Hello Cutting Edge Gardeners!

Here are 10 new, newish or uncommon plants that we have at the nursery right now that love it hot and sunny. Grow them in your baking locations or in containers in full sun. They all bloom for months on end except for the Melianthus that smells like peanut butter for months on end (well, it always smells like peanut butter) and has awesome foliage.

Have a look and enjoy!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

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Ten Hot Plants for Hot Spots

Echibeckia 'Summerina Brown' - Echibeckia - Echibeckia is a unique cross between two classic perennials: Echinacea and Rudbeckia. The Summerina hybrids are fast-growing and disease resistant. The flowers are large at over three inches in diametre. Plants bloom for 2-3 months or more. Echibeckia 'Summerina Orange' - Echibeckia - Echibeckia is a unique cross between two classic perennials: Echinacea and Rudbeckia. The Summerina hybrids are fast-growing and disease resistant. The flowers are large at over three inches in diametre. Plants bloom for 2-3 months or more. 'Summerina Orange' has striking orange, yellow and rust-coloured flowers with dark centres.
Echinacea 'Hot Papaya' - Coneflower - Sizzling, red orange, double cones with falling tails heat up the sun border in summer. Contrasting dark burgundy, sturdy stems. Upright, with lance-shaped leaves. From the Cone-fections Series which offers reliably hardy, very floriferous, stocky plants with strong sturdy stems. Wonderful planted en masse and superb as a cut flower. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering. Echinacea 'Green Jewel' - Coneflower - This incredibly unique echinacea was discovered by Piet Oudolf. Light green ray petals surround the large, green cone of this sweetly fragrant coneflower. The plants have an upright habit and a height of just 20-24 inches, so no staking is required. Praised for their cheerful brightly coloured flowers, coneflowers are a mainstay in today's garden. The dried seed heads provide architectural interest in the winter and are a good food source for finches and other birds.
Echinacea 'Hot Papaya' - Coneflower - There is no other coneflower like this one. 'Supreme Cantaloupe' is just that: the colour of ripe cantaloupe! Imagine colour combinations with pink, magenta and blue. Fragrant. Part of the new Supreme Series of mid-size double-flowered coneflowers. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering. Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' - Baby Sage - Very cool and an all time Phoenix Perennials bestseller. This is a fast-growing wild selection of a Mexican sage which is adorned with stunning bicolour flowers -- white flowers with red lips -- from May until frost. But the expression of colour is temperature sensitive. In spring the flowers are usually all red, later bicoloured/hot lipped and in the heat of the summer all white, then returning to bicoloured and then red again in the fall. Will produce thousands of flowers in a season. Well-drained soil in full sun. Hard prune each spring. Even worth it as an annual in colder climates.

Salvia Suncrest 'Fire Dancer' - Baby Sage - 'Fire Dancer' has small, scented leaves and firey, coral-red flowers. It is a long-blooming cultivar producing hundreds of flowers all summer long. Use in containers or hot borders.

We also have 'Lemon Light', 'Autumn Moon', and 'Flamenco Rose'.

Melianthus major - Peanut Butter Plant - This intriguing plant has beautiful rippled and dissected pinnate, powdery blue foliage on stems between three and six feet. It is shy to flower in our climate though I have seen the intriguing red spikes on a few occasions in Vancouver and Victoria. The most interesting aspect of this plant is the fragrance of the foliage which is very close to that of peanut butter. Plant with chocolate cosmos, Cosmos atrosanguineus, to turn your border into a peanut butter cup!
Erysimum 'Honeyberry' - Wallflower - This shrub-like perennial offers elegant variegated mounds of foliage and magenta and purple, fragrant flowers from spring through summer. Sheer lightly when flowering slows or when flower stems become too long. Rebloom will start shortly thereafter. Wallflowers have a reputation for being short-lived in Vancouver. For long-lived, compact specimens plant them in a hot, dry, sunny spot in the garden where they will last for years. Zaluzianskya ovata - Night Phlox - This intriguing little South African native forms mounds of fuzzy leaves that produce deep pink buds opening to charming, white, fragrant flowers. During the days the flowers put forth a strange fragrance but at night they increase their olfactory output becoming a sweet, heady fragrance. Hardier in leaner, thinner soils.

All these plants are available now. Come see them!

 

 


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