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Hellebores are variable perennials which can be crossed easily with pollen transfer and new seedlings bear new features. Double Ellen® series comprises of many named and described varieties and since new plants are developed constantly lacking a name yet, we offer them sorted by flower colour and characteristics. All of them are semi-double or fully double, some are dwarf, and bloom according to weather, mostly from February until late April atop 20-40 cm tall, upright stems. Evergreen leaves are leathery, palmat ...entire article
Double Ellen® Pink Spotted is another freckled hellebore with pale pink petals and burgundy red dots on semi-double flowers. Flowers come out according to weather, mostly from February until late April atop 30-35 cm tall, upright stems. Evergreen leaves are leathery, palmate, and 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 least half a day with direct sunlight. Fertilizing will in ...entire article
Double Ellen® White Spotted is a hellebore for those who prefer calm colour combinations. Its semi-double flowers are snow white with burgundy red dots. Flowers come out according to weather, mostly from February until late April atop 30-35 cm tall, upright stems. Evergreen leaves are leathery, palmate, and 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 least half a day with direct s ...entire article
Double Ellen® Flash is one of the darkest hellebore varieties in the series. Its flowers are deep burgundy red and mature to pale purple with dark margins. The centre is decorated with numerous white stamens. Flowers come out according to weather, mostly from February until late April atop 30-35 cm tall, upright stems. Evergreen leaves are leathery, palmate, and 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. T ...entire article
Double Ellen® Picotee is a gentle hellebore variety with pale pink to almost white, semi-double flowers with rich burgundy red margins. Flowers come out according to weather, mostly from February until late April atop 30-35 cm tall, upright stems. Evergreen leaves are leathery, palmate, and 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 least half a day with direct sunlight. Fertiliz ...entire article
Pink Sensation is quite untypical variety of Japanese snowball. It was selected and in 1953 introduced by Carl Kern from Wyoming Nursery in Ohio, USA, which is why it can also be found under one of its many alternative names Kern’s Pink. Pink Sensation is a sensational Japanese snowball variety because of its unique pink-flushed flowers that are not composed in flat inflorescence but rounded. They emerge pale lime green, quic ...entire article
Pink Icicle is a showy, large-flowered hybrid camellia bred by dr. Ackermann from the United States National Arboretum. Its semi-double, soft pink flowers are 11 cm across, and open in April for 6-8 weeks. Leaves are evergreen, obovate, gently serrated at margins, deep green, and glossy. It grows fast into an upright shrub reaching about 2.5m in maturity. Its size can easily be controlled by pruning after flowering. Cultivation Camellias need similar planting like rhododendrons - once you plant th ...entire article
Kimberley is another old Japanese camellia variety from early 20th century, and awarded AGM by RHS in 1934. It produces beautiful, cup-shaped, rich scarlet red blossoms with a crown of yellow stamens. Flowering begins in April and continues for 6-8 weeks. Leaves are evergreen, narrowly obovate, gently serrated at margins, deep green, and glossy. Kimberley grows moderately into a strong, upright, and dense shrub almost 3m tall, under ideal growing conditions of zone 7 yet a little over. Its size can easily be controlle ...entire article
Robert is a beautiful, profusely flowering witch hazel that was selected in Hemelrijk Arboretum in Belgium, and named after Robert de Belder in 1998. Fringe-like flowers are rich golden orange and come out very early, already in January if the winter is mild, and continue blooming for about 8 weeks. They are very fragrant, releasing a strong, sweet and spicy perfume on a sunny day. Another thing makes witch hazels very attractive – autumn foliage colour. The leaves are similar to hazel, rounded but larger a ...entire article
Hagoromo is a very old Japanese camellia variety from Japan from 17th century. After its introduction to Italy in 1886 it was renamed to Magnoliaeflora because of the similarity to star- or lotus-shaped magnolia flowers. They are semi-double, hose-in-house type, creamy white to very pale pink, 8-10 cm across, and open among the earliest Japanese varieties already in March (in cold CE climate) if the weather is warm. Its buds are very frost resistant and also the flowers can ta ...entire article
28.02.2019New in catalogue
hardy camellia (Camellia hiemalis)
The origin of Camellia hiemalis is unknown, however, rather than a separate species it is believed to be a natural hybrid between spring flowering c.japonica and autumn flowering c.sasanqua. It has been crossed, selected, and propagated for such a long time that no one bothers to insist of the “x” for a hybrid in its name. It makes small, yet very pretty flowers of rich purple pink colour with numerous yellow stamens in the centre. After a long and warm summer they may come out from early winter if there i ...entire article
April Remembered is a large-flowered spring camellia from the April series bred by dr. Clifford Parks. It is a cross between Dr. Tinsley and Berenice Boddy from 1993. It produces 10-11 cm large, semi double flowers of gentle, powder pink colour with creamy centres that are decorated with a small crown or bright yellow anthers . They come out for an extremely long period from early April for almost 3 months until the shrub has flower buds. Leaves are evergreen, broadly elliptic, gently serrated at margins, deep gree ...entire article
April Kiss is a spring flowering, one of the top demanded camellias from the April series bred by dr. Clifford Parks. It is a cross between Berenice Boddy and Reg Ragland from 1995. It produces 6-7 cm large, fully double flowers of exquisite salmon pink colour. They come out from early April for 6-8 weeks, until the shrub has flower buds and there are many of them already from early age - we counted 18 flower buds on a 2-year-old plant. Leaves are evergreen, broadly elliptic, gently serrated at margins, deep green, ...entire article
April Blush is a spring flowering camellia from the April series bred by dr. Clifford Parks. It produces 6-8 cm large, semi double flowers that are near white with a very pale tone of pink. They come out from early April for 6-8 weeks, until the shrub has flower buds. Leaves are evergreen, broadly elliptic, gently serrated at margins, deep green, and glossy. It forms a many-branched, spreading shrub with arching branches. Pruning is possible in spring after flowering. Cultivation Camellias need ...entire article
Winter’s Joy is an autumn flowering camellia from the Winter series bred by dr. Ackerman. It can start as early as in October, producing flowers until the first frost, and if it has more buds and the winter is mild it finishes flowering in late winter. Flowers are semi-double, 6-8 cm across, rich pink, and slightly fragrant. Leaves are evergreen, broadly elliptic, gently serrated at margins, deep green, and glossy. It forms a many-branched, upright shrub of non-symmetrical habit with some arching branches. P ...entire article
Winter’s Fire is a late flowering camellia from the Winter series bred by dr. Ackerman. Though, the truth is that if the plant is not ready to show its assets in autumn it will keep its flower buds for late winter and early spring and starts blooming then. It produces large, up to 10 cm wide, medium to dark pink, single flowers with yellow stamens in the centre. They have a medium strong, spicy fragrance. Blooming lasts for 6-8 weeks. Leaves are evergreen, broadly elliptic, gently serrated at margins, deep gr ...entire article
Pelt's Blue, or Van Pelt's Blue is a German selection of Lawson cypress bred by Hinrich Kordes Nursery and introduced in 1984. It is an improved version of a very successful variety Columnaris (Glauca) with equal habit and growing requirements, but a more prominent blue shade. In summer its scale-like needles are blue-green, and in winter, when chlorophyll has hidden in the roots, its needles shine with cool, steel blue tones. It grows moderately into a dense, narrowly pyramidal or columnar, dense sh ...entire article
Ellwood's Empire is a natural mutation of an old and proved Ellwoodii Lawson cypress. Its scale-like needles are medium green with blue-green hues, and in spring its tips emerge bright lime-green or almost yellow-green which makes the whole shrub look very fresh and bright. It grows rather slowly into a narrowly pyramidal or columnar, dense shrub. It requires no care or pruning but can be pruned in early spring or shaped/sheared in midsummer. Don't cut into ...entire article
Eroica is a bergenia variety with rich purple pink flowers. They are campanulate, born in clusters, and open atop red flushed, 35-40 cm tall stems. The evergreen leaves are broadly heart-shaped, almost rounded, medium green with bronze and red shades in autumn and winter. Blooming begins in mid April and continues for 4-6 weeks. Bergenia is a spreading, ground covering perennial with tough rhizomes. It likes moist but well-drained soil, rich in humus but will grow in almost any soil. Growing it in full sun will gu ...entire article
POLAR PASSION® is a lily-of-the-valley shrub with dark purple pink flowers in dense racemes. Individual flowers are urn-shaped, slightly fragrant, and come out from late March for 6-8 weeks. Evergreen leaves are narrowly lance-shaped, dark green with white variegation, and emerge dark pink in late April and again in midsummer. It is a slow grower and makes mounding shrubs which can be pruned after flowering or in early summer. Its coloured foliage and flowers as well as good hardiness make pieris a great cho ...entire article
Double Ellen® Pink is a variable beauty among double flowering Lenten roses. The flowers emerge very pale pink or almost white with richer pink marbling, highlights or dotting, and mature to more uniform, darker pastel pink background on which the purple pink freckles are a dominant feature. Flowers come out according to weather, mostly from February until late April atop 30-35 cm tall, upright stems. Evergreen leaves are leathery, palmate, and deep green and form a compact clump. Hellebore likes heavy, evenl ...entire article
Double Ellen® White is an exquisite Lenten rose variety with white, double flowers. Their petals are slightly undulated, and the largest ones are decorated with less conspicuous lime green freckles, yet the overall appearance remains pure like fresh snow. Flowers come out according to weather, mostly from February until late April atop 30-35 cm tall, upright stems. Evergreen leaves are leathery, palmate, and deep green and form a compact clump. Hellebore likes heavy, evenly moist, neutral to alkaline, rich i ...entire article
Double Ellen® Red is a double flowering Lenten rose with 3 rows of almost rounded, dark burgundy red petals decorated with white marbling at margins. Flowers come out according to weather, mostly from February until late April atop 30-35 cm tall, upright stems. Evergreen leaves are leathery, palmate, and 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 least half a day with direct sunl ...entire article
12.02.2019EVERGREEN HEDGES SPRING 2019
We have an exciting new offer to pre-order plants for evergreen hedges for spring 2019. The best of the common types, a lot of less usual species, and as a bonus something very ambitious :-)

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Red Tip is a valued podocarp variety with dark green, glossy needles which emerge deep burgundy red in spring. They are evergreen and only 1-2 cm long. The plant is mound-forming and quite compact yet we recommend midsummer pruning/trimming in order to achieve a nice habit. In colder Europe it will not exceed 50 cm tall and one meter wide, and such size can be expected in 40-50 years. Female plants, if pollinated by pollen from male plants, produce small, rounded, red berries which resemble yew fruit, and in spite of ...entire article
Rosi Klose is an early bergenia variety with soft pink flowers. The evergreen leaves are medium green with some wine red shades in autumn and winter. Blooming begins in early April and continues for 4-6 weeks. Flower buds are born atop 30-40 cm tall, crimson red stems, they are campanulate and nodding first, rising up their heads later as the flowers open wide. Bergenia is a spreading, ground covering perennial with tough rhizomes. It likes moist but well-drained soil, rich in humus but will grow in almost any soi ...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
Ellwoodii is a useful and sought-after variety of Lawson cypress with blue-green to steal-blue foliage. It is a slow growing, evergreen conifer of very dense growth and columnar habit. It keeps its perfect shape of a fat pillar without a single cut and forms multiple tips at the top which makes it look rather attractive especially among single-leader plants. It requires no care or pruning. False cypress prefers moist but well-drained, slightly acidic soil but is adaptable to almost all types of soil. It can be pru ...entire article
Mr.Bowling Ball is a funny name for a unique arborvitae variety. It is a dwarf, cushion-forming, evergreen conifer with medium green, thread-like, lacy foliage. In winter it gains reddish-purple shade on insolated parts. It grows rather slowly and looks like cryptomeria Globosa Nana, however, Mr.Bowling Ball is much hardier and can therefore be used for growing in outdoor pots. Its spherical shape is natural but for a clean ball shape we suggest trimming it regularly either in early spring or in midsummer. It ...entire article
Snow White is a mistress of 7 dwarfs but where are they? Perhaps at Oregon State University that bred a whole range of those dwarf or compact Lawson cypress varieties in 1980’s called The Guardian® Series. Snow White is a picturesque Lawson cypress selection with mid green or almost blue green colour and small, creamy white new growths that make it look as if covered with stardust. The leaves are tiny and the branches are so ...entire article
Draht is another jewel of Hinoki cypress. It was bred in Germany nurseries of G.J.Draht in 1960’s and received the same name Draht which means „wire“. Funnily enough it is very apposite because this cypress makes short scale-like needles, composed along twisted wire-like branches. The needles are evergreen, rich emerald green in summer and a little lighter with bronze hues in winter. It grows slowly, yet surprisingly to about 2-3m in full maturity (20-25 year ...entire article
Corsican hellebore is a special plant with deeply toothed margins on light green, leathery leaves. They are evergreen but in regions with cold and long winters they may die back in mid-winter and only flower stems rise up from January till March producing yellow-green flowers. This hellebore is the tallest of the species growing up to 1.5m in Corsica and Sardinia. In our climate it makes it just above knee level. Grow it on a place sheltered from all winter sun and most summer sunlight. Hellebore likes heavy, evenly moist, neutral to alkaline soil in dapp ...entire article
Corallinum is a unique variety of Japanese maple that is often mistaken for Sangokaku variety which also has coral pink new leaves but exhibits an entirely different habit. To be honest, we also had troubles getting the variety right in the past but now we have one supplier who has the true mother plant that guarantees all new babies to be the same correct clone. Corallinum Japanese maple...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
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
Blue Ice is a variety of bog rosemary with bright silvery blue leaves. They are linear-lance-shaped, 2-3 cm long. Urn-shaped flowers appear from mid spring until early summer and are light pink. It is a slow growing, mound-forming or ground-covering. It loves moist to wet places with humus-rich, cool, and acidic soil. Grow it in constant moisture or even a boggy location in full sun or partial shade. It needs to be mulched as drying out quickly ends up in losing leaves along the stems. Pest and disease free. Extremely hardy to -45°C but dislikes heat over 40°C. Last ...entire article
Cypress trees and shrubs are very popular for their variable shapes, leaf types and colours. Variety Columnaris has blue needles and compact shape. It does not grow wider than 1m which makes it ideal for hedges that are only trimmed at the top. Mature plants can reach 6-8m in many decades, they are usually kept smaller by regular trimming that is best done in April. Medium growth rate. It prefers moist, slightly acidic soil but is adaptable to almost all types of soil. Fully hardy to -28°C (USDA zone 5). Last update 10-01-2008 ...entire article
Cypress trees trees and shrubs are very popular for their variable shapes, leaf types and colours. Ivonne variety (or sometimes spelled Yvonne) has almost flat, soft needles of bright greeny-yellow colour from spring to summer, changing to golden-yellow in winter. It grows medium fast into a columnar shape when young, slightly wider at the base with age. It is very hardy, but still we recommend planting coloured varieties in sheltered locations if you live in mountainous regions so that the cypress is protected from the worst winds. All plants will survive but might lo ...entire article
Lords-and-ladies is an old favourite among tuberous plants. And as you can tell by the Latin name, it does not come from Bangladesh though it looks rather exotic. The arrow-shaped leaves are very attractive, marbled green with conspicuous creamy white or yellowish veins. They are popular for flower bouquets. New leaves rise in early autumn in the first phase, and overwinter until the following year. The second phase of new leaves comes in early spring. They die out in mid summer when the plant uses its strength for making berries. If you like this plant for its luxurious leaves, grow ...entire article
24.02.2019New stock
Korean fir (Abies koreana)
One of the most popular conifers for small and mid-sized gardens is this Korean fir. It has short, glossy, dark green needles that are silver on the reverse. Already as a young plant it produces very attractive bluish-purple cones. It is slow growing, the tree shape is very regular, pyramidal, no need for clipping. It does best in full sun and slightly acidic, moist soil, it dislikes wet feet. Wind tolerant. Usual height of plants grown from selected seeds from nurseries is 3-4m. In full maturity, given enough space and time, it can grow twice as tall and ...entire article
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