SHRUBS at OpdeHaar gardens

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The shrub collection at OpdeHaar is indispensable in providing structure, contrast, colour and interest to the garden throughout the year

On this page you will find information about and photos of the following shrubs:  clethra, corylopsis, daphneeuonymus, fatsia, hamamelis, hibiscus, hydrangea, ilex(holly), kalmia,  mahoniapieris, poncirus roses, sarcococca, skimmia, weigela en viburnum .   Under Miscellaneous there are also photos of the following shrubs: abelia, arbutus, aucuba, berberis, callicarpa, caryopteris, ceratostigma,chaenomele, chimonanthus, choisya, cornus, cotinus, cytisus, edgeworthia, eleagnus, enkianthus, euonymus, forsythia, gautheria, hovenia, lavatera, leucothoe, leycesteria, nandina, neillia, osmanthus, perovskia, philadelphus, physocarpus, ribes, sambucus, sarcococca, spiraea, stranvesia, symphoricarpos, en trochodendron.

Plants – Specific categories Plants – General categories
Aroid/Araceae Bulbs
Bamboo Trees
Banana (Musa) Woodland plants
Calycanthus Exoticplants
Camellia Grasses
Hosta Shrubs
Rhododendron Climbers
Ferns Perennials

All photos were taken in our garden.  Click on the photos for a larger image and a slideshow .

Clethra

Corylopsis

Daphne

Euonymus

Fatsia

Hamamelis

Hibiscus

Hydrangea

    Ilex(Hulst)

Kalmia

Kalmia are shrubs from N.America and have similar cultivation requirements to both camellia and rhododendrons with the single proviso that too much shade will restrict their flowering. Their flowering period is early summer and in this respect they commence flowering when most rhododendrons are finishing. Not surprisingly some of the most influential nurserymen such as Dick Jaynes are based in the USA and the Internet is a rich source of information which include instructive U Tube videos for people interested in some background – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5U4Xm6I9If0 . An ever-increasing range of cultivars are appearing in European nurseries and we have several throughout our gardens and the website of The European Kalmia Society ( http://www.kalmia-society.org/en/index.php ) provides a good starting point for those interested in this lovely shrub.

Mahonia

 Pieris  

Poncirus trifoliata

In the summer borders our only hardy citrus plant, Poncirus trifoliata (Japanese bitter orange) is loaded with oranges as I write on this frosty November morning. I notice that Hans Prins, Kwekerij de Groene Prins has ambitions to start a mini-citrus plantation an hour to the north of here but I don’t think we will go to these lengths. Poncirus trifoliata carries remarkable spines on its stems and is, I have read, used as a hedge to keep out unwelcome intruders. Take care not to plant it next to a path where it could catch an arm or a leg. In spring, it carries beautifully scented white flowers that ripen into tomato-sized yellow fruits in the autumn. It came from N. china to Europe in 1850 and does best in full sun and is perfectly hardy without winter protection.

Roses

 Persica or Hulthemia Roses “Babylon Eyes”

The mere mention of the word “rose” conjures up images of scent-filled beds of fully petalled flowers. However, at the first sight of one of the recently introduced varieties of Persica or Hulthemia roses, my first thought amounted to “What is it?”. We were cycling in northern Limburg in The Netherlands near Lottum which is central to several rose nurseries and has an exhibition garden. It was early and flowers were not in full flush but a bed of what can only be described as explosive colour almost shouted out for attention; the cause of all this turned out to be a collection of Peter Ilsink’s “Babylon Eyes” hybrids which are currently marketed by Interplant in the Netherlands. As I said, most of us have a fairly standard image of roses in our mind’s eye but this new range of hybrids offer something completely different and I find myself wondering how long it will be before garden designers discover the dramatic colour contrasts which somebody like the late Christopher Lloyd would undoubtedly have pounced upon.

Breeding

Nowadays, searches on Internet soon reveal that even in the late 1960’s, rose hybridisers such as Jack Harkness and Alex Cocker   had targeted Hulthemia persica as having flowers of interest in breeding programmes. Other rose breeders were quick to pick up on the potential of the idea and the US hybridiser James A. Sproul has done a lot of work which he discusses very informatively and is available on Internet – “Hulthemia roses and the red blotch” on the helpmefind.com website is particularly noteworthy. Hulthemia persica, a sub member of the rose family, is a weed occurring in central Asia – principally Iran and Afghanistan . However the foliage firmly rules them out of any garden catalogue and the plants are dried and locally used as firewood after harvesting.

“Babylon Eyes” characteristics

The flower is characterised by dark central flecks (which conjured up images of Cistus varieties when I first saw them). Rose hybridisers have now achieved plants having attractive foliage, long-season repeat flowering and claims including fragrance, disease resistance and no necessity for dead-heading. We have several of the “Babylon Eyes” series still in pots and I therefore can’t yet offer any comment on performance in the light of the claims (summer 2017) or to how they perform in planting schemes in the open garden. As I said, reference to Internet quickly reveals that rose breeders around the world are introducing these hybrid Persica or Hulthemia roses and one can’t help but feel they have a big future. Indeed, practically all groups visiting the garden since I bought the plants spontaneously group around the pots and ask first if they are for sale and then want to know where they can buy them! 

References

Some references to commercially available hybrids besides the Babylon Eyes already mentioned are:

http://www.starrosesandplants.com/plants/series/eyeconic-roses
http://www.newplantsandflowers.com/hulthemia-hybrids-enriches-rose-assortment/

Sarcococca

Skimmia

Viburnum

Weigela

Miscellaneous

Under Miscellaneous there are photos of the following shrubs: abelia, arbutus, aucuba, berberis, callicarpa, caryopteris, ceratostigma,chaenomele, chimonanthus, choisya, cornus, cotinus, cytisus, edgeworthia, eleagnus, enkianthus, euonymus, forsythia, gautheria, hovenia, lavatera, leucothoe, leycesteria, nandina, neillia, osmanthus, perovskia, philadelphus, physocarpus, ribes, sambucus, sarcococca, spiraea, stranvesia, symphoricarpos, en trochodendron. 

Abelia schumannii                                       Abelia schumannii Arbutus unedo                                       Arbutus unedo Arbutus unedo rubra                                       Arbutus unedo rubra Aucuba himalaica                                      Aucuba himalaica Aucuba himalaica                                    Aucuba himalaica Aucuba japonica Rozannie                                       Aucuba japonica Rozannie Berberis lologensis Mystery Fire                                       Berberis lologensis Mystery Fire Berberis thunbergii Red Chief                                       Berberis thunbergii Red Chief Callicarpa bodinieri Profusion      Callicarpa bodinieri Profusion Callicarpa bodinieri Profusion      Callicarpa bodinieri Profusion Caryopteris clandonensis White Surprise                                       Caryopteris clandonensis White Surprise Caryopteris clandonensis Worcester Gold                                       Caryopteris clandonensis Worcester Gold Ceratostigma willmottianum                                       Ceratostigma willmottianum Chaenomele praecox                                       Chaenomele praecox Chaenomeles japonica                                       Chaenomeles japonica Chamomeles x superba Pink Lady                                       Chamomeles x superba Pink Lady Chimonanthus praecox                                     Chimonanthus praecox Choisya tenata Sundance     Choisya tenata Sundance Choisya tenata Sundance                                       Choisya tenata Sundance Choisya ternata Atzec Pearl                                        Choisya ternata Atzec Pearl Cornus alba Sibirica                                        Cornus alba Sibirica Cotinus coggygria                                        Cotinus coggygria Cotinus coggygria Royal Purple    Cotinus coggygria Royal Purple Cytisus battandieri                                   Cytisus battandieri Edgeworthia  papyrifera                                        Edgeworthia papyrifera Edgeworthia chrysantha Grandiflora                                       Edgeworthia chrysantha Grandiflora Edgeworthia chrysantha Grandiflora       Edgeworthia chrysantha Grandiflora Edgeworthia chrysantha Grandiflora                                  Edgeworthia chrysantha Grandiflora Edgeworthia chrysantha Grandiflora                                   Edgeworthia chrysantha Grandiflora Eleagnus pungens maculata                                        Eleagnus pungens maculata Enkianthus campanulatus           Enkianthus campanulatus Enkianthus campanulatus       Enkianthus campanulatus Forsythia intermedia                                        Forsythia intermedia Forsythia Intermedia Golden Times                                        Forsythia Intermedia Golden Times Gaultheria shallon                                        Gaultheria shallon Hovenia dulcis                                 Hovenia dulcis Hovenia dulcis (                          Hovenia dulcis ( Lavatera Barnsley                                       Lavatera Barnsley Lavatera Burdundy Wine                                      Lavatera Burdundy Wine Leucothoe axillaris Curly Red                                     Leucothoe axillaris Curly Red Leycesteria formosa Golden Lanterns                                    Leycesteria formosa Golden Lanterns Nandina domestica Sunset       Nandina domestica Sunset Nandina domestica Sunset       Nandina domestica Sunset Neillia thibetica                                 Neillia thibetica Neviusia alabamensis                                Neviusia alabamensis Osmanthus delavayi latifolius                               Osmanthus delavayi latifolius Osmanthus heterophyllus Variegata          Osmanthus heterophyllus Variegata Osmanthus heterophyllus Variegata                              Osmanthus heterophyllus Variegata Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spire                             Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spire Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spire (2)                           Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spire (2) Philadelphus coronarius                          Philadelphus coronarius Philadelphus Dame Blanche        Philadelphus Dame Blanche physocarpus opulifolius Diabolo                       physocarpus opulifolius Diabolo Physocarpus opulifolius Diabolo with clematis flower                      Physocarpus opulifolius Diabolo with clematis flower Ribes laurifolium                 Ribes laurifolium Ribes odoratum aureum                Ribes odoratum aureum Ribes sanguineum King Edward VII               Ribes sanguineum King Edward VII Ribes sanguineum White Icicle              Ribes sanguineum White Icicle Sambucus nigra Black Lace             Sambucus nigra Black Lace Sambucus nigra Thundercloud            Sambucus nigra Thundercloud Sarcococca hookeriana var. Humilis      Sarcococca hookeriana var. Humilis Skimmia confusa Kew Green Skimmia confusa Kew Green Skimmia japonica Skimmia japonica Skimmia japonica (2) Skimmia japonica (2) Skimmia japonica (3) Skimmia japonica (3) Skimmia japonica Bronze Knight Skimmia japonica Bronze Knight Skimmia japonica Fructo Albo Skimmia japonica Fructo Albo Skimmia japonica Fructo Albo (2) Skimmia japonica Fructo Albo (2) Skimmia japonica Magic Marlot (1) Skimmia japonica Magic Marlot (1) Skimmia japonica Magic Marlot (2) Skimmia japonica Magic Marlot (2) Skimmia japonica Rubella Skimmia japonica Rubella Skimmia japonica Veitchii Skimmia japonica Veitchii Spiracea nipponica Spiracea nipponica Spiraea Spiraea Spiraea bullata Spiraea bullata Spiraea Bumalda Gold Flame Spiraea Bumalda Gold Flame Stranvesia davidiana Palette Stranvesia davidiana Palette Symphoricarpus albus Symphoricarpus albus Trochodendron araloides Trochodendron araloides

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