flat, soft needles that fade to coppery-red in the autumn. The bark is fibred, red to light brown. Regular pruning or trimming of young plants in early spring will result in beautiful and bushy plants already from early age. It grows medium fast, making horizontal branches along the main stem when young, and later forming a neat and regular py ...entire article
Belami® is a new variety of popular rhody with very attractive flowers. They are large, with white base and prominent red blotch with dotting extending nearly to the flower petal margins. For richer flowering and growth dead-head where possible. Rhododendrons are low-maintenance shrubs that will perform superbly provided you plant them well. They mostly prefer bright to dappled shade or partial shade (partial sun). Morning sunlight is their killer, same as deep shade. The roots are shallow, spreading to sides in search for nutrients. Never plan ...entire article
Bonanza is a dwarf variety of peach with excellent fruit. It has profusion of typical peach-like, bright pink flowers that are clustered along short branches in a dense plant. The leaves are mid green, semi-glossy, narrow and elongated, and not much smaller than on a classic peach tree. Extreme density of leaves on a dwarf crown creates an amazing appearance. Fruit is of standard size as on a classic peach tree = medium big, yellow and red with slightly hairy skin. It ripens from mid July, weather conditions pending. Thanks to its limited size it is ideal for small gar ...entire article
Royal Ruby is a leucothoe variety that can be used as an attractive groundcover with larger leaves. They are elongated, glossy, and green in summer, gaining burgundy red shades at the leaf margins, and from colder days of autumn completely changing to deep burgundy red for the whole of winter. This colour stays until mid or end spring until the plant starts making new leaves. Thanks to its rich winter colour placing a stone near it or planting it in front of a stone fence or wall can be most pretty for the best contrast. It forms a rather prostrate shrub with arching b ...entire article
Blue Angel ® is a favourite female variety of blue hollies. It flowers abundantly in the spring and fruits are born in the autumn. They are bright red, shiny berries that remain on the plant until early to mid spring. It needs a male pollinator e.g. Blue Prince®. Leaves are very glossy, larger than other blue’s, deep green, young ones are almost violet-blue. The leaves have crinkled edges as a result of further crossing with ilex aquifolium. This variety is slow growing. Meserveae hollies are called “blue hollies” thanks to the shade of the spe ...entire article
Little Heath is a dwarf variety of pieris. It is a neat little shrub with short, elongated, pointed leaves of mid green colour with white margins. New leaves emerge orange to copper red. It grows very slowly, forming a low, compact shrub. No pruning required. It dislikes excess amount of heavy, wet snow in its middle due to soft branches that may break under its weight. Non flowering. Ericaceous plants require soil that is light, acidic, and constantly moist (not wet). If your garden soil is too heavy do not dig a deep hole but make a shallow and wide bed topped up with ...entire article
Maidenhair tree is probably one of the oldest species on Earth. It was here some 180 million years ago … obviously it was the time when the Dead Sea was still ill. Its extreme tolerance of various conditions made it survive to our time. One tree can live as long as 2000 years. It belongs to conifers though its needles are so flat and wide that you just have to call them leaves. They are fan-shaped, leaves on male plants are more deeply lobed, matt and pale or pea-green. In the autumn they turn vivid yellow. Maidenhair tree is deciduous. Its growth rate is somewhat peculiar & ...entire article
Hachmann´s Charmant is a charming one with vivid pinky-purple, frilled margins of large flowers. The centres are almost white, the flare is deep red. 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 humus, cool and always moist. Ideal soil mixture is peat with lime-free, light garden soil topped with leave-mould. Use selective fertilizers for rhododendrons only. Fully hardy to about -24°C (USDA zone 6). Last update 23-02-2009. ...entire article
Brasilia is another sensational variety which has the long-desired orange shade in the flower colour. The flowers are a combination of salmon pink and light orange, with slightly frilled margins. The overall colour appearance is a nice and warm shade of orangey-pink. This plant was grafted onto INKARHO® rootstock which is a new, patented system from Germany that allows growing rhododendrons in almost any soil type including limy, chalky, loamy and heavy (provided they are well-drained). This plant will always be ...entire article
Shamrock is a dwarf variety of rhododendron with loads of small, yellow-green flowers, and small leaves. It is sun and drought tolerant which makes it suitable for rockeries. Very hardy. For richer flowering and growth dead-head where possible. Rhododendrons are low-maintenance shrubs that will perform superbly provided you plant them well. They mostly prefer bright to dappled shade or partial shade (partial sun). Morning sunlight is their killer, same as deep shade. The roots are shallow, spreading to sides in search for nutrients. Never plant them too deep. The soil h ...entire article
This variety is a weeping form of blue Atlas cedar. It has distinct silvery-blue persistent larch-like needles born in whorls of 30-45. Their striking colour makes the tree a gorgeous lawn specimen same as an ideal feature when combined with other, dark green conifers. Just remember that this one is a greedy chap and needs plenty of space around. Give it a spread of at least 4 meters to fill. Each plant has a unique shape. It is often grafted on stems of different heights with branches that are strictly weeping from the top and in a course of time will touch the ground if left unpru ...entire article
Evergreen silverthorns are attractive shrubs of mild climates of Europe. They are valued for vigorous growth and coloured leaves. Eleador® is a new, patented variety with almost yellow leaves, margined dark green with lighter green highlights. They are leathery, but thinner than on e.g. cherry laurels. The undersides are silvery grey. Tiny flowers appear in late summer, early autumn and are hard to see unless you look up close. But you can definitely smell them. They have a lovely, sweet fragrance, especially in the evening. They are followed by fruit in spring. ...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
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
Blue Princess is probably the most popular female variety of blue hollies. It flowers abundantly in the spring and fruits are born in the autumn. They are bright red, shiny berries that remain on the plant until early to mid spring. To produce fruits it needs a male pollinator e.g. Blue Prince® or Casanova. The leaves are glossy, medium sized (4x2cm) and finely, not dangerously toothed. Their colour is deep green, almost blue-green with purple ma ...entire article
Rubricaulis Aurea is supposed to be the hardiest holly from the aquifolium group with varigated foliage. The leaves are deep green in the centre with rich yellow, spiny margins which turn pink in cold months. It is a female variety which bears red fruits in the autumn. To do so it needs a male plant nearby. Good pollinators are varieties Blue Prince® or Casanova. It grows more slowly compared to other common hollies, it may reach about 2m in our ...entire article
Atropurpureum is a famous and commonly used variety with deeply lobed, red-purple leaves that turn bright red and orange in autumn. They have 5 tips. It forms a multi-stemmed shrub with widely spread branches. It grows slowly and is suitable as a specimen in any garden, not just a Japanese style garden. It is an easy-care, hardy plant, which does not need much maintenance. It does well in full sun, too. It requires slightly acidic, semi-fertile, moist soil to establish extensive root system. Young plants need mulching for winter. Fully hardy to USDA zone 5b (about -28°C). ...entire article
Dwarf subalpine fir is another jewel among silver-blue conifers. It grows slowly and is suitable for even the smallest of gardens, for rockeries or as a complement of any evergreen arrangement. The needles are about 2cm long, stiff, flattened, bright blue with a white stripe on top. The older it gets the denser it is. Firs like moist but well drained, acid soil, sunny location with some shade from the hottest sun. Depending on soil quality it can grow 2-3m tall and about 2m wide. Fully hardy to about -28°C (USDA zone 5). Last update 29-12-2007 ...entire article
Buttercup 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 pendent racemes from early March until end April, weather conditions pending. They are fragrant and do not mind light frosts or snow. Pauciflora means paucity of flowers which is a little topsy-turvy because the shrub is literally flooded with flowers on bare branches every year. It was perhaps used to distinguish this species from corylopsis spicata which has more flowers on one raceme. Deciduous leav ...entire article
“Satomi” is the most sought after variety among the Japanese ones. 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 spots for a year or two before they fully establish. Pointed leaves are deciduous, ovate, dark green a ...entire article
We always love presenting unusual and rare plants. Among those we only select the ones that are not just rare but also beautiful and can enrich your garden with a new feature. This time we have a real jewel for conifer lovers. It is a dwarf Korean fir named “Brillant”. It is a compact and almost ground-covering evergreen shrub, growing not more than 4 cm a year. With its slow growth it appears rather motion-less. But it looks just gorgeous. The needles are short and densely cover the plant. They are bright green when young, turning light green during summer with silvery grey und ...entire article
We are always happy to hear about any success as far as increasing plants hardiness. And when it happens and a new plant variety is hardy and at the same time beautiful we are lost for words. Casanova® is the one that left us speechless. It is a brand new variety that was only in 2006 introduced at the international nurseries fair in Essen, Germany. Glossy leaves of this jewel have a dark green background with rather irregular varigation of creamy yellow to almost white towards the margins. Some leaves are creamy yellow or white completely. Every leaf is different, same as ...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
If you are looking for a variety of dwarf mountain pine that grows wide but remains compact and not very tall go for this subspecies called pumilio. It is a beautiful mound-forming shrub with short, deep green needles with a touch of grass green shade. It makes uneven lengths of new growth which makes additional 3D effect. However, if you wish to have it smooth and cushion-like trim new growths in the spring to one size. It looks fantastic as a specimen in small gardens or in combination with other evergreen trees ...entire article
Lily-of-the-valley shrubs are very popular ericaceous plants with attractive foliage and abundant flowering. Mountain Fire is one the best old varieties. It produces abundance of vase-shaped, creamy white flowers hanging on pink stamens in slightly pendent, long racemes. After 3-4 weeks of flowering new leaves emerge. They are vivid red in spring, maturing to rich green in summer. Pieris’ leaves are evergreen and produced 2 or three times in a season which always brings you an extra colour in mid-summer and earl ...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
One of the most magnificent trees of our climate comes from East Asia and is called the Princess Tree or Empress Tree or even Foxglove Tree. Its main feature is giant leaves which can be as much as 30 cm long and wide, very hairy, pale to deep green. Thanks to them empress trees are often mistaken for catalpas. Empress tree flowers when some 6-8 years old. The flower buds appear from end summer and take quite some to ripen – until early winter. They open in late spring into upright panicles of beautiful, fragrant, funnel-shaped flowers that are pinkish lilac on the outside and ...entire article
Golden Gem variety is a low, dense shrub with bright golden-yellow top leaves, leaving the bottom ones dark green. This bicolour effect is very elegant. Leaves are small and glossy, gently serrated at margins. Fruits, if any, are small, glossy black berries in autumn. Pruning is possible in April: this will encourage new growths, and trimming should be done by end July and is ideal for shaping. It is superb for evergreen groupings as well as a stand-alone specimen in small front gardens. It is usually trouble-free, it tolerates any soil and can withstand summer dry spells onc ...entire article
Feelin‘ Blue® is a striking Dutch introduction of Himalayan cedar, which in fact turned out to be one of the most reliable cedars we ever had. Formerly a ground-covering plant is often staked up to a bamboo stick in order to form an appearance of a classic but much smaller cedar tree with picturesque arching branches. With their long, evergreen needles they look like a silvery blue waterfall. It grows moderately about 30-40 cm per year. It natural height without staking is not much taller than 20 cm and spread could be indefinite. It grow ...entire article
This holly is a popular variety for Japanese bonsai. It has dark green, glossy leaves similar to box. This cultivar has upright habit without pruning and is rather slim. It is very popular for evergreen groups with spreading or groundcovering shrubs, for patios or front gardens. Fruits are small, glossy black berries in autumn. In our climate (zone 6) it seldom exceeds 2m height. It is usually trouble-free, it tolerates any soil and can withstand summer dry spells once established. For best results, however, use medium fertile, slightly acidic, moist but well-drained soil. ...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
“Mount Vernon” is an American variety of the lowest cherry laurel which is used for borders, rock gardens, and most often as a luxuriously looking groundcover. The leaves are highly glossy, bright to deep green and slightly drooping which brings an extra elegant feature. Although this is a dwarf form, it keeps the leaf size of its parent plants – the leaves can be up to 15 cm long. Occasional tiny white flowers appear in May and are followed by black fruit which is often hidden under the leaves. For a groundcover use 3-4 plants in one square meter. It prefers a semi-shaded lo ...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
Goliath is bushier than the species. As you can tell by its name, something is going to be extraordinary here. True: the flowers are extremely large, often up to 30 cm wide, strongly fragrant and appear on the plant usually from June, often from late May if the end of spring is hot, and continue blooming throughout the summer until the last warm and sunny days of autumn. It starts flowering when only 3 years old. The leaves are brighter green than other bull bay magnolias with a warmer shade of green. Their rusty pubescence on the undersides is not ...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
„Marcel Menard“ is truly a unique looking rhody with deep violet-purple flowers with a golden flare. It grows slower than others and remains compact. For richer flowering and growth dead-head where possible. It prefers bright to dappled shade or partial shade (partial sun). The roots are shallow, spreading to sides in search for nutrients. Never plant them too deep. The soil has to be acidic, rich in humus, cool and always moist. Ideal soil mixture is peat with lime-free, light garden soil topped with leave-mould. Use selective fertilizers for rhododendrons only. ...entire article
Gomer Waterer has profusion of neat trusses of funnel-shaped nearly white flowers flushed pink at the margins. The top petal flare is brownish-yellow. This variety is quite easy to grow – it can take sun, heat, and wind. It grows slow to medium fast and very compact. For richer flowering and growth dead-head where possible. Rhododendrons are low-maintenance shrubs that will perform superbly provided you plant them well. They mostly prefer bright to dappled shade or partial shade (partial sun). Morning sunlight is their killer, same as deep shade. The roots are shallow, s ...entire article
“Satan” variety definitely sticks to its name. Large trusses of rich red funnel shaped flowers appear in mid May. This shrub is slightly larger than others, growing 2m tall and wide. Deciduous azaleas are ericaceous plants, loving insulate position with always moist soil. During temporary summer dry spells in certain areas their leaves may suffer and be prone to fungus infections. When spots appear on the leaves or they lose colour and start to curl use a suitable fungicide immediately. 1-2 sprays should help the plant remain beautiful and healthy. They require no pruning. Should ...entire article
Golden Eagle blooms from mid May till early June with vivid, deep orange flowers with a golden throat. Very striking. It has dense foliage turning bronzy red in autumn. Deciduous azaleas are ericaceous plants, loving insulate position with constantly moist soil. During temporary summer dry spells in certain areas their leaves may suffer and be prone to fungus infections. When spots appear on the leaves or they lose colour and start to curl use a suitable fungicide immediately. 1-2 sprays should help the plant remain beautiful and healthy. They require no pruning. Should yo ...entire article
“Purple Splendour” is one of the few that likes full sun. It has deep purple-blue frilled flowers with almost black blotches. It usually grows 2m tall and wide, under good conditions and given tens of years it can make 3m. For richer flowering and growth dead-head where possible. Rhododendrons are low-maintenance shrubs that will perform superbly provided you plant them well. They mostly prefer bright to dappled shade or partial shade (partial sun). Morning sunlight is their killer, same as deep shade. The roots are shallow, spreading to sides in search for nutrients. Never plant ...entire article
“Madame Masson” has a gift of brightening up every dark corner with its shiny, star-like, pure white flowers with yellow flare. Flower buds are pink and open up at the end of May. Leaves are large, deep green, and velvet-like. It is a taller variety. For richer flowering and growth dead-head where possible. It prefers bright to dappled shade or partial shade (partial sun). The roots are shallow, spreading to sides in search for nutrients. Never plant them too deep. The soil has to be acidic, rich in humus, cool and always moist. Ideal soil mixture is peat with lime-free, light g ...entire article
“Kokardia”® has very showy deep purple-pink flowers with rich flare. It flowers reliably every year in May. Leaves are deep green, medium glossy. It grows bushy, compact, about 1.2m high and 1.5m wide. For richer flowering and growth dead-head where possible. Rhododendrons are low-maintenance shrubs that will perform superbly provided you plant them well. They mostly prefer bright to dappled shade or partial shade (partial sun). Morning sunlight is their killer, same as deep shade. The roots are shallow, spreading to sides in search for nutrients. Never plant them too deep. T ...entire article
“Ramapo” is a dwarf variety with small, narrow, aromatic leaves of silvery-blue-green colour, a dense habit, and small, pink to light lilac flowers. Rhododendrons are low-maintenance shrubs that will perform superbly provided you plant them well. They mostly prefer bright to dappled shade or partial shade (partial sun). Morning sunlight is their killer, same as deep shade. The roots are shallow, spreading to sides in search for nutrients. Never plant them too deep. The soil has to be acidic (pH 4.5-5.5), rich in humus, cool and always moist. Adult plants withstand direct mid-day an ...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
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. Mes ...entire article
If you like sweetgum and you are afraid of its size in maturity try this one. Gum Ball is a great variety with dwarf growth and reduced size. After 10 years it can grow to some 2.5m with a total of 3m in maturity. Its crown is quite regular even without pruning. The leaves are identical to basic sweetgum: deep green in the summer, with 5 lobes, deeply cut, in the autumn they change to dark red and deep burgundy, almost black. The bark is grey with striking ribs that appear as the tree grows older. It likes any fertile to mid-fertile soil, preferably acidic and moist. Full ...entire article
Gold Rider is still quite new in the Leyland cypress family. It produces flattened sprays of bright yellow-green, scale-like leaves. The branches are not pendent, not erect. Something in between and that makes it stand apart from chamaecyparis. The big advantage of Leyland cypress is the fact that its colour does not fade or change to brown in cold winter months but remains bright and attractive all year round. It grows moderately into a broadly columnar tree with dense branching from the ground. Gold Rider will look ...entire article
European gardens love colours. And the truth is what a tropical garden has to offer in terms of colours of the flowers, our gardens can easily compete beating it with colours and shapes of the leaves. Hence one of our most attractive trees, a jewel among gold-leaved: golden locust. It was first discovered in Willem Jensen nursery in Holland in 1935, and was named after the province Friesland. Frisia leaves are pinnate, composed of 23 oval, individual leaflets, forming an overall leaf of 25-30 cm. They are always bright yellow-green, sometimes really golden-yellow when t ...entire article
If you like the features of hollies such as toothed leaves, dense habit, and the fact that they are in leaf all year, you will love this plant: sometimes called false holly, osmanthus has rather dentate leaves than spiny, although touching it is not the best plan for Sunday afternoon. Goshiki® is a gorgeous little shrub with coloured leaves. They are pinky-bronze when they emerge, quickly turning to bright vanilla yellow with light green marks of future marbling; turning deep green in summer with creamy-beige spots and veins. The more sun it gets, the brighter the c ...entire article
Etna® is the queen of laurels. Its bright emerald green leaves are glossy and healthy, slightly curved at the ends and edges which gives the whole shrub added plasticity. New leaves emerge coloured in rich bronze. Etna’s foliage is much more tolerant of winter sun scald than most laurels. Compound flowers, if any, are white, fragrant and appear in April and May, followed by very ornamental but non edible fruits. This variety, however, seldom sets flowers. This selection does not grow tall. It forms a thick, compact bush. This feature makes it ideal for several ...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
Leyland cypress is a hybrid genus between cupressus macrocarpa and chamaecyparis nootkatensis. It is a fast growing conifer, used mainly in hedges and as windbreak. It produces flattened sprays of scale-like, dark green leaves. The branches are not pendent, not erect. Something in between and that makes it different from chamaecyparis. Silverdust (Variegatus) is a cultivar with irregular creamy yellow variegation on some leaves and looks best when planted as a specimen tree. It grows very fast when young, into a columnar tree with dense branching from the ...entire article
Nana variety is a lot different to the species. It can be found under its second Latin name catalpa bungei. It is a small tree that can be considered dwarf as opposed to its parent. It was bred to achieve an attractive tree with exceptional foliage but of reduced size to fit even a small garden or a front yard. The heart-shaped leaves are light to mid-green and soft. The tree keeps it compact, rounded crown without pruning. It grows medium fast and very dense. This variety does not produce flowers. Just one thing has to be observed: summer mildew. When the weather is warm and ...entire article
Tanyosho pine with its umbrella-like, mushroom crown is sometimes used as a hardy substitute for Mediterranean pine. It grows much smaller and more slowly – to make a specimen tree of 3-4 metres it needs some 30 years. Needles are long, bright green, soft. Bark is orange to red hence its cultivar name red pine. As every pine, it needs full sun and well-drained, slightly acidic soil. ...entire article
This holly was given the name Alaska as it is the hardiest holly of all. From our experience we know that it is not only heavy frost hardy, but it can also stand up to direct sunlight in winter without any signs of sunburn. Well done! The medium-sized leaves are emerald green, toothed, glossy and very decorative. Alaska is rather irregular in growth so if you desire for a compact, densely branched shrub, a little of pruning will be necessary. On the other hand, however, we emphasize that this shrub is a somewhat slow grower so do not cut it back too much. This shrub ...entire article
This winged euonymus belongs to deciduous shrubs and is truly an eye-catcher in every garden. Its leaves are compound like on ash. Young leaves are bright, grass green, and as the first colder days of October come, they change the colour to highly ornamental scarlet red. Even when they fall off, the shrub remains attractive with the bark on the bare branches which have corky wings along the stems. The fruits are small capsules which turn orange-red just as the leaves change their colour in the autumn. It spreads to sides, mature unpruned shrubs can be 2.5m wide after 20-30 years. Tolerates ...entire article
Weeping Higan cherry has rich pink, double flowers in early cherry season. It makes pendent branches that soon reach the ground. It is the right spring-teller as it announces warmer weather as one of the first flowering trees. It seldom grows taller than 3 m which makes it an ideal selection for even the smallest of gardens. Flowering cherries can take almost any well-drained soil. But if you are after a good looking tree grow it in slightly acid, evenly moist soil. Pruning, if needed, should be done immediately after flowering to prevent silver leaf and b ...entire article
Rubra is one of the most known and at the same time beautiful varieties of flowering dogwood. The inflorescence is composed of 4 medium-sized, deep pink or reddish purple flower bracts around a small, rounded head with tiny, tubular flowers that are followed by small, glossy, red fruit that is poisonous. The deciduous leaves are deep green with purple shades. The best show begins in autumn when they turn bright burgundy-red. This shrub forms horizontal layers of branches and should not be pruned. Flowering dogwood does not like stress of any kind. Find it a nice spot now ...entire article
Rainbow has 4 creamy white bracts on bare branches in the spring and truly rainbow-like leaves. They are bright green with rich yellow varigation, gaining pink and red shades towards the autumn. This shrub does not like stress of any kind. Find it a nice spot now so you do not have to transplant it later, it might suffer from diseases thereafter. It needs moist but well-drained, acid soil, rich in organic material. It is a slow grower. Fully hardy to -27°C and can withstand temporary drops to -29°C (USDA zone 5). Last update 20-01-2008. ...entire article
Flowering dogwood is a quite unusual and special shrub or small tree which draws your attention all year round: in the spring it has very showy large petal-like coloured bracts, and its leaves turn to beautiful colours early in th autumn. Cherokee Chief has 4 bright pink bracts and rainbow-like autumn coloured leaves, mainly with shades of red and pink. This shrub does not like stress of any kind. Find it a nice spot now so you do not have to transplant it later, it might suffer from diseases thereafter. It needs moist soil. ...entire article
Belonging to the same family as magnolia, common name tulip tree may be misleading since this name is often used for magnolias with saucer-shaped flowers. Hence gardeners rather use its other name yellow poplar. This is the tree with huge lyra-like, saddle-shaped leaves which do appear to miss a lobe. They are rich green in summer and change to golden yellow in autumn. Even nicer are definitely the flowers. They look like small tulips of creamy yellow and light green colour. At the bottom, each petal has an orange mark w ...entire article
Eastern redbud is a lovely, deciduous, small tree or a large shrub where the word “love” is the key feature. Why? Because its leaves are in a perfect shape of a heart that we are used to draw as an icon. Moreover, Forest Pansy variety has burgundy red to deep burgundy brown foliage. If placed in a location with reduced sunlight the leaves will turn dark green. This plant is very impressive in the spring, too. It bears profusion of bright, purple-pink flowers on bare, purple-black wood. The stalks are miniature. Some tropical plants have the same type of f ...entire article
Among Japanese maples next to dissectum group there is another group called linearilobum, which consists of plants with very narrow and long, and sometimes almost thread-like leaves which give the plant almost a bamboo effect. Scolopendrifolium is a variety that belongs to this group and offers bright green, narrow leaves on reddish stalks. They emerge yellow with a golden hue and turn vivid orange in autumn. Scolopendrifolium grows upright, forming an airy bush which can be pruned to reach a compact shape. It will look great when ...entire article
Tamukeyama is an old variety of Japanese maple. It is mentioned in Japanese literature as early as in 1710. It is one of the most preferred varieties among nurseries around the world thanks to its reliable yearly growths, strong branches and suitability for very hot locations. It can do well even in zone 9. Tamukeyama is a sort of a chameleon. Its finely cut, deciduous leaves emerge bright red, turn burgundy red in May and June, their colour deepens to crimson red with some brown hues in summer and then turn shiny ...entire article
It is hard to believe that only a few bare branches, which you can see in winter, can develop into such a stunning thing. Foliage of this shrub almost looks like a fluffy hairdo of a red-haired lady. The leaves are deeply cut and when young they are glossy and brownish-red, in summer they turn to deep burgundy, and in the autumn they change to bright cerise-red. Among all dissectums, this one has the largest leaves. Though the branches cascade, the plant itself has a rather erect form. It requires slightly acidic, semi-fertile, moist soil to establish extensive root system. ...entire article
This maple Shishigashira received a name Lion’s Head. Its leaves are small, deeply cut and curled, forming dense tufts along twisted branches. The foliage is bright green or yellow-green in spring and summer, turning orange and rust-red very late in autumn or early winter. In a good year when the weather hits it the right way, the autumn golds and reds of the leaves are extremely vibrant and it becomes obvious why it was given the name "Lion's Head" seeming to have a fierce lion's fiery mane. Very impressive are its thick trunks that are green an ...entire article
“Dissectum Garnet” is one of the top selling Japanese maples ever. It has been popular around the world for many decades. Its filigree leaves are deeply cut = dissected, hence its name. They look like giant snowflakes cut in pieces and densely cover even young plants. The colour show begins with vibrant red in the spring, turning crimson red in early summer and deep burgundy in late summer, finishing up with vivid reddish-purple in the autumn. It grows slowly and forms a shrub that is rather wider than tall. Branches are pendent making an umbrella appearance. It is often ...entire article
Bloodgood is an extremely commercially successful variety with deep burgundy leaves. They have 7 lobes and hold the colour reliably. The leaves turn bright scarlet red in the autumn. The bark is blackish-red. It forms a small tree or a large shrub with compact, rounded crown with predominantly upright branches. It is considered a vigorous grower compared to Japanese maples’ growth rate. It grows relatively fast to about 4m high where it slows down dramatically and thickens the crown. It seldom exceeds 3m wide. Bloodgood is an easy-care, hardy plant, which does not n ...entire article
We are specialists in evergreen plants and offer the widest possible range of hardy, quality plants. Portugal laurel is a great evergreen plant that is surprisingly hardier that some large-leaved cherry laurels. Origin: S.W.Europe. This shrub has ovate to elliptic, pointed, mid-sized leaves that are deep green and glossy and have conspicuous red stalks and new twigs. Blossoms are numerous racemes, compound of white, sweetly scented flowers. Fruits are black berries, and tests proved that they are not poisonous, only seeds from unripe fruit can cause sto ...entire article
This species is my top favourite among sweet olives and one of my most loved evergreen shrubs in general. It is a mid sized plant with leathery, deep green, glossy leaves with sharply serrated margins which is why non-professionals often think they are looking at a holly. The main differences are: sweet olive has opposite leaves (hollies have alternate leaves), and sweet olive shrubs are rounded to oval while hollies usually make pyramidal forms. At the end of autumn sweet olives bear tiny white flowers with pleasantly sweet fragrance. The shape and luxurious foliage make this plant ...entire article
Flowering trees always bring something extra to every garden. This locust confirms the fact. It is a controlled hybrid between robinia hispida var.kelsey and robinia pseudoacacia. One gave large size of flowers, the other contributed their colour. It has a French name Casque Rouge and offers a stunning display of deep pink to fuchsia-purple flowers in mid spring. They are pea-like, formed in 15-20 cm long racemes. You can make the tree flower profusely again in mid summer by pruning it right after the first flowering beginning of summer. Locust flowers on ...entire article
Firethorns are thorny evergreen shrubs, planted mostly for their abundant fruits, which rippen in the autumn, have amazing colours, pending variety. The hybrids are objectively selected to prevent pests and diseases. Navaho has bright orange fruits and a maintenance-free compact growth. Although not a climber, it is usually planted next to a wall or a hedge. It is a perfect border plant or a winter eye-catcher in an evergreen composition. Some selections bear fruits that are not too popular with birds so we can enjoy their rich colour until the spring. ...entire article
Mughus is a subspecies of dwarf mountain pine with even more compact and slower growth. It has very dense habit and dark green, short needles. It looks great in a large rockery as well as in a Japanese-style garden where it creates a perfect cushion image. Pines need slightly moist soil when getting established but will live in almost any well-drained soil. They do prefer a lot of sunshine to be compact and dense so try to avoid shaded placed when finding it a spot in a garden. Fully hardy to min. -45°C (USDA zone 2). Last update: 29-09-2009 ...entire article
Lustrous green foliage of Valley Valentine pieris complements extraordinary deep rose-pink flowers which come out from late March till early April. They are urn-shaped, sweetly scented, composed in long, pendent racemes, and last for 2-4 weeks. Deadhead spent flowers immediately after flowering so that the plant has enough strength to produce profusion of new shoots that will make the plant denser. Flower buds are formed in late summer and overwinter. For good maturing of them we suggest fertilizing the plant from summer until mid-autumn. The evergreen leaves are leathery, na ...entire article
Fraser’s photinia is a popular shrub in countries and regions with milder winters. It is a hybrid between photinia glabra and photinia serratifolia. Red Robin is a variety with larger and glossier leaves producing a fantastic coppery and red colour when they emerge. They turn green in summer. In Southern Europe it is often grown as a hedge. Here we will find it a place sheltered from strong, drying winds in winter. It grows fast and can be pruned to achieve a more compact and denser habit. If it is damaged by harsh frost it always regenerates even fr ...entire article
This mulberry is very special. Deeply cut, dark green, glossy leaves draw your attention as they bear strong resemblance to leaves of plane trees. Many of the largest leaves at the ends of the branches keep their green colour until late in the autumn when they fall down green. The crown is wide spreading and thick, which makes it an ideal opportunity to place a bench underneath and enjoy its shade. The crown is somewhat regular in shape and we have a trick to make it look even more umbrella-like: after danger of bad frosts just cut last year’s branches to about 20 cm. This wil ...entire article
Star magnolia is a one of the earliest magnolias to flower in March already. It has star-shaped, pure white flowers with a lovely scent. As it blooms on bare branches early in the spring we recommend placing it in front of an evergreen shrub, e.g. cherry laurel, holly, or any bright green conifer, to fully expose the beauty of its flowers. It grows slowly and dense into a rounded shrub. Ideal as a free-standing specimen or sensitively situated in a group of compact conifers of Japanese style and / or other, smaller growing magnolias of red or purple colours. Magnolias are not suppos ...entire article
Star magnolia is a one of the earliest magnolias to flower in March already if the weather is nice and warm. Rosea is a popular variety with star-shaped, light pink flowers with a lovely scent. As it blooms on bare branches early in the spring we recommend placing it in front of an evergreen shrub, e.g. cherry laurel, holly, or any bright green conifer, to fully expose the beauty of its flowers. It grows slowly and dense into a rounded shrub. Ideal as a free-standing specimen or sensitively situated in a group of compact conifers of Japanese style and / or other, smaller g ...entire article
This is the species of sweetgum. Its maple-like, star-shaped leaves are medium-deeply or deeply cut and have fresh green colour. As it is reproduced mainly by seeds the plants often vary even if grown from seeds of the same parent. This results in plants having slightly different characteristics such as shallow or deep lobing of leaves and variable autumn colour: some will turn more orange, others deeper red. Nevertheless, autumn colours offer a breathtaking show when leaves turn multiple of colours: yellow, orange, pink, red, and even deep burgundy, almost black. Another nice featu ...entire article
Nellie R. Stevens is one of the most widely used hardy hollies worldwide, and at the same time one of the most beautiful. It is a cross between English holly ilex aquifolium and Chinese holly ilex cornuta. It grows relatively fast and can be trained into a gorgeous looking evergreen tree. The leaves are deep green, extremely glossy (it is very difficult to make a picture without their reflection) and have odd number of teeth: usually 3, but sometimes only 1 or even 5. Its natural shape is conical with a large base, and looks best left unpruned. Though, in ...entire article
One of the most beautiful conifers of our climate is Japanese cedar. There are many species and varieties. Globosa Nana was first discovered in 1923 in Japan, where it is called Mitama-sugi. It is a dense, compact conifer with rounded branches. The needles are curved, inward-pointing, bright green as they emerge and emerald green in all seasons apart from winter when they turn purplish or bronze. It grows very slowly into a compact, rounded bush. Globosa Nana will grow in almost any well-drained soil, but for best results grow it in fertile, deep, always moist soil. ...entire article
“Arborescens” is a shrubby ivy that represents an adult stage of common ivy hedera helix. It means that it stopped climbing and started flowering. The leaves are glossy, bright green when young and turning to dark green as they mature. They are diamond-shaped with one pointed tip against the stalk, and two rounded tips at the sides. Flowers are borne in regular spherical umbels. They come out in early autumn and attract butterflies and other insects, and are followed by small black berries. Without a support it will form a neat, dense shrub with erect ...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 evergreen silverthorn is a species of a hybrid from e.macrophylla and e.pungens. It has evergreen broad leaves, which are leathery but thin, dark green with millions of grey dots making it look like stardusted. Thanks to the foliage it is sometimes called Russian olive which is not correct as this name is already used for its deciduous sister elaeagnus angustifolia. Apart from the foliage this plant is also interesting for its almost invisible flowers. They are tiny and appear from late summer to early autumn and are hard to see unless you look up close. But you can definitely ...entire article
Limelight is my personal favourite among evergreen silverthorns. It has ovate, up to 10 cm long, leathery but thin leaves that are bright yellow in the middle and deep green at margins. The area between the centres and margins is light, soft green so the overall effect is 3-coloured. Newly emerging leaves and twigs are silvery-beige. Limelight grows fastest among all silverthorns with coloured foliage. New branches that bear only green leaves should be cut off asap. Apart from the foliage this plant is also interesting for its almost invisible flowers. They are tiny and ...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
Judas tree is a rather special plant with profusion of beautiful, bright pink flowers in mid spring. They are small, pea-like, and so special due to their appearance on bare wood and even the main stems, however large and old they are. For prolific flowering the plant needs a hot and sunny summer in the previous year. The deciduous leaves are kidney-shaped or, less commonly, heart-shaped, bronze when they emerge and somewhat mid green with a turquoise tint in summer, and have reddish stalks. Grow it in almost any, well-drained soil. It does best in chalky to alkaline soil that is ...entire article
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