Spiraea japonica – colorful and easy-going family

Spiraea japonica orange leaves

Spiraea japonica – it looks beautiful and is easy to grow. Japanese Spiraea (known as Japanese Meadowsweet) come from Asia, they naturally occur from the Himalayas to Japan. They most likely arrived in Europe in the second half of the 19th century and … they settled in perfectly. The name Spiraea is derived from the Greek […]

Ilex is a magical plant and a holy Celtic tree


ILEX, KNOWN AS A HOLLY TREE, HAS MAGICAL QUALITIES In the past, that was a holly Celtic tree. In England, planted near the house, protects against witches. In Ireland, people plant holly a little further away from the house so as not to disturb fairies who like to live in it. Ilex is well established […]

Evergreen. But not coniferous.

Prunus laurocerasus

Evergreen plants are much more than just traditional Thuja, Juniperus, or Picea Among the evergreen plants that are perfect for a hedge, we have Prunus laurocerasus (Laurels) and Prunus lusitanica (Portuguese Laurel). How are they different? Prunus lusitanica grows up to several meters in height but has a narrower habit than Prunus laurocerasus. They also […]

Lavender fields…

Lavandula, butterfly, lavender

Lavender. Romantic fields, practical borders, and tasty spice Most of us associate lavender with the south of France and its endless, purple, incredibly photogenic fields. Even, purple rows of plants against the setting sun look great on Instagram. Fortunately, anyone can have their own lavender field. Or at least a single plant in a pot. […]

Cotoneaster has flowers like dewdrops on a spider’s web


Cotoneaster has flowers like dewdrops on a spider’s web This is how, in our opinion, the white, delicate Cotoneaster flowers look like in spring. Densely and regularly embedded on shoots, they are not only beautiful and impressive but also attract bees. In summer, the Cotoneaster looks modest with its dark green, leathery leaves (remember, however, […]

Prunus laurocersus Sofia is frost resistant to -25ᵒC

Prunus laurocerasus Sofia is exceptionally beautiful and… resistant to frost, and at the same time is evergreen.   Sofia has very nice, narrow leaves with serrated edges. It looks much more delicate (and also more exotic) than other laurels. It can be planted as solitaire or in groups, e.g. as a hedge. In sunny positions, […]

Thuja occidentalis ‘Sunny Smaragd’ PBR

Thuja occidentalis ‘Sunny Smaragd’ PBR connects beautiful, sunny color and all positive characteristics of green ‘Smaragd’   ‘Sunny Smaragd’ is just different than other yellow thuyas – there are 8 special characteristics: It can grow in full sun, and yet it doesn’t suffer from sunburn so typical for other colored thuyas. Planted even in partial shade […]