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18.01.2020New in catalogue
primrose (Primula vulgaris )
Primrose is one of the first plants to bloom in late winter and early summer. The species of primula vulgaris (or p.acaulis) is commonly found in part-shaded to sunny but moist meadows, and near river banks all around Europe but north parts, to Turkey. It is a long-lived evergreen perennial with elongated, obovate, rich green leaves with deep veins. The flowers are borne atop long stalks, not stems, and are pale yellow or pale pink in the wild but modern varieties and hybrids boast immense range of almost all possible colours and combinations but true blu ...entire article
16.01.2020New in catalogue
horned violet (Viola cornuta)
Those of you who remember Keeping Up Appearances must know that there were four sisters, all of them had flower names: Hyacinth (the bossy one), Daisy (the warm-hearted romantic), Rose (the bimbo past her prime), and Violet. Violet is very important because even though you don’t see much of her she is mentioned in every episode because Hyacinth never misses an opportunity to boast with her richer sister – you know – Violet has a Mercedes, swimming pool, sauna, and a room for a pony … This ...entire article
Delta F1 pansies are a large series by Syngenta Flowers offering lots of colours and flower types. You can choose just single-colour plants from the Pure category making a sophisticated one-tone bed/container, or choose two contrasting varieties using Speedy category with rays, or simply get all of them and mix them wildly in motley boxes. Just like those outside the English pubs whose windows and outdoor seating (or rather standing) areas leave me speechless whenever I see the profusion of flowers and colours in the ...entire article
Abbotswood is an older and proven variety of cinquefoil. It produces masses or 3 cm wide, snow white flowers from late May until early July, and then repeats flowering in several flushes until late August or even mid September during warm and sunny conditions of late summer. Palmately divided leaves are small, medium green to glaucous blue-green, not very showy. It grows somewhat faster compared to modern varieties, a little less than a meter tall, and in order to create a nice looking shrub don’t be afraid to t ...entire article
BELLA SOL cinquefoil makes about 2.5 cm large flowers of rich orange colour which does not fade. Blooming begins in June and continues until September. The plant differs from a similar variety Orange Tip Top by more compact, almost dwarf grow. It is still too new to estimate its ultimate site, still you can expect a mature size of about 40x50 cm. Palmately divided leaves are small, medium green, not very showy. Pruning is possible in early spring. Thanks to very little care needed and high resistance to whims of weath ...entire article
Thetis bluebeard boasts compact and strictly upright growth without arching side branches. In late summer it produces a profusion of dark violet-blue flowers. They are composed in cymes and are always occupied by bumble bees, butterflies and similar insects. They keep on blooming until mid autumn on the background of healthy foliage which is highly fragrant when touched or crushed. The leaves are deciduous, lance-shaped, coarsely toothed when they emerge and almost entire up on the stems, medium to dark green. Thanks ...entire article
Korea Dwarf is a neat and compact version of Japanese privet forming congested shrubs with evergreen foliage. The leaves are 2.5-3.5 cm long, ovate to oval, dark green, and glossy. In June appear numerous lilac-like panicles composed of small, creamy white, narrowly funnel-shaped, sweetly fragrant flowers which may be followed by typical privet berries of black colour. It grows slowly into a rounded shrub, seldom reaching one meter tall in ten years. Thanks to its compact and uniform growth it does not require any ...entire article
Globemaster allium produces possibly the largest flower heads among all ornamental onions registered so far. They are commonly 18-20 cm across, and under ideal growing conditions with plenty of fertilizing they can reach up to 28 cm. The flower heads are composed of numerous star-shaped, lilac violet flowers from early June until early July. They appear atop extremely sturdy stems that grow just about 60-80 cm tall. Strap-shaped, basal leaves are light to pale green, and die back soon after the peak flowering phase. Y ...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
Swamp azaleas are a unique species of deciduous azalea of North American origin. These azaleas offer later flowering and extremely fragrant flowers. Framigham is swamp azalea producing medium-sized, soft salmon pink flowers with golden yellow flare. They open very late, usually from late May until mid July. Their strong fragrance is notable from a distance of several meters and is lovely and sweet. Deciduous leaves are smaller than on other deciduous azaleas, broadly elliptic, and fresh green until autumn. Swamp a ...entire article
Chinese helwingia, var. chinensis, was first described by Batalin in 1893. It is a hardy species found in North Burma, West and Central China (Yunnan, Szechuan, Kansu, Kweichou, Hupeh). For me it is the most attractive one as it produces reliably evergreen leaves. They are 5-6 cm long, narrowly lanceolate, very glossy, shallowly serrated at margins, and dark green with obscure light green veins. They emerge deep purple to burgundy red which is also the colour of young twigs. It grows moderately to fast (20-40 cm p ...entire article
Spartan is a hard-to-believe variety of juniper. Precisely a Chinese juniper. What makes it so incredible? Both its colour and habit are unique and so not juniper. Fresh, emerald green shade of scale-like leaves (needles), lying flat along the stems make you want to touch the plant every time you pass it by because they are not prickly. And its robust, columnar habit may resemble Tuscan cypress with one important exception – it is absolutely hardy to some -34°C. Summing up, this handsome boy will find its place ...entire article
Striatum is a bloody cranesbill variety of UK origin. It is cultivated for its large, 3-4 cm across, pale pink flowers with conspicuous pink veins. Their colour fades as the flowers mature. They are produced in profusion from late May until early July above cute, deeply-lobed, partially glossy, deep green foliage that turns various shades of red in autumn, hence its name bloody cranesbill. 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, healt ...entire article
Subcaulescens is an ashy cranesbill subspecies whose Latin name says that is has short stems. They are only some 10-15 cm tall and hold intensely coloured, rich purple pink flowers, single flowers from late May until late July, and sparsely throughout the summer. If you look up close you will see handsome veins - burgundy red near the centre and purple pink heading outwards. The leaves are small, semi-evergreen, palmate, mid green, and deeply lobed. It differs from the species which is rather dwarf by slow spreading t ...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
Cambridge cranesbill is a garden hybrid of g.dalmaticum and g.macrorrhizum made by Helen Kiefer in 1974. Biokovo is a variety found in Croatian hills of the same name by Hans Simon from Germany. It produces salmon pink tinged, white flowers atop erect, 20 cm tall stems from mid May until July. The plant forms dense, low, compact cushions spreading by short runners. Leaves are widely palmate, distinctively lobed, medium green. Cranesbills will grow in most garden soil types except heavy clay or water-l ...entire article
Ashy cranesbill is a dwarf cranesbill species from the Pyrenees. Giuseppii a variety with striking purple pink flowers. Their veins are not as prominent as on other ashy cranesbill varieties, and form a star shape around the dark centre. They bloom from late May until late July, and sparsely throughout the summer. The leaves are evergreen, palmate, mid green, and deeply lobed. It naturally forms small, mounded cushions, and we recommend planting 3 or more plants together for better display. Ashy cranesbill is a sun ...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
18.12.2019New in catalogue
sweet bay (Magnolia virginiana)
Sweet bay is a unique magnolia species that was first described by Carl Linnaeus, founder of modern taxonomy, already in 1753. Magnolia virginiana, that was the Latin name it received, was the very first magnolia species ever listed under this name. Interestingly, the plant had already been sent from America to England more than 50 years before that, by botanist John Baptist Banister. At that time the only magnolia known was a plant that was discovered on the island of Martinique by Charles Plumiére. Its local name was ‘talauma’. Magnolia virginia ...entire article
Nikko Blue is another reliable and hardy (for zone 6) mop-head hydrangea variety. It produces large, globular inflorescences composed of small, sky blue flowers which emerge pale bluegreen to soft yellow. 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 margins. It grows moderately into a sizeable shrub which under ideal conditions may slightly ex ...entire article
Hello White® Lenten rose produces quite large, single to semi-double flowers. Its curved petals are white with some pale green hues, and burgundy red freckles and blotches at the base. Flowers come out according to weather, mostly from February until late April atop 30-35 cm tall, upright stems. Evergreen leaves are leathery, palmate, deep green, and form a compact clump. Hellebore likes heavy, evenly moist, neutral to alkaline, rich in humus soil in dappled shade or filtered sun. This hybrid will prefer at l ...entire article
WEEK END® is an improved version of an old golden bell variety Lynwood. It was bred by Alain Cadic from French Angers in 1990. It exhibits more compact growth and dense habit. Bright yellow flowers appear from early April on upright, fast growing twigs that can be pruned in any way after flowering. Deciduous leaves are lanceolate, mid-green, serrated. The bark is yellow-green to yellow-brown. It is widely soil adaptable and easy to grow. It will tolerate poor soil, and both temporary drought or flooding. Fully ...entire article
MIKADOR® is a French introduction of golden bell from 2012. It exhibits compact growth with upright, strong branches, and rich, sulphur yellow flowers. Deciduous leaves are lanceolate, mid-green, serrated. The bark is yellow-green to yellow-brown. It can be pruned almost any time from spring until early autumn. However, the best time is after flowering. This forsythia can be cut even into old wood and readily regenerates but needs no pruning at all as its shape is quite regular, forming an open V shape. It grows c ...entire article
Rosebud is an old variety of Kurume Japanese azalea bred an introduced by J.J.Chisholm in 1934. It bears unique, double flowers of soft pink colour. They look like those on Indian azaleas but are very hardy and bloom from mid May until early June. Evergreen leaves are small, elliptic, and glossy. Rosebud forms slightly irregular shrubs which benefit from pruning after flowering in order to achieve a nice shape and dense habit. The name Rosebud is chosen aptly for the similarity to a just opening rose bud. Many decades ...entire article
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 Euro ...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
GOLDEN TOWER is a slender growing variety of European elder, a sister variety of BLACK TOWER, but this time with golden foliage. Its deciduous leaves emerge bright lime green and reach a vivid yellow green or almost golden yellow shade in full sun. They are deeply incised and perfectly soften the stiff, columnar habit of the shrub. In late spring appear flattened panicles of white flowers which are followed by edible berries in late summer. Elder tolerates w ...entire article
Nottingham is an English medlar variety renowned for its rusty brown fruit of apple and pear flavour. The fruit is a little flattened at the end and about the same size as those on the species. It is edible only after the first frosts, or if picked early it should be bletted in room temperature in order to become soft and sweet. However, we recommend leaving the fruit hanging on the tree for as long as possible, obviously avoiding serious frosts. Then the flesh is soft, juicy, and sweet, and the easiest way to eat it ...entire article
Maischnee® is another Japanese azalea bred by German rhodo/azalea guru Hans Hachmann. It produces extra large, usually 7 cm across, pure white, open wide flowers late in the azalea season - commonly from late May until mid June. Profusion of flowers covers the shrub completely. The plant grows low and wide, forming dense cushions. Evergreen leaves are glossy, mid to dark green, ovate, only about 2-3 cm long. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growth ...entire article
Snowbelle is a dwarf mock orange with a profusion of snow white, sweetly fragrant, double flowers already from early June. It grows moderately into an upright and compact shrub, about 1.3m tall and wide. Deciduous leaves are narrowly ovate, 4-5 cm long, mid green. Pruning is not necessary but can be done immediately after flowering - cut back flowering branches by a half or two thirds in July when all flowers have faded. It will grow in almost any soil, extra fertilizing is not welcome. It can take urban conditions ...entire article
Stinking hellebore, stinkwort or even dungwort - these are all very charming names for a beautiful hellebore species which has the only frailty: the flowers or crushed leaves don't really smell that nice. Ok, now that we know it we won't put our noses closer, but we can leave our eyes open to perceive its other assets, can't we? Most importantly the foliage. The evergreen leaves are so delicate that very few plants can beat them. They are like deeply dissected Japanese maple leaves, with 6-9 narrow strips that are dark green, and turn purple red at the ax ...entire article
Brenelia is an elegant novelty variety of Portugal laurel from early 21st century. In appearance and use it is similar to Angustifolia variety but has larger leaves with undulated margins. The stalks and new stems are rich burgundy red not only in winter but most of the growing season. It grows moderately and very dense into a regular, pyramidal shrub. In our climate it seldom reaches 3m tall. Blossoms are numerous racemes, compound of white, sweetly scented flowers in late May and early June. Fruits are black berries ...entire article
Ima-Shojo is a Japanese azalea whose alternative name is ‚Christmas Cheer‘. Wonder why if the Japanese original says ‘virgin’ … Anyway. This variety has rich purple red flowers from early May for about 2-3 weeks. Not growing too fast, it forms a small shrub with evergreen leaves that are elliptic to oval, partly glossy, mid green and turn bronze in autumn and winter. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fe ...entire article
Mimosaceae plants are common and popular mainly in southern Europe for their high tolerance to drought as well as attractive and long lasting flowering. Even though they come from subtropical parts of the world there is one species hardy enough to be grown in our climate - silk tree. Silk tree comes from Iran and is typical for its dome-shaped crown and pink flowers over a long period in summer. They are pink, hairy spheres with nearly white centres, 3-5 cm large and with a sweet fragrance. Fern-like leaves are deep green ...entire article
Kurume azaleas are supposed to be a species of its own. Still, most of them were hybridized with other species or varieties so now they are all classified as Japanese azaleas, at least in commerce. Lysander is one of those and believe me that when once you have seen its uniqueness you will not care about its classification whatsoever and concentrate solely on its beauty. From early to late May it makes an eye-catching display of medium-sized, trumpet-like flowers with rounded petals of such an intense but at the same ...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
Blue Arrow juniper is as thin as a supermodel. This conifer has a truly slim, columnar habit and attractive blue-green to almost silvery blue colour. It is often compared to another juniper variety called Skyrocket against which it has a big advantage – Blue Arrow has shorter branches that do not bend under the weight of fresh snow. The whole plant has a typical fragrance, especially when you crush the foliage. Junipers will grow in almost any reasonably drained soil of any pH. Once established it needs no ma ...entire article
Fragrant snowbell is a large bush or a small tree which, in spite of its name, does not bear highly fragrant flowers. It is closely related to Japanese snowbell and comes from the same regions of Asia: Korea, China, and Japan. Compared with the latter, it has bigger, almost rounded leaves with a pointed tip. They are deciduous, rich green in summer and yellow in autumn. Fully leaved tree resembles eastern redbud (cercis canadensis). It produces high quantity of snow-white, bell shaped flowers, co ...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
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
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
This (large) witch alder is a special plant that originates in the USA. It is popular among collectors as well as garden designers who want to incorporate a nice and interesting shrub that is almost maintenance-free into their projects for beautiful gardens. Witch alder produces abundance of brush-like, fragrant, white flowers in terminal spikes at the ends of erect branches from about mid April. They flower for a long time, before the leaves unfold. Deciduous leaves are rounded to obovate, mid to dark green and somewhat leathery, with shallowly serrated m ...entire article
Sourwood is a rare species from North America. It looks like a fairy-tale tree as if stolen from an animated fantasy movie because it does not resemble any other plant commonly grown here. It is a slow growing small tree or a large shrub with a narrowly pyramidal growth when young, and spreading a little with age. Its deciduous leaves are elliptic to lanceolate, glossy and rich green in summer, turning brilliant red and even purple in autumn. In summer it produces abundance of urn-shaped, lily-of-the-valley-like flowers formed in 20-25 cm long pendent racemes. The flowering can last ...entire article
Scarlet crabapple is a fantastic addition to the collection of spring flowering apples and cherries. This one, however, has more than one feature to look at (just like Scarlett Johansson who may have been a reason for giving this tree its name …) Scarlet is a flowering crabapple tree with profusion of bright purple-pink flowers in mid spring. The deciduous leaves are borne during blooming. First leaves are typically ovate but from the end of spring the tree starts producing larger leaves with 3 lobes at the end of branches. They are glossy and deep burgundy red as they e ...entire article
Cranberrybush is a low shrub offering three interesting features. The first of them, obviously, is the profusion of flowers in late spring. They are almost flat panicles composed of both sterile and fertile flowers that are followed by super-attractive vivid red, glossy berries from mid-summer. They are not toxic but large quantity of unripe fruit might cause vomiting or diarrhoea. The leaves are palmate, three-lobed, 5-8 cm wide, mid green and partly glossy, changing to bright and deep red shades in autumn. The last feature is the shrub size – it keeps very compact and rather ...entire article
Bela hydrangea is a mop-head hydrangea with large, globular, blue flowers. It flowers on old wood so when trimming it in the spring make sure to keep the old framework which will produce new shoots with many flowers. The leaves are deciduous, deep green and very thick. Bela hydrangea grows slowly and remains compact. As its colour is determined by the soil acidity we strongly recommend using e.g. aluminium sulphate or fertilizers for blue hydrangeas to keep your soil at pH level of about 5. Grow it in fertile, always moist but well-drained, peaty soil. Never let the soil dry o ...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 ca ...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
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
Arabesk is an attractive variety of Japanese azalea with large, deep red flowers. They come out in profusion from mid until end May. The evergreen foliage is dark green, with some burgundy red shades in autumn and winter, changing back to green before it starts flowering. 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 shape you are going to achieve. ...entire article
Hybrid azalea Carolina is a typical item for collectors and everyone who loves multi-coloured flowers. Their centres are almost entirely purplish-pink while the margins show rich white variegation. This effect is similar to another Robin Hill variety called Conversation Piece, however, Carolina does not often revert to overall pink like Conversation Piece does. The flowers are 5-6 cm across and come out from late May until mid June in zone 6. And now, fanfare for an extraordinary feature: Carolina blooms FOR THE SEC ...entire article
Martha Hitchcock is a true sensation azalea from Glenn Dale hybrid group. This beauty bears extra large flowers that are 6 cm across, white in the throat grading to neony pink towards the margins. The flowering plant looks like a thousand of pink torches all lit up at once. It starts blooming in early June and continues for about 3 weeks. Its leaves are mid green, ovate, larger than on Japanese azaleas. They are evergreen but a large portion of foliage from inside the shrub may fall off before and during winter. It grows at medium growth rate to an airy bush. If you don ...entire article
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
I always feel a proud when describing a plant that comes from our Czech breeding. Prague viburnum is one of them and the name tells where exactly this hybrid originated in 1955. It is a cross between viburnum rhytidophyllum and viburnum utile. Prague viburnum is an evergreen shrub with lustrous, glossy, elliptic leaves that show deep veins and are softer green as opposed to its parent. They curl up a bit in winter to reduce evaporation. Small, white flowers are gathered in terminal, almost flat cymes and open in late May. Th ...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
Königstein is an old fortress near Dresden, Germany, as well as a name for this Japanese azalea. It was bred at Pillnitzer castle gardens, close to Königstein fortress. It is a slow and dense growing plant with profusion of large, 3-4 cm across, widely open, purple-violet flowers with a darker blotch just like rhododendrons have. Leaves are small, elliptic to oval, mid green in summer changing to coppery red from autumn until spring. They are reliably evergreen. Königstein azalea flowers in May and grows about 50 cm tall and 80 cm wide in 10 years. Japanese azaleas can be cli ...entire article
Bull's Eye is a favourite mountain laurel variety from times when it was difficult to get any other. This one has rich burgundy red colour on white background and white-ish buds. Flowering is abundant and reliable. It grows wider than tall, like a rhododendron. 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 s ...entire article
The prunus genus contains over 400 species which are useful and beautiful at the same time. There are cherries, plums, peaches or sloes, as well as flowering Japanese cherries, cherry laurels etc. This variety received its name for the season in which it can re-flower if the end of autumn is warm. Higan cherry has pink, semi-double flowers with pink calyxes. Give this beautiful tree time to make a decent crown to show its abundant flowering beauty every spring. Needs moist soil. ...entire article
Silvester is a Kurume hybrid of Japanese azalea. It has small, pale purple-pink fowers. These hybrids are renowned for their hardines and soil adaptibility. It flowers early, from end April until mid May. Slow grower, mound-forming. Leaves are mid to dark green, ovate, only about 2-3 cm long. In semi-shade and shade they remain on the shrub throughout winter, if placed in full sun some leaves may fall down. New leaves will then emerge after flowering. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growth rate. The s ...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
Trident maple is an attractive medium-sized tree with unusual leaves. They are three-lobed and their size, depth of lobing as well as autumn colour may vary greatly with location. The deciduous leaves are deep green and glossy, turning yellow, orange and bright red in autumn. They change colours later than other maples and last longer, often until winter. Branches on young trees are usually upright, later spreading forming a wide crown. Although this tree can reach some 7 meters in maturity it grows slowly and its size can easily be maintained by pruning at the end of winter. Tha ...entire article
Amoena is a Japanese azalea with small to mid-sized, bright, deep fuchsia pink flowers, hose in hose, that totall cover the plant when in full bloom. They come out in mid May and continue until early June. Thanks to their bright colour it will light up the daker corners of your garden. Leaves are mid to dark green, ovate, only about 2-3 cm long. In semi-shade and shade they remain on the shrub throughout winter, if placed in full sun some leaves may fall down. New leaves will then emerge after flowering. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If s ...entire article
Golden bell is one of the earliest blooming shrubs in Central European spring. Though considered one of the most usual, perhaps boring and omnipresent shrubs, once it puts up its millions of vivid yellow flowers it cheers up many tired faces. Forsythia x intermedia is a hybrid between F. suspensa x F. viridissima. Goldraush is a novelty from Germany bearing extra large flowers of golden yellow colour. They come out a little later than on usual forsythia and last a bit longer. Another advantage is its ability to bloom profusely on one-year old wood. It flowers as ...entire article
Flowering currant is one of the most beautiful and easy-to-grow plants with early spring flowering. The flowers are formed in short, pending racemes. Their colour is bright pinkish-red and they come out gradually for about 3 weeks as the racemes grow. Deciduous leaves are palmate, lobed, mid green and turn yellow, orange and pink in autumn. Fruits are small berries that are edible but not very tasteful. We recommend pruning it annually after flowering. Cut back established plants by about one fourth, young plants to about one fourth of its size or 3 strong buds. It flowers on last y ...entire article
Ombrella® belongs to the hardy group. It was a chance selection from France which was observed and cultivated, and later on patented under the name Boubri. It differs from the species by darker leaves and deeply coloured flowers. Exotic looking flowers are pinky-red, hairy spheres with yellowish centres, 3-5 cm large and with a sweet fragrance. Fern-like leaves are deep green, compound. They close for the night and re-open in the morning, just like mimosa when touched. It is a medium-sized tree with irregular, flat or umbrella-shaped, spreading crown. It needs warm, neutral to ...entire article
Latin name enkianthus was made up from two Greek words although this deciduous shrub originates in Japan. It belongs to the heath family and also fits in there perfectly. No other rhododendron or azalea has its structure. Its main stems are always fully vertical with tops of small, alternate leaves. At the end of spring, underneath the small umbrella of leaves hang lovely, creamy coloured, bell-shaped flowers with conspicuous red veins. Deadheading spent flowers should increase the number of flowers on young plants, however, we have never done it and our shrubs are beautiful and abundantly ...entire article
Stewartstonian is becoming the most sought-after evergreen azalea with red flowers. The red is soft, almost orangey red, as far as we can talk about orange in Japanese azaleas. It grows slowly and forms a fairly compact shrub that does not need to be pruned. Slightly glossy leaves are ovate, small, and dark green in spring and summer, changing to mahogany brown or burgundy red in autumn and winter. Its winter leave persistence is excellent not only in semi-shade and shade, it loses only a few portion of leaves in full sun. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early ...entire article
Purple Splendor is an old favourite with medium-sized, bright purple flowers with burgundy blotching and wavy margins of the petals. It belongs to the Gable hybrid group which means that its flowers appear later than on other Japanese azaleas – from end May until early June. It grows moderately fast into a low, almost ground-covering shrub with conspicuous layers. Its evergreen leaves are small, mid green, elliptic, and are quite reliable as far as winter persistence even if grown in sun, provided good soil conditions. They turn coppery orange and red before winter and chan ...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
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
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
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
Blaauw’s Pink has attractive, salmon pink small flowers with slightly darker throat. It has irregular growth and belongs to mid-sized azalea. Leaves are mid to dark green, ovate, only about 2-3 cm long. In semi-shade and shade they remain on the shrub throughout winter, if placed in full sun it might lose a great portion of them. New leaves will then emerge after flowering. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growth rate. The size of new branches would get out hand and spoil the shape you are going to achie ...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
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
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
Mock orange is a reliable and absolutely maintenance-free shrub of old European gardens. It is popular for its snow white flowers, in case of this variety they are double, which come out in early or mid summer. They release a heavy fragrance that can hardly be mistaken for anything else. It flowers profusely every year. Deciduous leaves are about 8 cm long, bright to deep green, ovate. As it is a vigorously growing shrub you can keep it compact by trimming it after flowering. Fully hardy. ...entire article
Blue Maid® is a female variety of blue holly. It produces abundance of tiny, white flowers in spring that are followed by attractive berries in autumn. They are bright red and glossy, and remain on the plant until the birds find them in winter. Once they do they will eat them all. In order to produce fruit Blue Maid® needs a male pollinator, preferably from blue holly range such as Blue Prince®, ...entire article
We like offering less usual plants which are beautiful and fully hardy at the same time (we are in zone 6). This Japanese snowbell is one of them. It is a graceful, spreading, deciduous tree with almost horizontal branches that form nearly a flat canopy when mature. Its main attraction are undoubtedly the numerous flowers that are borne along the undersides of the branches in June. They are snow white, bell-shaped, and hang on short stalks underneath the leaved branches. Leaves are glossy, ovate to elliptic, mid to dark green, turning yellow or red in autumn. Grow it as a specim ...entire article
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
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
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
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
Fortune's osmanthus is a cross between o.heterophyllus (small, very spiny leaves) and o.fragrans (large, entire leaves). It was first brought from Japan to Europe to Holland Philipp Franz von Siebold in 1856. Over the years its name has developed from osmanthus aquifolium to o.aquifolium var.latifoius to currently accepted and preferred name osmanthus x fortunei in honour of Scottish botanist Robert Fortune, and including the "x" making sure it is a hybrid. Fortune's osmanthus is a mid sized shrub or a small multistemmed tree with leathery, very stiff, d ...entire article
Want a fast grower to fill up an unattractive or empty space in the garden? Go for this one, leatherleaf viburnum will do the job fairly quickly. It has very showy leathery leaves with deep structure of veins. We suggest to control the size and shape by pruning/trimming in late spring to reach a desirable density. White flowers pop up in May and if pollinated they are followed by very ornamental orange-red fruits, which, if not relished by your local feathery air squadron as a Christmas dinner dessert, they will last until the spring. Will thrive in limestone soils. ...entire article
Spring in the garden is announced by flowering Japanese cherries. Amanogawa is a fantastic variety with narrowly columnar growth. In early spring it produces masses of double or semi-double, light pink flowers that may turn to clear white later. Young leaves are bronze, changing to green in summer, and yellow with purple veins in the autumn. It never spreads to sides which makes it ideal for even the smallest of gardens. Being an early bloomer we suggest placing it in front of evergreen shrubs and trees that will provide a solid green background. When planting it, make ...entire article
Maigrün is a German variety of box honeysuckle valued for its unbeatable bright green, evergreen leaves that are a little larger than those on the species. The plant exhibits a more compact growth with arching branches that may resemble fern fronds. Leaves are very glossy and their colour remains bright green even in winter. In early spring appears a profusion of small, creamy white to pale yellow flowers that may be followed by small berries (non toxic). It grows fast and can be grown as a low border or hedge, or cli ...entire article
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