Winter’s Star is an autumn flowering camellia from the Winter series bred by dr.Ackerman in 1988. It produces stunning, large, single flowers of pure pink colour. The colour is darker as the flowers emerge, and gets paler as they mature. They have a pale, spicy fragrance, and can reach up to 12 cm in diameter. The centre is decorated with plenty of vibrant yellow stamens just like many camellia sasangua hybrids. Blooming begins in late summer, we encountered first flower ...entire article
Herhaim is a breathtaking German variety of Japanese maple with cheerful colours. It is best renowned for its bright red and glossy branches which keep their colour all year round. In spring emerge deciduous, deeply palmate but not dissected, bright yellow-green leaves with rosy margins which mature to richer green shade that does not get dark but remains fresh until autumn when they turn vibrant shades in the best show of the season like an exuberant performer at Rio de Janeiro festival: vivid pink, soft salmon pink, ...entire article
BORDEAUX® is a fantastic achievement by Kordes. New varieties are commonly made by breeding older and reliable roses, however, in this case Tim Hermann Kordes crossed two unnamed seedlings in 2004, and the result is a beautiful and healthy floribunda rose. Its flowers are 8-9 cm across, deep wine red, almost non-scented, and bloom continuously from June until October. Leaves are deep green, glossy, and very healthy. The plant makes a bushy and well-branched shrub about 80 cm tall and 50 cm wide. It was introduced ...entire article
WARM WELCOME® is a unique miniature climbing rose bred by Chris Warner from Oregon, USA, and patented in 1995 (PP9356). Just like the name suggests this rose creates a warm and cosy atmosphere thanks to its rich orange flowers. They are small, single, and have a light spicy fragrance. Produced profusely and almost continuously from June until frosts this rose will make a reliable welcome point at your doorway. It makes and upright, bushy plant with small, dark green, bronze flushed, glossy, and healthy foliage th ...entire article
PARFUM ROYAL CLIMBING® is a beautiful climbing rose with large, hot pink, strongly fragrant flowers. They have a typical hybrid-tea rose shape and deep, fruity sweet fragrance. There are 35 petals in a blossom whose reverse is silvery pink which gives the flower a certain touch of nobility, that's probably why it was called royal. It flowers profusely and reliably continuously from June until frost. Thanks to excellent branching it looks like a tall, upright shrub rose with lush, dark green and glossy, healthy fo ...entire article
Aureola is a distinct hakone grass variety with variegated foliage. Its leaves have narrow stripes of banana yellow, pale green, and light butter yellow colour. They are only about one centimeter wide leaves and grow from slender, partly arching, pink flushed stems, reaching 30 to 60 cm height with age. In midsummer appear tan coloured, airy panicles composed of small flowers in terminal panicles, and last almost 2 months. In autumn leaves turn fantastic shades of pink and purple red. Tufts of this hakone grass will l ...entire article
12.10.2018New in catalogue
Hakone grass (Hakonechloa macra)
Hakone grass is one of the top grass species most appreciated by landscape designers. It is so showy and simple at the same time, so no wonder it is often used as undergrowth of larger beautiful Japanese maples or other appealing multistemmed shrubs with bare framework of bottom branches. The species of hakone grass has fresh green, about one centimeter wide leaves on slender, partly arching stems, reaching 30 to 60 cm height with age. In midsummer appear tan coloured, airy panicles composed of small flowers in terminal panicles, and last almost 2 months. ...entire article
Every rose breeder is eager to make a blue rose, or closest to blue possible. Marie-Louise Meilland managed to breed a beautiful hybrid tea rose variety in 1974 which was named CHARLES DE GAULLE® in honour of their successful general, president, and writer. The flowers are a combination is mauve and pale lilac, 10-11 cm across, and in spite of Meilland's description we cannot smell any perfume. It makes an upright but not very compact shrub with almost thornless branches and reasonably disease-resistant foliage. ...entire article
Monica Bellucci is a beautiful Italian supermodel and actress, and she is also one of those who allowed Meilland rose breeders to use her name for a rose. It is a an attractively coloured hybrid tea rose with rich, almost carmine red petals on the inner side, and almost white on the outer side. Strong fragrance can be described as combination of pepper, anise, and clove. Flowers are tightly closed at the begging in a typical hybrid-teas shape, and open later into a full, almost 14 cm across flower. MONICA BELLUCCI ...entire article
What colour is golden? It is a merge of yellow and orange but neither of those. Simply golden. If you want to exercise your colour perception have a deep look into the tones of this luxury rose called CANDLELIGHT®. No wonder it was awarded Gold Medal and chosen Golden Rose in Baden-Baden 2002. It is a strongly scented hybrid-tea rose making 12-14 cm large, fully double, almost English-rose-like flowers. The perfume is strong, well-balanced fruity and spicy. The rose is healthy and usually needs no protection agai ...entire article
BLACK BACCARA® is a Meilland hybrid-tea rose from 2003. It is possibly the darkest, almost black rose bred so far. Its flowers are not very large and lack perfume. The velvet-like petals are heavily congested into a stiff flower about 8-10 cm across, and exhibit different colour tones throughout the season - from dark pomegranate red to deep burgundy red. Flowers are very resistant to heavy rain. Leaves are medium green, partly glossy, and need protection against common diseases, especially powdery mildew. It gro ...entire article
CLAUDE BRASSEUR® is a Meilland hybrid-tea rose from 2006. It makes large, 13-14 cm across, flowers with strong and unique perfume. The flower colour is mauve with lilac and light purple pink tones. It is a cross of Charles de Gaulle® and Yves Piaget®. Leaves are medium green, partly glossy, and very healthy. It grows fast into an upright, compact shrub. It flowers continuously from June until frosts. Planting instructions: Prepare a hole of size 30x30 cm. Put your rose in the way that the grafting po ...entire article
Little Flames® leucothoe is a love at first sight if you like vibrant red colours. It has short, narrowly ovate, evergreen leaves with a conspicuous tip. They emerge rich red in spring, mature to medium green with red margins in summer, and change to vibrant carmine red in autumn, and glossy wine red in winter. In late April and May appear small, urn-shaped, insignificant, white flowers. Twigs with spent flowers should be removed immediately after flowering to prevent the plant from making seeds, and thus exhaust ...entire article
Compacta is a recent selection of Evergreen (Ebbing's) silverthorn, very probably of Italian origin (not confirmed). Unlike its mother plant - the species of Ebbing's silverthorn - it makes a compact and well-behaved shrub without overgrown twigs in one season. In fact, this sport makes quite a handsome shrub. It hase more prominent silvery leaves when they emerge, as if covered with stardust, which mature to glossy dark green. They are evergreen, leathery but thinner than those on cherry laurels, and somewhat wavy. A ...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
Sunseekers Salmon is truly a unique coneflower. Among the load of colours available today this one stands out like a proud princess who knows that she is being watched. Semi-double, large flowers have frayed ends and appear from July until October atop short and strong stems. Young, emerging flowers are a delicious shade of salmon pink with a few soft yellow petals in the centre, and mature to pale pink around a large, dark crimson red cone hiding plenty of nectar for butterflies, bumble bees as well as bees. Deadh ...entire article
Hot Stuff is not only a legendary hit by legendary Donna Summer. It is also a unique stonecrop variety of dwarf habit. It is a seedling of Brillant, and possibly the shortest sedum spectabile in the market today. It makes dense plants with large dome-like heads composed of numerous star-shaped flowers of dark pink colour on the background of pale green leaves. Stonecrops (orpines) are perfect plants for autumn borders. They add extra colour on an architecturally interesting plant. These perennials are easy to grow ...entire article
Cranberry Crush swamp mallow produces large, cup-shaped, rich cranberry red flowers from midsummer until early autumn. They are borne atop about one meter tall, strong, red stems, and each stem makes 14-20 flowers. Deciduous leaves are ovate to hart-shaped, dark green with wine red hues, same like their veins and margins, and turn yellow and orange in autumn. Swam mallow and its hybrids are commonly suited for regular garden soil of any pH, just make sure it does not dry out. In hot and dry summers it is dependent ...entire article
Viking is a Dutch contribution to the rather small family of dwarf lily-of-the-valley shrubs. It was bred by Jan-Willem Wezelenburg and exhibits a super compact, mounded plant covered with handsome foliage. The leaves are evergreen, narrowly elliptic, leathery, and slightly glossy. They emerge bright copper orange and mature to medium to dark green. New leaves come out twice during the growing season, exceptionally for the third time in early autumn if the summer was long and hot. In late summer appear short, rath ...entire article
Zebulon is a mountain laurel bred by Karl-Heinz Hbbers in 2003, and introduced 6 years later. It is a cross between large-flowered Ginkona, and white-flowered Peppermint. The result bears rich trusses with up to 100 individual flowers. They open from pale pink buds into large, 3-3.5 cm across, white flowers with a purple red star around the throat, and deep burgundy red dots in the centre of each petal. Flowers open continuously from late May until June. Zebulon forms an upright shrub with evergreen, narrowly ellipti ...entire article
Mariachi™ Sombrero is a compact sneezeweed variety with cheerfully yellow flowers. Their colour looks like grilled sweet corn in burritos for which a broad-smiled Mexican in a sombrero hat is inviting you. The plant is very compact and produces numerous flowers from as early as late July until early autumn. Plants grown in full sun make stems of only about 40 cm, those from partial shade are some 20 cm taller. They are well branched and do not bend in rain. Leaves are soft green, lanceolate, and appear along ...entire article
RED CLOUD® miscanthus is one of very few varieties producing weeping inflorescence. Already in midsummer it forms rich burgundy red, glossy plumes which are not erect as most other eulalias. Their colour is intense and is best viewed against afternoon sun. In early autumn the flowers open into fluffy, cotton-like, silvery plumes that look great left on the plant over winter when the whole clump is pruned back. Leaves are rather narrow, just like Gracillimus variety, and reach only about one meter tall. The pl ...entire article
Borisii is a scarlet avens variety with rich orange flowers for a long time. Its single, 5-petalled flowers open atop 20-30 cm tall stems from early May, and continue flowering for 6-8 weeks. After a short summer break the plant repeats flowering, this time on shorter stems, until the last sunny and warm days of autumn. Basal leaves are rounded to kidney-shaped, shallowly toothed, mid green, and resemble those of pelargonium. They make a nice groundcover in mass plantings which remains evergreen in mild winters. A ...entire article
Little Pinkie is a unique hybrid gentian with rich pink to purple pink flowers. It makes compact, handsome carpets of dark green, glossy, thick, and ovate to shortly lanceolate leaves with plentiful of flowers. They are broadly trumpet-shaped, erect, and open only in full sun, and close in the afternoon while showing their pink colour on the closed flowers. They are borne atop very short stems (10-15 cm), and regular deadheading will help promote production of new flower buds. Little Pinkie< ...entire article
The first autumn discount is here! Perennials are now discounted by 30% - valid for plants which cost 150 K or less. We have plenty of them and the more we sell out the more we can grow for the next season. The discount will not automatically show up on our webshop, it will be shown in the order confirmation which will arrive afterwards. All overpayments will be returned to the credit card you used initially.
If you say gentian blue it is something like a promise. A promise of rich blue colour. Still, this term is often misused for shades that are far from gentian or even far from blue. However not a case of this fascinating novelty from Japan. Shine Blue Ashiro is a true and rich gentian blue autumn gentian. The colour is something between a dark blue sky and indigo. Narrowly trumpet-shaped flowers raise their heads towards the sun and open only in full sun, from midsummer until October. Elliptic leaves are rather light g ...entire article
PINK CRISPY photinia is a drama at first glance. Exceedingly showy foliage reveals creamy white variegation on dark green, slightly undulated, gently serrated, and broadly oval to obovate, evergreen leaves. And the real extravaganza show kicks off when new leaves emerge. They are so intensely pink you can hardly believe that this plant is not made of plastic. A true gem that can easily go solo as a stand-alone specimen in the middle of a lawn, or wisely placed among other green plants where it will take no time to pla ...entire article
MARYLINE® is a trade name for a striking selection of evergreen silverthorn, found by Albert Brenelire in France. It is a very bushy, upright growing, evergreen shrub with irregularly variegated leaves. They are leathery, oval to ovate, partially undulated, and glossy. The centres are very pale yellow maturing to deeper yellow, margins dark green, and between margins and centres are some light green highlights which make the leaves look extremely fresh and colourful. Newly emerging leaves are silvery-beige. Twig ...entire article
The Pearl series of hyacinths belongs to the most successful thanks to its rich colours and strong perfume. White Pearl brings cream white, star-shaped flowers opening from pale yellow buds 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 ...entire article
The Gipsy couple of hyacinth brings extraordinary flower colours, not common with this perennial. Gipsy Queen is a fantastic salmon orange/pink variety with tubular flower buds opening to star-shaped flowers from late April until May. The flowers have prominent pink central stripes on light orange surroundings. They are formed in dense, terminal spikes atop 25-30 cm tall stems. Gipsy hyacinths boast with one extra feature - each bulb produces not only one, but usually two or e ...entire article
The Gipsy couple of hyacinth brings extraordinary flower colours, not common with this perennial. Gipsy Princess is a soft yellow variety with tubular flower buds opening to star-shaped flowers from late April until May. They are formed in dense, terminal spikes atop 25-30 cm tall stems, and look especially pretty next to deep blue flowering varieties. Gipsy hyacinths boast with one extra feature - each bulb produces not only one, but usually two or even three stems with flowe ...entire article
Lime Marmalade? Wow, that must be something extraordinary, sharp and sweet at the same time. Just this coral bells variety bred by Jane N.Egger from the famous Oregon based Terra Nova Nurseries in the USA. It makes dense tufts or upright growing foliage of striking colour - the ruffled leaves combine bright vivid green and yellow green shades. In early summer about 40 cm tall, slender stems rise above the foliage, topped with airy panicles of tiny white flowers. The older the plant the more stems are produced, and ...entire article
Tapestry® is a beautiful foamy bells bred by Janet Egger from Terra Nova Nurseries, USA, and patented as PP21150 in 2010. It makes large, semi-evergreen, deeply lobed leaves. They are dark burgundy red to almost chocolate brown in the centre, and green at margins. From May until September it produces numerous stems with small cut conspicuous, bell-shaped, rosy pink flowers in several flushes. It grows vigorously forming a dense mound of colourful foliage and attractive flowers for a long period. Foamy bells d ...entire article
Houseleek is in fact a plant of two genus - sempervivum and jovibarba. They are so similar that the trade does not really differentiate them, possibly also because sempervivum is an accepted synonym for jovibarba. Houseleek comes from mountainous regions of Asia, Central Russia, and almost all Europe. It is an evergreen, thick-leaved succulent with handsome rosettes of coloured foliage. Several species and numerous varieties and hybrids are known, many of them combining shades of green, silvery blue, various depths of red, even pink and burgundy ...entire article
Silver Scrolls is a coral bells variety with almost rounded, rather flat leaves. They are dark green to deep burgundy brown with rich silvery marbling enhancing the veins. Foliage colour does not change dramatically during the year, only in winter the reverse turns rich purple violet. In June and July small, creamy white, nor very showy flowers appear atop about 50-60 cm tall stems but if you think they spoil the image of the perfect leaves you can cut them off yet before they begin to bloom. The leaves remain ni ...entire article
Marmalade, yummy! This coral bells variety looks tasty indeed. It emerges coppery orange in spring - looks like orange marmalade, and gains salmon pink shades throughout the season, mostly on the reverse of the leaves which in autumn and winter turns incredible violet purple, a stunning shade when it is -10or -15C all around. Leaves are mid-sized, heavily lobed and frilled at margins. In June and July small, creamy white, nor very showy flowers appear atop about 50 cm tall stems but if you think they spoil the i ...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
Gracillimus is a maiden grass (eulalia) which is very popular among both interior as well as landscape designers. It offers a lush effect of dense tufts of narrow, rich green leaves, elegantly arching. It is not very tall but can be quite substantial given the space in your garden. Tassel-like flowers are bronze as them emerge, show up much later than on other miscanthus varieties, and are not much taller than the tuft. Eulalia does not tend to be invasive. It is best grown in sunny and warm areas, in almost any w ...entire article
Viveleg silverthorn is a bushy, upright growing, evergreen shrub with irregularly variegated leaves. They are leathery, oval to ovate, partially undulated, and glossy. The centres are dark green, the margins are rich yellow, and the borderline between these two colours is light green but is not present on all leaves. Newly emerging leaves are silvery-beige. Twigs are orange-brown and the colder weather comes in autumn the deeper the colour gets. Apart from the foliage this plant is also interesting for its almost ...entire article
Japanese red pine is valued for its soft, long needles of lighter green colour. There are plenty of varieties in the trade, some of which are quite rare such as this Fastigiata variety. As the name suggests it is a columnar pine with soft needles you like to touch every time you pass by. It grows moderately into a compact, upright column that needs no pruning or trimming to look great. In maturity its width is just a little over one meter which makes it ideal for mixed beds with low and prostrate growing plants li ...entire article
Makijaz leucothoe is a small, mound-forming evergreen shrub with narrowly elliptic, mid green leaves that are marbled white. The ratio between white and green is quite irregular making every leaf unique. In spring new foliage emerges rich pink or bronze red, and in autumn and winter they turn various shades of burgundy purple. The flowers are small, formed in short racemes, and as they consume a lot of plant’s energy we recommend cutting back flowering branches to encourage new growths. It can also be pruned and ...entire article
Eastern hemlock is a native plant of North America, precisely eastern parts of Canada. Still, this variety comes from a German nursery town Jeddeloh and was introduced already in 1950. It is a dwarf, evergreen conifer with arching branches. They are formed in fan-like sprays, rising at the angle of about 45and drooping at the ends, creating an image of an overflowing fountain with a nest in the middle. The needles are short, light green with bluish hues. In winter they gain bronze shades. Jeddeloh ...entire article
Angustifolia is a botanical term used for plants that have narrow leaves. In case of this variety of David viburnum the leaves are about 50% narrower but darker green compared to the species. They are evergreen, partly glossy, elliptic, and have 3 prominent, deep veins, which give this shrub an additional 3D image. The stalks, young twigs, and flower buds are rich carmine red or fresh burgundy red, especially in autumn and winter. Insignificant, small, white flowers open in early spring in C.E. conditions or in autumn ...entire article
Papaya is said to be one of the most delicious fruits on Earth when picked up at the right time, fresh from the tree. No wonder that one might want to taste the flowers of this new torch lily called Papaya Popsicle™. The flowers combine fiery red, orange, and yellow colour in spike-like inflorescence which appear atop strong, smooth stems from mid July. Under ideal growing conditions and in fertile soil it will flower continuously until September. Commonly it flowers for about 6 weeks and then repeats flowering ...entire article
Mango Popsicle™ is the best torch lily variety out of the whole Popsicle series in my opinion. It produces long-lasting flowers of rich golden orange colour, identical to that of ripe mango flesh. Its spike-like inflorescence appear atop strong, smooth stems from mid July. Under ideal growing conditions and in fertile soil it will flower continuously until September. Commonly it flowers for about 6 weeks and then repeats flowering in a weaker flush from early September. Semi-deciduous leaves are linear, narrow, ...entire article
Seven son flower is a fascinating shrub that was first found in China by Ernest H.Wilson more than a hundred years ago, in 1907. Still, it took almost 80 years before this plant was cultivated commercially. Seven son flower is a large shrub or a small tree with 3 predominant features. Leaves, inflorescence, and bark. In spring it makes medium-sized 7-10 cm long, ovate, deciduous leaves with prominent 3 veins. The leaves are opposite and hang on the tree like dogwood or pear tree leaves. They are light green when they emer ...entire article
Old Yella is a large-flowered swamp mallow. It produces 20-30 cm wide flowers from midsummer until the last warm days of early autumn. Flowers are creamy white (definitely not yellow), with a vibrant carmine red eye in the centre. Deciduous leaves are shallowly lobed, mid green. The plant is dependent on regular water and feed supply. Use fertilizers with enough phosphorus for abundant flowering, or any other quick-release fertilizers where nitrogen is not predominant. Any fertilizing has to stop by end September. ...entire article
Persian ivy is a beautiful species with extremely large leaves that no other hardy ivy is able to offer. This is a shrubby ivy variety whose name was recently changed from Arborescens to Fall Favourite because Arborescens had already been used for another hedera helix (Irish ivy) variety. Fall Favourite bears lustrous, glossy, evergreen foliage that emerges soft green and matures to deep green in summer. The leaves are narrowly ovate or broadly elongated with one pointed tip opposite the stalk. Flower ...entire article
This photinia was given a nice name Cassini, but is marketed as PINK MARBLE®. That name tells the truth, though. PINK MARBLE® is an evergreen shrub producing dark green leaves that emerge rich red with white margins, maturing to deep green with silvery-white veins just like marble, gaining pink shades later in the season. Such colouration deserves a well chosen spot in your garden where it can fully display its assets. Young plants grow fast – 30 cm (in garden ...entire article
Purpurea Pendula is a perfect example of a beautiful garden-origin eech. It is a slow growing small tree with a mushroom head of pendent branches, usually grafted from 1.5 to 2m tall. The deciduous leaves are rich purple-black (if grown in full sun) that create a fascinating waterfall of striking colour. In autumn the leaves turn coppery orange and honey yellow with conspicuous red veins. Though being a slow grower its pendent branches grow a little faster than branches of common beech. That is why bigger specimens ge ...entire article
Whitewater® leucothoe is a low, mound-forming evergreen shrub with narrowly elliptic leaves that have thin ivory variegation at the margins. In spring new leaves emerge pink, coppery and green, maturing to mid and dark green with creamy or ivory margins. In autumn and winter they turn various portions of purple-pink. It flowers quite reliably with 5-7 cm long racemes of white, urn-shaped, pieris-like flowers. Since it makes a lot of seedpods we recommend cutting back flowering branches to encourage new growths. It can also be pruned and trimmed an ...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
Camilvy is one of the new selections of Frasers photinia. It has darker red young leaves compared to Red Robinwhose leaves are more or less coppery red. They are large and glossy and turn very dark green in summer. They are evergreen and have wavy margins. In mid spring medium-sized panicles of creamy white flowers are produced. New leaves with red colour emerge at least twice a year: in early spring and in late summer, and you can bring the second phase forward by pruning the shrub in early summer just as the new leaves turn green. ...entire article
Fastigiata is a unique version of Scots pine. It makes a very slender, columnar shape and bears long and stiff, bright blue-green needles with a silvery-blue overlay. Naturally grown plants form a medium tall pillar while plants that are clipped every spring remain small and compact. Scots pines love insolated locations. Before fully established they like equal moisture but later than take long periods of drought probably best of all pines. The soil has to be well-drained, preferably acidic and moderately fertile. It hates over salting so avoid planting next to busy roads whe ...entire article
White Surprise® is a new bluebeard variety with rich, creamy-white variegation on all leaves. It produces profusion of indigo-blue to violet-blue flowers from late summer until early autumn which look magnificent on the background of light-coloured leaves. It makes a small woody shrub which is more compact and denser than its parent, reaching 50-60 cm tall and about 80 cm wide in maturity. Flowers are a great source of nectar for bees, bumble-bees and butterflies. Thanks to colourful foliage this plant offers a long-lasting interest in beds and borders, remarkably lon ...entire article
Summer Sorbet bluebeard is a fantastic novelty from England. It is a natural mutation of Kew Blue variety. Summer Sorbet has colourful foliage – the leaves are dark green in the centre with rich yellow margins. Flowers are violet-blue, come out at the end of summer and continue blooming for as long as 6-8 weeks. They attract bumble bees and butterflies. It is a small to mid-sized deciduous shrub which benefits from regular pruning every spring. After all frosts cut it back to about 10 cm of last year’s growth. It flowers on new wood so pruning will guarantee formin ...entire article
If you like Mediterranean umbrella pines but feel sorry that it is too tender for our climate try to have a look at this selection of dwarf Japanese red pine. It is called Alice Verkade and has bright green, soft needles. It is a slow growing plant making only about 7-10 cm per year, forming a beautiful, dense, rounded head which can create a typical Mediterranean atmosphere when older. Pine trees hate wet soils. They do best in full sun and well-drained soils that is kept moist until establishment. Fully hardy to approx. -29C (USDA zone 5). Last update 17-07-2010. ...entire article
Kaleidoscope® is another novelty of the turn of the century. It drags attention thanks to its multicoloured foliage, but not only that. This abelia was found as a naturally occurring mutation of abelia x grandiflora “Little Richard” by nurseryman Randall Dale Lindsey in North Carolina, USA, in 1997. A single branch with coloured leaves on originally purely green plant made him try and propagate it and as further test proved the characteristics stable he had it patented a few years later, in 2005, under US plant patent No. 16,988. Kaleidoscope® abe ...entire article
Latifolia is a large-leaved variety of chaste tree offering marijuana-like, slightly glossy, aromatic, 5-lobed leaves of deep green colour. Violet flowers are formed in rather fat, upright, terminal panicles and appear from the end of summer. It grows very fast and even if upper part of the shrub is killed in severe winter it makes it up the same year to its usual height and even produces flowers. In respect of its origin, in frost-prone areas we suggest growing it in sheltered locations, in full sun. It is soil tolerant and prefers warm soil as opposed to constantly m ...entire article
Blue Spire is a hybrid between two types of perovskia. It was first introduced to RHS in 1961 and since late 80s 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
Blue Balloon® is a fantastic new variety of bluebeard. It is a very popular shrub of low growth with purple-blue flowers. They are formed in terminal cymes and bloom from end summer until early autumn. Their scent is attractive for butterflies and bumble-bees. What humans can enjoy is the spicy perfume of the leaves. They are dark green and silver-hairy beneath. Blue Balloon® is sensational for its growth. It forms an almost regular sphere– like a blue balloon when in full bloom. The main trick lays in short branches at the bottom which are flowering, to ...entire article
Slender Silhouette is a beautiful sweetgum which could be your perfect choice for a small garden or a miniature front yard. A 5m tall plant seldom exceeds 1m wide. It is a slow growing version of sweetgum with strictly upright and columnar habit. The leaves are quite large, conspicuously lobed with 5 lobes. They are mid green in summer, turning golden yellow, orange and bright red in autumn. Coloured leaves remain on the tree for a long time. Another nice feature is the fruit. Formed in about 3 cm wide spiny spheres they can be quite attractive to look at and a bit irr ...entire article
Silver Queen, or also more logically called Silver King, is a male version of English holly. It has deep green, glossy leaves with attractive, creamy-white, spiny margins. Stems of new branches are purple. As a male plant it is an ideal pollinator of female varieties, mostly of aquifolium group, that bear coloured berries in autumn and winter. Silver Queen does not produce berries. It grows moderately fast and is often pruned to ach ...entire article
Royal Ruby is a leucothoe variety that can be used as an attractive groundcover with larger leaves. They are elongated, glossy, and green in summer, gaining burgundy red shades at the leaf margins, and from colder days of autumn completely changing to deep burgundy red for the whole of winter. This colour stays until mid or end spring until the plant starts making new leaves. Thanks to its rich winter colour placing a stone near it or planting it in front of a stone fence or wall can be most pretty for the best contrast. It forms a rather prostrate shrub with arching b ...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
We are proud to present a novelty bred in the Czech Republic in 1995, and patented in 2005 under US plant patent PP16,921. This barberry has uniquely coloured leaves – they are orangey-red or red in full sun with a fine greenish-yellow margin which is also the colour of bottom leaves. It grows slowly, forming a dense and compact shrub about 40 cm tall and wide. It likes almost any soil type and does best in full sun or partial shade. Fully hardy to min. -29C (USDA zone 5). Last update 08-08-2008. ...entire article
Japanese umbrella pine is an exquisite-looking conifer with dark green needles. They are glossy, 5-12 cm long and grow in whorls of 15-20. They are borne at the shoot-tips like the spokes of an umbrella, hence it name. In Japan it grows some 10m tall, however, in our climate you can count on 2-4m, conditions pending, and not more that 2m wide. Its shape is strictly pyramidal though it may need several years to develop a central leader that will make the tree look symmetrical. It will be happiest in semi-shade or filtered sun. You can place it in full sun, too, and provide some mi ...entire article
Another lovely piece for miniature lovers is this dwarf spruce. It grows slowly, compact and dense to it mature height of 3m only after a few decades. Needles are short and stiff, rich green. New branches show bright orangey-brown bark and are short. No pruning needed for dense growth. The shape is conical with relatively narrow base compared to fir which makes a rather wide base. Spruces need fertile, deep soil that is neutral to acidic. They are fully hardy to -40C (USDA zone 3). Last update 16-02-2008. ...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
Blue Princess is probably the most popular female variety of blue hollies. It flowers abundantly in the spring and fruits are born in the autumn. They are bright red, shiny berries that remain on the plant until early to mid spring. To produce fruits it needs a male pollinator e.g. Blue Prince® or Casanova. The leaves are glossy, medium sized (4x2cm) and finely, not dangerously toothed. Their colour is deep green, almost blue-green with purple m ...entire article
This false cypress is belongs to the Filifera group, which means it has thread-like branches. In fact, some call these branches leaves. Practically the leaves are scales that cover the whip-like branches. Filifera Aurea is probably the most sought-after variety with golden yellow branches. It grows slowly but it is not dwarf. Its usual size is about 1-2m but in full maturity its size can double this figure. No pruning required. It prefers moist, slightly acidic soil but is adaptable to almost all types of soil. Fully hardy to approx. -31C (USDA zone 4b). Last update 1 ...entire article
This false cypress is a dwarf, mound forming variety belonging to the Filifera group, which means it has thread-like branches. In fact, some call these branches leaves. Practically the leaves are scales that cover the whip-like branches. Filifera Nana is a green version, very slow growing, ideal in a mixed border with other compact or dwarf evergreens. No pruning required. It prefers moist, slightly acidic soil but is adaptable to almost all types of soil. Fully hardy to approx. -31C (USDA zone 4b). Last update 10-01-2008 ...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 -28C (USDA zone 5). Last update 10-01-2008 ...entire article
MONET® weigela comes from the Netherlands where it was found in 2001 as a natural mutation of another variety called Tango. MONET® is a dwarf plant, growing into a lovely cushion with variegated foliage. The leaves are broadly elliptic, mid green in the centre with a wide creamy-beige band at margins which turns pink or light magenta in autumn before the leaves fall down. It may produce a few funnel-shaped, carmine red flowers but MONET...entire article
This deciduous shrub is a compact form of winged euonymus. Same as the species it is undoubtedly an eye-catcher in every garden. The branches do not have that distinct corky wings but are much denser creating a very bushy, attractive habit. Its leaves are compound like on ash. Young leaves are bright, grass green, and as the first colder days of autumn come (some years already at the end of August), they change the colour to striking scarlet red. The fruits are small capsules which turn orange-red just as the leaves change their colour in the autumn. This euonymus is popular with bonsai grower ...entire article
Golden Gem variety is a low, dense shrub with bright golden-yellow top leaves, leaving the bottom ones dark green. This bicolour effect is very elegant. Leaves are small and glossy, gently serrated at margins. Fruits, if any, are small, glossy black berries in autumn. Pruning is possible in April: this will encourage new growths, and trimming should be done by end July and is ideal for shaping. It is superb for evergreen groupings as well as a stand-alone specimen in small front gardens. It is usually trouble-free, it tolerates any soil and can withstand summer dry spells onc ...entire article
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
If you like sweetgum and you are afraid of its size in maturity try this one. Gum Ball is a great variety with dwarf growth and reduced size. After 10 years it can grow to some 2.5m with a total of 3m in maturity. Its crown is quite regular even without pruning. The leaves are identical to basic sweetgum: deep green in the summer, with 5 lobes, deeply cut, in the autumn they change to dark red and deep burgundy, almost black. The bark is grey with striking ribs that appear as the tree grows older. It likes any fertile to mid-fertile soil, preferably acidic and moist. Full ...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
Bosnian pine is one of the posh pines with a typical, almost perfect conical shape. Compact Gem is an excellent choice for even the smallest of gardens as it grows slowly and does not exceed 3m when fully mature. Needles are born in two’s, they are deep green, glossy and hard, always vertical. Bark is very light, almost white. It needs a lot of sunlight and permeable soil, which can be sandy, it can even be poor and dry when established. Fully hardy to -27C (USDA zone 5b). ...entire article
Bravo to French cultivators who come up with this new variety of bluebeard! Want to hear why we are so excited about it? Compared to its parent this one has deep green, larger leaves with silvery underneath; deeper blue and more numerous flowers; its flowering period is rather extended from mid August till end September; it has a more compact habit which makes it suitable for even the smallest of gardens. Flowers attract bumble bees and butterflies. The leaves have an interesting scent which recalls cooking herbs. It is quite soil tolerant, however, it does best in fertile, very well ...entire article
Scarletta® is probably the top variety of leucothoe with lance-shaped, glossy leaves that emerge bronze or red, change to mid green in summer, and turn red in autumn and deep burgundy red in winter. It dislikes direct sunlight. However, if grown in full sun, it has to be well mulched and never left dried out. Thus it will show more red and purple even in summer. As a groundcover, it is ideal for planting beneath taller shrubs or trees providing diffused sunshine, or in semi-shade. It tolerates most soils but will be beautiful and healthiest in slightly acidic, fert ...entire article
This winged euonymus belongs to deciduous shrubs and is truly an eye-catcher in every garden. Its leaves are compound like on ash. Young leaves are bright, grass green, and as the first colder days of October come, they change the colour to highly ornamental scarlet red. Even when they fall off, the shrub remains attractive with the bark on the bare branches which have corky wings along the stems. The fruits are small capsules which turn orange-red just as the leaves change their colour in the autumn. It spreads to sides, mature unpruned shrubs can be 2.5m wide after 20-30 years. Tolerates ...entire article
Golden King holly is a beautiful and easy to grow shrub with almost spineless leaves. They are oval to rounded, deep green in the centre and richly varigated yellow at the margins. The colder the weather, the deeper yellow margins. Golden King name, however, is a sort of a screw-up: this plant is female producing a few bright red berries in autumn. This plant is one of the few varigated hollies that can take full sun and heavy frost even in Central Europe. We tested it in extreme winter when temperature dropped to -27C for three nights, full sun, and minimum damage. However, it disl ...entire article
Fraser’s photinia is a popular shrub in countries and regions with milder winters. It is a hybrid between photinia glabra and photinia serratifolia. Red Robin is a variety with larger and glossier leaves producing a fantastic coppery and red colour when they emerge. They turn green in summer. In Southern Europe it is often grown as a hedge. Here we will find it a place sheltered from strong, drying winds in winter. It grows fast and can be pruned to achieve a more compact and denser habit. If it is damaged by harsh frost it always regenerates even fr ...entire article
Star magnolia is a one of the earliest magnolias to flower in March already. It has star-shaped, pure white flowers with a lovely scent. As it blooms on bare branches early in the spring we recommend placing it in front of an evergreen shrub, e.g. cherry laurel, holly, or any bright green conifer, to fully expose the beauty of its flowers. It grows slowly and dense into a rounded shrub. Ideal as a free-standing specimen or sensitively situated in a group of compact conifers of Japanese style and / or other, smaller growing magnolias of red or purple colours. Magnolias are not suppos ...entire article
“Arborescens” is a shrubby ivy that represents an adult stage of common ivy hedera helix. It means that it stopped climbing and started flowering. The leaves are glossy, bright green when young and turning to dark green as they mature. They are diamond-shaped with one pointed tip against the stalk, and two rounded tips at the sides. Flowers are borne in regular spherical umbels. They come out in early autumn and attract butterflies and other insects, and are followed by small black berries. Without a support it will form a neat, dense shrub with erect ...entire article
Limelight is my personal favourite among evergreen silverthorns. It has ovate, up to 10 cm long, leathery but thin leaves that are bright yellow in the middle and deep green at margins. The area between the centres and margins is light, soft green so the overall effect is 3-coloured. Newly emerging leaves and twigs are silvery-beige. Limelight grows fastest among all silverthorns with coloured foliage. New branches that bear only green leaves should be cut off asap. Apart from the foliage this plant is also interesting for its almost invisible flowers. They are tiny and ...entire article
Gilt Edge is a beautiful variety of this evergreen silverthorn. It has ovate, up to 10 cm long, leathery but thin leaves that are deep green in the middle and bright yellow at margins. Newly emerging leaves and twigs are silvery-beige. Apart from the foliage this plant is also interesting for its almost invisible flowers. They are tiny and appear from late summer to early autumn and are hard to see unless you look up close. But you can definitely smell them. They have a lovely, sweet fragrance, especially in the evening. They are followed by fruit in spring. 1,5cm long, ov ...entire article
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