Useful Websites for gardens and plants

The website links below are ones which we find particularly helpful and many, but not all, are referred to in the text of our website. It goes without saying that we can not take any responsibility for the accuracy or content of these third party websites and we are very much aware that the list is far from comprehensive. If you do feel that a link should be added, please do not hesitate to let us know by sending an email, but please also respect our discretion to decide which websites we will include in this list. Finally, the list below does NOT include sites where salient text is only in Dutch. These can be found by clicking on the Dutch flag.

Aroids and Arisaemas International Aroid Society Tony Avent’s (USA) – good pictures and information on arisaemas and other plants. An Aroid Specialist with  a wide range of Aroids for sale, including Arisaema, Amorphophallus, Arum, Colocasia and Zantedeschia.


There are three camellia society sites that have good pictorials etc. American Camellia Society Duchy of Cornwall nursery – an excellent nursery site in the UK,en-us International Camellia Society

Exotic plants (palms, banana, bamboo, etc.)

Many specialist nurseries have informative websites and those below have a UK bias. On the Dutch page, they tend to be Benelux based, but some sites have an English language option, so please do a quick check of these as well. For good general information and extensive further links see: Ring to link sites featuring exotic plants / gardening in a cooler climate. Pan-Global Plants is a specialist nursery founded by Nick Macer in 1997. Located in the Severn Valley of Gloucestershire, he provides an inspiring selection of the finest, most desirable and often rarest plants capable of growing on these isles.

Bamboo societies (excellent links to suppliers and other information)  The American Bamboo society

Good nursery sites are: Something for people interested in (very) usual plants Tony Avent’s highly informative site including plants for sale in the USA The Urban Jungle Nursery, UK David’s exotic plants, UK The Palm Nursery, UK

Suppliers of seeds are: Jungle seeds and gardens, UK B & T World Seeds, France

 Ferns Europe’s premier fern nursery A good website for ferns A website with special and rare ferns


There are numerous links on hostas, many we use are primarily in Dutch and not given here so the adventerous reader may like to click over to the Dutch site as well. Many national hosta societies have useful sites. British Hosta and hemerocallis society Dutch hosta society American hosta society<<> Good for photographs<<><<> Fransen hostas gives comprehensive descriptions An excellent source for background information on hosta hybrids An article on fragrant hostas

Magnolia RHS Rhododendron, Camellia & Magnolia group

Rhododendron The purpose of this website is to give an overview (photos and information) of as many rhododendron species and cultivars (hybrids) as possible. A virtual botanical garden. A virtual arboretum. An online database with information and pictures. Esveld – one of Europe’s major specialists American Rhododendron Society RHS Rhododendron, Camellia & Magnolia group


National Rose Societies have excellent informative sites and provide additional links. Simply putting “rose society”into Google yields many more. UK Royal National Rose Society The Canadian Rose Society

Shade plants

Clearly, links under other sections are relevant (e.g.hosta , ferns, aroids, rhododendrons) but two excellent sites from shade plant specialists are: Crug Farm Plants in N. Wales Hessenhof in Netherlands (plant descriptions only in Dutch) 10 plants that are great for shady gardens

General Websites

  The selection here is ineviatably idiosyncratic, but here goes: Esveld has a massive databank of photos that are excellent when used in conjunction with data in other books, such as The Hiller Manual of Trees and Shrubs An Australian online resource for lovers of gardens with a growing international listing of private gardens. (Click on “gardening resources”, then on “gardens” and finally on “private”) Bob Brown’s “Cotswold GArden Flowers”nursery is well worth a visit if you are looking for something unusual  An interesting blog from a lady in New Zealand on how to start a garden. tips and ideas about flower gardening collection of different types of gardening databases and information flower image database for easy identification of hundreds of different flowers



Other links to open gardens  
A website with many open gardens all over Europe, visited by Garden Tours. Groei en Bloei Groei en Bloei section Nijkerk and Hoevelaken Gives ideas for garden visits and other trips in The Netherlands. Many links to open gardens in The Netherlands.  Many links to open private gardens in The Netherlands. Many links to open gardens in The Netherlands An inspiration source for gardeners and country people (in Dutch)

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