Spring Glow is a highly valued variety of almond hybrid. It produces rich copper-red leaves like photinias, and soft pink, single flowers in early spring. The leaves are deciduous, lance-shaped, gently serrated at margins, and mature olive green in summer while a new portion of fresh purple red leaves is ready to emerge. Autumn colour is wine red and golden orange. It forms an upright, vase-shaped shrub or small tree with a somewhat rounded canopy and arching branches as they get older and heavier. Pruning can be d ...entire article
Bohemica is a Czech pear tree variety from 1997. It makes medium sized fruit (170-180g) with green to yellow green skin with pale red flush, and white, juicy, aromatic, and sweet flesh. Harvest begins from mid October and the fruit ripens after 4 to 5 weeks of cold storage. Stores well until late February. Yield is regular and moderate. It is self-sterile and needs another pear tree variety nearby to pollinate its flowers. Commonly used are other late pear varieties such as Conference, Abate Fetel, or Erika, surpr ...entire article
Cresthaven is an American peach tree cross between Kalhaven and South Haven 309 from 1963. It produces large, rounded fruit of yellow-green skin with a large red flush. The flesh is yellow, free-stone, firm yet juicy and sweet. Flowering occurs in second decade of April (C.E.) and fruit ripens from mid September. Heavy cropper. Trees are vigorous, densely branched. No specific needs, moderately prone to leaf curl. Self-fertile. We suggest planting peach trees in free space so it can feel cold, spring breeze which ...entire article
Erika is a Czech pear tree variety from 2003 producing very large fruit (abt. 200g). It has dark green skin with pale scarlet red flush, and white, very juicy, aromatic, and sweet flesh. Harvest begins from mid October and the fruit ripens after 4 to 5 weeks of cold storage. Stores well until late February. Yield is regular and quite high. One of the tastiest and most sought-after pear trees today. It is self-sterile and needs another pear tree variety nearby to pollinate its flowers. Commonly used are other late ...entire article
Jojo® is the world's first ever plum tree variety fully resistant (not just tolerant) to PPV (plum pox virus). It is a German cross between highly popular, early variety called Stanley, and German variety Ortenauer which brought genes responsible for its health. The fruit is very good. It is medium large to large, oval, dark violet blue, highly aromatic and sweet. It is excellent fresh as well as canned, high sugar content makes Jojo ideal for drying. It blooms late in the spring and is fully self-fertile. The ...entire article
Radka is an early Czech apricot tree variety. It produces medium large, heart-shaped fruit from the first decade of July. The skin is orange with rich red highlights, and the flesh is firm, free-stone, and tastes good. It is a reliable and heavy cropper. It is self-fertile (needs no other tree to pollinate its flowers). Apricot trees are best with no pruning. Still, if you need to cut it do so after flowering when leaves are borne, or immediately after harvest. This way it will have enough time to produce new twigs ...entire article
Bohemia a Czech mutation of Rubn apple. It is a midseason apple tree variety producing very large, rounded fruit of excellent taste. Some say that it is the best apple of our climate. The flesh is white, less firm, juicy and sweet with reduced acidity, and very fragrant. The skin is almost completely red and soft which makes it popular among kids, however, handling needs to be more careful. Keep the fruit cold for as long as possible as it ripens very fast in room temperature, and the flesh may get mealy later on. ...entire article
Sonet® is a Czech variety of columnar apple tree. It makes medium large to large, yellow green fruit of excellent taste. The flesh is white, evenly balanced sweet and sour, very juicy, and crispy. It ripens from mid September i.e. 2-3 weeks earlier than Golden Delicious which makes it suitable for regions with shorter ripening season. It can be eaten off the tree or stored for maximum 3 months. It crops heavily every other year and is scab and mildew resistant. Being self-sterile it needs another pollinator f ...entire article
Red Spring is a columnar apple tree variety with medium large, very attractive fruit of dark red, glossy skin. The flesh is very tasty - evenly balanced sweet and sour, juicy, and crispy. It ripens from mid October and can be eaten off the tree or stored until about late March. It may crop every other year and is scab resistant and not prone to mildew. Being self-sterile it needs another pollinator for heavy crop, such as isteck, Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Golden Reinette, Granny Smith, James Grieve + Red, Ke ...entire article
Little Spire is an evergreen Lawson cypress variety from 1972. It is very similar to Wisselii variety but is more slender and forms a narrower crown. Branches are strictly upright, somewhat spiral like a winding staircase, and covered with small, scale-like needles of rich green colour with blue-green tones. In spring appear profusion of tiny crimson flowers. It grows rather slowly and can be pruned or trimmed in mid spring or in midsummer. Never cut into ol ...entire article
BELLISSIMA® cinquefoil produces 2-3 cm wide, rich pink flowers on cushion-like shrubs. They come out in profusion from late June until September. Palmately divided leaves are small, medium green, not very showy. This variety grows quite compact and is suitable for small gardens, too, or along pathways, and in rockeries. Cinquefoil grows best in well-drained, poor or moderately fertile soil in full sun. Fast and large growing varieties can be trimmed in early spring. It does not need extra fertilizing or water ...entire article
09.03.2018New in catalogue
hebe (Hebe "'BABY MARIE'")
Baby Marie is a dwarf hebe whose origin is unknown, yet it is believed that hebe odora might appear in its parentage. It makes small, light green, scale-like, evergreen leaves along light reddish brown stems. In mid May appear tiny white flowers, opening from lilac violet buds. Light trimming after flowering is recommended. Baby Marie forms small, cushion-like shrubs. Hebes need very well-drained but constantly moist, poor or medium fertile soil that is anything from slightly acidic to slightly alkaline. It needs g ...entire article
European beech is a reliable and hardy tree of our climate. There are many wild forms, hybridized varieties, and selections on market these days that can satisfy the taste of almost everyone. This variety was found at Sychrov Castle of Bohemia (now Czech Republic) in 1888, which was the estate of Prince Camille de Rohan. He was an enthusiastic botanist and he led a horticultural society in Prague. A few beech varieties were named in his honour. Rohanii is a favourite red-leaved beech variety. It makes highly attrac ...entire article
09.03.2018New in catalogue
Burkwood viburnum (Viburnum burkwoodii)
Burkwood viburnum is a garden hybrid between v.carlesii and v.utile made in England in 1924. It belongs to the most fragrant viburnums whose flowers people can smell from a distance of 7 or even 8 meters. Small, intensely sweetly scented, tubular flowers are composed in spherical clusters about 10 cm across, and are produced in early spring. Sometimes a few flowers are produced in late autumn if the weather is sunny and warm. They are followed by small, red, inedible fruit turning black later. ...entire article
Magic Gold is a novelty Japanese Larch from the Netherlands, introduced in 2016 at GrootGroenPlus trade fair where it was awarded gold medal, how typical. It is a deciduous conifer with golden yellow, soft needles that do not suffer from sunscorch. It grows relatively fast forming a prostrate shrub with shorter upward branches. It looks great as a shrub as well as grafted as a small tree. It can find its place in any garden or front yards of the smallest size. It will look great mulched with standard brown mulch a ...entire article
08.03.2018New in catalogue
fragrant stewartia (Stewartia rostrata)
Fragrant stewartia comes from South China (not to be confused with stewartia sinensis) and, as the name suggests, bears profusion of mildly fragrant flowers. Do not expect lilac's strength of perfume, just a faint, rose-like aroma. Flowers open from purple red buds, they are open wide, 5-6 cm across, 5-petalled, pure white on 4 petals and decorated with a pink blotch on the fifth one. This is a tell for fragrant stewartia, no other stewartia does it. Flowers are followed by rounded seed pods with something that looks like a beak, hence its Latin name rostrata ...entire article
08.03.2018New in catalogue
tall stewartia (Stewartia monadelpha)
Tall stewartia comes from Korea and South Japan. It is possibly the tallest of the species, yet quite slender and conical growing, most often multi-stemmed tree. Its trunks are possibly the key feature why collectors and plant lovers seek after this plant. The bark is smooth, picturesquely painted amber golden and dark honey red. You feel like touching it every time you pass by. In early summer profusion of small, 4 cm across, 5-petalled, pure white flowers are borne, and are followed by hard-shelled seedpods. Deciduous leaves are rather narrow, ovate to ...entire article
Scaly male fern is the main species from which the most beautiful varieties arose. Sometimes also called golden which refers to the midrib which is yellowish-brown but cannot influence the overall appearance of bright green colour. Pinderi is a substantial variety whose fronds can grow as much as 80 cm long. They are sharply pointed, lance-shaped, and quite narrow. It produces dense tufts and young plants are closely connected to the mother plant therefore spreading is eliminated. The leaves are very hardy and wit ...entire article
Korean Gold is a dwarf and very handsome variety of Japanese plum yew forming upright, bushy conifers with erect and very congested stems. The needles are dark green at the bottom and much lighter at the top, they emerge vivid golden yellow and mature almost lime green. Female plants produce red, yew-like fruit with edible flesh and inedible seeds. The fruit is not as attractive or tasty as on common yews and if ingested by kids they quickly spit it out for its astringent taste. Korean Gold grows very slowly and may r ...entire article
08.03.2018New in catalogue
swamp azalea (Rhododendron viscosum)
Swamp azaleas are a unique species of deciduous azalea of North American origin. These azaleas offer later flowering and extremely fragrant flowers. Their colour is usually white to pale pink, however, some specimens may bloom much richer pink. Those are often categorized as subspecies or they receive variety names. Flowers open in early June and continue flowering for about 3 weeks. Their strong fragrance is notable from a distance of several meters and is lovely and sweet. Deciduous leaves are smaller than on other deciduous azaleas, broadly elliptic, a ...entire article
XXL® is a great, yet quite compact or even small rhododendron from Belgium. The extra size refers to its flowers which are incredible - due to its colour and size. Composed in large, not as congested trusses as yaku hybrids make, they are open wide, white in the centre and vivid carmine pink at frilled margins. Blooming begins in mid May. Bred by Hortibreed, Belgium, in 2013. For a better looking plant dead-head where possible. The roots are shallow, spreading to sides in search for nutrients. Never plant them ...entire article
Saffrano is a yaku rhododendron hybrid from 1987 bred by Vuyk van Nes. It makes pale yellow, campanulate flowers which open from dark orange-red buds. Blooming begins in mid May and continues until early June. Evergreen leaves are dark green, broadly elliptic, slightly glossy, and cover the plant completely. It make prostrate, cushion-like shrubs. 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 acid ...entire article
Hachmann's Rokoko is another beauty from the collection of dwarf or low growing Japanese azaleas bred by German rhodo/azalea guru Hans Hachmann. It produces medium large, about 5 cm across, semi-double flowers of rich pink colour. They open from mid May until early June on the background of small, dark green, ovate to elliptic, and very glossy leaves. They are reliably evergreen. The plant grows low and wide, forming dense cushions. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fertili ...entire article
RED LIGHT is a Dutch selection of popular photinia from 2013, bred and introduced by Alexander van Oploo, EU patent 32555. It has distinctively different colour of new twigs - they are bright red (as opposed to common wine red), and perfectly complement deep burgundy red colour of newly emerging leaves. They are evergreen, broadly oval, and come out 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 gree ...entire article
Rosea is a Virginian obedient plant forming strictly upright, square stems with up to 20 cm long spikes of 4 rows of flowers in summer. They are snapdragon-like, pale pink with impressive drawings in the throat, and open from early August until early September. Narrowly lanceolate, finely serrated leaves are soft green and glossy, and look very lush. It appears that the plant has no bugs apart from slugs which seldom make too much harm as they prefer other plants if available. Its rhizomes spread fast and the plant ...entire article
Golden Sunshine willow makes very elegant, narrowly lance-shaped, deciduous leaves which emerge bright yellow green, mature golden yellow in summer, and turn chartreuse in late summer and autumn. They are 7-10 cm long and withstand summer heat and direct sunshine without sunburn. Catkins are produced in profusion in early spring. Golden Sunshine willow makes an upright, compact, and bushy shrub about 4m tall and 3m wide. It grows vigorously and can be pruned in any way, best after flowering in order to preserve the ...entire article
04.03.2018New in catalogue
redbud (Cercis "'MERLOT'")
Merlot redbud, just the French grapevine variety of the same name, has leaves of the deepest wine red colour. They are deciduous, heart-shaped, and glossy. Compared to Forest Pansy they are a little smaller (abt. 10x13 cm), the plant is not as vigorous, and exhibits a more compact and denser habit. Another impressive feature is its spring flowering. Profusion of bright purple-pink flowers with miniature stalks are borne on bare, purple-black wood. The older the tree, the more flowers are produced. Pruning is not ne ...entire article
William R. Smith is a name of an older Rose-of-Sharon variety where R. does not stand for a middle name, it means Reverend because this plant was named in honour of reverend and enthusiastic gardener William Smith. It is an upright, bushy shrub producing clear white flowers without the typical red eye in the centre. Blooming begins in early July and continues until sunny and warm days of September. Deciduous leaves are narrowly palmate, 3-lobed, mid to dark green and coarsely toothed. They emerge late so don't worry a ...entire article
Strawberry raspberry is a Japanese species, cultivated more in Europe and naturalized sparsely in America. It produces large, bright red, edible berries combining shape of a strawberry and taste of a somewhat sharper raspberry, pleasantly sweet and sour. Some say that the fruit develops richer taste when cooked. Berries mature from early August until mid to late September and lack aroma. It is a moderately thorny shrub with somewhat arching branches that often die back to the ground during winter and re-emerge from the ground in spring. Its size is about 5 ...entire article
Loganberry is an interspecific hybrid between American blackberry rubus ursinus and Red Antwerp raspberry. It was created by James Harvey Logan from Santa Cruz in California, USA, a judge and passionate horticulturist who, unsatisfied by the quality of their blackberries, decided to cross some of them in the aim of achieving fruit of more pleasing taste. Red raspberry was "only" growing nearby and as it produced pollen at the same time some of the new plants showed distinct features proving they had raspberry genes. Loganberry is a vigorous berry plant pr ...entire article
Fragrant Fountain is a weeping form of Japanese snowbell with strictly pendent branches, forming a uniform, very compact habit. Flowering begins in late May and continues for 3-4 weeks. Flowers are followed by small, hard, olive-like seedpods in late summer. Deciduous 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. This variety was selected as a seedling of Rosea variety crossed with male pollen from Carillon variety opposed to which t ...entire article
Get ready for a warrior and fear shark's teeth of this daylily called Eight Miles High. Or don't. They are harmless and merely look like shark's dental dilemma. It is a large-flowered tetraploid (with 4 sets of chromosomes: total 44 in each cell) with enormous flowers that are up to 19 cm wide, and open from early July until early August. They are dark burgundy red, almost black, decorated with conspicuously serrated margins of lemon yellow colour, just like the throat. Stems are slender, 70-80 tall, and leaves are no ...entire article
Pink Bestseller is a pink flowering sport of lavender blue Bestseller variety. It produces 13-14 cm wide flowers with soft salmon pink petals, edged golden yellow at heavily frilled margins. Their throat is bright yellow. Extra strong stems are about 60 cm tall and produce flowers from late June for 3-4 weeks. Leaves are rather wide, semi-evergreen. The leaves are deep green, strong and healthy. They appear early in the spring and persist until winter unlike spring bulbs whose leaves wither away after flowering. Apart from occasional slug at ...entire article
Roses In Snow is a daylily variety producing raspberry red flowers decorated with slightly wavy, lighter pink to ivory beige margins, and yellow-green throat. It is a large-flowered tetraploid (with 4 sets of chromosomes: total 44 in each cell) with flowers that are 13 cm across. Extra strong stems are about 60 cm tall and produce flowers from late June for 4-5 weeks. Leaves are rather wide, semi-evergreen. Bred by D.Hansen as a cross between Calgary Stampede and Untamed Glory. Awarded AGM (Award of Garden Merit) by R ...entire article
Spring Festival is one of the most valued hardy camellia hybrids (cuspidata hybrid) with double, pink flowers. They are not very large but appear in profusion 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, leathery, deep green, broadly elliptic, and very glossy so even without flowers the shrub looks lush and beautiful. New leaves are copper tinged. Spring Festival is upright growing, quite compact ...entire article
PURPLE is an attractive novelty among Forever@Ever® hydrangeas from 2017. It produces large, mop-head inflorescences with indigo blue to purple violet flowers. They open from greenish-yellow buds in early summer and continue blooming in several flushes by early autumn. To achieve blue(ish) shades your soil should be highly acidic with pH of 5.0-5.6. If you are unsure about your soil pH buy a simple testing kit and if needed add more peat to reduce soil acidity. It prod ...entire article
Atlantica Aurea is a slow growing cedar of Lebanon with blue-green needles that emerge bright yellow-green in spring, mature to fresh green in summer, and turn yellow again for autumn and winter. Mature height is about 10 m in open spaces and much less in gardens. If your garden is too small you can easily control its size by pruning which cedars take very well. It can be done in early spring or in midsummer. It grows reliably in almost any soil type, even chalky, just avoid too acidic locations. For the best resul ...entire article
Bi-hoo is a new Japanese maple variety found by maple enthusiast, Mr.Masayoshi, in Japan in 1993. It was introduced and licensed in Europe by Maillot Nurseries in France in 2004. It is valued predominantly for its stunning colour in autumn and winter when the stronger branches and stems gain golden yellow or apricot orange shades, and thinner twigs turn salmon pink. Leaves are palmate, 5-lobed, deciduous, emerge medium green and remain fresh green all summer until autumn when they turn yellow, orange, and salmon p ...entire article
Comtesse de Bouchaud is a historical clematis variety from France, bred and introduced in 1900. Yet today it is one of the most sought-after reliable clematis varieties with pink flowers. They are 11-15 cm across, soft pink, and open all summer long from June until September. Healthy leaves are medium green. It thrives in full sun and grows and blooms in partial shade, too. It was awarded AGM (Award of Garden Merit) by RHS. It belongs to Group 3 clematis, flowering on new growths. Cut back all the previous year's s ...entire article
Blue Dwarf is a small and compact variety of Japanese larch. It is a low growing shrub with soft, deciduous needles that emerge fresh green changing to blue green, and turning yellow in autumn. Its almost horizontal branches make it a welcome addition to a Japanese style garden. This little beauty looks great as a shrub or grafted on a short stem. It can find its spot in any garden or front yards of the smallest size. It will look great mulched with standard brown mulch as well as pebbles or decorative gravel of g ...entire article
Elsie Lee is a fantastic Japanese azalea variety bred already in 1960. It produces large, 5-7 cm across, double flowers of pastel pink colour. They come out in profusion usually from mid May for 2-3 weeks. Evergreen leaves are small, elliptic, and glossy. It was bred by Anthony Sammarello in Ohio, USA, as a hybrid between varieties Desire and Rosebud. Thanks to its durability and beauty it quickly became a demanded parent for further breeding, until 2000 it was used for 22 new hybrids, among which one of the most ren ...entire article
PINK CHIFFON® is the fourth in the row of Chiffon series of Rose-of-Sharon hybridized by English botanist Dr.Roderick Woods. Immensely beautiful flowers are large – 8-10 cm across, soft pink with rich burgundy red rays coming from the central eye. So far they are the most double flowers from the Chiffon series. They come out reliably every year in July and don’t stop blooming until all buds have gone - sometimes by end September. Patented under PP24336 in 2014. It has very decorative leaves that are ...entire article
Evi's Pride (also spelled Evey's Pride) is a purple-leaved form of silk tree which boasts with better hardiness and richer flowering as opposed to Summer Chocolate®. Its flowers are rich pink, hairy spheres with nearly white centres, 3-5 cm large and with a sweet fragrance. Fern-like, compound leaves emerge soft green with coppery tones, and mature dark burgundy purple. They close for the night and re-open in the morning, just like mimosa when touched. They ...entire article
Farges' glorybower is a Chinese selection of this beautiful shrub or small tree from Asia. Unlike most of its relatives from tropical and subtropical regions this glorybower is hardy in mild parts of continental climate. It is cultivated as a highly ornamental plant that is quite rare in Europe. It makes large, up to 20 cm long, obovate leaves with a long tip. They are deep green in rich soils of slightly lower (acidic) pH, deciduous, and do not make a significant colour change in autumn. Farges' variety produces b ...entire article
New Zealand company Plant and Food Research came up with an extraordinary addition to the berry family - a dwarf, compact raspberry. In Europe it is marketed under trade name RUBY BEAUTY®. RUBY BEAUTY® raspberry is a thornless variety valued for its bushy and compact growth. It is ideal for those who don't have a garden and yet want to have some fruit on the balcony or patio. It produces plenty of very deli ...entire article
Maischnee® is another Japanese azalea bred by German rhodo/azalea guru Hans Hachmann. It produces extra large, usually 7 cm across, pure white, open wide flowers late in the azalea season - commonly from late May until mid June. Profusion of flowers covers the shrub completely. The plant grows low and wide, forming dense cushions. Evergreen leaves are glossy, mid to dark green, ovate, only about 2-3 cm long. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growth ...entire article
Santana is a rare variety of butterfly bush, renowned for its striking variegated foliage. In its short history it has already gained 5 names: Santana, Sultana, Sultan, Red Admiral, and Thia, tha last of which is incorrectly considered to be its patent name. The true history began in 1990 when English plantsman Rod Dransfield found a naturally mutated branch on his Royal Red butterfly bush. Consequent successful propagation confirmed stability of this colourf ...entire article
Bracken’s Brown Beauty, commonly shortened to BBB, is one of the hardiest and reliable southern magnolias. It was selected as a chance seedling by Ray Bracken in his nursery in Easley in South Carolina, USA, in 1968. Further 15 years of vegetative propagation confirmed stable behaviour so in 1986 he decided to have it patented as a distinct new variety. The patent PP5520 is now expired and the plant is available for further propagation without license. BBB mag ...entire article
Little Linda is a bit older variety of mountain laurel bred by Richard Jaynes in 1982. It was awarded AGM (Award of Garden Merit) by the Royal Horticultural Society in England in 2002. Its female parent is Star Cluster which bears white flowers with a rich maroon band. Surprisingly, Little Linda came out entirely different. Little Linda mountain laurel bears smaller flowers compared to the species of other varieties. They open from rich p ...entire article
Sterntaler mountain laurel is a successful result of a controlled breeding programme hybridizing two older varieties: Ginkona and Mitternacht. By the way a year later the same programme brought another nice variety Bandeau. The star-shaped flowers are the same large size as on Ginkona, decorated with a dark maroon red, or almost burgundy bla ...entire article
Hot Fire is a low growing variety of Chinese quince. It seldom reaches height of 1.5 and offers rather arching habit of flowering branches. The flowers are not very large and bloom from mid April until late May. They are deep crimson red with yellow anthers. In October ripens funnily shaped, very aromatic and edible, green-yellow fruit, mostly inside the shrub on older branches. Flowering quince will grow in almost any soil apart from too alkaline. For best results grow it in moderately fertile and reasonably drain ...entire article
Crimson and Gold is another hybrid variety of Japanese quince, a cross between ch.japonica and ch.speciosa with large, deep crimson red flowers with superb yellow anthers which dominate the flowers like royal crowns. They commonly open in the first decade of April, however, if the winter is warm you can see numerous buds opening already in mid to late March. The shrub flowers for 6-8 weeks, and what is most interesting – it keeps small growing only about a meter tall and wide. Flowers are followed ...entire article
Nivalis is a white flowering quince variety. Its flowers look like cherry flowers and as they open early in the spring, possibly among the earliest in the speciosa group, the blooming shrub looks like covered in fresh snow. Soon after appear fresh green leaves which add an extra springy feeling. Flowering lasts for 6-8 weeks. In October ripens funnily shaped, very aromatic and edible, green-yellow fruit, mostly inside the shrub on older branches. Flowering quince will grow in almost any soil apart from too alkaline ...entire article
Satschiko azalea is sold under a trade name Geisha Orange and is really very close to orange. It has very soft red flowers with salmon orange tones. They open from late April and bloom for almost 3 weeks. Evergreen leaves are small, oval, dark green, and glossy. Geisha Orange azalea forms a compact and low cushion-like shrub. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growth rate. The size of new branches would get out h ...entire article
Orange King is one of my favourite ‘royal couple’ barberry variety, right next to Apricot Queen. It makes a plentiful of small but fantastic deep orange flowers opening from scarlet red buds. They hang on the branches like little bells and resemble miniature fires, only upside down with their glowing red tops and orange flames at bottoms. Blooming begins in April and continues for 6-8 weeks. Flowers may be followed by small, dark purple blue edib ...entire article
MAGICAL VOLCANO is a new photinia bred by Peter R.Kolster from the Netherlands in 2009. It is a cross between popular Fraser’s hedging photinia and Chinese photinia serratifolia. It is renowned for extremely serrated leaf margins, compact growth, and longer lasting colour of new shoots. It was patented under PP25024P2 in 2014. MAGICAL VOLCANO photinia has ovate, 7-10 c ...entire article
Variegata is an eye-catching mutation of Portugal laurel. It bears evergreen, narrowly elliptic, slightly undulated, deep green leaves with white margins which turn pink in autumn and winter when leaf stalks and young twigs change colour to bright purple red. Blossoms are numerous racemes, compound of white, sweetly scented flowers in late May and early June. Fruits are black berries, and seeds from unripe berries contain the same poison found in bitter almonds. It grows moderately into a compact, densely branched ...entire article
Venus is one of the fascinating inventions which followed Richard Hartlage’s breakthrough with hybridizing sweetshrub species in early 1990’s. This variety was bred by Dr. Thomas Ranney of the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station in Fletcher, NC, USA, and patented in 2005 under PP15925. Flowers of Venus sweetshrub are extremely large: 7-11 cm across and resemble those of star magnolias. Unlike the common red sweetshrub, larger tepals of Venus are white and smaller ones are light yellow and win ...entire article
Thick-leaved evergreen honeysuckle comes from China and has small but very pretty and glossy leaves. They are rounded, rich green with purple margins in summer and dark purple red in autumn and winter. Little Honey® is a recent introduction from the Netherlands which produces profusion of honey yellow or light orange flowers from early June. The have no fragrance but last for at least a month. It is a ground-covering plant and can be trained along a vertical support as a climber. Its new shoots are quite long b ...entire article
Cido is a Japanese quince variety from Latvia. It produces very large fruit for an ornamental quince, it is yellow with some orange highlights and rich with vitamin C. It has soft orange red flowers which usually open from mid April. However, if the winter is warm you can see numerous buds opening already in March. The shrub flowers for 4-6 weeks, well into early May when leaved out, still, the prettiest sight is at its bare branches with small, rich red, rounded buds slowly opening like a lotus flower, woken up by ea ...entire article
Purpan® is possibly the fastest growing bull bay magnolia in Europe. It makes large, leathery, deep green and glossy leaves with thin rusty brown indumentum on the undersides. Once established it can grow half a meter or more per year. Still, this evergreen beauty is more likely valued for its large, 20-24 cm across, creamy white, very fragrant flower that appear in profusion from June until August or September. Pruning is not commonly recommended and this variety is supposed to let grow. Still, for any reaso ...entire article
Ruby Falls is undoubtedly one of the darkest coloured little trees that will grab your attention thanks to its dark burgundy red, typically heart-shaped, approximately 8x10 cm large leaves and a weeping habit. Its crown is quite compact and the branches may soon touch the ground unless pruned on regular basis. In early spring small, purple-pink to lavender-pink flowers are borne on bare wood on tiny stalks. Leaf stalks and branches are deep maroon or almost red, too. Leaves may turn dark green if not exposed to full sun. In autumn they make another sho ...entire article
Nikko is a variety of deutzia that is nowadays classified as slender deutzia, though formerly it was the only variety of Japanese forma deutzia crenata var.nakaiana. Still, its resemblance to slender deutzia is exceptional, hence its modern name. From the species it only differs with its procumbent yet more compact habit. From about mid May Nikko deutzia produces ...entire article
Kelly’s Gold is a fantastic box elder variety with striking yellow foliage that does not burn in full sun. It was introduced by Duncan & Davies Nursery in New Zealand in 1989 and quickly became one of the top 5 trees with yellow leaves. Kelly’s Gold leaves are pinnate, composed of 5-7 leaflets, deciduous, rich yellow from spring to autumn with some pink shades in spring and red stalks. In autumn they fall down without any significant colour change. It grows a li ...entire article
Epaulette tree comes from China and Japan. There are two very similar species and even though they are both called the same common name, this one often gets the epithet v. It is a mid-sized, often multi-stemmed tree or spreading shrub, about one third smaller than p.hispida. Its main attraction are the pendent panicles of creamy white flowers in early summer. They do look like racemes but they are compound of secondary branches that bear individual flowers hence its botanical correct classificati ...entire article
Sweet bay is a unique magnolia species that was first described by Carl Linnaeus, founder of modern taxonomy, already in 1753. Magnolia virginiana, that was the Latin name it received, was the very first magnolia species ever listed under this name. Interestingly, the plant had already been sent from America to England more than 50 years before that, by botanist John Baptist Banister. At that time the only magnolia known was a plant that was discovered on the island of Martinique by Charles Plumire. Its local name was ‘talauma’. Magnolia virginia ...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
Aztec Pearl Mexican orange is an attractive hybrid between choisya ternata and choisya arizonica. It was bred by Peter Moore and introduced in 1989, when Hiller Nurseries celebrated their 125th anniversary. The variety name perfectly describes this evergreen plant from the moment it begins to show flower buds. They are light pink and open into simple, star-shaped, pure white, and very fragrant flowers with yellow stamens in the centre. Their perfume is very similar to orange flowers hence its name Me ...entire article
The new millennium brought a hydrangea sensation called Endless Summer®. This developed into a hydrangea series composed of a few varieties, each of a different colour. The plants have been a big success as they flower reliably on both old and new twigs, and are very hardy. The only trouble is their higher price caused probably by the license and massive advertising. And as with many other novelties I was eager to find out the forerunner of this plant. Now it seems I did. Its name ...entire article
Dwarf witch alder is a special plant that originates in the USA. It is popular among collectors as well as garden designers who want to incorporate a nice and interesting shrub that is almost maintenance-free into their projects for beautiful gardens. Mount Airy is a hybrid variety, probably a cross between f.gardenii and f.major. It forms a compact, profusely flowering shrub that is smaller than the taller of its parents. In mid Ap ...entire article
Sungold butterfly bush dates back to 1960’s when it was bred in the Netherlands as a sport of Golden Glow. It has mid-sized panicles of rounded clusters with yellow, tubular, sweetly scented flowers from first half of summer until the last hot days of early autumn. Deciduous leaves are broadly lanceolate, deep green, and slightly hairy. The shrub is a fast grower making arching branches that look best if regularly pruned every year in spring. Cut back last year’s growths to 20-30 cm before the buds begin t ...entire article
RHAPSODY IN BLUE® rose is considered the bluest rose in the market to date. Obviously, sky blue colour is still something everyone dreams of, but this invention was a real breakthrough as it makes flowers of deep purple violet flowers with minimum of red tones. The flowers are medium-sized, semi-double, and sometimes with a thin white line across the petal. The centre is decorated with rich yellow stamens. They have a strong clove and spice fragrance. Leaves are mid green, very glossy and healthy. It forms an upr ...entire article
Evergreen - bull bay magnolias are the queens of flowering trees. We choose the most beautiful and at the same time the hardiest varieties. Ever since Little Gem bull bay magnolia appeared in European market, it has been a sought after variety ever since. Though, not everyone could grow this jewel since its hardiness finished in zone 7 (down to -17C only). Therefore it is obvious that when a new variety called Kay Parris...entire article
Do you know saguaro cactus? The typical succulent that gets most photographed when one wants to show a parched dessert with just one living plant. This cactus influenced the name of this Lawson cypress. It is a sport/selection of Wisselii variety. It is an evergreen conifer of strictly upright, narrowly columnar habit. Its branches are covered with congested, scale-like, emerald green needles. The typical features are the arms, similar to those which saguaro cactus makes. They spoil ...entire article
Wisselii is a gorgeous variety of Lawson cypress. It was found by a Dutch grower F. van der Wissel in 1888. It is an evergreen conifer of strictly upright, columnar growth and picturesque habit. Its branches are covered with scale-like, emerald green needles. Wisselii cypress grows rather slowly, and can be only 1 meter tall at the age of 5 years. In maturity, which is anything over 50 years, it can reach as tall as 6 meters, and not more ...entire article
Hikul is a very attractive variety of sea buckthorn. It is a slow growing, deciduous shrub of very compact and dense habit. It has short, narrowly lanceolate, deciduous leaves that are mid green from spring till autumn, and silver when they emerge. There is no significant colour change in autumn but it keeps its foliage longer than the species. It makes upright branches that naturally form a rounded shrub of a neat shape without pruning. It is a male variety which does not produce fruit but pollinates female plants. ...entire article
Laguna® is a new climbing rose by Kordes from 2004. It produces large, fully double flowers of deep raspberry pink flowers that are 10 cm across and have a lovely and strong fragrance. It is a combination of lemon, lemon grass, and fruity tones of ripe litchi. It is very healthy and has dark green, glossy leaves. Planting instructions: Prepare a hole of size 30x30 cm. Put your rose in the way that the grafting point is 3 cm deep in the soil. Water well and cover new shoots with soil or bark mulch about 15 cm h ...entire article
Apricot Queen is a popular variety of Lolog’s barberry producing incredible quantity of rich golden-orange flowers in May. They are about 2cm long, and hang in clusters of 3-7 flowers under every leaf so you can imagine how glowing it is in full bloom. Flowering lasts for as long as 4 weeks, and a few flowers appear sporadically again from early summer. They are followed by small, dark purple blue edible fruit which is popular mostly among kids who like its partly sweet, acidic flavour. They don’t even mind the prickly thorns alongside every branc ...entire article
Snakebark maple is a distinctive maple species that was discovered in China by Jean Pierre Armand David in 1869. Being quite easy to grow and non-problematic to transplant one wonders why it remains in the group of plants difficult to locate both in garden centres as well as private gardens. It is cultivated mainly for its picturesque bark which is painted with green and creamy white vertical stripes. Since seedlings of snakebark maple are quite variable modern nurseries select plants with stable features such as enhanced leaf size and more interesting sh ...entire article
Mitternacht means midnight and it is a new, fantastic mountain laurel variety from Germany, bred by one the biggest kalmia enthusiasts Karl-Heinz Hbbers. In 1987 he managed to cross-pollinate 2 well-known varieties Olympic Wedding and Goodrich which resulted in a gorgeous plant with the deepest flower colour registered so far. The flowers are very dark burgundy red, almost black with light grey-white margins just like the flower buds. When they start bloomin ...entire article
Among quite a few English names of this species I think that silver pear is best. This deciduous tree really belongs to a pear family and has silvery blue-green, willow-like, narrow leaves. They emerge much greener in mid spring, along with the white, scented, 5-petalled flowers that are followed by small, rounded, non-edible fruit. Pendula is a variety with quite disorganized mop-like canopy with somewhat weeping branches. They grow to all sides and eventually bend down but never expect a strict willow-like weepi ...entire article
Vulcan is an awesome magnolia hybrid raised in New Zealand by Felix Jury in 1990. Yet before it got its attention by gardening public it was used for further hybridizing and became a parent for excellent varieties such as Ian’s Red, Advance, Amethyst Flame, and nonetheless a variety bred by his son Mark and named after his late father Felix. Vulcan ...entire article
Carousel is an attractive mountain laurel variety bred by Richard Jaynes, and introduced in 1982. It has medium-sized flowers with irregular, deep maroon, dotted corolla on white background. Buds are grayish white and open in late May for blooming period of 4-5 weeks. Evergreen leaves are rich green, narrowly elliptic, and very resistant to black spot. It grows medium fast to about 1 m tall and wide in 10 years. For a happy life mountain laurels MUST HAVE acid soil (add plenty of peat). Plant it in light, well drai ...entire article
Old Port magnolia is a Vance Hooper hybrid from 1992 when this cross of Sweet Simplicity seedling and magnolia liliiflora Nigra first flowered. It bears gorgeous, cup-shaped, firm flowers that open from deep purple red buds. The petals are purple red outside and almost white inside with some purple-pink veins and centre. Thanks to its second parent they came out in mid-magnolia season which is usually from early May in Central Europe when the risk of l ...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
Dwarf Russian almond is a profusely flowering, deciduous shrub from Russia, mostly western part of Siberia. It grows sparsely in our country, too, mainly in Moravia and is a protected plant. Sometimes it is mistaken for mezereon for its flowers and habit look similar. It is a moderately, upright growing shrub with dense branching of erect, broom-like twigs. The leaves are deciduous, 4-8 cm long, inversely lance-shaped, and appear from mid spring along with the flowers. These are usually pink to rosy pink, and in case of this variety called ...entire article
Japanese umbrella pine is an exquisite-looking conifer resembling pine thanks to its needles but botanically it has nothing in common with them. Did you fall in love with this gorgeous conifer but the species is too large for your small garden? Worries gone – there is a new dwarf selection from Germany called Sternschnuppe (falling star). Sternschnuppe Japanese umbrella pine is a VERY slow growing evergreen conifer with dark green, flattened, succulent needles. It forms a sm ...entire article
Growers and fans of lily-of-the-valley shrubs probably know Little Heath variety, but few of them know that there was a selection made some time ago with only green foliage. In my view it is much more elegant since there is no variegation to disturb its beautiful green colour. Little Heath Green pieris is a very slow grower with small, widely elliptic, evergreen leaves that emerge coppery red and orange. It grows slowly, forming an irregular mound with ere ...entire article
Brewer spruce is an evergreen conifer native to the Siskiyou Mountains of southwestern Oregon and northern California where it is a rare plant owing to its sparse occurrence. It has a beautiful shape. The stem and inner branches are firm and upright whereas new branches are soft and pendulous which gives this tree almost a Himalayan cedar appearance. The needles are 2-3 cm long, thin, blue-green. New twigs are reddish-brown. The cones hang down and are 6-15 cm long. This spruce grows slowly: a 5m tall plant must be about 30 years old. In Central-European c ...entire article
Common alder is a European native plant. There are varieties, however, that are very uncommon and I am not afraid to say exquisite. Such as this variety: Imperialis. Imperialis alder bears mid-green, deciduous, very deeply cut, 4-8 cm long, narrow leaves that look like tiny witches’ brooms. But I suppose they do not fly. It grows slowly into a large shrub or mid-sized tree which, thanks to horizontal layers of branches, resembles Himalayan cedar from a distance, and i ...entire article
Scarlet crabapple is a fantastic addition to the collection of spring flowering apples and cherries. This one, however, has more than one feature to look at (just like Scarlett Johansson who may have been a reason for giving this tree its name …) Scarlet is a flowering crabapple tree with profusion of bright purple-pink flowers in mid spring. The deciduous leaves are borne during blooming. First leaves are typically ovate but from the end of spring the tree starts producing larger leaves with 3 lobes at the end of branches. They are glossy and deep burgundy red as they e ...entire article
Copper Beauty is a new variety of Henry’s honeysuckle is an evergreen climber with golden yellow flowers. They come out in early summer and are followed by black berries. Leaves are lance-shaped, mid green and copper-red as they emerge. It needs humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or part shade. This honeysuckle will vine around provided support and if it fails to find some its branches will grow one on top of another forming an irregular shrub. Hardy to about -27C (USDA zone 5). Last update 24-02-2011 ...entire article
Sekkan Sugi is a gorgeous evergreen conifer not only for Japanese gardens. It forms a fat, cone-shaped shrub or small tree with bright, sulphur-yellow or creamy-yellow new growths. They remain yellow throughout the year until next spring when they turn deep green and are replaced by new foliage that is again bright yellow. This contrast as well as an elegant statue make this Japanese cedar an eye-catching feature of any garden. The reports on growth rate are quite contradictory so we shall use logic to work out how to look after it. If your Sekkan Sugi grows fast it wil ...entire article
Mariesii is an architectural shrub with 100% horizontal, tiered branches and profusion of flowers in late spring. They are pure white, composed in umbrella-shaped terminal panicles, most of them are sterile = producing no or very few fruit. Deciduous leaves are mid green, broadly elliptic, furrowed, and serrated at margins. It grows slowly or medium fast in the same way as cornus controversa. First the plant makes vertical stems which in the next years develop lateral, horizontal layers of branches from side buds along ...entire article
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
Fine Line® buckthorn is a gorgeous shrub which in its few years on the market has managed to gain attention of many gardeners as well as landscape architects. It is a result of cross-pollination carried out by Ronald Williams in 1989, but only in 1999 he selected plants showing stable characteristics. He had the plant patented under PP 14,791. Fine Line® buckthorn has identical leaves to one of its parents – a href="">Aspleniifolia variety. They are deciduous, very narrow, fern-like, linear, 10-12 cm long and soft ...entire article
Aloha is a great climbing rose with large, repeat flowering flowers of apricot orange to salmon pink shades. It is quitre robust and hardy, reasonably disease-resistant. Planting instructions: Prepare a hole of size 30x30 cm. Put your rose in the way that the grafting point is 3 cm deep in the soil. Water well and cover new shoots with soil or bark mulch about 15 cm high. Roses tolerate wide range of soils but thrive in deep, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil, in full sun. Climbing roses should not be pruned. Last update 01-06-2010 ...entire article
Amadeus is a superb modern climber from Kordes. It bears trusses of deep ruby red flowers that repeat flowering and have a light spicy scent. Reasonably disease-resistant. Planting instructions: Prepare a hole of size 30x30 cm. Put your rose in the way that the grafting point is 3 cm deep in the soil. Water well and cover new shoots with soil or bark mulch about 15 cm high. Roses tolerate wide range of soils but thrive in deep, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil, in full sun. Climbing roses should not be pruned. Last update: 01-06-2010 ...entire article
Moyland is a new variety of mountain laurel from 2009 named after a castle near the city of Kleve, Germany. Its parents are the same as for another spectacular variety with dark leaves called Mitternacht. Moyland, however, has only light pink leaves with conspicuous blotches around the flower corolla. Buds are light pink, too. The evergreen leaves are leathery, dark green, and glossy. In 10 years it grows about 1m tall and wide. For a happy life it MUST HAVE acidic soil (add plenty of peat). Do not dig a deep hole but a wide one. Plant it in light, well drained soil tha ...entire article
Alphen’s Globe has been a sought after small tree in the last decade or so since it offers beauty of its parent – plane tree - but much smaller dimensions which make it suitable even for small gardens. Its deciduous leaves are large – 20 cm wide, glossy green, with 5 lobes. Fruits are prickly spheres that remain on the tree during the winter. Its peeling-off bark reveals various shades of green, brown, grey and beige in ornaments that look like military camouflage. This variety grows slowly or moderately, forming a very regular, rounded crown. Prun ...entire article
Plumosa Aurea is an attractive variety of red-berried elder. It has striking foliage that will perfectly contrast with dark green or purple-leaved shrubs. The deciduous, pinnate leaves are finely cut and may look like a short fern frond. Their colour is bright golden yellow with bronze tips when they emerge, changing to fresh yellow-green in summer. This variety is not known to flower. It grows quite vigorously if you regularly prune it every spring. By cutting it back you will gain an elegant, dense shrub with plentiful of new branches and healthy, bright coloured foli ...entire article
Another jewel among magnolias came from New Zealand, again, and was raised by Mark Jury. Its name is Black Tulip® and has been sought after thanks to its very deep purple colour of flowers. They are rich purple in colour, not too large – only about 10-15 cm across, goblet-shaped making a tight cup that almost never opens up. Thick, waxy petals are not translucent which emphasizes the flower colour. Deciduous leaves are mid green. The plant grows into an upright shrub at moderate growth rate. Protected in EU by grant No. 14218 (Plant Breeders Rights). Magnolia ...entire article
Lavender Twist® is a fantastic variety of eastern redbud with weeping, slightly twisted branches. With age the crown makes a unique shape comparable to some Japanese maples. Leaves are large, mid green, typically heart-shaped. Small, purple-pink to lavender-pink flowers are produced in abundance every spring and are borne on bare wood on tiny stalks. Where does this special plant come from? The truth is that no one knows the true origin. However, this plant in very young age was first given as a present by parents to their daughter, Miss Cornelia Covey in 1960s. Sh ...entire article
Kaleidoscope® is another novelty of the turn of the century. It drags attention thanks to its multicoloured foliage, but not only that. This abelia was found as a naturally occurring mutation of abelia x grandiflora “Little Richard” by nurseryman Randall Dale Lindsey in North Carolina, USA, in 1997. A single branch with coloured leaves on originally purely green plant made him try and propagate it and as further test proved the characteristics stable he had it patented a few years later, in 2005, under US plant patent No. 16,988. Kaleidoscope® abeli ...entire article
Cedrus libani Glauca is truly a cedar of Lebanon whose mid-sized, evergreen needles are blue-green (not silvery-blue as in dcedrus atlantica Glauca), and are borne in whorls of 10-20. The main feature is its habit with strictly horizontal layers of branches so typical for cedar of Lebanon. It grows slowly, thickening its branches first rather than speeding upwards. Aged about 50 years it can grow 12-15m tall (conditions pending). As it is a long-lived tree making its maximum height in a couple of hundreds of years ...entire article
Fuchsias are back in fashion these days, mainly because more and more countries are testing the so-called hardy fuchsias which are aimed to live outdoors, in garden beds and borders. They are usually magellanica hybrids. Ricartonii is a short, upright shrub with pendent, single flowers that have scarlet tubes and sepals and dark purple corollas. It flowers profusely from early summer until mid autumn. Leaves are opposite, dark green, small. Grow hardy fuchsias in full sun or partial shade. They need moisture from spring until they become dormant so water them freely ...entire article
White Profusion is a white flowering butterfly bush. Individual flowers are small and tubular, formed in up to 40 cm long, dense panicles at the ends of the branches. The inflorescence may look like lilac hence its other name: summer lilac. However, it can get misleading as summer lilac is more often used for lagerstroemia. Deciduous leaves are lanceolate, medium green with a silvery blue tint and slightly hairy. The shrub is airy and makes arching branches. It grows fast and gains attractive shape with age. To achieve a nice looking plant cut back last year’s bra ...entire article
Lemon Beauty honeysuckle is an evergreen or semi-evergreen, low-growing shrub with attractive foliage. The leaves are very glossy, mid green with conspicuous creamy yellow margins. It grows fast and new branches are composed in dense fronds, forming a prostrate shrub. In zone 6 it grows 60-80 cm tall, and about 1 m wide. It is used in multiples as a fast growing ground cover in large areas or under tall trees, or in various combinations in mixed borders. Great for slopes. For denser growth you can prune it at the end of March, or shape it by end of July. It is widely soil ...entire article
Leatherleaf mahonia is an attractive, architectural shrub. It has distinctive and coarse, bold foliage. The evergreen leaves are pinnate, mid green to almost blue-green and only partly glossy. They have sharp spines along the margins. This mahonia is hardier for zone 6 as opposed to hybrid holly mahonia x media and keeps its foliage healthy and green even after usual winter in zone 6. Flowers are composed in short clusters, they are sulphur yellow and have a lovely fragrance. In zone 7 they may appear already on the warm days of early winter, in colder zones they come out at the end ...entire article
Genie is a sensational new magnolia from New Zealand. After 15 years of breeding there is eventually a plant that holds its deep red-purple colour well and offers prolonged flowering period. The hybridizing process was truly awesome, if you are interested in how this jewel came to life follow its history of crossing: Sweet Simplicity x liliiflora Nigra = Breeder Breeder x Black Tulip = Sweet Valentine Breeder x Sweet Valentine = Genie Genie has deep red, almost black buds that open into medium-sized flowers with 6-12 petals that open into 10-15 cm wide, cup-shaped, l ...entire article
Nikko is my favourite bog rosemary with green foliage and profusion of flowers. Leaves are rosemary-like, linear-lance-shaped, 2-3 cm long. Urn-shaped, pink flowers appear in abundance from end April until early summer. It is a slow growing, mound-forming groundcover. It loves moist to wet places with humus-rich, cool, and acidic soil. Grow it in constant moisture or even a boggy location in full sun or partial shade. It needs to be mulched as drying out quickly ends up in losing leaves along the stems. Pest and disease free. Extremely hardy to -45C but dislikes heat o ...entire article
Blue Ice is a variety of bog rosemary with bright silvery blue leaves. They are linear-lance-shaped, 2-3 cm long. Urn-shaped flowers appear from mid spring until early summer and are light pink. It is a slow growing, mound-forming or ground-covering. It loves moist to wet places with humus-rich, cool, and acidic soil. Grow it in constant moisture or even a boggy location in full sun or partial shade. It needs to be mulched as drying out quickly ends up in losing leaves along the stems. Pest and disease free. Extremely hardy to -45C but dislikes heat over 40C. Last ...entire article
One of the first plants to flower at the end of winter is this mezereon. Well before the first spring trees open their buds you can find this plant flowering in the wild, along the paths in the woods or on sunny meadows. Its natural habitat is Europe. Mezereon is a deciduous shrub with upright branches, flowering profusely on bare wood from February to March. Rubra variety is the one with deepest pink-red flowers. They appear in short clusters of 2-4 flowers and have a strong, sweet perfume. In early summer small berries of poisonous fruit ripen. The leaves are elongate, fresh green. ...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 -29C (USDA zone 5). Last update 04-01-2009. ...entire article
Dawn viburnum is a garden hybrid between v.farreri and v.grandiflorum. It is one of winter flowering plants because its flowers come out from end December (in mild winters) until March. If it snows while it blooms it does not matter, snow will do no damage to the flowers. The flowers are narrowly tubular, deep pink when young, maturing to light pink, borne in terminal and axillary clusters on bare wood. Their most attractive feature is heavy, but nice, sweet perfume which is strongest on warm and sunny days. It brings the feeling of forthcoming spring. Viburnu ...entire article
If you like the smell of Japanese skimmia in the spring, then this variety is ideal for you. Fragrant Cloud will cover you in lovely, sweet lilac-like perfume. It is a luxurious, evergreen plant with small, white flowers that open from lime green flowers buds formed in fat, upright panicles the previous autumn. It is a male plant, pollinating female varieties that produce berries in the autumn and winter. It grows slowly and compact, making a neat ground cover. Ideal for Japanese style gardens. If you plant it well you needn’t look after it any longer except for ...entire article
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
Meyer lilac comes from China and is a dwarf plant. Palibin is a variety with flower panicles that are just a little larger as opposed to the species. The colour of the flowers is lavender pink, the buds are burgundy purple. It grows very slowly, forming a dense mound, flowering profusely every spring. Deciduous leaves are rounded with a tip, fresh green and glossy. Pruning is not recommended. Lilacs can be grown in many soil types. For best result use reasonably fertile, moist but well-drained soil, preferably neutral or alkaline. Full sun for profuse flowering. Fully ...entire article
Nodding lilac bears pure pink flowers that are formed in hanging panicles. Individual flowers are tubular and open from deep pink buds. They have a sweet scent. Oval leaves are mid green, 15 cm long, deciduous. This lilac grows about 3m tall and has arching branches so give it some space in your garden. Pruning is not recommended. If you need to trim or re-juvenate the plant do so immediately after flowering. Lilacs can be grown in many soil types. For best result use reasonably fertile, moist but well-drained soil, preferably neutral or alkaline. Full sun for profuse flowering. ...entire article
Peppermint is one of the most sought after novelties that was hybridized and first introduced in 1991 by Richard Jaynes. The main colour of the flowers is white, with 10-12 deep red stripes along the petals in outward direction. The buds are white. Leathery leaves are elongated, flat, medium green. This variety forms a shrub of taller rather than wide habit. There are many cultivars combining all sorts of red, pink and burgundy shades with white, all of them beautiful, all of them very hardy. The best display is when half of the bloom cluster is still in buds which mostly hav ...entire article
We have another lovely tree for you who have small gardens but love large trees. This is a compact version of Persian ironwood called Vanessa. . Deciduous leaves of this rather columnar, tall shrub are smooth and slightly glossy, with prominent veins, light green when they emerge and fresh green until the autumn when they change to very attractive shades of red, orange and yellow. Unlike its parent Vanessa remains slender and compact. While the species can get twice as wide as tall this beauty looks as if on a strict diet. Perhaps that was a reason why it was given ...entire article
St. John’s Wort is a well know perennial from our meadows and fields. The gardeners, however, selected species which are shrubby and have additional features for common use in gardens. Gemo is a new variety of this group and comes from Denmark. It is a low, dense growing shrub with erect stems and rosemary-like green leaves. Each stem bears cymes of up to 7 saucer-shaped, 3-4 cm across, golden yellow flowers with profusion of stamens in the centre. Its starts blooming in July and continues until early autumn which makes it one of the most attractive and longest fl ...entire article
Hidcote is a very popular variety of lavender with the brightest violet-blue flowers. It forms a compact and dense clump, ideal for beds where tall and leggy perennial is not required. Evergreen leaves are narrow, silvery blue-green. You can remove the stalks with spent flowers after flowering to make the clump look neat again, or even sooner if you wish to dry the flowers (hung with flowers heads upside down in an airy room). We recommend cutting the plant every spring by about a third its size to maintain a dense and profusely flowering shrub. It will grow in most ty ...entire article
Eskimo is a jewel among viburnums. It is an evergreen or semi-evergreen, compact shrub, growing slowly about 1m tall and wide. In mid-spring it makes almost spherical corymbs of pure white, lightly scented flowers. The flowering is reliable and abundant every year. There are so many flower-heads that leaves cannot be seen. They are deep green, leathery, 7-10 cm long, ovate, and glossy. Some of them may turn red or purple in autumn and winter. In exposed areas most of them fall down, in sheltered locations the shrub remains almost evergreen. It is naturally mound-forming an ...entire article
Japanese umbrella pine is an exquisite-looking conifer with dark green needles. They are glossy, 5-12 cm long and grow in whorls of 15-20. They are borne at the shoot-tips like the spokes of an umbrella, hence it name. In Japan it grows some 10m tall, however, in our climate you can count on 2-4m, conditions pending, and not more that 2m wide. Its shape is strictly pyramidal though it may need several years to develop a central leader that will make the tree look symmetrical. It will be happiest in semi-shade or filtered sun. You can place it in full sun, too, and provide some mi ...entire article
Ombrella® belongs to the hardy group. It was a chance selection from France which was observed and cultivated, and later on patented under the name Boubri. It differs from the species by darker leaves and deeply coloured flowers. Exotic looking flowers are pinky-red, hairy spheres with yellowish centres, 3-5 cm large and with a sweet fragrance. Fern-like leaves are deep green, compound. They close for the night and re-open in the morning, just like mimosa when touched. It is a medium-sized tree with irregular, flat or umbrella-shaped, spreading crown. It needs warm, neutral to ...entire article
Cherokee Daybreak® has 4 large, creamy white bracts around a tiny flower head. Leaves are mid green with yellowish-white varigation that turns pink towards the end of summer. Autumn leaves show multiple of colours with prevailing purple shades. 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 -27C and can withstand temporary drops to -29C (USDA zone 5). Last up ...entire article
Japanese cedars proved to grow happily in our garden where winter temperatures sometimes drop to -27C. They showed no damage whatsoever and thrive. Cristata is a weird looking variety with congested new growths that are flattened into “cockscombs” and divide into individual branches in summer. Their colour is rich, warm green that turns bronzy-brown in winter which is its protective colour. It grows moderately into a narrow and conical, evergreen tree. Pruning is not recommended. Just to restore untidy specimens cut it back to within 60-90 cm and let it ...entire article
This false camellia – Korean stewartia is very similar to its Japanese sister stewartii pseudocamellia. It comes from moist woodlands of Korea and it is a tall shrub flowering in summer and has beautiful autumn foliage. Flowers of this variety are a little larger than on Japanese stewartia, about 7 cm across, camellia-like, with 5 pure white petals and a centre full of rich yellow stamens. Unlike the Japanese stweartia these flowers open up nearly flat. As it belongs to the same family as tea (camellia sinensis) th ...entire article
Ostbo Red is a very popular variety with the darkest red buds. Flowers are pink and make aperfect contrast with dark red buds. Leathery leaves are narrow, laurel-like, pointed, mid green and partly glossy. There are many cultivars combining all sorts of red, pink and burgundy shades with white, all of them beautiful, all of them very hardy. The best display is when half of the bloom cluster is still in buds which mostly have a different colour than the flowers themselves. For a happy life it MUST HAVE acidic soil (add plenty of peat). Plant it in well drained soil that ha ...entire article
Bridesmaid has a special bicolour effect in the colour - the centre is nearly white grading to pure pink petals. Buds are pink too. Leathery leaves are narrow, laurel-like, pointed, mid green and partly glossy. There are many cultivars combining all sorts of red, pink and burgundy shades with white, all of them beautiful, all of them very hardy. The best display is when half of the bloom cluster is still in buds which mostly have a different colour than the flowers themselves. For a happy life it MUST HAVE acidic soil (add plenty of peat). Plant it in well drained soil th ...entire article
Some of you, gleditsia lovers, may have read about this quite rare and unique version of honey locust. Its charm consists in the unusual colour of leaves. They are bright purple as they emerge, turning chocolate brown later and light bronze in summer. They are pinnate or bi-pinnate and look like fern leaves. The Latin name says three-thorned (does such word even exist?) but holds for its original wild species only. This variety is thorn-less, thank God. If you saw the thorns on the parent plant you would not even think of buying one. The branches are rather horizontal and growth rat ...entire article
Venus® is a trade name for this lovely plant. It is truly much nicer than the original variety name “KN30-8”. It is as mathematical as the breeding equation: (cornus kousa „Chinensis“ x cornus nuttalli „Goldspot“ ) x cornus kousa „Rosea“. The result being extremely large bracts composed around a flower head (we call this a flower, to keep it simple). The flowers are pure to cream white, 15 to 18 cm across and open up in late May or rather early June. They persist for 2-3 weeks, weather conditions pending. Quantity and size of flowers ...entire article
We are always utterly happy when we can introduce a plant which in its original form was too tall or wide for a usual-size garden. But thanks to special breeding we can then enjoy dwarf varieties with slower growth which still keep their main features. This pin oak is a perfect example. The thick compact crown bears leaves that are deeply lobed, glossy and green, very attractive for a summer garden giving it a feeling of natural woodlands. But the main show begins in the autumn when the leaf colour changes to orange yellow and golden, crimson red and purple, still with flashes of green. Usual ...entire article
Beech is a reliable and hardy tree of our climate. Variety Purpurea Tricolor has deep burgundy red leaves with pink margins that, upon conditions, can reach the centre of the leaf. Natural habit is quite airy and thin when young. When mature it reaches well over 10 meters but this happens seldom, usually in arboretums and parks. Thanks to its slow growth rate it is used even in small gardens provided it is wisely pruned. Good trimming in late winter will encourage growth of new branches that will thicken the tree. Ideal for bonsai. It is tolerant of a wide range of ...entire article
Monumentalis is a unique version of hornbeam with strictly conical shape and very slow growth rate. Leaves are bright green and cover the whole of the plant. Even after they fall the tree remains very attractive with its regularly growing branches making a bonsai appearance. No pruning or trimming required. It is ideal for small gardens, or as a stand alone specimen in ambitious or Japanese-style gardens, or in groups with other compact growing plants. Hornbeams do best in full sun and are not fussy about soil type. Fully hardy to min. -34C (USDA zone 4). Last update 11-0 ...entire article
Fringe tree is a very rare and beautiful small shrub or small tree. In early summer it has profusion of upto 20 cm long pendent panicles of fragrant, shiny snow-white, narrow flowers. Female plants produce bluish black berries, however, usually only male plants are sold in nurseries. Mid to deep green opposite leaves are deciduous, elliptic and glossy. If you like this plant not as much for the flowers but the foliage there is a way you can double the size of the leaves. Either in early spring or immediately after flowering cut last year’s branches to 20-30% of their original ...entire article
Birches are typical trees of Eastern Europe and Asia, as well as some northern regions. Himalayan birch grows slower and not as tall as white birch so you can try one in your garden, too. Doorenboos is naturally a multi-stemmed shrubby tree with thick trunks. They are highly attractive for the creamy white (on young plants) and snow white (on older plants) bark that peels off in narrow stripes. This feature can be seen in summer, too, as this birch seldom makes bottom branches with leaves so it reveals its white bark beauty. Still, young and thin branches at the bottom ...entire article
This Californian lilac is an outstanding introduction from New Zealand. In the warmer days of late spring it blooms with profusion of dense panicles of deep indigo blue flowers. Leaves are small, obovate, dark green with reddish brown tint. Branches are chocolate brown, fragile and thin. It needs slightly acidic soil, rich in organic material, moist but excellently drained – it dies in water-logged locations. It can be grown outside in town gardens with accumulated warmth in winter months. Avoid direct winter sunlight. When the temperature drops below -15C it has to be protec ...entire article
Creeping blueblossom is a beautiful, true blue flowering mounding shrub. It grows about 0.5m tall and spreads 1-2m wide. New branches are soft and drooping. Flowers are dense panicles of tiny, sky blue blossoms and appear in warmer days of late spring. Leaves are mid to deep green, obovate or rounded, very glossy. It grows best in well-drained, but moist, lime-free, rich in humus soil. It seems to be one of the hardiest evergreen clones but still it needs our help for winter. Mulch it well and for the coldest days of winter cover it with white woven or fir branches, but never for to ...entire article
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Korean fir (Abies koreana)
One of the most popular conifers for small and mid-sized gardens is this Korean fir. It has short, glossy, dark green needles that are silver on the reverse. Already as a young plant it produces very attractive bluish-purple cones. It is slow growing, the tree shape is very regular, pyramidal, no need for clipping. It does best in full sun and slightly acidic, moist soil, it dislikes wet feet. Wind tolerant. Usual height of plants grown from selected seeds from nurseries is 3-4m. In full maturity, given enough space and time, it can grow twice as tall and ...entire article
/b>Elf is a dwarf variety of mountain laurel. It grows slowly but very dense, making almost white flowers with a thin pink circle in the middle. Buds are white or very pale pink. Leathery leaves are small, narrow, laurel-like, pointed, mid green and partly glossy. There are many cultivars combining all sorts of red, pink and burgundy shades with white, all of them beautiful, all of them very hardy. The best display is when half of the bloom cluster is still in buds which mostly have a different colour than the flowers themselves. For a happy life it MUST HAVE acidic s ...entire article
We are specialists in evergreen plants and offer the widest possible range of hardy, quality plants. Angustifolia is a very elegant variety of Portugal laurel. Irrespective of its origin it belongs to the hardiest evergreen plants for our climate and performs better than some large-leaved cherry laurels. It has narrower leaves than the species and brighter red stalks and new twigs. 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. Fru ...entire article
Based on the successful crossing of saucer magnolia a new variety was bred at the end of the 19th centutry. Its name is Rustica Rubra or just Rubra and comes from the nursery town Boskoop in the Netherlands. The beautifully scented flowers are goblet- to saucer-shaped, bright purplish red outside and white inside. Flower buds are quite large and fuzzy, and appear on the plant in late summer the previous year. It starts blooming when 6-8 years old and since then blooms profusely and reliably every year. Leaves are mid to deep green, stiff and slightly wavy. ...entire article
It was in 1826 when the very first bloom of this famous saucer magnolia came into the world. It was bred by French botanist Etienne Soulange-Bodin who 6 years before that success made a cross between m.denudata and m.liliflora. It blooms on bare branches with beautifully scented, goblet- or saucer-shaped flowers that are white inside and light pink or light ruby coloured on the outside. Flower buds are quite large and fuzzy, and appear on the plant in late summer the previous year. It starts blooming when 6-8 years old and since then blooms profusely and reliably every year. Le ...entire article
This magnolia is a cross of crosses ... mathematically it is: (magnolia liliiflora x magnolia cylindrica) x magnolia „Ruby“ (which is a hybrid itself), bred by August Kehr in 1997. The result of this rather bizarre looking equation is a gorgeous speciality which is true to its name as it can bloom several times throughout the growing season. In 2010 it was decided for the original name May to Frost to be replaced with March-till-Frost which is more accurate for milder parts of Europe. The flower ...entire article
If you like the spring profusion of blooming magnolias, look at this yellow rarity. Probably the best yellow magnolia so far was raised by a Belgian breeder, Philippe de Spoelberch. It is a cross between Miss Honeybee a Gold Crown. It is called Daphne. Its flowers are deep yellow, long lasting, born upright at the tips of each branch, and although the tepals are narrow and short it does not belong to the star-magnolias group. It blooms already as a young shrub, later than early varieties, often along with the leaves which enhance the flower display creating an impressive, ...entire article
Blue Prince® is probably the most popular variety of all so-called blue hollies. It is a male plant that does not produce fruits but is a pollinator for female plants of this group (e.g. Blue Princess). On the other hand, it grows faster than female varieties and has larger, attractive leaves, finely serrated, which are not as spiked as the ones from the aquifolium group. It has numerous, tiny white flowers in the spring and often again in the autumn. Flower buds and new shoots are pinkish-purple. Leaves are always very glossy and deep green, almost blue-green. Me ...entire article
This cultivar of evergreen magnolia was born in a Canadian province British Columbia in 1930. Since then it has shown extreme frost tolerance and many Czech enthusiasts rate this variety the most reliable as regards the leaves which are seldom burnt by frost. Its name is Victoria. It has large, creamy-white, fragrant flowers that come out in July and keep popping up until September. Leaves are dark green, very glossy, with brown, suede-like undersides. Leaf buds are beautifully purple-pink. Find it a location with plenty of direct sunlight in summer, protected from ...entire article
Teutonia is another extraordinary Japanese dogwood which, apart from its ornamental features, is valued mostly for its exquisite fruit. It is produced from small spheres, composed of tiny flowers that open from late May or early June. The showy parts are four surrounding bracts. They are broadly lance-shaped and emerge green, develop to clear creamy white, and mature to bright white with pink spots. Each bract is 6-8 cm large which makes the overall size of each inflorescence about 14-16 cm. Japanese dogwoods are ...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
Beeches are common trees in our climate. This fern leaved beech has narrow, deeply cut leaves, 5-10 cm long, glossy. It maintains low branches and forms a shrubby tree which seldom goes over 10 m, but it is usually much smaller. It is suitable for medium sized gardens, and should you not wish to have a tall specimen you can easily keep it compact and smaller by trimming early in the spring. It grows slowly and will respond well to pruning. Needs moist soil with good drainage and full sun. Very hardy. ...entire article
Minuet bears large flowers with cinnamon red corolla and almost white centre and margins. Buds are light pink to pale red. Leathery leaves are narrow, laurel-like, pointed, mid green and partly glossy. There are many cultivars combining all sorts of red, pink and burgundy shades with white, all of them beautiful, all of them very hardy. The best display is when half of the bloom cluster is still in buds which mostly have a different colour than the flowers themselves. For a happy life it MUST HAVE acidic soil (add plenty of peat). Plant it in well drained soil that has to ...entire article
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 -27C and can withstand temporary drops to -29C (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
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
This easy to grow shrub has many names and all of them say something about the beautiful scent of the flowers: sweetshrub, strawberry shrub, or even pineapple shrub. That’s because of the deliciously scented flowers which smell like a blend of strawberry jam and apple juice. Flowers are 3-5 cm across, with numerous strap-shaped petals. Their colour varies with soil conditions and amount of everyday sunlight: it is rich burgundy to deep purple or even crimson red. They come out in June (rarely in end May) and continue blooming in a few phases until early August. Oval ...entire article
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
Just like many beautifully flowering trees or shrubs, this flowering cherry too comes from China. It even bears a name of an ancient tendai buddhist temple. Kanzanu is a mid sized tree with double pink to magenta flowers which come out in early April and follow throughout the spring. It is probably the most showy cherry of all and therefore highly popular with garden architects. Almost leafless bare branches covered with enormous blooming is a must see in early spring as well as a must-have. Soil tolerant, prefers ...entire article
This honeysuckle has a more compact growth than the species and its leaves are more shiny and bright green even in cold winters. This fast growing shrub that can be grown as a low border or hedge, or clipped similarly to box. Its unbeatable fresh green colour is a welcoming feature making it an ideal ground cover even for posh locations. Unlike box the branches are flexible and do not suffer from breaking under a heavy snow cap. Soil tolerant, it can take both full sun and shade. Well-drained soil is preferred, otherwise it suffers from winter sunscorch. Fully hardy to -24C (USDA zone ...entire article
Pink Dawn is a name that fits this beauty perfectly. The orchid-like flowers are soft pink as a new dawn promising a lovely day. They have yellow throats with purple-pink veins and frilled margins. They are lightly scented with a sweet perfume that attracts butterflies. They keep coming out for as long as 10 weeks if the summer is sunny and warm. Narrowly elongated leaves are 10-20 cm long, mid green, and look like peach tree leaves. They are very attractive and suitable for summer-style or exotic looking gardens as in the landscape they can do the same job as oleander leaves. ...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
Susan magnolia has narrow, goblet-shaped flowers of deep pink, nearly red colour outside and slightly lighter red inside. This is the reddest coloured variety among spring magnolias. It flowers reliably already when young. It does not require pruning at all. As it has flower buds at the ends of last-year’s branches should you need to cut something off do it immediately after flowering in the spring. Deciduous magnolias are quite easy plants. All they need is light, well-drained, acidic soil with equal moisture throughout the year. Once established they can do with occasional d ...entire article
David viburnum is a handsome, compact little shrub, with eye-catching foliage. The leaves have prominent, deep veins, which give this shrub an additional 3D image. They are elliptic, emerald green with rich red or burgundy red stalks, young twigs, and flower buds. The flowers open in early spring in C.E. conditions or in autumn in milder climates, but are not the key feature. When pollinated they produce deep sky blue fruits ripening in the autumn. Thanks to its size and lush foliage David viburnum has multiple uses. It ...entire article
Otto Luyken is probably the best known and the hardiest selection among cherry laurels. It is a small, healthy shrub, which predominantly spreads to sides. It reaches no more than 1,5m in many years, therefore can be used be used for planting under trees or as a ground cover. Pointed leaves are glossy and deep green. Compound flowers are white, fragrant and appear in April, followed by very ornamental but poisonous fruits. It is common that second flowering occurs in early autumn. This cherry laurel flowers profusely. It needs slightly acidic, normal to fertile, moist soil, and ...entire article
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