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Plants: Cryptomeria japonica 'Elegans viridis' - Japanese cedar

Posted by havlis 21.03. 2015 20:52:45 (1830 readers)
Japanese cedars proved to grow happily in our garden where winter temperature dropped to -27°C a couple of times. They showed no damage whatsoever and thrive. This variety has one more plus as opposed to other cryptomerias – it does not change its colour to coppery brown in winter and remains green all year round.
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Plants: Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn' - dawn viburnum

Posted by havlis 21.03. 2015 20:45:27 (1829 readers)
Dawn viburnum is a garden hybrid between viburnum farreri and viburnum grandiflorum. It is one of winter flowering plants because its flowers come out from end December (in mild winters) until March. If it snows while it blooms it does not matter, snow will do no damage to the flowers.
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Plants: Magnolia 'Athene' - magnolia

Posted by havlis 21.03. 2015 20:37:30 (1444 readers)
Athene is a large-flowered magnolia hybrid, a cross between magnoliaMark Jury“ and magnolia x soulangeanaLennei Alba“. The flowers have almost white petals with deep red or purple red shades at the bottom. They are very fragrant and reach 25-30 cm across when fully opened. It is an early variety which is easily detectable by the large flower buds which overwinter on the plants from the previous season. Their enormous size is an added value especially in winter when the trees are without leaves.
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Plants: Penstemon barbatus 'Pinacolada™ violet' - beard-tongue

Posted by havlis 03.03. 2015 14:05:58 (3458 readers)
PIÑACOLADA™ is a fantastic, low and compact growing series of perennial beard-tongue. Violet is a variety with indigo blue and dark violet flowers. The common name refers to the small, tubular-shaped flowers which open from June until August and may resemble a beard’s tongue if you dare to examine one. Or it can be cut back (the whole plant, not the tongue … joke, sorry, difficult to resist) after the main flowering season in midsummer and it will re-bloom in September.
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Plants: Festuca gautieri - bearskin fescue

Posted by havlis 03.03. 2015 14:00:40 (3140 readers)
Bearskin fescue or spiky fescue is a lovely perennial with bright green, narrowly linear, inward inrolled leaves that look spiky but are very soft and nice to touch indeed. The plant naturally forms small mounds and spreads very slowly. Its name bearskin fescue may sound just right if you imagine a bear with somewhat overgrown fur painted green for a fancy dress party.
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Plants: Amelanchier arborea 'Robin Hill' - downy serviceberry

Posted by havlis 10.01. 2015 11:32:50 (3232 readers)
Juneberry and downy serviceberry species are popular shrubs and trees that are celebrating their renaissance at the beginning of the new millennium. They belong to both ornamental plants as well as fruit trees which is why they are regaining interest. They are very easy to grow and can cope even with heavy clay without any need for additional fertilizing. Moreover, their root system is so dense that it helps protect soil from erosion.
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Plants: Abelia engleriana - Engler abelia

Posted by havlis 10.01. 2015 11:26:27 (2814 readers)
Engler abelia is quite a different looking shrub compared to other abelias. There are several differences: it is deciduous, it has larger flowers and is very hardy.
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Plants: Aralia elata 'Silver umbrella' - Japanese angelica tree

Posted by havlis 12.11. 2014 10:26:28 (4313 readers)
If you are looking for an architectural plant that will attract passers-by’s eyes but will require zero maintenance at the same time and on top of that will be hardy enough not to worry about it in winter, have a look at this Japanese angelica tree. Could the leaves look like angel’s wings to be given this name? Only God knows. What we know is that this tree is a must have for those who love exotic appeal in their gardens.
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Plants: Prunus armeniaca 'Luizet' - apricot

Posted by havlis 12.11. 2014 10:18:01 (3533 readers)
Luizet apricot is one f the most suitable ones from our climate because it blooms late which helps it avoid late spring frost. On the other hand it is an early variety with fruit maturing in mid-summer.
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Plants: Gunnera manicata - giant gunnera

Posted by havlis 12.08. 2014 21:24:42 (4989 readers)
Giant gunnera is probably the biggest herbaceous perennial in the world, apart from banana trees. This exotic looking plant is called dinosaur’s food and comes from the Andes (Chile, Costa Rica, Columbia) where it can grow 3 m tall.
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Plants: Aralia elata 'Variegata' - Japanese angelica tree

Posted by havlis 12.08. 2014 21:18:41 (4769 readers)
If you are looking for an architectural plant that will attract passers-by’s eyes but will require zero maintenance at the same time and on top of that will be hardy enough not to worry about it in winter, have a look at this Japanese angelica tree. Could the leaves look like angel’s wings to be given this name? Only God knows. What we know is that this tree is a must have for those who love exotic appeal in their gardens.
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Plants: Vinca minor 'Bowles' - periwinkle

Posted by havlis 28.06. 2014 11:31:20 (3888 readers)
Periwinkle is a European native plant growing wildly in the woods of Central Europe to Caucasus. It is a prostrate, evergreen groundcover offering a long flowering period.
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Plants: Liatris spicata 'Floristan white' - blazing star, gayfeather

Posted by havlis 28.06. 2014 11:23:32 (4470 readers)
Blazing star is a popular perennial in European gardens.
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Plants: Syringa josikaea - Hungarian lilac

Posted by havlis 02.06. 2014 21:32:47 (4842 readers)
Lilacs are common and reliable shrubs of our climate. So it is clear that we will not offer you something that can be seen at every corner, but speciality plants that look a bit different and bring something extraordinary to your beautiful garden.
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Plants: Salvia nemorosa 'Blue Queen' - sage

Posted by havlis 02.06. 2014 21:23:50 (5225 readers)
Salvia is a large genus, containing about 900 species. In our climate mostly common (evergreen) sage is grown for culinary uses. Also, very popular are those of subtropical origin that are used here as annuals with long flowering season, especially in public areas. We concentrate on herbaceous perennials which are not widely cultivated and we believe that there are species, hybrids, and varieties worth the job.
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Plants: Erysimum 'Bowles mauve' - shrubby wallflower

Posted by havlis 21.05. 2014 21:50:14 (4691 readers)
Shrubby wallflower is a long-flowering perennial, or to be precise a subshrub forming woody stems, exactly like lavender plants do. Bowles’ Mauve is a beautiful variety with mauve flowers that open in late May and continue blooming until autumn. They are small, produced at the tops of erect stems which keep growing and producing new flowers buds over and over until the stem is about 50-60 cm tall. If unsightly it can be clipped off carefully to encourage lateral growth push up new flowering stems. We can see many flowers even in November if the night frost is not deeper than about -4°C.
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Plants: Geranium himalayense 'Baby blue' - Himalayan cranesbill

Posted by havlis 21.05. 2014 21:42:22 (5766 readers)
Cranesbill is a genus comprising of about 300 species. It is commonly used as a ground-covering perennial which can quickly form a respectable carpet. When if full bloom it offers a solid, one-colour show which in mass plantings looks stunning. Thanks to low growth it mostly finds its place under trees and shrubs, as well as in mixed borders along with other perennials.
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Plants: Prunus lusitanica - Portugal laurel, cherry laurel

Posted by havlis 17.04. 2014 21:29:38 (5411 readers)
Portugal laurel is a great evergreen plant that is surprisingly hardier that some large-leaved cherry laurels. Origin: S.W.Europe.
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Plants: Osmanthus armatus - sweet olive

Posted by havlis 28.08. 2012 12:45:17 (14639 readers)
Osmanthus armatus means “armed” sweet olive. Quite a funny name for a plant, don’t you think? It obviously refers to the shape of its leaves which are toothed at the margins but not prickly and I would definitely not say dangerous. They might cause a ladder but cannot bite a calf. They are dark olive green to mid green and quite large for an evergreen plant, on the other hand, 7-10 cm long, up to 4 cm wide. The leaves look very similar to chestnut leaves or ilex x koehneana.
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Plants: Ilex cornuta - chinese holly

Posted by havlis 28.08. 2012 12:37:17 (9278 readers)
Leaves of this chinese holly with their 3 lobes look like sugar coated, they are very glossy. The flowers will produce a load of bright red berries which will bring the ideal Christmas feeling in the winter.
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Plants: Hibiscus syriacus 'Duc de brabant' - Rose of Sharon

Posted by havlis 28.08. 2012 12:31:55 (12761 readers)
Rose-of-Sharon deserves more attention for its abundant flowering in summer. These maintenance-free shrubs come from eastern Asia and are the inevitable ingredient of every summer garden which they highlight with a wide range of coloured flowers. There has been a number of cultivars available since its discovery. They have various bloom colours, shapes and sizes, as well as varigated leaves.
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Plants: Cercis canadensis 'Forest pansy' - eastern redbud, love tree

Posted by havlis 28.08. 2012 12:23:34 (10986 readers)
Eastern redbud is a lovely, deciduous, small tree or a large shrub where the word “love” is the key feature. Why? Because its leaves are in a perfect shape of a heart that we are used to draw as an icon. Moreover, Forest Pansy variety has burgundy red to deep burgundy brown foliage. If placed in a location with reduced sunlight the leaves will turn dark green.
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