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Pinus nigra Nana is a witches’ broom whose discoverer is not known. It is a slow and compact growing black pine which at the first sight looks almost identical like a dwarf mountain pine (pinus mugo). The tell is the needle size – its evergreen needles are 6-8 cm long, dark green, partially glossy, slightly undulated, and come out in pairs. It grows slowly, only some 10-15 cm per year, into a rounded shrub which shows a sign of a leader on your plants which other branches catch up later forming a dome-shaped conifer 2.5-3m tall and wid ...entire article
Sparkling Sapphires is compact baptisia hybrid from Hans Andrew Hansen from Walters Gardens Inc., Michigan, USA with a tasty name. It is a cross between b. sphearocarpa ‘Linda’ and b. minor. It produces up to 30 cm long, erect racemes composed of deep indigo blue pea-like flowers which attract butterflies. It forms rather rounded, dense clumps with many stems reaching about 80 cm tall. Its palmate leaves are divided into 3 ovate, medium green leaflets. Patent No. PP27904 was granted in 2017. False i ...entire article
Pink Lemonade is another baptisia hybrid from Hans Andrew Hansen from Walters Gardens Inc., Michigan, USA with a tasty name. This time he crossed an almost unknown baptisia hybrid ‘Red Riding Hood’ and b. alba. The result is a bi-coloured false indigo with pastel yellow and pastel pink pea-like flowers. They are composed in 40-60 cm long, erect racemes and attract butterflies. Pink Lemonade grows vigorously into a vase-shaped, compact clump almost 140 cm tall. Its palmate leaves are divided into 3 ovat ...entire article
05.04.2021New in catalogue
false indigo (Baptisia "'GRAPE TAFFY'")
Grape Taffy is a baptisia hybrid bred by Hans Andrew Hansen from Walters Gardens Inc., Michigan, USA. Its pea-like flowers are composed in about 30 cm long, erect racemes, and mean a colour break-through because baptisia usually makes blue and indigo shades but Grape Taffy contains red pigment and does resemble ripe berries of red grapevine. Palmate leaves are divided into 3 ovate, mid green leaflets. Grape Taffy is possibly the most compact baptisia available to date as it seldom exceeds 60 cm tall and about 80 c ...entire article
Lemon Meringue is a baptisia hybrid bred by Hans Andrew Hansen from Walters Gardens Inc., Michigan, USA. Its lemon-yellow, pea-like flowers are composed in about 45 cm long, erect racemes and attract butterflies. It is a hybrid between b. sphareocarpa with yellow flowers and b. alba with glaucous foliage. Palmate leaves are divided into 3 ovate, blue-green leaflets. It grows vigorously about 90 cm tall and wide. Patent No. PP24280 was granted in 2014. False indigo has just one disadvantage – it is extremely s ...entire article
ROYAL CANDLES® is a spiked speedwell variety which was found as natural mutation by Heather Philpott among other veronica spicata plants in Detlink, Kent, UK in 1987. It is distinguished by deep violet, dense spikes of flowers and compact habit. Flowers appear in from June until early autumn if spent flowers are regularly removed. Leaves are narrowly lance-shaped, finely serrated at margins, deep green. Patent No. PP18932 was granted in 2008. Speedwell will grow in any moist but well-drained, reasonably fertil ...entire article
29.03.2021New in catalogue
small-leaved linded (Tilia cordata)
Linden trees (limes) are generally large, long-lived plants that can be found in broad avenues, in parks or in old villages. Small-leaved lime was declared our national tree of the Czech Republic in 1848 and it is a national tree of Slovakia and Slovenia, too. It is native to Europe and Caucasus where it thrives and makes large specimens where the tallest are documented. Small-leaved lime is at least 15m tall and half as wide but in a couple of hundred years its size can double in large areas without root barriers. It makes rounded to broadly heart-shaped ...entire article
JAMES L. AUSTIN® is an English rose by David Austin Senior named after his son and introduced in 2017, only one year before D. Austin passed away. It is a large-flowered, fully double hybrid tea rose with deep magenta purple to cerise flowers, composed of 40 or more petals. They bear light, fruity fragrance and bloom repeatedly from June until October. Plants form upright shrubs just over one meter tall and a little less wide. Deciduous leaves are deep green, partially glossy, and usually disease resistant. It is ...entire article
GRACE® is an anglická růže by David Austin from 2001, named to celebrate all English roses and their key characteristics. It is a hybrid tea rose with fully double, 7-8 cm wide, pleasantly fragrant, apricot orange flowers, deeper in the centre, lighter towards the margins. There are up to 80 petals composed in a double-dahlia-like shape. It blooms repeatedly from June until October and forms rather a well-branched shrub about one meter tall and wide. Deciduous leaves are medium to dark green, matte, and disease r ...entire article
Dragonskin is a male holly discovered by Ingo Stühreneberg in his greenhouse, in German nursery town Wiesmoor, it was first introduced at Rhodo 2010. It is a mutation of i. aguifolium ‘Angustifolia’ and obviously has genes of i. x meserveae as its leaves manifest similar autumn and winter coloration and foliage shape like some other blue hollies. Dragonskin holly produces highly glossy, evergreen leaves which reflect as much as 40% of sunrays which protects them from loss of water especially on sunny da ...entire article
Kingyo-tsubaki is another collectible gem among Japanese camellias. It was first described in Shirai-Bunko from 1789 and has so far received many names. Translation of its accepted Japanese name means goldfish camellia because its leaves are conspicuously divided at the apex into 3 tips, just like a goldfish tail. Flowers are rather small but emerge in profusion. They are pale red to rose pink, single, 7-petalled, and the yellow stamens are formed in a stiff column in the centre. Blooming begins in January in warm cli ...entire article
Koto-no-ito is a compact growing Japanese maple variety of elegant and fluffy appearance. It has very narrow, strap-like leaves owing to which it was named in Japanese ‘Harp strings’ or ‘Golden old harp’. They are deciduous, deeply lobed, divided into 5-7 gently serrated leaflets, and emerge coral red in spring, mature to fresh green, and turn glowing scarlet red and orange in autumn. It grows slowly into a V-shaped shrub or small tree with slightly spreading canopy with age. Japanese maple ...entire article
Some trees are admired for other features than just flowers or foliage. There are many of us who easily fall head over heels in love with a picturesque bark like that on paperbark maple from China. It peels off in thin, almost paper-like shavings even on young plants which makes it one of the most sought-after items among bonsai growers. Its color is cinnamon brown first and peeled off it reveals coppery red to almost amber orange tones as it becomes glossy with age. Deciduous leaves are palmately divided into three shallowly lobed, ovate leaflets. They ar ...entire article
Verbania is a medium late hybrid azalea named after a spa town from North Italy, close to a nursery where it originated. It makes medium large, hose in hose, creamy white flowers with a very elegant, thin, salmon pink margin. They appear from about mid May for almost 3 weeks manifesting the advantage of late azaleas whose flowers open in phases rather than all at the same time. Evregreen leaves are small, broadly elliptic, dark green, and glossy. Verbania Azalea is a moderately growing shrub of approximately equal hei ...entire article
After a success of variegated azalea cultivars Silver Sword and Hot Shot Variegated, there is a new one called Silver Queen. It boasts extra large, pure pink, openly funnel-shaped flowers in May. Evergreen leaves are narrowly elliptic, acuminate, glossy, mid green with thin creamy white margins. Silver Queen makes a dense, compact shrub about 80 cm tall and wide in maturity. Japanese azaleas can be ...entire article
Rock roses are popular ground-covering perennials available in many attractive colours. Wisley Primrose is a another rock rose variety named after the RHS garden at Wisley. It makes shiny primrose yellow flowers atop slightly taller stems (25-30 cm) which open from nodding buds for about 4 weeks, beginning in late May. In summer it sporadically re-blooms offering a few flowers on the plant every now and then. Once the main flowering season has finished (late June) reduce the size ...entire article
Brise d'Anjou is a Jacob's ladder variety from France from around 1995. It was found by Maurice and Rene Proteau in Brissac-Quince (west of France, about 100 km from Nantes) as a naturally occurring mutation of the species. Looking at its striking variegated foliage I think the name 'Breeze from Anjou' is quite an understatement, it should say a 'Hurricane from Anjou'. Everyone looks down at this plant, that much attention it draws. It is the only known variegated form of Jacob's ladder so far that is also valued for ...entire article
Pink Spider is a fabulous Japanese azalea for collectors who obviously do not suffer from arachnophobia. This exotic looking jewel produces semi-double flowers with narrow, acuminate flower petals. They are bright pink with purple pink dotting and white margins. They open in profusion from about mid May for 2-3 weeks on the background of evergreen, narrowly elliptic, dark green leaves. The plant forms a compact, somewhat spreading shrub. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fer ...entire article
Groundcovering stonecrops are alpine perennials which are available in so many species and varieties that everyone can find his favourite. They are native to almost all continents including their coldest parts, except for Australia and Antarctica. They are cultivated for their spreading, low habit, and offer a wide range of leaf shapes and colours, as well as melliferous flowers. Many of them are evergreen, some are deciduous. Their leaves are silvery blue, blue-green, all shades of green, yellow, burgundy to maroon red, and tinted pink or flushed red. Tho ...entire article
Polar Bear panicle hydrangea offers almost snow white flowers composed in large panicles topped with lime green caps. The inflorescence is 20-25 cm long and almost 15 cm wide, and is composed mostly of sterile flowers that open from mid July. In late summer and autumn they turn only a pale shade of pink. Stems are red flushed, and deciduous, ovate leaves are deep green. Polar Bear hydrangea makes an upright, bushy, and compact shrub about 1.5m tall and wide. Panicle hydrangea will grow in almost any soil type, pref ...entire article
Burkwood's sweet olive is a garden hybrid between Chinese osmanthus delavayi and Turkish osmanthus decorus. It is more beautiful and tougher than either of its parents. It boasts dense habit, profuse flowering, and handsome foliage. Evergreen leaves are leathery, ovate, 3-5 cm long, medium green, glossy, and slightly twisted. In mid spring appear small clusters of snow white, sweetly fragrant flowers in such profusion that the plant looks like covered in snow. Talking of snow - branches are very flexible and even if bent under a load of fresh we ...entire article
EARLY HARRY is a panicle hydrangea with pagoda-like inflorescence composed mostly of tiny, fertile flowers, and a few exceptionally large sterile flowers which look like crown jewels. Flower buds are pale pink and appear as early as in late May which makes EARLY HARRY possibly the earliest flowering panicle hydrangea today, perhaps competing with EARLY SENSATION hydrangea. Flowers are creamy white and turn various de ...entire article
Album is a unique monkshood variety with purely white flowers hiding a whorl of yellow green stamens inside something that does look like a hood of a monk's coat. They are formed in erect racemes on stems that can be 1.5 tall which makes it a popular cut flower. Individual flowers open up from early July and continue blooming by end August as the stems grow taller. Leaves are deeply lobed, almost dissected, mid green, very ornamental. Monkshood is used especially in Chinese medicine, yet some caution is advised wh ...entire article
Soapwort is a herbaceous plant native to Europe and Asia, closely related to lychnis and silene. Its name refers to saponins contained in leaves and stems which were used to produce soap in the past. In horticulture mostly perennial species are cultivated. Bressingham is a lovely soapwort variety forming neat rounded cushions smothered with small, rich pink flowers with a white eye from late May for 4-8 weeks. They are highly attractive to butterflies. It makes a dense, relatively slow growing groundcover with semi ...entire article
Greentorch is a fastigiate cherry laurel variety from France, bred and introduced by Minier Nursery in 2009. Its almost columnar habit is highly appreciated in small gardens where space is limited, as well as in evergreen hedges. Leaves are evergreen, leathery, deeply veined, highly glossy, and deep green. The plant is dense even without pruning and grows 30-40 cm per year. Cherry laurels have compound inflorescence made out of small, white, fragrant flowers that appear in April and May. They are followed by very ...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
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
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
Green Tower is a fastigiate and dwarf variety of Austrian pine. It was found as a seedling, possibly of Pyramidalis variety, by Martin Zimmer in late 1990's. It has about 10 cm, stiff, dark green needles borne in whorls of 2. It grows slowly - 20 cm per year and makes a very narrow tree which will fit almost any garden. Its branches are strong and do not bend under a fresh load of wet snow. Pines need full sun and well-drained soil that will not be too alkaline. No fertilizing required. Pruning is possible in late ...entire article
Compacta Glauca is an arolla pine variety of reduced size. It was selected by C.Frets & Son nursery in Boskoop, the Netherlands, around 1930, in a field of older variety called Glauca which had been known since 1860's. It exhibits much denser and congested growth, and produces about 10 cm long needles. They are medium green with prominent grey blue overlay which makes it look almost silver blue. Young shoots are light green and before the needles separate from the twig (so-called candle phase) you can trim or r ...entire article
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
INTENSE BLUE® is a blue fescue of a striking colour. It was bred by Allure Tuinplanten and Amigra from the Netherlands. It was found in 2005 and introduced three years later. The plant makes well-behaved, symmetrical, extremely dense tufts of silvery blue foliage. Their colour literally calls for combination with red, yellow, and fresh green plants of similar dwarf habit (leucothoe, hebe, hakonechloa, or ground-covering junipers). We recommend dark background such as lush brown pine bark mulch rather than light c ...entire article
CHICO is the smallest photina known to trade so far. It is an evergreen shrub with small, glossy, broadly elliptic leaves with conspicuously serrated margins which bear strong resemblance to arbutus unedo foliage. They emerge bronze orange-red and mature to deep green. New leaves emerge at least twice a year: in early spring and in late summer, and you can bring the second phase forward by pruning the shrub in early summer just as the new leaves turn green. Stems are rich burgundy red all year round. It grows slowl ...entire article
Summerwine is a beautiful yarrow variety from Germany which belongs to the Galaxy Hybrids. They are crosses between a.aegyptiaca and a.millefolium. Plants from this group bear larger flower heads atop stronger and taller stems. Summerwine yarrow makes dark purple pink to nearly wine red flowers composed in flattened corymbs 8-10 cm across. They are borne atop about 60 cm tall stems. Blooming begins in late June and may continue until late summer. Fern-like leaves are finely cut and rich grass green, basal leave ...entire article
Haru-no-sono is a hybrid Satsuki azalea, a sport of , a beautiful, large-flowered chameleon. The flowers are a combination of white and a various portions of pink and purple. Even the dots in the throat vary from yellow green to purple red. You never know how many pink, white, and pinky-white flowers you get year to year, isn't that thrilling? Blooming time is later than Japanese azaleas: end May till end June, and in Czech climate we often see its last flowers yet in early July. It is slow and dense growing, making ...entire article
Essence Purple is a compact lavender variety which forms an evenly rounded bush without fallen stems. It is about 40 cm tall and still very compact and very dense. Fragrant flowers are rich lavender violet and appear from June until August. Leaves are evergreen, linear, light green and very slightly silver. We recommend cutting the plant every spring leaving about a third or maximum half its size to maintain a dense and profusely flowering shrub. You can remove the stalks with spent flowers after flowering to make ...entire article
Ostfriesland (East Friesland) is a flat lowland in North Germany, renowned for fertile soil and mild, humid climate which is why there are a lot of nurseries. No wonder that this wood sage received the same name, remembering the region. Ostfriesland sage makes compact clumps with erect stems 35-45 cm tall, bearing long spikes of numerous deep violet-blue flowers from June until September. The calyxes are purple violet, just like the stems, which creates a great background even if the plant is not in full bloom. Leaves ...entire article
Burkwood viburnum is a garden hybrid between v.carlesii and v.utile made in England in 1924. It belongs to the most fragrant viburnums whose flowers people can smell from a distance of 7 or even 8 meters. Small, intensely sweetly scented, tubular flowers are composed in spherical clusters about 10 cm across, and are produced in early spring. Sometimes a few flowers are produced in late autumn if the weather is sunny and warm. They are followed by small, red, inedible fruit turning black later. Anne Russell...entire article
SENSATION® is a superb new perennial salvia series. All of its varieties are truly sensational offering low, very dense and compact habit with profuse flowering. Sensation® Compact White is even more compact that others from the series, almost dwarf. It produces rich spikes of small, pure white flowers from mid spring until late summer if you deadhead regularly and fertilize the plant. Leaves are mid green, narrowly ovate, wrinkled, and softly hairy. Sage will gr ...entire article
Red Tip is a valued podocarp variety with dark green, glossy needles which emerge deep burgundy red in spring. They are evergreen and only 1-2 cm long. The plant is mound-forming and quite compact yet we recommend midsummer pruning/trimming in order to achieve a nice habit. In colder Europe it will not exceed 50 cm tall and one meter wide, and such size can be expected in 40-50 years. Female plants, if pollinated by pollen from male plants, produce small, rounded, red berries which resemble yew fruit, and in spite of ...entire article
Fragrant stewartia comes from South China (not to be confused with stewartia sinensis) and, as the name suggests, bears profusion of mildly fragrant flowers. Do not expect lilac's strength of perfume, just a faint, rose-like aroma. Flowers open from purple red buds, they are open wide, 5-6 cm across, 5-petalled, pure white on 4 petals and decorated with a pink blotch on the fifth one. This is a tell for fragrant stewartia, no other stewartia does it. Flowers are followed by rounded seed pods with something that looks like a beak, hence its Latin name rostrata ...entire article
Tall stewartia comes from Korea and South Japan. It is possibly the tallest of the species, yet quite slender and conical growing, most often multi-stemmed tree. Its trunks are possibly the key feature why collectors and plant lovers seek after this plant. The bark is smooth, picturesquely painted amber golden and dark honey red. You feel like touching it every time you pass by. In early summer profusion of small, 4 cm across, 5-petalled, pure white flowers are borne, and are followed by hard-shelled seedpods. Deciduous leaves are rather narrow, ovate to ...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 rich red to copper red. Spring Festival is upright growing, quit ...entire article
Color Guard is another variegated Adam’s needle. It is a tough and beautiful variety. Its sword-like are medium soft, definitely not sharp as those of yucca gloriosa, deep green at margins and butter yellow to rich yellow in the centre. Between these two colour appear soft green highlights. From autumn till spring yellow colour on older leaves is substituted with orange and salmon red. In second half of June it produces numerous creamy-white, bell-shaped flowers on sturdy stems, up to 160 cm tall. When in ...entire article
This lungwort was discovered by Bob Brown in his nursery in 1995, and named after his wife Diana Clare. It belongs to the large-leaved species and bears about 30 cm long, rather narrow, lanceolate, hairy leaves, whose surface is almost entirely covered with silver colour. Flowers are small, campanulate, dark pink at first, turning deep violet blue after pollination, and formed atop about 25 tall, fleshy stems from early spring - usually late March till late April. Lungwort, especially its large-leaved forms need e ...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
MacDaniel's Cushion is possibly the top favourite rich pink variety of moss phlox. Its flowers are rich neon pink and open from late April on dense, emerald green cushions of evergreen leaves. It is quite compact, however, for good habit and in order to eliminate bare, woody stems we recommend trimming it in early summer just after flowering. Grow moss phlox in full sun and free-draining soil of any pH. Once established they take long periods of droughts. Mulching is not necessary but covering the soil around the m ...entire article
Kew White is a compact, slow growing, female skimmia variety from England. It is a very pretty small shrub with evergreen, leathery, narrowly elongated, deep green, and glossy leaves. In early spring open tiny fragrant flowers which are followed by small, spherical, white and glossy fruit if pollinated by a male variety (e.g. Rubella). If you plant it well you needn’t look after it any longer except for occasional watering in dry spells. There are a ...entire article
Multiflora (or Multiflorum) is a small and compact Japanese azalea with rich purple red, double flowers. They are small to medium-sized, hose-in-hose, and open in profusion from mid May. Leaves are evergreen, small, obovate, evergreen, and glossy. he shrub is low and dense. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growth rate. The size of new branches would get out hand and spoil the shape you are going to achieve. The ...entire article
Fireglow is a red-leaved Japanese maple variety from Italy. It is similar to Bloodgood with less vigorous growth and brighter red colour, and Atropurupureum with more upright habit and richer leaf colour. Leaves are palmate, 5-lobed, deciduous, glowing crimson red when they emerge and shiny burgundy red in summer, turning bright red again in autumn. It commonly forms a nice shape, evenly branched, almost as wide as tall with age. Japanese maples need constantly moist soil that has to be well-drained, acidic to neut ...entire article
Silver Dollar is another jewel among panicle hydrangeas of the new millennium. The truth is that it lacked the massive marketing campaign as for example Limelight® hydrangea, however, its beauty and health will prove it deserves the same winners' level. Bred and selected among many seedling by a Dutch plantsman Peter Zwijnenburg at the turn of the century, for its outstanding excellence and performance it gained the AGM prize (Award of Garden Merit) by the ...entire article
Rozanne® cranesbill was first introduced to horticultural public in 2000 and 8 years later it won a prestigious award Plant Of The Year. It boasts with large, 5-petalled, rich lilac-violet flowers from June until the last warm days of autumn. Very attractive basal leaves are mid green, widely palmate, distinctly lobed, and show some light green marbling. They change to orange and golden in autumn. Rozanne is a reliable filler, it will fill large spaces in no time so un ...entire article
Rock roses are popular ground-covering perennials available in many attractive colours. Bronzeteppich is my favourite because I love orange and golden shades. This variety produces small, only about 2 cm wide flowers of deep tangerine orange colour with a conspicuous rich red centre. They open from nodding buds for about 4 weeks, beginning in late May. In summer it sporadically re-blooms offering a few flowers on the plant every now and then. Once the main flowering season has finished (late June) reduce the size of t ...entire article
Autumn monkshood is a showy perennial flowering for late summer and autumn. Cloudy is an unusual variety with almost white flowers decorated with pale lavender violet brim. They appear along sturdy stems that grow just over a meter tall. The wise thing about this monkhood is that even though the blooming time is very late in the season, it offers something more to gain your attention early in the season: very attractive, deeply cut, dark green, glossy leaves. Monkshood is a popular cut flower. Monkshood is used especially in Chinese medicine, yet some cau ...entire article
Honeyberry is an edible version of honeysuckle with fruit of similar taste and appearance of blueberry. The fruit is sweet or sweet-and-sour, 25-35 mm long, oval, deep blue. The fruit ripens very early, often already in May, about two weeks before the first strawberries. Trávníček is a Czech selection with large and sweet fruit. Honeyberry is easy to grow. It does not require any special soil unlike blueberries. All they need is full sun and plenty of water and fertilizer. Foll ...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
SENSATION® is a superb new perennial salvia series. All of its varieties are truly sensational offering low, very dense and compact habit with profuse flowering. Sensation® Deep Rose begins its show in mid May when spikes of rich purple red flowers buds appear on about 30 cm tall spikes. They are followed by light rosy pink flowers which are produced in profusion from mid May until midsummer. If you cut back the clump after the main flowering and fertilize it the pla ...entire article
CONFETTI is a breathtaking new panicle hydrangea bred by Peter Vlasveld from the Netherlands. It combines all the positives you look for in a hydrangea: large flowers of beautiful colour, strong growth, long blooming period, minimum to zero care, and excellent hardiness. The inflorescence of CONFETTI is a large, up to 30 cm long, upright, widely conical panicle composed of both sterile (large) and fertile (small) flowers which come out almost pure white in late July. In a couple of weeks they turn a very gentle shade ...entire article
Magical™ Sweet Summer is a panicle hydrangea with large inflorescence composed of predominantly sterile flowers. They come out in mid July and are light greeneish white as they emerge, and mature to creamy white and later soft pink. The panicles are rather fluffy and not so conical like many other varieties. They hold well on dark stems even in strong wind and rain. Deciduous leaves are ovate to oval, pointed, deep green. Magical™ Sweet Summer is a fast and upright ...entire article
Butterfly Blue is a small scabious variety with large, rich lavender blue flowerheads with domed, pincushion-like central florets and larger marginal florets. They appear on 10-20 cm tall, slender, well-branched stems from late spring until early autumn. Deadheading is recommended for continuous flowering. Leaves form a dense mound which looks great in a rockery or among dwarf plants such as witches brooms. Scabious is a sun-loving perennial which will grow in free-draining, moderately fertile soil of neutral to sl ...entire article
Jade Star is an attractive version of a blue holly with variegated leaves. It was found by W.Renken in 1994 as a sport of another very popular blue holly variety Blue Prince®. It has medium-sized spineless leaves that are only serrated at margins which are variegated creamy beige to creamy white. The main foliage colour is dark green with some lighter shades of dull green. In autumn and winter another feature becomes visible and attractive – young ...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
Highbush blueberry is native to North America. It is a deciduous shrub 1-2m tall and wide producing edible, sweet berries in summer. Individual varieties differ in habit, fruit size and also slightly the taste. New, modern varieties are bred to eliminate cracking and to enhance hardiness. Flowers are small, creamy white, urn-shaped from late May. Leaves are deciduous, rather thick, elliptic, rich green, turning orange, red and burgundy purple in autumn. Highbush blueberry produces best quality fruit and reliable crop if ...entire article
Chinese fountain grass is an elegant feature to every garden. It has mid to dark green linear leaves growing in a thick cluster forming a shape of a fountain. From midsummer it produces yellow-green spike-like flowers which look like bottlebrushes. They are beige with some purple red overlay. Hameln is a popular variety of compact and smaller habit while flowering stems are well above the clump of foliage letting the flowers exhibit their beauty. It is best grown in sunny and warm areas, in well-drained but evenly ...entire article
Rock roses are very popular semi-woody perennials. Wisley Pink is an early, mound-forming variety with large, soft pink flowers already from mid May. They open from nodding buds for about 4 weeks. The number of flowers is enormous and at its peak they cover the plant wholly. They have 5 petals and a yellow centre. Its evergreen, rosemary-like leaves are dark green, short and linear. Rock roses are low, spreading plants, ideal for rockeries or dry slopes that grow well in common garden soil, too, provided it is wel ...entire article
Pink Ice™ is a lovely hybrid variety of candytuft with profusion of soft pink flowers atop 10-15 cm tall stems. They last for a long time and new buds appear along the stems when you trim the plant cutting away faded tops. This way the plant can bloom until midsummer. Leaves are deep green, narrowly ovate, only some 3cm long, evergreen. Candytuft is cultivated in well-drained but moist soil of neutral to alkaline pH. It loves full sun. Like most mat-forming perennials this one, too, will benefit from light tr ...entire article
Heavenly Blue is a perfect name for this lithodora which produces a plenty of small, sky blue flowers from late April until early June, and sporadically throughout the summer. Leaves are thick, deep green, and the plant forms a neat cushion with partly erect twigs in the centre. This lithodora does best in acid soil unlike other varieties. It needs well-drained soil and full sun. It will look great in a rockery as well as an edging plant of a perennial border. We mix it with low, compact shrubs in borders mulched w ...entire article
Gold dust is a low growing, mat forming perennial not just for rockeries or dry walls. It produces masses of panicles with rich yellow flowers on thin but sturdy, 20-25 cm tall stems. Flowers come out from mid spring, usually early May and continue flowering for 3-4 weeks. Leaves are narrowly elliptic and hairy, medium green with a hint of blue-green. It is not picky about soil type. Grow it in free draining soil or pot with gritty soil. It is a beautiful edging plant for perennial beds – after the flowering has finished it makes a nice groundcover ...entire article
SENSATIONŸ is a superb new perennial salvia series. All of its varieties are truly sensational offering low, very dense and compact habit with profuse flowering. SensationŸ Deep Blue produces short but chubby spikes of deep violet blue flowers from mid spring until late summer if you deadhead regularly and fertilize the plant. Leaves are mid green, narrowly ovate, wrinkled, and softly hairy. Sage will grow in almost any well-drained soil. For best results grow it in light, ...entire article
This Japanese holly is a unique species formerly known as ilex mutchagara. Its correct Latin name is far too long and a bit complicated to both pronounce and spell, hence its modern trade name IMPALA® holly. The easiest way to describe IMPALA® holly is to compare it with Japanese box-leaved holly ilex crenata. It differs in larger leaves and faster growth. IMPALA® holly has 2-3 cm long, elliptic, evergreen lea ...entire article
Autumn monkshood is a showy perennial flowering for late summer and autumn. It produces erect racemes of large, 6-7 cm tall flowers of deep indigo blue flowers from September till October. They appear along sturdy stems that grow just over a meter tall. The wise thing about this monkhood is that even though the blooming time is very late in the season, it offers something more to gain your attention early in the season: very attractive, deeply cut, dark green, glossy leaves. Monkshood is a popular cut flower. Monkshood is used especially in Chinese medici ...entire article
Ben Hope rock rose is a fantastic subshrub (woody perennial) producing masses of vibrant magenta pink flowers in June and July. They have 5 petals and a yellow centre. Its evergreen, rosemary-like leaves are dark green, short and linear. Ben Hope rock rose is a low, spreading plant, ideal for rockeries or dry slopes. It grows well in common garden soil, too, provided it is well-drained. Rock rose loves full sun and neutral to slightly alkaline soil that must not remain wet. It loo ...entire article
F.C.F. is, so far, a non-registered variety of Japanese azalea from Italy. This small shrub produces abundance of semi-double flowers already in mid May. They are rich pink and completely cover the plant. The evergreen leaves are elliptic to oval, partly glossy, mid green and turn bronze in autumn and winter. F.C.F. azalea grows medium fast into a compact, rounded shrub. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growth rate. The size of new branches would get o ...entire article
Winter Gold Japanese pagoda tree is a novelty brought by the new millennium. It produces vibrant shades of lemon yellow new leaves, and is decorated with rich golden yellow colour or twigs and branches in winter. The pinnate leaves are deciduous, individual leaflets are small, elliptic, and emerge yellow in spring, and turn light green in summer. Still, a part of the foliage on top of the plant remains lighter yellow-green even in summer. Flowering has not been observed yet. The other attraction is a rich golden ye ...entire article
Do you know saguaro cactus? The typical succulent that gets most photographed when one wants to show a parched dessert with just one living plant. This cactus influenced the name of this Lawson cypress. It is a sport/selection of Wisselii variety. It is an evergreen conifer of strictly upright, narrowly columnar habit. Its branches are covered with congested, scale-like, emerald green needles. The typical features are the arms, similar to those which saguaro cactus makes. They spoil ...entire article
Wiethorst is a witch’s broom of Schwerin’s pine, found and named by Johann Wieting in Gieelhorst, Germany. It is dwarf, slow growing version of this pine with symmetrical, pyramidal shape and dense habit. It has beautiful, 10-12 cm long, silvery blue-green, and always pendent needles. In summer numerous light green, slim cones are produced even on young plants. Pruning is not required to achieve a compact shape. All pines love sunny sites and dislike wet ground. Though, this pine benefits from constan ...entire article
Rocky Mountains white pine is a North American pine species whose origin ranges through the Rocky Mountains of Alberta in Canada down to Colorado, USA. It has distinctively flexible young twigs and soft, blue-green to silvery-blue needles. Female cones are yellow-brown, 8-15 cm long, and are borne at the ends of the branches. Vanderwolf’s Pyramid is probably the most commercially successful variety of Rocky Mountains white pine. It was introduced by the Vermuelen Nursery fro ...entire article
Karmina is a cranesbill with 5-petalled, lilac-pink flowers. They appear from late spring until early summer on erect stems, elevated approximately 15-20 cm above the foliage level. Basal leaves are evergreen, widely palmate, distinctively lobed, and have prominent veins and rounded tips. They are mid green in spring and summer, turning brilliant purple red in autumn and winter. Karmina spreads by runners, not fast but reliably. Even though it is evergreen, removing old leaves in early spring will encourage new gro ...entire article
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astilbe (Astilbe "'SPRITE'")
If you love astilbe there is a variety you should not miss. It is called Sprite and belongs to simplicifolia group with dissected leaves. Sprite is a dwarf perennial with medium pink flowers on slightly pendent, burgundy red stems. The leaves are deeply cut, dark green, glossy, and very decorative which makes the plant look very attractive also when not in flower. Sprite astilbe is slow growing and forms a small mound. Grow astilbe in humus-rich soil. If planted in b ...entire article
Lithodora is a low, ground-covering perennial which remains evergreen in mild winters of zones 5 and 6, and fully evergreen in zone 7. Its prostrate, spreading branches lie on the ground and overlap edges of elevated beds, patios, and pots. Grace Ward is a variety with deep blue, campanulate, small flowers that appear in profusion from late April to early June, and sparsely throughout all summer. Leaves are narrowly linnear, short like rosemary, thick, deep green, and glossy. Prune it to a compact shape immediatel ...entire article
Terracotta is a typical Mediterranean pot material. Translated literally it means “baked soil” and looking at this yarrow it is clear to understand why its breeder chose this name. Terracotta yarrow produces flat corymbs of small flowers that open up deep orange, change to golden yellow, and finish as sandy yellow. New flowers are produced continually over a long period so you can enjoy multiple colours on one plant. Fern-like leaves are fine and deep green, basal leaves are larger than stem leaves. Th ...entire article
Sundae Fraise® is another new hhydrangea clone from Jean Renault from France. It was derived from the already successful variety Vanille Fraise®, but this one is smaller and more compact. The flowers are medium sized panicles that open creamy white in late July and soon gain light pink shades that get deeper and richer with time. By the end of summer the whole shrub is covered with strawberry coating all over. The flowers can be cut at any time and ...entire article
Seven son flower is a fascinating shrub that was first found in China by Ernest H.Wilson more than a hundred years ago, in 1907. Still, it took almost 80 years before this plant was cultivated commercially. Seven son flower is a large shrub or a small tree with 3 predominant features. Leaves, inflorescence, and bark. In spring it makes medium-sized 7-10 cm long, ovate, deciduous leaves with prominent 3 veins. The leaves are opposite and hang on the tree like dogwood or pear tree leaves. They are light green when they emer ...entire article
Fireball is one of the most sought-after deciduous azaleas. It has mid-sized, fiery orange-red flowers that have a pleasant sweet scent. Deciduous leaves emerge bronze-red, mature to mid green, and turn burgundy red in autumn. It grows moderately to fast, some 20-30 cm per year, forming an airy shrub with almost equal height and spread. Deciduous azaleas are ericaceous plants, loving insulate position with always moist soil. During temporary summer dry spells in certain areas their leaves may suffer and be prone to ...entire article
Emerald Cushion Blue is a compact moss phlox with lavender violet, small flowers which open on large, emerald green cushions of evergreen leaves from late April. This phlox makes a good groundcover in almost no time, however, for good habit, dense growth and to eliminate bare, woody stems we recommend trimming it in early summer. Grow moss phlox in full sun and free-draining soil of any pH. Once established they take long periods of droughts. Mulching is not necessary but covering the soil around the main clump wit ...entire article
Sheep laurel is a dwarf version of mountain laurel and comes from southeastern parts of the USA. The leaves look like miniature laurel hence its name. Rubra is probably the best-known variety. It produces masses of deep pink to purple red flowers that open from burgundy red buds in June. They have no scent and the buds are formed the year before so if you want a profusely flowering plant fertilize it from midsummer when the plant starts producing flower buds. The leaves are evergreen, narrowly elliptic, deep green ...entire article
Girard’s Rose is another Girard azalea variety that originated in Girard Nurseries in Ohio, USA. Flowers of this one are bright rosy pink and open up in May. The evergreen foliage is mid green, turning deep burgundy red in autumn and winter, changing back to green with warm days of spring. Girard azaleas are quite hardy and keep their leaves in winter down to zone 6. Girard’s Rose grows slowly, making a compact shrub with tiered branches. In constantly moist ...entire article
Humpy is a very beautiful variety of dwarf mountain pine introduced in 1979. It grows extremely slowly into a cushion-like, mound-forming shrub that is some 50 cm tall and a little over one meter wide in 15 years. Its evergreen needles are short, stiff, rich green, and are borne in pairs. Annual growths are small and make numerous little “heads” which emphasizes plant’s dense and compact habit. Humpy is suitable for conifer gardens as well as large rockeri ...entire article
Columbo is a mountain pine that has absolutely nothing to do with inspector Colombo. Its original name given in 1984 was Columnaris and it perfectly described its columnar habit. It grows slowly and dense, bears short, dark green, stiff needles borne in pairs. Thanks to its compact habit and columnar shape it will look good mixed with flat or prostrate growing plants and perennials. Mountain pines are ideal for larger rockeries, small gardens or even containers on patios, and look great when surrounded by ...entire article
Would you like a gnom for your garden? Not the one from plaster, a living one – a dwarf pine called the same name = Gnom. This one is very beautiful, slow and dense growing with short to medium sized, dark green needles. It is mound-forming when young, making a shrub about 60 cm tall and almost twice as wide when 10 years old. Later it slows down spreading, and makes more height, so in maturity its height and spread are equal – encyclopedia says it can reach up to 3m in 25 years which is hard to believe. ...entire article
Shoka (sometimes also misspelled as Sogha) is a hybrid Satsuki azaleawith large flowers. They are predominantly white with bright purple pink blotch, or they can come out lilac-pink with the same blotch, or they can be either colour with a stripe of the other colour. Quite picky this azalea, isn’t it? As if it did not know what to wear for each season. Blooming time is later than Japanese azaleas: end May till end June, and in Czech climate I often make photos of its flowers yet in early July. It is slow and den ...entire article
Varella is a dwarf pine variety from 1999. From the first look it resembles another dwarf pine variety: Hesse. Still, Varella is smaller and more globular in habit. Its evergreen needles are quite long – up to 11 cm, curly, and deep green almost all year round, only in winter they may turn a little more light green or yellow green. It grows slowly and its new needles remain very short (3 cm) for almost the entire season, awaiting spring of the following ...entire article
Mountain pines and dwarf pines are common conifers of our gardens. Their limited size and dense habit is often welcome in less spacious areas. Golden Glow is a special mountain pine with yellow needles from mid autumn until mid spring. They are glossy, up to 6 cm long, evergreen. In late spring they change back to typical pine green colour. New growths are surprisingly long for a dwarf plant, they can be 20-30 cm long. The growth rate slows down with age, and the plant starts spr ...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
Persil is a deciduous azalea with large, white flowers that have a light yellow blotch and nice fragrance. Deciduous leaves are mid green. It grows at medium speed, some 20-25 cm per year, forming an airy shrub with almost equal height and spread. Deciduous azaleas are ericaceous plants, loving insulate position with always moist soil. During temporary summer dry spells in certain areas their leaves may suffer and be prone to fungus infections. When spots appear on the leaves or they lose colour and start to curl use a suitable fungicide immediately. 1-2 sprays should h ...entire article
Orchidea Empress is a gorgeous name for a gorgeous azalea. It is another of late flowering hybrids, this time with bright pink, hose-in-hose flowers that appear from about mid June for 3-4 weeks. It is never the whole shrub blooming, individual buds burst out continuously one by one. It is not only the double flowers that attract attention. The leaves of this variety are an equally beautiful feature for which many growers use it as an evergreen plant where flowering is just a bonus. The evergreen leaves are widely elliptic, 3-5 cm long, deep green and rather mat. Orchidea ...entire article
If you are fond of summer-flowering hybrid azaleas then this variety can easily become a jewel in your garden. Its name is Summer Sun and it is another Satsuki azalea. Soft red flowers look very attractive on the background of deep green foliage. They open in late June or early July and continue blooming for 4 weeks. Evergreen leaves are rather narrow, elliptic, and glossy. This plant does not grow fast, it makes a low, compact shrub that can make a lovely flowering feature in beds and borders around swimming pools and on patios that are mostly in use during summer months. ...entire article
Nuccio’s Lucky Charm is another fascinating Satsuki azalea. This hybrid bears medium-large flowers of dusky pink colour. The first buds begin to open on the first hot days of June (usually mid of the month) and continue blooming for as long as 4 weeks. It was bread by Nuccio Nursery of Southern California which is a leading nursery for Satsuki azaleas and camellias. Evergreen leaves are rather small, elliptic, mid green and glossy. The plant does not grow fast, it makes a low, compact shrub with profusion of flowers in the first half of summer which makes it a lovely ...entire article
Girard’s Fuchsia is an eye-catching Japanese azalea with vivid magenta-pink flowers. They appear quite large – 4-4,5 cm on the background of small leaves. The evergreen foliage is mid green, turning deep burgundy red in autumn and winter, changing back to green with warm days of spring. This azalea grows slowly, making a neat and compact shrub which will remain dense even without pruning. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growth rate. The size of new branches would get out hand and spoil the shap ...entire article
Vanille Fraise® is a breathtaking novelty among panicle hydrangeas. It bears extra large flowers that emerge clear white in midsummer, turning light pink first and deep raspberry pink in late summer. The panicles are up to 30 cm long and 20 cm wide and remain on the plant for a long period of time. Deciduous leaves are ovate to oval, pointed, deep green. Stems are strong, deep burgundy red. We recommend regular pruning every spring before the buds begin to swell. By cutting at least two thirds of previous year’s growth you will get a strong shrub with large ...entire article
If you like Mediterranean umbrella pines but feel sorry that it is too tender for our climate try to have a look at this selection of dwarf Japanese red pine. It is called Alice Verkade and has bright green, soft needles. It is a slow growing plant making only about 7-10 cm per year, forming a beautiful, dense, rounded head which can create a typical Mediterranean atmosphere when older. Pine trees hate wet soils. They do best in full sun and well-drained soils that is kept moist until establishment. Fully hardy to approx. -29°C (USDA zone 5). Last update 17-07-2010. ...entire article
Perla del Verbano is a sensational new variety of evergreen hybrid azalea that originated in Northern Italy. It bears profusion of bright pink, double = hose in hose flowers from end June until late July. They appear continuously so you can enjoy them for as long as a month under ideal conditions. Perla del Verbano can be a fantastic feature in summer gardens where it offers flowering when all spring flowers have gone, so do not hesitate placing it near a swimming pool or at a patio where you spend time on hot and sunny days of summer. Evregreen leaves are elongated, quite ...entire article
Aladdin Scout is a great Kurume azalea with profusion of soft red, large flowers. It blooms from end May until early June. Evergreen leaves are medium sized, deep green, and narrowly ovate. It grows medium fast in all direction forming a rounded bush. Azaleas can be clipped to shapes immediately after flowering. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growth rate. The size of new branches would get out hand and spoil the shape you are going to achieve. If can be placed in full sun if grown in excellent soil with equal moisture throughout the season. They need light, per ...entire article
Nuccio’s Wild Cherry is one of those great Satsuki azaleas with large flowers. They are cherry red with a light burgundy red blotch. It was bread by Nuccio Nursery of Southern California wich is a leading nursery for Satsuki azaleas and camellias. The flowers appear from early June and continue popping out for 3 or even 4 weeks. Leaves are medium sized, deep green, ovate and flat. It is upright growing. Satsuki azaleas are quite compact and bushy growing but can be clipped to shapes in early July after flowering. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growth rate ...entire article
Belle Etoile is one the hybrids raised at the turn of the 19th century by a French botanist Pierre Lemione. It is popular for the large, bridal-white flowers with a light maroon blotch in the centre, strong fragrance and prolonged flowering period. It is a compact shrub compared to other philadelphus species and varieties. Deciduous leaves are narrowly ovate, 4-5 cm long, mid green. It grows moderately into an arching shrub, about 1.5m tall and 2m wide. Pruning is not necessary but can be done immediately after flowering in late summer. To rejuvenate the shrub remove branches ...entire article
Blue Bunny is a nice newcomer among blue hollies from Canada. It is a brother (male variety) of Golden Girl which is a female version with yellow berries. Blue Bunny is a perfect pollinator for all female varieties of blue hollies. Its leaves are dark green and glossy, rather elongated and slightly toothed at margins. Twigs are purple. It grows upright into a narrowly columnar shrub and will fit into a small garden. Meserveae hollies are called “blue hollies” thanks to the shade of the species leave ...entire article
Jumbo is an old bamboo favourite with soft green, pointed leaves, about 10 cm long, elegantly hanging on the canes offering a relaxed appearance. Young canes are green and change to yellow when mature. It grows into a compact, dense bush which looks good not only as a specimen plant but absolutely fantastic as an informal evergreen hedge. With its mature height of about 3 m it is not a giant plant and can create a perfect feeling of privacy in both Japanese and European-styled landscapes. This bamboo is clump-growing so it does not need root barrier as it is not invasiv ...entire article
Gardenia is a well-known indoor plant with fantastic fragrance. However, in 1990´s a few breeders came with selections that were supposed to grow happily outdoors, too. Among those Kleim’s Hardy was one of the first truly successful attempts. Kleim’s Hardy is a small, slow growing evergreen shrub that can take winters up to zone 7. Its flowers are 3-4 cm across, creamy white with yellowish centres, heavily scented with the typical jasmine-like fragrance. It blooms from end spring until early or mid summer. The ovate leaves are deep green and highly glossy ...entire article
Klondyke is a deciduous azalea with charming, deep golden-orange, sweetly scented flowers. Their colour is dark and warm and looks fascinating combined with purple-blue or dark violet. Inflorescence are composed of 7-9 flowers, each is about 7 cm wide. It grows nearly as tall as wide, expect some 1.2m in 10 years. Deciduous leaves are mid green, elongated, and emerge purple-brown. Bred by Hans Hachmann in 1991. Deciduous azaleas are ericaceous plants, loving insulate position with always moist soil. During temporary summer dry spells in certain areas their leaves may su ...entire article
Chinese spiketail is a lovely shrub from China with handsome racemes of pale yellow, bell-shaped flowers in early spring. Flower buds are beginning to form in late summer and in case of Celina variety they open up in end March or early April, contrasting beautifully with the purplish-brown branchlets. There can be 25-50 individual flowers on one raceme. Leaves are lance- or oblong-shaped, mid green and offer a fantastic colour show in autumn when they change to pink, red and orange. The shrub grows medium fast into a spreading, somewhat rounded shape with arching branch ...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
Larkspur is a favourite perennial where varieties with blue flowers are most popular. Atlantis is a variety from Belladona group with deep, velvety blue flowers. They appear on up to 1 m long stems. Even though they are quite strong we suggest staking the stems to prevent damage by wind or heavy rain on exposed sites. Thinning is recommended for best results – in spring when the new shoots are about 7 cm tall leave only 3 shoots on young plants and max. 7 shoots on strong plants to encourage only strong growths. Cut back stems with spent flowers to prolong flowe ...entire article
Mops is an elegant and very slow growing variety of dwarf mountain pine. It was bred in 1951 and has been in demand ever since. It has short, deep green needles in whorls of two. Natural habit is mound-forming, cushion-like when young, changing to rounded with age. 15-year-old plants are about 80 cm tall and just a little over 1m wide. It is ideal for larger rockeries, containers on patios, it looks great when surrounded by white sand or pebbles. It needs full sun and well-drained soil, no fertilizing required. Fu ...entire article
Schoon’s Bonsai is a beautiful variety of Japanese white pine of slow growth. It has whorls of five needles that are silvery green, slightly curled and soft when touched. It forms an irregular shrub which looks like a bonsai. Ultimate height is not known yet but is expected about 2m. You can combine it in a mixed border with other compact, Japanese-style plants or make it a small specimen in a small garden. As every pine, it needs full sun and well-drained, slightly acidic soil. Do not over-water pines but make sure it does not dry out when re-planted. Absolutely ...entire article
Harpune is another novelty among English hollies. It is a mutation of another variety called Alaska. The main difference is in the leaves which are not spiny along the margins, but only have a medium sharp tip. They are narrowly elliptic, mid to dark green and very glossy. Harpune is a female holly bearing vivid red berries in autumn and winter if a male pollinator is nearby. Recommended pollinators are: Myrtifolia, Blue Prince®, ...entire article
White CreamŸ is a fantastic new variety of holly. It was bred in Germany by Ingo Stührenberg. White CreamŸ is a natural mutation of another English holly called Myrtifolia, hence its spiny margins. The leaves are bright creamy white in the centres, changing through light green to deep green at the margins. Young stems are greeny-yellow and purple. It is a male variety that does not have berries but can pollinate female plants. It grows quite dense at medium speed and may be pruned and shaped. In the spring, after danger of frost, prune it to encourage new growths, or yo ...entire article
China Girl is a freely flowering Japanese dogwood with numerous creamy white flowers in June when the shrub is fully in leaf. Technically, they are not flowers but 4 flower bracts composed around small flower heads. They are followed by edible, bright pink fruit that looks like litchi. Pointed leaves are deciduous, ovate, dark green and slightly drooping. The best show begins in early autumn when they turn to orangey-red or vivid-red or bright purple. It grows slowly, making spreading, horizontal layers. Every dogwood likes acidic soil, rich in organic material, an ...entire article
Palestrina is a Japanese azalea with snow white, medium-sized flowers with tiny green dots in the throat. It has irregular growth and belongs to mid-sized azaleas. Flowering begins in early May and continues for about one month. Leaves are mid to dark green, ovate, only about 2-3 cm long. In semi-shade and shade they remain on the shrub throughout winter, if placed in full sun it might lose a great portion of them. New leaves will then emerge after flowering. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growth rate ...entire article
Juneberry is a large shrub cultivated mostly for its delicious and healthy fruit. It is a large deciduous shrub or a small tree. Flowers are star-shaped, white and scented and appear in mid spring. Oval leaves are up to 8 cm long, emerge bronze and mature to green colour, turning scarlet red or deep pink in autumn. The fruit are purple-blackish berries, 1 cm in diameter and ripens in early summer. They are sweet and juicy and can be picked up for as long as one month. They look like blueberries. If you want to keep this shrub smaller prune it every year at the end of winter. It ...entire article
You needn’t be a specialist to fall in love with this Japanese white pine at the first sight; this is probably one of the top ones mostly sought after by bonsai-makers, though. Needles of Negishi are 5-6 cm long, dark green with silvery grey film which gives it a unique, almost turquoise appearance. One the new needles have matured, the old ones fall down. It is natural for Japanese white pine to show off its smooth, grey bark this way, it is not an illness. Ultimate height is usually stated as 3-4m but grows very slowly and we could expect this size when the plan ...entire article
Are you looking for an extraordinary climber with attractive foliage and flowers, too? Climbing hydrangea could be your perfect choice. Its natural habitat is the area east of Asia – from Sakhaline, through Japan, Korea to Taiwan. This deciduous climber offers both. The leaves are to 11 cm long, bright green when they emerge, turning deep green in summer and yellow in autumn. They are ovate to heart-shaped, nearly rounded. The flowers come up from early summer until mid-summer. Only the flowers on the outskirts of the domed corymbs open up and remain open for a long time withou ...entire article
Satisfaction is a European novelty among magnolias from 2002. Its origin is not known, however, so far it has proven to be a real winner. Satisfaction is a small or mid-sized magnolia with mid-sized to large blossoms. The outside colour is deep burgundy red and pure white inside. The cup-shaped flowers resemble magnolia x soulangeana. It blooms later than star-shaped varieties and thus avoids late frosts. The advantage of this variety is profuse and precocious flowering. Magnolias are not supposed to be pruned. You can prune old shrubs if ill, or trim them to shape ...entire article
Limelight® is a panicle type hydrangea, not a mop-head one with big leaves and large flowers heads. Well, how to explain then that this new variety has even bigger flowers? Never mind, let’s just call them XXL size. The panicles are upto 30 cm long, fat blossoms of greenish-white colour when they come out in early August, changing to almost white after about 2-3 weeks and turning clear pink in September. The shade of pink is not a fading one, but fresh pink as if it was meant to be pink from the very beginning. Ovate, pointed leaves are dark green. The most b ...entire article
Hidcote is a very popular variety of lavender with the brightest violet-blue flowers. It forms a compact and dense clump, ideal for beds where tall and leggy perennial is not required. Evergreen leaves are narrow, silvery blue-green. You can remove the stalks with spent flowers after flowering to make the clump look neat again, or even sooner if you wish to dry the flowers (hung with flowers heads upside down in an airy room). We recommend cutting the plant every spring by about a third its size to maintain a dense and profusely flowering shrub. It will grow in most ty ...entire article
Astilbe is a popular perennial with charming, plume-like flowers in summer. Ellie has cream white flowers that fade to green, not brown. Stems are 40-60 cm tall. Leaves are mid green. Grow astilbe in humus-rich soil. If planted in boggy or regularly watered bed they can sit in full sun, otherwise choose a semi-shaded or shaded location. They are water loving plants and require a good dose of nutrients to look their best. They will not grow in chalky or clay soil that dry out in summer. For best results divide the clumps every 3-4 years removing old and dead rhizomes ...entire article
Yarrow is a lovely perennial ideal for dry and neglected locations. Red Velvet is a variety with vibrant red flowers composed in flat corymbs. They come out atop 30-40 cm tall stems in June and July, yet some flowers are kept on producing until late summer. Fern-like leaves are finely cut and rich grass green, basal leaves are larger than stem leaves. Once the main flowering has finished you can cut off the stems to encourage new growths and late summer flowering but it is not necessary. Yarrow is a maintena ...entire article
Yarrow is a maintenance-free perennial suitable for standard flower beds as well as dry locations. Fern-like leaves are fine and deep green, basal leaves are larger than stem leaves. Flowers come out in flat corymbs in early summer. They are bright pink with tiny yellowish-white centres. It tolerates wide range of soils except for boggy and wet. Full sun is best. Fully hardy to -40°C (USDA zone 3). Last update 22-06-2008. ...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
Mont Blanc is a reliable variety among dwarf mock oranges. From early summer it produces masses of pure white, cross-shaped, fragrant flowers. It forms a compact, rather small but dense shrub reaching only about one meter tall and wide. Deciduous leaves are narrowly ovate, 3 cm long, mid green. Mock orange is best pruned immediately after flowering. Only dwarf and compact varieties don't need pruning that would help them create a denser habit without visible seed pods. It will grow in almost any soil, extra fertil ...entire article
Another lovely piece for miniature lovers is this dwarf spruce. It grows slowly, compact and dense to it mature height of 3m only after a few decades. Needles are short and stiff, rich green. New branches show bright orangey-brown bark and are short. No pruning needed for dense growth. The shape is conical with relatively narrow base compared to fir which makes a rather wide base. Spruces need fertile, deep soil that is neutral to acidic. They are fully hardy to -40°C (USDA zone 3). Last update 16-02-2008. ...entire article
Milky Way is an old time favourite. It has snow white to creamy white flowers. Technically, they are not flowers but 4 flower bracts composed around small flower heads. They are 6-10 cm wide and conspicuous as they come out in June when the shrub is in leaf, and the foliage makes a dense, green background. Flowers are followed by edible, bright pink fruit that looks like litchi. This variety flowers and fruits abundantly and reliably every year. Pointed leaves are deciduous, ovate, dark green and slightly drooping. The best show begins in early autumn when they turn to orangey ...entire article
Japanese sedge is a perfect companion plant for evergreen arrangements because this grass-like perennial remains in leaf all year long. The stiff and glossy leaves are dark green with wide, creamy-white margins. It needs well-drained but constantly moist and humus-rich soil. When established it withstands temporary over-wetting. But do not plant it deliberately into boggy conditions. It was formerly listed as carex morrowii which originated in New Zealand and these plants were not reliably hardy in Europe. But as this variety is a very hardy cross, the name morrowii was d ...entire article
Johanna is extremely popular for its deep red flowers anddark leaves. It flowers so abundantly that leaves almost disappear under the cloud of flowers. It is a slow grower forming a nice, mounding, compact shrub. Small, ovate to rounded leaves are mid green as they emerge, turning deep burgundy red later. In semi-shade and shade they remain on the shrub throughout winter, if placed in full sun it might lose some but is more reliable than other Japanese azaleas. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growth rate. The ...entire article
Pinwheel is a unique variety with regular, star-shaped, crimson to burgundy red marbling inside the flower. The margins are almost white same as the buds. Leathery leaves are narrow, laurel-like, pointed, mid green and partly glossy. There are many cultivars combining all sorts of red, pink and burgundy shades with white, all of them beautiful, all of them very hardy. The best display is when half of the bloom cluster is still in buds which mostly have a different colour than the flowers themselves. For a happy life it MUST HAVE acidic soil (add plenty of peat). Plant it ...entire article
Ostbo Red is a very popular variety with the darkest red buds. Flowers are pink and make aperfect contrast with dark red buds. Leathery leaves are narrow, laurel-like, pointed, mid green and partly glossy. There are many cultivars combining all sorts of red, pink and burgundy shades with white, all of them beautiful, all of them very hardy. The best display is when half of the bloom cluster is still in buds which mostly have a different colour than the flowers themselves. For a happy life it MUST HAVE acidic soil (add plenty of peat). Plant it in well drained soil that ha ...entire article
Rubricaulis Aurea is supposed to be the hardiest holly from the aquifolium group with varigated foliage. The leaves are deep green in the centre with rich yellow, spiny margins which turn pink in cold months. It is a female variety which bears red fruits in the autumn. To do so it needs a male plant nearby. Good pollinators are varieties Blue Prince® or Casanova. It grows more slowly compared to other common hollies, it may reach about 2m in ou ...entire article
Cypress trees and shrubs are very popular for their variable shapes, leaf types and colours. Variety Columnaris has blue needles and compact shape. It does not grow wider than 1m which makes it ideal for hedges that are only trimmed at the top. Mature plants can reach 6-8m in many decades, they are usually kept smaller by regular trimming that is best done in April. Medium growth rate. It prefers moist, slightly acidic soil but is adaptable to almost all types of soil. Fully hardy to -28°C (USDA zone 5). Last update 10-01-2008 ...entire article
Monkshood is a showy perennial flowering in summer. The flowers are indigo blue, formed in erect racemes on stems that can be 1.5 tall. Individual flowers open up from July and continue as the stems grow taller until end August. Leaves are deeply lobed, almost dissected, mid green, very ornamental. A favourite cut flower. This plant belongs to original plants in Central Europe. It grows wildly in sub alpine, party shaded edges of woodlands and at riversides. All parts are highly poisonous. It grows in almost any moist soil. It prefers semi-shade but will grow well in full sun, to ...entire article
Thread leaf coreopsis is a wonderful, maintenance-free perennial which shines its way through any garden with rich-coloured flowers all summer long. You can have a country garden or be a town-garden enthusiast, coreopsis will still have features suitable for your plot. “Zagreb” is probably the most sought after coreopsis in the market. Its daisy-like flowers are bright golden-yellow with 8 petals. Its extremely long flowering period begins in early summer and ends in the last warm days of autumn. Deadheading will enhance flowering but is not necessary, it f ...entire article
How about a garden orchid? If you like unusual plants look at this princess from China. It is a hardy plant that can be planted outdoors down to USDA zone 5. Typically orchid-like flowers are magenta or lavender pink, 4-5 cm wide, borne at tips of 15-25 cm long stems. There can be 6-12 flowers on each stem. It starts flowering in June and continues for about a month. Leaves are the same height as flowering stems, mid green, lanceolate with distinct veins. Though an orchid, this plant is a perennial that dies back to ground level every year so it can emerge again from the pseudobu ...entire article
Buttercup winterhazel is a rare shrub from Japan and Taiwan. It is especially popular among hobbyists and garden enthusiasts. Its small, primrose yellow flowers are born in pendent racemes from early March until end April, weather conditions pending. They are fragrant and do not mind light frosts or snow. Pauciflora means paucity of flowers which is a little topsy-turvy because the shrub is literally flooded with flowers on bare branches every year. It was perhaps used to distinguish this species from corylopsis spicata which has more flowers on one raceme. Deciduous leav ...entire article
“Satomi” is the most sought after variety among the Japanese ones. Its flowers are of light to deep pink colour that is unevenly spread throughout the flowers. Technically, they are not flowers but 4 flower bracts composed around small flower heads. They are up to 10 cm wide and conspicuous as they come out in June when the shrub is fully leafed, making them a dense, green background. Freshly transplanted plants may temporarily change its flower colour to white with pink spots for a year or two before they fully establish. Pointed leaves are deciduous, ovate, dark green a ...entire article
Red Majestic is another form of hazel with twisted branches. The leaves are deep burgundy red to nearly brown. This slow growing shrub makes the best display in winter when the leaves have fallen down and the branches show their shape. Unlike the species, it is keeping rather small – about 3 meters in 25 years. The flowers overwinter as dangling, rose-red coloured catkins. No special soil requirements, just avoid heavy or water-logged soil. Fully hardy to min. -34°C (USDA zone 4). Last update 03-01-2009 ...entire article
It is our utmost pleasure to offer this summer-blooming beauty: false camellia. It comes from moist woodlands of North America and eastern Asia (Japan, China, Vietnam, Nepal). It belongs to the same genus theaceae like camellia and tea. Its main attraction are the flowers. They are 6-7 cm wide, pure white with a cluster of rich yellow stamens in the centre and appear from the first hot days of June and keep popping up until end July. It has thick, rich green leaves which turn yellow, orange and purple in autumn. False camellia has peeling bark which gives an extra feature especially ...entire article
If you like pines with soft needles, white pines are the best choice. Radiata is an old variety from 1923 which is a slow grower with silvery blue-green needles decorated with green underneath. The appearance is fluffy and you feel like touching it everytime you pass it. Radiata forms a mounding habit when young, but after a few years a central leader develops which aims strictly upward to the sky and which can reach as much as 4m tall. If left unpruned, such plant will change its shape to widely pyramidal, loose ...entire article
Olympic Fire has larger flowers of pink colour opening from deep pink or almost red buds. Leathery leaves are narrow, laurel-like, pointed, mid green and partly glossy, with slightly wavy margins. There are many cultivars combining all sorts of red, pink and burgundy shades with white, all of them beautiful, all of them very hardy. The best display is when half of the bloom cluster is still in buds which mostly have a different colour than the flowers themselves. For a happy life it MUST HAVE acidic soil (add plenty of peat). Plant it in well drained soil that has to be we ...entire article
Golden Gem variety is a low, dense shrub with bright golden-yellow top leaves, leaving the bottom ones dark green. This bicolour effect is very elegant. Leaves are small and glossy, gently serrated at margins. Fruits, if any, are small, glossy black berries in autumn. Pruning is possible in April: this will encourage new growths, and trimming should be done by end July and is ideal for shaping. It is superb for evergreen groupings as well as a stand-alone specimen in small front gardens. It is usually trouble-free, it tolerates any soil and can withstand summer dry spells onc ...entire article
Himalayan pine is a tree that many pine growers would love to have in their garden, however, its mature size will not allow growing it in small gardens. That was probably the reason why in 1983 a new selection called Densa (or Densa Hill recently) was introduced and immediately gained much attention and popularity. Densa Hill is a dwarf variety of Himalayan pine with incredibly long silvery-blue needles. They are borne in bundles of 5 and just a little shorter than on the species, ...entire article
This holly is a popular variety for Japanese bonsai. It has dark green, glossy leaves similar to box. This cultivar has upright habit without pruning and is rather slim. It is very popular for evergreen groups with spreading or groundcovering shrubs, for patios or front gardens. Fruits are small, glossy black berries in autumn. In our climate (zone 6) it seldom exceeds 2m height. It is usually trouble-free, it tolerates any soil and can withstand summer dry spells once established. For best results, however, use medium fertile, slightly acidic, moist but well-drained soil. ...entire article
J.C.van Tol variety, more than any other holly, is known for making almost spineless leaves when the plant reaches a height of abt. 1m. They are glossy, deep green to olive green on the undersides. It is a female veriety bearing showy, bright red berries that appear abundantly and reliably every year in autumn. It is self-fertile so does not need a male pollinator. It can grow about 2-3m tall in a broadly pyramidal shape. To maintain a compact habit you can prune it 1-2x a year. First, beginning of spring remove all unsightly, dead or too long branches, and then, i ...entire article
Lawsoniana is my favourite. It is a female, variegated version of male plant Hendersonii which is just green. The leaves of Lawsoniana are deep green at the margins, grading through light green towards bright yellow centres. They are curled which gives the plant an extraordinary appearance. Being a female plant, if a male pollinator is nearby it bears scarlet red berries in autumn and winter. They are not edible and may cause discomfort if eaten. It grows medium fast or fast into quite a nice and regular shape. Main leaders (vertical branches) are upright and lateral (horizon ...entire article
Black Lace is a variety of European elder that has lace-like, deep burgundy leaves that look like those of dissectum Japanese maples. Flowers are striking pink panicles that appear in May. Its vigorous growth helps this shrub soon make a dense cover of leaves that are vivid purple in the spring, deep burgundy throughout the summer, and bright crimson in the autumn. Elder tolerates wide ranges of soil and will be happy of almost any location. By pruning in early spring you will achieve a denser plant, that will be easier to maintain the size and shape. Fully hardy to ab ...entire article
Cypress trees and shrubs are very popular for their variable shapes, leaf types and colours. Stardust is a variety with almost flat needles of pale green colour near the main stem, grading to greenish-yellow towards the bright golden-yellow ends of the branches which tend to droop slightly as they grow longer. It has pyramidal form, wide at the base. Medium growth rate. It has pyramidal form, wide at the base. Medium growth rate. It is very hardy, but still we recommend planting coloured varieties in sheltered locations if you live in mountainous regions or frost pock ...entire article
Privet is the number one popular hedging plant. Golden privet obviously brings extra features: it is evergreen or semi-evergreen, multicoloured and has larger leaves. They are glossy, ovate, 2-3 times bigger than the species (up to 6 cm long), bright golden-yellow margined at the edges grading to deep green in the middle. The yellow margins turn pink or bronze in winter. It is a perfect plant for semi-shaded areas that will highlight the contrast of the leaves. Although it is a hardy plant it may be slightly burnt after the first winter before it is fully established, but it re-sprouts quic ...entire article
Some hollies are not sought-after for their colourful fruits but other features which make them unique and which may highlight your garden with. Myrtifolia holly is a quite rare, male cultivar of common holly. It has deep green, narrow, super glossy leaves that are regularly spiny along the edges. The growth is slow, habit is upright and very dense. It can be trimmed or clipped to achieve compact shapes in mid-summer, pruning that will encourage new growths is advised early in the spring (after the frosts). Try combining it with other evergreens of different leave ...entire article
Glowing Embers is my top favourite. It is true to its name: as if you were watching the very centre of fire, the petals are vivid orange with golden flashes. Very fragrant. Mid green leaves have bronze highlight from spring already. Deciduous azaleas are ericaceous plants, loving insulate position with constantly moist soil. During temporary summer dry spells in certain areas their leaves may suffer and be prone to fungus infections. When spots appear on the leaves or they lose colour and start to curl use a suitable fungicide immediately. 1-2 sprays should help the plant rema ...entire article
Gibraltar is undoubtedly the bestseller among orange varieties as this orange is deep and glowing. It has frilled margins and blooms reliably every year. Flowers lack strong fragrance. Bred by Rotschild in 1947, GB. Deciduous azaleas are ericaceous plants, loving insulate position with constantly moist soil. During temporary summer dry spells in certain areas their leaves may suffer and be prone to fungus infections. When spots appear on the leaves or they lose colour and start to curl use a suitable fungicide immediately. 1-2 sprays should help the plant remain beautiful and ...entire article
Northern Hi-Lights is a slow-grower with creamy white flowers that grade to pale or bright yellow on top petals. Buds are light pink. Leaves are dark green and turn brilliant carmine and burgundy red in autumn. Deciduous azaleas are ericaceous plants, loving insulate position with constantly moist soil. During temporary summer dry spells in certain areas their leaves may suffer and be prone to fungus infections. When spots appear on the leaves or they lose colour and start to curl use a suitable fungicide immediately. 1-2 sprays should help the plant remain beautiful and healt ...entire article
“Jolie Madame” has rather distinct tips of tepals making a star-shape look. Flowers are candy pink with orange-apricot flare and a lovely fragrance. This variety grows about 2m tall and wide. Deciduous azaleas are ericaceous plants, loving insulate position with always moist soil. During temporary summer dry spells in certain areas their leaves may suffer and be prone to fungus infections. When spots appear on the leaves or they lose colour and start to curl use a suitable fungicide immediately. 1-2 sprays should help the plant remain beautiful and healthy. They require no pruning ...entire article
Golden Eagle blooms from mid May till early June with vivid, deep orange flowers with a golden throat. Very striking. It has dense foliage turning bronzy red in autumn. Deciduous azaleas are ericaceous plants, loving insulate position with constantly moist soil. During temporary summer dry spells in certain areas their leaves may suffer and be prone to fungus infections. When spots appear on the leaves or they lose colour and start to curl use a suitable fungicide immediately. 1-2 sprays should help the plant remain beautiful and healthy. They require no pruning. Should yo ...entire article
“Purple Splendour” is one of the few that likes full sun. It has deep purple-blue frilled flowers with almost black blotches. It usually grows 2m tall and wide, under good conditions and given tens of years it can make 3m. For richer flowering and growth dead-head where possible. Rhododendrons are low-maintenance shrubs that will perform superbly provided you plant them well. They mostly prefer bright to dappled shade or partial shade (partial sun). Morning sunlight is their killer, same as deep shade. The roots are shallow, spreading to sides in search for nutrients. Never plant ...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. Me ...entire article
Bosnian pine is one of the posh pines with a typical, almost perfect conical shape. Compact Gem is an excellent choice for even the smallest of gardens as it grows slowly and does not exceed 3m when fully mature. Needles are born in two’s, they are deep green, glossy and hard, always vertical. Bark is very light, almost white. It needs a lot of sunlight and permeable soil, which can be sandy, it can even be poor and dry when established. Fully hardy to -27°C (USDA zone 5b). ...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
Nearly everybody knows European hazel and most of us like its nuts. This common shrub was used to create something quite extraordinary – a curly version – corkscrew hazel. This slow growing shrub has contorted stems which are the main attraction especially in winter. Unlike the basic species, it is keeping rather small – say 3 meters in 25 years. Leaves are large, grass green, almost matt. The flowers overwinter as dangling catkins. No special soil requirements. ...entire article
Minuet bears large flowers with cinnamon red corolla and almost white centre and margins. Buds are light pink to pale red. Leathery leaves are narrow, laurel-like, pointed, mid green and partly glossy. There are many cultivars combining all sorts of red, pink and burgundy shades with white, all of them beautiful, all of them very hardy. The best display is when half of the bloom cluster is still in buds which mostly have a different colour than the flowers themselves. For a happy life it MUST HAVE acidic soil (add plenty of peat). Plant it in well drained soil that has to ...entire article
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
God bless all botanists who restlessly create new and yet more beautiful crosses and hybrids of plants, so we can enjoy splashes of colours and abundant flowering in our gardens. Many of us thought Kanzan to be the best flowering and the most beautiful cherry. Well, get ready for another selection based on Kanzan - Royal Burgundy (hear the majestic name!). It is enhanced by deep burgundy foliage all season long, and double flowers of a stronger shade of pink. It is quite hardy and somewhat slow growing, so being a mid-sized tree, don't be afraid to find it a ...entire article
Mughus is a subspecies of dwarf mountain pine with even more compact and slower growth. It has very dense habit and dark green, short needles. It looks great in a large rockery as well as in a Japanese-style garden where it creates a perfect cushion image. Pines need slightly moist soil when getting established but will live in almost any well-drained soil. They do prefer a lot of sunshine to be compact and dense so try to avoid shaded placed when finding it a spot in a garden. Fully hardy to min. -45°C (USDA zone 2). Last update: 29-09-2009 ...entire article
Lustrous green foliage of Valley Valentine pieris complements extraordinary deep rose-pink flowers which come out from late March till early April. They are urn-shaped, sweetly scented, composed in long, pendent racemes, and last for 2-4 weeks. Deadhead spent flowers immediately after flowering so that the plant has enough strength to produce profusion of new shoots that will make the plant denser. Flower buds are formed in late summer and overwinter. For good maturing of them we suggest fertilizing the plant from summer until mid-autumn. The evergreen leaves are leathery, na ...entire article
David viburnum is a handsome, compact little shrub, with eye-catching foliage. The leaves have prominent, deep veins, which give this shrub an additional 3D image. They are elliptic, emerald green with rich red or burgundy red stalks, young twigs, and flower buds. The flowers open in early spring in C.E. conditions or in autumn in milder climates, but are not the key feature. When pollinated they produce deep sky blue fruits ripening in the autumn. Thanks to its size and lush foliage David viburnum has multiple uses. It ...entire article
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