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If your order is lower than 10K don't worry, you can still use our winter discount programme which allows you to get 10% in January irrespective of your order value.
ICE'N ROSES® is an attractive series of early hellebores bred by Josef Heuger from Germany. It is a cross of h. x eriscmithii or h. x ballardiae and h. x hybridus, and Josef Heuger named it in honour of his home town Glandorf: helleborus x glandorfensis. It produces dense tufts with profusion of very large flowers which in warm winters come out in profusion from early December until February. In cold (normal) winters of zones 5-6 blooming starts from late February and lasts almost 3 months. ...entire article
ICE N‘ ROSES® is an attractive series of early hellebores bred by Josef Heuger from Germany. It is a cross of h. x eriscmithii or h. x ballardiae and h. x hybridus, and Josef Heuger named it in honour of his home town Glandorf: helleborus x glandorfensis. It produces dense tufts with profusion of very large flowers which in warm winters come out in profusion from early December until February. In cold (normal) winters of zones 5-6 blooming starts from late February and lasts almost 3 months. ...entire article
19.02.2024New in catalogue
Lenten rose (Helleborus orientalis)
Lenten rose is a hellebore species native to southern Europe whose native habitat stretches from Greece to Turkey. It was first described by French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (1744-1829) in 1789. He named it orientalis = eastern to better distinguish it from the black hellebore (h. niger), which is also a European species, but unlike the eastern hellebore, it is found more in the central to lower belt of Europe from Switzerland, through Germany to Croatia and Slovenia whereas Lenten rose is rather the domain of the Caucasus and the Balkans. Surprising a ...entire article
PIPPA’S PURPLE hellebore boasts 6-7 cm wide, single, enchanting flowers composed of 5 rounded, overlapping petals. They are burnt pink with a prominent deep purple pink freckles which disappear towards the margins. Their centres are decorated with a chartreuse crown and a small bunch of creamy white stamens. The stems are deep maroon and reach about 30 cm in height. Blooming begins from the first frost-free days of the second half of winter, and new buds are formed for more than a month keeping the clump pretty ...entire article
FROSTKISS™ VIBEY VELVET hellebore was bred by Elisabeth Bisschop and Bart Noordhuis from the Dutch nursery Kwekerij Verboom as a cross between h. orientalis and h. x ericsmithii. In Europe it is included in the Frostkiss™ collection and in the USA in the Winter Angels™ series. Protected by US patent No. PP34456 from 2022. FROSTKISS™ VIBEY VELVET bears 6-8 cm wide, single flowers with 5, almost rounded, overlapping, velvety maroon petals. Centres are decorated with a bunch of creamy white sta ...entire article
St. Cecilia is a Lenten rose variety with large flowers reaching about 10 cm across. They boast an exquisite shade of pastel pink and centres decorated with a chartreuse crown, few beige anthers, and a deep maroon stigma. Stems are deep maroon, too, slightly arching, only new stems with just opened flowers are upright with flowers facing sideways, otherwise they are nodding. Flowers come out according to weather, mostly from February until late April. Evergreen leaves are leathery, palmate, deep green and the clump is ...entire article
FROSTKISS™ MAGICO hellebore was bred by Elisabeth Bisschop and Bart Noordhuis from the Dutch nursery Kwekerij Verboom and instantly, right after its introduction at Plantarium 2024 during its February show, won the first prize as Visitor’s Favorite. In Europe it is included in the Frostkiss™ collection and in the USA in the Winter Angels™ series. Protected by US patent No. PP35383 from 2023. FROSTKISS™ MAGICO bears 7-8 cm wide, single flowers with a white to pale green base. 3 out of i ...entire article
14.02.2024New in catalogue
fig tree (Ficus carica "'ICE CRYSTAL'")
Ice Crystal is a unique variety of fig tree which probably rose from spontaneous crossbreeding with ficus afghanistanica. It stands out for its beautiful, palmate, deeply lobed leaves whose margins are picturesquely carved with smaller lobes and notches, so with a little imagination you can get the idea why the variety name was inspired by the crystallization of ice as in a snowflake. The leaves are large, abt. 30 cm in length and width, sometimes more, typically fragrant, medium green, rather matte, and deciduous. Th ...entire article
Silver Blue is a modern selection of white fir which is now considered a variety. The needles are conspicuously blue-green with silver frosting. The needles are 4-6 cm long, upright, flattened, soft and very pleasant to touch. It is propagated by cuttings to make sure that each plant keeps the same traits. It grows about 20-30 cm per year into a nice and symmetrical, densely branched, narrowly cone-like habit with tiered to slightly ascending branches. Although it is a tall conifer when mature, in normal-sized gard ...entire article
Plane-leaved mulberry has many admirers thanks to its almost exotic large leaves. Fruitless is a follow-up variety from Italy eliminating the only set back this tree may have when it comes to cleanliness: it is sterile (male) and does not produce fruit that would cause coloured waste under its canopy. It makes large, sycamore-like, distinctly lobed leaves which resemble fig leaves owing to their unique outline. They are deciduous, deep green, highly glossy, commonly 3-lobed, up to 30 cm long and 15-17 cm wide. It is i ...entire article
05.02.2024New in catalogue
Fragrant olive (Osmanthus fragrans)
The species of sweet olive is an evergreen shrub from Asia where it occupies a wide area from the western Himalayas to Indochina, and among the large-leaved sweet olive species it stands out with one important feature – it has perfectly smooth (entire) leaf margins without a single prickle. Only leaves on young plants may be gently serrated. The leaves are evergreen, oval to broadly elliptic, slightly undulated, leathery, medium to dark green, partially glossy, and decorated with fine veining. Young leaves emerge with handsome maroon hues. It blooms pro ...entire article
Harry is a witch hazel variety from 1988 that was bred by Robert de Belder from Hemelrijk Arboretum in Belgium and named after the curator of the Kalmthout Arboretum Harry van Trier. It is a vigorously growing variety whose thin petals are bright amber orange from the middle to the tips, and fiery red closer to the calyx. They are fringe-like, narrow, long, and slightly twisted. It begins to bloom in winter, in its warm part, sometimes already at the turn of January and February, and goes on for up to 8 weeks. In sunn ...entire article
03.02.2024New in catalogue
common yew (Taxus baccata "'DAVID'")
David is a columnar variety of common yew with golden needles introduced in 1987. It grows slowly into a dense shrub with strictly upright, congested branches forming relatively slender features with a slightly open top. New needles are flushed golden yellow or completely yellow, predominantly at the top as opposed to greener bottom. David yew does not suffer from snow damage and tolerates harsher frost than the species. Its upright growth can be used in any type of garden where a vertical feature is required. 15-year ...entire article
Resi is a Dutch variety of hybrid hibiscus (h. syriacus x h. paramutabilis) bred by Piere Theunissen and introduced by the nursery Piet Vergeldt Boomkwekerijen in 2008. In the US it is sold under the brand name FULL BLAST™. European Patent No. 33825 was granted in 2013 (expired in 2021). It bears large, up to 8-10 cm wide, pale lilac-pink to mauve flowers with a striking magenta eye. It blooms from mid-July until September if the plant is strong and old enough to set so ...entire article
25.01.2024New in catalogue
sycamore maple (Acer pseudoplatanus)
Sycamore tree is one of our native maple species and its natural habitat extends vertically from the north of Europe (with the exception of the northernmost peaty locations) to the mountainous areas of southern Europe, and horizontally from the colder parts of western Europe to the Caucasus. It is often found in high altitudes as it is a very hardy tree with minimum soil requirements. There are around 60 different cultivars that vary in leaf colour and mature size, so they can satisfy just about any gardener and a garden of any style or size. Sycamore tree ...entire article
Negligee, also spelled Negligé, is a cute evergreen Japanese azalea, a cross of a. ‚Maihime‘ and ‚Pink Gumpo‘ bred by D. Wagner in 1979. It bears single flowers about 4 cm across, in such profuse trusses that make them look like double flowers. They are pale lilac pink, somewhat darker towards the margins, with conspicuous maroon dots on the dorsal lobe. It starts blooming from mid-May for 2-3 weeks. Evergreen leaves are small, broadly elliptic with a rounded tip, dark green, and glossy. The pl ...entire article
Roehr’s Peggy Ann, aka Peggy Ann or Peggy Ann Rodino, is an enchanting evergreen Japanese azalea bred by N.J. Bauman and introduced by Roehrs Company in 1955. Its delicate flowers are almost white with pink to salmon pink margins and pale green throat and freckles. They are 4-5 cm across, hose-in hose and start blooming late in the season: usually from late May for 2-3 weeks. Evergreen leaves are small, narrowly elliptic, medium green, and glossy. The plant grows slowly into a compact and dense, somewhat tiered ...entire article
Black Label is a German mountain laurel variety bred by a specialist kalmia breeder Dr. Karl-Heinz Hübbers and introduced in 2011. It is a cross between varieties Mitternacht and Ginkona. Its flowers are 2.5-3,5 cm across and combine a broad, deep maroon to almost black band on almost white background, and a narrow, pure white rim. Flower buds are pale grey with maroon hues and pink tips. Evergreen leaves are broadly elliptic, flat (not undulated), leathery, dark green, and glossy. The plant grows at medium growth rat ...entire article
Pennsylvania azalea was bred by E.V. Mezitt from the Weston Nurseries and introduced in 1963. It is a cross between plum leaf azalea (a. prunifolium) and swamp azalea (a. viscosum). It bears single, deep pink flowers with a golden orange flare on the upper petal. Their perfume is sweet but less strong than on other varieties. Blooming time is perhaps the latest of all known swamp azaleas: mid to late July. As the flowers open on a fully leafed shrub, they look like glowing gems breaking through the coat of bright gree ...entire article
Weston’s Sparkler, registered only as Sparkler, is one of those successful swamp azalea hybrids bred by the Mezitt family. It is a cross between a. viscosa and a pink-flowered form a. arborescens. It bears approx. 4 cm wide, single, pastel pink flowers. They stand out for their strong and sweet scent and very late flowering from the end of June to July. Deciduous leaves are broadly elliptic to rounded, dark green, slightly glossy and turn bright maroon in autumn. They are very resistant to powdery mildew. The pl ...entire article
Large-flowered rhododendron hybrid Karl Naue was bred by Hans Hachmann in 1994, and 11 years later his son Holger introduced it to the market. He named it to honour the 71st birthday of the head of the German nursery Dittersdorf Baumschulen, which Karl Naue founded in 1960 and where he devoted much of his time to rhododendrons. This variety is very popular thanks to red flowers, which glare from a distance. They are 6-7.5 cm wide, a rather cold tone of deep crimson red, and the upper lip is decorated with dark burgund ...entire article
Orakel means ‘Prophecy' in German and it is a name for a fantastic variety of rhododendron bred by Holger Hachmann in 1998. It is a cross between Pfauenauge and Galaxis, launched in 2009. Its beautiful flowers have wavy margins, they are a warm tone of blueberry smoothie while the upper lobe is decorated with a dark blackberry blotch. Sounds yummy, doesn’t it? Individual flowers are 7-9 cm across, and one truss can accommodate 10-20 of them. Flowering begins in late May and continues until mid-June. The ev ...entire article
Deciduous azaleas with blue tinted foliage originated in Denmark after 1950’s. Blaues Wunder is one of them. Its leaves are truly fantastic: rich maroon with blue blueberry hues as they emerge, matte, narrowly elongated and deciduous. They mature to bright green in summer and turn yellow, orange, and red in autumn. In the first decade of May appear vivid yellow, sweetly fragrant, star-shaped flowers with narrow petals. The plant grows into well-branched, upright shrub about one meter tall and wide when 10 years ...entire article
12.12.2023SMART CREDIT - Prepayment without a plant list
Are you planning to purchase plants in spring or summer or even autumn 2024? Be it one flower bed or the whole garden, consider our latest novelty that guarantees you the highest possible retail discount for plants when purchased at the right time. Using our SMART CREDIT you will make a prepayment using the current discount level does not have an expiry date so you can use it whenever you like.

We used it for a couple of customers last year and they loved it, so now we decided to launch it as a regular new product. It appears that for larger orders it is more popular than vouchers👍

Smart Credit or a Gift Voucher?

Vouchers are commonly designed to serve as a gift, yet you can use it for yourself, too, if you wish to make a discounted prepayment. It is useful for smaller amounts and has an expiry date (maximum a year from the date of purchase). Unlike Smart Credit which is valid indefinitely and you can use it both for large orders as well as in dribs and drabs. It is confirmed electronically and is protected by a PIN code. It can be used for any amount between 20,000 CZK until 500,000 CZK.

Make a saving and keep on planning all winter long

The highest discount you can get is 15 % in December (unless a special is announced). In January it drops to 10 % and to 5 % in February. If you already know that you are planning to revamp your garden or do a brand new one during the following gardening season, get a Smart Credit and then just search for plants, project your designs, choose the right items and simply enjoy yourselves landscaping your future garden 😊😊

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30.11.2023WINTER SALE IS HERE
We are bringing you our Winter Sale which starts December 1 and ends on February 29. You can come and shop in our garden centre using our discount system, or make an order on-line for shipment or collection either now or in spring. It does not matter. The only important thing which matters is when you make your payment.

Learn more about it at our DISCOUNTS section.
Alba Simplex is a spring flowering hardy camellia whose origin, despite the availability of multiple historical sources, is rather uncertain. One source claims that it comes from China but does not support it with any further details. Another source says it comes from Germany, registered in 1816, and later, given various years of introduction, it was described in other independent magazines as Alba, Alba Flore Simplici, Alba Simple, etc. We tend to believe the third source which describes it as a chance seedling of Va ...entire article
BONAPARTE® is a German cherry laurel variety from Baumschule Straver in Emmerich, west Germany on German-Dutch border. EU plant patent No. 60081 was granted in 2022. It bears beautiful coppery orange-red new leaves when they emerge in spring before they mature to deep green. They are evergreen, broadly obovate, leathery, and glossy. BONAPARTE® forms a sturdy, well-branched, impenetrable shrub with upright branches and may resemble ETNA® variety which is much broader and more rounded in habit. It can ...entire article
Queen Bee, sometimes also called Berg's Queen Bee after its breeder Warren Berg, is a rhododendron hybrid, a cross between the Japanese species r. yakushimanum and the Indian species r. tsariense. Due to its latter parent it belongs to the sub-section lanata (wooly), which includes species and varieties with a conspicuous indumentum on both sides of the leaves. It has to be said that Queen Bee is a member of honour in this group as it is absolutely amazing and you will immediately understand why it was named so. Its y ...entire article
Pink Poetry® is simply charming. It is an evergreen Japanese azalea discovered by Manfred Mann in his nursery in German nursery town Westerstede as a mutation of Gislinde variety with deep pink flowers. It is one of the few unique varieties with bi-coloured flowers. They are soft pink, margined white, and decorated with a profusion of ruby red dots and a few dwarf sepals in the centre. It is a late variety blooming in second half of May for about 2-3 weeks. Leaves are 2-3 cm long, elliptic, deep green, glossy ...entire article
Ashton’s Ballet is an autumn flowering camellia from the Ashton series bred by dr. Ackerman and introduced in 1996. It is a cross between a very hardy species camellia oleifera and Shikishima variety (c. hiemalis). It produces utterly pretty, tutu-like, soft pink, semi-double to fully double, non-fragrant flowers that are medium large, 7-9 cm wide, with yellow stamens in the centre. Blooming depends on plant’s age – the older the plant the more buds. It can bloom for 4-8 weeks from late November. ...entire article
Pendulum giant redwood is a true jewel in conifer collectors’ gardens. This picturesque version of originally the largest tree in the world is much smaller and usually extremely slender. It was found as a seedling selection by a nurseryman in Laland Nursery in Nantes, France, in 1863, and first described in detail, given a variety name by Élie-Abel Carrière in his book Traité Général des Conifères published in 1867. The key feature is its pendulous habit which develops in older specimens (10 years o ...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
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
Sometimes I sense a certain antipathy towards pink flowering rhododendrons, as if there were far too many. Well, I agree that there are a lot of them but they are not always the same pink, ask a painter how many pinks there are. For instance, Alexey rhododendron – just look at its stunning shade of pastel pink in a unique combination with a vanilla yellow throat, and admit that you have hardly seen anything like that before. Its flowers are 6-7 cm across, broadly funnel-shaped, and appear late in the season ...entire article
Little Stranger is a rare, compact growing blue holly variety from Germany. It is an upright, slow growing shrub with evergreen foliage. Leaves are very dark green, narrowly lance-shaped, almost spineless or just gently serrated at margins, and very glossy. As a male variety it has no fruit but is an ideal pollinator for many female hollies (not just blue hollies) to produce berries in autumn. It forms compact, dense, and columnar shrubs which do not need pruning to look good. Still, it can be pruned in any way. Li ...entire article
Luzi is a compact variety of evergreen azalea with snow white flowers. It was bred by German rhododendron and azalea breeder Gergard Mittendorf and introduced in 1975. Its flowers are mid-sized and come out in profusion from the first decade of May for 2-3 weeks on the background of medium green, narrowly elliptic, partially glossy, evergreen leaves. The plant is very compact but not dwarf and can reach about one meter tall and wide in maturity in a neat, mounding habit. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes i ...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
Little Red is another compact Japanese azalea variety. It might be compared to perhaps Marushka unlike which Little Red is more upright, yet slow growing; or to Allotria variety which tends to grow larger and a little leggy while Little Red is very compact and dense. One thing – the RED in its name is a bit of an overstatement because the flowers are rather rich pink than warm red. They are about 3-4 cm wide, single, and come out in profusion usually from mid May for 2-3 weeks. Evergreen leaves are 2-3 cm long, ...entire article
Hino Crimson (or Hino-Crimson) is an evergreen azalea with rich red flowers. They are 3-4 cm across and have prominently rounded petal tips. They come out in profusion usually from mid May for 2-3 weeks. Evergreen leaves are 2-3 cm long, elliptic, deep green, glossy, and turn bronze in winter. It was bred by John Vermeulen & Son from Long Island, New York, who began breeding conifers around 1933, and thanks to his son’s interest in flowering shrubs they invented a few azaleas, too, for example Barbara, Wendy, St ...entire article
Clyde is a Knap Hill deciduous azalea bred by Hachmann Baumschule in Germany. It produces gorgeous, strongly and sweetly scented flowers with pale salmon pink petals and rich orange upper lip. Flowers open late in the season, commonly from late May until early June. Deciduous leaves are mid green, oval to elliptic, fresh green in summer and dark red in autumn. Even though it has a lot of western azalea blood in its pedigree it is perfectly hardy for CE climate and forms a neat, bushy, upright shrub. Deciduous azale ...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
April Blush is a spring flowering camellia from the April series bred by dr. Clifford Parks. It produces 6-8 cm large, semi double flowers that are near white with a very pale tone of pink. They come out from early April for 6-8 weeks, until the shrub has flower buds. Leaves are evergreen, broadly elliptic, gently serrated at margins, deep green, and glossy. It forms a many-branched, spreading shrub with arching branches. Pruning is possible in spring after flowering. Cultivation Camellias need ...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
Japanese azaleas from the Girardseries are renowned for their excellent hardiness and rich flower colours. Girard's Hot Shot is an exciting variety with rich red flowers. The tone is very warm and vivid, and flowers have conspicuous frilled margins. Leaves are small, narrowly elliptic, glossy, and usually reliably evergreen. It forms compact and bushy, rounded shrubs with flat tops, and needn't be pruned for a nice shape. Bred and introduced by P.E.Girard from Geneva, Ohio, US ...entire article
Rosebud is an old variety of Kurume Japanese azalea bred an introduced by J.J.Chisholm in 1934. It bears unique, double flowers of soft pink colour. They look like those on Indian azaleas but are very hardy and bloom from mid May until early June. Evergreen leaves are small, elliptic, and glossy. Rosebud forms slightly irregular shrubs which benefit from pruning after flowering in order to achieve a nice shape and dense habit. The name Rosebud is chosen aptly for the similarity to a just opening rose bud. Many decades ...entire article
Harold E. Greer is an American breeder and writer from Oregon, USA, who bred over 50 rhododendron varieties and wrote many books about them. Extraordinaire is one of the most important varieties with extra large flowers. They are 10 cm across, rich pink above and beige in the centre as they open to almost white with pale pink hues when mature, always with a striking blotch composed of dark red-brown dots. Evergreen leaves are leathery, almost flat, elongated, elliptic, glossy, dark green in summer and in spring emerge ...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
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
After a huge success with bi-coloured rhododendrons Hachmann Nursery in Germany comes with another gem called Painted Purple. Its large flowers have frilled, rich purple red margins. The throat is almost white decorated with a fantastic curry yellow blotch. Blooming begins in the first decade of May and continued by the end of the month. Evergreen leaves are leather, thinner, broadly elliptic, mid green, and not very glossy. The shrub get wider than tall with age and remains reasonably compact. It was bread by the tea ...entire article
Haru-no-sono is a hybrid Satsuki azalea, a sport of , a beautiful, large-flowered chameleon. The flowers are a combination of white and various portions of pink and purple. Even the dots in the throat vary from yellow green to purple red. You never know how many pink, white, and pinky-white flowers you get year to year, isn't that thrilling? Blooming time is later than Japanese azaleas: end May till end June, and in Czech climate we often see its last flowers yet in early July. It is slow and dense growing, making a ...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
Hachmann's Rokoko is another beauty from the collection of dwarf or low growing Japanese azaleas bred by German rhodo/azalea guru Hans Hachmann. It produces medium large, about 5 cm across, semi-double flowers of rich pink colour. They open from mid May until early June on the background of small, dark green, ovate to elliptic, and very glossy leaves. They are reliably evergreen. The plant grows low and wide, forming dense cushions. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fertili ...entire article
Elsie Lee is a fantastic Japanese azalea variety bred already in 1960. It produces large, 5-7 cm across, double flowers of pastel pink colour. They come out in profusion usually from mid May for 2-3 weeks. Evergreen leaves are small, elliptic, and glossy. It was bred by Anthony Sammarello in Ohio, USA, as a hybrid between varieties Desirée and Rosebud. Thanks to its durability and beauty it quickly became a demanded parent for further breeding, until 2000 it was used for 22 new hybrids, among which one of the most ren ...entire article
April Reign is the lightest pink, or more accurately pale lilac flowering variety of dahurian rhododendron. The flowers are double, borne in profusion, and open early in the season – mostly from early April. Leaves are semi-evergreen, small, elliptic, mid green in summer and coppery red in winter. It grows at medium slow rate forming a compact, upright shrub. It thrives in full sun or part shade. Bred by Dr.Gustav Mehlquist from Connecticut, USA, in 1974, following the other varieties from his April range. Rh ...entire article
Djingestan is a true gem for rhododendron collectors. This special hybrid was bred by Hans Hachmann already in 1998 and introduced to public only in 2014 i.e. 10 years after his death. In the same year it was awarded a prestigious Golden Medal at the world's biggest rhododendron show Rhodo Westerstede in Germany. It is a cross between almost unknown hybrids Amorette and Sirtaki, and looking at the chameleon flowers and handsome leaves one believes there is a lot of both wild rhodo and yaku rhodo blood flowing in its v ...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
Sarina is a large-flowered variety of this deciduous azalea, bred by Hans Hachmann already in 1963. Its flowers are rich scarlet red, slightly frilled at margins, and have a large, golden orange blotch on the upper lip. Fragrance is faint. Deciduous leaves are oval to elongated, mid green in summer and coppery orange and crimson red in autumn. It grows vigorously into an upright shrub. Deciduous azaleas are ericaceous plants, loving insulate position with always moist soil. During temporary summer dry spells in cer ...entire article
Schneekrone (Crown of Snow) is a white wonder bred by Hans Hachmann in 1968. It produces highly elegant, snow white flowers with burgundy red dots on the upper lip, opening from pink buds from about mid May for 2-3 weeks. The evergreen leaves are leathery, broadly elliptic, dark green, and rather matte. 10-year-old plants reach about 80-90 cm tall and a little more in width, in a neat, cushion-like habit. It is a cross between varieties Koichiro Wada and Humboldt. Tests proved that deadheading of these hybrids does not influence formation of flower ...entire article
Satschiko azalea is sold under a trade name Geisha Orange and is really very close to orange. It has very soft red flowers with salmon orange tones. They open from late April and bloom for almost 3 weeks. Evergreen leaves are small, oval, dark green, and glossy. Geisha Orange azalea forms a compact and low cushion-like shrub. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growth rate. The size of new branches would get out h ...entire article
Anneke is a deciduous azalea bred by Danny Pratt and introduced in 1964. From mid May it produces large, sweetly fragrant, wide open flowers of vivid yellow colour that will brighten up darker corners of your garden or complement other rhodes and azaleas of deeper colours. Deciduous leaves are narrowly elliptic, bright green, and bronze orange 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 ...entire article
Bandeau is a mountain laurel variety of striking colour of flowers. They are very large – 2-3 cm across – and come out from pink buds. They bear a dark maroon band on almost white background sporadically decorated with tiny maroon dots. Twigs are coppery orange to red. The evergreen leaves are narrowly elliptic, leathery, dark green, and glossy. For a happy life it MUST HAVE acidic soil (add plenty of peat). Do not dig a deep hole but a wide one. Plant it in light, well drained soil that has to be well ...entire article
Highbush blueberry is native to North America. It is a deciduous shrub 1-2m tall and wide producing edible, sweet berries in summer. Individual varieties differ in habit, fruit size and also slightly the taste. New, modern varieties are bred to eliminate cracking and to enhance hardiness. Flowers are small, creamy white, urn-shaped from late May. Leaves are deciduous, rather thick, elliptic, rich green, turning orange, red and burgundy purple in autumn. Highbush blueberry produces best quality fruit and reliable crop if ...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
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
This variety called Aztec Pearl was bred by Peter Moore and introduced in 1989, when Hiller Nurseries celebrated their 125th anniversary. Its name perfectly describes this evergreen plant from the moment it begins to show flower buds. They are pearl-shaped, very light pink, and open into simple, star-shaped, pure white, and very fragrant flowers with yellow stamens in the centre. Their perfume is similar to that of orange flowers hence its name Mexican orange or Mexican blossom. The evergreen leaves are rich and juicy green in acid soil, palmately ...entire article
Myrtilloides is a unique subspecies of a dwarf group of rhododendron from Burma and Tibet. In late spring it produces plenty of rich pink, broadly bell-shaped flowers. It forms a neat and dense cushion that requires no pruning to look good. However, it is often used in Japanese gardens where clipping brings the desired shapes. If you decide to trim it do so immediately after flowering. It grows very slowly. Grow this dwarf type in full sun or partial shade and keep it mulched at all times. The roots are shallow, spreading to sides in search for nutrients ...entire article
Kalinka is a yakushimanum rhododendron bred by Hans Hachmann in 1983. It flowers are a unique combination of light pink, deeper lilac pink at frilled margins, and orange markings in the throat. They open from almost red buds in the middle of May and densely cover the whole plant. The evergreen leaves are leathery, narrowly ovate, partly glossy, and deep green, their margins slightly curve downwards, and they emerge covered with silvery indumentum as a protection against sun and wind until they mature. 10-year-old plan ...entire article
Canzonetta is a Japanese azalea bred by Hans Hachmann in 1987, and is still among the most popular varieties until today. The reasons are rich colour, compact shape, and reliable evergreen foliage. Canzonetta bears medium-large double flowers of rich magenta red colour. Leaves are small, broadly elliptic to almost rounded, very glossy, rich green in summer and changing to deep purple or bronze in winter. The plant makes a compact cushion or a ground cover, growing only about 3 ...entire article
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
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
Nabucco is another fantastic azalea bred by Hans Hachmann in 1987. It bears deep red flowers that are 6-7 cm across, and open from trusses of 8-9 flowers in June. Deciduous leaves are oval to elongated, mid green in summer and orange and red in autumn. Medium upright, in 10 years it makes some 1.6m tall and 1.4m wide shrub. 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 infec ...entire article
Mitternacht means midnight and it is a new, fantastic mountain laurel variety from Germany, bred by one the biggest kalmia enthusiasts Karl-Heinz Hübbers. In 1987 he managed to cross-pollinate 2 well-known varieties Olympic Wedding and Goodrich which resulted in a gorgeous plant with the deepest flower colour registered so far. The flowers are very dark burgundy red, almost black with light grey-white margins just like the flower buds. When they start bloomin ...entire article
In 1977 Hans Hachmann introduced a sensational deciduous azalea with the richest merge of red and orange colour. Its name is Feuerwerk (Fireworks) and it does look as if taken from the middle of a blazing fire. The individual flowers are large – 7-8 cm across, only lightly scented, and appear from mid May until early June. Deciduous leaves are soft green, oval to elliptic, and turn orange and red in autumn. This azalea received several awards, amongst other two golden medals: at Flora Nova in Boskoop 1987 and at ...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
Purple Pillow is a fantastic, dwarf variety of rhododendron. It makes profusion of lilac-pink to purple-violet small flowers in April and May. Once in full bloom the shrub is totally covered with flowers for 2-3 weeks. It often makes some flowers in early autumn again. Its evergreen leaves are dark green, narrowly elliptic. Purple Pillow grows very slowly into a cushion-like shrub, some 60 cm tall and twice as wide 15 years. Being a sun-tolerant species it can be placed in ...entire article
Favorite azalea is probably so favourite that it the American Azalea Society list of varieties it is entered 6 times, each time in a different group. And try google it. Poor chap will not find a single entry matching all words correctly. So let’s make this right. Favorite is a Japanese azalea with soft, salmon pink, medium-sized flowers that come out in mid May and last for 2-3 weeks. The are borne at tips of predominantly upright branches which can be ideal if you wi ...entire article
Shoka (sometimes also misspelled as Sogha) is a hybrid Satsuki azaleawith large flowers. They are predominantly white with bright purple pink blotch, or they can come out lilac-pink with the same blotch, or they can be either colour with a stripe of the other colour. Quite picky this azalea, isn’t it? As if it did not know what to wear for each season. Blooming time is later than Japanese azaleas: end May till end June, and in Czech climate I often make photos of its flowers yet in early July. It is slow and den ...entire article
Blue Danube is a German variety of Japanese azalea. It is a slow and dense growing plant with profusion of large, 3-4 cm across, widely open, purple-violet flowers with a darker blotch just like rhododendrons have. Leaves are small, almost flat, elliptic to oval, deep green and partly hairy. They are reliably evergreen. This azalea flowers in May for 2-3 weeks. It makes a low and compact bush about 50 cm tall and 70-90 cm wide in 10 years. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growth rate. The size of new branc ...entire article
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
Tunis azalea could be a perfect deciduous azalea choice for those who love striking colours. This variety offers large, rich salmon-red flowers with orange throats. Petal margins are a little undulated. It grows at medium speed rate forming a rather symmetrical shrub. 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 s ...entire article
Orchidea Empress is a gorgeous name for a gorgeous azalea. It is another of late flowering hybrids, this time with bright pink, hose-in-hose flowers that appear from about mid June for 3-4 weeks. It is never the whole shrub blooming, individual buds burst out continuously one by one. It is not only the double flowers that attract attention. The leaves of this variety are an equally beautiful feature for which many growers use it as an evergreen plant where flowering is just a bonus. The evergreen leaves are widely elliptic, 3-5 cm long, deep green and rather mat. Orchidea ...entire article
Arabesk is an attractive variety of Japanese azalea with large, deep red flowers. They come out in profusion from mid until end May. The evergreen foliage is dark green, with some burgundy red shades in autumn and winter, changing back to green before it starts flowering. This azalea grows slowly, making a neat and compact shrub which will remain dense even without pruning. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growth rate. The size of new branches would get out hand and spoil the shape you are going to achieve. ...entire article
Hybrid azalea Carolina is a typical item for collectors and everyone who loves multi-coloured flowers. Their centres are almost entirely purplish-pink while the margins show rich white variegation. This effect is similar to another Robin Hill variety called Conversation Piece, however, Carolina does not often revert to overall pink like Conversation Piece does. The flowers are 5-6 cm across and come out from late May until mid June in zone 6. And now, fanfare for an extraordinary feature: Carolina blooms FOR THE SEC ...entire article
Martha Hitchcock is a true sensation azalea from Glenn Dale hybrid group. This beauty bears extra large flowers that are 6 cm across, white in the throat grading to neony pink towards the margins. The flowering plant looks like a thousand of pink torches all lit up at once. It starts blooming in early June and continues for about 3 weeks. Its leaves are mid green, ovate, larger than on Japanese azaleas. They are evergreen but a large portion of foliage from inside the shrub may fall off before and during winter. It grows at medium growth rate to an airy bush. If you don ...entire article
If you are fond of summer-flowering hybrid azaleas then this variety can easily become a jewel in your garden. Its name is Summer Sun and it is another Satsuki azalea. Soft red flowers look very attractive on the background of deep green foliage. They open in late June or early July and continue blooming for 4 weeks. Evergreen leaves are rather narrow, elliptic, and glossy. This plant does not grow fast, it makes a low, compact shrub that can make a lovely flowering feature in beds and borders around swimming pools and on patios that are mostly in use during summer months. ...entire article
Nuccio’s Lucky Charm is another fascinating Satsuki azalea. This hybrid bears medium-large flowers of dusky pink colour. The first buds begin to open on the first hot days of June (usually mid of the month) and continue blooming for as long as 4 weeks. It was bread by Nuccio Nursery of Southern California which is a leading nursery for Satsuki azaleas and camellias. Evergreen leaves are rather small, elliptic, mid green and glossy. The plant does not grow fast, it makes a low, compact shrub with profusion of flowers in the first half of summer which makes it a lovely ...entire article
Girard’s Fuchsia is an eye-catching Japanese azalea with vivid magenta-pink flowers. They appear quite large – 4-4,5 cm on the background of small leaves. The evergreen foliage is mid green, turning deep burgundy red in autumn and winter, changing back to green with warm days of spring. This azalea grows slowly, making a neat and compact shrub which will remain dense even without pruning. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growth rate. The size of new branches would get out hand and spoil the shap ...entire article
Perla del Verbano is a sensational new variety of evergreen hybrid azalea that originated in Northern Italy. It bears profusion of bright pink, double = hose in hose flowers from end June until late July. They appear continuously so you can enjoy them for as long as a month under ideal conditions. Perla del Verbano can be a fantastic feature in summer gardens where it offers flowering when all spring flowers have gone, so do not hesitate placing it near a swimming pool or at a patio where you spend time on hot and sunny days of summer. Evregreen leaves are elongated, quite ...entire article
Nuccio’s Wild Cherry is one of those great Satsuki azaleas with large flowers. They are cherry red with a light burgundy red blotch. It was bread by Nuccio Nursery of Southern California wich is a leading nursery for Satsuki azaleas and camellias. The flowers appear from early June and continue popping out for 3 or even 4 weeks. Leaves are medium sized, deep green, ovate and flat. It is upright growing. Satsuki azaleas are quite compact and bushy growing but can be clipped to shapes in early July after flowering. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growth rate ...entire article
Hot Shot Variegated is a Japanese azalea with small, elliptic, dark green leaves with white margins. They are evergreen in zone 7 and semi-evergreen in zone 6 when temperature drops below -18°C. The plant will always make new leaves in spring again even it loses foliage completely. The flowers are large, bright red, opening from upright buds. In 10 years it can be some 50 cm tall and wide. We recommend growing it in semi-shade in zones 5 and 6. Japanese azaleas need light, permeable soil that is acidic, constantly moist (keep azaleas mulched at all times) and moderately ...entire article
Klondyke is a deciduous azalea with charming, deep golden-orange, sweetly scented flowers. Their colour is dark and warm and looks fascinating combined with purple-blue or dark violet. Inflorescence are composed of 7-9 flowers, each is about 7 cm wide. It grows nearly as tall as wide, expect some 1.2m in 10 years. Deciduous leaves are mid green, elongated, and emerge purple-brown. Bred by Hans Hachmann in 1991. Deciduous azaleas are ericaceous plants, loving insulate position with always moist soil. During temporary summer dry spells in certain areas their leaves may su ...entire article
Königstein is an old fortress near Dresden, Germany, as well as a name for this Japanese azalea. It was bred at Pillnitzer castle gardens, close to Königstein fortress. It is a slow and dense growing plant with profusion of large, 3-4 cm across, widely open, purple-violet flowers with a darker blotch just like rhododendrons have. Leaves are small, elliptic to oval, mid green in summer changing to coppery red from autumn until spring. They are reliably evergreen. Königstein azalea flowers in May and grows about 50 cm tall and 80 cm wide in 10 years. Japanese azaleas can be cli ...entire article
Maruschka® is a lovely name for a lovely azalea. Who knows which Maruschka made the breeder Hans Hachmann give this gorgeous plant an East-European name in 1988. This Japanese azalea is a low growing plant with profusion of mid-sized bright red flowers in May. Wen in full bloom they cover the plant almost entirely. Leaves are nonetheless pretty – they are small, oblong, very glossy, deep green in summer and reliably evergreen in winter or should we rather say ever-red since they turn red in autumn and grade to even deeper burgundy red in winter. This colour rema ...entire article
Camelliifolia is a beautiful and robust plant that is not very new worldwide but has not yet been in wide cultivation in Europe. Which is a pity. It is an elegant and densely leaved, evergreen holly with entire, mostly spineless, elliptic, camellia-like leaves with a hard tip. They are dark green in summer, and deep purple-blue when young and before winter. It is a female variety that bears vivid red berries if a male pollinator is nearby. Under ideal conditions, e.g. in Benelux countries and England, it may grow quite tall and wide, whereas ...entire article
Anouk is an extraordinary variety of dwarf habit but with large flowers. It grows slowly into a ground-covering shriu with less conspicuous horizontal layers. The flowers are pink and rather wide, when in full bloom they look as if someone dropped a basket of freshly cut rhododendron flowers on green carpet. Small leaves are ovate or rounded, glossy, and dislike winter sunlight i zones 5 and 6. Japanese azaleas need light, permeable soil that is acidic, constantly moist (keep azaleas mulched at all times) and moderately fertile. Use fertilizers for rhododendrons and azaleas, o ...entire article
An amazing variety of common beech is this narrow-leaved variety called Mercedes. Its leaves are deciduous, deep green, glossy, about 10cm long and max. 1cm wide, and turn yellow in autumn. They look identical to another beech variety Aspleniifolia but Mercedes forms a dense, low shrub, growing about 1m in 10 years. Its slow growth and dense habit will be appreciated mainly in small gardens or in Japanese-style arrangements. It tolerates wide range of soils including chalky but will not grow in water-logged ground. Fully hardy to about -34°C (USDA zone 4). Last upd ...entire article
Another red flowering Japanese azalea from Hans Hachmann was bred in 1987 and was named Fridoline. It has medium-sized flowers: 4-4,5 cm wide of bright red colour. It blooms in late spring, from end May until mid June. Slow grower, mound-forming. Leaves are mid to dark green, ovate, only about 2-3 cm long. In semi-shade and shade they remain on the shrub throughout winter, if placed in full sun some leaves may fall down. New leaves will then emerge after flowering. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing grow ...entire article
Conversation Piece is definitely something to talk about. This azalea has extremely large flowers of two colours: light pink and white. The varigation differs from plant to plant, some blooms may be just pink, others mottled white or be entirely white with pink stripes and so on. It flowers later in the azalea season – from end May until mid June. Slightly glossy leaves are mid green, ovate, small. In semi-shade and shade they are evergreen, but still less sensitive to sun than other Japanese azaleas. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If ...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
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
Schneeperle® is a gorgeous, pure white Japanese azalea from Hans Hachmann. Its double flowers are snow white and abundant. Individual flowers are abou 4-5 cm wide and come out from mid May until early June. It grows slowly, 10-year old plant is about 35 cm high and 55 cm wide. Leaves are mid to dark green, ovate, only about 2-3 cm long. In semi-shade and shade they remain on the shrub throughout winter, if placed in full sun some leaves may fall down. New leaves will then emerge after flowering. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do ...entire article
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
Peppermint is one of the most sought after novelties that was hybridized and first introduced in 1991 by Richard Jaynes. The main colour of the flowers is white, with 10-12 deep red stripes along the petals in outward direction. The buds are white. Leathery leaves are elongated, flat, medium green. This variety forms a shrub of taller rather than wide habit. There are many cultivars combining all sorts of red, pink and burgundy shades with white, all of them beautiful, all of them very hardy. The best display is when half of the bloom cluster is still in buds which mostly hav ...entire article
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
Azurika is a dwarf variety of rhododendron with the deepest violet-blue flowers. Leaves are short, ovate to elongated, deep green. It grows slowly, forming a dense and low, groundcovering shrub. Rhododendrons are low-maintenance shrubs that will perform superbly provided you plant them well. They mostly prefer bright to dappled shade or partial shade (partial sun). Morning sunlight is their killer, same as deep shade. The roots are shallow, spreading to sides in search for nutrients. Never plant them too deep. The soil has to be acidic (pH 4.5-5.5), rich in humus, cool ...entire article
Graziella is a unique variety that, outside its flowering period, looks like anything but a rhododendron as its leaves resemble oleanders or another exotic plant. They are evergreen, narrowly elongated with a prominent tip, leathery, dark green, glossy, strong and healthy. Graziella is an early bloomer and if the spring is nice and warm it can start blooming already from late April and continue until the second decade of May. The flowers are bell-shaped, bright lilac-pink, opening from deep pink buds. It is a hybrid of Black Sea (r. ponticum) and Tibet ...entire article
Variegatum, often also called Ponticum Variegatum, is an attractive selection or hybrid of Black Sea rhododendron with super attractive variegated foliage. At first glance, it is obvious that this color anomaly was most likely caused by a viral mutation, as the creamy white edges of the leaves are slightly curled, uneven and often deform the leaf slightly, which paradoxically adds interest. Though, there is one downside: these leaves do not tolerate direct sunlight during hard frost and may get damaged. They are everg ...entire article
Purple Splendor is an old favourite with medium-sized, bright purple flowers with burgundy blotching and wavy margins of the petals. It belongs to the Gable hybrid group which means that its flowers appear later than on other Japanese azaleas – from end May until early June. It grows moderately fast into a low, almost ground-covering shrub with conspicuous layers. Its evergreen leaves are small, mid green, elliptic, and are quite reliable as far as winter persistence even if grown in sun, provided good soil conditions. They turn coppery orange and red before winter and chan ...entire article
Kermesina Rose is a must have for everyone who likes varigated or multi-cloloured flowers. These are pink with a clear white margin. It is a slow grower forming an irregular, mounding, compact shrub. It may happen to this variety that a certain amount of flowers comes out without white margins and it cannot be predicted or influenced. Leaves are mid to dark green, ovate, only about 2-3 cm long. In semi-shade and shade they remain on the shrub throughout winter, if placed in full sun it might lose a great portion of them. New leaves will then emerge after flowering. Japanes ...entire article
Johanna is extremely popular for its deep red flowers anddark leaves. It flowers so abundantly that leaves almost disappear under the cloud of flowers. It is a slow grower forming a nice, mounding, compact shrub. Small, ovate to rounded leaves are mid green as they emerge, turning deep burgundy red later. In semi-shade and shade they remain on the shrub throughout winter, if placed in full sun it might lose some but is more reliable than other Japanese azaleas. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growth rate. The ...entire article
„Blattgold“ is a sensational new variety from Germany. It is more attractive for its colourful leaves than lavender pink flowers. The leaves have irregular variegation that starts with bright golden yellow in the centre, is followed by light green blotches towards the edges, and finishes with dark green margins. These leaves are more sensitive to hot, direct sunlight so a semi-shade is best for this special variety. The soil has to be acidic (pH 4.5-5.5), rich in humus, cool and always moist. Ideal soil mixture is peat with lime-free, light garden soil topped with leave-mould. ...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
Germania rhododendron will first attract you with its leaves. They are evergreen, lighter green than on most other varieties, and broadly ovate. Its huge flowers are glowing pink with some dotting inside and open from large buds. It grows moderatley into a bushy and compact shrub, slightly wider than tall. It does not tolerate full sun, especially on clay and/or dry loam. For better appearance dead-head where possible. The roots are shallow, spreading to sides in search for nutrients. Never plant them too deep ...entire article
Percy Wiseman rhododendron is a fearless tough cookie proven by decades. This beautiful Yakushimanum classic from 1969 was bred by Anthony Waterer from England and has not come out of fashion ever since. Its enchanting flowers play with colours like chameleon: the bright pink buds open into pale pink flowers with pale apricot-beige centre and faint golden flare with dots. It blooms profusely and reliably every year. Percy Wiseman grows slowly into a very dense and compact shrub without defoliated lower branches. Its s ...entire article
Gomer Waterer has profusion of neat trusses of funnel-shaped nearly white flowers flushed pink at the margins. The top petal flare is brownish-yellow. This variety is quite easy to grow – it can take sun, heat, and wind. It grows slow to medium fast and very compact. For richer flowering and growth dead-head where possible. Rhododendrons are low-maintenance shrubs that will perform superbly provided you plant them well. They mostly prefer bright to dappled shade or partial shade (partial sun). Morning sunlight is their killer, same as deep shade. The roots are shallow, s ...entire article
Homebush forms rounded, almost spherical trusses of bright pink to salmon pink, semi-double flowers in late spring. The truss shape resembles flowering snowball viburnum. The tepals are distinctly pointed. Bred by Waterer in 1925, GB. 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 re ...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
Gibraltar is undoubtedly the bestseller among orange varieties as this orange is deep and glowing. It has frilled margins and blooms reliably every year. Flowers lack strong fragrance. Bred by E. de Rotschild in 1947, GB. Though a perfect fit among Mollis azaleas - rich orange, non-fragrant flowers and compact growth, the Internation Rhododendron Registry calls it a Knap Hill variety. 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 in ...entire article
Moerheim is a dwarf variety with short, ovate, deep green, glossy leaves, a dense habit, and lilac-blue small flowers. Rhododendrons are low-maintenance shrubs that will perform superbly provided you plant them well. They mostly prefer bright to dappled shade or partial shade (partial sun). Morning sunlight is their killer, same as deep shade. The roots are shallow, spreading to sides in search for nutrients. Never plant them too deep. The soil has to be acidic (pH 4.5-5.5), rich in humus, cool and always moist. Adult plants withstand direct mid-day and afternoon sun if their ...entire article
Minuet bears large flowers with cinnamon red corolla and almost white centre and margins. Buds are light pink to pale red. Leathery leaves are narrow, laurel-like, pointed, mid green and partly glossy. There are many cultivars combining all sorts of red, pink and burgundy shades with white, all of them beautiful, all of them very hardy. The best display is when half of the bloom cluster is still in buds which mostly have a different colour than the flowers themselves. For a happy life it MUST HAVE acidic soil (add plenty of peat). Plant it in well drained soil that has to ...entire article
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