Big Apple is a Japanese dogwood variety from the USA where it was discovered and selected by Polly Hill in the 1960s. The seeds were obtained from M.M. Brubaker of Pennsylvania and as the plants grew she noticed one that was different from the species. She named it Big Apple and while most contemporary horticulturists believe it was because of the large fruit, she also said in one interview that she liked New York, which is nicknamed the Big Apple, so where lies the truth? Certainly in Massachusetts where she founded ...entire article
MIDNIGHT FEATHER is a unique variety of European beech from the Netherlands with attractive foliage. Its deciduous leaves are deep maroon during the season and brighter burgundy red in autumn. They are glossy and conspicuously incised or notched at margins like many Japanese maple varieties. The will add elegance and delicacy to your garden and, thanks to their dark colour, they will make a great contrast if planted among green-leaved shrubs and trees. It grows slowly to moderately into an upright, small tree with ...entire article
Marco van Noort is a very successful Dutch breeder of perennials who is renowned especially for breeding coneflowers and cranesbills. He created this white coneflower by crossing e. purpurea ‘Alba’ and e. ‘Meditation’ and registered it under variety name ‘Meditation White’ in 2013. However, at similar time Hilverda Kooij, another Dutch breeding company, launched their novelty called Meditation, from their Mooodz series. That could be the reason why van Noort decided to give his coneflower a new trade name WHITE MEDITATION. ...entire article
SUNSEEKERS CORAL is hybrid coneflower makes flowers of intriguing colour mélange combining rich orange and scarlet red which results in soft and warm coral red tone. Central discs are deep mahogany red, cone-like, and provide plenty of nectar for butterflies, bumble bees as well as bees. Flowering begins early – in July and strong and reliably fed plants keep on flowering until September. Longevity of individual flowers is exceptional, too – almost 3 weeks. Plants are compact but have exceptional vigou ...entire article
10.06.2024New in catalogue
rigid shield fern (Polystichum rigens)
Rigid shield fern is a compact evergreen fern from Japan. Its bipinnate fronds, especially on older plants, are so dissected that they look like 3-pinnate. They are 30-40 cm long and form a dense, slightly upright but mounding habit. Individual leaflets are leathery, rich green, glossy and textured. Rigid shield fern is a woodland species that lives in light to deep shade with plenty of moisture or air humidity, but well-drained soil. Most polystichum species prefer alkaline soil but they can also get used to slightly acidic soil if rich in nutrients. Alt ...entire article
10.06.2024New in catalogue
male fern (Dryopteris filix-mas)
The male fern is our native species, found throughout Europe and into the subarctic parts of the Northern Hemisphere. In smaller quantities it is also present in North America and Northern Asia. Available information about the taxon is somewhat diverse which makes no sense as the plant is not variable. Here are the facts based on our own experience. The male fern is a tall, shuttlecock type of deciduous fern with long fronds of leaves and massive clumps, due to which it was named male in contrast to also tall but conspicuously finer-looking ...entire article
Makino's holly fern is an evergreen fern whose native habitat is much of Asia, from India and Myanmar (Burma), Bhutan, China, Nepal, Tibet, North and South Korea to Japan. It is a very beautiful fern which makes up to 60 cm long fronds of bipinnate leaves. They are upright as they emerge and become arching as they mature. They are evergreen, bright green and glossy. The individual pinnae are so conspicuously separated from each other as if margined deep green, but this is only an optical illusion. However, there is a true contrast of the dark purple midribs a ...entire article
Lucas is a small foxglove series offering extended blooming time, various flower colours, and in one case also silvery foliage. Lucas White, however masculine the name sounds, is more like a bride dressed in the most elegant and beautiful wedding dress. Its creamy white flower buds burst into pure white tubular flowers with less conspicuous, pale chartreuse dots inside the throat. The first flowers are borne along about 60-70 cm tall stems and while they keep opening, secondary stems are growing from the ground. They ...entire article
Felix Crousse is a perennial peony from France, bred and introduced by Felix Crousse in 1881. It produces large and heavy, fully double, bright magenta flowers with weak fragrance. Flowers open from about mid June atop slender stems which need support in full bloom. Deciduous leaves are rather thick, deep green, glossy, and palmately divided. These peonies are great plants not only for perennial beds and borders, they also look very elegant combined with shrubs and trees where they soften their woody structures. ...entire article
Shirley Temple (1928-2014) was an American actress and diplomat of great importance to former Czechoslovakia because in the years 1989-1992 she was a US ambassador here. Her name was chosen for a beautiful variety of perennial peony which boasts fully double, white flowers with an occasional purple vein. It is a cross between Festiva Maxima and Mme Edouard Doriat. The flowers are up to 20 cm across, fragrant, and bloom from late May atop 60-80 cm tall, strong stems that do not need staking. Deciduous leaves are rather ...entire article
Alexander Fleming is a fully double perennial peony variety introduced in 1950 and achieved by crossing Bunker Hill and Sarah Bernhardt. As it was named after a doctor who invented penicillin its variety name often has Dr. at the beginning. The flowers are medium pink, fragrant, large and heavy, and appear from late spring atop 80-100 cm tall stems which may need support, especially during rains. Deciduous leaves are rather thick, deep green, glossy, and palmately divided. These peonies are great plants not only ...entire article
Miniredia is a 2021 introduction of dwarf cherry laurel variety from French nursery Hortival Diffusion (Minier). It was bred by Patrick Pineau as a cross between Caucasica Nana and un unnamed seedling. It grows slowly and has 7-8 cm long, 4-5 cm wide, broadly elliptic, dark green, evergreen and glossy leaves, which emerge in a glowing amber-orange shade like for example ETNA® or BONAPARTE® varieties. In April or May appear compound inflorescences made out of small, white, fragrant flowers. They are follo ...entire article
Burgundy Manor is a deeply coloured great masterwort variety from England where it was bred and introduced by Gill Richardson in 2008. It is a medium-tall perennial with deep maroon flowers. Paradoxically, the most striking are the ray-shaped bracts, while short stems with true, tiny flowers pointing upwards in a dome-shape habit form an inflorescence simply called a pincushion. Flowering begins in early June and lasts for 4-6 weeks. The stems are strong and reach between 60 and 80 cm. Another feature making sure t ...entire article
Miniredia is a 2021 introduction of dwarf cherry laurel variety from French nursery Hortival Diffusion (Minier). It was bred by Patrick Pineau as a cross between Caucasica Nana and un unnamed seedling. It is a slow-growing shrub with 7-8 cm long, 4-5 cm wide, broadly elliptic, dark green, evergreen and glossy leaves, which emerge in a glowing amber-orange shade like for example ETNA® or BONAPARTE® varieties. It grows slowly and forms very dense, well-branched, rounded shrubs. Its ultimate size is yet to be d ...entire article
Bressingham Purple is a rather compact and profusely flowering variety of Jacob’ ladder with dark leaves. From late May or early June appear about 2 cm wide, 5-petalled flowers atop 30-40 cm tall fleshy stems. The flowers are purple-blue with striking yellow anthers. There are many of them and they open gradually (depending on the strength and age of the plant) for up to two months. The leaves are fern-like, pinnate, dark green with a deep maroon hues. They resemble yarrow leaves, which is perhaps why the plant ...entire article
Plane-leaved mulberry has many admirers thanks to its almost exotic large leaves. Fruitless is a follow-up variety from Italy eliminating the only set back this tree may have when it comes to cleanliness: it is sterile (male) and does not produce fruit that would cause coloured waste under its canopy. It makes large, sycamore-like, distinctly lobed leaves which resemble fig leaves owing to their unique outline. They are deciduous, deep green, highly glossy, commonly 3-lobed, up to 30 cm long and 15-17 cm wide. It is i ...entire article
Being a plant lover based in Europe and perhaps a bit of a traveler, too, I suppose you must have been to the Mediterranean at least once in your life, am I right? And there, you must have come across one of the key features of the Mediterranean landscape apart from the Tuscan cypress – the Italian stone pine. Older and mature specimens are immediately recognized by their almost flat-topped, broadly umbrella-shaped canopies of great density, which provide shade during the hottest months of the southern summer. Our question is obvious – how hardy i ...entire article
Copper is a gorgeous iceplant variety from the SUNTROPICS® series introduced by Volmary in 2022. It makes rich golden flowers with amber orange to copper red hues. They are large and appear in profusion from the first really hot days of late May and sporadically keep popping up until August, weather conditions pending. They bloom only if the sun is out and close on cloudy days. Evergreen leaves are thick, bright green or with red hues. The plant makes a natural groundcov ...entire article
Corydalis calycosa is a beautiful perennial with blue flowers. Its originates in central China, more precisely in the Sichuan province. Although the province's climate mostly belongs to the subtropical monsoon belt, the central and northern parts have snow-capped mountains and even the Dagu Glacier. This perennial was born right on the border between this subarctic anomaly and the subtropics which makes it well suited for a happy life even in our climate. Corydalis calycosa is very similar to c. flexuosa or c. elata. Its advantage, however, is a very dense ...entire article
Pink Spike is a dark-leaved variety of bugbane with deep maroon to almost black, large leaves. They are 3-ternate-pinnate, with palmate, lobed, sharply toothed basal leaves. It is very attractive when new, bright green leaves emerge amongst intensely dark foliage. In late summer rise slender, dark stems bearing 30-40 cm long, erect racemes composed of small, pale pink, very fragrant flowers. They resemble cherry laurel flowers both in appearance as well as in scent. They bloom from late August until mid October. Flowe ...entire article
Burning Hearts is a rough oxeye variety with bright golden flowers. The ray florets are rich golden yellow with mahogany red-brown centers and are composed around small discs in one or two rows. The dramatic appearance of the plant is enhanced by the dark maroon tinge of dark green leaves and almost black stems growing about one meter high. The leaves have smooth (entire) edges and are paler purple closer to the ground. The plants form dense clumps and are suitable for all types of perennial beds. In semi-shade, th ...entire article
Texanum is a highly attractive variety of Japanese privet, also called waxleaf privet. Its evergreen leaves are leathery, narrowly ovate, 4-6 cm long, bright green and glossy above, pale green and matte on the reverse. In mid-summer appears a quantity of about 10 cm long, terminal panicles composed of small, creamy, fragrant flowers. They are followed by blue-black berries, mildly toxic to humans but loved by the birds. It grows slowly to moderately fast (20-30 cm per year) into a ...entire article
GREENFINGERS® is a large-leaved Mexican orange variety from 2019, developed by Peter Catt from Liss Forst Nursery in Liss, Hamshire, England. It bears evergreen, softly leathery, glossy, palmate leaves divided into 7 leaflets, which have a distinct, spicy aroma when crushed, but do not use them for cooking. They are bright green as they emerge and dark green in summer. From late April till early June it blooms with a number of star-shaped, 5-petalled flowers, larger than those on original choisya. They have a ...entire article
This sweet box is believed to have come from western China where it probably originated as a natural hybrid of two species. Nowadays, you will not find it in the wild either because it is extinct or perhaps it never existed as a botanical species. Very interesting is a fact that there are no varieties since its seedlings are always identical to the parent. Compared to other sweet box species, s. confusa features shorter but wider leaves and upright growth. The leaves are evergreen, leathery, fresh green, rippled, 5-6 cm long, 3-4 cm wide, and very glossy. ...entire article
Gambit Compact Pink is a Gaura variety forming neat tufts packed with pale pink flowers from June till the first frosts. They are borne on the background of deep green, narrowly lanceolate leaves that emerge deep maroon. Trimming off stems with spent flowers will encourage production of new ones. We noticed that if the plant is frequently fed it is big and beautiful but tends to mature more quickly and may become very short-lived and die prematurely. If your soil is reasonably fertile we recommend only one feeding ...entire article
Little Vision In Pink is a dwarf astilbe with dense and congested inflorescence of clear pink colour. Its strong stems grow only some 30 cm tall which is unusual for a Chinese astilbe hybrid. It forms compact tufts with lots of healthy, dark green and glossy leaves. Blooming begins in late June and continues for almost two months. Grow astilbe in humus-rich soil. If planted in boggy or regularly watered bed they can sit in full sun, too, otherwise choose a semi-shaded or shaded location. They are water loving plant ...entire article
PETITE CHERRY is a very short and compact growing panicle hydrangea bred by Jacques Couturieux from Moyenmoutier, France. It is one of those hydrangeas with almost globular inflorescences composed of predominantly sterile (large and showy) flowers. They are pale lime green when they begin to bloom in early July, and mature to light cherry pink in late summer. They appear atop sturdy stems only 40-50 cm tall. The deciduous leaves are oval, finely serrated at margins, medium green. Plants are dense and stems do not requ ...entire article
BUTTERFLY CANDY™ LITTLE RUBY is a dwarf and compact buddleja producing rich raspberry pink to cerise flowers. The inflorescence is conical, slim, only some 6-8 cm long, and composed of small, funnel-shaped flowers. They are moderately, sweetly fragrant and bloom from late June until late September. Deciduous leaves are lanceolate, hairy as they emerge, medium green and partly glossy above and silver on the reverse, without a significant autumn colour change. The plant makes an upright, very dense and bushy shrub ...entire article
SKYFALL is a panicle hydrangea of compact habit and small size. From mid July it produces large inflorescence packed with hyacinth-like individual flowers which emerge pale lime green, changing to cream white, and maturing to very pale pink in August and September. The plant forms nice shrubs with erect and strong branches reaching a little over one meter in height and a little less in width. Deciduous leaves are ovate, medium green, and healthy. Plants require hard pruning in early spring (March) – cut back all ...entire article
DELTA BLUES™ is an American chaste tree variety bred and selected by Matthew Dirr from the University of Georgia, son of a famous horticulturist Michael A. Dirr, Ph.D. It differs from the species by a more compact growth, dense and rounded habit, and more congested inflorescence making the flower colour look deeper. It grows 2-3 m tall and wide. US patent No. PP25,914 was granted in 2015. I must admit I am fascinated by everything about this plant. Apart from its showy flowers I love its texture. Its dramatic ...entire article
MOOODZ® COURAGE is another gem from the MOOODZ® coneflower series. It produces 7-8 cm large, single flowers with bright purple pink ray florets and deep maroon discs which mature to deep orange. Stems are rather short, only some 30-40 cm tall, and appear in profusion from July until October. Lanceolate leaves are deep green and grow from the ground and then up along the stems. Coneflowers are maintenance-free perennials blooming from early or mid summer until early fall. They come out on sturdy stems that ...entire article
Mojave Jewels Ruby is a stonecrop variety from AB Cultivars in the Netherlands from 2018. It makes extremely dark foliage and stems which perfectly contrast with its flowers. Deciduous leaves are broadly elliptic, mildly serrated at margins, and matte. Stems are upright and strong enough not to flop, bend or break in open ground (plants in pots may be weaker). Both stems and leaves are deep purple, almost black like egg-plant but without glossy skin – they are matte which looks velvety. In late August appear ...entire article
Golden Glow is a Dutch introduction of box honeysuckle, found by Hendrik Johan Harmen Nijland in his nursery Nijland Siergroen in 2008 as a natural mutation of an older variety Maigrün. It makes small, 1-2 cm long, broadly ovate, evergreen leaves which are rich golden yellow in winter and spring, and chartreuse in summer and early autumn. In other words, the colder the weather the more yellow they get. In late spring may appear small, creamy white to pale yellow flowers that may be followed by small, nontoxic berries. ...entire article
Rosie Posie is an attractive hybrid perennial hyssop of compact habit. It makes dense clumps with thin, upright stems packed with flowers. Flowers are narrowly tubular, magenta pink, and open from just a tone deeper magenta-pink calyxes. Blooming begins in late July and continues for about two months or by the last sunny and warm days of early autumn. Flowers are so loved by most winged insects such as bees, bumble bees, and butterflies. Leaves are mid green with blue hues, matte, shortly lance-shaped, and mildly serr ...entire article
FRAISE MELBA® panicle hydrangea makes about 16 cm long and 12 cm wide panicles composed of mostly sterile (showy) flowers which emerge pale lime green and change to creamy white. However, earlier than others they turn glowing pink and purple pink as they mature during colder nights of late summer. They bloom from mid July atop maroon-flushed stems which are strong enough to hold the inflorescences upright without bending even after a heavy rain. Within 7-10 years the plant gets some 1,5-2m tall and a little l ...entire article
SPOT ON™ DEEP ROSE is a Caucasian stonecrop with deep rose to rich purple pink, star-shaped flowers from July until August. They are a magnet for bees that feast on them. Evergreen leaves are small, narrowly obovate, dark green and flushed maroon on flowering stems, otherwise almost rounded and green. It forms compact, densely branched mounds, and looks great among rocks, or surrounded by white or light grey gravel in an alpine border. It is suitable for troughs and other outdoor pots. It does not require any ma ...entire article
CANDYBELLE® MARSHMALLOW is a smooth hydrangea with flowers that do resemble those fluffy sweets. They form 17-23 cm wide rounded corymbs (flower-heads) composed of sterile flowers that are off white to pale salmon pink heads. They appear from mid June atop strong stems 80-90 cm tall. Deciduous leaves are ovate, mid to dark green, changing to yellow in autumn. Grow this hydrangea if you are in doubt whether the large-leaved macrophylla varieties with coloured flowers will survive your winter. This one will g ...entire article
ANNIVERSARY BLUE is a winning selection of speedwell bred by German branch of Dutch breeding company Florensis B.V., in Quedlinburg. It boasts rich indigo blue flowers composed in slim, erect spikes from late June until early autumn. Yes, this speedwell continuously produces new flowering spikes which extends it blooming season until the first frosts. Removing spent flowers will encourage formation of new flower buds. Leaves are narrowly lance-shaped, serrated at margins, deep green, and usually healthy. The plant ...entire article
BUZZ™ IVORY is a subtle beauty among all the bright colours of new buddleja varieties introduced in 2009. It produces about 10 cm long racemes composed of small, fragrant, ivory flowers with orange throat. Blooming is profuse and begins in mid July and continues until early autumn. Deciduous leaves are lanceolate, hairy as they emerge, medium green above and silver on the reverse, without a significant autumn colour change. BUZZ™ IVORY forms an upright, densely branched, and compact shrub 1-1.5m tall. Pate ...entire article
This torch lily originates in South Africa (Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal, Lesotho) where it grows in moist or even marshy areas because it is quite thirsty. In its home frost-free environment it is an evergreen perennial with semi-woody base (just like yucca), but it can be cultivated down to zone 6 where it is deciduous or semi-evergreen. It is a rhizomatous perennial forming compact colonies and self-seeding in hot climates. In midsummer rise almost a meter tall, particularly thick stems (leek is a popular nickname) with massive spike-like inflorescence ( ...entire article
Enchanting Pink Elsa is a perennial peony from a Dutch series Fabulous Flowers®. It produces large, bowl-shaped, semi-double, fragrant flowers with pastel pink petals and numerous creamy white to light butter yellow dwarf sepals in the centre. Flowers appear from late May, atop 70-80 cm tall stems which usually don't need support. Deciduous leaves are rather thick, deep green, glossy, and palmately divided. These peonies are great plants not only for perennial beds and borders, they also look very elegant com ...entire article
MILLY ROCK™ ROSE yarrow makes pastel rosy red flowers with yellow centres composed in almost flat corymbs atop about 30-40 cm tall stems. Flowering begins in June and continues until late August. Fern-like leaves are finely cut and rich grass green, basal leaves are larger than stem leaves. Removing stems with spent flowers will encourage growth of new stems with new flowers until the weather is warm and sunny. Plants are compact and thanks to shorter stems they form nice mounds. Patent No.PP31620 was issued in ...entire article
Red Robin is a New Zealand selection of Fraser's photinia which is considered the first and also possibly the most successful Fraser's photinia variety of 20th century. After 20 years from its introduction it received the Award of Garden Merit (AGM) by the English Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) for great performance, beauty, and durability. It produces larger and glossier leaves with a more striking shade of red when they emerge. They are evergreen, 10-15 cm long, 4-8cm wide, highly glossy, dark green when mature, ...entire article
EARLY HARRY is a panicle hydrangea with pagoda-like inflorescence composed mostly of tiny, fertile flowers, and a few exceptionally large sterile flowers which look like crown jewels. Flower buds are pale pink and appear as early as in late May which makes EARLY HARRY possibly the earliest flowering panicle hydrangea today, perhaps competing with EARLY SENSATION hydrangea. Flowers are creamy white and turn various de ...entire article
Chocolate Cherry®, yummy! Though inedible, this ice plant invented by Dutch breeder Marco van Noort was named aptly describing the coloration of flowers and foliage. It makes small, only about 4cm across, dome-like inflorescence composed of tiny star-shaped flowers. They emerge dark cherry red and mature to pale purple pink with garnet red centres. Such colour combination is enhanced by exquisite background of deep burgundy red to almost chocolate brown, broadly oval, thick leaves which exhibit very good resistan ...entire article
M.F. Dark Blue White Bee is Magic Fountains larkspur variety with deep indigo blue outer petals decorated with dwarf white petals that look like a bee feasting on its nectar. Basal leaves are mid green, up to 20 cm across, palmate, 3- or 5-lobed. Stems are 90-120 cm tall and from June till July produce flowers in erect spikes. Once the flowering has finished you can cut back the entire plant for the second flush in September and October. Grow larkspur in any well-drained, ...entire article
Wood spurge is a semi-woody perennial native to warm but not parched areas of Europe, Caucasus, and Turkey. Possibly the most popular variety is called Purpurea. Its upright stems are rich burgundy red all season long, and evergreen leaves boast the same shade if fully insolated, otherwise they are dark green. In mid spring the plant produces large heads of numerous bright lime green flowers for a long period. As it blooms on previous year's wood, any pruning, if required, has to be done immediately after flowering in ...entire article
Little Zebra® is an eulalia variety which is commonly supposed to be a dwarf version of Zebrinus, an older eulalia variety, however, these two have nothing in common. Little Zebra® originated as a natural sport of green-leaved miscanthus species. It has the same creamy white to pale yellow horizontal variegation on the leaf blades but exhibits much shorter growth and arching habit. Before flowering the plant is 80-100 cm tall and in flower it reache ...entire article
Hakone grass is one of the top grass species most appreciated by landscape designers. It is so showy and simple at the same time, so no wonder it is often used as undergrowth of larger beautiful Japanese maples or other appealing multistemmed shrubs with bare framework of bottom branches. The species of hakone grass has fresh green, about one centimeter wide leaves on slender, partly arching stems, reaching 30 to 60 cm height with age. In midsummer appear tan coloured, airy panicles composed of small flowers in terminal panicles, and last almost 2 months. ...entire article
Moneymaker is a clump forming lily-turf variety with attractive foliage and flowers. Its dark green, ribbon-like, semi-glossy, narrow leaves are evergreen in mild winters of zone 6, and reliably evergreen in warmer areas. In early August are borne spikes of rich lavender violet flowers on strong, dark purple stems. They usually overgrow the leaves by not more than about 10 cm. New spikes are produced continuously until early autumn. Liriope does well in moist, humus-rich, and preferably acid to neutral soil, but wi ...entire article
Caradonna is a beautiful wood sage which looks like annual salvia farinacea, yet this beauty is a true perennial. Caradonna makes compact clumps with erect stems 40-60 cm tall, very dark purple blue, almost black, bearing numerous deep violet-blue flowers in spike-like inflorescences. Main flowering begins from late May and lasts about one and a half months, meanwhile new flowering stems are formed for weaker flowering in midsummer. However, if you cut the whole plant back to the ground after the first flow ...entire article
Columbus is a rich golden yellow flowering montbretia. Its funnel-shaped (campanulate) flowers are like Indian curry combined with an attractive necklace of a few crimson dots and small flames under the throat. They appear from mid July for at least a month atop strong and upright steams about 50-60 cm tall. It makes large clumps of medium green, sword-like leaves which confirm plant's affiliation with iris family. The exotic feeling is highlighted by the way the flowers are formed in almost horizontal inflorescence a ...entire article
Carmine Brilliant is another amazing montbretia with fiery-coloured flowers. They are rich orange red with a striking yellow centre and stamens. They are funnel-shaped or campanulate and appear from mid July for at least a month. The stems are strong and upright, their tops slightly arching, and are reach some 50-60 cm tall. It makes large clumps of medium green, sword-like leaves which confirm plant's affiliation with iris family. The exotic feeling is highlighted by the way the flowers are formed in almost horizonta ...entire article
MOOODZ® GLORY is a white flowering member of the MOOODZ® coneflower series. It makes large flowers with wide ray florets around a large golden yellow cone hiding sweet nectar for butterflies, bees, and bumble bees. Stems are strong and erect, reaching up 40-50 cm tall, and producing flowers from July until September. Lanceolate leaves are very dark green and grow from the ground and then up along the stems. Coneflowers are maintenance-free perennials blooming from ...entire article
SUGAR PLUM is another fantastic success by English breeder Peter R.Moore. It is a butterfly bush, a cross between varieties Royal Red and Summer Beauty. The result has a rich colour of the first parent, and compact habit and smaller size of the latter. SUGAR PLUM buddleja produces about 25 cm long, pointed panicles of rich purple pink flowers which attract you with their colour intensity as well as strong and sweet perfume. Individual flowers are tiny trumpets, composed in ...entire article
Border Beauty is a another butterfly bush proved by time. It was bred already in 1962, by a Dutch breeder Henry Schiphorst. It produces about 20 cm long, dense panicles of purple violet flowers with orange throat. Individual flowers are tiny trumpets, composed in conical panicles born at the tips of slightly arching branches which gain darker shade towards the panicle. Flowers are sweetly fragrant and bloom from early July until late September. Border Beauty makes an upright and compact bush about two meters wide and ...entire article
Some plants, when you search for their web images, are so ridiculously manipulated when it comes to colours. As if they were not beautiful enough as they are. Big Blue sea holly is one of those which, owing to its deep steel blue flowers, always look fake in the photo but in fact are absolutely natural. Big Blue is a hybrid sea holly, found as a chance seedling by Jeff Hodson from Preston, UK, in 1997. It makes 40-60 cm tall stems with prickly flower-heads decorated with na ...entire article
Essence Purple is a compact lavender variety which forms an evenly rounded bush without fallen stems. It is about 40 cm tall and still very compact and very dense. Fragrant flowers are rich lavender violet and appear from June until August. Leaves are evergreen, linear, light green and very slightly silver. We recommend cutting the plant every spring leaving about a third or maximum half its size to maintain a dense and profusely flowering shrub. You can remove the stalks with spent flowers after flowering to make ...entire article
Robin loosestrife is a sister (or brother?) variety of Robert loosestrife. It has almost identical colour of its the 5-petalled, star-shaped. They are bougainvillea-like rich purple pink forming, compared to Robert, much narrower spike-like inflorescence with enormous number of flowers that are closely attached to the stem, just like its small, shortly lanceolate, deep green, and glossy leaves. Blooming usually begins in mid to late July and continues until ...entire article
Chinese photinia is a species which is less common in trade and almost nonexistent in European nurseries. Reason being that all European encyclopedias rate it much less winter hardy than David’s or Fraser’s photinia which are very popular evergreen shrubs used for hedges in zones 6 and higher all over temperate regions. However, in the USA this species has been successfully cultivated for a few decades now, and has proved reliably hardy to zone 6 which allows using it in the same areas as the other well-known hybrids and species. Currently, there ...entire article
WHITE DAZZLER is a follow-up choísie to Aztec Pearl from Peter Moore, introduced in 1991. It produces masses of simple, star-shaped, pure white, and very fragrant flowers with yellow stamens in May and June. Their perfume is very similar to orange flowers hence its name Mexican orange or Mexican blossom. WHITE DAZZLER is special for being very compact as well as the ability to re-bloom from September onwards. The evergreen leaves are distinctly narrower ...entire article
07.06.2024New stock
bog myrtle (Myrica gale)
Bog myrtle is a deciduous shrub found in moist and constantly waterlooged areas all around Northern Hemisphere. It makes small, inversely lance-shaped or narrowly obovate, dark green to slightly blue-green leaves, and fragrant flowers from mid spring. The flowers are yellow green to golden yellow, erect catkins which open from mid spring for a few weeks, releasing an interesting sweet and spicy fragrance, typical for ericaceous plants. Both this perfume and that of crushed leaves keep biting insects at bay. Bog myrtle loves moist and wet sites. Grow it at ...entire article
Dutchman's pipe is a vigorous climber native to America, found in moist woodlands from N.E.Canada to S.E.USA. It is cultivated for its dramatic large foliage which looks as if just escaped from a rainforest. The deciduous leaves are 10-30 cm across, fresh green, heart-shaped. In summer small pipe-like, sandy beige flowers are hidden under the foliage. Once established it grows very fast making about 1 meter per year or more. It quickly covers its support, be it a single post or a fence. Make sure to provide strong support - adult plants are quite heavy. ...entire article
SILVER ANNIVERSARY™ is an attractive buddleia hybrid bred by Peter Moore in 1994 as a cross between b.crispa and b.loricata. It is a deciduous shrub with striking silver, narrowly lance-shaped foliage which resembles Russian olive leaves. Flowers are formed in short panicles. They are creamy white with orange throat, sweetly fragrant, and bloom from early July until late September. Growth is rather symmetrical and dense. Butterfly bush requires little care. Still, we strongly recommend hard prun ...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
Malepartus is a robust eulalia variety with striking foliage and flowers. The leaves are wide, rich green with a prominent white midrib, turning orange in autumn. Flowers are produced from late July and are held high above the foliage. They come out maroon red and turn soft beige in autumn when they open wide like a pampas grass, and even silvery white in winter. Malepartus is one of the most striking eulalias for winter season. Eulalia does not tend to be invasive here. It is best grown in sunny and warm areas, i ...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
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
Mondo grass is a highly attractive evergreen perennial from China and Japan. It is cultivated for handsome, strap-like foliage. Niger is a variety offering narrow, flat, grass-like leaves of extremely deep purple, almost black leaves. In midsummer appear small, light pink flowers on short stems followed by glossy, black berries. The plants make dense tufts and unless young plants are removed and transplanted, they slowly form a unique groundcover. Thanks to its unusual foliage of dark colour mondo grass looks best ...entire article
Katsura is a Japanese maple that is highly decorative especially in spring, when new leaves emerge, and in autumn, when they change again. They are typically palmate, rather small, 5-lobed, chartreuse yellow-green with coppery margins in early spring, rich green in summer, and glowing golden-yellow and orange in autumn. Leaf stalks are red as well as small flowers which appear in April and are not too showy from the distance. Katsura maple makes a vase-shaped shrub or small tree. It grows slowly and only when it r ...entire article
Sunset fern is a beautiful piece with amazing colour play of its new leaves. They emerge bright golden yellow with rich salmon-pink tones. The fronds are 40-60 cm long, semi-erect, and glossy. They turn rich green when mature. They remain evergreen and beautiful without any sing of damage down to about -10°C, and the plant is root hardy to about -25°C (USDA zone 6). Cut off all leaves in spring to encourage new growths. Grow it in partial shade or full shade, fertile, evenly moist but well-drained, preferably acid soil. Last update: 17-01-2013 ...entire article
Eveline is a new variety of speedwell from the Netherlands patented in 2003. It produces attractive, approximately 30 cm tall spikes of rich lilac to violet flowers from early summer. If regularly deadheaded it can continue blooming until late summer. Leaves are long, narrowly lanceolate, serrated at margins, mid green. They help the plant look quite bushy and dense. Speedwell will grow in any moist but well-drained, reasonably fertile soil, preferably in full sun but partial shade will do no harm. The flowers are ...entire article
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astilbe (Astilbe "'SPRITE'")
If you love astilbe there is a variety you should not miss. It is called Sprite and belongs to simplicifolia group with dissected leaves. Sprite is a dwarf perennial with medium pink flowers on slightly pendent, burgundy red stems. The leaves are deeply cut, dark green, glossy, and very decorative which makes the plant look very attractive also when not in flower. Sprite astilbe is slow growing and forms a small mound. Grow astilbe in humus-rich soil. If planted in b ...entire article
Terracotta is a typical Mediterranean pot material. Translated literally it means “baked soil” and looking at this yarrow it is clear to understand why its breeder chose this name. Terracotta yarrow produces flat corymbs of small flowers that open up deep orange, change to golden yellow, and finish as sandy yellow. New flowers are produced continually over a long period so you can enjoy multiple colours on one plant. Fern-like leaves are fine and deep green, basal leaves are larger than stem leaves. Th ...entire article
Sundae Fraise® is another new hhydrangea clone from Jean Renault from France. It was derived from the already successful variety Vanille Fraise®, but this one is smaller and more compact. The flowers are medium sized panicles that open creamy white in late July and soon gain light pink shades that get deeper and richer with time. By the end of summer the whole shrub is covered with strawberry coating all over. The flowers can be cut at any time and ...entire article
Honorine Jobert is a late variety of Japanese anemone. It produces 2-3 cm wide snow-white flowers with deep yellow centres of stamens from end August until the last warm days of autumn. The stalks are about 1 meter tall, well-branched. Basal leaves are deciduous, palmate, mid green, sharply toothed, sparsely hairy beneath. Japanese anemones likes moist, humus-rich, slightly acidic, and well-drained soil. When planted in full and if you live in area with cold winters make sure the plants are well mulched to keep the roots cool and away from dry frost. They prefer slight ...entire article
STRONG ANNABELLE® is a new name for a beautiful sevenbark variety from 2009, PP20571. It was patented as 'Abetwo' and marketed as INCREDIBALL® from the beginning. However, after a few years of continuous misspelling the name was changed to STRONG ANNABELLE® which is exactly what this plant is - a stronger improvement of former Annabelle variety. It produces typical mop-head inflorescence composed o ...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
Heavenly Blue is a favourite variety of bluebeard. It has profusion of purple-blue flowers at the end of summer that attract bumble bees and butterflies. The leaves are deep green on the upper side and silvery blue-green beneath. They have an interesting scent which recalls cooking herbs. The shrub grows fast and has to be pruned hard every spring to about one third of previous year’s growth to encourage strong, new branching that will bloom even more profusely. It forms quite an airy bush, not so compact while keeping a nice rounded shape. Bluebeard is soil t ...entire article
Flower Power® is a recent butterfly bush intruduction with attractive colour play. The buds are lavender violet and open into lilac-pink flowers with conspicuous orange throats that add brightness to the overall appearance. Individual flowers are small and tubular, formed in 30-40 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 since summer lilac is commonly used for lagerstroemia. Deciduous leaves are lanceolate, deep green, and slightly hairy. The shrub i ...entire article
Royal Red is a butterfly bush with deep purple-red flowers that are fragrant and up to 50 cm long. 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, deep green, 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 l ...entire article
If you like pink and butterflies at the same time, Pink Delight is butterfly bush variety ideal for you. 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, 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 cu ...entire article
Black Knight is a butterfly bush variety with one of the deepest colours currently available in the market. They are deep purple blue, heavily scented, up to 30 cm long. Individual flowers are small and tubular, formed in 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, deep green and slightly hairy. The shrub is airy and makes arching branches. It grows fast and gains attractive shape ...entire article
Lavender cotton is a fantastic low, mound-forming shrub with very attractive silvery blue, finely textured foliage. It is evergreen so it decorates your garden all year round. Moreover, in summer in produces masses of small, vivid yellow flowers heads on long stalks. Leaves have an interesting, spicy scent. It looks lovely at border edges, in rockeries, and planting it next to lavender enhances flower colours of both the plants. It needs very well drained, preferably poor soil and fully insolated location. Cut off spent flowers with their stalks and shear the plant every spring t ...entire article
Catalpas have been grown in our country for many years. The species may be found in every larger city as an important feature of a city park. It offers outstanding points of interest such as large leaves in summer and long cigar-shaped seed pods in winter, hence its name Indian Bean Tree. Flowers are formed in upright panicles and appear beginning of summer. They are bell-shaped, with two lips, white with deep red veins and golden yellow spots. Flowers have a unique shape and pattern and come our freely every year. They are followed by cigar-like, to 40 cm long seed pods. Leaves ...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
Yarrow is a maintenance-free perennial suitable for standard flower beds as well as dry locations. Fern-like leaves are fine and deep green, basal leaves are larger than stem leaves. Flowers come out in flat corymbs in early summer. They are bright pink with tiny yellowish-white centres. It tolerates wide range of soils except for boggy and wet. Full sun is best. Fully hardy to -40°C (USDA zone 3). Last update 22-06-2008. ...entire article
Hart’s tongue fern is an attractive species with large, evergreen leaves. It was widespread in Europe, West Asia, and North America but in some locations including Czech Republic it is already listed among endangered species. Hart’s tongue fern is the only hardy fern with entire foliage, suitable for our C.E. climate though it bears close resemblance to its subtropical relatives. Its evergreen leaves are not divided into small, individual leaflets forming a showy frond as in case of other fern species, but make one wide, bright green, and glos ...entire article
Zebra grass, formerly known as Strictus, is an old favourite among eulalias. It has stiff, upright, bright green leaves with horizontal creamy yellow stripes which make it the popular zebra appearance. Flowering is quite rare and occurs only in years with long summers and warm autumns. Spike-like flowers are bronze red and glossy and appear just before the frosts. Eulalia does not tend to be invasive. It is best grown in sunny and warm areas, in almost any well-drained soil with ...entire article
Black Lace is a variety of European elder that has lace-like, deep burgundy leaves that look like those of dissectum Japanese maples. Flowers are striking pink panicles that appear in May. Its vigorous growth helps this shrub soon make a dense cover of leaves that are vivid purple in the spring, deep burgundy throughout the summer, and bright crimson in the autumn. Elder tolerates wide ranges of soil and will be happy of almost any location. By pruning in early spring you will achieve a denser plant, that will be easier to maintain the size and shape. Fully hardy to ab ...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
“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
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
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
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
Casque Rouge locust 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 in early summer. Locust blooms on new wood, too, so you will be able to enjoy its bright pink flowers again on hot summer days. Pinnate leaves are mid green and continue emerging until autumn. Thanks to its new leaves the plant keeps its fresh looks all season lo ...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
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