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Osmanthus armatus - sweet olive (9144 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 (5620 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. ...

Pyracantha 'Navaho' - firethorn (6507 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 laurocerasus 'Rotundifolia' - cherry laurel (6550 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. ...

Osmanthus aquifolium - sweet olive, tea olive (14336 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. ...

Viburnum davidii - David viburnum (15529 readers)
Contributed by havlis 01.02. 2010 13:53:15 Topic: Plants / Evergreen Shrubs

David viburnum is a handsome, compact little shrub , with eye-catching foliage. The leaves are elliptic, emerald green with pink-red stalks, and have remarkable deep veins, which give this shrub an additional 3D image. The flower buds are pink-ish, too, but the flowers themselves are not what this plant stands for, though you might like to be lucky enough to have them pollinated to see the sky blue fruits rippening in the autumn. ...

Aucuba japonica 'Variegata' - Japanese Aucuba (19479 readers)
Contributed by abies 11.03. 2009 14:18:16 Topic: Plants / Evergreen Shrubs

Aucuba japonica Variegata is a great choice for even the shadiest of landscapes because it is extremely shade tolerant. It also grows well in partial sun. It grows to a form of a rounded, evergreen shrub. It has large, elliptic, glossy, yellow spotted, leathery leaves. Under dense trees, its roots compete successfully with other roots. ...

Ceanothus x 'Blue Sapphire' - blueblossom (23366 readers)
Contributed by havlis 07.06. 2008 07:01:38 Topic: Plants / Evergreen Shrubs

Californian blue lilac | This Californian lilac is an outstanding introduction from New Zealand. In the warmer days of late spring it blooms with profusion of dense panicles of deep blue flowers. Leaves are short, obovate, dark green with reddish brown tint. Branches are chocolate brown, fragile and thin. It needs slightly acidic soil, rich in organic material, moist. ...

Viburnum 'Eskimo' - Eskimo viburnum (26698 readers)
Contributed by havlis 27.05. 2008 10:26:11 Topic: Plants / Evergreen Shrubs

Eskimo is a jewel among viburnums . It is an evergreen or semi-evergreen, compact shrub, growing slowly about 1m tall and wide. In mid-spring it makes almost spherical corymbs of pure white, lightly scented flowers. ...

Mahonia aquifolium 'Apollo' - Oregon grape (32240 readers)
Contributed by havlis 17.05. 2008 13:13:41 Topic: Plants / Evergreen Shrubs

An old-fashioned plant that is so easy to grow can turn into a jewel in your garden if you give it what it needs. We are used to seeing it in country gardens where it does not look its best, often put in the silliest corner, just waiting for the autumn to be sheared like sheep for the attractive evergreen leaves. ...

Rhododendron 'Golden Gate' - rhododendron (86369 readers)
Contributed by havlis 20.04. 2008 21:13:06 Topic: Plants / Evergreen Shrubs

Compact hybrid | Rhododendrons are reliable, beautifully flowering, evergreen shrubs of variable origin: S.W. China, Himalayas, Northern America, and even Europe. The original species were hybridized several times for better performance so in the 1950´s there were more than 10,000 cultivars registered, and the number keeps increasing. “Goledn Gate” is quite unique. It has small, funnel shaped flowers of pink and orange flower with soft reddish flare. It likes summer sun, but not in winter or spr ...

Ilex x meserveae 'Heckenstar'® - blue holly (36985 readers)
Contributed by havlis 08.04. 2008 08:34:47 Topic: Plants / Evergreen Shrubs

Castle Wall™ | Heckenstar® is quite a novelty from Germany, bred by Hans Hachmann and patented only in 1998. It is a cross ilex aquifolium „Pyramidalis“ and ilex x meserveae „Blue Prince“® . The result is a strictly upright growing, very hardy, evergreen shrub. Outside Europe it is distributed under trade name Castle Wall™. ...

Ilex x meserveae 'Casanova' - blue holly, Meserve holly (12172 readers)
Contributed by havlis 08.04. 2008 08:24:57 Topic: Plants / Evergreen Shrubs

We are always happy to hear about any success as far as increasing plants hardiness. And when it happens and a new plant variety is hardy and at the same time beautiful we are lost for words. Casanova is the one that left us speechless. It is a brand new variety that was only in 2006 introduced at the international nurseries fair in Essen, Germany. ...

Rhododendron ponticum 'Variegatum' - rhododendron (49816 readers)
Contributed by havlis 02.04. 2008 14:36:43 Topic: Plants / Evergreen Shrubs

Rhododendrons are reliable, beautifully flowering, evergreen shrubs of variable origin: S.W. China, Himalayas, Northern America, and even Europe. The original species were hybridized several times for better performance so in the 1950´s there were more than 10,000 cultivars registered, and the number keeps increasing. ...

Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Angel'® - blue holly, Meserve holly (17602 readers)
Contributed by havlis 02.04. 2008 14:21:51 Topic: Plants / Evergreen Shrubs

Blue Angel ® is a favourite 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. It needs a male pollinator e.g. Blue Prince®. Leaves are very glossy, larger than other blue’s, deep green, young ones are almost violet-blue. The leaves have crinkled edges as a result of further crossing with ilex aquifolium. This variety is slow growing. ...

Pieris japonica 'Katsura' - lily of the valley (22558 readers)
Contributed by havlis 02.04. 2008 14:13:51 Topic: Plants / Evergreen Shrubs

Lily of the valley shrub is an attractive evergreen shrub with handsome flowers and striking red new leaves. Vase-shaped flowers are pink and hang on pink stamens in slightly pendent, long racemes. “Katsura” is the darkest variety with deep burgundy red new leaves, which turn to dark green in summer. ...

Pieris japonica 'Little Heath' - dwarf Japanese pieris (24048 readers)
Contributed by havlis 17.03. 2008 10:35:24 Topic: Plants / Evergreen Shrubs

Little Heath is a dwarf variety of pieris. It is a neat little shrub with short, elongated, pointed leaves of mid green colour with white margins. New leaves emerge orange to copper red. It grows very slowly and forms a compact shrub without pruning. It likes moist, slightly acidic soil. Once established it withstands temporary summer droughts. ...

Rhododendron 'Brasilia' INKARHO® - rhododendron (16530 readers)
Contributed by havlis 12.03. 2008 13:16:58 Topic: Plants / Evergreen Shrubs

Brasilia is another sensational variety which has the long-desired orange shade in the flower colour. The flowers are a combination of salmon pink and light orange, with slightly frilled margins. The overall colour appearance is a nice and warm shade of orangey-pink. ...

Rhododendron 'Balalaika' INKARHO® - rhododendron (10526 readers)
Contributed by havlis 12.03. 2008 13:13:07 Topic: Plants / Evergreen Shrubs

Balalaika is a one of the few sensational varieties which have orange shades in the flower colour. The flower margins are salmon pink, grading through rich orange to deep yellow in the throat. The blooming shrub looks exquisitely but naturally at the same time. ...

Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var.repens - creeping blueblossom (44934 readers)
Contributed by havlis 08.03. 2008 10:49:46 Topic: Plants / Evergreen Shrubs

Creeping blueblossom (Californian lilac) is a beautiful, true blue flowering mounding shrub. It grows about 0.5m tall and spreads 1-2m wide. New branches are soft and drooping. Flowers are dense panicles of tiny, sky blue blossoms and appear in warmer days of late spring. ...

Buxus sempervirens 'Aureovariegata' - English box (19732 readers)
Contributed by havlis 05.03. 2008 12:56:47 Topic: Plants / Evergreen Shrubs

English box is a well-known and popular evergreen shrub, used in both town and country gardens. Unless you grow it for trimming into a certain shape it is absolutely maintenance-free and a reliable feature. Leaves of Aureovariegata have creamy-yellow margins, some of them may be completely yellow, others entirely green. It is ideal to light up dark corners or highlight borders with other evergreen shrubs of only green colour. It mixes well with broadleaves as well as conifers. ...

Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Princess' - blue holly, Meserve holly (36144 readers)
Contributed by havlis 21.02. 2008 08:56:49 Topic: Plants / Evergreen Shrubs

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. ...

Ilex x meserveae 'Mesgolg' GOLDEN GIRL ® - blue holly, Meserve holly (16228 readers)
Contributed by havlis 20.02. 2008 09:22:17 Topic: Plants / Evergreen Shrubs

GOLDEN GIRL ® is probably the first ever patented holly with yellow berries in the world, US plant patent 7652 from 1990, as a cross between ilex aquifolium ´Fructa Lutea´and ilex rugosa . Yellow fruits are an awesome feature because it never happened with any other blue holly before. And it has at least two more attractive features to be sought after for: gorgeous leaves and excellent hardiness. ...

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Monria' - Tropical Hibiscus (8616 readers)
Contributed by amazon 19.02. 2008 09:01:15 Topic: Plants / Evergreen Shrubs

Kona Princess series; aka Itsy Bitsy® | Hibiscus Itsy Bitsy is a profuse blooming evergreen shrub valued for its small, bright red flowers. This very showy accent is ideal for containers, against walls, along sunny walkways, accenting columns, or anywhere season long color is desired. When using in pots, add seasonal flowers for extra color. Clip to maintain topiary shape. Full sun to partial shade. Hardy to about 30°s, so move container under cover in the winter months. Shipped in its original ...

Ceanothus impressus 'Victoria' - blueblos, California lilac (37578 readers)
Contributed by havlis 16.02. 2008 19:28:30 Topic: Plants / Evergreen Shrubs

This charming shrub is called blueblossom or California lilac. It has nothing to do with lilacs though. The flowers are absolutely amazing, not violet, not pale, just unbeatable sky blue. They are formed in rounded, terminal cymes and come out in early June and usually last for about a month. That is another reason to own this gorgeousness. There are so many of them every year that they totally cover the plant. Evergreen leaves are only 2-3 cm long, ovate, dark green, very glossy and deeply vein ...

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