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Camellia sasanqua - flowering queen of autumn13.11.2022
Camellias are evergreen shrubs with beautiful, dark green, glossy leaves that, in Japan, were cultivated primarily for their utility - the leaves of some species were used to make tea (camellia sinensis - true tea) and others were used to produce all-purpose oil (camellia oleifera). Both tea and oil were also made from c. sasanqua. And I haven't mentioned the most important thing yet - they are beautiful flowering shrubs blooming either in spring (c. japonica and its hybrids) or in autumn and winter (c. sasanqua and its hybrids).

Camellias come from the subtropical and tropical climates of Asia, from where they were able to spread to milder zones with slightly cooler climate. They did not reach Europe until the beginning of the 18th century, and thanks to Dutch merchants they became a luxury item for castle gardens and wealthy manors which could afford them in respect of both the price and the location - the original species did not tolerate temperatures below -15 C. Now you can find the largest specimens growing in the gardens of Great Britain, Spain, southern France, Italy, and the Netherlands.

Life sometimes has a strange sense of irony. What’s negative for one can turn to a positive thing for others: during severe winters in the USA between 1976 and 1978 thousands of even mature camellia specimens died because they could not withstand sudden and repeated temperature drops below -20 C. While some considered nature too cruel, a couple of botanists spotted a few camellias which against all odds survived and continued growing and flowering. Those were used for further examination and hybridization with the aim of obtaining new and hardier varieties. The renowned pioneers were Dr. William Ackerman of Maryland and Dr. Clifford Parks of North Carolina. Others followed and now we already have a rich palette of reasonably hardy camellias which bloom not only in spring but also in autumn and those are the subject of today’s post.
Camellia sasanqua - flowering queen of autumn13.11.2022
Camellia sasanqua - flowering queen of autumn13.11.2022
To set the record straight at the outset, not all fall-blooming camellias belong to the c. sasanqua species, but they are guaranteed to have at least one parent with its genes. Autumn camellias are generally considered a more reliable choice for colder climates because if severe frosts come and the bushes suffer from winter damage, they will reliably regenerate and produce buds during the growing season so they will always bloom. Or almost always. I know of only 2 circumstances that can endanger them: a cold summer which will not guarantee maturation of flower buds and/or a cold beginning of autumn, perhaps also with too early frosts that will prevent the buds from opening.

But such a concurrence of negatives happens very rarely. That is why we can enjoy those beautiful flowers on lush bushes even at a time when most of the garden is already becoming dormant. On the other hand, in exceptionally warm years when summer and autumn are sunny and hot, some varieties can commence blooming as early as September and, depending on the plant age and the number of buds, continue until Christmas competing with the beauty of winter hellebores. Moreover, some autumn varieties and the vast majority of those from the c. sasanqua species are fragrant which a real bonus, do you agree? 😊
Camellia sasanqua - flowering queen of autumn13.11.2022
No matter where you have seen camellias on your journeys around the world, you have to know that their cultivation in USDA zone 6 has its own conditions, which are crucial for their survival, if you want to grow them in the ground and not just in a container which needs to be moved indoors for winter. They require a location protected from winter sunlight and wind that could harm their flower buds and burn leaves. They need acidic, moderately deep and moist soil that never remains wet, their roots might be attacked by fungi diseases in waterlogged ground. Make sure to use mycorrhizae (soil fungi), which is a godsend for this type of plant. Keep them mulched all year round. Once your camellia establishes it turns out to be the easiest and surprisingly fast-growing plant asking no maintenance. Only in dry spells watering is recommended. Pruning is possible immediately after flowering but wait until spring with autumn-blooming varieties.

View our camellia varieties here and choose your favourite or favourites - a combination of, for example, 3 shrubs where each has a different colour, habit or flowering time will definitely look great. Here is a gallery of those that are currently blooming or will bloom in the spring.
Camellia sasanqua - flowering queen of autumn13.11.2022
Winter's Hope
Camellia sasanqua - flowering queen of autumn13.11.2022
Winter's Fire
Camellia sasanqua - flowering queen of autumn13.11.2022
Winter's Interlude
Camellia sasanqua - flowering queen of autumn13.11.2022
Winter's Sunset
Camellia sasanqua - flowering queen of autumn13.11.2022
Showa-no-sakae
Camellia sasanqua - flowering queen of autumn13.11.2022
Adeyaka
Camellia sasanqua - flowering queen of autumn13.11.2022
April Dawn
Camellia sasanqua - flowering queen of autumn13.11.2022
c. hiemalis
Camellia sasanqua - flowering queen of autumn13.11.2022
April Blush
Camellia sasanqua - flowering queen of autumn13.11.2022
Black Lace
Camellia sasanqua - flowering queen of autumn13.11.2022
Betty Sette
Camellia sasanqua - flowering queen of autumn13.11.2022
Fire and Ice
Camellia sasanqua - flowering queen of autumn13.11.2022
Lady Vansittart
Camellia sasanqua - flowering queen of autumn13.11.2022
Ice Follies
Camellia sasanqua - flowering queen of autumn13.11.2022
Shintsukasa-nishiki
Camellia sasanqua - flowering queen of autumn13.11.2022
Kuro Delight
November sale01.11.2022
November sale is here with the highest discount possible - 20%. Applicable on all plants in stock, not applicable on goods to order or those that will arrive in spring. Goods have to be paid for immediately or within 3 days if paid by transfer. All plants have to be collected within one week from the date of purchase but latest November 30. Not applicable for gift vouchers. For all conditions visit our Sales and discounts page.
Captivating beauty of autumn stonecrop16.10.2022
Captivating beauty of autumn stonecrop16.10.2022
Matrona
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Captivating beauty of autumn stonecrop16.10.2022
Neon
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Globe Yellow
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Globe Yellow
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Class Act
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Crystal Pink
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Crystal Pink
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Globe Purple
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Lidakense
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Lidakense
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Mojave Jewels Ruby
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Red Cauli
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Iceberg
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Red Sparkle
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Red Sparkle
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Brillant
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Captivating beauty of autumn stonecrop16.10.2022
Stardust
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Stardust
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SUNSPARKLER® Dazzleberry
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Munstead Dark Red
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Munstead Dark Red
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SEDUCTION® Green White
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SEDUCTION® Green White
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Little Red
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Xenox
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Xenox
Autumn perfumes09.10.2022
I'm so excited, I'll tell you why in a minute. And how are you? The weather has improved and the landscape is wearing a lot of colors with many autumn floral designs. During this period what I enjoy most is the fragrance. That's right - there are a number of unusual flowers with scented blooms in autumn. Most of our regular customers know them already, but for many of you who are new here here is a guide to them.

That's what I'm so excited about. I walk around the garden stiffing here and there and feel happy. Happy as a bee, literally, because these flowers provide plenty of bee-food late in the season.

Today's first perfume is released by a shrub called sweet olive. Its definition says that it is an evergreen shrub for zones 8 and higher, i.e., it cannot withstand less than -12 C. There must be a mistake somewhere because I've had it for a few years now and it survived -17 C. But time will tell. For now it is still in our trial garden in the testing phase but imagine what if it could cope with our zone 6 winters. I am thrilled to see what the future brings.

Its Latin name is osmanthus fragrans var. auranticus and, unlike most other osmathus, its evergreen leaves are entire - without spines, and in autumn it is flooded with deep orange flowers that smell like sweet oranges and tangerines. A true gem.
Autumn perfumes09.10.2022
Autumn perfumes09.10.2022
These are its new leaves.
Autumn perfumes09.10.2022
You may recall its close relative, osmanthus fragrans var. dentatus whose new leaves are similarly coppery orange.
Autumn perfumes09.10.2022
And of course it has scented flowers as well. Here it is a blend of sweet lemon and lilly-of-the-valley.
Autumn perfumes09.10.2022
As for these super-scented flowers, don't be surprised if you don't spot them right away. In most cases, they are miniature. But their fragrance is worth a thousand lilies. Or ... maybe not a thousand, but a hundred for sure 😊 Sometimes you have to look the twigs "under the skirt" to see them. On a sunny and warm autumn day without wind you can smell their perfume from a few meters. Otherwise you will need to push your snut right through the leaves. Soooo, that's it! What a perfume, huh?

These flowerlets belong to a hybrid sweet olive called osmanthus x fortunei.
Autumn perfumes09.10.2022
This shrub has prickly leaves but very glossy and truly handsome.
Autumn perfumes09.10.2022
Autumn perfumes09.10.2022
Mexican mock orange blooms profusely for the first time in May. But some varieties re-bloom from late summer through autum, such as White Dazzler. The perfume is a mixture of orange blossom and woodland violets.
Autumn perfumes09.10.2022
Oh, have I said that all of today's plants are evergreen? Ok, here is the extra benefit - apart from highly scented flowers they don't lose their beautiful foliage! This beauty is right in front of my office windows so I can see it everytime I am writing something to you. Brilliant inspiration 😊
Autumn perfumes09.10.2022
This is what White Dazzler looks like in May. Isn't it intense!
Autumn perfumes09.10.2022
Evergreen silverthorn belongs among the most important fragrant shrubs of autumn. Each customer turns his head smelling something sweet passing it by. Their perfume is a blend of sweet pinks and ripe pears. Apart from the species they have colourful foliage. This is Gilt Edge.
Autumn perfumes09.10.2022
Autumn perfumes09.10.2022
Compacta is sivery-green like olive leaves.
Autumn perfumes09.10.2022
Autumn perfumes09.10.2022
Lemon Ice has deep yellow and green leaves.
Autumn perfumes09.10.2022
Autumn perfumes09.10.2022
Maryline foliage are banana yellow.
Autumn perfumes09.10.2022
Autumn perfumes09.10.2022
This is the species with large, green leaves only, most vigorous of all evergreen silverthorns, ideal for screening.
Autumn perfumes09.10.2022
Autumn perfumes09.10.2022
And the very end of today's show there is one rare species of a plant you may know: evergreen daphne tangutica. It blooms all season long and yet today it has a few tiny fragrant flower.
Autumn perfumes09.10.2022
Autumn perfumes09.10.2022
Ok, one last piece - osmanthus heterophyllus. But this is the very last one for sure today :-)
Autumn perfumes09.10.2022
Indian summer01.10.2022
Have you heard the news? Indian summer is bound to come within a couple of days with temperatures rising up to 20C or even slightly over. After a herendously cold September we do deserve a warm up.

And since there was a lot of rain the gardens are moist and ready for planting. Why don't you get to gardening this weekend or the next planting new plants that will cheer up your October days! And we have plenty of new beauties for you again :-) What do you think about the heather?
Indian summer01.10.2022
Indian summer01.10.2022
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STEPHI caryopteris
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Tribute to roses28.08.2022
Have you ever wondered how we would perceive the world if we didn't live on the surface of this planet with so much light? And that the beauty (and, paradoxically, the ugliness, too) of everything that surrounds us is determined by the amount of light falling onto (and reflecting from) the objects of our attention? Sure, we all know it from elementary school physics. But seriously - have you ever realized that only thanks to the sun and its light we can see all the beauty in our gardens?

Truly, there wasn't much sun today. Yet there was a calm low light which made flowers look differently. Sometimes deeper in colour and raindrops on their petals made them look rather poetic. Now roses are taking on its last breath and begin their ultimate show for the end of the blooming season. I spent quite some time looking closely at their fragrant centres, trying to count the petals just for fun, and differentiate various shades of one colour. Just one example – do you know how many pinks exist? A lot! If you want, come and look at some of them and count for yourself 😊
Tribute to roses28.08.2022
Abracadabra
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Ashram
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Augusta Luise
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Bajazzo
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Baronne de Rotschild
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Black Baccara
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Candlelight
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Carmen Wrth
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Crown Princess Margaretta
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Emilien Guillot
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Europeana
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Gertrude Jekyll
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Ghita
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Golden Showers
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Grfin Diana
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Jubile du Prince de Monaco
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Lambada
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Nostalgie
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Orangerie
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Palais Biron
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Pierre Cardin
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Schloss Eutin
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Rhapsody In Blue
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Winchester Cathedral
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Young Lycidas

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