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Aralia elata 'Silver umbrella' - Japanese angelica tree (2104 readers)
Contributed by havlis 12.11. 2014 10:26:28 Topic: Plants / Deciduous Trees

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. ...

Prunus armeniaca 'Luizet' - apricot (2161 readers)
Contributed by havlis 12.11. 2014 10:18:01 Topic: Plants / Fruit woods

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. ...

Gunnera manicata - giant gunnera (3845 readers)
Contributed by havlis 12.08. 2014 21:24:42 Topic: Plants / Perennials

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. ...

Aralia elata 'Variegata' - Japanese angelica tree (3587 readers)
Contributed by havlis 12.08. 2014 21:18:41 Topic: Plants / Deciduous Trees

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. ...

Vinca minor 'Bowles' - periwinkle (2859 readers)
Contributed by havlis 28.06. 2014 11:31:20 Topic: Plants / Evergreen Shrubs

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. ...

Liatris spicata 'Floristan white' - blazing star, gayfeather (3347 readers)
Contributed by havlis 28.06. 2014 11:23:32 Topic: Plants / Perennials

Blazing star is a popular perennial in European gardens. ...

Syringa josikaea - Hungarian lilac (3740 readers)
Contributed by havlis 02.06. 2014 21:32:47 Topic: Plants / Deciduous Shrubs

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. ...

Salvia nemorosa 'Blue Queen' - sage (3780 readers)
Contributed by havlis 02.06. 2014 21:23:50 Topic: Plants / Perennials

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. ...

Erysimum 'Bowles mauve' - shrubby wallflower (3692 readers)
Contributed by havlis 21.05. 2014 21:50:14 Topic: Plants / Perennials

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 stem ...

Geranium himalayense 'Baby blue' - Himalayan cranesbill (3669 readers)
Contributed by havlis 21.05. 2014 21:42:22 Topic: Plants / Perennials

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. ...

Prunus lusitanica - Portugal laurel, cherry laurel (4407 readers)
Contributed by havlis 17.04. 2014 21:29:38 Topic: Plants / Evergreen Shrubs

Portugal laurel is a great evergreen plant that is surprisingly hardier that some large-leaved cherry laurels. Origin: S.W.Europe. ...

Osmanthus armatus - sweet olive (13479 readers)
Contributed by havlis 28.08. 2012 12:45:17 Topic: Plants / Evergreen Shrubs

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. ...

Ilex cornuta - chinese holly (8204 readers)
Contributed by havlis 28.08. 2012 12:37:17 Topic: Plants / Evergreen Shrubs

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. ...

Hibiscus syriacus 'Duc de brabant' - Rose of Sharon (10924 readers)
Contributed by havlis 28.08. 2012 12:31:55 Topic: Plants / Deciduous Shrubs

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. ...

Cercis canadensis 'Forest pansy' - eastern redbud, love tree (9880 readers)
Contributed by havlis 28.08. 2012 12:23:34 Topic: Plants / Deciduous Trees

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. ...

Campsis radicans 'Flava' - trumpet creeper (11438 readers)
Contributed by havlis 28.08. 2012 12:14:06 Topic: Plants / Deciduous Trees

Tree form This trumpet creeper is really trained into a small tree. 1 or 2 meter tall trunk with a blooming crown gives this exotic looking plant a new glamour. Beautiful, golden-yellow flowers grow at the ends of new branches. They come out in July and don’t stop till the first frosts. ...

Aralia spinosa - devil's walkingstick (6400 readers)
Contributed by havlis 28.08. 2012 12:07:08 Topic: Plants / Deciduous Shrubs

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 devil’s walking stick. Wondering why such a beauty is called a name like that? Keep reading, we will soon tell you and we will also assure you that this plants is a must have for those who love exotic appeal in their gardens. ...

Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' - japanese maple (10287 readers)
Contributed by havlis 28.08. 2012 11:58:25 Topic: Plants / Deciduous Shrubs

Bloodgood is an extremely commercially successful variety with deep burgundy leaves. They have 7 lobes and hold the colour reliably. The leaves turn bright scarlet red in the autumn. The bark is blackish-red. ...

Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium' - japanese maple (6653 readers)
Contributed by havlis 28.08. 2012 11:33:57 Topic: Plants / Deciduous Shrubs

Japanese maples are the „créme de la créme“ of every garden. A majestic looking tree needs no pruning at all and we recommend to let it form its own shape. ...

Pyracantha 'Navaho' - firethorn (9073 readers)
Contributed by havlis 06.07. 2012 11:33:42 Topic: Plants / Evergreen Shrubs

Firethorns are thorny evergreen shrubs, planted mostly for their abundant fruits, which rippen in the autumn, have amazing colours, pending variety. The hybrids are objectively selected to prevent pests and diseases. ...

Prunus serrulata 'Royal burgundy' - flowering cherry (13169 readers)
Contributed by havlis 06.07. 2012 11:26:36 Topic: Plants / Deciduous Trees

God bless all botanists who restlessly create new and yet more beautiful crosses and hybrids of plants, so we can enjoy splashes of colours and abundant flowering in our gardens. ...

Prunus serrulata 'Kanzan' - flowering cherry (9553 readers)
Contributed by havlis 06.07. 2012 11:21:03 Topic: Plants / Deciduous Trees

Just like many beautifully flowering trees or shrubs, this flowering cherry too comes from China. It even bears a name of an ancient tendai buddhist temple. ...

Prunus serrulata 'Amanogawa' - flowering cherry (7258 readers)
Contributed by havlis 06.07. 2012 11:14:26 Topic: Plants / Deciduous Trees

Spring in the garden is announced by flowering Japanese cherries. Amanogawa is a fantastic variety with narrowly columnar growth. In early spring it produces masses of double or semi-double, light pink flowers that may turn to clear white later. Young leaves are bronze, changing to green in summer, and yellow with purple veins in the autumn. It never spreads to sides which makes it ideal for even the smallest of gardens. Being an early bloomer we suggest placing it in front of evergreen shrubs a ...

Prunus laurocerasus 'Rotundifolia' - cherry laurel (9547 readers)
Contributed by havlis 06.07. 2012 11:06:20 Topic: Plants / Evergreen Shrubs

Rotundifolia is one of the most popular cherry laurels in Great Britain, Belenux, and southern Europe. It has mid green to dark green, widely ovate leaves as opposed to most cherry laurels whose leaves are more narrow and elongated and usually very dark. It makes a neat, compact habit because new shoots grow along the sides in the way that newly emerging leaves fill up the plant on its sides that you can hardly see the branches themselves. It is usually densely leaved from the ground. ...

x Chitalpa tashkentensis 'Pink Dawn' - chitalpa (12780 readers)
Contributed by havlis 06.09. 2011 11:41:49 Topic: Plants / Deciduous Shrubs

Need a tree flowering in summer, ideally with an exotic look? Then chitalpa is the best choice! This beautiful and hardy hybrid was created in 1964 in Uzbekistan. It is a cross between Desert Willow with rather exotic flowers and northern Catalpa. ...

Landscaping With Fruit (9682 readers)
Contributed by amazon 06.09. 2011 11:32:41 Topic: Other / Books

Strawberry ground covers, blueberry hedges, grape arbors, and 39 other luscious fruits to make your yard an edible paradise Fruit trees, shrubs, and vines are true two-for-one plants. Many varieties are strikingly beautiful — well suited to doing double duty as delicious sources of sweet, organic fruit and as ornamental additions to the home landscape. Backyard fruit plants also tie in perfectly with the growing locavore movement. Its difficult to find food thats more local than ones own backyar ...

Mespilus germanica - common medlar (9124 readers)
Contributed by abies 06.09. 2011 11:22:52 Topic: Plants / Fruit woods

The Common Medlar is a large shrub or small tree. In Middle Europe it grows up to 3 m tall. It has luxuriant dark green foliage, elliptic, 8–15 cm long and 3–4 cm wide. The leaves turn a spectacular red in autumn before falling. The five-petalled white or pinkish flowers are produced in from May to June. ...

Morus nigra - black mulberry (33404 readers)
Contributed by abies 06.09. 2011 11:16:25 Topic: Plants / Fruit woods

The black mulberry is generally considered the best tasting of the various mulberry species. It is grown for its delicious, raspberry-like fruit, mulberries. They have a unique tart-sweet taste and are eaten fresh or can be used just like any berry. ...

The Permaculture Way (8111 readers)
Contributed by amazon 06.09. 2011 11:07:41 Topic: Other / Books

Practical Steps To Create A Self-Sustaining World The Permaculture Way shows us how to consciously design a lifestyle which is low in environmental impact and highly productive. It demonstrates how to meet our needs, make the most of resources by minimizing waste and maximizing potential, and still leave the Earth richer than we found it ...

Osmanthus aquifolium - sweet olive, tea olive (17697 readers)
Contributed by havlis 12.08. 2011 10:56:00 Topic: Plants / Evergreen Shrubs

Osmanthus is a genus of about 15-20, while only a few ones are hardy enough to grow down to zone 6. Those are often mistaken for hollies owing to their foliage appearance. Osmanthus is native to Japan and China, some species originate in the south of USA. ...

Garden Ponds, Fountains & Waterfalls for Your Home (15593 readers)
Contributed by amazon 12.08. 2011 10:46:58 Topic: Other / Books

Garden Ponds, Fountains & Waterfalls for Your Home provides essential information on designing and installing all types of home water gardens, from naturalistic to formal, plus fountains, waterfalls, streams, and bog gardens. ...

Great Gardens of Britain (8379 readers)
Contributed by amazon 12.08. 2011 10:40:40 Topic: Other / Books

Britain is famous all over the world for its gardens. In this book Helena Attlee focuses on twenty of the finest gardens in the country. Her choice encompasses a rich selection of sites all over England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, ranging from famous eighteenth-century landscapes such as Stourhead to quirky modern gardens such as Charles Jencks Garden of Cosmic Speculation in the Scottish borders. Her lively text provides a brief history of each garden combined with a vivid account of ...

Campsis radicans - trumpet creeper (12274 readers)
Contributed by havlis 12.08. 2011 10:26:40 Topic: Plants / Trees and Shrubs

Campsis radicans - tree form This is the species of north-american trumpet creeper trained into a tree with a real stem. It bears terminal cymes of rich red, trumpet-shaped flowers from early summer until the first frosts. Pinnate leaves are deep green and enhance its tropical appearance. ...

Acer platanoides 'Drummondii' - Norway maple (11286 readers)
Contributed by havlis 11.08. 2011 12:47:16 Topic: Plants / Deciduous Trees

Drummondii is a variegated form of Norway maple, only some 100 years old. The decades from its birth proved its popularity which is still very high. The leaves are beautifully creamy white variegated at the margins, with bright green centres. ...

Gaia's Garden - Second Edition (7928 readers)
Contributed by amazon 11.08. 2011 12:39:30 Topic: Other / Books

A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture The first edition of Gaia’s Garden sparked the imagination of America’s home gardeners, introducing permaculture’s central message: Working with Nature, not against her, results in more beautiful, abundant, and forgiving gardens. This extensively revised and expanded second edition broadens the reach and depth of the permaculture approach for urban and suburban growers. ...

Australian Native Plants Concise Edition (6007 readers)
Contributed by amazon 11.08. 2011 12:30:37 Topic: Other / Books

Cultivation, Use in Landscaping and PropagationThis excellent volume of Australian native plants includes over 1500 species of plants, trees, shrubs, annuals, ground covers, bedding plants and climbers for your garden. ...

Planting the Dry Shade Garden (6689 readers)
Contributed by amazon 11.08. 2011 12:26:23 Topic: Other / Books

The Best Plants for the Toughest Spot in Your Garden In this book youll learn how to prune selectively to admit more light and how to amend soil to increase its moisture retention. Youll also learn about more than 130 plants that accept reduced light and moisture levels-long-blooming woodland gems like epimediums and hellebores, and even lush foliage plants like evergreen ferns and hardy gingers, shrubs, climbers, perennials, ground covers, bulbs, annuals, and perennials - there is an entire pal ...

Echinacea, Rudbeckia and summer grasses (10000 readers)
Contributed by pph 01.08. 2011 12:00:47 Topic: Plants / Other

‘Heat’ is a powerful sensory stimulus – look at how it is used in advertising everything from perfumes to cars. Heat equates to danger, excitement, sexual attraction. Plants can very much evoke a sense of heat too, with vivid colours setting the pulse racing. Rudbeckia and Echinacea are two prairie flowers that love it as the mercury climbs and look just right shimmering in the sun. Add into the mix the calming balance of some flowering grasses and you have a ready-made planting combination that ...

Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Kew Blue' - bluebeard (9379 readers)
Contributed by havlis 01.08. 2011 11:48:12 Topic: Plants / Deciduous Shrubs

Bluebeard is an attractive shrub with rare late summer/early autumn flowering. In colder zones it is supposed to be a perennial rather than a woody shrub as it may freeze down to the ground. ...

Cornus controversa 'Variegata' - wedding cake tree, giant dogwood (15731 readers)
Contributed by havlis 01.08. 2011 11:38:01 Topic: Plants / Deciduous Shrubs

This giant dogwood has another name which, in my opinion, characterizes the plant much better = wedding cake tree. Looking at the habit of the more commonly grown cultivar Variegata one knows exactly what it means. This beauty can easily become a show-stopping specimen in a garden of literally any style. Its tiered branches look exactly like several layers of a wedding cake and the white-variegated foliage stands for rich sugary icing. Want a piece? ...

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