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Beacon is a German mountain laurel variety bred by a specialist kalmia breeder Dr. Karl-Heinz Hübbers in 1999 and registered in 2008. One of the parents was Richard Jaynes’ beautiful variety Nancy. The result is a shrub with vivid pink flowers with a lighter pink star in the centre with maroon tips, and a thin maroon eye in the very centre. Leaves are evergreen, narrowly elliptic, acuminate, leathery, dark green, and glossy. The plant grows at medium growth rate to an upright, rather compact shrub. For a happ ...entire article
Keepsake is another mountain laurel variety with dark maroon flowers. It was bred by a specialist kalmia breeder Richard Jaynes from Oregon, USA, in 1983 and registered in 1997. It boasts dark burgundy red flowers with thin white margins. The flowers are yet a little darker than those of Kaleidoscope because their centres are dark, too, while Kaleidoscope has small white eyes in the centre. Leaves are evergreen, narrowly elliptic, leathery, dark green, and glossy. The plant grows at medium growth rate to a shrub of al ...entire article
SONNENRÖSCHEN® is an elegant, multi award-winning, miniature rose bred by Kordes Rosen in Germany already in 1996 as Little Wonder, and launched in 2003 under a new German name SONNENRÖSCHEN® which means Rock Rose or Sunrose, i.e., the semi-woody perennial with small flowers on a cushion-like plant. This rose is very similar in habit as it is mound-forming and produces small, 3-4 cm across, single, white flowers with yellow anthers. Shortly after they open, especially in late summer, they are soft vanilla ye ...entire article
SUMMER OF LOVE® is a showy floribunda rose bred by Kordes Rosen in Germany and launched in 2017. It produces 6-7 cm wide, single, cherry-red flowers with yellow centres. They bloom repeatedly in several flushes from June until October. They lack a fragrance but offer plenty of bee food, therefore, it belongs to the Nektar Garten® collection. Deciduous leaves are dark green, glossy, and very healthy. Young plants form rather low shrubs but with age reach a mature height of about 80 cm. In 2018 it was awarded ...entire article
The Fairy is a proven variety of floribunda/polyantha rose bred by John and Anne Bentall from Romford in Essex, England. From June till frost appear clusters of small, 3-4 cm across, semi-double flowers of light pink colour and faint, apple-like fragrance. They bloom continuously without pauses. The Fairy makes dense, compact plants with mostly upright branches which may arch a little with age. Mature size is just over one meter tall and wide. It was bred in 1932, i.e., long before the German ADR (Allgemeine Deutsc ...entire article
SUNNY SKY® is a hybrid tea rose from the Eleganza® series by Kordes Rosen from Germany. It makes large, about 10 cm wide, fully double flowers of pale yellow to golden-yellow towards the centres. They open from early June and appear repeatedly in several flushes throughout the season. Fragrance is medium strong to strong and is composed of several fruit types and honey. The plant makes bushy, upright shrubs slightly over one meter tall and boasts healthy, deep green, and glossy foliage. Awarded ADR in 2015. ...entire article
Perennial Blue is a fast-growing rambling rose from 2003 bred by Bernard F. Mehring in his company Eurosa in England, and now is offered by Rosen Tantau. It is a cross between Super Excelsa and Veilchenblau. It makes rich clusters composed of small, 3-4 cm across, semi-double flowers of a unique colour: a blend of deep pink, mauve, and magenta. The centre is decorated with a small white eye around yellow stamens. Flowering time is from mid June to early July with two more weaker flushes in August and September. Decidu ...entire article
SCHNEEWITTCHEN® (Snow White) is a pure white floribunda rose from 1958 bred by Reimer Kordes (1922-1997). In 1983 it received a prestigious award Rose of the Year 1983 which it truly deserves. It produces 5-6 cm large, semi-double, mildly scented, snow-white flowers from June until November on the background of dark green and glossy, commonly healthy leaves. The flowers are self-cleaning i.e., the petals fall off before they turn brown and thanks to their purity and abundance, they do look like from a fairy tale. ...entire article
YOUNG LYCIDAS® is an English rose by David Austin from 2008, named after a character of John Milton’s poem from 1637 where he calls his late friend Edward King by the name Lycidas. This rose was named so to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the birth of the poet John Milton who, interestingly, was the one who introduced the word fragrance into the English language. YOUNG LYCIDAS® is a large-flowered (10-12 cm across), heavily cupped, fully double rose of ...entire article
Europeana is a fantastic floribunda rose with profusion of flowers and healthy foliage. Flowers are 5-7 cm across, semi-double, deep velvet red, slightly fragrant, and centres reveal golden yellow stamens. They come out in abundance in rich clusters from June until autumn on the background of medium to dark green, glossy, very healthy leaves. Shrub forms grow about 80 cm tall, and the size of a standard plant is increased by the height of the stem it is grafted on. It was bred by Gerrit de Ruiters as a cross between v ...entire article
It happens quite often that a variety of rose has more than one name, even three or four if the original name is somehow closely connected to the country of origin and/or hard to spell or pronounce in other languages. KÖLNER FLORA® is a perfect example. This is its original German name which was transformed to FLORA COLONIA for English speaking countries, and even OLOMOUC in honour of the Czech city where a renowned flower exhibition venue Flora Olomouc is found. T ...entire article
STERNTALER® is a hybrid tea rose from the Fairy Tale collection by Kordes Rosen from Germany. It produces large, 10-12 cm wide, fully double, quartered flowers of soft yellow to medium yellow clour. They release a strong but very pleasant fragrance and appear repeatedly in several flushes from June throughout the season. Fading flowers reveal pale apricot to salmon shapes. It makes strong stems ideal for cutting, forming upright, well-branched shrubs about one meter tall. Leaves are healthy, medium green, and par ...entire article
ROCK & ROLL™ (do not mistake it for Rock’n’roll) is a floribunda shrub rose bred by Tom Carruth from California, USA, in 2006 as a cross between varieties George Burns™ and New Zealand. It is a bicoloured large-flowered rose producing 12-14 cm across double flowers combining ruby red and white stripes. They bear a strong, damask to citrus-like fragrance and bloom repeatedly in several flushes from June until October. Deciduous leaves are medium green, glossy, and mostly tolerant of common disea ...entire article
BLOOMBUX® MAGENTA rhododendron is a sister variety which rose from the same breeding as NUGGET BY BLOOMBUX® and only differs in having deeper pink flowers with magenta calyxes. It is a beautiful rhododendron cross between r. micranthum and r. hirsutum. It is a compact, evergreen shrub with profusion of small but lovely flowers from late May until mid June. They open from dark pink buds into funnel-shaped flowers that look like miniature weigela flower ...entire article
Crispum is a hart’s tongue fern variety from the undulatum group. Its narrow leaves are similar to Angustatum variety but exhibit gently crested margins. They are deep green, 30-40 cm long, dark green, highly glossy, and withstand deep frost without damage, only during very cold spells they may wilt and lie on the ground awaiting warmer weather when they straighten up again. It is cultivated in semi-shaded or shaded locations with moist but well-drai ...entire article
AMBER® is a dwarf peach tree developed by Chris “Floyd” Zaiger (1926-2020) who devoted all his adult life to breeding stone fruit. He set up Zaiger’s Genetics in Modesto, California, USA, where plants are bred using hand pollination rather than using DNA manipulation. As of 2020 they patented 446 fruit tree varieties. Floyd Zaiger is also the man behind a huge success of interspecific hybrids of plums and apricots called pluots (plumcots) and apriums which nowadays seem to gain more and more pop ...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
DIAMANTINO® is another panicle hydrangea bred by Jean Renault from France. It makes almost completely white flowers composed in large, up to 20 cm tall and 15 cm wide inflorescence. They comprise of mainly sterile and fertile flowers which emerge pale lime green and change to nearly snow white and remain such until maturity when they turn light pink. Flowering begins later than on most panicle hydrangeas, usually in early August in CE climate which will help extend flowering time of your gardens. Stems are st ...entire article
Narrow-leaved mock privet is another typical plant of so-called macchia vegetation found in dry and hot, rocky slopes of South Europe, i.e. plants which cope extremely well with long-lasting drought and are usually unattacked by wild animals. This mock privet has narrowly elliptic to lance-shaped, 4-6 cm long, leathery, and partially glossy, evergreen leaves with entire margins. In mid or late spring appears a profusion if tiny, insignificant, creamy white flowers followed by small, blue-black, spherical fruit. Its fluffy habit resembles plants growing at ...entire article
ICE DRAGON® is a hybrid Korean maple (a. palmatum x a. pseudosieboldianum), the smallest variety from the Jack Frost® series developed by Iseli Nurseries in Oregon, USA. It has finely cut, 7-lobed, deciduous leaves, almost identical to those on Japanese maples from the dissectum group. They are green in summer and carmine red and orange in autumn. They keep growing all season long so you can see red leaves at the tips of the branches from spring to autumn. In spring emerge numerous small purple red flowers a ...entire article
ARCTIC JADE® is a hybrid Korean maple (a. palmatum x a. pseudosieboldianum) from the Jack Frost® series developed by Iseli Nurseries in Oregon, USA. It has large, 7-lobed, deeply cut, deciduous leaves which are green in summer and vivid shades of orange, scarlet, and maroon in autumn. In spring emerge numerous small purple red flowers followed by small winged fruit (samaras). It grows moderately (30-40 cm per year) into an upright shrub or multi-stemmed tree with horizontal lateral branches. It can be sha ...entire article
New Madrid is a Nuttall oak selection, a little smaller than the species, yet a large tree for mid-sized gardens and parks. It is renowned for its colourful foliage – in spring the leaves emerge coppery red, in late spring they turn maroon or pale chocolate red, and in autumn change to fiery shades of golden, orange, and red. They are deciduous, bright green in summer, deeply lobed; bristles at the tips of the lobes. In March appear flowers formed in small, male and female catkins. They are followed by acorn in ...entire article
Oil-seed camellia is one the key camellia species from China. Don’t mistake it for another Chinese species c. sinensis – tea plant. It is commonly grown for production of edible tea seed oil which is similar in use and composition to olive oil, just sweeter. In gardens it is cultivated for white, medium-sized, 8-10 cm wide, anemone-like, single, fragrant flowers with 5-6 petals and yellow stamens in the centre. Blooming begins in October and continues until early the last warm days of winter until the shrub has flower buds. Leaves are evergreen, b ...entire article
Kuro Delight is a spring flowering hardy camellia from dr. Ackerman, perhaps the darkest red among the hardy varieties. It is a seedling of c. japonica ‚Kuro-tsubaki‘ x ‚Variety Z‘ that first flowered in 1987 and was registered in 1999. It makes medium-sized, 8-10 cm wide, semi-double, non-fragrant flowers with 20 vibrant red petals with occasional but cute white highlights. There are a few, less conspicuous yellow stamens in the centre. Blooming begins in April and continues for 6-8 weeks, unt ...entire article
Spring Frill is a spring flowering hardy camellia from dr. Ackerman that first flowered in 1985 and was registered in 1992. It is a cross between c. oleifera ‚Plain Jane‘ and c. vernalis ‚Egao‘. It produces large, 10-12 cm across, rose-like, double flowers with 34 frilled, rose-pink petals decorated with a crown of yellow stamens in the centre. They come out from late April for 6-8 weeks, until the shrub has flower buds and there are many of them. Leaves are evergreen, broadly elliptic, 8-9 cm ...entire article
Ice Follies is a spring flowering hardy camellia from dr. Ackerman that first flowered in 1984 and was registered in 1992. It is a cross between c. x williamsii ‚November Pink‘ and c. oleifera. It produces large, 10-12 cm across, semi-double flowers. They are soft pink with a bit darker pink veins. They come out from late March or early April for 6-8 weeks, until the shrub has flower buds and there are many of them. Leaves are evergreen, broadly elliptic, 9-10 cm long, gently serrated at margins, deep gree ...entire article
Winter’s Hope is another late flowering camellia from the Winter series bred by dr. Ackerman. It is a cross between c. oleifera and c. ‘Frost Princess’ introduced in 1987. It produces mid-sized, 8-10 cm wide, semi-double, snow white flowers with 12 petals and numerous yellow stamens in the centre. Non fragrant. Blooming begins in late October or early November and lasts for 6-8 weeks. Leaves are evergreen, broadly elliptic, gently serrated at margins, deep green, and glossy. It grows slowly to mod ...entire article
Snow Flurry is an autumn flowering camellia bred by dr. Ackerman introduced in 1987 (Maryland, USA). It is a cross between a very hardy species camellia oleifera and camellia ‘Frost Princess’ which also has c. oleifera genes. It produces mid-sized, 6-8 cm wide, semi-double to fully double, creamy white flowers with yellowish centres. Non fragrant. Blooming begins in mid-autumn and lasts until the last warm days of early winter. Leaves are evergreen, narrowly ovate, 8-10 cm long, gently serrated at marg ...entire article
Sanpei-tsubaki is a gentle companion of commonly showcase Japanese camellias. It originated in Japanese prefecture Aichi in 1966 and was named after Mr. Sanpei Oguri, jr. (tsubaki means camellia). Its flowers are rather small but very handsome. They single, anemone-like, 6 or 7-petalled, rose pink with deeper pink veins and elegant white margins, and the yellow stamens are formed in a stiff column in the centre. Blooming begins in January in warm climates, or during the first warm days of late winter in colder zones. ...entire article
Kingyo-tsubaki is another collectible gem among Japanese camellias. It was first described in Shirai-Bunko from 1789 and has so far received many names. Translation of its accepted Japanese name means goldfish camellia because its leaves are conspicuously divided at the apex into 3 tips, just like a goldfish tail. Flowers are rather small but emerge in profusion. They are pale red to rose pink, single, 7-petalled, and the yellow stamens are formed in a stiff column in the centre. Blooming begins in January in warm cli ...entire article
Bonanza is an autumn flowering variety of Camellia sasanqua which originated as a chance seedling of c.sasanqua ‘Crimson Tide’ in Semmes, Alabama, USA, and was registered in 1962. It makes 6-7 cm across, semi-double to fully double, tousled flowers if vivid purple pink colour. They come out from October and continue until frost or early January. Leaves are evergreen, narrowly obovate, gently serrated at margins, deep green, and glossy. It grows vigorously into and upright, spreading, well-branched bush. Pr ...entire article
Arctic Dawn is an autumn flowering camellia bred by dr. Ackerman. It is a cross between a very hardy species camellia oleifera (cv. Lu Shan Snow) and camellia ‘November Pink’. It produces large, 10-12 cm across, semi-double to peony double, coral pink flowers with yellow stamens in the centre. Non fragrant. Blooming begins in mid autumn and may last through warm periods of winter until spring. Leaves are evergreen, broadly elongated, abt. 10 cm long, undulated, gently serrated at margins, deep green, a ...entire article
Iko Yama Fuji (or Iko-yama-fuji) is a silky wisteria with rich violet blue flowers with a conspicuous yellow spot on a paler upper lip. Individual flowers are pea-like, about twice the size of other wisterias, and have a lovely perfume. They open in late spring and easily avoid late spring frosts. They are followed by long bean-like seed pods which are poisonous. Pinnate leaves are fresh to mid green and look rather exotic. They are downy and soft, hence name silky wisteria. The foliage densely covers the plant and ...entire article
Chocolate vine is a tasty name for a beautiful climbing plant from Asia called akebia. Its home is in China, Japan, and Korea but being hardy to some -34 °C it is popular in almost all temperate parts of the world. It is cultivated for handsome foliage and profusion of attractive flowers in spring. Akebia makes 3-petalled male (larger) and female (smaller) flowers. They are brownish purple and appear from late April until May. The plant was named Chocolate vine for their fantastic fragrance which recalls chocolate with a ...entire article
Compacta is a recent selection of Ebbing's silverthorn, very probably of Italian origin (not confirmed). Unlike its mother plant - the species of Ebbing's silverthorn - it makes a compact and well-behaved shrub without overgrown twigs in one season. In fact, this sport makes quite a handsome shrub. It has more prominent silvery leaves when they emerge, as if covered with stardust, which mature to glossy dark green. They are evergreen, leathery but thinner than those on cherry laurels, and somewhat wavy. Another nice f ...entire article
Kinky Krinkle is a collectors’ piece among Japanese maples. It was selected and introduced by Talon Buchholz from Buchholz & Buchholz Nursery from Oregon, USA. It exhibits upright growth and produces small, deciduous leaves which emerge red in spring, soon turn fresh green with red margins, and as the season goes on, they become gently crinkled just like leaves of Shishigashira variety. In autumn they glow with scarlet red colour. Japanese maples need constantly moist soil that has to be well-drained, acidic ...entire article
Big Pink is a magnolia originating in Japan in 1990. It was sent to Overlook Nurseries in Alabama, USA, where it was propagated and sold. Being similar to another soulangeana variety from France called Alexandrina (1955), much more famous and popular, it was sold under its name for some time. Possibly with the help of internet and availability of quick information this stopped a few years later and plants of provable origin from mother plants grown by K. Sawa ...entire article
Raspberry Fun magnolia is a chance seedling of m. x loebneri Leonard Messel selected by Carl Ferris Miller in Korea in 1987. It produces slightly larger flowers with numerous petals (16-18). They are deeper pink outside and pale pink inside. Being almost 2 weeks later in blooming they often escape late frosts. Deciduous leaves are broadly elongated to narrowly obovate and fresh green with deep mahogany shades as they emerge. The plant grows faster than Leonard ...entire article
Coral Lake is a chameleon magnolia changing colours during flowering. It is a cross between Legend (m. acuminata x m. acuminata ssp. subcordata, 1985) and Butterflies (m. acuminata x m. denudata ‚Sawada’s Cream‘, 1988). The most interesting fact about it breeding is that neither of its parents or grandparents has pink colour. Legend is cream and Butterflies is pure yellow. Genetics has just one term for it: magic! Coral Lake magnolia produces firm, semi-double, fragrant flowers whose elongated petals ...entire article
Livingstone magnolia is a cross between m. sprengeri ‘Diva’ and m. ‘Vulcan’. Sprenger’s magnolia is often used in hybridization for flower size and fragrance, and Vulcan was surely chosen for the colour. The result is splendid. A large flower of a vibrant purple red colour and pleasant scent. Blooming begins in mid April in C.E. climate while the plant is still bare and continues for 2-3 weeks. Leaves are deciduous, large, about 12 x 6 cm, medium green. It grows moderately into a rather s ...entire article
15.01.2022New stock
inkberry (Ilex glabra)
Ilex glabra has a number of names: inkberry, gallberry, Appalachian tea, dye-leaves or evergreen winterberry. Do you notice that neither of them says holly? Because it does not really look like one. When a plant has so many names it is usually very old and native to a large area so each country or state gave it their own name. Its natural habitat is truly vast – from Nova Scotia in Canada to Florida in the USA. It occupies almost entire east coast of North America and I mean coast literally as it lives not only in common ground but mainly on moist and b ...entire article
Ralph Shugert is another periwinkle variety for lovers of variegated foliage. It was found by a nurseryman David Mackenzie from Michigan, USA, in 1986, and named after his fellow plantsman. It was a natural mutation of large-flowered Bowles’ Variety periwinkle after which it inherited large flowers (3-3.5 cm across). But the leaves are different. They are somewhat lighter green than on the species, and margined cream white to very light yellow when they emerge. Pinwheel-shaped flowers are violet blue, divided in ...entire article
Gertrude Jekyll is a superior periwinkle variety over Alba variety. It offers more abundant flowering of slightly larger flowers, or they at least seem larger as the petals are wider and not so detached from each other. They are snow white, pinwheel-shaped, divided into 5 petals, 2-2.5 cm across, and bloom continuously from mid spring until early summer while May flowering is the most abundant. Leaves are dark green, ovate, evergreen, leathery, and glossy. Plant makes long shoots which ar ...entire article
Atropurpurea is a burgundy purple flowering periwinkle variety. Its pinwheel-shaped flowers are divided into 5 petals, 2-2.5 cm across, and bloom continuously from mid spring until early summer while May flowering is the most abundant. Leaves are dark green, ovate, evergreen, leathery, and glossy. Plant makes long shoots which are best trimmed to achieve a dense and compact mat with plentiful of flowers unless you are looking for a quick ground-cover. Periwinkle is ideal in areas where it can be left to its own de ...entire article
Winter’s Snowman is an aptly chosen name for this profusely flowering autumn camellia from the Winter series bred by dr. Ackerman. It produces semi-double, white flowers with yellow stamens in the centre from late October for 4-6 weeks. Leaves are evergreen, elongated to broadly elliptic, gently serrated at margins, deep green, and glossy. Moreover, they are rather coppery red when they emerge, just like those on spring flowering variety Spring Festival. It makes an upright, densely branched shrub which is of ...entire article
Winter’s Sunset is an autumn flowering camellia from the Winter series bred by dr. Ackerman. It is one of the very rare varieties with variegated foliage. It produces small, bright pink, single, non-fragrant flowers with numerous yellow stamens in the centre from late October for 4-6 weeks. Leaves are evergreen, broadly elliptic and rather short, gently serrated at margins, deep green in the centre and light green near the margins, and glossy. It makes an upright shrub and can be trimmed in spring after all f ...entire article
Ashton’s Pride is an autumn flowering camellia from the Ashton series bred by dr. Ackerman. It is a cross between a very hardy species camellia oleifera (cv. Plain Jane) and camellia sasanqua (cv. Santozaki). It produces medium large, 6-8 cm wide, soft pink, single flowers with yellow stamens in the centre. Non fragrant. Blooming depends on plant’s age – the older the plant the more buds. It can bloom for 4-10 weeks from late September. Leaves are evergreen, narrowly elliptic, undulated, gently s ...entire article
Anicet Delcambre is a Chinese holly often sold under its alternative English name Needlepoint. Its leaves almost completely lack sharp spines, they are entire with only one tip. They emerge soft green and remain such for a long time until they mature in late summer to dark green. They are very glossy and cover the plant entirely. Anicet Delcambre is a female but self-fertile variety producing numerous red berries in autumn (not edible, not poisonous but contain saponins which ...entire article
Black Beauty magnolia is another brooklynensis hybrid from the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, USA, which, surprisingly, does not bear yellow flowers. It is a cross of m.acuminata (cucumber magnolia with yellow flowers) and m.liliiflora (lily magnolia with rosy red flowers). It produces 10-20 cm tall, erect flowers that are deep purple red outside and almost white inside, just like Old Port or March Till Frost. Petals are narrow and thick, and the flowers never open wide and remain half-open like a lily. The fragrance is fa ...entire article
Old Copper is a unique witch hazel variety selected by Hans Bruns from Westerstede in Germany in 1970. It produces the deepest copper orange flowers known so far. The petals are short but the variety blooms profusely, usually from mid-February for 6-8 weeks. Flowers are pleasantly fragrant, releasing a medium strong to strong, sweet and spicy perfume on a sunny day. Old Copper makes a compact, rather upright shrub with strong framework. Another thing makes witch hazels very attractive – autumn foliage colour. Th ...entire article
Sweet fern is a unique plant, the only species in its own genus. It was first described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753 and named liquidambar peregrina. It comes from North America and naturally occurs in sandy, dry loams among pine trees and surrounded by heather. Sweet fern is a small, deciduous, rare shrub which looks like a fluffy bush of small-leaved ferns. Its fresh green leaves are only about 1 cm wide and up to 6 cm long, shallowly lobed to almost serrated at margins, and release a sweet and spicy fragrance, especially when crushed. Flowers are insignifi ...entire article
Otto Luyken is one of the best known as well the most reliable and the hardiest selection among cherry laurels. Its evergreen pointed leaves are glossy and dark green. In April and May appears a profusion of erect racemes compound of small, creamy white, fragrant flowers followed by blue-black fruit. There have been tests carried out (source: Plants For A Future) that proved that only leaves and seeds from unripe fruit can be dangerous, and that dark-coloured and ripe fruit in limited quantity is harmless even for chi ...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 PP25024 in 2014. Most often you come across photinia hedges or specimen shrubs, however, tree forms are becoming more and more popular. They are renowned for red new leaves and offer good screening at a desirable height blocking ...entire article
Angelly is a Dutch witch hazel variety with bright, lighter yellow flowers of wider petals as opposed to Arnold Promise variety of which it is a successor. They come out later than most, usually from mid to late February, and continue blooming for 6-8 weeks. They are pleasantly fragrant, releasing a mild, sweet and spicy perfume on a sunny day. Angelly is a compact, slower growing variety, producing flowers already from the base. Another thing makes witch hazels very attractive – autumn foliage colour. The leave ...entire article
Wintergreen barberry is another Chinese taxon. It is an impressive and hardy evergreen shrub with perhaps the largest leaves as well as spines in the group. Leaves are 4-8 cm long, 2-2.5 cm wide, narrowly elliptic, glossy, sharply serrated, soft green when they emerge, dark green in summer and winter, and turn vibrant shades of golden orange, scarlet red, and carmine red in autumn. In spring appear dense clusters of rich yellow, melliferous flowers that are followed by small, oblong, blue-bloomed, non-poisonous fruit in late summer. The plant grows vigorou ...entire article
Amstelveen is a Dutch variety of Frikart’s barberry from around 1960. It is a low, compact, fast growing shrub with elegant, arching branches. They are densely covered with small, 2-3 cm long, elliptic leaves with a sharp tip. They are dark green and glossy above, and silvery grey on the reverse. From April till May appears a profusion of small, vibrant yellow flowers that are followed by small, spherical, glaucous to blue-black, non-poisonous fruit. The shrub is rather well-behaved and neat, no pruning is neces ...entire article
Ingramii is a male English holly variety whose origin I did not manage to find. There are notes about its existence yet before 2000 but it appears to be commercially attractive only from about 2015 or so. It makes heavily toothed, mid-sized leaves or deep green colour with rich silver-white marbling and variegation, especially of young leaves. They emerge with striking pink shades that turn burgundy red, and later mature to green and white. The stems are deep burgundy red and annual growth is between 15 and 25 ...entire article
Red Grace is a German addition to the colourful family of winter blooming witch hazels. This time with interestingly crinkled flowers whose narrow petals are curved back like wood shavings. The colour is a merge of pastel red, a tiny bit of purple pink, and a little more of fiery orange giving the flower a warm tone. They come out very early, already in January if the winter is mild, and continue blooming for about 8 weeks. They are very fragrant, releasing a strong, sweet and spicy perfume on a sunny day. Anothe ...entire article
BELLA SOL cinquefoil makes about 2.5 cm large flowers of rich orange colour which does not fade. Blooming begins in June and continues until September. The plant differs from a similar variety Orange Tip Top by more compact, almost dwarf grow. It is still too new to estimate its ultimate site, still you can expect a mature size of about 40x50 cm. Palmately divided leaves are small, medium green, not very showy. Pruning is possible in early spring. Thanks to very little care needed and high resistance to whims of weath ...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
Scarlet oak comes from eastern parts of USA and is considered one of the toughest and long-lived species. It is quite difficult trying to differentiate it from closely related red oak (q.rubra) or pin oak (q.palustris) looking only at the leaves. Though quite variable, they are 15-20 cm long and deeply lobed just like those of the other species. You have to look up to see the canopy. Older trees of scarlet oak form almost sharply outlined, ...entire article
Large-leaved mock privet is possibly the key feature of so-called macchia vegetation found in dry and hot, rocky slopes of South Europe. They cope extremely well with long-lasting drought and are usually unattacked by wild animals. This mock privet is called large-leaved just to be differed from its close relative narrow-leaved mock privet phillyrea angustifolia. The truth is, however, that its evergreen, opposite leaves are quite small: 3-6 cm long, broadly elliptic, very dark green, leathery, and glossy. In mid or late spring appear profusion if tiny ...entire article
Polar Bear panicle hydrangea offers almost snow white flowers composed in large panicles topped with lime green caps. The inflorescence is 20-25 cm long and almost 15 cm wide, and is composed mostly of sterile flowers that open from mid July. In late summer and autumn they turn only a pale shade of pink. Stems are red flushed, and deciduous, ovate leaves are deep green. Polar Bear hydrangea makes an upright, bushy, and compact shrub about 1.5m tall and wide. Panicle hydrangea will grow in almost any soil type, pref ...entire article
Suncrest is a late peach tree variety, a cross between Alamar and Gold Dust. It produces large, rounded fruit with only slightly flattened tops. The skin is yellow-green, remarkably flushed carmine red when mature. The flesh is firm, yellow, very sweet, juicy, and aromatic. Stone-free and self-fertile. Trees are moderately vigorous with spreading branches. Suncrest is better suited for warmer locations with long summers as it matures late - from early to mid September in C.E. We suggest planting peach trees in fre ...entire article
Pawpaw is an old tree species from eastern USA. It is cultivated for both its ornamental value as well as edible fruit. In May appear exotic flowers on bare wood. They are 6-petalled, open bell-shaped, deep burgundy red. Deciduous leaves are large - almost 30 cm long, obovate, medium green, and turn rich yellow in autumn. Young crowns have a very symmetrical, menorah-like framework. In our climate the tree reaches some 3-4m tall while in the wild and warmer countries it can grow twice as large. This tree is sought-after especially among collectors and love ...entire article
Raphaela is an attractive bi-coloured rhododendron hybrid by Hans Hachmann from 2009. The flowers combine striking purple pink margins and golden yellow throat. It is an early variety blooming already from second half April for 2-3 weeks. In partial shade the flowers last longer. Evergreen leaves are leathery, broadly elliptic, almost flat, and matte. Raphaela grows upright and bushy, in 10 years it is about 70 cm tall and a little more wide. For a better looking shrub dead-head where possible. The roots are shall ...entire article
Pink Icicle is a showy, large-flowered hybrid camellia bred by dr. Ackermann from the United States National Arboretum. Its semi-double, soft pink flowers are 11 cm across, and open in April for 6-8 weeks. Leaves are evergreen, obovate, gently serrated at margins, deep green, and glossy. It grows fast into an upright shrub reaching about 2.5m in maturity. Its size can easily be controlled by pruning after flowering. Cultivation Camellias need similar planting like rhododendrons - once you plant th ...entire article
Kimberley is another old Japanese camellia variety from early 20th century, and awarded AGM by RHS in 1934. It produces beautiful, cup-shaped, rich scarlet red blossoms with a crown of yellow stamens. Flowering begins in April and continues for 6-8 weeks. Leaves are evergreen, narrowly obovate, gently serrated at margins, deep green, and glossy. Kimberley grows moderately into a strong, upright, and dense shrub almost 3m tall, under ideal growing conditions of zone 7 yet a little over. Its size can easily be controlle ...entire article
The origin of Camellia hiemalis is unknown, however, rather than a separate species it is believed to be a natural hybrid between spring flowering c.japonica and autumn flowering c.sasanqua. It has been crossed, selected, and propagated for such a long time that no one bothers to insist of the “x” for a hybrid in its name. It makes small, yet very pretty flowers of rich purple pink colour with numerous yellow stamens in the centre. After a long and warm summer they may come out from early winter if there i ...entire article
Winter’s Joy is an autumn flowering camellia from the Winter series bred by dr. Ackerman. It can start as early as in October, producing flowers until the first frost, and if it has more buds and the winter is mild it finishes flowering in late winter. Flowers are semi-double, 6-8 cm across, rich pink, and slightly fragrant. Leaves are evergreen, broadly elliptic, gently serrated at margins, deep green, and glossy. It forms a many-branched, upright shrub of non-symmetrical habit with some arching branches. P ...entire article
POLAR PASSION® is a lily-of-the-valley shrub with dark purple pink flowers in dense racemes. Individual flowers are urn-shaped, slightly fragrant, and come out from late March for 6-8 weeks. Evergreen leaves are narrowly lance-shaped, dark green with white variegation, and emerge dark pink in late April and again in midsummer. It is a slow grower and makes mounding shrubs which can be pruned after flowering or in early summer. Its coloured foliage and flowers as well as good hardiness make pieris a great cho ...entire article
Nellie R. Stevens holly is one of the most cultivate hardy hollies worldwide simply because it is beautiful and versatile. It is a cross between English holly (ilex aquifolium) and Chinese holly (ilex cornuta). It grows relatively fast and can be trained into a gorgeous looking evergreen tree. The leaves are deep green, extremely glossy (it is very difficult to make a picture without their reflection) and have odd number of teeth: usually 3, but sometimes only 1 or even 5. Natural crown shape is widely conical to ...entire article
VARIETIES Orion is a Czech variety of white currant. It produces long racemes of medium sized berries. They are sweet and juicy, and mature from midsummer. Shrubs are upright and strong. Very resistant to fungi diseases. Weisse aus Jüterborg is a white currant variety with medium long racemes of large berries. The taste is very sweet and only a little sour. Mid season. White Hollander is a midseason white currant variety with long racemes of swee ...entire article
Ophir is a dwarf mountain pine with yellow needle tips from mid autumn until mid spring. They are evergreen, up to 7 cm long, and glossy. In late spring they change back to typical pine green colour. It naturally forms low, compact to almost congested shrubs of rounded habit with flattened top. It can be pruned or clipped in mid spring by cutting or removing new shoots. This pine, thanks to its bright colour in winter, will look great in combination with evergreen shrubs with dark green leaves or needles because es ...entire article
Southern magnolia Twenty Four Below is next to Edith Bogue variety one of the two hardiest evergreen magnolias known to trade. It produces large, 24-28 cm across, creamy white, lotus-like, and fragrant flowers from July until September. Their scent attracts not only bees and other insects, but also most perfume producers and all passersby, especially in late afternoon and early evening when it releases its rich, sweet and citrus fragrance several meters around ...entire article
Tuskegee is among the first crepe myrtle hybrids ever crossed in the effort to gain a hardier variety. It makes large panicles 15-20 cm long of rich pin-red, crepe flowers with yellow anthers from August until September. Deciduous leaves are elliptic to obovate, very glossy, they emerge with burgundy red hues, mature to rich green, and turn predominantly red in autumn. Leaves are resistant to powdery mildew. Tuskegee grows fast into an open canopy with horizontal branches with age. Pruning is important in colder ...entire article
Linearis is a beautiful but rare elder variety with exceptionally fine leaves. The foliage is so thin you wonder if it's the fairies and elves who come every night to cut them so delicately. In May open creamy white, fragrant flowers composed in flattened panicles. I have to admit that flowering is quite shy on this specialty, still, when you do get flowers you can expect edible berries in late summer, as on every European elder. It is not a vigorous grower and forms a shrub of about 1.5m tall and wide. Elder toler ...entire article
Matador is a name for a new rhododendron variety, however, it appears that the breeder did not check the registration list because there is already a rhododendron of that name - bred by Lord Aberconway from 1931. Anyway, we will call it 'the new' Matador. New Matador produces dark red, glossy flowers with yet darker red dotting on the upper petal. They come out from the first decade of May and bloom for about 3 weeks. Evergreen leaves are leathery, thinner than usual, slightly undulated, dark olive green, smooth, and ...entire article
Fragrant viburnum species can make a substantial shrub, however, December Dwarf is only about half its size - about 1.5m tall and a bit less wide. It was bred in Dutch nursery town Boskoop in 1982. Its flowers are small, tubular, pink in buds, pale pink to almost white when they open, intensely sweetly scented, and composed in partially hanging clusters. The inflorescence recall that of Dawn viburnum but is smaller and less spherical. December Dwarf viburnum makes a handsome shrub even when not in bloom. It has a r ...entire article
Compacta Glauca is an arolla pine variety of reduced size. It was selected by C.Frets & Son nursery in Boskoop, the Netherlands, around 1930, in a field of older variety called Glauca which had been known since 1860's. It exhibits much denser and congested growth, and produces about 10 cm long needles. They are medium green with prominent grey blue overlay which makes it look almost silver blue. Young shoots are light green and before the needles separate from the twig (so-called candle phase) you can trim or r ...entire article
PRINCESS® cinquefoil makes lovely, as if blushing flowers. They are pale pink, or others might say white flushed pink but as I see it there is pink colour all over the petal so pink it is. They are 2-3 cm across and bloom from mid May until September. Palmately divided leaves are small, medium green, not very showy. It makes upright and later somewhat dome-shaped shrubs which may lack lower branches with age, so annual pruning is highly recommended to keep it compact and bushy. Also, for the best contrast of ...entire article
GENOLIA® is an excellent addition to the family of hedging cherry laurels. It comes from Switzerland, and was bred by Pepiniéres de Genolier in 2002. It forms a handsome, columnar, evergreen shrub which requires no pruning to look recent great. Leathery leaves are mid to dark green, narrowly ovate, and glossy. Its naturally upright habit makes it ideal for a hedge, however, it can serve as a slender, free-standing, evergreen specimen in small gardens. It was awarded silver medal at Plantarium 2005, a leading Eur ...entire article
Winter’s Star is an autumn flowering camellia from the Winter series bred by dr.Ackerman in 1988. It produces stunning, large, single flowers of pure pink colour. The colour is darker as the flowers emerge, and gets paler as they mature. They have a pale, spicy fragrance, and can reach up to 12 cm in diameter. The centre is decorated with plenty of vibrant yellow stamens just like many camellia sasangua hybrids. Blooming begins in late summer, we encountered first flower ...entire article
Little Flames® leucothoe is a love at first sight if you like vibrant red colours. It has short, narrowly ovate, evergreen leaves with a conspicuous tip. They emerge rich red in spring, mature to medium green with red margins in summer, and change to vibrant carmine red in autumn, and glossy wine red in winter. In late April and May appear small, urn-shaped, insignificant, white flowers. Twigs with spent flowers should be removed immediately after flowering to prevent the plant from making seeds, and thus exhaust ...entire article
CHICO is the smallest photina known to trade so far. It is an evergreen shrub with small, glossy, broadly elliptic leaves with conspicuously serrated margins which bear strong resemblance to arbutus unedo foliage. They emerge bronze orange-red and mature to deep green. New leaves 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. Stems are rich burgundy red all year round. It grows slowl ...entire article
Fire and Ice, or Fire’n’Ice is a rock’n’roll among hardy Japanese camellias, and possibly the largest flowering double, red, hardy camellia so far. Its flowers are 9-10 cm across, semi-double or fully double with shorter sepals, rich red with yellow stamens in the centre. Flowers appear from very young age, 2-year-old cuttings produce flowers, usually from late March for 6 to 8 weeks while the plant has enough buds. These are formed from the previous year and need as long as half a year to matu ...entire article
Adeyaka means Fascinating in Japanese, and the name was aptly chosen for this special Japanese camellia. It produces uniquely bell-shaped (but not nodding) flowers, 6-8 cm across when fully open, revealing multiple yellow stamens in the centre. The colour is rich velvet red, and flowers appear from very young age, usually from late March for 6 to 8 weeks while the plant has enough buds. These are formed from the previous year and need as long as half a year to mature. Exceptionally it may flower during winter if it is ...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
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
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
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
Color Guard is another variegated Adam’s needle. It is a tough and beautiful variety. Its sword-like are medium soft, definitely not sharp as those of yucca gloriosa, deep green at margins and butter yellow to rich yellow in the centre. Between these two colour appear soft green highlights. From autumn till spring yellow colour on older leaves is substituted with orange and salmon red. In second half of June it produces numerous creamy-white, bell-shaped flowers on sturdy stems, up to 160 cm tall. When in ...entire article
Salicifolia is a Japanese laurel variety from the longifolia group. It has very attractive, evergreen, partially drooping, narrowly lance-shaped leaves that are highly glossy and almost lack typical serration at margins. They look quite exotic and densely cover the plant. In mid spring numerous, small, purple red flowers appear and, if pollinated by a male plant, are followed by vivid red, glossy, somewhat oval fruit in autumn. It grows slowly, forming a well-behaved, dense shrub about 1.5 m tall and a little w ...entire article
Novita is a new sensation among cherry laurels. Eventually there is a hardy variety which has benefits of the formerly more tender ones: it grows fast and big, has large leaves of a nice colour, and is surprisingly hardy for a large-leaved cherry laurel. It is a selection of Rotundifolia variety hence the resemblance. Evergreen leaves are 10-15 cm long, obovate, very glossy, soft green when young turning to deep green. It is a perfect specimen or a superb ...entire article
SCARLET FIRE® is a proper Japanese dogwood, not a hybrid, so a plant which flowers later than American dogwoods, on already leafed-out trees (shrubs). The flowers are in fact bracts. There are 4, rich magenta pink, oval, sharply pointed bracts, composed around a small flower head, about 13 cm across. It is very floriferous once it reaches good flowering age. It blooms from late May until June. Pointed leaves are deciduous, ovate, drooping like pear tree leaves, dark green with burgundy hues when young, and mak ...entire article
NUGGET BY BLOOMBUX® is a beautiful rhododendron cross of r.hirsutum and r.micranthum. It is a compact, evergreen shrub with profusion of small but lovely flowers from late May until mid June. They open from salmon pink buds into pale pink, funnel-shaped flowers that look like miniature weigela flowers. Lush leaves are evergreen, narrowly elliptic, dark green, glossy, and so elegant that a plant without flowers looks as irresistible as in full bloom, and will be a perfect companion in the garden as well as on a ba ...entire article
Houston is a hardy variety of c crape myrtle bred by American horticulturist David Chopin from Pennsylvania. It produces soft red, almost watermelon red flowers from late July or early August until the last sunny and warm days of early autumn. The deciduous leaves are leathery, oval, glossy, and green in summer, turning fantastic fiery red and orange shades in autumn. Houston is a dwarf plant forming a compact, cushion-like habit. No pruning needed, yet it can be done in spring after frosts. Crape myrtles need lit ...entire article
Northern Star is another hardy African blue lily variety from England, bred by Richard J Fulcher. It makes soft ink blue flowers with dark purple blue stripes. They are funnel-shaped, formed in large umbels atop 60-80 cm tall, strong stems. Strap-like leaves are about 2-3 cm wide, mid green. It blooms profusely in July and August, and under ideal conditions also in September. Grow it in fertile, very well-drained soil. In too wet or boggy soil it will most certainly die. The plants benefit from regular watering an ...entire article
Little Diamond is another dwarf variety of Japanese cedar. It was found in the Netherlands in 1990. It is very similar to Little Champion or Globosa Nana but grows yet a little smaller. Little Diamond is a dense, compact conifer with rounded branches that look like woven rope. The needles are curved, inward-pointing, bright green as they emerge and emerald gree ...entire article
Schneekissen means 'Snow Kisses'. This yaku rhododendron is truly as beautiful as its poetic name. Profusion of snow white, broadly funnel-shaped flowers open late in the season from congested trusses of 9-12 pink buds. Late flowering starts in the last decade of May and lasts until mid June. Even without flowers this shrub is highly decorative thanks to its super handsome foliage. The leaves are evergreen, narrowly ovate, convex, dark green and glossy when mature, and covered with light silvery blue-green indumentum ...entire article
Olin O.Dobbs is a rhododendron variety named after its breeder, and I looked everywhere but could not find a single other rhododendron this American citizen hybridized. Could it be a one-hit-wonder? Still, it is a beautiful piece with large, dark purple red flowers decorated with a deep red, almost black blotch on the upper lip, and undulated margins. It is midseason to late and blooms from the second decade of May until about mid June. Evergreen leaves are long, elongated, and nice only if the plant is grown in good ...entire article
Hachmann's Picobello® is a proof that it is worth waiting for the best result of the many crossings a breeder has to make in order to have enough material to select new plants from. This gorgeous rhododendron makes outstanding, large flowers which are open wide, pure white with a deep garnet red blotch and dots on the upper lip, and slightly frilled margins. They open from light beige buds from late May. Evergreen leaves are long, elliptic, dark green, and very glossy. The shrub is compact and forms a wide and ra ...entire article
Do you like warm colours on rhododendrons? Well, hear this Lullaby, or rather look at its beautiful flowers. They are bell-shaped, rich salmon pink near margins and golden yellow in the throat, opening from salmon orange buds in May. Evergrenn leaves are shortly ovate, leathery, partly glossy, and have a nice and soft shade of rich green. Lullaby forms a compact shrub of about the same height and width. Tests proved that deadheading of these hybrids does not influence formation of flower buds for the following seas ...entire article
Beautiful golden yellow colour in a very warm shade is the main feature of this Holger Hachmann rhododendron breeding. Quite similar to an old Nancy Evans variety Golden Everest® bears narrowly funnel-shaped flowers unfolding from scarlet red buds. It flowers possibly longest of most rhododendrons - up to 4 weeks, from late May until late June. Only late spring frost could mean a problem. Evergreen leaves are short, broadly elliptic, dark olive green, an ...entire article
Rhododendrons with dark flowers are still among the most popular varieties among these evergreen shrubs. No wonder breeders keep coming up with new, improved cultivars like this one called Dramatic Dark®. It looks like enhanced Azzuro variety - large, wide-open flowers of deep purple-violet colour with frilled margins and a very dark, almost black blotch. Evergreen leaves are leathery but thinner than usual, almost flat, elongated, mid green, and matte. ...entire article
Goldinetta® is a delicate addition to yellow flowering rhododendrons. It bears large trusses of pale yellow, broadly funnel-shaped flowers with less conspicuous golden brown dots on the upper lip. They open very early in the season - already from the first decade of May, from attractive salmon orange flower buds. This variety is renowned for profuse blooming at very young age. Evergreen leaves are leathery, dark olive green, oval, and partly glossy. Bred by Hans Hachmann in 1989 as a cross between Hachmann's Mari ...entire article
Hargrand is a Canadian breeding of apricots made by Richard Layne from Harrow in Ontario. It is a very hardy and tasty apricot variety from 1979. The fruit is large if thinned in late spring. It has orange skin with some red pigment spots and mature from the first week of August. The flesh is sweet, juicy, and freestone. Fruit is great for fresh consumption and fresh market sale as well as processing. It is self-fertile (needs no other tree to pollinate its flowers), disease resistant, and very productive. Apricot ...entire article
Harogem is a Canadian breeding of apricots made by Richard Layne from Harrow in Ontario. It is a very hardy and tasty apricot variety from 1979. The fruit is beautiful with glossy skin that is red on almost 60% of its surface. Ripening is quite uniform from first week August. The flesh is sweet and freestone. Fruit is great for fresh consumption and fresh market sale as well as processing. It is self-fertile (needs no other tree to pollinate its flowers), resistant to canker, and very productive. Apricot trees are ...entire article
Henry’s honeysuckle is a vigorous, evergreen climber of Chinese origin. It was not believed to be hardy enough for Central European climate, yet trials proved the opposite so apart from ivies we get another evergreen climber of different leaf shape. Henry's honeysuckle is cultivated mainly for its large, lance-shaped, mid green leaves that are reliable evergreen and have burgundy red shades as they emerge, and in winter. They are only slightly glossy in dry weather and get very glossy when wet. Flowers are not as showy as on other flowering honeysuc ...entire article
Toptaste® is a modern variety of plum tree tolerant of sharka virus. It produces quite large fruit of excellent taste, possibly one of the best – hence its name TopTaste. It is an early variety ripening in September. The plums are oval to rounded, rich blue outside and yellow inside, very juicy, sweet, and aromatic, and free-stone. It is best suited for preserves and eating right off the tree, though it is popular for plum brandy production. Mature fruit remains firm on the tree and does not fall down which ...entire article
12.01.2022New stock
holm oak (Quercus ilex)
Holm oak or holly oak (holm is an old word for holly) is native to the Mediterranean and is spread from southern parts of Italy, France, Spain and Portugal, to west Balkan and milder parts of North Africa. It used to form vast areas of evergreen forests most of which are chopped down today. It was first described in 1753 and many sources until this day claim it is not drought tolerant. In fact it very drought tolerant once established which why it is commonly cultivated in heat-accumulated and paved city squares. In the wild ...entire article
Carré Rouge is a French selection of Fraser's photinia from Red Robin variety. It originated in Nantes and produces smaller leaves of intensely red colour when young, maturing to deep green, yet keeping the top leaves crimson or wine red. New leaves with red colour emerge at least twice a year: in early spring and in late summer, and you can bring the second phase forward by pruning the shrub in early summer just as the new leaves turn green. Young twigs are r ...entire article
Iko Yama Fuji (or Iko-yama-fuji) is a silky wisteria with rich violet blue flowers with a conspicuous yellow spot on a paler upper lip. Individual flowers are pea-like, about twice the size of other wisterias, and have a lovely perfume. They open in late spring and easily avoid late spring frosts. They are followed by long bean-like seed pods which are poisonous. Pinnate leaves are fresh to mid green and look rather exotic. They are downy and soft, hence name silky wisteria. The foliage densely covers the plant and ...entire article
This rhododendron variety is commonly mislabeled as Diadem. It is not correct since the real Diadem originated in England already in 1862 and is white. This one is lilac pink and was bred by Hans Hachmann in Germany more than 100 year later - in 1969. It is a cross between Hachmann’s Ornament and Furnivall’s Daughter. Hachmann’s Diadem rhododendron is a showstopper. Bright lilac pink flowers with a conspicuous dark red blotch on the upper lip and slightly frilled ...entire article
Shirazz (two zeds) is a lush magnolia variety from New Zealand. It is a cross between magnolia denudata and magnolia Vulcan. The result is a profusion of vibrant claret red flowers with paler interior. They are fragrant and come out along strictly upright branches like closed tulips, opening wide a week or more later into a beautiful shape. They are numerous and make more than one flush of flowers u ...entire article
Wildcat is a beautiful and unique fully double flowered magnolia hybrid. It produces white, chrysanthemum-like, 10 cm wide flowers with some pinkish hues. It has an advantage of 1-2 weeks later flowering as opposed to star magnolias (m.stellata) which can be damaged during early flowering by late night frost. Flowers appear on bare wood. Ovate to obovate leaves are deciduous, fresh green and bronze when young, turning mid green in summer. Fully leaved magnolias belong to the bushiest shrubs with dense, healthy foliage ...entire article
Nuuk is a pretty evergreen perennial cinquefoil with glossy foliage and numerous white flowers. The leaves are distinctly divided into 3 leaflets, each of them decorated with 3 small lobes at the tip. They are rich green, glossy like a glacier, and turning wine red for autumn and winter. Single flowers are snow white, 5-pettaled, with white stamens, and come out from mid May until early summer atop partially prostrate, partially erected stems. Lower parts of the stems are rich carmine red before they become woody. Nuu ...entire article
September Flair is possibly one of those rhododendron hybrids which bloom profusely in spring, and again in autumn. This variety was bred Hans Hachmann in 1994 as a cross between Hachmann's Marina and a specila subspecies of r.dichroanthum (scyphocalyx x griersonianum). Its flowers are broadly campanulate, open from salmon pink buds to orange young flowers which mature clear yellow. Spring blooming begins in late May and continues for about 3 weeks. Autumn flowering takes longer (5-6 weeks) and begins in ...entire article
Herbstzauber (Autumn Magic) is one of those rhododendron hybrids which bloom profusely in spring, and again in autumn. This variety was bred by H.J.A.Guyens in 1994 as a cross between Guyens’s Fashing and Marrakesch. The large flowers are rather bell-shaped, light pink to richer lilac pink at margins with an orange blotch in the throat. Spring blooming begins in late May and continues for about 3 weeks. Autumn flowering occurs in September and October and is less profuse. It very much depends on weather conditio ...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
Tanaga rhododendron is one of those with an interesting colour contrast between the petal colour and the blotch. This hybrid opens its large, funnel-shaped flowers from pale lavender violet buds into lilac pink flowers with a conspicuous amber orange blotch with yellow and green hues. It is an early variety blooming already from early May for about three weeks. Evergreen leaves are leathery, very dark green, perfectly oval with a pointed tip, and almost matte. For a better looking shrub dead-head where possible. T ...entire article
Are you a magnolia lover who thinks he has seen them all? Well, have another look at this almost blue magnolia. Of course it is slightly exaggerated, there are just blue hues in the bud, yet they are stunning. Blue Opal magnolia is a selection from magnolia acuminata (so-called cucumber magnolia) which is capable of green and yellow flower colours. Blue Opal has added blue to the family which looks rather impressive though only on the outer petals. Just one note about the images ...entire article
Barbarella is a stunning yaku-rhodo variety bred by Holger Hachmann, son of the famous rhododendron breeder from Germany Hans Hachmann. It has the following rhodo groups involved in breeding: repens, yakushimanum, viscidifolium, and also wardii which helped with yellow tones. The bell-shaped flowers are rich pink at margins, and light yellow in the throat which can NEVER be described as orange even though some sources mention this colour. They open in the first decade of May and bloom for about 3 weeks. The evergreen ...entire article
Brenelia is an elegant novelty variety of Portugal laurel from early 21st century. In appearance and use it is similar to Angustifolia variety but has larger leaves with undulated margins. The stalks and new stems are rich burgundy red not only in winter but most of the growing season. It grows moderately and very dense into a regular, pyramidal shrub. In our climate it seldom reaches 3m tall. Blossoms are numerous racemes, compound of white, sweetly scented flowers in late May and early June. Fruits are black berries ...entire article
Wasgau is a fascinating variety of red cinnabar rhododendron. It was bred by Karl Heger in 1984 as a cross between (r.ambiguum x r.cinnabarinum ssp. xanthocodon) x r.cinnabarinum ssp. xanthocodon. Its flowers are shaped into slim trumpets, and are pure yellow when they emerge, changing to golden orange at its peak, and gaining cinnabar red when they fade. This truly fantastic play of colours is magnified by the fact that they open very early when buds of most other rhododendrons only begin to swell. Evergreen l ...entire article
Caroline Allbrook is a compact yakushimanum rhododendron of attractive habit and possible the most sought-after flower colour among all yakushimanums. It forms a neat evergreen shrub with elongated, leathery foliage, above which open rich trusses if dark lilac pink flowers that fade to soft, very pale lavender violet colour. Flowering begins in late May and continues until early June. Bred by A.F.George from Hydon Nurseries in 1975. Caroline Allbrook ...entire article
Staccato is an American variety of rhododendron dauricum with rich pink double flowers. They open early in the season – often in late March. Leaves are semi-evergreen, small, elliptic, dark green, turning purple red in winter. It grows moderately into an airy shrub about 1.8m tall and wide, and thrives in full sun or part shade. Rhododendron roots are shallow, spreading to sides in search for nutrients. Never plant them too deep. The soil has to be acidic (pH 4.5-5.5), rich in humus, cool and always moist. Id ...entire article
Mimosaceae plants are common and popular mainly in southern Europe for their high tolerance to drought as well as attractive and long lasting flowering. Even though they come from subtropical parts of the world there is one species hardy enough to be grown in our climate - silk tree. Silk tree comes from Iran and is typical for its dome-shaped crown and pink flowers over a long period in summer. They are pink, hairy spheres with nearly white centres, 3-5 cm large and with a sweet fragrance. Fern-like leaves are deep green ...entire article
Kokette is a yakushimanum rhododendron introduction by Hans Hachmann (†2004) from 1988. It is a beautiful variety combining rich pink and white colours. The flowers have frilled margins of deep pink colour, the inner funnel is marbled soft pink grading to almost white centre. Evergreen leaves are leathery, dark green, narrowly elliptic and matt. It is an early variety blooming often already from late April. Kokette belongs to the Yakushimanum group of rhododendrons which were crossed with the species origina ...entire article
Pixie is a very showy Japanese maple, a dwarf version of very popular Bloodgood. It has the same 5-lobed, deciduous leaves that are rich burgundy red in summer and striking magenta red in autumn. For best colouring grow it in full sun only. It grows slowly, making only about 10-15 cm per year, forming an upright shrub of a compact shape. Japanese maples need constantly moist soil that has to be well-drained, acidic to neutral, and medium fertile. Keep it m ...entire article
Metallica is an awesome variety of rhododendron bred by Holger Hachmann. It produces profusion of pure violet flowers with very dark, almost black blotch from late May until early June when most other rhododendrons have finished flowering. Evergreen leaves are leathery, ovate, very dark green and glossy. Metallica grows moderately into a wide shrub. For a better looking plant dead-head where possible. The roots are shallow, spreading to sides in search for nutrients. Never plant them too deep. The soil has to be a ...entire article
Calsap is another good old buddy that was bred by M.W.Michener and introduced already in 1965. It is a large, fast growing shrub producing erect trusses of very pale lilac-violet, almost white flowers with a striking deep burgundy red blotch. Blooming time is late May and early June. Evergreen leaves are leathery, ovate, deep green, and partly glossy. 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 acidic (pH 4.5-5.5), rich in humus ...entire article
Gunter Dinger is a unique rhododendron variety bred by Hans Hachmann in 1995. It was named in honour of the senior chief of Cologne’s garden centre Dinger’s. The flowers represent a very special colour combination never seen so far. The petal margins are deep violet blue, from the flower centre expands an almost white star emphasized by thin, horizontal, purple red lines, and the upper lip is decorated with deep wine red, almost black blotch. Flowering begins late – from end May until early June. Eve ...entire article
Lavender is so widespread around the world that exalting its beauty is like carrying coals to Newcastle. And for the same reason - so many plants in cultivation in different conditions there are numerous more or less conspicuous variations that usually slip away unrecognized because the producer is often convinced that he has the one and only true species. Still, someone spots the difference and voilá – here’s a new selection that deserves to be described. Silver Leaf is a tall growing selection of < ...entire article
Filigran is a delicate looking variety of mountain rhododendron with narrow leaves. It resembles another successful variety called Graziella but Filigran has narrower, a little longer, and softer green leaves. They are evergreen and honestly they don’t look like rhododendron foliage at all, more likely they can be compared to oleander. Flowers are light lilac pink, very elegant with soft red blotch on the upper lip. Filigran needs some age to flower ...entire article
Midnight Beauty is a masterpiece from Hachmann’s nurseries in Germany. It is the deepest purple red variety bred so far. The flowers are of a stunning colour depth and form – held upright, the upper petal decorated with black blotches. The evergreen leaves are oblong, deep green. It grows about 1.4m tall and 1.6m wide in 10 years. It prefers partial shade but in evenly moist soil will grow in full sun, too. For a better looking plant dead-head where possible. The roots are shallow, spreading to sides in search for nutrients. Never plant ...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
DYNAMITE® is possibly the reddest crepe myrtle variety known to trade. It produces large (30x20 cm), upright panicles of the richest red shade you may have seen. Flowering begins in late July or early August and continues till the last sunny and warm days of autumn. The deciduous leaves are leathery, oval, crimson red when they emerge, and turning deep green soon after. In acid soil they gain fantastic fiery red and orange shades in autumn. When they fall down older plants reveal flaking-off bark, similar to ...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
Himalayan indigo is an unusual shrub from the mountainous parts of Pakistan, Nepal and India. Its deciduous, compound leaves are soft green and look like miniature locust leaves. Flowers cannot be compared to anything you normally see growing in Central European gardens. They are pea-like, formed in erect or partly pendent racemes where individual flowers start opening up at the bottom and continue upwards. Silk Road is a profusely flowering variety with rich pink flowers from early until late summer. It blooms on con ...entire article
Summer Red® is a fantastic variety of scarlet maple. Its leaves three-lobed, deciduous leaves are borne on long and red stalks, and are rich red when they emerge, changing to medium green in summer. In autumn the colour range is really stunning – yellow, orange, scarlet red and wine red. All at the same time. The stalks are pink-red. It forms a compact, bushy, oval-shaped crown. If you wish to prune or shape it do so in late autumn after the leaves have fallen, or in frost-free periods of winter. Scarlet ...entire article
Red Ace is a hot card for this game among cinquefoil varieties. It offers medium-sized flowers that change from red to fiery orange. They come out from 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 between taller shrubs or trees. Cinquefoil grows best in well-drained, poor or moderately fertile soil in full sun. For compact habit long shoots should be removed in spring and th ...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 Plumiére. Its local name was ‘talauma’. Magnolia virginia ...entire article
Grey Pearl is a picturesque dwarf variety of Japanese larch. It is a low growing shrub with soft, deciduous needles that emerge fresh green and soon turn silvery blue green. It makes a fluffy appearance and is almost irresistible not to touch every time you pass by. It grows slowly making tiered branches with age. This effect is desired especially in Japanese gardens, however, this little beauty can find its spot in any garden or front yards of the smallest size. It will look great mulched with standard brown mulch as ...entire article
Green Ripple is an attractive variety of self-clinging English ivy. It has mid-sized, deep green leaves with 3 or 5 lobes and rippled margins. Another conspicuous feature are creamy veins inside the leaves. Branches produce aerial roots that cling to any surface (support). Young plants grow slower than adults. This evergreen climber can be used against a wall, or as a ground-cover, or can be planted at a short wall with new shoots let hung over its top. Ivies prefer alkaline, moist, semi-fertile soil that is well ...entire article
White mulberry and its Pendula variety is one of the top popular weeping trees. No wonder – apart from its beauty it offers tasty fruit. Moreover its small size makes it an ideal specimen tree even for small gardens. Its deciduous leaves are heart-shaped, toothed at margins, up to 15 cm long, deep green and glossy, changing to yellow in autumn. Mulberry belongs to the same family as fig tree and has some of its genes. This is why some of the foliage is transformed to deeply lobed just like those on fig trees. ...entire article
Gajo is a novelty Bobkovi¹eò that was discovered as a natural mutation of Otto Luyken variety by Wilhelmus P.C.Nouws in Dutch town Zundert in 1996. It has smaller, darker green and very glossy leaves, and makes a neat, mounded or almost spherical-shaped shrub. In May appear erect racemes of small, creamy white, fragrant flowers that are followed by purple-black, spherical fruit (berries), loved by birds, not edible for humans, but not poisonous. ...entire article
Cleopatra is another magnolia success by a renowned magnolia breeder Vance Hooper from New Zealand. It is a cross between Sweet Simplicity and Black Tulip varieties. The result is a rich purple red, large flower, almost 20 cm across with a lovely fragrance. In Central European climate it grows moderately into a well-shaped, conical shrub that blooms regularly and profusely every year. The deciduous leaves are fresh green, ovate to obova ...entire article
Mr.Bowling Ball is a funny name for a unique arborvitae variety. It is a dwarf, cushion-forming, evergreen conifer with medium green, thread-like, lacy foliage. In winter it gains reddish-purple shade on insolated parts. It grows rather slowly and looks like cryptomeria Globosa Nana, however, Mr.Bowling Ball is much hardier and can therefore be used for growing in outdoor pots. Its spherical shape is natural but for a clean ball shape we suggest trimming it regularly either in early spring or in midsummer. It ...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 -17°C only). Therefore it is obvious that when a new variety called Kay Parris...entire article
Rhododendron Dora Amateis is an old favourite from the USA, bred in 1951 by Edmond Amateis from Brewster, New York. The plant is a cross between r.minus and r.ciliatum, and bears profusion of pure white, funnel-shaped flowers in May. The evergreen leaves are unique for a dwarf rhododendron, unlike many others with small, oval leaves, this one has medium-sized, narrowly elongated, glossy, leathery leaves with a pointed tip. They resemble those of another variety called Robert Seleger. Slow grow ...entire article
Japanese umbrella pine is an exquisite-looking conifer resembling pine thanks to its needles but botanically it has nothing in common with them. There are quite a few varieties available in the trade now that will fit even a small garden. Beauty Green is one of them. It is a slow growing, evergreen conifer with rich green, flattened, glossy, succulent needles. It forms a conical shape with a wide base and a distinct tip. It was selected by a German nursery Carstens in 1998 and introduced to the green market in 2005 ...entire article
Alba is a Ramanas rose variety producing abundance of medium-sized (5-8 cm across), single, fragrant, pure white flowers with bright yellow stamens in the centre. Borne singly or in clusters of 2-3 they come out from June until September, and are followed by deep orange red to scarlet red hips. The fruit is classified as edible and sweet in flavour, and among other edible hips contains highest quantity of flesh that can be used for preserves, if you remove the layer of hairs around the seeds since it could cause irrit ...entire article
Silver Prolific is a dwarf nectarine variety with excellent fruit. It has profusion of usual peach-like, bright pink flowers that are clustered along short branches in a dense plant. The leaves are mid green, semi-glossy, narrowly lanceolate, and not much smaller than those on any other peach tree. Extreme density of leaves on a dwarf crown makes an amazing display. Fruit is a bit smaller than typical peach fruit off big trees but nonetheless tasty and beautiful. It has dark red, smooth, and glossy skin and juicy ...entire article
Wiethorst is a witch’s broom of Schwerin’s pine, found and named by Johann Wieting in Gieelhorst, Germany. It is dwarf, slow growing version of this pine with symmetrical, pyramidal shape and dense habit. It has beautiful, 10-12 cm long, silvery blue-green, and always pendent needles. In summer numerous light green, slim cones are produced even on young plants. Pruning is not required to achieve a compact shape. All pines love sunny sites and dislike wet ground. Though, this pine benefits from constan ...entire article
It is always so nice to learn about a new plant that represents a smaller version of a large species just because many of us want to enjoy its features without having to fear that it will take up the whole of our garden. GREEN PILLAR® is one of them. It is a narrowly columnar variety of pin oak which keeps itself very slim – about 1m wide in about 10 years. Why would you go for this oak rather than the fastigiated form of English oak? The main diff ...entire article
In 2011 and 2012 the internet sites, forums, and gardeners’ blogs got flooded by pictures and information about a poplar variety that received gold medal at an international plant exhibition in Moscow in 2011. Its name is Purple Tower and it was bred in Poland. It is protected by Plant Breeders Rights patent No. EU20082911. Purple Tower is a fascinating variety of eastern cottonwood. It produces enormous leaves, 10-20 cm large, that emerge rich burgundy red or almost purple- ...entire article
Blue Arrow juniper is as thin as a supermodel. This conifer has a truly slim, columnar habit and attractive blue-green to almost silvery blue colour. It is often compared to another juniper variety called Skyrocket against which it has a big advantage – Blue Arrow has shorter branches that do not bend under the weight of fresh snow. The whole plant has a typical fragrance, especially when you crush the foliage. Junipers will grow in almost any reasonably drained soil of any pH. Once established it needs no ma ...entire article
Molli is a dwarf variety of Korean fir from late 20th century. It is a compact, smaller version of common Korean fir with rich green, short, glossy needles with silver-grey film underneath. It grows slowly and develops a more or less regular conical shape. It always has a central leader giving it a typical appearance of a fir tree, just much smaller. Lateral branches grow upright, and are held at an angle of about 45°. Molli does not reach much taller than 2m tall and about ...entire article
Athene is a large-flowered magnolia hybrid, a cross between magnolia „Mark Jury“ and magnolia x soulangeana „Lennei Alba“. The flowers have almost white petals with deep red or purple red shades at the bottom. They are very fragrant and reach 25-30 cm across when fully opened. It is an early variety which is easily detectable by the large flower buds which overwinter on the plants from the previous season. Their enormous size is an added value especially in winter when the trees a ...entire article
George Henry Kern magnolia is a breeding success from the USA. It is a cross between magnolia stellata and magnolia liliiflora "NIGRA". The result is a magnolia with soft pink, 8-petalled, fragrant flowers in late April. It may repeat flowering with a few flowers in July but they do not open entirely since they do not like summer heat. The deciduous leaves are fresh ...entire article
This rhododendron is currently the flag ship of Hachmann’s nurseries in Germany. It was bred and introduced by Holger Hachmann in 2009, and named after his late father Hans Hachmann (†2004). It bears uniquely coloured flowers with almost white centres, deep violet purple margins, and velvety red blotch on the upper lip. All colours are distinctly divided from one another which enhance the multicoloured effect. The inflorescence is compact, erect, and may consist of 11 up to 22 individual flowers. The everg ...entire article
Soft shield fern is what you probably imagine when the word “fern” comes up in conversation. It has the typical fern appearance with strong, semi-erect fronds. They are double-pinnate, bearing small, toothed leaflets along the midribs. They remain nice and evergreen down to about -15°C and only then start fading away and the plant makes new ones in spring. Proliferum is a variety with vigorous growth, and profusion of distinctly cut leaflets that fill up the fronds completely for a lush, rich effect. It ...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
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. In May and June appear 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 stomach discomfort if eaten in quantity. ...entire article
Fastigiata Blagon is a French variety of maidenhair tree with narrowly conical or almost columnar growth. It bears deciduous, 4-7 cm wide, fan-shaped, divided, mid green leaves (botanically classified as needles), that change to fantastic shade of bright golden yellow in autumn. It is often pruned or sheared to achieve a more compact shape and denser habit which will help the tree produce a breathtaking show in autumn. It grows relatively slowly with 30-40 cm per year. Mature size is expected to exceed 10m but the ...entire article
Red Pygmy could be a bit misleading name for this unique Japanese maple. Yes, it is a dwarf variety and it does make rich burgundy red leaves but only in spring. When the days get hotter from May or June onwards in most cases the foliage changes to soft green or almost olive green until autumn, when the leaves turn golden yellow and orange. Nevertheless, they are as beautiful as on all maples from linearilobum group. They are finely cut into long and extremely narrow rays. One might mistake them for bamboo leav ...entire article
Cowberry or lowbush cranberry is an evergreen shrub with delicious fruit. Though it is not considered a true cranberry in English speaking countries, in Central Europe this species is the one commonly used for cranberry preserves and typical sweet and sour tasting chutneys. Koralle is supposed to be the best fruiting variety with dense habit for which it is commonly used as an ornamental shrub as well. Its evergreen leaves are leathery, broadly elliptic, small, and glossy. Urn-sha ...entire article
Being addicted to special and rare plants I could not miss this unique holly which comes from the USA and is extremely hard to find in Europe. I cannot figure out why knowing that it proves to be one of the hardiest and at the same time utterly beautiful evergreen plants. Long-stalk holly is a spineless holly whose leaves are entire, which means they have soft margins with no spines at all. More than a holly this plant looks like a subtropical ficus benjamina. The leaves are evergreen and pendent which gives the plant a very relaxed appearance. That is why ...entire article
Cabaret® is a fantastic new leatherleaf mahonia from 2009. It produces 10-15 cm long, semi-erect racemes of rich orange and yellow flowers that open from deep coral red buds. Unlike other similar mahonias this one has no fragrance. They are followed by blue berries in autumn and winter. The evergreen leaves are pinnate, mid green to almost blue-green, very glossy, and have a thin red line along the margins from spring until late summer. Their tips are sharp once the leaves mature in early summer. ...entire article
World´s Fair crepe myrtle bears rich purple pink flowers in erect panicles from mid August until September. It makes slightly arching branches with deciduous leaves that are 3-4 cm long, elliptic to obovate, very glossy, olive green in spring, with some light burgundy red tones in summer, and turning carmine red and golden yellow in autumn. Crepe myrtle needs little care. They need full sun with zero shade during the day. Pruning is important in colder zones and will secure flowering: cut back last year's growth t ...entire article
Hopi is a crepe myrtle hybrid variety suitable for zone 6 and higher. It produces rich panicles of bright pink flowers earliest of all known hardy varieties so far introduced – it begins blooming in late July or early August. Deciduous leaves are 3-4 cm long, elliptic to obovate, very glossy, olive green in summer, turning red, purple, and orange in autumn. Crepe myrtle needs little care. They need full sun with zero shade during the day. Pruning is important in colder zones and will secure flowering: cut ba ...entire article
LACEY BLUE perovskia is a fantastic plant offering an extremely long time of attractivity. It bears profusion of deep indigo-blue flowers that open up from hairy, violet buds. These buds appear from early summer and take quite some time before they let the flowers out which usually happens from mid August. Thus the plant keeps its fluffy violet appearance for as long as nearly 3 months. Deciduous leaves are finely dissected, 4-6 cm long, silvery grey when they emerge, turning pale green in summer. The stalks are the most vibrant silver shade ever se ...entire article
Seven son flower is a fascinating shrub that was first found in China by Ernest H.Wilson more than a hundred years ago, in 1907. Still, it took almost 80 years before this plant was cultivated commercially. Seven son flower is a large shrub or a small tree with 3 predominant features. Leaves, inflorescence, and bark. In spring it makes medium-sized 7-10 cm long, ovate, deciduous leaves with prominent 3 veins. The leaves are opposite and hang on the tree like dogwood or pear tree leaves. They are light green when they emer ...entire article
Felix magnolia, also called Felix Jury, is a recent introduction by Mark Jury, and a gorgeous hybrid named after his late father who fortunately lived to see its first flowers, but not its worldwide success a few years later. It was made in 1984 as a cross between extremely large-flowered Atlas and deep burgundy-purple flowering Vulcan. Felix magnolia was released in 2004 and patented as JURmag2. Felix magnolia bears large, goblet-shaped flow ...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
Carnaval is a beautiful and colourful variety of Japanese lily-of-the-valley shrub. This evergreen gem shows narrowly lance-shaped, evergreen leaves that are dark green in the middle and creamy white along the margins. New foliage is vivid red or purple-pink. This colour remains for a few weeks before it matures to variegated. New growths are often shown again in late summer. Well established plants grown under good conditions bear long racemes of small lily-of-the-valley like white flowers from March to April. De ...entire article
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
ALTA® is a gorgeous southern magnolia of dense habit and narrowly columnar, very elegant shape that looks like a candle flame. From the first hot days of summer large – 20-24 cm across, creamy white, strongly sweet-scented flowers are produced singly and continuously for 2 months or a little longer depending on plant’s age. Evergreen leaves are narrower than on the species, deep green, extremely glossy, covered with rich rusty brown indumentum beneath. Pruning is not necessary to keep its compact ...entire article
Hachmann’s Feuerschein is an outstanding variety of rhododendron with large, cherry red to deep red flowers. They come out from the end of May until the middle of June. Evergreen leaves are dark green, partly glossy. It grows moderately into a compact shrub with profusion of flowers already on young plants. 10-year-old plants are just over a meter tall and a little wider. It can be placed in full sun or part shade where it will withstand deeper frost. It was bred by Hans Hachmann in 1978 and has received several ...entire article
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Ramanas rose (Rosa rugosa)
Ramanas rose is a top 5 rose among landscape architects. It has so many positive features that make it impossible not to grow at least a few in every road. Among all its advantages here are just some of them: absolutely care-free, extremely hardy, fully disease-resistant, and most importantly long-flowering. It originates in eastern parts of Russia, E. Asia and Japan. This rose produces abundance of medium-sized (5-8 cm across), single, fragrant flowers that are carmine-purple to violet-red. Borne singly or in clusters of 2-3 they come out from June until ...entire article
Andenken an Ludwig Späth (syn. Souvenir de Luis Spaeth) is a sought-after lilac variety mainly for its deep purple violet. The inflorescence is longer and narrower than on other commonly known varieties, made up of short, tubular and widely open flowers. Lilac flowers are very fragrant and open in early May for 3-4 weeks. Pruning is not needed but can be made immediately after flowering. Deadheading is recommended for young plants. Lilacs are easy to grow. They will take almost any soil but will thrive in deep, fe ...entire article
Michel Buchner and with Charles Joly are probably the most common lilac varieties in the Czech Republic. The flower colour of Michel Buchner is a bit difficult to describe – something between lilac pink, light violet, and mauve. Individual flowers are double and form a dense, erect panicle. Lilac flowers are very fragrant and open in early May for 3-4 weeks. Pruning is not needed but can be made immediately after flowering. Deadheading is recommended for ...entire article
Bright Edge is another variegated Adam’s needle. Its leaves are enriched with wide, bright yellow margins. It is an evergreen shrub with basal rosettes of erect, inversely lance-shaped leaves which are rigid but not sharp when touched. In second half of June it produces numerous creamy-white, bell-shaped flowers on sturdy stems, up to 160 cm tall. When in full bloom it looks like a giant lily-of-the-valley. It is suggested to remove the entire stems right after flowering. Yucca ...entire article
This special holly was brought by Hillier Nurseries, UK, before 1955. Still, known mainly by horticulturists it was not recognized by general public and that was a pity because this plant has something new to offer. Luckily, it appears that with a new millennium this elegant variety is reborn since more and more nurseries started growing it again and we can enjoy its unique features. Amber holly is an evergreen shrub or a small tree valued for its apricot-orange to coral-orange berries in autumn in winter. They are ...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
Sunrise is a beautiful new magnolia from 2009. We could not trace any information about its breeder or patent, all we found was a note that it arrived from China which probably explains a lot. Nevertheless, we have a picture and know enough we need to present this novelty. Sunrise Magnolia is a slow growing, compact shrub with unique flowers. They are goblet shaped, white inside and creamy white with light yellow hues outside, with distinct claret red triangle at the bottom ...entire article
Mogambo is a fantastic variety of deep purple-blue rhododendron bred by Holger Hachmann in 2004. Its flowers are large, open wide with slightly frilled margins, marked with a deep maroon-red blotch in the throat. Evergreen leaves are leathery, elongated and quite long – up to 17 cm. It grows medium fast and can reach about 1.4m tall and 1.6m wide when 10 years old. Received Silver Medal at horticultural fair BUGA in Munich in 2005. For richer flowering and growth dead-head where possible. The roots are shallo ...entire article
Mexican oak is not a widespread tree. It is not listed in many encyclopedias in America and is almost non existent in Europe as it is too tender to grow in most parts of the old continent. Still, there is a mention in 1979 of a special sport selected from this species. At that time Internet was yet to be born and news of any kind took long to get to the right ears. But some European growers did not sleep and began its cultivation. The result came much later - in 2006 when it was presented at a garden exhibition in Dutch town Zundert under the name Maya. Worthily it was rew ...entire article
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herbs (BYLINKY)
Culinary herbs have been an important item of almost every garden. Depending on who likes what you can find marjoram, rosemary, thyme or at least parsley in most European gardens. These plants usually come from warmer zones and therefore like plenty of sun and well-drained soil. We offer individually pot-grown herbs or mixed pots with 3 species. You can grow them both in the garden as well as on a kitchen window or a conservatory. They are excellent sources of vitamins in winter and spice up every meal with freshness and natural taste. Check the list of prices below to see what is curr ...entire article
Kordia is a Czech variety of sweet cherry. It produces masses of deep red fruit in the first half of July. The fruit has solid flesh and sweet, delicious flavour. As a late cherry it needs protection from cherry-worms. It is self-sterile and needs a pollinator nearby to produce fruit. The best varieties for heavy crop are Van and Hedelfingen. The fruit is reasonably resistant to cracking in rainy weather. It grows vigorously as a young tree, forming a rounded crown. It likes slightly acidic, well drained but moist soil. Fully hardy. Last update 03-05-2011 ...entire article
Camilvy is one of the new selections of Fraser´s photinia. It has darker red young leaves compared to Red Robinwhose leaves are more or less coppery red. They are large and glossy and turn very dark green in summer. They are evergreen and have wavy margins. In mid spring medium-sized panicles of creamy white flowers are produced. 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. ...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 -27°C (USDA zone 5). Last update 24-02-2011 ...entire article
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red currant (Ribes rubrum )
VARIETIES Jonkheer van Tets is a red currant from the Netherlands. This famous variety has long racemes of bright red berries of excellent taste, only medium sour. Best grown as espalier because it is a rampant grower. Ripens in July. Kozolupský raný is an early maturing Czech variety from 2003. It produces long, dense racemes of large red fruit of excellent taste from late June. It forms semi-upright, medium dense shrubs which don't need thinning of branches. Disease resistant. Registered ...entire article
VARIETIES Captivator - midseason, almost thornfree variety with rich red, mid-sized, sweet fruit of a very good taste. Late July to early August. Very resistant to mildew. Upright, moderate to fast growth, average yield. Invicta is an early variety from England producing yellow-green fruit of good flavour, not prone to cracking. The taste is medium sweet, stronger than in red varieties but not acidic. It is a heavy and reliable cropper. Disease resistant. Karát< ...entire article
This rhododendron’s name is as mystical as its looks: Midnight Mystique. It offers large, 7-8 cm across, flowers that are almost white in the throat and rich magenta red or purple at the margins. They come out from mid May until early June. Their colour may slightly vary with soil conditions. Evergreen leaves are dark green, flat, 8-10 cm long. It prefers a part-shaded site protected from winter sun. Bred by F.Fujioka, USA, in 1995. For richer flowering and growth dead-head where possible. The roots are shallow, spreading to sides in search for nutrients. Never pl ...entire article
Lavendula is a gentle touch of lilac-lavender colour in your ericaceous border. This slow growing rhododendron is a fantastic piece with medium-sized flowers that are much bigger than the leaves. Those are evergreen and leathery, elliptic with a sharp tip. It is a successful cross between the following three rhododendron species: 'russatum x saluenense' x rubiginosum. It was bred and introduced by one of the most contributing rhododendron breeders in Germany in 1952. Prefers sunny locations. For richer flowering and growth dead-head where possible. The roots are shallo ...entire article
Callery pear is a flowering (ornamental) pear tree which is cultivated for its profuse flowering in April. The tree produces a huge quantity of snow white flowers followed by small, almost spherical fruit that is edible but not too tasty. Chanticleer is a famous variety of narrowly conical habit. It grows medium fast into quite a tall tree. Its deciduous leaves are bright green and glossy, turning golden, orange and red in autumn. Some growers put this plant on the same quality level as Japanese flowering cherries while others, especially US landscape designers suggest ...entire article
Persil is a deciduous azalea with large, white flowers that have a light yellow blotch and nice fragrance. Deciduous leaves are mid green. It grows at medium speed, some 20-25 cm per year, forming an airy shrub with almost equal height and spread. Deciduous azaleas are ericaceous plants, loving insulate position with always moist soil. During temporary summer dry spells in certain areas their leaves may suffer and be prone to fungus infections. When spots appear on the leaves or they lose colour and start to curl use a suitable fungicide immediately. 1-2 sprays should h ...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
VARIETIES: Oregon Thornless is a fantastic blackberry variety from the leading US blackberry producer: Oregon. It offers high yields of tasty fruit and does not irritate us with thorns. On top of that it has evergreen, deeply cut leaves so the plant looks beautiful even before it sets fruit. The berries are almost black, sweet and juicy, and mature from mid August. You can use them just like traditional forest blackberries – best eaten fresh but also freeze well. Thornless Evergreen is very ...entire article
Following market’s thirst (or even hunger) for magnolias of the deepest and vibrant colour shades we are introducing a spectacular variety from New Zealand, again, this time bred by one of the most respectable magnolia breeders Ian Baldick. Its name is Ian’s Red and come from crossing magnolia Pickard’s Ruby and magnolia Vulcan. Its flowers are vibrant purple-red, not fading to light shades even in wet weather. They have the aristocratic cup-and-saucer shape and open wide they just are a little larger than an adult man’s hand. T ...entire article
Snowball tree is a popular deciduous shrub flowering in May. It bears profusion of pure white, spherical inflorescence that might resemble hydrangea flowers from a distance. They are sterile i.e. no fruits are produced. The branches often weep under their weight. The leaves are palmate, three-lobed, 5-8 cm wide, mid green and partly glossy, changing to bright and deep red shades in autumn. It forms a rounded shrub usually about 3m tall and wide and can be pruned or shaped in any way. The best time to cut it is after flowering (i.e. in June): either trim current year’s growth to ...entire article
<>Burgundy Cotton® crepe myrtle was bred by Dr.Carl Whitcomb, a breeder well-known for his achievements in the field of crossing hardy crepe myrtles. Burgundy Cotton® enriches the range with white flowers on dark foliage. Flowers are formed in large panicles producing enormous number of burgundy red buds from mid to end July until frost. Flower colour is almost white with some pink shades. Leaves of Burgundy Cotton® are deep burgundy red when the emerge, changing to deep green in summer with still enough new foliage at the tips of the branches to provide a fantast ...entire article
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hebe (Hebe odora )
This hebe has two names: hebe odora or hebe buxifolia. I suppose that the other one is closer to what it really looks like although the first one is a preferred botanical version. Its leaves and habit really resembles box shrubs. Evergreen leaves are mid green, small and densely cover the branches. In June it has profusion of tiny white flowers in terminal racemes. Hebe odora is probably the fastest growing hebe among small-leaves species reaching about 1m tall in our climate (USDA zone 6). It can easily be clipped and shaped in early spring after all frosts. When pruning make sure ...entire article
Although Colorado spruce originates in the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the USA it has been in wide cultivation in Europe and its colder regions. Glauca Globosa is one of its many varieties sought after for its bluish needles. Glauca Globosa is a dwarf spruce with steel-blue, prickly needles. The plant makes beautiful tiered branches that predominantly spread to sides. Its ultimate height is about 1.5m in maturity, however, if a plant produces a terminal leader it can make about twice as much within years. Spruce is widely soil adaptable provided the soil is well-d ...entire article
Semperaurea is an attractive variety of yew. Its evergreen needles are bright yellow on the top of the shrub from spring to autumn and change to orange or golden yellow in winter. Foliage inside the shrub and on not insolated parts grade to mid to deep green. The plants grows at medium speed, making erect new shoots and forms a dense, wide shrub. Now a few words about its toxicity. The whole plant is slightly poisonous for humans but extremely poisonous for horses. Its beautiful red fruits are also said to be dangerous for people but the truth is that only the seeds co ...entire article
Manchu Fan is a white flowering rare magnolia from New Zealand. It bears medium-sized, goblet-shaped flowers that are almost pure white with a very light pink smudge at the bottom. The petals look like fragile china and do not open up completely keeping the elegant goblet shape. The flowers open in early summer, usually after danger of frost that could damage the blooms. Deciduous leaves are rich green, ovate to obovate. Manchu Fan grows medium fast into a regular oval-shaped shrub or a small tree with a rounded crown. It is usually about a third taller than wide. Magno ...entire article
This new magnolia is for everyone who fell in love with Lanarth variety and its deep purple red cup shaped flowers. It is another of its new clones with large flowers whose deeper colour is present both outside and inside the petals, and was achieved by crossing Lanarth with magnolia liliiflora "Nigra". It starts blooming at a considerably young age of 2-4 years if grafted (compare to seedlings which m ...entire article
Rhapsody in Pink is another crape myrtle novelty bred and introduced by Dr.Carl Whitcomb. It was first introduced in 2006 and has been a sought after crape myrtle since. It bears rich panicles of pure pink flowers on the background of burgundy red foliage. The inflorescence keeps on producing new flower buds until the first frosts. It starts flowering earlier than many other varieties so already in early August you can see flower buds opening. This variety bears sterile flowers so new buds will be formed on stalks of just finished flowers. Leaves of lagerstroemias are d ...entire article
Bamboo-leaf oak, or sometimes also called Chinese evergreen oak is a rare evergreen tree that is not widely used in cultivation in Europe which is a great pity. It has evergreen, bamboo-like, lance-shaped, narrow leaves that emerge bronze-purple and mature to a dark green. Compared to cherry laurels or Portugal laurels that can also be grown on stems while keeping their shrubby looks, bamboo-leaf oak forms a nice tree-shape canopy without any extra effort because it is naturally a small tree with compact, rounded crown. This tree is currently grown in warmer parts of the USA, southe ...entire article
Belle Etoile is one the hybrids raised at the turn of the 19th century by a French botanist Pierre Lemione. It is popular for the large, bridal-white flowers with a light maroon blotch in the centre, strong fragrance and prolonged flowering period. It is a compact shrub compared to other philadelphus species and varieties. Deciduous leaves are narrowly ovate, 4-5 cm long, mid green. It grows moderately into an arching shrub, about 1.5m tall and 2m wide. Pruning is not necessary but can be done immediately after flowering in late summer. To rejuvenate the shrub remove branches ...entire article
Théa is an attractive variety of sweetgum selected for its autumn foliage colour and smaller size. Its leaves are large, typically 5-lobed, rich green, turning to long lasting shades of bright red and burgundy purple in autumn. The tree grows slowly or moderately into a narrowly pyramidal shape. Unlike other sweet gums this one can reach only some 8m tall when mature which makes it suitable for mid-sized gardens and narrow streets. If you wish to keep it smaller prune it at the end of winter. Another nice feature is the fruit. Formed in about 3 cm wide spiny spheres t ...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
Jumbo is an old bamboo favourite with soft green, pointed leaves, about 10 cm long, elegantly hanging on the canes offering a relaxed appearance. Young canes are green and change to yellow when mature. It grows into a compact, dense bush which looks good not only as a specimen plant but absolutely fantastic as an informal evergreen hedge. With its mature height of about 3 m it is not a giant plant and can create a perfect feeling of privacy in both Japanese and European-styled landscapes. This bamboo is clump-growing so it does not need root barrier as it is not invasiv ...entire article
Gardenia is a well-known indoor plant with fantastic fragrance. However, in 1990´s a few breeders came with selections that were supposed to grow happily outdoors, too. Among those Kleim’s Hardy was one of the first truly successful attempts. Kleim’s Hardy is a small, slow growing evergreen shrub that can take winters up to zone 7. Its flowers are 3-4 cm across, creamy white with yellowish centres, heavily scented with the typical jasmine-like fragrance. It blooms from end spring until early or mid summer. The ovate leaves are deep green and highly glossy ...entire article
If you like cedars or perhaps if you are a collector or just an enthusiast don’t miss this one. It is a beautiful example of a form that is rarely seen in private gardens or arboretums. Fastigiata is an attractive form of Atlas cedar with strictly narrow, columnar habit. Its evergreen, short needles are deep green with slightly blue-green tint. Lateral branches are short and densely cover the leader. If a branch goes mad and grows too long in the unwanted direction just clip it, any time of year. Other pruning is not required or even suggested. It grows slowly. ...entire article
Cristatum is a hart’s tongue fern variety with heavily crested leaves of irregular shape. The leaf blades are not elongated as on the species and are shorter, only some 20-30 cm long. The plants form smaller, denser tufts which look like a pretty lettuce in an ornamental garden or like a coral reef plant. The leaves are evergreen, leathery, glossy, medium green, and withstand deep frost without damage, only during very cold spells they may wilt and lie on the ground awaiting warmer weather when they straighten u ...entire article
Variegata is one of the first (or possibly the very first) variegated mutation of Japanese angelica tree which probably explains it rather botanical, charmless name. Nonetheless the plant itself is charm impersonified! It produces giant frond-like foliage, compound of 5-6 cm long, broadly obovate to heart-shaped, medium green, exhibiting reliable, creamy white variegation in each of them. The leaves are extremely large – up to 1 meter long, bi-pinnate, compound of 3-5 cm long, up to 80 ovate leaflets, pale o ...entire article
Red maple is one of the most spectacular big-sized trees suitable for large gardens, parks or city avenues. October Glory is a variety cultivated for its smaller size and fantastic autumn foliage colour. It has mid-sized leaves that are glossy and green in summer, changing to orange and red in early autumn and overall brilliant red later. This colour display remains often until mid November. The tree grows medium fast or fast into a somewhat columnar shape, it does not make a rounded, typical maple-like crown. Branches that grow upright in the crown too close to the tr ...entire article
Sea buckthorn is getting more and more attention as a healthy type of fruit of high medicinal value. Some gardeners may not like its and broomy appearance, while others may welcome its wild and rampant image. It is a deciduous, wide spreading bush with silvery leaves. Branches bear sharp thorns which make picking up a bit of a nightmare. However, the oval, bright orange fruit is definitely worth the effort as it contains as much as 10 times more vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals in perfect balance ideal for Europeans. A single berry contains a sufficient dose of vitamin C fo ...entire article
VARIETIES Black Jewel is a unique variety of raspberry with deep burgundy purple, almost black fruit. It has excellent, typical raspberry flavour, just a little stronger compared to wild raspberry. The canes grow fast about 1.2m tall. Fallgold is a late or twice fruiting variety of red raspberry. The fruit is light golden-yellow and has excellent, super sweet taste. Two ways of pruning. Apricot is midseason or twice fruiting variety with apricot orange ...entire article
Japanese cedars proved to grow happily in our garden where winter temperature dropped to -27°C a couple of times. They showed no damage whatsoever and thrive. This variety has one more plus as opposed to other cryptomerias – it does not change its colour to coppery brown in winter and remains green all year round. Elegans Viridis is the name confirming that this Japanese cedar is green at all times. It is also quite different from other cryptomerias due to its foliage and branches that are soft, long and drooping at the ends. Evergreen needles are longer, not so c ...entire article
Hungarian oak is a very handsome tree with attractive foliage. Its leaves are distinctly margined with small, rounded lobes. They are deciduous, up to 20 cm long and glossy, bright green when they emerge, turning darker green in summer, leaving a showy texture of light green veins. Autumn colour is yellow and brown. They are the key feature because of which this tree is grown even in smaller gardens though mature trees can reach about 20 m tall and 7-8m wide in maturity (50 years and more). It grows slowly or moderately, well established trees can make 20-30 cm per year. Trees devel ...entire article
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Turkey oak (Quercus cerris)
Turkey oak is a handsome mid-sized tree with lovely foliage. The leaves are fresh green until early summer, changing to mid green in summer and pale yellow in autumn. They are typically about 12 cm long, deeply lobed with rounded lobes, and glossy It grows slowly or medium fast into a tree with rounded to oval crown with strong leader and branches. Lateral branches tend to droop with age which gives the tree a relaxed appearance. However, as its main feature is its foliage it is often pruned to compact crown shapes to gain density and to increase amount of leaves in a small area. You ...entire article
Only recently a new variety of dawn redwood was introduced in the USA when a naturally occurring mutation of a witches broom was found in Matthaei Botanical Gardens of Michigan University, USA. It was named Matthaei Broom and as many people could not spell that properly it was re-named to Head Hunter for commercial purposes. It is a fantastic variety combining the beauty of the typically dawn redwood soft green foliage and slower, congested growth which makes it ideal to become a jewel in a small garden, too. Thanks to its flat, fresh green, deciduous needles it ...entire article
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white fir (Abies concolor)
White fir is a popular conifer of Czech and Slovak gardens and parks. It is demanded for its glaucous foliage colour. Nurseries take good care to select only the seedlings that have the most attractive colour because this fir occurs naturally in the range of dark green where only the young shoots are light green or turquoise to silvery blue. We are offering plants that are closest to light blue colour. The needles are soft, borne erect on almost horizontal to slightly ascending branches. The tree shape is conical, quite symmetrical. White fir grows slowly which in this case is a plus ...entire article
Pink Velour® is a very attractive crape myrtle with upright panicles of pink-red to purple red flowers with crepe margins and rich yellow stamens in the centre. It starts flowering earlier than the species which makes it suitable for colder regions where the summer begins a little later. The inflorescence keeps on producing new flowers buds until the first frosts. Another important feature is foliage. The deciduous leaves of Pink Velour® are leathery, oval, and deep burgundy red for many weeks after they emerge, only then turning deep green leaving a burgundy red ...entire article
Chinese tulip tree is in many aspects similar or identical to its American relative as far as habit, growth rate, or flowering. But the most prominent give-away is its foliage. The deciduous leaves are very large and deeply lobed. The saddle-shaped description of the leaf shape is no longer applicable for Chinese tulip tree. The leaf has even number of lobes = 4. They are very long, rounded and do not have tips. The size is anything between 15-25 cm in length, some sources even say that they can be up to 30 cm across in Asia under good conditions on adult trees. The colour is bronze-red ...entire article
Golden Sword is an attractive variety of Adam’s needle with coloured leaves. It is an evergreen shrub with basal rosettes of erect, inversely lance-shaped, leaves which are rigid but not sharp when touched. They are bright yellow in the centre and pale green along the margins. In second half of June it produces numerous creamy-white, bell-shaped flowers on sturdy stems, up to 160 cm tall. When in full bloom it looks like a giant lily-of-the-valley. Cut off the stem right at the base after flowering. Yucca looks great if we let it show its architectural character. ...entire article
David's photinia / Chinese stranvaeasia is an evergreen shrub whose close relative is a garden hybrid photinia Red Robin. It comes from China and Vietnam and has better cold resistance and narrower leaves. They are deep green and glossy but emerge dark burgundy red in the spring. Before autumn some portion of older foliage inside the plant gains bright carmine red and orange colour. In the autumn the leaves at tips of the branches turn deep burgundy red again. The natural shape of Chinese photinia is rather prostrate with lon ...entire article
Blue Spire is a hybrid between two types of perovskia. It was first introduced to RHS in 1961 and since late 80´s it has been in cultivation in most of the world with mild climate. It is a very hardy plant originally found in Central Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan) but is successfully grown even further north. Perovskia is a fantastic plant offering an extremely long time of attractivity. It bears profusion of indigo-blue flowers that open up from hairy, violet buds. These buds appear from early summer and take quite some time before they let the flowers out which usually ...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
Pink Cloud is a very beautiful variety of beauty bush with pink flowers. They are bell-shaped, deep pink outside, lighter pink inside with yellow-flushed throat. They come out in profusion from end May to early June. Beauty bush resembles two shrubs: leaves, bark and shape is very similar to deutzia, and flowers are almost identical to Engler abelia, . They are sweetly fragrant. Deciduous leaves are mid green, broadly ovate. Another interesting feature ...entire article
Strawberry Fields is a hybrid variety of deutzia with deep rose-pink, star-shaped, fragrant flowers. Bearing the same name as one of the old song by the Beatles it really looks like green fields with strawberries as it grows as a compact, low shrub with dense foliage and profusion of almost strawberry-red flowers in June. Lance-shaped leaves are mid green with bluish shade. Trimming is not needed but if you wish to trim or rejuvenate older plants do so immediately after flowering. Deutzia flowers on previous year’s wood so it needs to make new branches with flowe ...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
Shuttlecock fern (ostrich fern) is one of the most common ferns of European origin. It grows in our woodlands, in shaded areas and on wet meadows. It has erect, light green fronds that under ideal conditions can grow 1.5m tall, but are usually shorter in cultivation, reaching some 80 cm. It spreads by underground rhizomes which can be easily removed if you do not want it to spread. It needs light and preferably acidic soil that is constantly moist. It is usually cultivated in partial shade or filtered sun, however, if the soil is constantly moist it do ...entire article
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hard fern (Blechnum spicant)
Hard fern is an evergreen fern with deep green, glossy leaves. The fronds are 30-50 cm long, erect. It dislikes direct sun and does best in partial shade or even deep shade. It needs moist, light and acidic soil. In shade it withstands drought. Fully hardy to -29°C (USDA zone 5). Last update 05-02-2009 ...entire article
This variety of Japanese painted fern is a spectacular plant. Its leaves are silvery grey, almost metallic. The stems and midribs are dark maroon-purple. Such fantastic combination makes it a must have for every fern collector. In spring cut off all foliage to encourage growth of new leaves. It needs light, fertile, and preferably acid soil that is constantly moist. Grow it semi-shade, filtered sun or shade. It is hardy to about -34°C (USDA zone 4). Last update 05-02-2009; 22-08-2013 ...entire article
Common walnut is a native tree of the Old World. Its natural habitat lies between South-eastern Europe and Himalayas. Irrespective of its large size it is still one of the most sought-after fruit trees of our country. Walnut has attractive, pinnate foliage that have a unique scent. Flowers are catkins. Both the leaves and flowers emerge late but yet may be damaged by late frost should it come in May when the leaves and flowers have come out. Fruit is a well-know walnut in a hard shell. This species ripens in October and sets fruit when 8-10 years old. Self-fertile. Walnut is a la ...entire article
Conference is a famous pear tree from the 19th century. It was first introduced at the National British Pear Conference in 1885, hence its name. It has medium-sized fruit that is pyriform if cross-pollinated, or banana-shaped if self-pollinated. The fruit is pale green with golden brown russet patches. Self-pollinated fruit is seedless. It should be picked by end September and stored. Best eaten after 1-2 months of storing. These pears are juicy and sweet, with a pleasant flavour. It crops profusely and reliably. Being partially or completely self-fertile, it does ...entire article
The species of European white birch is a large tree growing over 20m tall when mature. Its most significant feature is white bark, pealing off in thin layers. Diamond-shaped leaves are mid green, partly glossy and are said to emerge only after the danger of all frosts. They turn yellow in autumn. The flowers are 4-6 cm log yellow-brown catkins. Pollen from flowering birches is subject to allergies. This birch is cultivated as a standard with removed branches along one trunk, or a multi-stemmed tree where its white bark shows off best. Birch woods can be found in colder parts of Europ ...entire article
This low shrub is an attractive form of barberry. The main feature that distinguishes it from others is evergreen foliage. The leaves are 2-3 cm long, bright green, oblong or ovate with spiny tips. Unlike other barberries it has only very small thorns or is entirely spineless. Older leaves may turn red in autumn. Magellan barberry has beautiful small flowers. They are deep yellow and appear in profusion in April. Nana variety is a dwarf, mound-forming plant, growing very slowly. It is suitable as a ground-cover, for rockeries, outdoor pots and small gardens. Grow it in almost any well-dr ...entire article
Brilliant is one of the latest varieties of purple chokeberry which is a hybrid between red and black chokeberry. So far you can find it listed under three names: a.melanocarpa, a.arbutifolia, and a. x prunifolia which is probably the most correct name. It is cultivated for several reasons, and the showiest of them being autumn foliage which turns bright carmine red and burgundy. In the spring it bears corymbs of numerous white flowers. Leaves are finely serrated, light to mid green in season. It is in the same rosaceae family as the service tree and its fruit is simila ...entire article
A collectors’ item not only for collectors is this sweetgum. An interesting novelty called Golden Sun has quite a unique feature never found on any other sweetgum before: golden yellow branches. The colour is present on new twigs as well as up to about 3 year-old branches. Leaves are usual, 5-lobed, mid green, turning multiple colours in an interesting way in the autumn: they change to bright red from the top of the tree downwards, and orange-yellow from the bottom upwards. It grows slowly to medium fast, forming a compact, pyramidal shape. If you wish to keep it sma ...entire article
Slender Silhouette is a beautiful sweetgum which could be your perfect choice for a small garden or a miniature front yard. A 5m tall plant seldom exceeds 1m wide. It is a slow growing version of sweetgum with strictly upright and columnar habit. The leaves are quite large, conspicuously lobed with 5 lobes. They are mid green in summer, turning golden yellow, orange and bright red in autumn. Coloured leaves remain on the tree for a long time. Another nice feature is the fruit. Formed in about 3 cm wide spiny spheres they can be quite attractive to look at and a bit irr ...entire article
Deodar – Himalayan cedar is the most graceful of all cedars. It has strictly pyramidal habit when young, spreading branching and weeping ends. The needles are short, mid green, borne in whorls of 20-30. Female cones appear in summer. Older plants form unique shapes. This is probably the most attractive cedar you will meet on every step from North Italy down to Tuscany. It is not as hardy as cedar of Lebanon but it proved to grow happily in warmer parts of our country, in zone 6b and 7a without problems. In colder regions the needles and tips of the branches can be damaged by ex ...entire article
Sweet chestnut is cultivated for several beautiful features. The deciduous leaves are deep green, elliptic to oblong, up to 20 cm long, distinctly serrated and glossy, turning deep golden yellow in autumn. Flowers are creamy beige catkins that appear in July. They release a rather strong fragrance (especially in the evening) which may be disagreeable for someone. Fruit – chestnuts are hidden in prickly burrs that are bright green first, grading to yellowish-brown in the autumn. Varieties: Belle Epine...entire article
Pseudoturneri is a later variety of Turners oak. Its leaves are very similar to common oak, mid green, shallowly lobed and partly glossy. Compared to its hybrid parent it is a little smaller, hardier, and holds its leaves more reliably over the winter. Still, some leaves may fall down at the end of winter to be substituted with new ones. The original hybrid often lost majority of leaves already when the first major frosts came. This variety is commonly cultivated as a large shrub rather than a tree. Naturally it is spreading with a rounded crown but thanks to its slower ...entire article
Another website I came across calls this Norway maple a meat-ball-on-a-stick. Quite funny, actually, but in fat it truthfully describes the shape of this small tree. Well, that only in case the author meant a good housewife who made proper, perfectly spherical meat balls. Globosum is a variety with typically regular, rounded crown. The shape is natural, no pruning or trimming needed. The leaves emerge bronze-red, along with small but conspicuous, bright yellow flowers composed in abundant corymbs. Autumn colour of leaves is vivid golden-yellow. It is a small tree tha ...entire article
Clapps Favourite is an early pear tree variety that was first introduced in the USA before 1860. It bears medium-sized pears with greeny-yellow skin, red flushed. The flesh is sweet, soft and juicy, “melt in the mouth”. It is ideal snack fruit eaten just as picked from the tree. It crops profusely, from August till September. The fruit is prone to rot from the core if left on the tree for too long. It cannot be stored over winter. Excellent for cooking and desserts. This variety is self-sterile so you need a pollinator, preferably in your own garden, su ...entire article
Praecox rhododendron is a very early flowering hybrid between Rhododendron ciliatum a Rhododendron dauricum. It starts flowering from early April, exceptionally end March, when the snow has melted and other plants are only soaking in first warmth from early spring sun. Its flowers are rosy-pink to lilac-purple, 4-5 cm wide. Evergreen leaves are small, ovate to rounded and older leaves usually fall down when new ones mature which is not a manifestation of an illness. Thrives in full sun. For richer flowering and growth dead-head where possible. The roots are shall ...entire article
Ivory is a fantastic new variegated cherry laurel. It was found as a naturally occurring mutation of Caucasica hence its similar features. Evergreen leaves are 10-12 cm long, oval, flat and medium glossy. The base colour is very deep green, splashed with irregular blotches of almost snow white, not yellowish-cream. The varigation resembles aucuba japonica Crotonifolia. The interesting fact is that this varigation is conspicuous on young leaves and is reduced as the leaves mature. The end result is that the shrub has almost green bottom leaves which make a perfect backgroun ...entire article
This Japanese maple is an item for collectors. It was first delivered from Japan in 1967 and offer multicoloured leaves. They are deeply lobed, mid green with creamy white, slightly serrated margins that turn pink. It resembles another variety called Butterfly but has larger leaves and smaller growth. Autumn leaves turn burgundy red in the upper part of the shrub, and orange at the bottom. It grows slowly and can be placed in full sun. Japanese maples prefer acidic to neutral soil, moist but well drained, semi-fertile. Mulch it well. Fully hardy to -27°C (USDA zone 5). Last update ...entire article
Sango-kaku is a Japanese maple that has so many colours that we are lost for words. Its main attraction is the colour of bark which is orangey-red in summer and bright coral red in winter. The palmate leaves have 5 lobes and emerge orangey-yellow with salmon pink shades, changing to light green or yellow in summer, turning golden yellow in autumn. It grows slowly into a tall, upright shrub. Thanks to its vibrant colours in both summer and winter we recommend planting in places where it will contrast with other plants of deeper coloured foliage. Sango-kaku dislikes dire ...entire article
Another eye-catching rhododendron variety is Marylou. This one has 5-6 cm wide flowers of many colour shades: beige, yellow, orange and light pink. The depth of colours may change with situation. It grows slowly, in 10 years it will not exceed 60 cm high and about a meter wide. May flowering. Bred by H.Hachmann in 2004. For richer flowering and growth dead-head where possible. The roots are shallow, spreading to sides in search for nutrients. Never plant them too deep. The soil has to be acidic (pH 4.5-5.5), rich in humus, cool and always moist. Ideal soil mixture is pe ...entire article
Have you had a penguin in your garden yet? Well, here’s your chance to get one. This rhododendron is called Pinguin not just because it can take the cold but because of its beautifully contrasting flowers. They are only very light violet with conspicuous deep burgundy red, almost black blotch. They are quite large: 7-9 cm wide and come out from end May until early June. Attractive leaves are deep green and glossy. Bred by H.Hachmann in 2005. For richer flowering and growth dead-head where possible. The roots are shallow, spreading to sides in search for nutrients. ...entire article
Juneberry is a large shrub cultivated mostly for its delicious and healthy fruit. It is a large deciduous shrub or a small tree. Flowers are star-shaped, white and scented and appear in mid spring. Oval leaves are up to 8 cm long, emerge bronze and mature to green colour, turning scarlet red or deep pink in autumn. The fruit are purple-blackish berries, 1 cm in diameter and ripens in early summer. They are sweet and juicy and can be picked up for as long as one month. They look like blueberries. If you want to keep this shrub smaller prune it every year at the end of winter. It ...entire article
You needn’t be a specialist to fall in love with this Japanese white pine at the first sight; this is probably one of the top ones mostly sought after by bonsai-makers, though. Needles of Negishi are 5-6 cm long, dark green with silvery grey film which gives it a unique, almost turquoise appearance. One the new needles have matured, the old ones fall down. It is natural for Japanese white pine to show off its smooth, grey bark this way, it is not an illness. Ultimate height is usually stated as 3-4m but grows very slowly and we could expect this size when the plan ...entire article
Goldtopas is an excellent variety of deciduous azalea with golden yellow flowers. Their colour is like glowing afternoon sun. Flower heads are up to 13 cm large, while individual flowers are 7-9 cm wide. It grows quite compact, forming a shrub 1.1m tall and 1.4m wide when 15 years old. Deciduous leaves are mid green, elongated. Deciduous azaleas are ericaceous plants, loving insulate position with always moist soil. During temporary summer dry spells in certain areas their leaves may suffer and be prone to fungus infections. When spots appear on the leaves or they lose ...entire article
Silky wisteria is one gorgeous flowering plant. What makes it different compared to other wisterias are its silky leaves and stumpy racemes of flowers. Showa Beni ('Aka-kapitan') is a recently introduced variety with pink and white flowers with a conspicuous yellow spot. The individual flowers are about twice the size of other wisterias. They open late – in late spring or early summer and have a lovely scent. They are followed by long bean-like seed pods which are poisonous. Pinnate leaves are fresh to mid green and look rather exotic. They are downy and soft, hen ...entire article
Dropmore Scarlet is one of the most beautiful honeysuckles with unusual flowers. It is a hybrid between l.hirsuta and l.sepmervirens which means that it can hold a certain portion of leaves in mild winters. The flowers are 3-4 cm long and thin trumpets of scarlet red colour on the outside and deep orange inside. They do not open wide as on other honeysuckle varieties but there are many of them giving the perfect, orange feel to your trellis for a long time because it keeps on flowering for as long as 3 months. Rounded leaves are opposite and often coalescent which looks ...entire article
Are you looking for an extraordinary climber with attractive foliage and flowers, too? Climbing hydrangea could be your perfect choice. Its natural habitat is the area east of Asia – from Sakhaline, through Japan, Korea to Taiwan. This deciduous climber offers both. The leaves are to 11 cm long, bright green when they emerge, turning deep green in summer and yellow in autumn. They are ovate to heart-shaped, nearly rounded. The flowers come up from early summer until mid-summer. Only the flowers on the outskirts of the domed corymbs open up and remain open for a long time withou ...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
Calophytum is an exotic type of rhododendron from Tibet which can grow into a size of a small tree. Its main attraction are extra large leaves: 20-30 cm long. They are dark green and matt, and are composed into a regular rosette around the flower head. Dominik is a variety with light pink, bell-shaped flowers with a dark blotch. In cool and moist soil it will do well in full sun which, along with its other features, makes it ideal for summer-styled or tropical looking landscapes. For richer flowering and growth dead-head where possible. The roots are shallow, spr ...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
Carsten’s Wintergold is a selection of very popular Wintergold with stunning winter colour. The needles are deep green from mid spring until early autumn. Then they begin turning yellow and from end autumn until the last cold days of spring they are vivid yellow. This colour is unbeatable so far. Ideal for mixed borders, combined with taller shrubs or perennials. Ideal for rockeries. This slow-growing is mound-forming, making a compact shape, no pruning needed. As every pine, it needs full sun and well-drained, slightly acidic soil. Do not over-water pines but make sure ...entire article
Satisfaction is a European novelty among magnolias from 2002. Its origin is not known, however, so far it has proven to be a real winner. Satisfaction is a small or mid-sized magnolia with mid-sized to large blossoms. The outside colour is deep burgundy red and pure white inside. The cup-shaped flowers resemble magnolia x soulangeana. It blooms later than star-shaped varieties and thus avoids late frosts. The advantage of this variety is profuse and precocious flowering. Magnolias are not supposed to be pruned. You can prune old shrubs if ill, or trim them to shape ...entire article
If you google red-leaved Japanese maples I am sure that, amongst the oldest varieties such as Bloodgood and Atropurpureum, you will find this nice piece: Shaina. Unlike the previously mentioned cultivars Shaina is everyone’s love as it offers advantages that come in handy for gardeners-beginners. Shaina has deeply lobed palmate leaves with 5 elongated, pointed leaflets, their shape resembles marihuana. The colour is reliable burgundy red – light red on new leaves to deep burgundy on mature leaves. Lower leaves and if placed in part shade they will turn deep green. ...entire article
Bonanza is a dwarf variety of peach with excellent fruit. It has profusion of typical peach-like, bright pink flowers that are clustered along short branches in a dense plant. The leaves are mid green, semi-glossy, narrow and elongated, and not much smaller than on a classic peach tree. Extreme density of leaves on a dwarf crown creates an amazing appearance. Fruit is of standard size as on a classic peach tree = medium big, yellow and red with slightly hairy skin. It ripens from mid July, weather conditions pending. Thanks to its limited size it is ideal for small gar ...entire article
Evergreen magnolias are the queens of flowering trees. We choose the most beautiful and at the same time the hardiest varieties available. MarylandMarylandwhich offers something unique – different leaf colour as it is a cross between magnolia grandiflora and magnolia virginiana. Thanks to its first parent the foliage is reliably evergreen, and thanks to the latter the leaves are not rusty brown beneath but light green. Now a little note we cannot give a miss – its more correct name is < ...entire article
Rouge Cardinal is a clematis with the deepest shade of crimson red colour. The flowers are velvety, with a slightly lighter band across the sepals. This variety prefers full sun. It belongs to Group 3 clematis, flowering in mid- and late summer. Flowers appear on new growths. Cut back all the previous year's stems to a pair of strong buds, 15-20 cm above soil level, before growth begins in early spring. Clematis likes deep, fertile, moist but well-drained soil that remains cool. You can grow a plant below clematis that will provide shade for its roots. Add garden com ...entire article
Ville de Lyon is a large-flowered clematis variety with carmine-red flowers. The sepals are deeper nearer their margins, the anthers are yellow. The flowers are compact, almost flat, and very pretty. Bes grown through a shrub as lower foliage becomes scorched by late summer. It belongs to Group 3 clematis, flowering in mid- and late summer. Flowers appear on new growths. Cut back all the previous year's stems to a pair of strong buds, 15-20 cm above soil level, before growth begins in early spring. Clematis likes deep, fertile, moist but well-drained soil that remain ...entire article
Niobe is a large-flowered clematis with 10-15 cm wide flowers of deep magenta-red colour. The flowers are freely borne throughout summer. It belongs to Group 2 clematis. Its flowers appear first in late spring and early summer on last year’s sideshoots, and in mid- and late summer at the tips of the current year's shoots. In early spring remove dead and damaged stems before growth begins, trimming all remaining stems to where strong buds are visible. These buds provide a framework of second-year shoots that flower in late spring and early summer. The flowers may t ...entire article
Multi Blue is a large-flowered variety of clematis with double flowers of clear blue colour with 6-8 broad outer sepals and many short, narrow, cream-edged inner sepals. It belongs to Group 2 clematis. Its flowers appear first in late spring and early summer on last year’s sideshoots, and in mid- and late summer at the tips of the current year's shoots. In early spring remove dead and damaged stems before growth begins, trimming all remaining stems to where strong buds are visible. These buds provide a framework of second-year shoots that flower in late spring and ...entire article
Limelight® is a panicle type hydrangea, not a mop-head one with big leaves and large flowers heads. Well, how to explain then that this new variety has even bigger flowers? Never mind, let’s just call them XXL size. The panicles are upto 30 cm long, fat blossoms of greenish-white colour when they come out in early August, changing to almost white after about 2-3 weeks and turning clear pink in September. The shade of pink is not a fading one, but fresh pink as if it was meant to be pink from the very beginning. Ovate, pointed leaves are dark green. The most b ...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
Aphrodite is for those who love size in hibiscus flower size – these flowers are large, pure pink with a small burgundy red eye. The buds are big, too. It has very decorative leaves that are unique. They are narrowly palmate, 3-lobed, mid to dark green and coarsely toothed. If they turn yellow in summer the plant manifests too much water at the roots. They are either over-watered or planted in too heavy, water-logged soil that might cause serious problems. Hibiscus is a typical example of a plant where the borderline between favourably moist soil (which they need) and we ...entire article
Yellow wood is a rare, though fully hardy tree that deserves more attention. Its origin is not clear and definite. Usually this small tree or large shrub is connected with Kentucky, USA, but many plants grow freely on limestone cliffs on China and Japan. It used to be a jewel of royal gardens and arboretums, whereas today you can sparsely find a few specimens of various age mainly in botanical gardens. It reaches its full beauty when mature enough to bloom, and that can take some years. Looking at the leaves and flowers one can easily mistake it for a special variety of locust. In fa ...entire article
Fastigiatum is a columnar variety of yellow poplar tree / tulip tree which has two advantages as opposed to the species. First - it is narrower and will fit into a mid-sized garden. And secondly, and for most of us perhaps more importantly, it flowers from very young age. As opposed to encyclopedias that give a guaranteed age for blooming as 10-15 years, we saw plants making its first flower when only 4 years old. Plants older than 7 years flower reliably. It exotic looking leaves are quite unique – they are saddle-shaped, mid green, deciduous. They turn buttery-y ...entire article
This elm is a slender shrub - a cross between ulmus minor and ulmus glabra from Germany, yet from 1875. It has been a popular small tree or rather a shrub ever since. Its size is suitable for gardens with restricted space as it seldom grows more than 1,5m wide and can be 3-5m tall. The leaves are vivid yellow when fully insolated. Bottom leaves or near the trunk remain green. We suggest trimming last year’s branches early in the spring to achieve a denser habit with multiple number or branches with golden-yellow leaves. It grows in almost any well-drained soil. Young and fre ...entire article
Periwinkle is a European native plant growing wildly in the woods of Central Europe to Caucasus. It is a prostrate, evergreen groundcover offering a long flowering period. Pinwheel-shaped flowers of Bowles' Variety variety (La Grave) are 3cm wide, have 5 divided petals of blue-violet colour with prevailing blue shade. It flowers from mid spring continuously until midsummer while May and June flowering is supposedly most abundant. Evergreen leaves are ovate, deep green, and glossy. It makes long shoots which are best trimmed to achieve a dense and compact mat with pl ...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
Apollo is a modern variety of Oregon grape offering leathery, deep green, glossy, pinnate leaves composed of holly-like leaflets with serrated or thorny leaf margins, and mainly beautiful flowers that come out in profusion every year in April. They are deep sulphur yellow and have a strong but fresh fragrance. They are followed by elliptic, pale blue, fruit in autumn. Berries are not poisonous but may cause danger for pregnant women. This variety makes low growing shrubs. Oregon grape loves a semi-shaded spot or fu ...entire article
This fern brings softness to your shady garden. The fronds are very decorative, composed of many, tiny leaflets forming a lacy-like, glossy leaves of bright green colour. They are evergreen. Though they are very hardy and can withstand heavy frosts evergreen we suggest cutting off all leaves in spring to encourage new growths. It needs light shade or shade, acid, moist but well-drained soil. ...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
Japanese Rosy Buckler fern is especially pretty for its bronze-pink new leaves. The fronds are of a classic fern appearance, about 40 cm tall and new growths are always erect. It forms a dense clump. It is evergreen and looks beautiful without any sign of damage down to about -10°C, whereas it is hardy to -30°C. Cut off all leaves in spring to encourage new growths. It needs light shade or shade, preferably acid, moist but well-drained soil. Last update: 25-02-2013 ...entire article
Luizet apricot is one f the most suitable ones from our climate because it blooms late which helps it avoid late spring frost. On the other hand it is an early variety with fruit maturing in mid-summer. Fruit is rounded to oval, deep orange with irregular red flushes, very aromatic. Taste is sweet. It has 9% sugar content and 13.5% acid content. The tree has strong vigour. It is frost and drought resistant. It needs a sunny and warm place sheltered from strong winds, and good, humus-rich soil. Hardy to about -25°C. Last update 02-03-2008 ...entire article
Hachmann´s Charmant is a charming one with vivid pinky-purple, frilled margins of large flowers. The centres are almost white, the flare is deep red. For richer flowering and growth dead-head where possible. The roots are shallow, spreading to sides in search for nutrients. Never plant them too deep. The soil has to be acidic, rich in humus, cool and always moist. Ideal soil mixture is peat with lime-free, light garden soil topped with leave-mould. Use selective fertilizers for rhododendrons only. Fully hardy to about -24°C (USDA zone 6). Last update 23-02-2009. ...entire article
Goldprinz is considered the best yellow-flowering rhody so far. The flowers are banana or gold-yellow with conspicuous burgundy red dots. It is a yakushimanum sport, growing slowly and very compact, flowering reliably and abundantly every year. It likes full sun and needs a sheltered location. For richer flowering and growth dead-head where possible. Rhododendrons are low-maintenance shrubs that will perform superbly provided you plant them well. They mostly prefer bright to dappled shade or partial shade (partial sun). Morning sunlight is their killer, same as deep shade. The roots ...entire article
Brasilia is another sensational variety which has the long-desired orange shade in the flower colour. The flowers are a combination of salmon pink and light orange, with slightly frilled margins. The overall colour appearance is a nice and warm shade of orangey-pink. This plant was grafted onto INKARHO® rootstock which is a new, patented system from Germany that allows growing rhododendrons in almost any soil type including limy, chalky, loamy and heavy (provided they are well-drained). This plant will always b ...entire article
Balalaika is a one of the few sensational varieties which have orange shades in the flower colour. The flower margins are salmon pink, grading through rich orange to deep yellow in the throat. The blooming shrub looks exquisitely but naturally at the same time. For richer flowering and growth dead-head where possible. Rhododendrons are low-maintenance shrubs that will perform superbly provided you plant them well. They mostly prefer bright to dappled shade or partial shade (partial sun). Morning sunlight is their killer, same as deep shade. The roots are shallow, spreading to sides i ...entire article
From Caucasus and Northern Iran comes one of my absolutely top favourites – wing nut. Its large leaves, fruit and monumental statue predetermine this tree to become the most significant feature of any large garden or a park. Leaves are pinnate, glossy, upto 40 cm long, compound of 15-25 elongated individual leaflets. Their colour is grass green when they emerge and turn rich to deep green as they mature in summer. Winged fruit appear in summer. They are produced in upto 50 cm long, pendent spikes of bright lime green colour. Wing nut is a vigorous plant which needs a lot ...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 t ...entire article
Milky Way is an old time favourite. It has snow white to creamy white flowers. Technically, they are not flowers but 4 flower bracts composed around small flower heads. They are 6-10 cm wide and conspicuous as they come out in June when the shrub is in leaf, and the foliage makes a dense, green background. Flowers are followed by edible, bright pink fruit that looks like litchi. This variety flowers and fruits abundantly and reliably every year. Pointed leaves are deciduous, ovate, dark green and slightly drooping. The best show begins in early autumn when they turn to orangey ...entire article
Alexandrina is a very popular variety of saucer magnolia. Thanks to the rich colour of outer petals it is rated commercially best-selling saucer magnolia. The flowers are upto 10 cm across, white inside, flushed deep pink and purple outside, with a lovely fragrance. Deciduous leaves are rather obovate with a notable tip, medium sized, mid to dark green. It grows moderately, 5-6m tall and 3-4m wide. This variety has a more upright habit than the species which makes it ideal for standard tree forms. Magnolias are not supposed to be pruned. You can prune old shrubs if ...entire article
Men usually get mad when women describe colours with expressions like salmon pink, peachy red etc. Well, men, get ready for another hit below the belt: we have a tree whose leaves are SHRIMP pink. Not familiar with that colour? Go to the nearest restaurant and have a prawn-cocktail to see what the fuss is all about … The name itself evokes an unusual, highly valued plant which this small tree definitely is. It grows about 3m tall with a 4m wide crown. Its leaves are soft shrimp pink, changing to golden-yellow and maturing green in summer. They are mostly moderately lobed. Yellow-green ...entire article
Kermesina Rose is a must have for everyone who likes varigated or multi-cloloured flowers. These are pink with a clear white margin. It is a slow grower forming an irregular, mounding, compact shrub. It may happen to this variety that a certain amount of flowers comes out without white margins and it cannot be predicted or influenced. Leaves are mid to dark green, ovate, only about 2-3 cm long. In semi-shade and shade they remain on the shrub throughout winter, if placed in full sun it might lose a great portion of them. New leaves will then emerge after flowering. Japanes ...entire article
Heckenfee® is a new variety of blue holly from Germany, bred by Hans Hachmann and patented only in 2000. It is a female variety of its male form Heckenstar. This means that this cross produces berries. Outside Europe it is distributed under trade name Castle Spire™. Heckenfee® is a strictly upright growing, very hardy, evergreen shrub. The leaves are glossy, medium sized (4x2cm) and finely serrated – not prickly. Their colour is deep green, almost blue-green. Branches are violet. It needs a male pollinator to produce berries, such as ...entire article
Boulevard is a lovely false cypress popular for group plantings. Its needles are soft, awl-shaped, curving, silvery-blue colour. Fully mature it can grow about 3m but usually keeps smaller – 1.5m high and 1m wide. Natural habit is broadly pyramidal. Growth rate is slow to moderate. No pruning required. Shelter from strong winds. It prefers moist, slightly acidic soil but is adaptable to almost all types of soil. Fully hardy to -34°C (USDA zone 4). Last update 10-01-2008 ...entire article
Weeping forms of nootka cypress are darlings among conifers. Their unique structure makes the tree look like a conifer with veils. Pendula is a variety where the main branches are horizontal and deflected, lateral branches are 100% drooping. New growths are thread-like, covered with medium green, scale-like needles with blue-green hues. We know that the species comes from North America (Alaska, British Columbia) but we found the botanists puzzled when they are to name it correctly. It appears that the plant hybridi ...entire article
“Yellow Bird” magnolia is a cross between magnolia acuminata and magnolia brooklynensis “Evamaria” from 1967. Yet that year it was suggested the best yellow cultivar so far. Well, a lot of time has passed and these days there are a few more girls to ask that honour that we could maybe organize a wrestling match among the current best yellows. It has deep yellow flowers with green tinges on the exterior. Closed they look like tulips. This variety belongs to the latest ones, blooming after the danger of late frosts is gone. It starts flowering as ...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
Bloodtwig dogwood is a low-maintenance shrub that is popular especially in parks and gardens with reduced time for regular care. Its main attraction are beautifully coloured leafless branches in winter. This variety shows glowing orange at the base to vivid red and purple towards the top of new, semi-glossy branches. To make sure the colour display will be stunning every year it is recommended to cut it back every couple of years to about 15 cm to encourage new growth with best colouring in winter. Deciduous leaves are elliptical to ovate, dark green. Flowers are composed in nume ...entire article
“Satomi” is the most sought after variety among the Japanese ones. Its flowers are of light to deep pink colour that is unevenly spread throughout the flowers. Technically, they are not flowers but 4 flower bracts composed around small flower heads. They are up to 10 cm wide and conspicuous as they come out in June when the shrub is fully leafed, making them a dense, green background. Freshly transplanted plants may temporarily change its flower colour to white with pink spots for a year or two before they fully establish. Pointed leaves are deciduous, ovate, dark green a ...entire article
We always love presenting unusual and rare plants. Among those we only select the ones that are not just rare but also beautiful and can enrich your garden with a new feature. This time we have a real jewel for conifer lovers. It is a dwarf Korean fir named “Brillant”. It is a compact and almost ground-covering evergreen shrub, growing not more than 4 cm a year. With its slow growth it appears rather motion-less. But it looks just gorgeous. The needles are short and densely cover the plant. They are bright green when young, turning light green during summer with silvery grey und ...entire article
The name of this magnolia hybrid has nothing to do with the British queen. Obviously, it does not come from the UK but the USA. And story tells the following. Quite a few decades ago – in 1957 – Evamaria Sperber planted a newly hybridized seed in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden . As it was seed-grown she waited long years for the first flowers which came only in 1972. But they were truly a success. So she observed the plant’s performance and 5 years later she had it patented (US PP4145), naming it in honour of the director and benefactor of ...entire article
Jelena is my top favourite witch hazel, and historically the very first orange flowering variety in the world. It produces masses of fiery orange, fringe-like, beautifully scented flowers early in the season. If the weather is sunny and warm it may produce its first flowers from January and continue flowering for as long as 8 weeks unless spoiled by sudden spring heat. Leaves are similar to hazel, but larger and turn bright coral red with a yellow margin in autumn. This variety was bred by one of the witch hazel p ...entire article
Novita is a new sensation among cherry laurels. Eventually there is a hardy variety which has benefits of the formerly more tender ones: it grows fast and big, has large leaves of a nice colour, and is surprisingly hardy for a large-leaved cherry laurel. It is a selection of Rotundifolia variety hence the resemblance. The leaves are 10-15 cm long, obovate, very glossy, soft green when young turning to deep green. It is a perfect specimen or a superb hedging pl ...entire article
i>Umbraculifera is a popular variety of locust with 25-30 cm long pinnate, deciduous leaves that are made of up to 23 elliptic to ovate individual dark green leaflets. New leaves appear all season long so there are always some new at the tip of the branches, looking really fresh. An exceptional advantage is the fact that the leaves, especially in towns and cities, remain on the tree until very late – often until December when the first serious frosts come. It does not flower and therefore makes no mess from fallen flowers. It is called mop-head acacia because ...entire article
Have you ever seen a pine that would be more decked out than this Dragon Eye Japanese red pine? Its Japanese name is “Ja-nome” and it attracts your attention thanks to its wide creamy yellow bands on long needles. It has quite irregular growth, it mostly spreads to sides so if you want a neat tree you have to stake the main stem and model the branches a little when young. Female cones are blue-green and plentiful. It needs a slightly moist site with a bit of peat and a sunny location. Fully hardy. ...entire article
If you are looking for a variety of dwarf mountain pine that grows wide but remains compact and not very tall go for this subspecies called pumilio. It is a beautiful mound-forming shrub with short, deep green needles with a touch of grass green shade. It makes uneven lengths of new growth which makes additional 3D effect. However, if you wish to have it smooth and cushion-like trim new growths in the spring to one size. It looks fantastic as a specimen in small gardens or in combination with other evergreen trees ...entire article
One of the hardiest figs for our climate (zone 6) is named Brown Turkey. As the name suggests the fruit is brownish-red or blackish-purple, relatively large and sweet. They do not require pollination. Immature fruit and branches contain sap which can be an eye and lip-irritant. Palmate leaves are very ornamental – mid green and large, with deep, rounded lobes. Pruning is possible in spring, for stronger fruiting you can cut new branches after 3rd leaf in summer. It needs a sunny spot preferably at a south-facing wall where it can accumulate a lot of warmth and is ...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
Japanese tassel fern belongs to the evergreen group. Its leaves are hardy to about -20°C if sheltered from sun and wind. In any case the plant is fully hardy to about -30°C. Upright growing leaves are long fronds made of dark green, glossy, leathery leaflets, often with hairy indumentum on the reverse. It does not require that much moist soil, it will even do well in a partially shaded rockery. Dislikes being overwet in winter. Cut off all last-year’s leaves in the spring to encourage new growths. ...entire article
Canadale Gold is a sensational, fully hardy variety with large, gently serrated, ovate to rounded leaves of mid green colour with bright yellow margins that turn pink in winter. It grows vigorously and bushy in sun or not too deep shade. Wintercreepers are excellent, low shrubs that not only withstand low temperatures to some -30°C but retain the foliage without any damage. Canadale Gold is the answer to tender Japanese large-leaved varieties which are not hardy enough to keep all its leaves throughout winter and often the twigs, too, can be damaged by harsh frost. It can ...entire article
Emerald Gaiety is a variety with small, evergreen leaves that are mid green with rich creamy white margins that look slightly yellow as new leaves emerge in the spring. Variegation tends to reach into the centre of the leaf. In autumn and winter majority of leaves turn pink or purple red and if some of them fall down in spring the plant quickly replaces them. Wintercreepers are excellent, low shrubs that not only withstand low temperatures to some -30°C but retain the foliage without any damage. They can be used as a nice groundcover or a climber if given a support. Just think ...entire article
The most popular form of flowers are racemes. Golden rain is a perfect example with its long racemes of deep yellow pea-like flowers. This species makes very dense, 10-30 cm long racemes of yellow flowers. Clover-like leaves are bright to mid green, 3-palmate. This medimum sized shrub slowly grows about 3-5m high and little less wide, solitary specimens in parks can reach max. 8m. Pruning not needed but if you wish to maintain a size or shape you can cut off unwanted branches and twigs in the middle of winter or early in the spring. It prefers less fertile soil, it tolerates drought and will n ...entire article
One of the most magnificent trees of our climate comes from East Asia and is called the Princess Tree or Empress Tree or even Foxglove Tree. Its main feature is giant leaves which can be as much as 30 cm long and wide, very hairy, pale to deep green. Thanks to them empress trees are often mistaken for catalpas. Empress tree flowers when some 6-8 years old. The flower buds appear from end summer and take quite some to ripen – until early winter. They open in late spring into upright panicles of beautiful, fragrant, funnel-shaped flowers that are pinkish lilac on the outside and ...entire article
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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
Madame Briot is a respectable lady in the world of hollies when it comes to age. It was introduced by Pierre-Louis Briot around 1850’s but unfortunately we could not trace back any notes regarding its origin – whether it was a sport of another holly or a result of a controlled breeding programme. It boasts highly attractive variegated foliage whose colour gets deeper in autumn and winter. Leaves of Madame Briot holly are 4-6 cm long, spiny, evergreen, leathery, glossy, dark green in the centre, and pal ...entire article
This deciduous shrub is a compact form of winged euonymus. Same as the species it is undoubtedly an eye-catcher in every garden. The branches do not have that distinct corky wings but are much denser creating a very bushy, attractive habit. Its leaves are compound like on ash. Young leaves are bright, grass green, and as the first colder days of autumn come (some years already at the end of August), they change the colour to striking scarlet red. The fruits are small capsules which turn orange-red just as the leaves change their colour in the autumn. This euonymus is popular with bonsai grower ...entire article
This bamboo is an attractive dwarf type that is commonly used as ground cover. Its mid-sized leaves are 5-7 cm long and 1-1.5 cm wide, fresh green and regularly arranged on the stems making a dense, luxurious mound. It comes from Japan. It is a vigorous grower that has wild root system. If you want to keep it in a certain area of your garden we recommend using root barriers. Leaves are quite hardy but the plant will definitely look best if sheared down to the ground every spring to encourage new and healthy growth. Bamboo likes fertile, moist but well-drained soil and for best va ...entire article
Blue Atlas cedar has distinct silvery-blue persistent larch-like needles born in whorls of 30-45. This gives a much dense appearance compared with other green cedars. Healthy young tree is well branched from the ground and retains its bottom branches. Young plants have conical habit which with age changes to widely conical with drooping new twigs on ends of old branches. It grows reliably in any soil type, even chalky, and needs a sunny location with plenty of space. In his home – Atlas Mountains – it grows up to 30m, in our continental climate (zone 6) seldom reaches mo ...entire article
Himalayan pine is a tree that many pine growers would love to have in their garden, however, its mature size will not allow growing it in small gardens. That was probably the reason why in 1983 a new selection called Densa (or Densa Hill recently) was introduced and immediately gained much attention and popularity. Densa Hill is a dwarf variety of Himalayan pine with incredibly long silvery-blue needles. They are borne in bundles of 5 and just a little shorter than on the species, ...entire article
Swiss stone pine is a beautiful one with dark green needles with a silvery stripe. So its overall appearance may seem a little turquoise. It grows slowly, forming a dense conifer with rather irregular growth when young and more or less pyramidal with age. Owing to its slow growth rate, similar to pinus leucodermis, it is ideal for mid-sized or even small gardens. Grow it in full sun, in poor to semi-fertile, well-drained soil. It hates waterlogging and fertilizing. Fully hardy to -34°C (USDA zone 4). Last update 04-12-2008. ...entire article
Blue Maid® is a female variety of blue holly. It produces abundance of tiny, white flowers in spring that are followed by attractive berries in autumn. They are bright red and glossy, and remain on the plant until the birds find them in winter. Once they do they will eat them all. In order to produce fruit Blue Maid® needs a male pollinator, preferably from blue holly range such as Blue Prince®, ...entire article
We like offering less usual plants which are beautiful and fully hardy at the same time (we are in zone 6). This Japanese snowbell is one of them. It is a graceful, spreading, deciduous tree with almost horizontal branches that form nearly a flat canopy when mature. Its main attraction are undoubtedly the numerous flowers that are borne along the undersides of the branches in June. They are snow white, bell-shaped, and hang on short stalks underneath the leaved branches. Leaves are glossy, ovate to elliptic, mid to dark green, turning yellow or red in autumn. Grow it as a specim ...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
Another selection of grape holly comes from Irish nursery Slieve Donard. Its name “Winter Sun” is perfect as it really starts flowering well before Christmas if the beginning of winter is mild without substantial frosts. If the frosts come early the buds (unless damaged by extremely harsh weather) wait to flower until the end of winter. Small and very fragrant, deep lemon yellow flowers are bornE on long, upright racemes. Its dramatic foliage makes it as successful in continental climates as palm trees in the coastal areas. The leaves are holly-like but gigantic, arranged in sp ...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
“Mano” has medium to dark green, highly glossy leaves with very light underneath. They grow upright and dense along the branches. Their size is about 6x3 cm, obovate shape which makes it look different from most of cherry laurels. The shrub grows bushy from the ground, and is densely branched without pruning. Though you can trim or clip it to keep a certain shape. It is quite hardy but dislikes winter sun that might cause damage during heavy frost spells. Flowers are white and small, clustered in upright, fragrant racemes. Fruits are black berries, poisonous. It prefers a semi-shad ...entire article
Little Gem is an evergreen magnolia which is smaller in every aspect but offers more of everything. The glossy, leathery leaves are numerous, making the plant very dense. They are deep green with distinct rusty underneath. When crushed they release a fine resin perfume. The amount of creamy white, fragrant flowers is unique and can be compared perhaps only with a few varieties that also bloom all summer long as they keep popping up until the last warm and sunny days of autumn. They are 20-24 cm across, creamy whit ...entire article
Goliath is bushier than the species. As you can tell by its name, something is going to be extraordinary here. True: the flowers are extremely large, often up to 30 cm wide, strongly fragrant and appear on the plant usually from June, often from late May if the end of spring is hot, and continue blooming throughout the summer until the last warm and sunny days of autumn. It starts flowering when only 3 years old. The leaves are brighter green than other bull bay magnolias with a warmer shade of green. Their rusty pubescence on the undersides is not ...entire article
Glowing Embers is my top favourite. It is true to its name: as if you were watching the very centre of fire, the petals are vivid orange with golden flashes. Very fragrant. Mid green leaves have bronze highlight from spring already. Deciduous azaleas are ericaceous plants, loving insulate position with constantly moist soil. During temporary summer dry spells in certain areas their leaves may suffer and be prone to fungus infections. When spots appear on the leaves or they lose colour and start to curl use a suitable fungicide immediately. 1-2 sprays should help the plant rema ...entire article
This is original, non-hybridized species of Turkey origin. Its heavily scented flowers are lemon to bright yellow with narrower tepals. They open fully into a shape of a star. Grows medium fast to 3m tall and wide. Deciduous azaleas are ericaceous plants, loving insulate position with constantly moist soil. During temporary summer dry spells in certain areas their leaves may suffer and be prone to fungus infections. When spots appear on the leaves or they lose colour and start to curl use a suitable fungicide immediately. 1-2 sprays should help the plant remain beautiful and healthy. Th ...entire article
Satan azalea says it all in its name. Fiery orange red flowers are large and sweetly scented, and open early in the azalea season – in the first half of May. Deciduous leaves are mid green, oval to elliptic, fresh green in summer and dark red in autumn. It grows moderately into an upright shrub almost 2m tall and wide in maturity. Deciduous azaleas are ericaceous plants, loving insulate position with always moist soil. During temporary summer dry spells in certain areas their leaves may suffer and be prone to ...entire article
Golden Eagle blooms from mid May till early June with vivid, deep orange flowers with a golden throat. Very striking. It has dense foliage turning bronzy red in autumn. Deciduous azaleas are ericaceous plants, loving insulate position with constantly moist soil. During temporary summer dry spells in certain areas their leaves may suffer and be prone to fungus infections. When spots appear on the leaves or they lose colour and start to curl use a suitable fungicide immediately. 1-2 sprays should help the plant remain beautiful and healthy. They require no pruning. Should yo ...entire article
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
Recently, less known fruit trees and shrubs are becoming more and more popular mainly thanks to their original taste as well as positive impact on our health. Chokeberry is one of them. It is in the same rosaceae family as the service tree and its fruit is similar, too. The lustrous fruits are black, slightly larger than black currant, contain vitamin C and other important microelements such as ferrum and iodine. They can be eaten fresh, in fruit salads or sundaes, or processed as stewed fruit, preserves, juices, wines, they are excellent dried. Fruits can be harvested gradually from Se ...entire article
Glossy abelia is a garden hybrid between abelia chinensis and abelia uniflora, and is sometimes also called abelia rupestris. Its dominant feature is profuse flowering from late June until late autumn. Flowers are small, funnel-shaped, pure white, and decorated by pale red calyxes thanks to which the flower look pale pink from a distance. Very elegant leaves are semi-deciduous, highly glossy, 2-3 cm long, pointed, dark green in summer and pale red to soft burgundy red in autumn and winter. In warmer climates this shrub is very vigorou ...entire article
Honey locust is known as a beautiful and elegant tree. Having said that, what is it that made the cultivators use the name ´Elegantissima´ for this variety? From Roman languages we know that everything with suffix –issima is used for everything a grade higher. And looking at this honey locust we can see that they were right – extremely elegant, densely leaved shrub. The leaves are the same as on the species, just a bit shorter but there is at least three times as much. They are compound, fern-like, and bright green turning yellow in the autumn. This variety is thornless. Usual heig ...entire article
Scarlet firethorn Soleil d´Or has profusion of vivid yellow fruits which beautifully contrast with deep green foliage. To maintain a compact shape we recommend to trim it a few times a year, but only after flowering. It likes clay, alkaline soil, and is drought tolerant. ...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
Some trees have identity crisis and scientists are trying to trace up their true origin. As these efforts often end up in argumentative sessions we tend to choose the easiest possible explanation. In the case of this London plane tree we rather believe it comes from Cenozoic platanus aceroides and was hybridized (platanus occidentalis x platanus orientalis) to this current version with large maple-like leaves. is an impressive, majestic looking tree when you see a specimen in a park, however, we do recommend it even for middle-sized gardens if you have ...entire article
If you went looking for a tree typical for every city you would find jacarandas in Buenos Aires, London planes in London, and in Prague you would be struck by the beauty of Japanese pagoda trees. Numerous specimens were planted there many years ago. Now they have skyscraping trunks and huge crowns, blooming tremendously from July till August. This big tree is a parent for an excellent grafting with a pendulum crown. Due to its size which seldom exceeds 3m it is suitable for every garden. It has long, pinnate leaves which are bright green when young, turning to deep green when mature ...entire article
Cypress family belongs to old time favourites in Central Europe. This golden thread-leaf sawara cypress proves the fact. It has string-like branches that elegantly droop to the ground. It is low growing, making a compact and dense, dwarf shrub with lime green needles and golden new growths. For best colour place the plant in a sunny position. It grows moderately or slowly. It is extremely hardy and adapts well to all soil types except for water-logged, however, for best results grow it in well-drained but evenly moist, semi-fertile soil. It can be grown in outdoor pots. Hardy to abou ...entire article
Gold Rider is still quite new in the Leyland cypress family. It produces flattened sprays of bright yellow-green, scale-like leaves. The branches are not pendent, not erect. Something in between and that makes it stand apart from chamaecyparis. The big advantage of Leyland cypress is the fact that its colour does not fade or change to brown in cold winter months but remains bright and attractive all year round. It grows moderately into a broadly columnar tree with dense branching from the ground. Gold Rider will look ...entire article
True pink is the colour of this beautiful Cheal´s Weeping Cherry. Either a standard or a half standard tree, this flowering cherry always has rather pendulous branches forming a wide crown. Double flowers appear on bare branches at the end of April and continue throughout May already with new leaves which are bronze red first, turning to bright green later. As a medium-sized tree it usually grows about 3m high and 3m wide so it can easily fit within a small garden, too. When planting it, make sure the root-ball is well soaked with water. Use humus enriched soil which will remain ...entire article
European white birch is an attractive tree which, however, in its basic form is not suitable for small-sized gardens. However, this selection is excellent for every garden or even a tiny spot at your doorway. It is a weeping white birch, called Youngii. It is commonly 2-3m tall, and in our climate grows up to some 5m when fully mature. It benefits from pruning at young age – when the upper twigs are cut back to say quarter its size in the spring, the twigs will gain extra strength and will sooner grow upwards rather than producing all new twigs hanging downwards ...entire article
If you like cherry laurels, all of them will look boring next to this specialty. Marbled White is an extraordinary variety with creamy white marbled leaves. They are quite large and for the best contrast it should be placed in semi-shade or shade. This shrub has upright, pyramidal growth. Non flowering. It can be pruned in the spring. Laurels need slightly deep and fertile, acidic, moist soil, and extra watering in frost-free periods in winter to prevent from drying out before the ground gets frozen. It will thrive in full sun or part shade, and will also tolerate bein ...entire article
If you like the features of hollies such as toothed leaves, dense habit, and the fact that they are in leaf all year, you will love this plant: sometimes called false holly, osmanthus has rather dentate leaves than spiny, although touching it is not the best plan for Sunday afternoon. Goshiki® is a gorgeous little shrub with coloured leaves. They are pinky-bronze when they emerge, quickly turning to bright vanilla yellow with light green marks of future marbling; turning deep green in summer with creamy-beige spots and veins. The more sun it gets, the brighter the ...entire article
This is one of the latest varieties of spring magnolias opening its flowers in May, thus avoiding late frosts that may damage flower petals or entire buds. Nigra’s petals are dark burgundy-purple on the outside and very light purple or nearly white on the inside. The goblet-shaped flowers are borne erect on the stems and appear late in May, and continue blooming for as long as 4 weeks even when the shrub is in leaf. This magnolia usually grows about 2-3m high and 2m wide. Deciduous leaves are obovate, mid to deep green, bronze when young. It grows slowly forming ...entire article
This magnolia variety has only recently been imported from China, under the name Fei Huang. It is a sensational plant with large yellow flowers. It belongs to magnolia denudata (Yulan magnolia) group, however, we have not been able to search for the exact breeding details. The Chinese probably keep it top confidential against the spies from the West… It is a true sensation as it bears large flowers that are 15 cm wide and vanilla yellow when fully opened. Freshly opened buds are deep yellow same as the stamens in the centre of the flower. Petals are rather obovate with rou ...entire article
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
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
Nana variety is a lot different to the species. It can be found under its second Latin name catalpa bungei. It is a small tree that can be considered dwarf as opposed to its parent. It was bred to achieve an attractive tree with exceptional foliage but of reduced size to fit even a small garden or a front yard. The heart-shaped leaves are light to mid-green and soft. The tree keeps it compact, rounded crown without pruning. It grows medium fast and very dense. This variety does not produce flowers. Just one thing has to be observed: summer mildew. When the weather is warm and ...entire article
Scarlet firethorn Orange Glow has profusion of bright red fruits on the background of small, bright to dark green, glossy, evergreen leaves. It likes clay, alkaline soil, and is drought tolerant. ...entire article
Argentea Marginata is an attractive varigated holly which looks great in every garden. It enhances every evergreen composition, and lightens up shady corners. The shape and size of the leaves are the same as on the common holly, and they have creamy margins along the sharp, toothed edges. This highly decorative plant is very popular as a half-standard or a shaped shrub. It can easily be pruned to keep it compact. Yearly growths are quite vigorous so you can soon model a desired shape. Pruning in April will encourage new growths, trimming by end July is ideal for shapin ...entire article
This ornamental cherry plum is popular in demand for its deep burgundy leaves, almost no maintenance at all and no special soil requirements. Deciduous leaves are ovate to elliptic, of deep burgundy red colour. Such shade is perfect to break an overall green landscape with or to be used in front of a house with façade of pale colour shades (cream, gray etc.). Nigra (=Pissardii Nigra) variety was selected for its abundant flowering. Its pure pink flowers have deep red calyxes which makes a lovely contrast. They are not as big as flowers on Japanese cherries but the branches are c ...entire article
The Hinoki cypress is both a must-see and a must-have thereafter. Its dark green foliage is tightly congested, forming a tiny mound. It forms twisting fan-shaped branchlets in dense tiered layers. Want to ask how fast it grows? Well it takes the same time as your partner does getting prepared for a formal evening. You just can’t wait. For this reason we mostly offer older plants where time has done its job, helping this extraordinary dwarf conifer grow to an exquisite specimen. It needs moist but well-drained soil, no other requirements. No pruning whatsoever. Hardy to min ...entire article
Shapes and colours are usually the key features of Japanese maples. But there are other maples, too, that can offer other than green colour plus various leaf shapes. And on top of that they grow much faster. This is ash-leaved maple, also called box elder. Flamingo is so far the best-selling variety with deciduous, pinnate leaves, composed of 3-7 individual leaflets that are deep green in the centres, variegated white along the margins and with bright pink flush on new foliage. This third colour appears also later in summer when new leaves are produced. In the nursery ...entire article
Belonging to the same family as magnolia, common name tulip tree may be misleading since this name is often used for magnolias with saucer-shaped flowers. Hence gardeners rather use its other name yellow poplar. This is the tree with huge lyra-like, saddle-shaped leaves which do appear to miss a lobe. They are rich green in summer and change to golden yellow in autumn. Even nicer are definitely the flowers. They look like small tulips of creamy yellow and light green colour. At the bottom, each petal has an orange mark w ...entire article
This is the species of north-american trumpet creeper trained into a tree with a real stem. It bears terminal cymes of rich red, trumpet-shaped flowers from early summer until the first frosts. Pinnate leaves are deep green and enhance its tropical appearance. Being originally a climbing plant it needs strong support all life long. So stake it well so that it does not break in strong wind. For profusion of flowers it needs to be pruned every spring after the worst frosts (end March). Cut all last year’s branches to 2-3 pairs of live buds. Trumpet creeper flowers on new shoots ...entire article
This maple Shishigashira received a name Lion’s Head. Its leaves are small, deeply cut and curled, forming dense tufts along twisted branches. The foliage is bright green or yellow-green in spring and summer, turning orange and rust-red very late in autumn or early winter. In a good year when the weather hits it the right way, the autumn golds and reds of the leaves are extremely vibrant and it becomes obvious why it was given the name "Lion's Head" seeming to have a fierce lion's fiery mane. Very impressive are its thick trunks that are green an ...entire article
Aconitifolium is a Japanese maple with large leaves. They are very attractive, deeply lobed but look entire. The colour is light to mid green, turning bright shades of orange and fiery red in autumn. In spring it bears profusion of small flowers. The shrub is spreading and even though in Japan you can find specimens 5m tall, in our climate they are commonly about 2-3m tall and wide. The canopy is airy and branching is not dense. Japanese maples prefer acidic to neutral soil, moist but well drained, semi-fertile ...entire article
Silky wisteria is one gorgeous flowering plant. What makes it different compared to other wisterias are its silky leaves and fat racemes of flowers, that are creamy white with a yellowish spot in the centre. The individual flowers are about twice the size of other wisterias. They open late – in late spring or early summer and have a lovely scent. They are followed by long bean-like seed pods which are poisonous. Pinnate leaves are fresh to mid green and look rather exotic. They are downy and soft, hence name silky wisteria. The foliage densely covers the plant and its support, ...entire article
God bless all botanists who restlessly create new and yet more beautiful crosses and hybrids of plants, so we can enjoy splashes of colours and abundant flowering in our gardens. Many of us thought Kanzan to be the best flowering and the most beautiful cherry. Well, get ready for another selection based on Kanzan - Royal Burgundy (hear the majestic name!). It is enhanced by deep burgundy foliage all season long, and double flowers of a stronger shade of pink. It is quite hardy and somewhat slow growing, so being a mid-sized tree, don't be afraid to find it a ...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
Mughus is a subspecies of dwarf mountain pine with even more compact and slower growth. It has very dense habit and dark green, short needles. It looks great in a large rockery as well as in a Japanese-style garden where it creates a perfect cushion image. Pines need slightly moist soil when getting established but will live in almost any well-drained soil. They do prefer a lot of sunshine to be compact and dense so try to avoid shaded placed when finding it a spot in a garden. Fully hardy to min. -45°C (USDA zone 2). Last update: 29-09-2009 ...entire article
Lily-of-the-valley shrubs are very popular ericaceous plants with attractive foliage and abundant flowering. Purity is another dwarf variety. It is similar to Prelude but more rounded and regular in habit. The flower buds are green and open into pure white, lily-of-the-valley-like white flowers in early spring. Leaves are elongated, narrow, pointed, and mid green, young growths are not usually distinctly different. It is perfect for a mixed border among dwarf conifers, for a large rockery, it will also look great in a ...entire article
Forest Flame is a variety that belongs to floribunda group. It has deep green, elliptic, pointed, glossy leaves that emerge orange-bronze to fiery-orange coloured. Flowers are small, vase-shaped, compound in 10-15 cm long, hanging racemes. Buds are orange-red. We recommend dead-heading spent flowers to avoid production of seeds which exhausts the plant. Its grows moderately and forms a compact, upright shru. No pruning required. If you want to trim it do so after flowering which is usually in May. Ericaceous plants require soil that is light, acidic, and constantly moist (not ...entire article
This mulberry is very special. Deeply cut, dark green, glossy leaves draw your attention as they bear strong resemblance to leaves of plane trees. Many of the largest leaves at the ends of the branches keep their green colour until late in the autumn when they fall down green. The crown is wide spreading and thick, which makes it an ideal opportunity to place a bench underneath and enjoy its shade. The crown is somewhat regular in shape and we have a trick to make it look even more umbrella-like: after danger of bad frosts just cut last year’s branches to about 20 cm. This wil ...entire article
Betty’s flowers are deep purple outside and almost white inside, there are up to 19 narrow, long petals which in full bloom open like a star as much as 20 cm wide with strong citrus scent. It has attractive bright green foliage, some of which often turns coppery red in the summer. 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 mois ...entire article
Star magnolia is a one of the earliest magnolias to flower in March already. It has star-shaped, pure white flowers with a lovely scent. As it blooms on bare branches early in the spring we recommend placing it in front of an evergreen shrub, e.g. cherry laurel, holly, or any bright green conifer, to fully expose the beauty of its flowers. It grows slowly and dense into a rounded shrub. Ideal as a free-standing specimen or sensitively situated in a group of compact conifers of Japanese style and / or other, smaller growing magnolias of red or purple colours. Magnolias are not suppos ...entire article
Star magnolia is a one of the earliest magnolias to flower in March already if the weather is nice and warm. Rosea is a popular variety with star-shaped, light pink flowers with a lovely scent. As it blooms on bare branches early in the spring we recommend placing it in front of an evergreen shrub, e.g. cherry laurel, holly, or any bright green conifer, to fully expose the beauty of its flowers. It grows slowly and dense into a rounded shrub. Ideal as a free-standing specimen or sensitively situated in a group of compact conifers of Japanese style and / or other, smaller g ...entire article
This is the species of sweetgum. Its maple-like, star-shaped leaves are medium-deeply or deeply cut and have fresh green colour. As it is reproduced mainly by seeds the plants often vary even if grown from seeds of the same parent. This results in plants having slightly different characteristics such as shallow or deep lobing of leaves and variable autumn colour: some will turn more orange, others deeper red. Nevertheless, autumn colours offer a breathtaking show when leaves turn multiple of colours: yellow, orange, pink, red, and even deep burgundy, almost black. Another nice featu ...entire article
Nellie R. Stevens is one of the most widely used hardy hollies worldwide, and at the same time one of the most beautiful. It is a cross between English holly ilex aquifolium and Chinese holly ilex cornuta. It grows relatively fast and can be trained into a gorgeous looking evergreen tree. The leaves are deep green, extremely glossy (it is very difficult to make a picture without their reflection) and have odd number of teeth: usually 3, but sometimes only 1 or even 5. Its natural shape is conical with a large base, and looks best left unpruned. Though, in ...entire article
Although this incense cedar is one of the most sought after conifers of the south, it seems to perform much better in Czech climate thanks to cold and wet winters. It needs a lot of sun in summer though to keep its varigated leaves golden. Though, if the sun is not as hot as in the Mediterranean, for example, it benefits from additional watering from more frequent continental rain which helps it form a more compact and densely branched tree. The scale-like leaves are similar to thujas and cypresses. They are arranged in two pairs. The basic colour is dark green and this variety has ...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
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
Gilt Edge is a beautiful variety of this evergreen silverthorn. It has ovate, up to 10 cm long, leathery but thin leaves that are deep green in the middle and bright yellow at margins. Newly emerging leaves and twigs are silvery-beige. Apart from the foliage this plant is also interesting for its almost invisible flowers. They are tiny and appear from late summer to early autumn and are hard to see unless you look up close. But you can definitely smell them. They have a lovely, sweet fragrance, especially in the evening. They are followed by fruit in spring. 1,5cm long, ov ...entire article
Red Rocket is a thorny barberry with very attractive deep red foliage that turns bright cerise / red in autumn (similarly as euonymus alatus). Flowers are pale yellow and appear in spring. They are followed by blood-red fruits, favourite food for birds. This upright shrub will thrive in any location, any soil provided it is well-drained. For deep red foliage it will do its best in a sunny spot. Responds well to pruning. Fully hardy to -34°C (USDA zone 4). Last update 23-12-2008 ...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
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