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Osmanthus armatus - sweet olive Plants / Evergreen Shrubs

Osmanthus armatus - sweet olive

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 …

Ilex cornuta - chinese holly Plants / Evergreen Shrubs

Ilex cornuta - chinese holly

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 Plants / Deciduous Shrubs

Hibiscus syriacus 'Duc de brabant' - Rose of Sharon

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 …

Campsis radicans 'Flava' - trumpet creeper Plants / Deciduous Trees

Campsis radicans 'Flava' - trumpet creeper, Tree form

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 Plants / Deciduous Shrubs

Aralia spinosa - devil's walkingstick

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 …

Prunus serrulata 'Amanogawa' - flowering cherry Plants / Deciduous Trees

Prunus serrulata 'Amanogawa' - flowering cherry

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 …

Prunus laurocerasus 'Rotundifolia' - cherry laurel Plants / Evergreen Shrubs

Prunus laurocerasus 'Rotundifolia' - cherry laurel

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 …

Landscaping With Fruit Other / Books

Landscaping With Fruit: Strawberry ground covers, blueberry hedges, grape arbors ...

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 …

Mespilus germanica - common medlar Plants / Fruit woods

Mespilus germanica - common medlar

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 …

Morus nigra - black mulberry Plants / Fruit woods

Morus nigra - black mulberry

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. …