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WINKY series of columbine comprises of strong varieties of several colors. They form compact and symmetrical clumps which look like precisely hand-tied bouquets. This variety makes deep purple blue to deep violet blue flowers with a white margin on the crown. They come out on 40-60 cm tall, dark purple blue, strong stems that do not tend to break in wind. Flowers are produced from end May until early July. 3-lobed leaves make a neat mound and if they are worn out after flowering just cut them off 5-7 cm above ground t ...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
Cannes® is another Itoh peony variety from the RICH AND SPARKLING® series, offering semi-double flowers of fantastic salmon colour. They are about 15-20 cm across, with additional shades of rich pink at margins and pale orange towards the centre which is decorated with a small crown of yellow stamens. They appear later than tree peony flowers but before the perennial type ones i.e. from about mid May until mid June. Their stems are tall enough to make a great cut flo ...entire article
16.05.2017New in catalogue
hyacinth (Hyacinthus "'BLUE PEARL'")
The Pearl series of hyacinths belongs to the most successful thanks to its rich colours and strong perfume. Blue Pearl is dark like a sky before a storm. Its deep purple blue, star-shaped flowers open from late April until May. They are formed in dense, terminal spikes atop 25-30 cm tall stems. Leaves are linear, rich green. Hyacinth prefers humus-rich, fresh, moist but free-draining soil and location in full sun or only a slight shade for a part of the day. They do not m ...entire article
16.05.2017New in catalogue
hyacinth (Hyacinthus "'WHITE PEARL'")
The Pearl series of hyacinths belongs to the most successful thanks to its rich colours and strong perfume. White Pearl brings cream white, star-shaped flowers opening from pale yellow buds from late April until May. They are formed in dense, terminal spikes atop 25-30 cm tall stems. Leaves are linear, rich green. Hyacinth prefers humus-rich, fresh, moist but free-draining soil and location in full sun or only a slight shade for a part of the day. They do not multiply as ...entire article
Scarlet Tempest is a breathtaking avens variety from Scotland. It produces rich clumps of handsome foliage and sturdy stems with numerous, rich scarlet orange-red flowers already from April until early mid to late July, and then again in late summer. They are semi-double, large (3-5 cm across), and decorated with a crown of yellow stamens. Basal leaves are oak-like, deeply lobed, bright green, and remain evergreen in mild winters. Scarlet Tempest looks especially good in mass plantings where its handsome foliage makes ...entire article
14.05.2017New in catalogue
moss phlox (Phlox "'PURPLE BEAUTY'")
Purple Beauty is one of the best breedings among moss phlox varieties. Its pastel violet flowers come out in such profusion that the evergreen, needle-like leaves become invisible for a couple of weeks from late April until mid to late May. It quickly forms a large and quite a compact cushion. Still, in order to eliminate bare, woody stems in the central part we recommend trimming it in early summer just after flowering. Grow moss phlox in full sun and free-draining soil of any pH. Once established they take long p ...entire article
14.05.2017New in catalogue
moss phlox (Phlox "'CANDY STRIPES'")
Flowers of Candy Stripes phlox look like a fairground lollipop. They are white with central pink stripes and small but distinct purple red eye. They open later than most other varities, usually in mid May, emerging from needle-like, evergreen leaves. It forms a nice groundcover in almost no time, however, for good habit, dense growth and to eliminate bare, woody stems we recommend trimming it in early summer just after flowering. Grow moss phlox in full sun and free-draining soil of any pH. Once established they ta ...entire article
MacDaniels Cushion is possibly the top favourite rich pink variety of moss phlox. Its flowers are rich neon pink and open from late April on dense, emerald green cushions of evergreen leaves. It is quite compact, however, for good habit and in order to eliminate bare, woody stems we recommend trimming it in early summer just after flowering. Grow moss phlox in full sun and free-draining soil of any pH. Once established they take long periods of droughts. Mulching is not necessary but covering the soil around the ma ...entire article
San Marino® is an Itoh peony variety from the RICH AND SPARKLING® series, offering semi-double flowers of unusual pale golden orange colour. They are about 15-20 cm across, highlighted with occasional narrow red stripes, and decorated with small red flames in the centre. They appear later than tree peony flowers but before the perennial type ones i.e. from about mid May until mid June. Their stems are tall enough to make a great cut flower, and if the whole plant is ...entire article
St. Barts® is an Itoh peony variety from the RICH AND SPARKLING® series, offering semi-double lilac flowers which are about 15-20 cm across, decorated with violet-purple centres and profusion of yellow stamens. They appear later than tree peony flowers but before the perennial type ones i.e. from about mid May until mid June. Their stems are tall enough to make a great cut flower, and if the whole plant is hard pruned after flowering to the ground level it re-grows a ...entire article
Saint-Tropez® is an Itoh peony variety from the RICH AND SPARKLING® series, offering fully double, rich yellow flowers which are about 15-20 cm across, decorated with red centres and profusion of yellow stamens. They appear later than tree peony flowers but before the perennial type ones i.e. from about mid May until mid June. Their stems are tall enough to make a great cut flower, and if the whole plant is hard pruned after flowering to the ground level it re-grows ...entire article
Ryusen (or Ryusei) is a unique Japanese maple of strictly weeping habit with typical palmte, not dissected leaves. It was found as a natural mutation of one whole plant in Japanese maple nursery in Kawaguchi City in 1990. Its founder Kahuzara Kobayashi named it Ryusen (flowing or falling water) whereas its former provisional name, in my view a little more accurate, was Ryusei (falling star). Th ...entire article
Summer Gold is a special Japanese maple with yellow-green foliage that is very resistant to heat and sun, and is commonly grown in locations where yellow and green coloured maples fail to perform. The leaves are 5 or 7-lobed, palmate, bright golden or almost orange yellow with some salmon orange-pink shades when they emerge, and mature to very light lime green in summer whilst majority of insolated foliage remains golden yellow. The best show, however, kicks off in autumn when they slowly turn coral orange, salmon pin ...entire article
Palette is a David’s photinia variety with variegated foliage. The leaves emerge rich purple red and mature to soft green with irregular white marbling. In autumn all green parts change to various depths of burgundy red, and white parts gain pink shades. In midsummer small clusters of tiny white flowers appear, and are followed by spherical red fruit it autumn. Such play of colours if welcome especially in spots where mostly green plants grow and where bold variegation brings an extra feature. The natural sha ...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
Japanese red pine is valued for its soft, long needles of lighter green colour. There are plenty of varieties in the trade, some of which are quite rare such as this Fastigiata variety. As the name suggests it is a columnar pine with soft needles you like to touch every time you pass by. It grows moderately into a compact, upright column that needs no pruning or trimming to look great. In maturity its width is just a little over one meter which makes it ideal for mixed beds with low and prostrate growing plants li ...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
Robert Seleger is a unique rhododendron variety. It was bred by Dietrich G. Hobbie from German nursery town Westerstede in 1960. It is a hybrid where only one parent is known: rhododendron calostrotum ssp. keleticum, nevertheless, the result is fascinating. Mounding habit, slow growth, neat and compact shape make it a beautiful feature all year round. The unique bit about it is the foliage. The evergreen leaves are narrowly lanceolate with a conspicuous tip. In May appear masses of light pink flowers with deep ...entire article
Canzonetta is a Japanese azalea bred by Hans Hachmann in 1987, and is still among the most popular varieties until today. The reasons are rich colour, compact shape, and reliable evergreen foliage. Canzonetta bears medium-large double flowers of rich magenta red colour. Leaves are small, broadly elliptic to almost rounded, very glossy, rich green in summer and changing to deep purple or bronze in winter. The plant makes a compact cushion or a ground cover, growing only about 3 ...entire article
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
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
Chinese wisteria is no doubt the queen of flowering climbers. Alba is a variety with clusters of very fragrant, pure white flowers that are 25-35 cm long and appear on bare wood earlier than other wisterias, usually in April. Rather exotic looking pinnate leaves are mid green, and densely cover the plant and its support. It usually offers second blooming in early summer which is nonetheless beautiful, this time on the background of a fully leaved plant. Tree forms of wisterias have several advantages. They make th ...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
Swamp azaleas are a unique species of deciduous azalea of North American origin. These azaleas offer later flowering and extremely fragrant flowers. Millennium was born much earlier than the new millennium began – in 1973, and it was hybridized by E.V.Mezitt in Massachusetts, USA. It produces small to medium sized, deep pink to rosy red, sweetly scented flowers. They may open already in late May but their main flowering time is June, and blooming lasts for 3-4 weeks which is a long time for azalea. Its leaves ar ...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
Charles Joly and Michel Buchner are probably the most common lilac varieties in the Czech Republic. The flower colour of Charles Joly is rich lilac-pink. The inflorescence is composed of single, very fragrant flowers that resemble mezereon flowers forming 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 young plants. Lilac...entire article
Minuet is a dwarf variety of Canadian lilac. It produces tubular, sweetly scented, light mauve flowers composed in erect panicles, coming out about 2 weeks later than flowers on common lilacs i.e. mid to end May. It grows slowly, making a dense, rounded shrub. Lance-shaped leaves are 6-12 cm long, deciduous, deep green and partly glossy. These lilacs do not make suckers, they are not weedy unless grafted on common lilac. Growing slower than common lilac they can be used as substitutes in areas where tall shrub woul ...entire article
Corallinum is a handsome variety of Japanese maple, similar to Sango Kaku. but much slower growing. It has medium-sized, deciduous, palmate leaves that emerge bright pink early in the spring, changing to soft green or yellow green in summer, and turning red in autumn. Leaf stalks remain pink-red from spring until autumn. As the weather turns colder another feature becomes visible – coral pink shade of the bark and branches. So when the plant is bare wit ...entire article
Cedar of Lebanon is the most popular cedar in our country as it combines two important features: it is fully hardy and has the typical, beautiful cedar shape. In this case, however, we are bringing you a rare variety called Pyramidalis. Difficult to guess what this cedar is all about, eh? Pyramidalis cedar of Lebanon is a bushy growing plant of narrowly columnar habit or almost pyramidal shape when mature. It has short and glossy, deep green needles that are borne in whorls of 40-50. Being a specialty it is not listed in the world’s most respected encyclopedias. S ...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
14.05.2017New stock
hebe (Hebe "'GREEN GLOBE'")
Green Globe is a true gem among hebes. This variety, though relatively new to the market, has become one of the best-selling hebes ever. Its dominant feature is a deep but yet warm green colour of tiny, scaly leaves and mounding habit. This hebe does not flower. It can be used along garden pathways or as a dense, substantial ground-covering plant in beds and borders. It grows slowly and requires no pruning. Still, it can easily be clipped and shaped in early spring after all frosts. When pruning make sure you cut the plant evenly on all sides. Hebes need very well- ...entire article
Fine Line® buckthorn is a gorgeous shrub which in its few years on the market has managed to gain attention of many gardeners as well as landscape architects. It is a result of cross-pollination carried out by Ronald Williams in 1989, but only in 1999 he selected plants showing stable characteristics. He had the plant patented under PP 14,791. Fine Line® buckthorn has identical leaves to one of its parents – a href="http://www.havlis.cz/karta_en.php?kytkaid=451">Aspleniifolia variety. They are deciduous, very narrow, fern-like, linear, 10-12 cm long and soft ...entire article
Beni Maiko is a fantastic variety of Japanese maple with brilliant red new foliage. Its Japanese name means a red-haired dancing girl. The deciduous leaves are not large, only about 5 cm across, but their emerging colour in the spring is striking and is even more enhanced when new leaves mature in early summer while the branches keep producing fresh new red foliage at their ends. This makes this maple a unique specimen in every garden. It grows slowly about 2.5m tall and wide. Beni Maiko forms naturally a dense and bushy shrub with a neat, oval-shaped or almost rounded ...entire article
Not everyone can afford growing a large tree in his garden but would like to enjoy its foliage. Dwarf varieties are perfect solutions to this problem. And Troll is one of the most recent solutions among them. This German word means hobbit and hobbits, as we know them, are usually small. Troll is a dwarf maidenhair tree which hardly exceeds 1m tall when mature. It is a conifer though its needles are so flat and wide that you just have to call them leaves. They are deciduous, fan-shaped, young leaves are fresh green and turn matt and pale or pea-green in maturity. In autumn ...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
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
Melina is a stunning variety of Japanese azalea. Its double or even triple flowers are bright pink and appear in rounded inflorescens late in the spring – end May/early June. It grows slowly and compact, spreading. 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. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growth rate. The ...entire article
This Japanese wisteria is something that not only collectors will be happy about, I believe. Have you ever seen wisteria with racemes longer than 1 meter? And that is on the short side: there is a plant whose flower raceme was worth writing in the Guinness Book of Records thanks to 180 cm in length! That is a size of a supermodel! :-) Its name is Multijuga (formerly Macrobotrys) and usually makes 80-130 cm long racemes of light violet, pea-like flowers with a light yellow blotch in the throat. The scent is light and sweet. Flowers appear on a partially or completely lea ...entire article
Redwine is a Canadian lilac of so far the deepest burgundy red colour. It sweetly scented flower are tubular, and formed in partially pendent panicles. The difference between these and common lilacs is that panicles of Canadian lilac are not as clustered as on common lilac, flower 2-3 weeks later and thanks to the open flowers they make a nice and relaxed appearance on the first hot summer days. Lance-shaped leaves are 6-12 cm long, deciduous, deep green and glossy. These lilacs do not make suckers, they are not weedy unless grafted on common lilac. Growing slower than ...entire article
Agnes Smith is an elegant variety of Canadian lilac with snow white flowers. They are sweetly scented, tubular, formed in more or less upright panicles. The difference between these and common lilacs is that panicles of Canadian lilac are not as clustered as on common lilac, flower 2-3 weeks later and thanks to the open flowers they make a nice and relaxed appearance on the first hot summer days. Lance-shaped leaves are 6-12 cm long, deciduous, deep green and glossy. These lilacs do not make suckers, they are not weedy unless grafted on common lilac. Growing slower tha ...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
Hidcote is a very popular variety of lavender with the brightest violet-blue flowers. It forms a compact and dense clump, ideal for beds where tall and leggy perennial is not required. Evergreen leaves are narrow, silvery blue-green. You can remove the stalks with spent flowers after flowering to make the clump look neat again, or even sooner if you wish to dry the flowers (hung with flowers heads upside down in an airy room). We recommend cutting the plant every spring by about a third its size to maintain a dense and profusely flowering shrub. It will grow in most ty ...entire article
Sensation is a variety with a perfect name. Its individual flowers are deep purple to violet with rich, white margins = an eye-catcher even for those who consider lilacs far too usual. They are strongly fragrant. Stiff leaves are heart-shaped, upto 10 cm long, mid to dark green. Lilacs are popular for showy flowers as well as dense foliage which make them ideal for informal hedges. As it flowers on previous year’s growths any pruning should be done immediately after flowering – in June. It is soil adaptable and likes full sun or partial shade. Absolutely hardy ...entire article
Japanese holly fern is more often used as a beautiful house plant, however, it is quite hardy to be planted outside in the garden (USDA zone 6 – borderline). It makes upto 60 cm long erect fronds with dark green, very glossy, slightly toothed and sharply pointed (but harmless) pinnae hence its resemblance to hollies. It likes acidic, humus-rich soil that is light and always moist. It does best planted in shade or semi-shade. Holly ferns can tolerate some direct sunlight but, unfortunately, not in dry continental climate. Leaves are evergreen down to about -10°C, in lower temperatures the ...entire article
It is our utmost pleasure to offer this summer-blooming beauty: false camellia. It comes from moist woodlands of North America and eastern Asia (Japan, China, Vietnam, Nepal). It belongs to the same genus theaceae like camellia and tea. Its main attraction are the flowers. They are 6-7 cm wide, pure white with a cluster of rich yellow stamens in the centre and appear from the first hot days of June and keep popping up until end July. It has thick, rich green leaves which turn yellow, orange and purple in autumn. False camellia has peeling bark which gives an extra feature especially ...entire article
Black Lace is a variety of European elder that has lace-like, deep burgundy leaves that look like those of dissectum Japanese maples. Flowers are striking pink panicles that appear in May. Its vigorous growth helps this shrub soon make a dense cover of leaves that are vivid purple in the spring, deep burgundy throughout the summer, and bright crimson in the autumn. Elder tolerates wide ranges of soil and will be happy of almost any location. By pruning in early spring you will achieve a denser plant, that will be easier to maintain the size and shape. Fully hardy to ab ...entire article
Purpureus Variegatus is an unusual variety of Rose-of-Sharon. It is commonly demanded for its variegated leaves rather than flower. The leaves are pea-green in the centre and creamy white at margins. They are a little larger than on other hibiscus varieties. The plant produces numerous, burgundy red flowers buds that never open entirely and remain half-closed. If the leaves turn yellow in summer the plant manifests too much water at the roots. The hibiscus is either over-watered or planted in too heavy, water-logged soil that might cause serious problems. Hibiscus is a ...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
Woodbridge is an ideal choice for everyone who loves shiny-coloured flowers in summer. They are bright pink, sometimes of a faint lavender touch, with a bright red eye in the middle, small enough not to disturb the entire colour of the bloom. They come out every year in July and don’t stop blooming until all buds have gone - sometimes by end September. Pruning is not needed. But if you clip max. one third of last year’s growth it will result in larger flower sizes. Hibiscus needs a sunny location and though it can withstand temporary droughts it is advisable to keep the soil moist ...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
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
It was in 1826 when the very first bloom of this famous saucer magnolia came into the world. It was bred by French botanist Etienne Soulange-Bodin who 6 years before that success made a cross between m.denudata and m.liliflora. It blooms on bare branches with beautifully scented, goblet- or saucer-shaped flowers that are white inside and light pink or light ruby coloured on the outside. Flower buds are quite large and fuzzy, and appear on the plant in late summer the previous year. It starts blooming when 6-8 years old and since then blooms profusely and reliably every year. Le ...entire article
Blue-flowering hibiscus varieties are very popular in gardens. Marina is one of them. It bears medium-large mauve flowers with deep burgundy red centres that have conspicuous veins along the flower tepals. Stigmas are creamy white which makes an adorable contrast with the flower colour. Marina is ideal for combinations with yellow-flowering lower shrubs. It has very decorative leaves that are unique. They are medium large, 7-8 cm long, narrowly palmate, 3-lobed with one lobe deeply cut, mid to dark green and coarsely toothed. If they turn yellow in summer the plant mani ...entire article
Lady Stanley is a gorgeous variety with semi-double to double pinkish white flowers with purple veins which come out every year in July and don’t stop blooming until all buds have gone - sometimes by end September. Towards the end of the flowering season the flowers tend to reveal more pink rather than white, and a deep purple blotch in the middle. 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-wat ...entire article
Nearly everybody knows European hazel and most of us like its nuts. This common shrub was used to create something quite extraordinary – a curly version – corkscrew hazel. This slow growing shrub has contorted stems which are the main attraction especially in winter. Unlike the basic species, it is keeping rather small – say 3 meters in 25 years. Leaves are large, grass green, almost matt. The flowers overwinter as dangling catkins. No special soil requirements. ...entire article
Ardens is one of the older varieties with beautiful, mauve, double, open flowers. It tends to get harder and harder to get now that new varieties come every year. This one, however, proved to be a winner, blooming profusely and reliably every year, forming a dense shrub. 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. Hi ...entire article
Duc de Brabant is a popular variety or Rose-of-Sharon with fully double flowers. They are medium sized, 5-6 cm across, purple red and come out in from mid July until last warm and sunny days of early autumn. 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 borderli ...entire article
This easy to grow shrub has many names and all of them say something about the beautiful scent of the flowers: sweetshrub, strawberry shrub, or even pineapple shrub. That’s because of the deliciously scented flowers which smell like a blend of strawberry jam and apple juice. Flowers are 3-5 cm across, with numerous strap-shaped petals. Their colour varies with soil conditions and amount of everyday sunlight: it is rich burgundy to deep purple or even crimson red. They come out in June (rarely in end May) and continue blooming in a few phases until early August. Oval ...entire article
Among Japanese maples next to dissectum group there is another group called linearilobum, which consists of plants with very narrow and long, and sometimes almost thread-like leaves which give the plant almost a bamboo effect. Scolopendrifolium is a variety that belongs to this group and offers bright green, narrow leaves on reddish stalks. They emerge yellow with a golden hue and turn vivid orange in autumn. Scolopendrifolium grows upright, forming an airy bush which can be pruned to reach a compact shape. It will look great when ...entire article
Bloodgood is an extremely commercially successful variety with deep burgundy leaves. They have 7 lobes and hold the colour reliably. The leaves turn bright scarlet red in the autumn. The bark is blackish-red. It forms a small tree or a large shrub with compact, rounded crown with predominantly upright branches. It is considered a vigorous grower compared to Japanese maples’ growth rate. It grows relatively fast to about 4m high where it slows down dramatically and thickens the crown. It seldom exceeds 3m wide. Bloodgood is an easy-care, hardy plant, which does not n ...entire article
Chinese wisteria is no doubt the queen of flowering climbers. Clusters of very fragrant violet flowers are 25-35 cm long and appear on bare wood earlier than on other wisterias, usually in April. Rather exotic looking pinnate leaves are mid green and densely cover the plant and its support. It usually offers second blooming in early summer when in full leaf. The support is necessary even for tree forms because the wood remains very flexible for many years. Wisteria flowers mainly on short spurs so cut back unwanted side branches to 2-3 buds to encourage formation of flowering spurs. ...entire article
Fraser’s photinia is a popular shrub in countries and regions with milder winters. It is a hybrid between photinia glabra and photinia serratifolia. Red Robin is a variety with larger and glossier leaves producing a fantastic coppery and red colour when they emerge. They turn green in summer. In Southern Europe it is often grown as a hedge. Here we will find it a place sheltered from strong, drying winds in winter. It grows fast and can be pruned to achieve a more compact and denser habit. If it is damaged by harsh frost it always regenerates even fr ...entire article
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
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