SHRUBS at OpdeHaar gardens

Rosa Leonaro da Vinci
Rosa Leonardo da Vinci

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

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/
http://www.lens-roses.be/html/nieuws.dhtml?session_id=30608407233&language=F&oper=detail&news_id=26

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. 

Trochodendron araloides Trochodendron araloides Symphoricarpus albus Symphoricarpus albus Stranvesia davidiana Palette Stranvesia davidiana Palette Spiraea Bumalda Gold Flame Spiraea Bumalda Gold Flame Spiraea bullata Spiraea bullata Spiraea Spiraea Spiracea nipponica Spiracea nipponica Skimmia japonica Veitchii Skimmia japonica Veitchii Skimmia japonica Rubella Skimmia japonica Rubella Skimmia japonica Magic Marlot (2) Skimmia japonica Magic Marlot (2) Skimmia japonica Magic Marlot (1) Skimmia japonica Magic Marlot (1) Skimmia japonica Fructo Albo (2) Skimmia japonica Fructo Albo (2) Skimmia japonica Fructo Albo Skimmia japonica Fructo Albo Skimmia japonica Bronze Knight Skimmia japonica Bronze Knight Skimmia japonica (3) Skimmia japonica (3) Skimmia japonica (2) Skimmia japonica (2) Skimmia japonica Skimmia japonica Skimmia confusa Kew Green Skimmia confusa Kew Green Sarcococca hookeriana var. Humilis    Sarcococca hookeriana var. Humilis Sambucus nigra Thundercloud       Sambucus nigra Thundercloud Sambucus nigra Black Lace        Sambucus nigra Black Lace Ribes sanguineum White Icicle         Ribes sanguineum White Icicle Ribes sanguineum King Edward VII          Ribes sanguineum King Edward VII Ribes odoratum aureum           Ribes odoratum aureum Ribes laurifolium            Ribes laurifolium Physocarpus opulifolius Diabolo with clematis flower                 Physocarpus opulifolius Diabolo with clematis flower physocarpus opulifolius Diabolo                  physocarpus opulifolius Diabolo Philadelphus Dame Blanche   Philadelphus Dame Blanche Philadelphus coronarius                     Philadelphus coronarius Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spire (2)                      Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spire (2) Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spire                        Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spire Osmanthus heterophyllus Variegata     Osmanthus heterophyllus Variegata Osmanthus heterophyllus Variegata                         Osmanthus heterophyllus Variegata Osmanthus delavayi latifolius                          Osmanthus delavayi latifolius Neviusia alabamensis                           Neviusia alabamensis Neillia thibetica                            Neillia thibetica Nandina domestica Sunset  Nandina domestica Sunset Nandina domestica Sunset  Nandina domestica Sunset Leycesteria formosa Golden Lanterns                               Leycesteria formosa Golden Lanterns Leucothoe axillaris Curly Red                                Leucothoe axillaris Curly Red Lavatera Burdundy Wine                                 Lavatera Burdundy Wine Lavatera Barnsley                                  Lavatera Barnsley Hovenia dulcis (                     Hovenia dulcis ( Hovenia dulcis                            Hovenia dulcis Gaultheria shallon                                   Gaultheria shallon Forsythia Intermedia Golden Times                                   Forsythia Intermedia Golden Times Forsythia intermedia                                   Forsythia intermedia Enkianthus campanulatus      Enkianthus campanulatus Enkianthus campanulatus  Enkianthus campanulatus Eleagnus pungens maculata                                   Eleagnus pungens maculata Edgeworthia chrysantha Grandiflora                                  Edgeworthia chrysantha Grandiflora Edgeworthia chrysantha Grandiflora  Edgeworthia chrysantha Grandiflora Edgeworthia chrysantha Grandiflora                             Edgeworthia chrysantha Grandiflora Edgeworthia chrysantha Grandiflora                              Edgeworthia chrysantha Grandiflora Edgeworthia  papyrifera                                   Edgeworthia papyrifera Cytisus battandieri                              Cytisus battandieri Cotinus coggygria                                   Cotinus coggygria Cornus alba Sibirica                                   Cornus alba Sibirica Choisya ternata Atzec Pearl                                   Choisya ternata Atzec Pearl Choisya tenata Sundance Choisya tenata Sundance
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