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James Grieve is an old and proved, very tasting variety of a midseason apple tree from Scotland from 1893. The apples are medium to large, juicy and sweet, and are great eaten fresh off the tree, yet a little sharp. Sweetness rises only after one week of cold storage. It generally does not store well in common cellars, however, in under professional storage conditions it may last ontil late winter. It is partial self-fertile but will significantly benefit from a pollinator nearby, i.e. Antonovka, Čistecké, Fuji, Ga ...entire article
Peter Pan is a mossy saxifrage variety with beautiful rich red flowers atop thin, about 10 cm tall stems. It forms a compact clump of evergreen, soft green leaves. Flowers come out in profusion from mid spring and create a breathtaking colourful carpet. The plant grows slowly, spreading to sides. Saxifrage likes moist but well-drained, sandy soil and location in full sun or partial shade. It will die in full sun and dry soil. Hardy to about -34°C (USDA zone 4). Unsuitable for pots. Last update 22-03-2017 ...entire article
17.03.2017New in catalogue
(Mycorrhizal fungi David Austin®)
Mycorrhizal fungi is an optimum solution for ecological and healthy planting. Its broad mix of fungi stimulates root growth, creating a secondary root system which encourages the uptake of nutrients from the soil. It is a dry powder which should be applied on moist or wet roots before transplanting, let a few dozens of seconds swell up, and also sprinkled into the planting hole. Put the rose into the hole and cover with soil making sure the fungi stays on the roots. A 90g pouch is sufficient for 3 rose plants. ...entire article
14.03.2017New in catalogue
Korean maple (Acer pseudosieboldianum)
Korean maple is a less common species in European cultivation, and as the name suggests its native habitat are the forests of Korea and North China. It is a sought-after plant among those who love Japanese maples but for some reason don’t succeed in growing them. Korean maple is a very similar looking large shrub or tree which is not prone to typical Japanese maples diseases and will grow in almost any soil without any maintenance. Its deciduous leaves are 10-12 cm long, palmate, 9-11 lobed, yellow-green in spring with pale scarlet hues, light to ric ...entire article
Joshua® hellebore is a very early variety bred from German breeder Josef Heuger. Its flowers are small to mid-sized: 4-5 cm across, pure white with yellow stamens in the centre, and in warm winters come out in profusion from early December until February. In cold winters blooming starts from late winter. Evergreen leaves are leathery, palmate, and deep green and form a compact clump. Patent No. PP17957 issued in 2007. Hellebore likes heavy, evenly moist, neutral to alkaline, rich in humus soil in dappled shade ...entire article
Jesko® hellebore is another creation from German breeder Josef Heuger. Its flowers are quite large: 5-8 cm across, pure white with yellow stamens in the centre, and mature to pale yellow green when the stamens have fallen off. In warm winters flowering begins just before Christmas, and continues for about 3 months, in cold winters from late winter. Evergreen leaves are leathery, palmate, and deep green and form a compact clump. Patent No. PP25316 issued in 2008. Hellebore likes heavy, evenly moist, neutral to ...entire article
MADAME LEMONNIER® is truly a fantastic hellebore variety bred by an enthusiastic breeder from northern France Martine Lemonnier in 1995, and patented as PP25646 ‘Lem 100’ in 2013. Flowers are huge – up to 10 cm across, open wide, pastel purple pink, decorated with numerous yellow stamens and a crown of tiny yellow-green funnels around them, and deep burgundy red stigma in the centre. They are atop strong, about 20 cm tall stems, facing its admirers (not nodding), and come out from mid to late De ...entire article
03.03.2017New in catalogue
crabapple (Malus "'GOLDEN HORNET'")
Golden Hornet is a well known crabapple variety with rich butter yellow fruit. It produces masses of slightly fragrant, white blossoms opening from pink buds in May, which are followed by spherical, bright yellow, glossy fruit which is in fact tiny apples that can be eaten if you like somewhat astringent taste. The amount of the fruit makes the upright branches bend and new branches grow upright again. This way the canopy changes its shape to almost rounded with age. Leaves are deciduous, broadly ovate, glossy, and ri ...entire article
03.03.2017New in catalogue
weeping crabapple (Malus "'RED JADE'")
Red Jade is one of the most fantastic crabapple varieties combining the beauty of a weeping crown and abundance of coloured fruit. It produces masses of slightly fragrant, white blossoms opening from pink buds in May, which are followed by cherry-like, yellow and red fruit that is in fact tiny apples that can be eaten if you like somewhat astringent taste. There is plentiful of them and on the strictly weeping branches they do look like maturing cherries in the middle of autumn. Seedling selected already in 1935. L ...entire article
SunSeekers is a coneflower series of 6 flowers colours all of which are stunning, rich, and non-fading. Plants have exceptional vigour and dense habit. In Tans Orange is a little play on words where In Tans is a substitute for Intense, how uncanny! Its ray florets are shorter and narrow, coloured like a sunset after a hot and sunny day – a few shades of orange and a bit of scarlet red. All this topped with a large, reddish brown cone in the centre. SunSeekers coneflowers ...entire article
SunSeekers is a coneflower series of 6 flowers colours all of which are stunning, rich, and non-fading. Plants have exceptional vigour and dense habit. White is a variety with gorgeous, large flowers composed of pure white ray florets and golden green discs. The flowers come out in abundance are so beautiful like a wedding dress. SunSeekers coneflowers have strong and rather short stems with dark green, narrowly lanceolate leaves. Flowering begins in early July and continue ...entire article
Sakhalin spindle tree is native to NE China, Korea, and Japan. It boasts of attractive autumn foliage and fruit. Deciduous leaves are ovate, 10-12 cm, emerge fresh green from deep burgundy red, pointed buds, and turn bronze and scarlet red in autumn. In May open less conspicuous flowers which are followed by very attractive fruit in late summer. It is almost rounded, about 2 cm across, brilliant red to magenta purple, and reveal small, rich orange and glossy fruit after opening. This colourful display lasts for a long period in autumn, often until early w ...entire article
Amur maple is a subspecies of a less cultivated species called Tatar maple. This one comes from NE Asia, precisely Mongolia, Korea, Japan, and mainly the Amur River valley between Russia and China. It can be variable in habit but usually forms a vase-shaped, multi-stemmed shrub or small tree with dome-shaped canopy. Deciduous leaves are three-lobed, prominently and irregularly serrated at margins, mid green in summer turning a fantastic palette of colours in autumn hence its other Czech name: fire maple. The shades include deep golden orange, scarlet r ...entire article
Red Jack is a huge rhodo variety from the Netherlands from 1975. It produces large, widely funnel-shaped, brilliant red flowers with slightly frilled margins and gentle dotting in the throat from about mid May. Evergreen leaves are ovate, leathery, dull green, and matte. It can grow almost 3m tall and a little less wide. For a better looking plant dead-head where possible. The roots are shallow, spreading to sides in search for nutrients. Never plant them too deep. The soil has to be acidic (pH 4.5-5.5), rich in hu ...entire article
Etna® is the queen of laurels. Its bright emerald green leaves are glossy and healthy, slightly curved at the ends and edges which add plasticity to the overall appearance of the plant. New leaves emerge copper orange and red. Etna’s foliage is much more tolerant of winter sun scald than most laurels. Etna® is one of the best cherry laurels for growing as a standard tree. It naturally forms a compact, dense, rounded crown that doesn’t need pruning to ...entire article
Chestnut Leaf is probably the most common variety when you happen to come across a Koehne holly in Europe early 21st century. I am giving this date deliberately in case you are reading this article in 2050 or later, laughing how come that we used to be so deprived having just one Koehne holly then. Anyway, back to the subject. Its name reckons there is a similarity to sweet chestnut leaves which I can only confirm. The leaves are up to 15 cm long, broadly elliptic, serrated or short-spined at margins, rich green, and glossy. The difference is that they are leathery and evergreen. It is a femal ...entire article
KAHORI PINK is a very pretty hybrid pink variety with rich rosy pink flowers from May until midsummer. The main flowering season is June when this mounding perennial is covered with about 2cm wide flowers atop very short stems, only a few centimeters above thin, evergreen, medium green foliage. Dwarf pinks love free draining but not very dry, neutral to slightly alkaline soils. They respond well to reasonable fertilizing when flowers are produced, and benefit from light shearing after flowering. Hardy to about -34 ...entire article
20.03.2017New stock
sandwort (Arenaria montana)
Sandwort is a superb, low-growing, and profusely flowering perennial with hundreds of small, single, white flowers from mid spring until early summer. The leaves are very narrow, elliptic, rich green and make a dense cushion which remains evergreen all year round. Newly planted sandwort might be a little slow to establish but from the following year it offers a profusion of flowers without a doubt. Sandwort requires almost nothing. Grow it in reasonably drained soil. It loves evenly moist ground and full sun but will be ok in drier places, too. Trim it li ...entire article
Heavenly Blue is a perfect name for this lithodora which produces a plenty of small, sky blue flowers from late April until early June, and sporadically throughout the summer. Leaves are thick, deep green, and the plant forms a neat cushion with partly erect twigs in the centre. This lithodora does best in acid soil unlike other varieties. It needs well-drained soil and full sun. It will look great in a rockery as well as an edging plant of a perennial border. We mix it with low, compact shrubs in borders mulched w ...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
Lithodora is a low, ground-covering perennial which remains evergreen in mild winters of zones 5 and 6, and fully evergreen in zone 7. Its prostrate, spreading branches lie on the ground and overlap edges of elevated beds, patios, and pots. Grace Ward is a variety with deep blue, campanulate, small flowers that appear in profusion from late April to early June, and sparsely throughout all summer. Leaves are narrowly linnear, short like rosemary, thick, deep green, and glossy. Prune it to a compact shape immediatel ...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
Scarlet crabapple is a fantastic addition to the collection of spring flowering apples and cherries. This one, however, has more than one feature to look at (just like Scarlett Johansson who may have been a reason for giving this tree its name …) Scarlet is a flowering crabapple tree with profusion of bright purple-pink flowers in mid spring. The deciduous leaves are borne during blooming. First leaves are typically ovate but from the end of spring the tree starts producing larger leaves with 3 lobes at the end of branches. They are glossy and deep burgundy red as they e ...entire article
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
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
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
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
Mountain ash is a common tree in our country. In the 19th century a variety with edible fruit was found in Moravia, Czech Republic, it is called Edulis. It bears deciduous, pinnate leaves composed of deep green leaflets, serrated at margins. They change to orange, red and yellow in autumn. Its flowers are creamy white corymbs in late spring. They are followed by fruit which is as loved with birds as with people. The fruit lacks the typical bitterness of common mountain ash and is ideal for preserves and is very refreshing canned as stewed fruit. It should be harvested ...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
Belle Etoile is one the hybrids raised at the turn of the 19th century by a French botanist Pierre Lemione. It is popular for the large, bridal-white flowers with a light maroon blotch in the centre, strong fragrance and prolonged flowering period. It is a compact shrub compared to other philadelphus species and varieties. Deciduous leaves are narrowly ovate, 4-5 cm long, mid green. It grows moderately into an arching shrub, about 1.5m tall and 2m wide. Pruning is not necessary but can be done immediately after flowering in late summer. To rejuvenate the shrub remove branches ...entire article
If you like cedars or perhaps if you are a collector or just an enthusiast don’t miss this one. It is a beautiful example of a form that is rarely seen in private gardens or arboretums. Fastigiata is an attractive form of Atlas cedar with strictly narrow, columnar habit. Its evergreen, short needles are deep green with slightly blue-green tint. Lateral branches are short and densely cover the leader. If a branch goes mad and grows too long in the unwanted direction just clip it, any time of year. Other pruning is not required or even suggested. It grows slowly. ...entire article
07.03.2017New stock
medlar (Mespilus germanica)
Medlar is a less known fruit tree from S.W.Asia. It is a small tree or a large deciduous shrub whose close relative is loquat, a less hardy species of the same genus. So if you are looking for a tree with similar foliage but hardier try this one. The mid green leaves are stiff, partly glossy, oblong-oval, and turn bronze-red and golden yellow in autumn. From mid spring until early summer it bears typically apple-like, white to pink-tinged flowers that are up to 5 cm across. They are self-fertile. Flowers are followed by almost spherical orange-brown fruit in autumn that tak ...entire article
Luizet apricot is one f the most suitable ones from our climate because it blooms late which helps it avoid late spring frost. On the other hand it is an early variety with fruit maturing in mid-summer. Fruit is rounded to oval, deep orange with irregular red flushes, very aromatic. Taste is sweet. It has 9% sugar content and 13.5% acid content. The tree has strong vigour. It is frost and drought resistant. It needs a sunny and warm place sheltered from strong winds, and good, humus-rich soil. Hardy to about -25°C. Last update 02-03-2008 ...entire article
Blue Princess is probably the most popular female variety of blue hollies. It flowers abundantly in the spring and fruits are born in the autumn. They are bright red, shiny berries that remain on the plant until early to mid spring. To produce fruits it needs a male pollinator e.g. Blue Prince® or Casanova. The leaves are glossy, medium sized (4x2cm) and finely, not dangerously toothed. Their colour is deep green, almost blue-green with purple ma ...entire article
Novita is a new sensation among cherry laurels. Eventually there is a hardy variety which has benefits of the formerly more tender ones: it grows fast and big, has large leaves of a nice colour, and is surprisingly hardy for a large-leaved cherry laurel. It is a selection of Rotundifolia variety hence the resemblance. The leaves are 10-15 cm long, obovate, very glossy, soft green when young turning to deep green. It is a perfect specimen or a superb hedging pl ...entire article
i>Umbraculifera is a popular variety of locust with 25-30 cm long pinnate, deciduous leaves that are made of up to 23 elliptic to ovate individual dark green leaflets. New leaves appear all season long so there are always some new at the tip of the branches, looking really fresh. An exceptional advantage is the fact that the leaves, especially in towns and cities, remain on the tree until very late – often until December when the first serious frosts come. It does not flower and therefore makes no mess from fallen flowers. It is called mop-head acacia because ...entire article
J.C.van Tol variety, more than any other holly, is known for making almost spineless leaves when the plant reaches a height of abt. 1m. They are glossy, deep green to olive green on the undersides. It is a female veriety bearing showy, bright red berries that appear abundantly and reliably every year in autumn. It is self-fertile so does not need a male pollinator. It can grow about 2-3m tall in a broadly pyramidal shape. To maintain a compact habit you can prune it 1-2x a year. First, beginning of spring remove all unsightly, dead or too long branches, and then, i ...entire article
Sweet chestnut originates in the Balkans and Southern Europe and has become very popular mainly in English parks where centenary specimens stand in their gracious beauty in the middle of neat lawns. Chestnut is cultivated for several beautiful features. The deciduous leaves are deep green, elliptic to oblong, up to 20 cm long, distinctly serrated and glossy. Albomarginata variety has white margins on slightly lighter green base. Flowers are creamy beige catkins that appear in July. They release a rather strong fragrance (especially in the evening) which may be disagree ...entire article
Mock orange is a reliable and absolutely maintenance-free shrub of old European gardens. It is popular for its snow white flowers, in case of this variety they are double, which come out in early or mid summer. They release a heavy fragrance that can hardly be mistaken for anything else. It flowers profusely every year. Deciduous leaves are about 8 cm long, bright to deep green, ovate. As it is a vigorously growing shrub you can keep it compact by trimming it after flowering. Fully hardy. ...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
This rather unusual and rare variety of magnolia flowers at the end of spring, or more often beginning of summer as a fully leaved shrub. Flower buds are erect and when they open up, the cup-shaped blooms turn to side or nod down. They are pure white, up to 10 cm across, with crimson anthers. Leaves are mid green, ovate to elliptic, 10-15 cm long, slightly downy making a suede feeling. Oyama magnolia dislikes pruning! Should you be unhappy with the shape of purchased shrub, be patient till it forms a dense plant itself. Cut off branches tend to dry out along the length. It needs fertile, alway ...entire article
Blue Prince® is probably the most popular variety of all so-called blue hollies. It is a male plant that does not produce fruits but is a pollinator for female plants of this group (e.g. Blue Princess). On the other hand, it grows faster than female varieties and has larger, attractive leaves, finely serrated, which are not as spiked as the ones from the aquifolium group. It has numerous, tiny white flowers in the spring and often again in the autumn. Flower buds and new shoots are pinkish-purple. Leaves are always very glossy and deep green, almost blue-green. Mes ...entire article
Recently, less known fruit trees and shrubs are becoming more and more popular mainly thanks to their original taste as well as positive impact on our health. Chokeberry is one of them. It is in the same rosaceae family as the service tree and its fruit is similar, too. The lustrous fruits are black, slightly larger than black currant, contain vitamin C and other important microelements such as ferrum and iodine. They can be eaten fresh, in fruit salads or sundaes, or processed as stewed fruit, preserves, juices, wines, they are excellent dried. Fruits can be harvested gradually from Se ...entire article
Gold Rider is still quite new in the Leyland cypress family. It produces flattened sprays of bright yellow-green, scale-like leaves. The branches are not pendent, not erect. Something in between and that makes it stand apart from chamaecyparis. The big advantage of Leyland cypress is the fact that its colour does not fade or change to brown in cold winter months but remains bright and attractive all year round. It grows moderately into a broadly columnar tree with dense branching from the ground. Gold Rider will look ...entire article
We are specialists in evergreen plants and offer the widest possible range of hardy, quality plants. Portugal laurel is a great evergreen plant that is surprisingly hardier that some large-leaved cherry laurels. Origin: S.W.Europe. This shrub has ovate to elliptic, pointed, mid-sized leaves that are deep green and glossy and have conspicuous red stalks and new twigs. Blossoms are numerous racemes, compound of white, sweetly scented flowers. Fruits are black berries, and tests proved that they are not poisonous, only seeds from unripe fruit can cause sto ...entire article
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
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