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27.05.2020New in catalogue
bearded iris (Iris "'BEDTIME STORY'")
Bedtime Story is a beautiful name for a beautiful iris. Calming colours with a happy ending that every bedtime story deserves. It produces amethyst violet flowers with purple red veins and white and yellow beard in the throat. Midseason blooming begins in mid May and continues until early June. Sword-like leaves are deciduous, pale green. Stems are 50-60 cm tall and hold up very well in rain. Hybrid varieties of bearded iris thrive in full sun and should be planted in well-drained but moist soil of any pH. Various ...entire article
17.05.2020New in catalogue
bearded iris (Iris "'HONEY GLAZED'")
Honey Glazed is as beautiful as delicious sounds its name. This bearded iris makes large flowers with dark amber orange falls (lower petals) and soft yellow standards (upper petals). Sword-like leaves are deciduous, pale green. Flowers appear usually from mid May on sturdy, about 60 cm tall stems. Bred by David Niswonger in 1981. Hybrid varieties of bearded iris thrive in full sun and should be planted in well-drained but moist soil of any pH. Various sources say different things about pH requirements, however, tru ...entire article
17.05.2020New in catalogue
bearded iris (Iris "'GOING MY WAY'")
Going My Way is a gorgeous iris which was bred and introduced in the same year when Frank Sinatra made his perhaps most famous cover of all time – the song My Way. The variety was bred by James Gibson and makes large flowers with wide, deep violet purple brims on white background. Sword-like leaves are deciduous, pale green. Flowers appear usually from mid May on sturdy, about 90-95 cm tall stems. Hybrid varieties of bearded iris thrive in full sun and should be planted in well-drained but moist soil of any ...entire article
Purple Sensation hyacinth has the richest shade of purple pink colour bred so far. Its star-shaped flowers are very fragrant and open from late April until May. They are formed in dense, terminal spikes atop 25-30 cm tall stems. Leaves are linear, rich green. Hyacinth prefers humus-rich, fresh, moist but free-draining soil and location in full sun or only a slight shade for a part of the day. They do not multiply as readily as for example daffodils so if you want a rich nest get more bulbs or plants right at the ...entire article
12.05.2020New in catalogue
hyacinth (Hyacinthus "'PINK PEARL'")
The Pearl series of hyacinths belongs to the most successful thanks to its rich colours and strong perfume. Pink Pearl brings a sharp pink shade like a neon light in a pulsing city. The flowers are star-shaped and open from late April until May. They are formed in dense, terminal spikes atop 25-30 cm tall stems. Leaves are linear, rich green. Hyacinth prefers humus-rich, fresh, moist but free-draining soil and location in full sun or only a slight shade for a part of the day. They do not multiply as readily as fo ...entire article
11.05.2020New in catalogue
marsh marigold (Caltha palustris)
Marsh marigold is our native perennial, naturally occurring from Central to North Europe as well as in North America and North Asia. It loves boggy and constantly moist locations in full sun. It is very variable and during a spring walk you can find several plants of slightly different appearance, yet belonging to the same taxon. Its rich golden yellow flowers can cheer up even the saddest person because they usually bloom when there are not many flowers and colours around yet – from late March until late May. Leaves are dark green, glossy, heart- o ...entire article
FLORENTINA® is a masterpiece among red climbing roses. Bred by Tim Hermann Kordes in 2002 it waited 9 long years until its introduction to rose-freak public in 2011. Then it became a hit almost overnight. Its online reviews almost unanimously shout out excited expressions as in tabloid headlines such as Fantastic, Gorgeous, or Breathtaking, followed by numerous exclamation marks. And you know what – they are all true. FLORENTINA® is a short climber growing ...entire article
ORANGERIE® is a beautiful surprise from rose masters at Kordes. They introduced an exquisite floribunda rose with rich orange flowers with strong perfume. The flowers are fully double, 7-8 cm across, deep orange, sometimes with thin red veins, and appear repeatedly from June until October. Leaves are medium to dark green, glossy, and very healthy. The plant makes an upright shrub about 80 cm tall and 50 cm wide. It was patented as PP29500 in 2018. Planting instructions: Prepare a hole of size 30x30 cm. Put you ...entire article
Przewalski’s golden ray is a spectacular perennial growing almost 2m tall in bloom. It bears dark purple red stems with long spikes of rich golden yellow flowers with narrow petals. They are produced from late June until August. Even without flowers the plant is highly attractive for its foliage. The leaves are large, 20-25 cm across, mid green, and variable in shape - mostly deeply dissected, sometimes shallowly lobed, and sometimes triangular to kidney-shaped with toothed margins. Ligularia loves constantly moist to wet sites where it thrives even ...entire article
Himalayan cranesbill is perhaps one of the most common species cultivated in North and Central Europe. It is ground-covering, reliable, fast growing, and very hardy. Its alternative name is g.grandiflorum = large flowered which is also why it is often chosen for breeding of new, large flowered hybrids with rich colours. This one produces pastel lilac-violet flowers that are 4-6 cm across, saucer-shaped, open wide, and come out from late May until early July. Then they may sporadically bloom throughout summer, or you can cut back the whole turf after the main ...entire article
Ashy cranesbill is a dwarf cranesbill species from the Pyrenees. Ballerina is a an eye-catching variety with lilac pink flowers with prominent, deep burgundy red veins and eye in the centre. They are borne atop short and somewhat trailing stems from late May until late July, and sparsely throughout the summer. The leaves are evergreen, palmate, somewhat greyish green, and deeply lobed. It naturally forms small, mounded cushions, and we recommend planting 3 or more plants together for better display. Ashy cranesbill ...entire article
King George is an old-fashioned and reliable mop-head hydrangea variety bred by British botanist Henry James Jones in 1925. It produces large, globular inflorescences composed of small, individual flowers which emerge light pink at margins with beige centres, and mature to rich pink all over. It flowers on previous year's growth so no trimming is recommended in spring. If you need to shape or rejuvenate the plant do so in midsummer. The leaves are deciduous, medium to dark green, glossy, and heavily serrated at margin ...entire article
Oriental poppy is an extraordinary perennial with large, showy flowers atop thick, tall stems. Beauty Of Livermere is a similar variety to Brilliant, but Beauty's flowers are one tone deeper red. They are 10-14 cm across and have the same deep purple black blotch at the base. Blooming begins from late May and lasts until late June. Basal leaves are hairy, pinnatisect (pinnate to fern-like), fresh green, and wither by midsummer. The whole plant usually becomes dormant until spring, but some plants may push up a few le ...entire article
Oriental poppy is an extraordinary perennial with large, showy flowers atop thick, tall stems. Viktoria Luisa was a German princess born 1892 in Postdam. She was a beautiful lady and in her honour was named this exclusive poppy variety: Prinzessin Viktoria Luisa. They are 10-14 cm across, soft salmon pink, and bloom from late May until late June. Basal leaves are hairy, pinnatisect (pinnate to fern-like), fresh green, and wither by midsummer. The whole plant usually becomes dormant until spring, but some plants may pu ...entire article
Oriental poppy is an extraordinary perennial with large, showy flowers atop thick, tall stems. Royal Wedding is a fascinating variety combining almost pure white flower petals and a large deep purple red, almost black blotch in the centre. They are 10-14 cm across and bloom from late May until late June. Basal leaves are hairy, pinnatisect (pinnate to fern-like), fresh green, and wither by midsummer. The whole plant usually becomes dormant until spring, but some plants may push up a few leaves in late summer or early ...entire article
Mák východní is an extraordinary perennial with large, showy flowers atop thick, tall stems. Brilliant is a variety with vibrant scarlet orange red flowers 10-12 cm across with deep purple red, almost black blotches in the centre. They are produced from late May until late June. Basal leaves are hairy, pinnatisect (pinnate to fern-like), fresh green, and wither by midsummer. The whole plant usually becomes dormant until spring, but some plants may push up a few leaves in late summer or early autumn. Poppy grows in ...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
Prinz Heinrich is a Japanese anemone bred by Lindner already in 1902. It produces large, single flowers with long and narrow petals which can be visibly separated from one another or they may overlap. Centres are decorated with a small crown or rich yellow stamens. Flowers are borne freely on usually about 50 cm tall, well-branched stems, but under ideal conditions they may grow almost twice as tall. Basal leaves are deciduous, palmate, dark green, sharply toothed, sparsely hairy beneath. Japanese anemones like m ...entire article
BLACK SCALLOP bugle boasts extremely glossy and very handsome foliage of near-black colour. The leaves are evergreen, scalloped, and anything from dark wine red or deep maroon to dark brown. In June and early July rise only about 15 cm tall spikes composed of small, two-lipped, deep violet, fragrant flowers. For a clean plant it is best to remove the stems after flowering. Bugle spreads with aerial shoots which root as soon as they touch the ground (like strawberry plants). This way the plants form a dense, impenetrab ...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
Lady Stratheden, aka Goldball, is a hybrid Chilean avens with rich golden yellow flowers. They are semi-double, 3-4,5 cm across, and open frm as early as late May atop 40-50 cm tall stems. If regularly dead-headed, strong plants continue producing stems with more flowers until late summer, without deadheading it blooms for about two months. Basal leaves are rounded, shallowly toothed, fresh green, and quite showy, while pinnate leaves along the stems are small and rather insignificant. Basal leaves can make a nic ...entire article
Wim's Red panicle hydrangea makes extraordinary, large inflorescence composed of almost 50:50 fertile (small) and sterile (large) flowers already from mid June. They emerge pure snow white and soon gain pale pink shades, and turn almost completely rich pink by late summer, keeping only the top flowers white like the mountain tops covered with snow. In early autumn they change to even deeper shades of dark purple red. Stems are rich red and deciduous, ovate leaves are deep green. Wim's Red hydrangea makes a rather ...entire article
GALYA™ Wild Fire is another bi-coloured blanket flower which flowers from its first year. Its large, daisy-like flowers can really resemble a wild fire with its glowing combination of red ray florets with golden yellow tips, and garnet red discs with only a small yellow centre. They appear from about mid June and continue blooming restlessly until October, sometimes even November if early autumn is sunny and warm. The stems do not fall, bend or break even after a heavy rain, and usually reach about 30 cm in heig ...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
Knallblau is a charming variety of Austrian speedwell with rich sky blue to indigo blue flowers attractive especially to bumble bees and butterflies. They are composed in spike-like, erect racemes atop 30-40 cm tall stems. They are produced from late May for 6-10 weeks - the older and more established the plant is the longer flowering period you can expect. Deciduous leaves are similar to those on blueberads – broadly oval to narrowly heart-shaped, fresh green, serrated at margins, and glossy. Knallblau spee ...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
NEPTUNE® is an exquisite variety of Cuban catmint. An amateur gardener might say that it looks like a merge between Blue Boa agastache and blue dead nettle, and he can't be blamed. Apart from the main features typical for this Cuban species such as large leaves and large flowers, NEPTUNE® boasts very compact and dense, upright habit which makes older catmints turn green with envy. Yet NEPTUNE® wins again because it has m ...entire article
Purrsian Blue is a compact variety of catmint bred by Kevin Hurd from Walters Gardens, USA, in 2009. It naturally makes dense, cushion-like clumps with 30-40 cm tall, deep purple blue stems holding rich violet blue flowers from June until October without a need to cut back the plant after the first flowering. Leaves are mint scented, only some 2-4 cm long, deep green, scalloped, and serrated at margins. Thanks to extremely long flowering period it makes a great feature in summer gardens, on patios and balconies, and c ...entire article
Rollies Favourite (syn. Rolly's Favourite) is a long flowering, eye-catching campion variety with rich pink flowers composed in terminal panicles atop 35-40 cm tall stems from early May until July. It was bred by Hubertus Gerardus Oudshorn from the Netherlands, and patented as PP17392 in 2007. Its semi-evergreen, hairy leaves are mid green and form a sessile rosette at the ground level, and also appear along the stems. The plant grows fast and quickly forms dense tufts. Campion is widely soil adaptable and seems t ...entire article
APPLE BLOSSOM is another of English beauties among hybrid choisias bred by their father Peter Moore. It is renowned for very fine foliage, and also is the very first to offer romantic pink colour. From late April until early June appear small, pearl-like, clear pink buds which open into apple-blossom-like, star-shaped, white flowers with pink undersides. The centre is decorated with a crown of yellow anthers. Their perfume is similar to that of orange flowers hence its name Mexican orange or Mexican blossom. The ...entire article
AZTEC GOLD is a Hillier Nurseries introduction from 2012, bred by Alan Postill. It is a bright golden-yellow-leaved choisya shrub. It produces profusion of simple, star-shaped, pure white, and very fragrant flowers with yellow stamens from late April until early June. Their perfume is very similar to orange flowers hence its name Mexican orange or Mexican blossom. The evergreen leaves are palmately divided into 3-7, glossy, narrow leaflets that are rich golden yellow above and lime green to yellow green inside the com ...entire article
Fragrant viburnum species can make a substantial shrub, however, December Dwarf is only about half its size - about 1.5m tall and a bit less wide. It was bred in Dutch nursery town Boskoop in 1982. Its flowers are small, tubular, pink in buds, pale pink to almost white when they open, intensely sweetly scented, and composed in partially hanging clusters. The inflorescence recall that of Dawn viburnum but is smaller and less spherical. December Dwarf viburnum makes a handsome shrub even when not in bloom. It has a r ...entire article
GENOLIA® is an excellent addition to the family of hedging cherry laurels. It comes from Switzerland, and was bred by Pepiniéres de Genolier in 2002. It forms a handsome, columnar, evergreen shrub which requires no pruning to look recent great. Leathery leaves are mid to dark green, narrowly ovate, and glossy. Its naturally upright habit makes it ideal for a hedge, however, it can serve as a slender, free-standing, evergreen specimen in small gardens. It was awarded silver medal at Plantarium 2005, a leading Eur ...entire article
You can easily fall in love with this Portugal laurel if you like evergreen plants. It will enchant you with its lush, glossy leaves. They are large, thick, somewhat undulated, and emerge coppery orange, turn soft green, and mature to dark green in summer. They resemble foliage of viburnum odoratissimum Awabuki which is not hardy enough for zone 6 so here we have a tough and beautiful alternative. Young twigs are red flushed, in autumn change to rich burgundy red, and remain so until spring. Blossoms appear on slightly older plants. They are cherry- ...entire article
Carmine Brilliant is another amazing montbretia with fiery-coloured flowers. They are rich orange red with a striking yellow centre and stamens. They are funnel-shaped or campanulate and appear from mid July for at least a month. The stems are strong and upright, their tops slightly arching, and are reach some 50-60 cm tall. It makes large clumps of medium green, sword-like leaves which confirm plant's affiliation with iris family. The exotic feeling is highlighted by the way the flowers are formed in almost horizonta ...entire article
Border Beauty is a another butterfly bush proved by time. It was bred already in 1962, by a Dutch breeder Henry Schiphorst. It produces about 20 cm long, dense panicles of purple violet flowers with orange throat. Individual flowers are tiny trumpets, composed in conical panicles born at the tips of slightly arching branches which gain darker shade towards the panicle. Flowers are sweetly fragrant and bloom from early July until late September. Border Beauty makes an upright and compact bush about two meters wide and ...entire article
Countess Diana - Gräfin Diana® is another fascinating hybrid tea rose from the Parfuma® Collection by Kordes. It produces noble flowers about 8 cm across, deep burgundy black as they open from buds, and rich burgundy red as they mature. And the perfume! Exquisite - deep and strong, especially at noon and in early evening. It is a very healthy rose with deep green leaves. It flowers repeatedly from June until frost. The shrub is slightly over one meter tall and a little less wide. It was bred by Tim-Hermann ...entire article
Flamingo is a newer sport of so popular Hakuro Nishiki dappled willow from 1979. It was found in a Dutch nursery Salixkwekerij Bontekoe, and boasts earlier colouring of new leaves and twigs that are rich pink, just like flamingo's feather. Leaves are deciduous, narrowly elliptic, 3-4 cm long, pea green with rich cream-white variegation. When new leaves emerge they are almost entirely creamy white gaining bright pink colour at the tips that disappears as the leaves mature in summer. It grows very fast and is easy to ...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
XXL® is a great, yet quite compact or even small rhododendron from Belgium. The extra size refers to its flowers which are incredible - due to its colour and size. Composed in large, not as congested trusses as yaku hybrids make, they are open wide, white in the centre and vivid carmine pink at frilled margins. Blooming begins in mid May. Bred by Hortibreed, Belgium, in 2013. For a better looking plant dead-head where possible. The roots are shallow, spreading to sides in search for nutrients. Never plant them ...entire article
SCARLET FIRE® is a proper Japanese dogwood, not a hybrid, so a plant which flowers later than American dogwoods, on already leafed-out trees (shrubs). The flowers are in fact bracts. There are 4, rich magenta pink, oval, sharply pointed bracts, composed around a small flower head, about 13 cm across. It is very floriferous once it reaches good flowering age. It blooms from late May until June. Pointed leaves are deciduous, ovate, drooping like pear tree leaves, dark green with burgundy hues when young, and mak ...entire article
Max Frei is a variety of bloody cranesbill which originates from Europe and north Turkey. It produces 3-4 cm large, rich lilac pink flowers above cute, deeply-lobed, partially glossy, deep green foliage that turns various shades of red in autumn. Flowers open in profusion from late May until early July, and then sporadically throughout summer until autumn. The tuft can be trimmed as low as 5 cm above ground level after the main flowering in order to encourage re-growth of fresh, healthy leaves. Flowers will re-appear ...entire article
FIREBIRD® is fiery addition to a long list of a polyantha (floribunda) Kordes roses. This one was bred by Tim Hermann Kordes in 2005 and launched in 2015. It produces mid-sized, about 6 cm wide, fully double, non-scented flowers from June until November. They emerge golden yellow with rich scarlet red edges that soon become sharp carmine red all over the flower. October and Novermber flowers are possibly the darkest and most striking. Leaves are very glossy, healthy, and dark gr ...entire article
LEONARDO DA VINCI® is from French Romantica™ series rose bred by Alain Meilland. This rose was introduced in 1994 and has been popular ever since, mainly owing to abundant flowering and great health. Its flowers are bright pink, medium sized (10-12 cm across), with a light tea fragrance. Petal count varies greatly - anything from 40 to 80 petals, and we reckon that the older the plant is the more petals it produces, irrespective of feeding. Flowers come out from early June almost continuously until the firs ...entire article
This floribunda shrub rose has a name that really fits – Schöne vom See which means ‘Beauty of the Lake’, so no need to feel puzzled finding out that it truly is beautiful. Its semi-double to fully double flowers are a sight for sore eyes, indeed. They are a rare combination of warm apricot orange and golden yellow as they open, and turn to pale salmon pink later, and just before they fade out they open up extremely wide into large tousled heads showing a very light pink tone without any other discol ...entire article
Lucifer is a fascinating montbretia for several reasons. First because it was bred already in mid 20th century and is still one of the top sellers today, and second – its flowers are the richest fiery red available. They are funnel-shaped, wide-open, and appear from mid July for at least a month on slightly arching stems about one meter tall. It makes large clumps of medium green, sword-like leaves which confirm plant's affiliation with iris family. The exotic feeling is highlighted by the way the flowers are fo ...entire article
So elegant and yet classy is this hybrid tea rose by Kordes from 2014. It makes so beautiful and large flowers with creamy white petals which are light yellow in the centre and light pink towards the margins. Perfume is weak and fresh. Repeated flowering guarantees flower production from June until October on an upright shrub. Leaves can be prone to black spot in wet and compacted ground, or affected by mildew in too dry soil, but grown in good conditions the plant is usually trouble-free. Planting instructions: Prepare a hole of size 30x30 cm. Put your ro ...entire article
How poetic to call a flower First Love®! This speedwell was named just like that and no wonder. Its neony rich purple pink spikes shine through the garden from early morning until late evening with lasting intensity. It makes a compact clump and is able to produce flowers from late June until early autumn if in humus-rich soil and if regularly dead-headed. Leaves are broadly lanceolate, serrated at margins, deep green. Speedwell will grow in any moist but well-drained, reasonably fertile soil, preferably in f ...entire article
Elsie Lee is a fantastic Japanese azalea variety bred already in 1960. It produces large, 5-7 cm across, double flowers of pastel pink colour. They come out in profusion usually from mid May for 2-3 weeks. Evergreen leaves are small, elliptic, and glossy. It was bred by Anthony Sammarello in Ohio, USA, as a hybrid between varieties Desirée and Rosebud. Thanks to its durability and beauty it quickly became a demanded parent for further breeding, until 2000 it was used for 22 new hybrids, among which one of the most ren ...entire article
Scarlet Tempest is a breathtaking avens variety from Scotland. It produces rich clumps of handsome foliage and sturdy stems with numerous, rich scarlet orange-red flowers already from April until early mid to late July, and then again in late summer. They are semi-double, large (3-5 cm across), and decorated with a crown of yellow stamens. Basal leaves are oak-like, deeply lobed, bright green, and remain evergreen in mild winters. Scarlet Tempest looks especially good in mass plantings where its handsome foliage makes ...entire article
WHITE DAZZLER is a follow-up choísie to Aztec Pearl from Peter Moore, introduced in 1991. It produces masses of simple, star-shaped, pure white, and very fragrant flowers with yellow stamens in May and June. Their perfume is very similar to orange flowers hence its name Mexican orange or Mexican blossom. WHITE DAZZLER is special for being very compact as well as the ability to re-bloom from September onwards. The evergreen leaves are distinctly narrower ...entire article
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
I like Persian Slipper lupine very much. It exhibits such a neat and subtle beauty combining rich pastel violet and white, fragrant flowers in one inflorescence. It is another WESTCOUNTRY™ variety from Sarah Conibear, patented in 2007. It makes strong and sturdy stems about 80 cm tall. Blooming begins in late June or early July and may continue for 4-6 weeks if spent flowers are removed as soon as they begin to fade. If the plant is weak and unsightly after flowering cut ...entire article
SILVER ANNIVERSARY™ is an attractive buddleia hybrid bred by Peter Moore in 1994 as a cross between b.crispa and b.loricata. It is a deciduous shrub with striking silver, narrowly lance-shaped foliage which resembles Russian olive leaves. Flowers are formed in short panicles. They are creamy white with orange throat, sweetly fragrant, and bloom from early July until late September. Growth is rather symmetrical and dense. Butterfly bush requires little care. Still, we strongly recommend hard prun ...entire article
George Davidson montbretia was bred by an English breeder of the same name. It is one of my favourites because it has my colour: golden yellow. The flowers are large, bell-shaped, wide-open, and appear in midseason until late August. It forms a compact, not bending clump about 70 cm tall. Sword-like leaves are rich green and confirm plant's affiliation with iris family. Montbretia does best in fertile, moist but well drained soil of any pH, preferably in full sun. Winter mulch is not necessary but may help newly ...entire article
Exalting the beauty of lavender is like carrying coals to Newcastle. So let' concentrate on something special: white varieties. White flowering varieties of lavender are still a bit unusual yet very handsome. They are fast growing subshrubs, sometimes also classified as woody perennials, with 40-60 cm tall stems producing short, scented spikes of white flowers from early until late summer. Evergreen, linear leaves are grey-green to blue-green in cold months, and light green in warm months. It is best grown in masses in ...entire article
Longwood Purple is a variety of American wisteria originating from Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, USA. It is very similar to Amethyst Falls variety, just the colour is a little stronger. The lovely flowers are rich violet purple, borne in short racemes about 10 cm long. Their fragrance is faint, not similar to the Asian ones at all. They come out in profusion from late May and after the main flush has finished a short break comes after which the plant produ ...entire article
The very first time we saw Felice lavender it was obvious that it would be a bestseller. A compact plant with plenty of flowers and the most important feature above all - so fragrant! It releases its scent without touching it. Just bend over or move the pot or simply stand against the wind and you WILL smell the typical lavender perfume yet before it begins to bloom since the fragrance is released from the leaves. Felice lavender is also known to have the longest bloom period - from June until August. The flowers ...entire article
Siskiyou Pink is a uniquely coloured gaura with pink and white flowers. They open from fuschia red buds into white flowers with pink marbling or central stripes. The ratio of pink colour varies flower to flower. Stems are very thin and move in the slightest breeze thanks to which the flowers look like a cloud of butterflies flying above the foliage. Gaura is a perennial with extra long blooming season and requires very little or no care at all. It emerges in late spring with deep burgundy red leaves that turn gree ...entire article
Snowflake is possibly the earliest flowering oak-leaved hydrangea bred so far. From early June, as soon as hot weather comes, it produces large, cone-shaped, pendent panicles for about two months. They are 30-40 cm long and composed of white, double, sterile flowers whose petals grow in up to 5 layers ending with a couple of small, almost green ones in the very centre. Fertile flowers are pale green and tiny and are often covered by sterile ones. It makes very attractive, shallowly lobed, deciduous, somewhat coars ...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
Jasmina is a rambling (climbing) rose by Kordes. It belongs to the modern Kletter Maxe® series i.e. even though it is a rambler it blooms all summer long until early autumn, and holds very healthy foliage without defoliated canes. Flowers are mid-sized, fully doubly, medium pink with lighter outward sepals. Another attractive feature is the fragrance – medium strong, very fruity with tones of fresh apples, pear and apricot. It grows vigorously about 3m tall and looks very romantic, a perfect example is ...entire article
Pomponella is one of the incredible rose achievements by Kordes introduced in 2005. It is a floribunda shrub rose from the Fairy Tale Roses series. The flowers are dark pink, fully double, and before they open wide they remain in a peony-type phase for some time which is the most attractive show. Flowers are formed in arching clusters like pompons and are produced in profusion from late spring until early autumn. Leaves are dark green, partly glossy, and very healthy. Pomponella was awarded with many awards and certif ...entire article
Hella® is a healthy and vigorous climbing rose from Kordes. It produces profusion of medium-sized, semi-double, lightly fragrant, white flowers from early summer until early autumn. Leaves are usually healthy with limited or no affection of common rose diseases. They are deep green and glossy, and densely cover the upright canes without defoliating bottom parts. The plant reaches between 2.5 and 3 meters and is suitable for pergolas and patios where it can create a romantic screen. Unpruned branches are slightly ...entire article
Early Sunrise is a profusely flowering tickseed with an extremely long bloom period. It produces semi-double or double flowers of golden yellow colour from early June until late autumn if the weather is sunny and relatively warm. The stems are a little shorter than other grandiflora tickseeds, only about 30 cm tall. Deadheading will enhance the flowering but is not a must, it will still flower abundantly every year and all summer long. Early Sunrise tickseed forms a bushy clum ...entire article
Thick-leaved evergreen honeysuckle comes from China and has small but very pretty and glossy leaves. They are rounded, rich green with purple margins in summer and dark purple red in autumn and winter. Little Honey® is a recent introduction from the Netherlands which produces profusion of honey yellow or light orange flowers from early June. The have no fragrance but last for at least a month. It is a ground-covering plant and can be trained along a vertical support as a climber. Its new shoots are quite long ...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
Benifuji is a Japanese dogwood variety which in this case originated in Japan, near Mount Fuji. It was found among selected seedlings in Shinkyo Gotenba-shi nursery already in 1970, still, its patent was released only in 1994 (PP8,676). Benifuji (or Beni Fuji) is a Japanese dogwood with the deepest pink purple bracts known to trade so far (2014). The colour depth even beats another old favourite Satomi whose bracts turn rich pink later after opening while Benifuji offers ri ...entire article
KAHORI PINK is a very pretty hybrid pink variety with rich rosy pink flowers from May until midsummer. The main flowering season is June when this mounding perennial is covered with about 2cm wide flowers atop very short stems, only a few centimeters above thin, evergreen, medium green foliage. Dwarf pinks love free draining but not very dry, neutral to slightly alkaline soils. They respond well to reasonable fertilizing when flowers are produced, and benefit from light shearing after flowering. Hardy to about -34 ...entire article
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
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sandwort (Arenaria montana)
Sandwort is a superb, low-growing, and profusely flowering perennial with hundreds of small, single, white flowers from mid spring until early summer. The leaves are very narrow, elliptic, rich green and make a dense cushion which remains evergreen all year round. Newly planted sandwort might be a little slow to establish but from the following year it offers a profusion of flowers without a doubt. It repeats flowering until autumn. Sandwort requires almost nothing. Grow it in reasonably drained soil. It loves evenly moist ground and full sun but will be o ...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
You must remember how thrilled the hydrangea world was when Limelight® was introduced. Well, a few years later it seems it has a little sister. And ‘little’ is the most correct word since this new achievement is called LITTLE LIME® for a reason. This panicle hydrangea is a dwarf selection of Limelight bearing equal profusion of flowers of the same colour as Limelight, it is just smaller and quite compact. LITTLE LIME® is a trade nam ...entire article
Zigeunerblut is a German variety of moss phlox with the most amazing colour of flowers. Its variety name already ‘Gipsy Blood’ implies a very rich crimson red colour that turns slightly purple red during the blooming period. It flowers from about mid May for 3-4 weeks. Zigeunerblut is an interspecific hybrid between phlox douglasii and phlox subulata. The first parent gave it a very low habit and slow growth rate, and the latter rich green, short, evergreen, linear leaves. Grow moss p ...entire article
Black-eyed Susan is a type of coneflower with large, daisy-like flowers. This form originates in North America where its Latin name is shortened to rudbeckia sullivantii. Goldsturm, however, is a European variety with very large flowers that are 9-12 cm across, golden yellow with elevated, chocolate brown centres hiding nectar so loved by butterflies and bumble bees. It is earlier than most rudbeckias, beginning to flower already in early August. The stems of ...entire article
It is difficult to tell if breeders from Rosen Tantau expected that their Nostalgie® rose would become such a blockbuster after its release in 1995. This rose has been a top seller ever since irrespective of how many new varieties are introduced every year for it is truly unique. Nostalgie® rose produces mid-sized, semi-double flowers with creamy white centres and rich cherry red outer petals. The colour play is visible from a distance but what comes as a lightning i ...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
Ninebark is a low-maintenance deciduous plant which is available in several varieties offering different leaf colour and shape. André is a Czech introduction from Litomyšl Nurseries and was bred by Michal Andrusiv. It is valued for distinctly red new foliage maturing to a lovely shade of burgundy red with light purple-violet hues. The stems are red, too, and the reverse of the leaves is almost green which distinguishes André from other red-leaved ninebark varieties. The shrub looks beautiful especially when wind blows ...entire article
Avens is a pretty perennial whose wild forms can be found on every continent except Australia. Mrs. J.Bradshaw, formerly known as Feuerball, is a hybrid of geum chiloense with small but attractive, scarlet red, semi-double flowers that come out from early June, and, if regularly dead-headed, strong plants continue producing stems with more flowers until late summer. Basal leaves are rounded, shallowly toothed, mid green, while stem leaves are pinnate. They can make a nice groundcover in mass plantings. ...entire article
Lilla® smoke tree is a novelty that was first introduced at the Plantarium exhibition in Holland in 2011 where it received bronze medal. It is a dwarf version of Royal Purple variety with slower and more compact growth. It has deciduous, deep wine red, rounded leaves that turn scarlet red, orange and golden in autumn (the more acidic your soil is the more vibrant colours you get). In early summer it makes large filamentous panicles of tiny flowers with long, burgundy to pink hairs which create an amazing fluff ...entire article
Japanese fan columbine is an Asian species producing strong, erect plants with large flowers. They open from mid to late spring and have different colours of their centres and petals. The flower buds are nodding, just like freshly opened flowers. Only after a few days, when they have matured, they rise up their heads towards the sun. SPRING MAGIC is a series with very attractive flowers of pastel colours. Rose Ivory is a lovely variety offering rosy pink petals and ivory cr ...entire article
Japanese fan columbine is an Asian species producing strong, erect plants with large flowers. They open from mid to late spring and have different colours of their centres and petals. The flower buds are nodding, just like freshly opened flowers. Only after a few days, when they have matured, they rise up their heads towards the sun. SPRING MAGIC is a series with very attractive flowers of pastel colours. Navy White is a variety offering deep navy blue petals and white cent ...entire article
This variety called Aztec Pearl was bred by Peter Moore and introduced in 1989, when Hiller Nurseries celebrated their 125th anniversary. Its name perfectly describes this evergreen plant from the moment it begins to show flower buds. They are pearl-shaped, very light pink, and open into simple, star-shaped, pure white, and very fragrant flowers with yellow stamens in the centre. Their perfume is similar to that of orange flowers hence its name Mexican orange or Mexican blossom. The evergreen leaves are rich and juicy green in acid soil, palmately ...entire article
Young Lady smoke tree should probably be called smoke bush as it is a slower growing and more compact variety that commonly forms a dense shrub, not a tree unless grafted. In early summer it makes large filamentous panicles of tiny flowers with long, beige to light pink hairs which create an amazing fluffy appearance for 1-2 months. The leaves are broadly ovate, almost rounded, deciduous, grass-green and turn yellow, orange, and red in autumn. Young Lady is a moderate growe ...entire article
Whipcord is a unique variety of western red cedar which does not resemble any other plant from the arborvitae family. It is a slow growing conifer with thin, whipcord-like, arching branches, which always bend downwards making a relaxed appearance. They are deep green from spring to autumn, and turn various depths of bronze in winter. It grows very slowly, expect it to grow one meter tall and wide in 10-15 years. As it does not produce any flowers or fruit it is ideal for growing near swimming pools or garden ponds. ...entire article
Laguna® is a new climbing rose by Kordes from 2004. It produces large, fully double flowers of deep raspberry pink flowers that are 10 cm across and have a lovely and strong fragrance. It is a combination of lemon, lemon grass, and fruity tones of ripe litchi. It is very healthy and has dark green, glossy leaves. Planting instructions: Prepare a hole of size 30x30 cm. Put your rose in the way that the grafting point is 3 cm deep in the soil. Water well and cover new shoots with soil or bark mulch about 15 cm ...entire article
Amethyst in Snow is a unique variety of mountain bluet where blue is truly out of the question. This perennial makes the most amazing flowers with amethyst purple centres and snow white or very pale pink ray florets on 30-40 cm tall stem that do not bend. Flowers are produced from early June, and continuously until July or even August if deadheaded regularly. Deciduous leaves are light to mid green, broadly lanceolate, slightly hairy. In the wild it is considered endangered species. Grow it in a sunny border or in ...entire article
If you are looking for a compact rose with red flowers have a look at this beautiful Kordes rose Cherry Girl®. It makes 5-7 cm large, double flowers of incredibly rich but soft red colour. It has a slight fragrance. Leaves are very healthy, highly resistant to common diseases. Bengali® grows about 1m tall and 50 cm wide. Awarded with ADR in 2007. Planting instructions: Prepare a hole of size 30x30 cm. Put your rose in the way that the grafting point is 3 cm deep in the soil. Water well and cover new shoot ...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
Snow Queen is an oak-leaved hydrangea from Princeton in New Jersey, USA. It was bred and introduced by nurseryman William Flemmer III in 1979. It was distinct from the species by its large flowers of pure white colour and somewhat more upright habit. It was patented under PP4,458 and may not be reproduced without license. Snow Queen oak-leaved hydrangea produces very large 20-25 cm long and 10-12 cm wide panicles, composed of 50-60 indivi ...entire article
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broom (Genista lydia)
Broom is not a kind name for a beautiful shrub like this genista. Truth is, however, that its tine leaves are less obvious for its numerous, slender, arching branches which might look a little disorganized but still not broomy. Genista produces masses of bright yellow to golden yellow flowers in May and June. Its arching branches look best if placed above a short fence or in a large rockery. It grows about 50 cm tall and twice as wide, and makes a perfect contrast with shrubs of slender, columnar habit or upright growing perennials. Genista likes well- ...entire article
White roses has never been out of fashion. That is why breeders keep coming up with new varieties with improved features. Innocencia® is a popular polyantha rose by Kordes. It bears small, single, moderately fragrant flowers from June until first frost. It is self-cleaning i.e. the flower petals fall down long before they begin to fade and turn brown. It is absolutely resistant to black spot and powdery mildew. Planting instructions: Prepare a hole of size 30x30 cm. Put your rose in the way that the grafting p ...entire article
BLACK TOWER is another child from the nursery breeding programme of popular Black Beauty and Black Lace®. It was awarded a prize for best new ornamental plant in England in 2010. It is a variety of European elder with deep burgundy black, deciduous leaves and strictly upright habit which is ideal for less spacious areas as opposed to common elder. The foliage colour is truly striking but not onl ...entire article
Honorine Jobert is a late variety of Japanese anemone. It produces 2-3 cm wide snow-white flowers with deep yellow centres of stamens from end August until the last warm days of autumn. The stalks are about 1 meter tall, well-branched. Basal leaves are deciduous, palmate, mid green, sharply toothed, sparsely hairy beneath. Japanese anemones likes moist, humus-rich, slightly acidic, and well-drained soil. When planted in full and if you live in area with cold winters make sure the plants are well mulched to keep the roots cool and away from dry frost. They prefer slight ...entire article
Kobold is one of the top varieties of shrubby cinquefoil with bright yellow flowers from June until early autumn. The shrub grows slowly into a compact bush that will look very neat if pruned every spring. Such plant will flower more profusely and offer a larger mass of grass-green, deciduous leaves. Cinquefoil grows best in well-drained, poor or moderately fertile soil in full sun. For compact habit long shoots should be removed in spring and the whole shrub clipped by about a third. It does not need extra fertilizing or watering once established. Fully hardy to abt. ...entire article
Autumn Joy is a much easier name to pronounce than its German original Herbstferude. This orpine has large, oval, light green, thick leaves. In late August it produces almost flat cymes of deep pink flowers. They continue blooming until mid autumn and even after flowering they remain attractive bringing interest to your winter garden. These perennials are easy to grow, they will like almost any well-drained soil, they do well in rockeries and outdoor pots. Cut them back in early spring. Fuly hardy to min. -34°C (USDA zone 4). Last update 27-08-2011 ...entire article
This rose is probably one of the most popular polyantha rose by Kordes. Its name means gardener´s delight and if you like strong and vibrant colours you will understand. The flowers are fully double, raspberry pink-red, rain-resistant, and appear in profusion from early summer until early autumn. Foliage is deep green and unbelievably glossy as if made of glass. Awarded ADR in 2001 this rose is completely disease-resistant. The plant height is derived from the height of stem the top is grafted on since the crown does not grow upwards but sideways and weeping. Planting instructions: P ...entire article
Germany has another novelty among blue hollies. Its name is Heckenpracht and it is a cross between ilex aquifolium Pyramidalis and ilex x meserveae Blue Prince®. Heckenpracht is a bushy shrub with upright branches and evergreen, medium large, glossy leaves that are dark green and serrated at margins but not sharp. As a male variety it is an ideal pollinator for combination with female hollies to produce berries in autumn. Meserveae hollies are c ...entire article
Snowball tree is a popular deciduous shrub flowering in May. It bears profusion of pure white, spherical inflorescence that might resemble hydrangea flowers from a distance. They are followed by vibrant red berries in autumn. The branches often weep under their weight. The leaves are palmate, three-lobed, 5-8 cm wide, mid green and partly glossy, changing to bright and deep red shades in autumn. It forms a rounded shrub usually about 3m tall and wide and can be pruned or shaped in any way. The best time to cut it is after flowering (i.e. in June): either trim current year’s gro ...entire article
Fastigiata Robusta is a slender growing variety of columnar yew that originated probably in Italy in 1950. It is similar to its parent variety Fastigiata but much slimmer, like a model who prefers not to eat to stay slim forever. The needles are dark green, glossy, longer than on the species, and evergreen. Its strictly upright growth can be used in any type of garden where a vertical feature is required. Now a few words about its toxicity. The whole plant is slightly poisonous for humans but extremely poisono ...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
Golden Gate® is a climbing rose with repeat flowering. It bears golden yellow flowers that have a sweet, citrus-fruit perfume. It is a healthy, disease-resistant variety. Planting instructions: Prepare a hole of size 30x30 cm. Put your rose in the way that the grafting point is 3 cm deep in the soil. Water well and cover new shoots with soil or bark mulch about 15 cm high. Roses tolerate wide range of soils but thrive in deep, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil, in full sun. Climbing roses should not be pruned. Last update: 01-06-2010 ...entire article
Rotilia® is a polyantha rose with deep crimson red flowers that make a flowering carpet from June well through October. It is an absolutely healthy, disease-resistant variety, awarded ADR in 2002. Planting instructions: Prepare a hole of size 30x30 cm. Put your rose in the way that the grafting point is 3 cm deep in the soil. Water well and cover new shoots with soil or bark mulch about 15 cm high. Roses tolerate wide range of soils but thrive in deep, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil, in full sun. Pruning: These roses needn’t be pruned. What you can do though is deadh ...entire article
Amadeus is a superb modern climber from Kordes. It bears trusses of deep ruby red flowers that repeat flowering and have a light spicy scent. Reasonably disease-resistant. Planting instructions: Prepare a hole of size 30x30 cm. Put your rose in the way that the grafting point is 3 cm deep in the soil. Water well and cover new shoots with soil or bark mulch about 15 cm high. Roses tolerate wide range of soils but thrive in deep, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil, in full sun. Climbing roses should not be pruned. Last update: 01-06-2010 ...entire article
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 Spire is a hybrid between two types of perovskia. It was first introduced to RHS in 1961 and since late 80´s it has been in cultivation in most of the world with mild climate. It is a very hardy plant originally found in Central Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan) but is successfully grown even further north. Perovskia is a fantastic plant offering an extremely long time of attractivity. It bears profusion of indigo-blue flowers that open up from hairy, violet buds. These buds appear from early summer and take quite some time before they let the flowers out which usually ...entire article
Royal Red is a butterfly bush with deep purple-red flowers that are fragrant and up to 50 cm long. Individual flowers are small and tubular, formed in up to 40 cm long, dense panicles at the ends of the branches. The inflorescence may look like lilac hence its other name: summer lilac. However, it can get misleading as summer lilac is more often used for lagerstroemia. Deciduous leaves are lanceolate, deep green, and slightly hairy. The shrub is airy and makes arching branches. It grows fast and gains attractive shape with age. To achieve a nice looking plant cut back l ...entire article
If you like pink and butterflies at the same time, Pink Delight is butterfly bush variety ideal for you. Individual flowers are small and tubular, formed in up to 40 cm long, dense panicles at the ends of the branches. The inflorescence may look like lilac hence its other name: summer lilac. However, it can get misleading as summer lilac is more often used for lagerstroemia. Deciduous leaves are lanceolate, medium green, and slightly hairy. The shrub is airy and makes arching branches. It grows fast and gains attractive shape with age. To achieve a nice looking plant cu ...entire article
White Profusion is a white flowering butterfly bush. Individual flowers are small and tubular, formed in up to 40 cm long, dense panicles at the ends of the branches. The inflorescence may look like lilac hence its other name: summer lilac. However, it can get misleading as summer lilac is more often used for lagerstroemia. Deciduous leaves are lanceolate, medium green with a silvery blue tint and slightly hairy. The shrub is airy and makes arching branches. It grows fast and gains attractive shape with age. To achieve a nice looking plant cut back last year’s bra ...entire article
Monkey puzzle tree is a conifer that originates from Chile but we have a special selection for you which comes from Italy and is hardier and more reliable in our continental climate. It is called Robusta Gheri and is the only one that survived winter of 1985 in Tuscany when temperature dropped down to -22°C. Until today this winter is remembered as the worst in the past half century. It is very similar to the species. Only its trunk is more massive, branches are a bit wider apart from one another, and the colour of leaves (flattened needles) is lighter. Adult plants bea ...entire article
Reevesiana is a sought after subspecies of skimmia. It is a hermaphrodite plant that does not need a male pollinator to produce berries. These are vivid red and are follow tiny, white flowers in the autumn and winter. Evergreen leaves are elongated, elliptic, deep green and glossy. The plant grows slowly, making an attractive ground cover. Ideal for Japanese style gardens. If you plant it well you needn’t look after it any longer except for occasional watering in dry spells. There are a few rules you have to obey if you want your skimmia look perfect: the soil ha ...entire article
Boskoop Ruby received an award already for the deepest red flowering broom. The colour of pea-like flowers is bright ed with both magenta and orange shades. Blooming time is early May to early June. Leaves are small, up to 2 cm long, and mature plants are nearly leafless. It forms a dense shrub, about 1.2m tall and wide. In order to get the whole plant covered with flowers we recommend pruning it after flowering – in early June. Cut back new branches by one or two thirds. This will result in production of many new branches that will flower the following year. Broom disli ...entire article
Meyer lilac comes from China and is a dwarf plant. Palibin is a variety with flower panicles that are just a little larger as opposed to the species. The colour of the flowers is lavender pink, the buds are burgundy purple. It grows very slowly, forming a dense mound, flowering profusely every spring. Deciduous leaves are rounded with a tip, fresh green and glossy. Pruning is not recommended. Lilacs can be grown in many soil types. For best result use reasonably fertile, moist but well-drained soil, preferably neutral or alkaline. Full sun for profuse flowering. Fully ...entire article
This attractive hydrangea comes from Belgium and was bred by Johan van Huylenbroeck. It was patented only in 2004 and got a peculiar name: Pinky Winky. Allegedly, the breeder was inspired by the children’s programme Teletubbies. Pinky Winky® is a panicle type hydrangea, not a mop-head one with big leaves and large flowers heads. It has upto 40 cm long panicles, growing strictly upright on sturdy stems so the flowers never bend under heavy rainfall. They come out in mid-summer and continue blooming until the first frosts. The individual flowers appear cream w ...entire article
Pevé Satomi Compact is the latest version of pink-flowering Japanese dogwood. It is a sport of Satomi unlike which it has much more compact and denser growth. 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 tempora ...entire article
Beauty berry. Sounds like a beauty salon. The truth is the name is right because this plant, originally from China, is grown for its beautifully coloured berries. It is a mid-sized shrub with deep green, elliptic to obovate, deciduous leaves that are bronze when young. It flowers in summer with small, pale pink flowers that are followed by fruit which is the key feature of this plant. The bead-like berries are deep violet and glossy, and they look so unusual which makes you think they are an afternoon dessert from Star Trek. Profusion is the name of this variety and pro ...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
Blazing star is a popular perennial in European gardens. Floristan White makes spikes of pure white button-like flowerheads which open from the top of the inflorescence downwards and last for a long time. Linear leaves are mid green leaves are arranged in basal tufts and are very attractive even when the plant is not in flower. It needs reliably moist but well drained site with humus-rich soil and full sun. It may die in heavy soil with no drainage over winter. Check it in early summer for slugs. Fully hardy to about -29°C (USDA zone 5) without mulch and -37°C with mulch ( ...entire article
Blazing star is a popular perennial in European gardens. It makes 45-70 cm long spikes of pink button-like flowerheads which open from the top of the inflorescence downwards and last for a long time. Linear leaves are mid green leaves are arranged in basal tufts and are very attractive even when the plant is not in flower. It needs reliably moist but well drained site with humus-rich soil and full sun. It may die in heavy soil with no drainage over winter. Check it in early summer for slugs. Fully hardy to about -29°C (USDA zone 5) without mulch and -37°C with mulch (USDA zone 3b). L ...entire article
Eskimo is a jewel among viburnums. It is an evergreen or semi-evergreen, compact shrub, growing slowly about 1m tall and wide. In mid-spring it makes almost spherical corymbs of pure white, lightly scented flowers. The flowering is reliable and abundant every year. There are so many flower-heads that leaves cannot be seen. They are deep green, leathery, 7-10 cm long, ovate, and glossy. Some of them may turn red or purple in autumn and winter. In exposed areas most of them fall down, in sheltered locations the shrub remains almost evergreen. It is naturally mound-forming an ...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
Sweet pepper bush is becoming popular again in our country. It is a medium-sized shrub flowering in summer. Flowers are bell-shaped, creamy white, opening from rose buds, formed in upright racemes with pinkish stalks in July and August. They have a lovely, sweet fragrance, hence its name. Oval leaves are deciduous, mid-green, upto 10 cm long, finely serrated and look like hydrangea leaves. For dense foliage it does not like being shaded by other, smaller companion plants very near. This variety requires no trimming, just remove some of the old wood at the base in winter. Grow ...entire article
Heckenfee® is a new variety of blue holly from Germany, bred by Hans Hachmann and patented only in 2000. It is a female variety of its male form Heckenstar. This means that this cross produces berries. Outside Europe it is distributed under trade name Castle Spire™. Heckenfee® is a strictly upright growing, very hardy, evergreen shrub. The leaves are glossy, medium sized (4x2cm) and finely serrated – not prickly. Their colour is deep green, almost blue-green. Branches are violet. It needs a male pollinator to produce berries, such as ...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
“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
"Bressingham Glow" is a later variety of anemone. It is true to its name because anemos (from Greek) means wind - probably because this type flowers in the season of autumn winds. It has 60-80 cm long stalks with ox-daisy-like deep pink semi-double flowers with bright yellow centres. It starts blooming at the end of summer and continues until October. 3-palmate basal leaves are mid to dark green, sharply toothed, sparsely hairy beneath. It need moist but well-drained soil, humus-rich fertile soil that is slightly acidic. Mulching is recommended in colder areas. Does not tolerate excessive wi ...entire article
Novita is a new sensation among cherry laurels. Eventually there is a hardy variety which has benefits of the formerly more tender ones: it grows fast and big, has large leaves of a nice colour, and is surprisingly hardy for a large-leaved cherry laurel. It is a selection of Rotundifolia variety hence the resemblance. The leaves are 10-15 cm long, obovate, very glossy, soft green when young turning to deep green. It is a perfect specimen or a superb hedging pl ...entire article
Aurea variey bears huge, tropical looking, heart shaped leaves (20-25 cm large), of bright yellow-green colour. They are slightly hairy like suede, pleasant to touch. They have interesting scent similar to tobacco leaves that allegedly repels insects. Beginning of summer 20-30 cm tall upright panicles are formed with many bell-shaped, white flowers with purple and yellow marking. Seeds ripen in long brown pods that hang on the tree all winter until early spring. Just one thing has to be observed: summer mildew. When the weather is warm and wet, usually beginning of summer ...entire article
Vase-shaped flowers are very light pink and hang on red stamens in long, pendent racemes. Katsura is the darkest variety with deep burgundy red new leaves, which turn dark green in summer. It grows medium slowly, forming a compact shrub with equal height and spread. No pruning required. If you want to trim it do so after flowering which is usually end of April. Ericaceous plants require soil that is light, acidic, and constantly moist (not wet). If your garden soil is too heavy do not dig a deep hole but make a shallow and wide bed topped up with a good mixture of peat, fine ...entire article
The most popular flower forms are racemes. Golden rain is a perfect example with its long racemes of deep yellow, pea-like flowers. Vossii variety makes up to 60 cm long racemes of bright yellow flowers. Clover-like leaves are bright to mid green, 3-palmate. This medium sized shrub slowly grows about 3-5m high and a little less wide. Solitary specimens in parks can reach max. 8m. Pruning is not needed but if you wish to maintain a size or shape you can cut off unwanted branches and twigs in the middle of winter or early in the spring. It prefers less fertile soil, ...entire article
Birches are typical trees of Eastern Europe and Asia, as well as some northern regions. Himalayan birch grows slower and not as tall as white birch so you can try one in your garden, too. Doorenboos is naturally a multi-stemmed shrubby tree with thick trunks. They are highly attractive for the creamy white (on young plants) and snow white (on older plants) bark that peels off in narrow stripes. This feature can be seen in summer, too, as this birch seldom makes bottom branches with leaves so it reveals its white bark beauty. Still, young and thin branches at the bottom ...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
We are specialists in evergreen plants and offer the widest possible range of hardy, quality plants. Angustifolia is a very elegant variety of Portugal laurel. Irrespective of its origin it belongs to the hardiest evergreen plants for our climate and performs better than some large-leaved cherry laurels. It has narrower leaves than the species and brighter red stalks and new twigs. It grows moderately and very dense into a regular, pyramidal shrub. In our climate it seldom reaches 3m tall. Blossoms are numerous racemes, compound of white, sweetly scented flowers. Fru ...entire article
This Japanese dogwood has both large leaves and flowers. It flowers in June when the shrub is fully in leaf. The flowers are 6-8 cm wide, creamy white flower 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 into a wide V shape. Every dogwood likes acidic soil, rich in organic material, and always moist. Some gardeners advise planting it in semi ...entire article
Dwarf conifers are very popular in continental Europe, mostly thanks to its evergreen feature and good hardiness. Their sizes never grow over the top which makes them ideal for small-sized gardens and rock gardens, they look good as solitaires as well as in groupings. This bird’s nest spruce has very compact growth of broad-rounded habit, flat-topped with a nest-like depression in the centre. The needles are medium green with bright green new growths that are slightly ascending. It grows very slowly about 1.2m tall and 2m wide. It is soil tolerant and prefers a cooler location that does ...entire article
Cypress family belongs to old time favourites in Central Europe. This golden thread-leaf sawara cypress proves the fact. It has string-like branches that elegantly droop to the ground. It is low growing, making a compact and dense, dwarf shrub with lime green needles and golden new growths. For best colour place the plant in a sunny position. It grows moderately or slowly. It is extremely hardy and adapts well to all soil types except for water-logged, however, for best results grow it in well-drained but evenly moist, semi-fertile soil. It can be grown in outdoor pots. Hardy to abou ...entire article
St. John’s Wort belongs to the group of folk remedy herbs. This variety called Hidcote is grown for its large, showy flowers. They are deep yellow, 6 cm across, with 5 petals. Blooming period is quite long: the main flowering season is June to early July, and then it repeats flowering at the end of summer. To encourage flowering it is advised to cut back previous year’s wood to 10-20 cm. This will lead to forming many new twigs bearing flower buds. Leaves are lance shaped, dark green, to 6 cm long and are semi-evergreen. In mild winters they persist until s ...entire article
Do you like a tall tree but are afraid it would be too big for your small garden? Well, if you have enough will to prune it every one or two years you can always control its size provided it is not an ash type tree growing about 1 m every year. Thus you can enhance the look of your garden with something extraordinary such as this beautiful catalpa. Purpurea catalpa has large, nearly tropically looking leaves with an interesting scent that allegedly repels insects. They are deep burgundy red when young and dark green with purple veins during the season. In some locations the deep bur ...entire article
Teutonia is another extraordinary Japanese dogwood which, apart from its ornamental features, is valued mostly for its exquisite fruit. It is produced from small spheres, composed of tiny flowers that open from late May or early June. The showy parts are four surrounding bracts. They are broadly lance-shaped and emerge green, develop to clear creamy white, and mature to bright white with pink spots. Each bract is 6-8 cm large which makes the overall size of each inflorescence about 14-16 cm. Japanese dogwoods are ...entire article
Ninebark is a low-maintenance deciduous plant which is available in several varieties offering various leaf colours and shapes. Diabolo® is a variety with deep maroon red 3-lobed leaves, which appear early in the spring. Clusters of pink flowers are tiny but the shrub is covered with them in May. Diabolo® is an excellent, fully hardy, deciduous plant which thanks to its colour-coded leaves highlights every composition or fills a spot where you hopelessly think about putting something less demanding. It grows a little taller than its gold-leaved brother and if ...entire article
Skimmia is a very nice small shrub, often used as a groundcover. It comes from Japan and the Himalayas. It needs a shady spot or a semi-shade as it loses leaf colour and suffers from sunburn in full sun. In the spring it has clusters of tiny fragrant flowers. It needs well cultivated, permeable, acidic soil, preferably moist. It is a perfect plant under tall trees or shrubs, or along shaded paths. „Rubella“ is a male variety with larger leaves and richer blossoms, and works as a pollinator for female plants. It is very hardy if kept away from winter and spring sunburn. ...entire article
Smoke tree might have a slight problem these days when smoking outside becomes prohibited ... just joking, the alleged smoke is what flowering of this shrub looks like. It blooms from June to July and from a distance the clusters do look like purple smoke. The leaves of Royal Purple are deep burgundy. It requires no maintenance. On the other hand, we may suggest something to keep this shrub look amazing: cut last year’s twigs to half their size. Thus the branches will remain fully leafed. It has no special soil requirements, but dislikes wet or boggy soils. It grows taller than the basi ...entire article
This easy to grow shrub has many names and all of them say something about the beautiful scent of the flowers: sweetshrub, strawberry shrub, or even pineapple shrub. That’s because of the deliciously scented flowers which smell like a blend of strawberry jam and apple juice. Flowers are 3-5 cm across, with numerous strap-shaped petals. Their colour varies with soil conditions and amount of everyday sunlight: it is rich burgundy to deep purple or even crimson red. They come out in June (rarely in end May) and continue blooming in a few phases until early August. Oval ...entire article
Red Robin is a New Zealand selection of Fraser's photinia which is considered the first and also possibly the most successful Fraser's photinia variety of 20th century. After 20 years from its introduction it received the Award of Garden Merit (AGM) by the English Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) for great performance, beauty, and durability. It produces larger and glossier leaves with a more striking shade of red when they emerge. They are evergreen, 10-15 cm long, 4-8cm wide, highly glossy, dark green when mature, ...entire article
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