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EVERGREEN HEDGES SPRING 2019
We have an exciting new offer to pre-order plants for evergreen hedges for spring 2019. The best of the common types, a lot of less usual species, and as a bonus something very ambitious :-)

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LAST MONTH OF WINTER DISCOUNTS
February is the last month when you can use our winter discount for order made and paid for with 3 days. Current discount is 5%. More about our sales offer here.
E-SHOP 2019 IS OPEN
From December we have uploaded over 10,000 plants for you to choose on our webshop. Some are in stock, other will arrive from the growers in spring. You can order any of them now to make sure they will not sell out by spring. Use the search window or check our online CATALOGUE which shows all new entries along with the date of addition. Happy shopping!
Red Head is a fountain grass selection by Brent Horvath of Intrinsic Perennials from Illinois, USA. It produces attractive smoky purple red spike-like flowers 20-25 cm long. They appear atop up to 1.5m tall stem and exhibit their beauty well arranged above the foliage level. Leaves are luxuriant green, arching, and create a soft, relaxed feeling. In autumn they turn golden yellow. Red Head makes dense and compact clumps, yet count on the same spread as height (1.5m) in maturity which in case of this variety comes ver ...entire article
Heavy Metal is an upright variety of switch grass with pale green leaves with steel blue hues. In late summer appear fine, tan inflorescences which never overgrow the foliage level completely, and dance in the wind with the leaf tips. Young plants are columnar and the older and thicker the clump gets the more open it is at the top, looking like a perfect bouquet in a vase. Switch grass is quite soil adaptable - it can take dry or moist ground, but hates water-logging. It is best grown in sunny and warm areas, no fe ...entire article
Little Zebra® is an eulalia variety which is commonly supposed to be a dwarf version of Zebrinus, an older eulalia variety, however, these two have nothing in common. Little Zebra® originated as a natural sport of green-leaved miscanthus species. It has the same creamy white to pale yellow horizontal variegation on the leaf blades but exhibits much shorter growth and arching habit. Before flowering the plant is 80-100 cm tall and in flower it reache ...entire article
Giant miscanthus, or also called mammoth miscanthus is possibly the tallest of all eulalias. It is a natural hybrid between m.sinensis and m.sacchariflorus. It makes up to 4m tall, strong stems within one growing season (after 3 years of growing). They are strong and sturdy. Leaves are wide, rich green, and tops are arching like bamboos. It seldom flowers. Plume-like inflorescences are pale pinkish red. It forms impenetrable hedges and screens. Flowers are sterile but roots may be a little invasive. Eulalia is best grown in sunny and warm a ...entire article
FLASH DANCE® is a modern series of evergreen azaleas from French nursery Minier from 2017. FLASH DANCE® PINK produces semi-double flowers with two rows of larger petals, and a few dwarf sepals in the centre. They are bright pink, and open in profusion from about mid May for 2-3 weeks on the background of small, dark green, almost rounded, highly glossy, evergreen leaves. The plant exhibits dense, somewhat spreading to flatly rounded, dense habit. Japanese azalea ...entire article
Orange Beauty is an old lady among Japanese azaleas (Kaempferi hybrid) - it was bred by C.B. van Nes & Sons from Dutch Boskoop already in 1912. It produces medium-sized flowers with elongated petals of soft salmon pink colour. They open in May for 2-3 weeks on the background of small, dark green, ovate to elliptic, and glossy leaves. The plant forms quite symmetrical, rounded, dense shrubs. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growth rate. The size of new ...entire article
Adagio is a dwarf variety of eulalia (maiden grass) as it does not grow taller than some 70 cm in leaf, and slightly over one meter in bloom. Leaves are dark green, elegantly narrow, and emerge late in spring, often in May. From August open plume-like inflorescences composed of soft sand yellow to pale beige flowers. Adagio forms compact, dense clumps, and does not spread quickly like some other varieties. Eulalia is best grown in sunny and warm areas, in almost any well-drained soil with only occasional watering ...entire article
Romea is an Italian cling peach variety, possibly the earliest among late - already in mid August it can offer immensely beautiful fruit of delicious flavour in Central European climate. The skin is rich golden yellow with red stripes first that develop into a red flush taking up almost 40% when mature. The taste is extremely sweet, the flesh is firm yet very juicy, and very fragrant. The fruit is large and young trees cannot cope with high yield so thinning is crucial for young trees as a prevention from partly matur ...entire article
Moseri is a dwarf variety of Scots Pine from Moser Nursery in Versailles, France, from 1900. It has long, slightly twisted needles of soft green colour in summer and rich golden yellow in winter. It grows very slowly (8-12 cm per year) and naturally forms dense, broadly pyramidal shrubs with rounded top. Its size is about 2-3m tall and wide in maturity. Pruning is not needed but can be done in late winter or in mid spring when new shoots are shortened or removed completely. Scots pines love insolated locations. Bef ...entire article
Variegatus is a less common yet very handsome variety of Fortune's spindle. Its white and green variegated foliage makes it often mistaken for Silver Queen that has more rounded leaves. Variegatus, or Silver Gem, makes larger leaves that are more elongated with age and their colour is more creamy than pure white, and rather pea green than grass green. They are serrated at margins and reliably evergreen. Wintercreepers are excellent, low shrubs that can be used as a nice groundcover or a climber if given a s ...entire article
MAGICAL® PINKERBELL is a smooth hydrangea with large, pink flower heads on strong stems. Individual flowers are both sterile and fertile, composed in rounded corymbs 20-25 cm across, and appear from late June until early September. Its strong stems secure upright growth without falling even after a heavy rain. Deciduous leaves are ovate, mid to dark green, changing to yellow in autumn. Grow this hydrangea if you are in doubt whether the large-leaved macrophylla varieties with coloured flowers will survive your ...entire article
Coastal Gold is another eye-catching variety of evergreen silverthorn which originated just like its other variegated sisters - by natural mutation. Its leaves have dark green margins and rich yellow centres occupying up to 80% of the surface. They are evergreen, leathery, and glossy. One might wonder why we need another yellow/green silverthorn having Limelight and Eleador already. Just take a close look at the leaves and you will see - they are much broader, and definitely not flat - they look like a bodybuilder's s ...entire article
TOURAN™ DEEP RED is one of seven varieties among TOURAN™ series of mossy saxifrage. It was bred by Martien Everett Gutter from the Netherlands, and patented in 2007 as PP19643. It is a selection of an older variety Purperteppich against which it has more compact habit, earlier flowering, and richer red flowers. They appear from mid April atop about 10 cm tall, slender stems, and are deep velvet red as well as the stems. The plant forms a compact clump of ...entire article
Fischbeck is a compact variety of candytuft. From April until late May it produces profusion of snow white flowers composed in flattened corymbs atop 10-15 cm tall stems. Evergreen leaves are very narrow, elongated, deep green, and partially glossy. Like most mat-forming perennials this one, too, will benefit from light trimming after flowering which will help it remain compact and bushy. Candytuft needs free-draining, neutral to alkaline soil that won't remain dry for too long. Though an alpine this plant loves mo ...entire article
Nellie R. Stevens holly is one of the most cultivate hardy hollies worldwide simply because it is beautiful and versatile. It is a cross between English holly (ilex aquifolium) and Chinese holly (ilex cornuta). It grows relatively fast and can be trained into a gorgeous looking evergreen tree. The leaves are deep green, extremely glossy (it is very difficult to make a picture without their reflection) and have odd number of teeth: usually 3, but sometimes only 1 or even 5. Natural crown shape is widely conical to ...entire article
03.02.2019New in catalogue
white currant (Ribes rubrum )
VARIETIES Orion is a Czech variety of white currant. It produces long racemes of medium sized berries. They are sweet and juicy, and mature from midsummer. Shrubs are upright and strong. Very resistant to fungi diseases. Weisse aus Jüterborg is a white currant variety with medium long racemes of large berries. The taste is very sweet and only a little sour. Mid season. White Hollander is a midseason white currant variety with long racemes of swee ...entire article
Gala is one of the most famous and popular apple varieties renowned for its great taste as well as reliability. It originated in New Zealand in 1934, bred by J.H.Kidd as a cross between Kidd's Orange Red and Golden Delicious. With WWII coming the time was not right for apples so it had to wait until 1960 for its introduction. Since then it has literally conquered the world, without weapons or war strategies, and now is present on all continents. It is still widely cultivated though newer sports such as Royal Gala and ...entire article
31.01.2019New in catalogue
white pine (Pinus strobus "'LOUIE'")
Louie is an eye-catching variety of white pine from about 1990, found by Gregg Williams as a seedling in Vermont, USA. It was introduced to trade by Kate Brook Nursery in 1993, and has been a sought after variety ever since. It makes soft needles that are shorter than on most other white pines including the species. They are fresh green in summer and turn yellow in autumn and golden yellow in the coldest part of winter. Young, freshly transplanted plants may temporarily suffer from sun scorch but when fully establishe ...entire article
Fastigiata is a white pine variety from late 19th century. It is a medium tall tree of upright, narrowly pyramidal habit . Its soft needles are about 10 cm long, medium green with blue tones, and grow in whorls of 5. It grows fast and young plants benefit from regular pruning in order to harden the wood on upright branches not to bend when the tree gets older. It can reach up to 10m tall and 2m wide. Pruning or clipping can be done from late winter, and shortening or removing new shoots in mid spring. Pines like su ...entire article
Many dwarf mountain pines are so similar which makes telling the variety most difficult. Not in this case. Picobello mountain pine was selected by K.Dierks from Bad Zwischenahn, Germany, in 1982, and is not only handsome but also different from others. It makes short new shoots with about 4 cm long, dark green, glossy needles that are tightly congested around the branches forming a rounded cylinder. New growths on older plants look like emerald tufts at the branch tips. Picobello is a slow grower and makes dense, roun ...entire article
Ophir is a dwarf mountain pine with yellow needle tips from mid autumn until mid spring. They are evergreen, up to 7 cm long, and glossy. In late spring they change back to typical pine green colour. It naturally forms low, compact to almost congested shrubs of rounded habit with flattened top. It can be pruned or clipped in mid spring by cutting or removing new shoots. This pine, thanks to its bright colour in winter, will look great in combination with evergreen shrubs with dark green leaves or needles because es ...entire article
Silveray is a beautiful variety of Korean pine, forming narrowly pyramidal to almost egg-shaped shrubs/feathered trees. It differs from the species by its long, slightly twisted needles with a silvery grey stripe that gives the whole plant an attractive silvery blue feeling. It grows slowly, only some 25 cm per year, reaching 4-5m in small gardens or twice as much in parks and arboretum with much more space around. It can be pruned or clipped in mid spring by cutting or removing new shoots. Cones are formed from young ...entire article
Tiddlywinks is one of a few dwarf mountain laurels available so far. It was bred by Richard Jaynes in 1978 and introduced to trade ten years later. It makes a profusion of smaller flowers that are soft pink outside, almost white inside, and open from pink buds. It is very similar to kalmia myrtifolia but Tiddlywinks makes glossier, not so stiff leaves. They are evergreen, narrowly elliptic, leathery, and dark green. The plant grows slowly into a rounded shrub. For a happy life it MUST HAVE acidic soil (add plenty ...entire article
Tad is a large flowered mountain laurel variety bred by Dr.Karl-Heinz Hübbers in 2002. The flowers are rich burgundy red with silvery white margins, and silvery grey colour of closed buds. There are up to 140 flowers in a truss making a stunning display at peak flowering. Evergreen leaves are dark green, leather, glossy, broadly elliptic, and almost flat - not folded at the midrib. The plant grows at medium growth rate to an upright shrub blooming profusely already from your age. A cross between Galaxy and Ginkona. ...entire article
Schokra is another dark-flowered mountain laurel variety from Germany, bred by Dr.Karl-Heinz Hübbers in 1993 a s across between Shooting Star and Mitternacht. Its flowers are deep burgundy red but not black, decorated with almost white margins. Buds are a combination of off-white and a hint of the inner flower colour. Evergreen leaves are narrowly elliptic, leathery, dark green, and glossy. The plant grows at medium growth rate to an upright shrub. For a happy life it MUST HAVE acidic soil (add plenty of peat). Do ...entire article
Rosenquarz is a mountain laurel variety from Germany, bred by Dr.Karl-Heinz Hübbers in 1993 and introduced 5 years later. Its name in German means rose quarz which refers to flower colour - clear pink like cotton candy. The buds are the same pink. Evergreen leaves are narrowly elliptic, leathery, dark green, and glossy. The plant grows at medium growth rate to an upright shrub. 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 ...entire article
ICE'N ROSES® is an attractive series of early hellebores bred by Josef Heuger from Germany. 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. IICE'N ROSES® Red has flowers as red as if you look through a glass of good red wine against afternoon sun. Evergreen leaves are leathery, ...entire article
I must admit that I used to have problems to believe that hellebores could made yellow flowers because the internet images were often photoshopped, and when the plant flowered in my yard it was completely different. Only until I got to know Josef Heuger hybrids. They are really almost yellow such as this one called Anja Oudolf®. It is from the Spring Promise® series and produces near yellow flowers with burgundy veins and margins. They are drooping like bellflowers a ...entire article
JOHN HOPKINS® is another Lenten rose from Spring Promise® series bred by Josef Heuger from Germany. It produces very dark, single, rich burgundy red flowers that may appear from January if the winter is mild. Stems are mostly upright, about 35-40 cm tall. Leaves are leathery, deep green, palmately divided into 5 leaflets. They are frost hardy to about -15°C, then they die back and re-emerge in spring after flowering. Hellebore likes heavy, evenly moist, neutral t ...entire article
30.01.2019New in catalogue
hellebore (Helleborus "SP ALICE®")
Alice® is another Lenten rose from Spring Promise® series that looks like the most noble water lily. Its flowers are medium to large, white with deep burgundy red margins and veins, and may appear from January if the winter is mild. Stems are mostly upright, about 35-40 cm tall. Leaves are leathery, deep green, palmately divided into 5 leaflets. They are frost hardy to about -15°C, then they die back and re-emerge in spring after flowering. Bred by Joseph Heuger in 2 ...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
Lady Dark is a new compact variety of evergreen - Japanese azalea. It makes profusion of purple violet flowers from mid May for about 2-3 weeks. They are single, open wide, and reveal delicate dotting on the upper petal. Leaves are small, narrowly elliptic, glossy, and usually reliably evergreen. It forms low, prostrate shrubs of nice and bushy habit so pruning is commonly not necessary. Flowers completely cover the plant when in bloom, and needn't be removed after flowering. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shap ...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
29.01.2019New in catalogue
Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium)
Oregon grape is an evergreen shrub with leathery, deep green, highly glossy, pinnate leaves composed of holly-like leaflets with serrated or thorny leaf margins, and mainly beautiful flowers that come out in profusion every year in April. They are deep sulphur yellow and have a strong but fresh fragrance. They are followed by elliptic, pale blue, fruit in autumn. Berries are not poisonous but may cause danger for pregnant women. It grow moderately into an upright shrub. Oregon grape loves a semi-shaded spot or full sun if well mulched. Provide moist, acidi ...entire article
Southern magnolia Twenty Four Below is next to Edith Bogue variety one of the two hardiest evergreen magnolias known to trade. It produces large, 24-28 cm across, creamy white, lotus-like, and fragrant flowers from July until September. Their scent attracts not only bees and other insects, but also most perfume producers and all passersby, especially in late afternoon and early evening when it releases its rich, sweet and citrus fragrance several meters around ...entire article
Southern magnolia Mont Blanc® produces the largest flowers ever measured: 25-40 cm across on older plants. They are creamy white and highly fragrant. Their scent attracts not only bees and other insects, but also most perfume producers and all passersby, especially in late afternoon and early evening when it releases its rich, sweet and citrus fragrance several meters around. Each flower opens for one or two days only but is followed by another so the whole plant produces flowers from June until September. The ol ...entire article
The Fleming brothers from Nebraska, USA, are those who brought some exquisite hardy hibiscus varieties. Also, they are responsible for this unique series of extremely hardy crepe myrtles called Filli, which took them almost 40 years to breed. In 1978 flowered for the first time Coral Filli with shorter panicles composed of beautiful, light coral pink, crepe flowers with yellow anthers. They come out from August until September. Deciduous leaves are elliptic to obovate, very g ...entire article
The Fleming brothers from Nebraska, USA, are those who brought some exquisite hardy hibiscus varieties. Also, they are responsible for this unique series of extremely hardy crepe myrtle called Filli, which took them almost 40 years to breed. In 1978 flowered for the first time Violet Filli with shorter panicles composed of beautiful, pastel violet, crepe flowers with yellow anthers. They come out from August until September. Deciduous leaves are elliptic to obovate, very glos ...entire article
Tuskegee is among the first crepe myrtle hybrids ever crossed in the effort to gain a hardier variety. It makes large panicles 15-20 cm long of rich pin-red, crepe flowers with yellow anthers from August until September. Deciduous leaves are elliptic to obovate, very glossy, they emerge with burgundy red hues, mature to rich green, and turn predominantly red in autumn. Leaves are resistant to powdery mildew. Tuskegee grows fast into an open canopy with horizontal branches with age. Pruning is important in colder ...entire article
Nana is a dwarf variety of Korean pine, forming broadly pyramidal shrubs of about 2-3 meters in full maturity which will take several decades. Long needles have a silver line which makes the whole plant look silvery blue-green. It can be pruned or clipped in mid spring by cutting or removing new shoots. All pines love sunny sites and dislike wet ground. It can live on either fertile of poor soil. Korean pine is very hardy - it can take about -40°C (USDA zone 3) which is why it is popular especially in northern coun ...entire article
Blue Emperor is another showy variety of dwarf Korean fir. It was introduced by Kenwith Nursery from Devon, UK, in 2002, and boasts exquisite blue-green, glossy needles and dense growth. As every Korean fir this beauty also makes the famous purple blue cones standing erect near the ends of branches in spring and early summer. It is an evergreen conifer which, thanks to its limited size, will fit even a small garden or a patio container. Blue Emperor forms handsome shrubs or small trees of a typical pyramidal shape ...entire article
This evergreen silverthorn is a hybrid of e.macrophylla and e.pungens. Its leathery leaves emerge beige-grey and mature to glossy dark green with lots of grey dots making it look like stardusted. Thanks to the foliage it is sometimes called Russian olive which is not correct as this name is already used for its deciduous sister elaeagnus angustifolia. From late summer through autumn appears a profusion of tiny, urn-shaped, creamy-beige flowers which are not easy to see at a glance but are easy to recognize from a distance because of t ...entire article
Peking lilac, also called Chinese tree lilac, is a small, usually multistemmed tree from North China. It is supposed to be a subspecies of Japanese form syringa reticulata. It is cultivated for showy flowers and handsome foliage. Flowers appear in June and are composed in about 15 cm long panicles which are upright or slightly horizontal with upright tips. Yellow Fragrance is a variety which differs from the species by having richer creamy white to pale yellow flowers with ...entire article
22.01.2019New in catalogue
whitebeam (Sorbus "'DODONG'")
Whitebeams domesticated in our landscape a long time ago and do well. Some are showy, others are more useful than pretty, yet worth growing. Dodong is a variety which originated from seeds that were collected on Korean island Ullung Do in 1976. The tree was named after its port town. It is believed to be a sorbus commixta hybrid. Dodong is a whitebeam grown for its attractive foliage and fruit. The pinnate leaves are up to 25 cm long and composed of 15-17 lace-shaped, tapered, mid ...entire article
Aucubifolia is a unique and rare variety of green ash. It is sought after for its aucuba-like foliage. The pinnate leaves are composed of broadly elliptic to narrowly ovate leaflets with green and yellow marbling similar to that on Japanese spotted laurel. It grows a little slower than the species, still you have to count on a large tree in maturity. The crown is upright first and broadly oval with age, and cast a pleasant, not very deep shape. Ash can take almost any soil type, it can withstand both drought and t ...entire article
Japanese wing nut has deciduous, pinnate leaves upto 40 cm long, compound of up to 21 short, broadly elliptic leaflets which resemble those of sumac. They are dark green and turn yellow in autumn for a very short period. In early summer appear 25-30 cm long, narrow, pendent spikes of chartreuse green flowers followed by winged seeds. Wing nut is a vigorous plant which needs a lot of space when grown feathered from ground. For common gardens of larger sizes a tree form with a single trunk is much more suitable. It is quite soil adaptable. It does best i ...entire article
Dwarf Pink is a subtle variety of pale pink flowering Japanese dogwood. In 10 years it grows only some 1.2m in slender and bushy habit. In late May appear profusion of flowers that are composed of 4 showy, pointed bracts with rich pink margins and soft pink tones, and small spherical flower-heads in the middle. They are followed by edible fruit in September. Leaves are deciduous, ovate, dark green with thin purple pink margins, and turn brilliant shades of crimson and burgundy red with some gold hues in autumn. Th ...entire article
Linearis is a beautiful but rare elder variety with exceptionally fine leaves. The foliage is so thin you wonder if it's the fairies and elves who come every night to cut them so delicately. In May open creamy white, fragrant flowers composed in flattened panicles. I have to admit that flowering is quite shy on this specialty, still, when you do get flowers you can expect edible berries in late summer, as on every European elder. It is not a vigorous grower and forms a shrub of about 1.5m tall and wide. Elder toler ...entire article
Dartmoor buddleja is unique for its flower panicles which are not simple as on other buddlejas, but composed of several panicles forming a large, compound inflorescence typical to some subtropical species such as millettia. Individual flowers are small, tubular, rich lilac pink with pale lavender tones. Dartmoor buddleja blooms from late June until late September and is highly fragrant. The shrub grows wider than tall, initially upright but arching under the weight of flowers in summer. Deciduous leaves are lanceo ...entire article
Braunlaub is an attarctive rodgersia podophylla variety from Germany with bronze-brown hues on large leaves. They are up to 40 cm across, glossy, fresh green as they emerge, and gain various depths of bronze to chocolate brown hues just before flowering. Flowers are creamy white, fragrant, composed in 25-30 cm long, pyramidal panicles, borne atop about 1m tall stems which rise above the foliage in early summer. From up close you can see that the individual tiny flowers are star-shaped and resemble those of stonecrop. ...entire article
RUBY ANNABELLE® is a smooth hydrangea with deep purple pink flowers. They are both sterile and fertile, composed in rounded corymbs about 12 cm across, from late May until early July. If pruned immediately after flowering they can rebloom in late summer. Deciduous leaves are ovate, mid to dark green, changing to yellow in autumn. Grow this hydrangea if you are in doubt whether the large-leaved macrophylla varieties with coloured flowers will survive your winter. This one will grow happily in USDA zone 3 where winter temperatures drop down to -4 ...entire article
Baldsmith is a fantastic Japanese laceleaf maple. Its delicate deciduous foliage emerges a mixture of orange, salmon pink, and pale green in spring, and matures to medium green with red hues in summer. In autumn all leaves turn a breathtaking shade of vibrant carmine red. It grows slowly but dense, forming a mushroom head with plenty of leaves along burgundy red branches. It is often grafted on green stems of acer palmatum to achieve a tree form. This way its arching branches create an almost weeping effect having ...entire article
Oregon Green is a very beautiful addition to the family of small to mid-sized pine trees. It was found as a seedling by Morris Van Meter in his nursery in Boring, Oregon, USA, in early 1990's. It is easily distinguished by its stiff habit with erect branches where needles are borne in such density and precision that makes you think it is not a natural creation but a computer drawing. They are rich green, glossy, stiff, slightly curved inwards, and do not fall off earlier than after some 3-5 years. That makes the tree ...entire article
Winter’s Interlude is an autumn flowering camellia from the Winter series bred by dr. Ackerman. It produces 8-10 cm wide, semi-double, medium pink flowers with dwarf central sepals of both pink and creamy colour. They have a medium strong, spicy fragrance. Blooming begins in autumn, usually in October, and continues until the last sunny and frost-free days of autumn and winter. Leaves are evergreen, broadly elliptic, gently serrated at margins, deep green, and glossy. Habit is slightly arching or prostrate &# ...entire article
Compacta is a recent selection of Evergreen (Ebbing's) silverthorn, very probably of Italian origin (not confirmed). Unlike its mother plant - the species of Ebbing's silverthorn - it makes a compact and well-behaved shrub without overgrown twigs in one season. In fact, this sport makes quite a handsome shrub. It hase more prominent silvery leaves when they emerge, as if covered with stardust, which mature to glossy dark green. They are evergreen, leathery but thinner than those on cherry laurels, and somewhat wavy. A ...entire article
PINK CRISPY photinia is a drama at first glance. Exceedingly showy foliage reveals creamy white variegation on dark green, slightly undulated, gently serrated, and broadly oval to obovate, evergreen leaves. And the real extravaganza show kicks off when new leaves emerge. They are so intensely pink you can hardly believe that this plant is not made of plastic. A true gem that can easily go solo as a stand-alone specimen in the middle of a lawn, or wisely placed among other green plants where it will take no time to pla ...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
MARYLINE® is a trade name for a striking selection of evergreen silverthorn, found by Albert Breneliére in France. It is a very bushy, upright growing, evergreen shrub with irregularly variegated leaves. They are leathery, oval to ovate, partially undulated, and glossy. The centres are very pale yellow maturing to deeper yellow, margins dark green, and between margins and centres are some light green highlights which make the leaves look extremely fresh and colourful. Newly emerging leaves are silvery-beige. Twig ...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
April Dawn is a chameleon hardy camellia producing variable flowers. They are large, 7-10 cm across, fully double, mostly white with rich pink stripes but a few turn solely dark pink with or without white stripes. They bloom from early April for 6 to 8 weeks while the shrub has enough buds. They are formed from the previous year and need as long as half a year to mature. Leaves are evergreen, ovate, leather, deep green, and very glossy so even without flowers the shrub looks lush and beautiful. April Dawn is upright g ...entire article
BELLISSIMA® cinquefoil produces 2-3 cm wide, rich pink flowers on cushion-like shrubs. They come out in profusion from late June until September. Palmately divided leaves are small, medium green, not very showy. This variety grows quite compact and is suitable for small gardens, too, or along pathways, and in rockeries. Cinquefoil grows best in well-drained, poor or moderately fertile soil in full sun. Fast and large growing varieties can be trimmed in early spring. It does not need extra fertilizing or wateri ...entire article
William R. Smith is a name of an older Rose-of-Sharon variety where R. does not stand for a middle name, it means Reverend because this plant was named in honour of reverend and enthusiastic gardener William Smith. It is an upright, bushy shrub producing clear white flowers without the typical red eye in the centre. Blooming begins in early July and continues until sunny and warm days of September. Deciduous leaves are narrowly palmate, 3-lobed, mid to dark green and coarsely toothed. They emerge late so don't worry a ...entire article
Spring Festival is one of the most valued hardy camellia hybrids (cuspidata hybrid) with double, pink flowers. They are not very large but appear in profusion from early April for 6 to 8 weeks if the plant has enough buds. These are formed from the previous year and need as long as half a year to mature. Leaves are evergreen, leathery, deep green, broadly elliptic, and very glossy so even without flowers the shrub looks lush and beautiful. New leaves are copper tinged. Spring Festival is upright growing, quite compact ...entire article
Algerian fir is a beautiful conifer from North Africa (Algiers, Morocco) and is widely cultivated in South Europe (the Mediterranean). It is very tolerant to drought, heat, and poor soil but very sensitive to pollution and long-lasting frost under -23°C. The needles are short and stiff, and densely cover the branches. Their colour is deep green with silvery stripes at margins. Its natural habit is narrowly conical with tiered, almost horizontal branches which droop slightly with age and weight. It grows very slowly and its common garden size is 6 to 8 mete ...entire article
Holm oak is a natural species, not a hybrid in spite of two specific names in its Latin title. Oleifolia is one of its few selections made in order to describe distinctly different seedlings. Its evergreen, leathery leaves strongly resemble olive tree leaves - they are 3-6 cm long, elongated, spineless, and slightly undulated. They emerge soft green and mature to very dark green and glossy on the upper side, and delicately hairy and almost silver on the reverse. Older trees produce small, elongated, dark brown, glossy ...entire article
Novita is a new sensation among cherry laurels. Eventually there is a hardy variety which has benefits of the formerly more tender ones: it grows fast and big, has large leaves of a nice colour, and is surprisingly hardy for a large-leaved cherry laurel. It is a selection of Rotundifolia variety hence the resemblance. Evergreen leaves are 10-15 cm long, obovate, very glossy, soft green when young turning to deep green. It is a perfect specimen or a superb ...entire article
Renault Ace® is a recent introduction among cherry laurels. Its rich green foliage looks similar to Otto Luyken variety i.e. narrow, very glossy leaves with a conspicuous tip, but about twice as large and not so dark green. It has upright, dense habit without pruning which makes it ideal not only for hedges but also for grafting as small evergreen tree. Cherry laurels have compound inflorescence made out with small, white, fragrant flowers that appear in April and May, followed by very ornamental but poisonous ...entire article
Black Lace is an older and proved variety of hardy camellia, in fact one of the best reds available. Its is a hybrid of c.reticulata and c.williamsii and has so far withstood -20°C. Its fully double, dahlia-like flowers are rich red, and bloom from early April for 6 to 8 weeks if the plant has enough buds. These are formed from the previous year and need as long as half a year to mature. Leaves are evergreen, ovate, leather, deep green, and very glossy so even without flowers the shrub looks lush and beautiful. April ...entire article
If I was to choose one word, only one to describe this hybrid tea rose it would be intoxicating. By the look, by the smell. There are not many roses that knock you out like this one. It is called PAROLE, or Buxom Beauty, or even XXL which refers to its extra large flowers that can be up to 15 cm across. They are rich magenta purple, and release a strong perfume that is so difficult to depict, which is possibly why it was awarded so man ...entire article
Ferruginea is a southern magnolia variety with large, 24-26 cm across, creamy white, lotus-like flowers whose fragrance attracts not only bees and other insects, but also most perfume producers and every passer-by, especially in late afternoon and early evening when it releases its rich, sweet and citrus fragrance several meters around. Each flower opens for one or two days only but is followed by another so the whole plant produces flowers from June until September. The older and stronger the plant the more flowers a ...entire article
Apparently most of rose breeders took up the challenge of breeding a blue rose a couple of decades ago. So far the bluest flower is achieved by soaking the cut rose stems with blue ink. However, without jokes or cheating some breeders celebrate great success with their results. Just like Kordes from Germany. In 2010 they introduced a rose named Novalis which has a unique colour combining pale lilac with soft violet colour. The flowers are up to 10 cm across and have a slight tea-hybrid perfume. On top of that the plan ...entire article
WHITE DAZZLER is a follow-up choísie to Aztec Pearl from Peter Moore, introduced in 1991. It produces masses of simple, star-shaped, pure white, and very fragrant flowers with yellow stamens in May and June. Their perfume is very similar to orange flowers hence its name Mexican orange or Mexican blossom. WHITE DAZZLER is special for being very compact as well as the ability to re-bloom from September onwards. The evergreen leaves are distinctly narrower ...entire article
PINK CHIFFON® is the fourth in the row of Chiffon series of Rose-of-Sharon hybridized by English botanist Dr.Roderick Woods. Immensely beautiful flowers are large – 8-10 cm across, soft pink with rich burgundy red rays coming from the central eye. So far they are the most double flowers from the Chiffon series. They come out reliably every year in July and don’t stop blooming until all buds have gone - sometimes by end September. Patented under PP24336 in 2014. It has very decorative leaves that are ...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
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
Japanese plum yew is still an uncommon evergreen conifer which was first popularized by Earl of Harrington in early 19th century. It is hardy for almost the whole area of Central Europe except for the coldest mountainous regions, and can take diversity of soil types. It comes from Japan and Fastigiata was selected there in 1861. Fastigiata Japanese plum yew is upright, bushy, and slow growing compact conifer with erect stems with dark gree ...entire article
Trompenburg Japanese maple was found as a seedling plant in Dutch arboretum of the same name in Rotterdam. Its unique foliage, vigorous growth, and good health are something that makes me wonder why it is not more widespread and available in European nurseries and garden centres as opposed to other commercially successful red-leaved varieties which are prone to diseases. Trompenburg variety has extraordinary leaves which are botanically classified as palmate (like all Japa ...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
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holm oak (Quercus ilex)
Holm oak or holly oak (holm is an old word for holly) is native to the Mediterranean and is spread from southern parts of Italy, France, Spain and Portugal, to west Balkan and milder parts of North Africa. It used to form vast areas of evergreen forests most of which are chopped down today. It was first described in 1753 and many sources until this day claim it is not drought tolerant. In fact it very drought tolerant once established which why it is commonly cultivated in heat-accumulated and paved city squares. In the wild ...entire article
Sweet Laguna is a successor of a little older and very popular climbing rose variety Laguna. Bred by Kordes in 2012. It produces large, fully double flowers that resemble English roses. They are clear pink, 10 cm across, and have a lovely sweet and lemon fruity fragrance. It is very healthy and has dark green, partly glossy leaves. Planting instructions: Prepare a hole of size 30x30 cm. Put your rose in the way that the grafting point is 3 cm deep in the ...entire article
Nuuk is a pretty evergreen perennial cinquefoil with glossy foliage and numerous white flowers. The leaves are distinctly divided into 3 leaflets, each of them decorated with 3 small lobes at the tip. They are rich green, glossy like a glacier, and turning wine red for autumn and winter. Single flowers are snow white, 5-pettaled, with white stamens, and come out from mid May until early summer atop partially prostrate, partially erected stems. Lower parts of the stems are rich carmine red before they become woody. Nuu ...entire article
Lady Emma Hamilton is a variety of rather unusual colouring for an English Rose, but nonetheless very pleasing and useful for creating a little excitement in the border. Before the flowers even begin to open, the outside of the buds are a most wonderful dark red with dashes of orange. When fully open the flowers are a lovely mixture of rich, almost tangerine orange on the inside of the petals and a more yellow orange on the outside; the whole set off against the very dark, bronzy green leaves that only slowly become d ...entire article
Munstead Wood is a luxury addition to the family of deep purple red roses by David Austin. This English rose produces large, very dark wine red, fully double flowers with an extraordinary perfume. The fragrance is rich, very strong, with a hint of forest berries. The colour lightens up considerably as the flower matures to bright purple pink. It is a healthy, disease-resistant variety of upright growth. Young leaves emerge bronzy red. Blooms in flushes from June until September. Planting instructions: Prepare a hol ...entire article
The flowers of Gertrude Jekyll rose start as perfect little scrolled buds and soon open into the most beautiful, large, rosette-shaped flowers of rich glowing pink. The growth is upright and vigorous and in every way reliable. The most outstanding characteristic of this lovely rose is its beautiful and perfectly-balanced Old Rose scent. This is often described as being the quintessential old rose fragrance. The foliage and growth are similar to that of a Portland Rose, with the typical Portland widely-spaced leaflets. ...entire article
Claire Austin rose is one of the finest white roses David Austin bred so far. It produces pleasingly cupped buds of a pale lemon shade which gradually open to form large, creamy-white, full-bloom flowers of typical English Musk delicacy. Their petals are perfectly arranged in concentric circles, with a few more loosely arranged in the centre. They have a strong fragrance based on myrrh with dashes of meadowsweet, vanilla and heliotrope. Excellent repeat flowering, hardiness, and health make this rose one of the most s ...entire article
Variegata is an eye-catching mutation of Portugal laurel. It bears evergreen, narrowly elliptic, slightly undulated, deep green leaves with white margins which turn pink in autumn and winter when leaf stalks and young twigs change colour to bright purple red. Blossoms are numerous racemes, compound of white, sweetly scented flowers in late May and early June. Fruits are black berries, and seeds from unripe berries contain the same poison found in bitter almonds. It grows moderately into a compact, densely branched ...entire article
Shirazz is another Japanese maple beauty with variegated foliage that changes colours throughout the growing season. The leaves are deciduous, deeply lobed but not in the dissectum group. They emerge rich cherry red and soon mature to mid green with white margins and pink shades of various depths until autumn. Then they turn brilliant carmine red with a little bit of yellow. Shirazz maple forms a wide shrub and grows moderately to slowly. Pruning is not necessary but can be done if you wish to shape it. Its fire-r ...entire article
Brenelia is an elegant novelty variety of Portugal laurel from early 21st century. In appearance and use it is similar to Angustifolia variety but has larger leaves with undulated margins. The stalks and new stems are rich burgundy red not only in winter but most of the growing season. It grows moderately and very dense into a regular, pyramidal shrub. In our climate it seldom reaches 3m tall. Blossoms are numerous racemes, compound of white, sweetly scented flowers in late May and early June. Fruits are black berries ...entire article
Jasmina is a rambling (climbing) rose by Kordes. It belongs to the modern Kletter Maxe® series i.e. even though it is a rambler it blooms all summer long until early autumn, and holds very healthy foliage without defoliated canes. Flowers are mid-sized, fully doubly, medium pink with lighter outward sepals. Another attractive feature is the fragrance – medium strong, very fruity with tones of fresh apples, pear and apricot. It grows vigorously about 3m tall and looks very romantic, a perfect example is ...entire article
Pomponella is one of the incredible rose achievements by Kordes introduced in 2005. It is a floribunda shrub rose from the Fairy Tale Roses series. The flowers are dark pink, fully double, and before they open wide they remain in a peony-type phase for some time which is the most attractive show. Flowers are formed in arching clusters like pompons and are produced in profusion from late spring until early autumn. Leaves are dark green, partly glossy, and very healthy. Pomponella was awarded with many awards and certif ...entire article
Sympathie® is an old favourite among climbing roses from Kordes. It produces profusion of medium-sized, double flowers of deep red, velvety flowers whose colour does not turn paler during blooming. They show up continuously throughout summer and are intensely fragrant and resistant to rain. This rose is a robust and vigorous grower reaching about 3m tall and 1.5m wide in maturity. Leaves are fairly resistant to black spot and very resistant to mildew. Awarded ADR in 1966. Planting instructions: Prepare a hole o ...entire article
Hella® is a healthy and vigorous climbing rose from Kordes. It produces profusion of medium-sized, semi-double, lightly fragrant, white flowers from early summer until early autumn. Leaves are usually healthy with limited or no affection of common rose diseases. They are deep green and glossy, and densely cover the upright canes without defoliating bottom parts. The plant reaches between 2.5 and 3 meters and is suitable for pergolas and patios where it can create a romantic screen. Unpruned branches are slightly a ...entire article
Claire Austin Climbing rose is one of the finest white roses David Austin bred so far. It produces pleasingly cupped buds of a pale lemon shade which gradually open to form large, creamy-white, full-bloom flowers of typical English Musk delicacy. Their petals are perfectly arranged in concentric circles, with a few more loosely arranged in the centre. They have a strong fragrance based on myrrh with dashes of meadowsweet, vanilla and heliotrope. Excellent repeat flowering, hardiness, and health make this rose one of t ...entire article
Feather grass comes from a country where it would definitely be called maravilloso as it comes from Mexico, Argentina, and can also be found in New Mexico and Texas in USA. Ponytails is a compact and a little shorter variety with thin, soft green foliage and about 30-40 tall stems with plume-like flowers from early summer until autumn. They are light green first, maturing to beige or buff later. Somewhat arching habit is what makes this ornamental grass so popular along with the fact that the flowers move in the s ...entire article
Pixie is a very showy Japanese maple, a dwarf version of very popular Bloodgood. It has the same 5-lobed, deciduous leaves that are rich burgundy red in summer and striking magenta red in autumn. For best colouring grow it in full sun only. It grows slowly, making only about 10-15 cm per year, forming an upright shrub of a compact shape. Japanese maples need constantly moist soil that has to be well-drained, acidic to neutral, and medium fertile. Keep it m ...entire article
Lavender is so widespread around the world that exalting its beauty is like carrying coals to Newcastle. And for the same reason - so many plants in cultivation in different conditions there are numerous more or less conspicuous variations that usually slip away unrecognized because the producer is often convinced that he has the one and only true species. Still, someone spots the difference and voilá – here’s a new selection that deserves to be described. Silver Leaf is a tall growing selection of < ...entire article
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black gum (Nyssa sylvatica)
Latin name Nyssa is identical to a Green water nymph, possibly as beautiful as this unique tree from North America. Its common names are black gum, sour gum or just tupelo. It is a slow growing yet large, deciduous tree with fantastic colours of autumn foliage. The leaves quite variable, they can be ovate or obovate or even elliptic, serrated at margins or smooth, and glossy. In spring and summer they are fresh green, and in autumn they turn a striking combination of golden yellow, orange, ...entire article
Viveleg silverthorn is a bushy, upright growing, evergreen shrub with irregularly variegated leaves. They are leathery, oval to ovate, partially undulated, and glossy. The centres are dark green, the margins are rich yellow, and the borderline between these two colours is light green but is not present on all leaves. Newly emerging leaves are silvery-beige. Twigs are orange-brown and the colder weather comes in autumn the deeper the colour gets. Apart from the foliage this plant is also interesting for its almost ...entire article
DYNAMITE® is possibly the reddest crepe myrtle variety known to trade. It produces large (30x20 cm), upright panicles of the richest red shade you may have seen. Flowering begins in late July or early August and continues till the last sunny and warm days of autumn. The deciduous leaves are leathery, oval, crimson red when they emerge, and turning deep green soon after. In acid soil they gain fantastic fiery red and orange shades in autumn. When they fall down older plants reveal flaking-off bark, similar to w ...entire article
If you are a magnolia lover who still has some space in the garden which is a rare combination, have a look at this immense beauty in white named Alba Superba. It is a reliable and hardy variety of saucer magnolia. If the weather is nice, from mid April (in zone 6) begins to open its profusion of medium large, cup shaped, very fragrant, white flowers with a little bit of pale purple-pink flame at the bottom of the calyxes. Being quite early to flower it is recommended to avoid the w ...entire article
Ruby Falls is undoubtedly one of the darkest coloured little trees that will grab your attention thanks to its dark burgundy red, typically heart-shaped, approximately 8x10 cm large leaves and a weeping habit. Its crown is quite compact and the branches may soon touch the ground unless pruned on regular basis. In early spring small, purple-pink to lavender-pink flowers are borne on bare wood on tiny stalks. Leaf stalks and branches are deep maroon or almost red, too. Leaves may turn dark green if not exposed to full sun. In autumn they make another sho ...entire article
The flowers of Gertrude Jekyll rose start as perfect little scrolled buds and soon open into the most beautiful, large, rosette-shaped flowers of rich glowing pink. The growth is upright and vigorous and in every way reliable. The most outstanding characteristic of this lovely rose is its beautiful and perfectly-balanced Old Rose scent. This is often described as being the quintessential old rose fragrance. The foliage and growth are similar to that of a Portland Rose, with the typical Portland widely-spaced leaflets. ...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
Whipcord is a unique variety of western red cedar which does not resemble any other plant from the arborvitae family. It is a slow growing conifer with thin, whipcord-like, arching branches, which always bend downwards making a relaxed appearance. They are deep green from spring to autumn, and turn various depths of bronze in winter. It grows very slowly, expect it to grow one meter tall and wide in 10-15 years. As it does not produce any flowers or fruit it is ideal for growing near swimming pools or garden ponds. ...entire article
Japanese umbrella pine is an exquisite-looking conifer resembling pine thanks to its needles but botanically it has nothing in common with them. There are quite a few varieties available in the trade now that will fit even a small garden. Beauty Green is one of them. It is a slow growing, evergreen conifer with rich green, flattened, glossy, succulent needles. It forms a conical shape with a wide base and a distinct tip. It was selected by a German nursery Carstens in 1998 and introduced to the green market in 2005 ...entire article
Silver Prolific is a dwarf nectarine variety with excellent fruit. It has profusion of usual peach-like, bright pink flowers that are clustered along short branches in a dense plant. The leaves are mid green, semi-glossy, narrowly lanceolate, and not much smaller than those on any other peach tree. Extreme density of leaves on a dwarf crown makes an amazing display. Fruit is a bit smaller than typical peach fruit off big trees but nonetheless tasty and beautiful. It has dark red, smooth, and glossy skin and juicy ...entire article
Blue Arrow juniper is as thin as a supermodel. This conifer has a truly slim, columnar habit and attractive blue-green to almost silvery blue colour. It is often compared to another juniper variety called Skyrocket against which it has a big advantage – Blue Arrow has shorter branches that do not bend under the weight of fresh snow. The whole plant has a typical fragrance, especially when you crush the foliage. Junipers will grow in almost any reasonably drained soil of any pH. Once established it needs no ma ...entire article
Saskatoon is a native Canadian species of juneberry. It is cultivated for very tasty and juicy fruit which are deep purple to blue-purple berries similar to blueberries. They are formed in short clusters and best picked when fully ripe = when it turns the deepest colour. It can be used in any way you would use other berries, including wine. Unless eaten fresh they retain its vitamins by careful drying. They are borne from simple, pure white, star-shaped flowers that open in April. The harvesting period is quite long in a goo ...entire article
Laguna® is a new climbing rose by Kordes from 2004. It produces large, fully double flowers of deep raspberry pink flowers that are 10 cm across and have a lovely and strong fragrance. It is a combination of lemon, lemon grass, and fruity tones of ripe litchi. It is very healthy and has dark green, glossy leaves. Planting instructions: Prepare a hole of size 30x30 cm. Put your rose in the way that the grafting point is 3 cm deep in the soil. Water well and cover new shoots with soil or bark mulch about 15 cm h ...entire article
Smooth cypress comes from SW of the USA and is probably the only true cypress that can survive winters of zone 6. Sulphurea is a French variety from 1963. As the name suggests, it has light yellow colour of new growths that turn pale yellow or light sulphur yellow in summer. The foliage forms typically thin, thread-like branches which are always erect when emerging, and are covered with small, pointed, scale-like leaves (needles). The dorsal glands produce tiny resin flecks that release very fragrant scent without hav ...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
Portugal laurel is a great choice that is surprisingly hardier that some large-leaved cherry laurels. It has ovate to elliptic, pointed, mid-sized leaves that are deep green and glossy and have conspicuous red stalks and new twigs, especially in cold winter months. 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 stomach discomfort if eaten in quantity. In good soil it grows moderately or fast and makes quite long, sligh ...entire article
Fastigiata Blagon is a French variety of maidenhair tree with narrowly conical or almost columnar growth. It bears deciduous, 4-7 cm wide, fan-shaped, divided, mid green leaves (botanically classified as needles), that change to fantastic shade of bright golden yellow in autumn. It is often pruned or sheared to achieve a more compact shape and denser habit which will help the tree produce a breathtaking show in autumn. It grows relatively slowly with 30-40 cm per year. Mature size is expected to exceed 10m but the ...entire article
Globosa Austrian pine is a dwarf variety of this conifer which is unique for its slow growth and globular shape as well as much smaller ultimate size compared to the species. It has very long, slightly twisted needles of rich green colour. In midsummer it produces a new portion of needles which do not have enough time to mature. So they remain short like bristles, as if stuck half way through. This unusual tufty effect decorates the plant until spring the following year when the plant starts making new needles again. ...entire article
If you like elegant leaves tha are not as bold as London plane tree leaves for example, have look at this honey locust. It is called SKYLINE and as it belongs to inermis subspecies it represents a thornfree version of this beautiful tree. Unlike its more popular brother SUNBURST with golden yellow leaves SKYLINE produces rich green leaves. They are fern-li ...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
Bengali® is a beautiful Kordes rose. It belongs to floribunda/polyantha group, however, it makes quite large flowers that are 6 cm across, rich orange in buds, light salmon pink and apricot orange when opened, and pale pink when fading out. Although polyantha roses are usually not fragrant, this one has a lovely tea and fruit perfume. The flowers are double and burst out from June until first frost. Leaves are incredibly healthy, highly resistant to common diseases. ...entire article
Toskana Smaragd is a fascinating novelty arborvitae as well as a clever idea from a nursery in Germany. They did not come up with a brand new variety, they simply used one that naturally grew slim. The idea was to give it a desired shape from young age to achieve a dense and compact framework that would assure excellent structure for the years to come. Toskana Smaragd is a slow growing conifer of a slender habit and gorgeous emerald green colour all year round, without winter ...entire article
Oriental sweetgum is a beautiful, slow growing shrub or a small tree from SW Asia. It bears attractive, deeply cut leaves that are fresh green from spring until late summer, and turning rich yellow in neutral soil or orange and red in highly acidic soil in autumn. Each lobe is decorated with a pair of small antlers along the sides. Bark is smooth and on young twigs glossy and burgundy red. Oriental sweet gum forms an elegant, densely branched shrub of a somewhat pyramidal when young, becoming more rounded with age. Pruni ...entire article
Himalayan cedar is the most graceful of all cedars. Bushes Electra is a slower growing variety bred by Richard Bush in Canby, USA, at the turn of the century. It bears showy, 2-3 cm long, needles of silvery blue colour on insolated parts of the plant, and blue-green color inside the bush. The side branches run nearly parallel to the trunk while the laterals are more horizontal. Overall shape is nicely conical, quite symmetrical. Bushes Electra grows more slowly that the species reaching approximately 6m in or clima ...entire article
This photinia was given a nice name Cassini, but is marketed as PINK MARBLE®. That name tells the truth, though. PINK MARBLE® is an evergreen shrub producing dark green leaves that emerge rich red with white margins, maturing to deep green with silvery-white veins just like marble, gaining pink shades later in the season. Such colouration deserves a well chosen spot in your garden where it can fully display its assets. Young plants grow fast – 30 cm (in garden so ...entire article
Japanese umbrella pine is an exquisite-looking conifer resembling pine thanks to its needles but botanically it has nothing in common with them. Did you fall in love with this gorgeous conifer but the species is too large for your small garden? Worries gone – there is a new dwarf selection from Germany called Sternschnuppe (falling star). Sternschnuppe Japanese umbrella pine is a VERY slow growing evergreen conifer with dark green, flattened, succulent needles. It forms a sm ...entire article
Ken’s Red is a female variety of the so-called mini-kiwi (kiwiberry). It is a vine that is less vigorous that the species. Apart from tasty fruit it is a nice plant, too, with deep green leaves and scented flowers in June. Its fruit has smooth skin, and both skin and flesh have various shades of deep red or burgundy purple. Compared to normal kiwi fruit the taste is the same but sweeter, and the shape is kiwi-like, too, just smaller – like a large gooseberry i.e. 2-4 cm long. They are the sweetest when ...entire article
Larisa® is a Kordes novelty from 2008. It is a compact, polyantha rose with medium-sized, soft pink, semi-double flowers. This rose is very healthy and does not need any treatment against usual rose diseases. Awarded ADR in 2008. It flowers from early summer until mid autumn. Planting instructions: Prepare a hole of size 30x30 cm. Put your rose in the way that the grafting point is 3 cm deep in the soil. Water well and cover new shoots with soil or bark mulch about 15 cm high. Roses tolerate wide range of soil ...entire article
Kleopatra® is a recent successful introduction from Hungary, made by Dr.Jozsa Milkos in 2007. This cherry laurel is a compact, graceful shrub with somewhat arching branches and rich green, evergreen leaves that emerge coppery orange just like Etna® variety. On the contrary Kleopatra® bears elongated leaves. They are quite stiff and hold themselves nicely on the branches making this plant an utterly elegant shrub. Laurels need slightly deep and fertile, acidic, moist soil, and extra watering in frost-fr ...entire article
For those of you who like red eye in the centre of a rose-of-Sharon flower we have a novelty called Monstrosus. It bears larger flowers than the most similar variety Red Heart. The colour is pure white with deep maroon red eye and rays outwards the flower. Flowering begins in mid July and continues until 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, ...entire article
Originally named Snofozam after it was put to trade this hybrid weeping cherry received a nicer name Snow Fountains® which tells everything. In the spring it produces masses of lightly scented pure white flowers along plentiful of weeping branches that may run almost to the ground unless pruned. Leaves appear after flowering and are narrowly obovate or elliptic with serrated margins, mid green and partly glossy, turning multiple colours in the autumn: yellow, orange, and various shades of red. It grows medium fast and grafted at the top it makes strictly weep ...entire article
Minima Glauca is exactly the type of plant that will give up any race with time before it even starts. In other words it grows very slowly (some 5 cm a year) forming a globular shrub with flattened sprays of deep green needles with light blue green overlay. Many garden enthusiasts purchase small plants so that in 10-15 years they can show their friends and fellow-gardeners how well it has done since comparing the existing plant with old pictures. It is not boasting, it is the typical gardener’s pride. The thing is that when it is some 10-15 years old it can really look ...entire article
Stelzneri is a rare to find variety of weigela whose origin is dated back to late 19th century when it was bred and introduced by Louis Van Houtte from Ghent in Belgium in 1861. It produces profusion of rich purple pink flowers. They are funnel-shaped, narrower than most other varieties, and appear from May till June, and again in late summer. Its deciduous leaves and ovate, mid green. Stelzneri makes upright shrubs of irregular shape. Pruning is essential if you want a pretty plant which they can easily be. Since ...entire article
Rozannie is an elegant variety of Japanese aucuba. Some might think that it looks too ordinary compared to the other varieties with coloured leaves but the truth is that not every landscape needs a splash of variegated foliage. Rozannie is a compact aucuba shrub with deep green, evergreen leaves that are glossy and large. The plant has both male and female flowers which means that even without a pollinator it produces a heavy crop of super-attractive, glossy, red berries in autumn that usually persist on the plant until spring. Commonly considered a house plant it is s ...entire article
Japanese pagoda tree is a beautiful large tree with exotic looking leaves and flowering in August. It bears deciduous, pinnate, rich green leaves similar to locust leaves but individual leaflets are more elliptic and longer. They change to yellow in autumn and fall down quickly. The whole leaf is up to 25 cm long and slightly pendent but in a relaxed, not weeping way. Individual flowers are small, creamy yellow and are compound in huge, 25-35 cm long panicles. They come out from early August and last for about 3 weeks. Regent is a variety that should flower as a young tree ...entire article
Francois Treyve evergreen magnolia is more compact than the species. It bears deep green, glossy, broadly ovate or almost rounded leaves with cinnamon-brown leathery undersides that protect them from drying winds and cold. Flowers appear from the first hot and sunny days of summer. They are beautiful as on any bull bay magnolia, creamy white in colour, 20 cm or a little more across, very fragrant. One flower lasts for 1-3 days only but they pop up continuously one by one. Well established, mature plants can produce buds and bloom for as long as 2 months if the weather is sunny an ...entire article
We are happy to introduce one of the most beautiful and very rare variety of sweetgum called Rotundiloba. The Latin name says it all: with rounded lobes. Its leaves show distinctly rounded lobes on 3 segments of a 5-lobed star-shaped leaves. They are deciduous, deep green, glossy, turning various shades of red, purple orange and yellow in autumn. Their shape resembles fig tree foliage. Rotundiloba is supposedly sterile, non-fruiting. It forms a pyramidal habit as a large shrub or a mid-sized tree. Pruning is not necessary but can be done at the end of winter before the ...entire article
Although Colorado spruce originates in the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the USA it has been in wide cultivation in Europe and its colder regions. Especially Hoopsii variety is something you come across very often in Czech gardens. This is a slow growing conifer with clear silvery-blue needles that are very prickly and cover the branches densely. It forms a neatly shaped tree with rich branching from the ground if planted as a specimen plant in full sun, making an almost regular pyramidal shape. Owing to slow growth it is a popular feature for medium-sized gardens. As i ...entire article
Bamboo-leaf oak, or sometimes also called Chinese evergreen oak is a rare evergreen tree that is not widely used in cultivation in Europe which is a great pity. It has evergreen, bamboo-like, lance-shaped, narrow leaves that emerge bronze-purple and mature to a dark green. Compared to cherry laurels or Portugal laurels that can also be grown on stems while keeping their shrubby looks, bamboo-leaf oak forms a nice tree-shape canopy without any extra effort because it is naturally a small tree with compact, rounded crown. This tree is currently grown in warmer parts of the USA, southe ...entire article
This rose is probably one of the most popular polyantha rose by Kordes. Its name means gardener´s delight and if you like strong and vibrant colours you will understand. The flowers are fully double, raspberry pink-red, rain-resistant, and appear in profusion from early summer until early autumn. Foliage is deep green and unbelievably glossy as if made of glass. Awarded ADR in 2001 this rose is fully disease-resistant. Planting instructions: Prepare a hole of size 30x30 cm. Put your rose in the way that the grafting point is 3 cm deep in the soil. Water well and cover new shoots with soil o ...entire article
Golden Gate® is a climbing rose with repeat flowering. It bears golden yellow flowers that have a sweet, citrus-fruit perfume. It is a healthy, disease-resistant variety. Planting instructions: Prepare a hole of size 30x30 cm. Put your rose in the way that the grafting point is 3 cm deep in the soil. Water well and cover new shoots with soil or bark mulch about 15 cm high. Roses tolerate wide range of soils but thrive in deep, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil, in full sun. Climbing roses should not be pruned. Last update: 01-06-2010 ...entire article
Aloha is a great climbing rose with large, repeat flowering flowers of apricot orange to salmon pink shades. It is quitre robust and hardy, reasonably disease-resistant. Planting instructions: Prepare a hole of size 30x30 cm. Put your rose in the way that the grafting point is 3 cm deep in the soil. Water well and cover new shoots with soil or bark mulch about 15 cm high. Roses tolerate wide range of soils but thrive in deep, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil, in full sun. Climbing roses should not be pruned. Last update 01-06-2010 ...entire article
Amadeus is a superb modern climber from Kordes. It bears trusses of deep ruby red flowers that repeat flowering and have a light spicy scent. Reasonably disease-resistant. Planting instructions: Prepare a hole of size 30x30 cm. Put your rose in the way that the grafting point is 3 cm deep in the soil. Water well and cover new shoots with soil or bark mulch about 15 cm high. Roses tolerate wide range of soils but thrive in deep, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil, in full sun. Climbing roses should not be pruned. Last update: 01-06-2010 ...entire article
Knirps® is a fantastic groundcovering rose myde by Kordes in 1997. It has 5cm wide, bright pink flowers making an eternal carpet that flowers profusely from June till October. Very strong and healthy, absolutely disease-free. Recommended spacing: 5 plants per square meter. Planting instructions: Prepare a hole of size 30x30 cm. Put your rose in the way that the grafting point is 3 cm deep in the soil. Water well and cover new shoots with soil or bark mulch about 15 cm high. Roses tolerate wide range of soils but thrive in deep, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil, in full sun. ...entire article
Mulberry is a versatile tree used in ornamental landscaping as well as pomiculture. You can find it in standard forms with a long trunk, or as a half-standard which is suitable for easy fruit picking. It can also be seen grown as a shrub densely branched from the ground. Here we will describe edible forms of morus nigra, morus rubra, morus macroura and their hybrids, plus morus alba except for its weeping variety Pendula which has its own description here. Deciduous leaves are heart-shaped, toothed ...entire article
Argentea, formerly 'Candicans', is a superb variety of white fir with almost silver to silvery glaucous foliage and smaller size when adult. Its needles are soft, borne erect on almost horizontal to slightly ascending branches. The tree shape is conical, quite symmetrical. It grows slowly to medium fast. White fir will grow in almost any well drained soil, from slightly alkaline to acidic. The soil should be humus-rich and moist when transplanted but once established it can take long periods of drought. Grow it in full sun for best ...entire article
Crotonifolia Gold is a spotted laurel variety selected from Crotonifolia. Its leaves are distinctly yellow spotted, new and top leaves are yellower than bottom and older leaves. They are extremely large for a hardy evergreen plant – usually 10-15, sometimes upto 20 cm long and 8-10 cm wide. Variegation differs from plant to plant. Crotonifolia is a female variety which can have quite attractive, large, red berries if pollinated by a male plant, e.g. aucuba japonica. Birds do not seem to like the berries very ...entire article
Smooth cypress comes from SW of the USA and is probably the only true cypress that can stand winters down to zone 6. Fastigiata varieties are of columnar habit and are a sought after plant for both exotic types of gardens as well as typical Central-European landscapes where it will create a perfect specimen planted among other conifers. Fastigiata Aurea is a gorgeous variety with bright colour of needles. Although the Latin name Aurea means golden, the smooth needles are beige to sand yellow while branches nearer the trunk are silvery grey making a perfectly con ...entire article
Fastigiata Glauca is a blue green or silvery blue version of an attractive form of Atlas cedar Fastigiata with strictly narrow, columnar habit. Its 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. While the green version Fastigiata is a great substitute for the Italian cypress which is not hardy in central Europe, this bluish form is welcome ...entire article
Probably the best known of all the English Roses and one of the most popular roses in the world, Graham Thomas has been voted the World’s Favourite Rose by the World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS) which represents over 100,000 rose lovers in 41 member countries. The award was announced at the 2009 World Rose Convention in Vancouver, when the rose was inducted into the society’s ‘Rose Hall of Fame’. Medium-sized, cup-shaped flowers of an unusually rich and pure yellow that is hard to match in any other roses. A vigorous, upright variety that ...entire article
Japanese cedars proved to grow happily in our garden where winter temperature dropped to -27°C a couple of times. They showed no damage whatsoever and thrive. This variety has one more plus as opposed to other cryptomerias – it does not change its colour to coppery brown in winter and remains green all year round. Elegans Viridis is the name confirming that this Japanese cedar is green at all times. It is also quite different from other cryptomerias due to its foliage and branches that are soft, long and drooping at the ends. Evergreen needles are longer, not so c ...entire article
Leyland cypress is a natural hybrid genus between cupressus macrocarpa and chamaecyparis nootkatensis. It is a fast growing conifer, used mainly in hedges and as a windbreak. It produces flattened sprays of scale-like, dark green leaves. The branches are not pendent, not erect. Something in between and it makes it different from chamaecyparis. It grows very fast when young, into a columnar tree with dense branching from the ground. Cupressocyparis is highly valued not only for its fast growth but also because it does not lose its colour in winter like some cypress or t ...entire article
Smooth cypress is an extraordinary conifer whose steel-blue needles will leave no doubt that this one is really something. The species of this cypress comes from SW of the USA, while Fastigiata variety was selected in Italy. It has distinctly silvery-blue to glaucous colour of thread-like needles and branches. They are smooth, not prickly, hence its name smooth cypress. Natural shape is conical and even without pruning it keeps quite a dense habit. Pruning and trimming however is very common in this case and should be carried out at the end of spring at the earliest, ...entire article
Aurea Nana is a dwarf conifer with golden-yellow, scale-like leaves. It belongs to cypress family and is known under its other name – oriental thuja. It grows slowly, keeps it compact shape and dense habit and is suitable for cultivation on short stems. Platycladus is a trouble-free conifer which, once established, needs no maintenance at all. It grows slowly and may be pruned or trimmed in spring and late summer. It is quite soil tolerant but dislikes boggy locations and lo ...entire article
Bonfire is a spectacular new variety of dwarf ornamental peach with edible fruit. It has profusion of typical peach-like, light pink flowers that are clustered along short branches in a dense crown. The leaves are fantastic deep burgundy red and glossy, narrow and elongated, and not much smaller than on a classic peach tree. Extreme density of leaves on a dwarf crown creates an amazing appearance. Fruit is small, purplish red and yellow, the skin is slightly hairy and may taste a little bitter but if the fruit is eaten fully mature in mid autumn the juicy flesh is swee ...entire article
Mariken is a new variety from 1999. It is a dwarf form with short branches, densely covered with foliage. It is usually available as a small shrub suitable for rockeries, or a half-standard for gardens with less space, or a standard tree. Thanks to its dense growth and attractive foliage mainly tree forms look rather luxurious. It is ideal for sophisticated gardens where you need a dignified but compact specimen tree. It belongs to conifers though its needles are so flat and wide that you just have to call them leaves. They are fan-shaped, young leaves are fresh green and tur ...entire article
Golden Horizon is an interesting variety of Himalayan cedar with weeping branches. The needles are evergreen, yellow-green when young and in summer, turning blue-green as they mature and in the shade. The shape of the shrub is irregular, making horizontal branches with weeping ends. It grows slowly. Pruning is not required, trimming is possible in the spring. Cedars are widely soil adaptable if well-drained. In regions with cold winters mulching is necessary. Fully hardy to min. -21°C (USDA zone 6b). Last update 15-01-2009 ...entire article
Compacta is an Italian dwarf variety of Atlas cedar. This evergreen conifer has short, sharp, mid green needles. It grows slowly, forming a rounded shrub. To maintain a perfect shape it may be pruned beginning of spring. It is suitable for large rockeries, in full sun. It is widely soil adaptable if it is well-drained. In regions with cold winters mulching is necessary. Fully hardy to min. -21°C (USDA zone 6b), possibly more. Last update 15-01-2009 ...entire article
Slender Silhouette is a beautiful sweetgum which could be your perfect choice for a small garden or a miniature front yard. A 5m tall plant seldom exceeds 1m wide. It is a slow growing version of sweetgum with strictly upright and columnar habit. The leaves are quite large, conspicuously lobed with 5 lobes. They are mid green in summer, turning golden yellow, orange and bright red in autumn. Coloured leaves remain on the tree for a long time. Another nice feature is the fruit. Formed in about 3 cm wide spiny spheres they can be quite attractive to look at and a bit irr ...entire article
Raywood is a very elegant variety of a deciduous tree called Claret ash. Its leaves are pinnate, up to 25 cm long and are composed of narrow, elliptic and very glossy individual leaflets that are deep green in summer and turn breathtaking shades of brilliant carmine red and deep burgundy red in the autumn. It needs a hot summer and long enough autumn to perform the best colour shades. If the season is not too good the leaves turn golden yellow with some red overlay. Claret ash grows fast and upright, making an almost oval, narrow crown when you, spreading with age. To a ...entire article
Sango-kaku is a Japanese maple that has so many colours that we are lost for words. Its main attraction is the colour of bark which is orangey-red in summer and bright coral red in winter. The palmate leaves have 5 lobes and emerge orangey-yellow with salmon pink shades, changing to light green or yellow in summer, turning golden yellow in autumn. It grows slowly into a tall, upright shrub. Thanks to its vibrant colours in both summer and winter we recommend planting in places where it will contrast with other plants of deeper coloured foliage. Sango-kaku dislikes dire ...entire article
Parrotiopsis is a rare plant from West Himalayas. Its name recalls parrotia and the similar feature are its leaves. They are fresh green, wrinkled and glossy. It is cultivated mostly for the unusual flowers that come out in mid spring. They are small flower heads made up from many yellow anthers, surrounded by conspicuous white flower bracts. They appear on bare wood and by the time they fade the leaves emerge. It is a tall shrub with upright branches. Grow it in deep, fertile, lime-free soil that is moist but well-drained. Pruning can be done at the end of winter. Fully hardy to ...entire article
Bonanza is a dwarf variety of peach with excellent fruit. It has profusion of typical peach-like, bright pink flowers that are clustered along short branches in a dense plant. The leaves are mid green, semi-glossy, narrow and elongated, and not much smaller than on a classic peach tree. Extreme density of leaves on a dwarf crown creates an amazing appearance. Fruit is of standard size as on a classic peach tree = medium big, yellow and red with slightly hairy skin. It ripens from mid July, weather conditions pending. Thanks to its limited size it is ideal for small gar ...entire article
Evergreen magnolias are the queens of flowering trees. We choose the most beautiful and at the same time the hardiest varieties available. MarylandMarylandwhich offers something unique – different leaf colour as it is a cross between magnolia grandiflora and magnolia virginiana. Thanks to its first parent the foliage is reliably evergreen, and thanks to the latter the leaves are not rusty brown beneath but light green. Now a little note we cannot give a miss – its more correct name is < ...entire article
Hardy plumbago is a superb substitution for its tender relative common in the Mediterranean. This one has even deeper blue flowers with 5 petals, mid-green, bristly, obovate, deciduous leaves with purple margins and purple stems. The plants itself is very dense and in full sun bears profusion of flowers. Grow hardy plumbago in a sheltered position with plenty of sunlight. It is soil tolerant but does best in light, semi-fertile, well drained soil. It is often used in larger rockeries. If it gets damaged after a severe winter just remove dead branches or cut back the plant 10*20 c ...entire article
Lady in Red is a new sport of common ninebark with 3-lobed leaves, which appear early in the spring. It was first sown in 2000 in Norfolk, England. Unlike Diabolo® variety this one has brighter shade of red in the leaves and forms a dense and regular-shaped shrub from young age, rather arching. Clusters of pink flowers are tiny but the shrub is covered with them in May. This shrub is an excellent, fully hardy plant which thanks to its colour-coded leaves highlights every composition or fills a spot where you hopelessly think about putting something. It likes sun or sha ...entire article
Fastigiatum is a columnar variety of yellow poplar tree / tulip tree which has two advantages as opposed to the species. First - it is narrower and will fit into a mid-sized garden. And secondly, and for most of us perhaps more importantly, it flowers from very young age. As opposed to encyclopedias that give a guaranteed age for blooming as 10-15 years, we saw plants making its first flower when only 4 years old. Plants older than 7 years flower reliably. It exotic looking leaves are quite unique – they are saddle-shaped, mid green, deciduous. They turn buttery-y ...entire article
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
Here we have a rose of exceptional freshness and beauty. The flowers start as charming little buds, gradually opening out to form wide but shallow cups. These are beautiful at all stages, and have a pleasing formality of form. The colour is the softest glowing pink with hints of apricot. This rose forms a rather upright and bushy shrub and has attractive Musk Rose foliage that is exceptionally free of disease. The growth is short to medium in height. This is an excellent rose for bedding, borders or for arrangement in the house; the flowers lasting several days in water. Planting instructio ...entire article
An excellent rose for bedding, although it is equally good for the border. It flowers with exceptional freedom and continuity, has even upright growth and little or no disease. The flowers are of a rich yellow colouring. It has a characteristic Tea Rose fragrance with a musky background. Winner of a Gold Medal, the President’s Trophy for the 'Best New Rose of the Year' and the Henry Edland Medal for the 'Best Scented Rose', at the Royal National Rose Society Trials. Planting instructions: Prepare a hole of size 30x30 cm. Put your rose in the way that the grafting point is 3 cm deep in ...entire article
We believe Falstaff to be one of the best crimson/purple roses that have been bred so far. It has large, cupped, full-petalled flowers of rich, dark crimson colouring; eventually turning to a most pleasing shade of rich purple. The growth is strong, bushy and rather upright. Planting instructions: Prepare a hole of size 30x30 cm. Put your rose in the way that the grafting point is 3 cm deep in the soil. Water well and cover new shoots with soil or bark mulch about 15 cm high. Roses tolerate wide range of soils but thrive in deep, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil, in ful ...entire article
Irish yew is a popular evergreen conifer. They are very practical due to many varieties available offering various shapes and sizes. Another advantage is that they grow well in both full sun and in deep shade. Fastigiata Aurea has strictly upright, narrow habit. It grows very slowly which makes it suitable for small gardens, too. Until it reaches full maturity it seldom exceeds width of 1m. The height varies by location and soil fertility. Needles are bright yellow to lime-green. Young branches are light green, maturing to brown. This variety is usually female produ ...entire article
Maidenhair tree is probably one of the oldest species on Earth. It was here some 180 million years ago … obviously it was the time when the Dead Sea was still ill. Its extreme tolerance of various conditions made it survive to our time. One tree can live as long as 2000 years. It belongs to conifers though its needles are so flat and wide that you just have to call them leaves. They are fan-shaped, leaves on male plants are more deeply lobed, matt and pale or pea-green. In the autumn they turn vivid yellow. Maidenhair tree is deciduous. Its growth rate is somewhat peculiar & ...entire article
Ombrella® belongs to the hardy group. It was a chance selection from France which was observed and cultivated, and later on patented under the name Boubri. It differs from the species by darker leaves and deeply coloured flowers. Exotic looking flowers are pinky-red, hairy spheres with yellowish centres, 3-5 cm large and with a sweet fragrance. Fern-like leaves are deep green, compound. They close for the night and re-open in the morning, just like mimosa when touched. It is a medium-sized tree with irregular, flat or umbrella-shaped, spreading crown. It needs warm, neutral to ...entire article
This variety is a weeping form of blue Atlas cedar. It has distinct silvery-blue persistent larch-like needles born in whorls of 30-45. Their striking colour makes the tree a gorgeous lawn specimen same as an ideal feature when combined with other, dark green conifers. Just remember that this one is a greedy chap and needs plenty of space around. Give it a spread of at least 4 meters to fill. Each plant has a unique shape. It is often grafted on stems of different heights with branches that are strictly weeping from the top and in a course of time will touch the ground if left unpru ...entire article
Yulan magnolia is the most spectacular species among white flowering magnolias. The flowers are snow white and appear on bare branches in April. The bark is quite dark and offers a nice contrast to the flowers. Deciduous leaves are oval to obovate, upto 15 cm long, mid green of a shade that remains nice and fresh until the autumn when the leaves turn yellow and fall down. It grows moderately into a more or less regular, narrowly pyramidal shape. It is a dense shrub or tree freely flowering every year. It is tolerant of air-pollution in towns. Magnolias are not supposed to be pruned. You ...entire article
Elegantissima brings light and colour into darker places. It has richly varigated leaves, their margins are creamy white or almost butter-yellow. It is ideal to light up dark corners or highlight borders with other evergreen shrubs of only green colour. It mixes well with broadleaves as well as conifers. It grows moderately and does not make a regular shape so if you want to have it compact trim it in April (for density) and clip it again in mid-summer (for shape). It withstands hard pruning if done in the spring and followed by heavy fertilizing. It adapts to almost any s ...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
Sulphur Heart is another attractive large-leaved variety of Persian ivy with varigated foliage. The evergreen leaves are almost a size of an adult man's palm, heart shaped, leathery, slightly glossy, dark green at margins and of various depths of yellow and light green in the centre. Some leaves are just green. Its aerial roots cling to any surface (support). It grows faster than common ivy and reliably forms dense walls of varigated foliage. This evergreen climber is ideal as a complement plant for any evergreen ...entire article
Spanish fir is one of the most popular conifers with blue needles. It is also called hedgehog fir as the needles are short and stiff, regularly composed around its branches. The shape is broadly conical, very neat and regular. Glauca has striking silvery-blue needles which make it easy to combine with other darker green or golden coloured conifers. It grows about 3-4m in 20 years. After further decades, in full maturity, the overall height can reach some 10m. Having said that, there are mostly grafted plants in cul ...entire article
We always love presenting unusual and rare plants. Among those we only select the ones that are not just rare but also beautiful and can enrich your garden with a new feature. This time we have a real jewel for conifer lovers. It is a dwarf Korean fir named “Brillant”. It is a compact and almost ground-covering evergreen shrub, growing not more than 4 cm a year. With its slow growth it appears rather motion-less. But it looks just gorgeous. The needles are short and densely cover the plant. They are bright green when young, turning light green during summer with silvery grey und ...entire article
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
Oiseau Bleu (syn. “Blue Bird”) has the bluest possible flowers so far hybridized. It is always a mixture of blue and violet but still it is a beautiful flower, 6-8 cm across. This variety has a deep burgundy red eye in the centre. They come out reliably 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 so ...entire article
LAVENDER CHIFFON® belongs to the Chiffon group hybridized by English botanist Dr.Roderick Woods. Showy flowers are lavender pink, quite big: 7-9 cm across and look double although from the botanical point of view they are single with dwarf lacy petals in the center. They come out reliably every year in July and don’t stop blooming until all buds have gone - sometimes by end September. 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 wat ...entire article
Beech is a reliable and hardy tree of our climate. Variety Purpurea Tricolor has deep burgundy red leaves with pink margins that, upon conditions, can reach the centre of the leaf. Natural habit is quite airy and thin when young. When mature it reaches well over 10 meters but this happens seldom, usually in arboretums and parks. Thanks to its slow growth rate it is used even in small gardens provided it is wisely pruned. Good trimming in late winter will encourage growth of new branches that will thicken the tree. Ideal for bonsai. It is tolerant of a wide range of ...entire article
Vase-shaped flowers are very light pink and hang on red stamens in long, pendent racemes. Katsura is the darkest variety with deep burgundy red new leaves, which turn dark green in summer. It grows medium slowly, forming a compact shrub with equal height and spread. No pruning required. If you want to trim it do so after flowering which is usually end of April. Ericaceous plants require soil that is light, acidic, and constantly moist (not wet). If your garden soil is too heavy do not dig a deep hole but make a shallow and wide bed topped up with a good mixture of peat, fine ...entire article
Convexa is a variety of Japanese box-leaved holly which is most popular with bonsai growers and is ideal for topiaries. Compared to the species it grows denser and more compact so when pruned or clipped it never leaves an empty hole. The very glossy leaves are mid to dark green, 1-2 cm long, they are similar to English box but their edges are curled downwards. Fruits are small, non-edible glossy black berries in autumn. It can be pruned and clipped in almost any way from spring until mid summer. Japanese holly is usually trouble-free, it tolerates any soil but for best results, however, use me ...entire article
This osmanthus has elegantly varigated leaves which look similar to holies but are smaller. The leaves are spiny but not as sharp as on common hollies. The varigation is creamy white on pale green background, new growth is pink. To maintain a compact shape we recommend cutting it 1-2x a year. First, beginning of spring remove all unsightly, dead or too long branches, and then, if needed, in mid-summer trim the ends of branches to encourage branching. It prefers acidic, moist but well-drained soil. Protect all variegated forms from direct winter and early spring sunlight – either by plant ...entire article
This bamboo is an attractive dwarf type that is commonly used as ground cover. Its mid-sized leaves are 5-7 cm long and 1-1.5 cm wide, fresh green and regularly arranged on the stems making a dense, luxurious mound. It comes from Japan. It is a vigorous grower that has wild root system. If you want to keep it in a certain area of your garden we recommend using root barriers. Leaves are quite hardy but the plant will definitely look best if sheared down to the ground every spring to encourage new and healthy growth. Bamboo likes fertile, moist but well-drained soil and for best va ...entire article
This bamboo is a popular groundcover. Its mid-sized leaves are 10-14 cm long and 1-1.5 cm wide, and distinctly white variegated. It comes from Japan. It is a vigorous grower that has wild root system. If you want to keep it in a certain area of your garden we recommend using root barriers. Leaves are quite hardy but the plant will definitely look best if sheared down to the ground every spring to encourage new and healthy growth. Bamboo likes fertile, moist but well-drained soil and for best varigation full sun. It is hardy to -20°C (USDA zone 6b) but if covered with snow or mulc ...entire article
Abelia Confetti® can be the true dwarf jewel, for instance, in the evergreen group of your front yard. It has 2-3 cm long, pointed, glossy, semi-evergreen, variegated leaves with white margins and green centres. It blooms from July until October with pale pink, funnel-shaped, tiny flowers. This variety is dwarf and tends to spread. In mild winters the foliage persists until spring which makes your garden look quite picturesque in cold months. It is slow growing, mound forming shrub that can be pruned in early spring if damaged by harsh frost. St ...entire article
Feelin‘ Blue is a striking Dutch introduction of Himalayan cedar, which in fact turned out to be one of the most reliable cedars we ever had. Formerly a ground-covering plant is often staked up to a bamboo stick in order to form an appearance of a classic but much smaller cedar tree with picturesque arching branches. With their long, evergreen needles they look like a silvery blue waterfall. It grows moderately about 30-40 cm per year. It natural height without staking is not much taller than 20 cm and spread could be indefinite. It grows best ...entire article
Golden-rain tree is one of the few trees of our climate blooming in summer. This variety, moreover, is yet somewhat rare which makes it a sought-after item. Fastigiata golden-rain tree has strictly upright, slender habit compared to the large-headed species. It forms a columnar, very dense tree well-branched (feathered) from the ground. In late spring emerge pink leaflets, composed in pinnate 30-45 cm long leaves, and mature to rich but not dark green in summer. They are beautif ...entire article
Swiss stone pine is a beautiful one with dark green needles with a silvery stripe. So its overall appearance may seem a little turquoise. It grows slowly, forming a dense conifer with rather irregular growth when young and more or less pyramidal with age. Owing to its slow growth rate, similar to pinus leucodermis, it is ideal for mid-sized or even small gardens. Grow it in full sun, in poor to semi-fertile, well-drained soil. It hates waterlogging and fertilizing. Fully hardy to -34°C (USDA zone 4). Last update 04-12-2008. ...entire article
Blue Maid® is a female variety of blue holly. It produces abundance of tiny, white flowers in spring that are followed by attractive berries in autumn. They are bright red and glossy, and remain on the plant until the birds find them in winter. Once they do they will eat them all. In order to produce fruit Blue Maid® needs a male pollinator, preferably from blue holly range such as Blue Prince®, ...entire article
We like offering less usual plants which are beautiful and fully hardy at the same time (we are in zone 6). This Japanese snowbell is one of them. It is a graceful, spreading, deciduous tree with almost horizontal branches that form nearly a flat canopy when mature. Its main attraction are undoubtedly the numerous flowers that are borne along the undersides of the branches in June. They are snow white, bell-shaped, and hang on short stalks underneath the leaved branches. Leaves are glossy, ovate to elliptic, mid to dark green, turning yellow or red in autumn. Grow it as a specim ...entire article
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
How strange to combine ‘grandi’ and ‘little’ in one name. Well, in case of this gorgeousness we do not care a bit. This selection is a special variety with reduced size of everything: overall size, leaves and flowers. On the other hand there is much more of everything. The glossy, leathery leaves are numerous, making the plant very dense. They are deep green with distinct rusty underneath. The amount of creamy white, fragrant flowers is unique. They keep popping up all summer until the last warm and sunny days of autumn. We recommend covering it with fleece on the colde ...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
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
Abelias belong to the most popular flowering shrubs of dwarf to small sizes, mainly thanks to its long flowering period: June-October. Variety Edward Goucher was introduced by a botanist of the same name in the USA in 1911 as a cross between abelia x grandiflora and abelia schumannii. This elegant shrub has 2-3 cm long, pointed, very glossy, semi-evergreen, dark green leaves that turn burgundy red in the winter. The flowers are tiny, but numerous, funnel-shaped, bright pink to lilac. In warmer climates this shrub is very vigorous and can reach as much as 1.5m. If you b ...entire article
If you went looking for a tree typical for every city you would find jacarandas in Buenos Aires, London planes in London, and in Prague you would be struck by the beauty of Japanese pagoda trees. Numerous specimens were planted there many years ago. Now they have skyscraping trunks and huge crowns, blooming tremendously from July till August. This big tree is a parent for an excellent grafting with a pendulum crown. Due to its size which seldom exceeds 3m it is suitable for every garden. It has long, pinnate leaves which are bright green when young, turning to deep green when mature ...entire article
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
European gardens love colours. And the truth is what a tropical garden has to offer in terms of colours of the flowers, our gardens can easily compete beating it with colours and shapes of the leaves. Hence one of our most attractive trees, a jewel among gold-leaved: golden locust. It was first discovered in Willem Jensen nursery in Holland in 1935, and was named after the province Friesland. Frisia leaves are pinnate, composed of 23 oval, individual leaflets, forming an overall leaf of 25-30 cm. They are always bright yellow-green, sometimes really golden-yellow when t ...entire article
Giant gunnera is probably the biggest herbaceous perennial in the world, apart from banana trees. This exotic looking plant is called dinosaur’s food and comes from the Andes (Chile, Costa Rica, Columbia) where it can grow 3 m tall. Its leaves work like funnels, directing all rainwater right into the center of the plant. It loves boggy soil, otherwise you have to water it often in the summer. Such leaves transpire a lot of water that must be added. However, in winter, the roots must not stand in water or they will rot, as the leaves die back and cannot transpire. Gunneras ...entire article
Ninebark is a low-maintenance deciduous plant which is available in several varieties offering various leaf colours and shapes. Diabolo® is a variety with deep maroon red 3-lobed leaves, which appear early in the spring. Clusters of pink flowers are tiny but the shrub is covered with them in May. Diabolo® is an excellent, fully hardy, deciduous plant which thanks to its colour-coded leaves highlights every composition or fills a spot where you hopelessly think about putting something less demanding. It grows a little taller than its gold-leaved brother and if y ...entire article
Riversii (syn. “Purpurea Major”) is a slow growing big tree with deep purple leaves. They are elliptic-ovate, deciduous, emerging bright burgundy red, maturing to deep purple and deep green inside the crown in summer, and eventually turning copper orange in autumn. Natural habit is quite airy when young, thickening the crown with age. Adult trees develop a widely oval to almost rounded crowns. Thanks to its slow growth rate it is used also in mid-sized gardens where its size can be controlled by regular pruning at the end of winter. It can live in a wide range ...entire article
Beeches are common trees in our climate. This fern leaved beech has narrow, deeply cut leaves, 5-10 cm long, glossy. It maintains low branches and forms a shrubby tree which seldom goes over 10 m, but it is usually much smaller. It is suitable for medium sized gardens, and should you not wish to have a tall specimen you can easily keep it compact and smaller by trimming early in the spring. It grows slowly and will respond well to pruning. Needs moist soil with good drainage and full sun. Very hardy. ...entire article
Nana variety is a lot different to the species. It can be found under its second Latin name catalpa bungei. It is a small tree that can be considered dwarf as opposed to its parent. It was bred to achieve an attractive tree with exceptional foliage but of reduced size to fit even a small garden or a front yard. The heart-shaped leaves are light to mid-green and soft. The tree keeps it compact, rounded crown without pruning. It grows medium fast and very dense. This variety does not produce flowers. Just one thing has to be observed: summer mildew. When the weather is warm and ...entire article
Tanyosho pine with its umbrella-like, mushroom crown is sometimes used as a hardy substitute for Mediterranean pine. It grows much smaller and more slowly – to make a specimen tree of 3-4 metres it needs some 30 years. Needles are long, bright green, soft. Bark is orange to red hence its cultivar name red pine. As every pine, it needs full sun and well-drained, slightly acidic soil. ...entire article
Watereri is a small, slow-growing pine which is also commercially known under the name “Nana” – a typical name for many dwarf plants. Its needles are borne in pairs, dark green with only a hint of blue-green in summer, and more bluish in cold months of autumn and winter. It is very popular among gardeners as well as amateurs because it does not grow more than 3-4 meters in full maturity and requires zero maintenance. The shape is conical and it grows very dense. Unlike the species it does not lose needles on bottom branches. The flaking-off bark is gr ...entire article
This ornamental cherry plum is popular in demand for its deep burgundy leaves, almost no maintenance at all and no special soil requirements. Deciduous leaves are ovate to elliptic, of deep burgundy red colour. Such shade is perfect to break an overall green landscape with or to be used in front of a house with façade of pale colour shades (cream, gray etc.). Nigra (=Pissardii Nigra) variety was selected for its abundant flowering. Its pure pink flowers have deep red calyxes which makes a lovely contrast. They are not as big as flowers on Japanese cherries but the branches are c ...entire article
Weeping Higan cherry has rich pink, double flowers in early cherry season. It makes pendent branches that soon reach the ground. It is the right spring-teller as it announces warmer weather as one of the first flowering trees. It seldom grows taller than 3 m which makes it an ideal selection for even the smallest of gardens. Flowering cherries can take almost any well-drained soil. But if you are after a good looking tree grow it in slightly acid, evenly moist soil. Pruning, if needed, should be done immediately after flowering to prevent silver leaf and b ...entire article
Smoke tree might have a slight problem these days when smoking outside becomes prohibited ... just joking, the alleged smoke is what flowering of this shrub looks like. It blooms from June to July and from a distance the clusters do look like purple smoke. The leaves of Royal Purple are deep burgundy. It requires no maintenance. On the other hand, we may suggest something to keep this shrub look amazing: cut last year’s twigs to half their size. Thus the branches will remain fully leafed. It has no special soil requirements, but dislikes wet or boggy soils. It grows taller than the basi ...entire article
Rubra is one of the most known and at the same time beautiful varieties of flowering dogwood. The inflorescence is composed of 4 medium-sized, deep pink or reddish purple flower bracts around a small, rounded head with tiny, tubular flowers that are followed by small, glossy, red fruit that is poisonous. The deciduous leaves are deep green with purple shades. The best show begins in autumn when they turn bright burgundy-red. This shrub forms horizontal layers of branches and should not be pruned. Flowering dogwood does not like stress of any kind. Find it a nice spot now ...entire article
Flowering dogwood is a quite unusual and special shrub or small tree which draws your attention all year round: in the spring it has very showy large petal-like coloured bracts, and its leaves turn to beautiful colours early in th autumn. Cherokee Chief has 4 bright pink bracts and rainbow-like autumn coloured leaves, mainly with shades of red and pink. This shrub does not like stress of any kind. Find it a nice spot now so you do not have to transplant it later, it might suffer from diseases thereafter. It needs moist soil. ...entire article
“Hamabo” will no doubt attract your attention thanks to its rare, pink-red veins on pale pink or almost white flower petals, each of which has its own deep red blotch in the centre. The shrub is always erect and slightly rounded with age. 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 e ...entire article
Belonging to the same family as magnolia, common name tulip tree may be misleading since this name is often used for magnolias with saucer-shaped flowers. Hence gardeners rather use its other name yellow poplar. This is the tree with huge lyra-like, saddle-shaped leaves which do appear to miss a lobe. They are rich green in summer and change to golden yellow in autumn. Even nicer are definitely the flowers. They look like small tulips of creamy yellow and light green colour. At the bottom, each petal has an orange mark w ...entire article
This giant dogwood has another name which, in my opinion, characterizes the plant much better = wedding cake tree. Looking at the habit of the more commonly grown cultivar Variegata one knows exactly what it means. This beauty can easily become a show-stopping specimen in a garden of literally any style. Its tiered branches look exactly like several layers of a wedding cake and the white-variegated foliage stands for rich sugary icing. Want a piece? The leaves are elliptic, deciduous, mid green in the middle with rich white margins. They are always pendent and a ...entire article
Eastern redbud is a lovely, deciduous, small tree or a large shrub where the word “love” is the key feature. Why? Because its leaves are in a perfect shape of a heart that we are used to draw as an icon. Moreover, Forest Pansy variety has burgundy red to deep burgundy brown foliage. If placed in a location with reduced sunlight the leaves will turn dark green. This plant is very impressive in the spring, too. It bears profusion of bright, purple-pink flowers on bare, purple-black wood. The stalks are miniature. Some tropical plants have the same type of f ...entire article
This is the species of north-american trumpet creeper trained into a tree with a real stem. It bears terminal cymes of rich red, trumpet-shaped flowers from early summer until the first frosts. Pinnate leaves are deep green and enhance its tropical appearance. Being originally a climbing plant it needs strong support all life long. So stake it well so that it does not break in strong wind. For profusion of flowers it needs to be pruned every spring after the worst frosts (end March). Cut all last year’s branches to 2-3 pairs of live buds. Trumpet creeper flowers on new shoots ...entire article
This trumpet creeper is really trained into a small tree. 1 or 2 meter tall trunk with a blooming crown gives this exotic looking plant a new glamour. Beautiful, golden-yellow flowers grow at the ends of new branches. They come out in July and don’t stop till the first frosts. Flava belongs to the radicans group which means that its new growths may be quite long so we suggest trimming the crown early in the spring but after all frosts to maintain a good shape with strong branches. It is recommended to cut every new branch to 3 live buds. If not absolutely ...entire article
Aconitifolium is a Japanese maple with large leaves. They are very attractive, deeply lobed but look entire. The colour is light to mid green, turning bright shades of orange and fiery red in autumn. In spring it bears profusion of small flowers. The shrub is spreading and even though in Japan you can find specimens 5m tall, in our climate they are commonly about 2-3m tall and wide. The canopy is airy and branching is not dense. Japanese maples prefer acidic to neutral soil, moist but well drained, semi-fertile ...entire article
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
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
This species is my top favourite among sweet olives and one of my most loved evergreen shrubs in general. It is a mid sized plant with leathery, deep green, glossy leaves with sharply serrated margins which is why non-professionals often think they are looking at a holly. The main differences are: sweet olive has opposite leaves (hollies have alternate leaves), and sweet olive shrubs are rounded to oval while hollies usually make pyramidal forms. At the end of autumn sweet olives bear tiny white flowers with pleasantly sweet fragrance. The shape and luxurious foliage make this plant ...entire article
This uncommon flowering cherry called Okame comes from Taiwan. It is a small tree bearing neon pink flowers with yellow stamens in early spring. It grows moderately and is well branched even without pruning. Still, for ideal crown shapes some trimming after flowering is advised. Thanks to its small size it is ideal for small gardens and front yards, as well as for narrow streets with limited space. Okame looks great both in Japanese-style gardens and in any other landscape whe ...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
Nellie R. Stevens is one of the most widely used hardy hollies worldwide, and at the same time one of the most beautiful. It is a cross between English holly ilex aquifolium and Chinese holly ilex cornuta. It grows relatively fast and can be trained into a gorgeous looking evergreen tree. The leaves are deep green, extremely glossy (it is very difficult to make a picture without their reflection) and have odd number of teeth: usually 3, but sometimes only 1 or even 5. Its natural shape is conical with a large base, and looks best left unpruned. Though, in ...entire article
Although this incense cedar is one of the most sought after conifers of the south, it seems to perform much better in Czech climate thanks to cold and wet winters. It needs a lot of sun in summer though to keep its varigated leaves golden. Though, if the sun is not as hot as in the Mediterranean, for example, it benefits from additional watering from more frequent continental rain which helps it form a more compact and densely branched tree. The scale-like leaves are similar to thujas and cypresses. They are arranged in two pairs. The basic colour is dark green and this variety has ...entire article
“Arborescens” is a shrubby ivy that represents an adult stage of common ivy hedera helix. It means that it stopped climbing and started flowering. The leaves are glossy, bright green when young and turning to dark green as they mature. They are diamond-shaped with one pointed tip against the stalk, and two rounded tips at the sides. Flowers are borne in regular spherical umbels. They come out in early autumn and attract butterflies and other insects, and are followed by small black berries. Without a support it will form a neat, dense shrub with erect ...entire article
This evergreen silverthorn is hybrid between e.macrophylla and e.pungens. It has evergreen broad leaves, which are leathery but thin, dark green with millions of grey dots making it look like stardusted. Thanks to the foliage it is sometimes called Russian olive which is not correct as this name is already used for its deciduous sister elaeagnus angustifolia. Apart from the foliage this plant is also interesting for its almost invisible flowers. They are tiny and appear from late summer to early autumn and are hard to see unless you look up close. But you can definitely smell them. ...entire article
Limelight is my personal favourite among evergreen silverthorns. It has ovate, up to 10 cm long, leathery but thin leaves that are bright yellow in the middle and deep green at margins. The area between the centres and margins is light, soft green so the overall effect is 3-coloured. Newly emerging leaves and twigs are silvery-beige. Limelight grows fastest among all silverthorns with coloured foliage. New branches that bear only green leaves should be cut off asap. Apart from the foliage this plant is also interesting for its almost invisible flowers. They are tiny and ...entire article
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