Hello Gardeners Across Canada!

In this installment of the Mail Order Alert we highlight a number of unusual yet beautiful bulbs to grace your garden with spring enchantment: Corydalis, Fritillaria, Ipheion, Leucojum, and Erythronium. In all, these are some of our favourite bulbs. Enjoy!

This year as part of of our Rare Bulb offerings we have 135 rare, unusual, and awesome selections for you - up from just 50 last year! So many cool bulbs. Have a look below and follow the link to see our full selection. As with last year, quantities available are small so please order early. There are only 8-15 packages available of each bulb and these can go very quickly when just a few people order a few packs each.

We are also very excited about our selection of hardy Cypripedium lady's slipper orchids which has doubled this year to 31 different cultivars. These are hardy almost everywhere in Canada, even into zone 2 and 3 with protection! This is truly a group of choice, choice plants for every Canadian gardener. You'll find information on these exquisite plants below as well.

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

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Bulbs for Unusual Beauty
Fill your spring garden with rare beauties to delight and inspire

Bulbs offer an unusual beauty that perennials and shrubs can't offer. Layering these bulbs under groundcovers, beneath the limbs of deciduous shrubs and trees, and between later-emerging perennials is an incredible way to enhance the density and diversity of the beauty in your garden.

Try the hydra-headed fumeworts or the white or blue spires of starry camas lilies, the odd pomp of the crown imperials or the ringing bells of their less preposterous Fritillaria cousins, the cheerfulness of the spring starflowers or the demure beauty of dogtooth violets and Leucojum, the spring and autumn snowflakes.

Below we introduce you to these unusual yet beautiful bulbs. If the plant lust starts welling up in your heart just keep scrolling down to find out how to order them!

Corydalis solida 'Beth Evans' - Fumewort - An exquisite spring ephemeral for the shade garden, Corydalis solida emerges in early spring with delicate, green to bluish-green foliage followed by masses of tubular flowers that look like little dragons. 'Beth Evans' offers mid to glowing pink flowers. Will go dormant by summer. Plant around late emerging perennials such as hosta. Corydalis solida 'G.P. Baker' - Fumewort - An exquisite spring ephemeral for the shade garden, Corydalis solida emerges in early spring with delicate, green to bluish-green foliage followed by masses of tubular flowers that look like little dragons. 'G.P. Baker' offers deepest pink to near-red flowers. Will go dormant by summer. Plant around late emerging perennials such as hosta.
Corydalis solida 'Purple Bird' - Fumewort - An exquisite spring ephemeral for the shade garden, C. solida emerges in early spring with delicate, green to bluish-green foliage followed by masses of tubular flowers that look like little dragons. 'Purple Bird' offers warm purple flowers. Will go dormant by summer. Plant around late emerging perennials such as hosta. Camassia leichtlinii 'Semiplena' - Great Camas - Camassia leichtlinii 'Semiplena' has elegant spires covered with masses of double, star-shaped white flowers with glittering yellow anthers. This is a larger and more stately species than C. quamash. Native from BC to southern California.
Camassia cusickii - Cusick's Camas - Native to eastern Oregon, Camassia cusickii has star-shaped, pale icy blue flowers on stems from two to three feet in height. More drought tolerant than C. quamash and C. leichtlinii. Camassia cusickii 'Zwanenburg' - Cusick's Camas - Camassia 'Zwanenburg' is a special deep blue form of Cusick's camas perfect for growing in full sun to part shade in average to moist soils. Native to eastern Oregon, the species normally has star-shaped, pale icy blue flowers on stems from two to three feet in height. Very hardy.
Camassia leichtlinii 'Alba' - Great Camas - Camassia leichtlinii 'Alba' has elegant spires covered with masses of star-shaped white flowers. This is a larger more stately species than C. quamash. Native from BC to southern California. Camassia leichtlinii 'Blue Heaven' - Great Camas - Camassia leichtlinii 'Blue Heaven' has elegant spires covered with masses of star-shaped icy blue flowers with glittering yellow anthers. This is a larger and more stately species than C. quamash. Native from BC to southern California.

Camassia leichtlinii 'Sacajawea' - Great Camas - Camassia leichtlinii 'Sacajawea' has elegant spires covered with masses of star-shaped white flowers with glittering yellow anthers and with variegated foliage. The green leaves sport a thin white edge. This is a larger more stately species than C. quamash. Native from BC to southern California.

Ipheion uniflorum 'Tessa' - Spring Starflower - Ipheion uniflorum 'Tessa' has lavender-pink flowers with deeper-coloured midribs with yellow centres and sweet fragrance. Ipheion are South American bulbs that are long-blooming and will thrive from part shade situations into sun. The foliage, if rubbed or crushed, smells of onions. Good for naturalizing and deer resistant.

Ipheion uniflorum 'Jessie' - Spring Starflower - Ipheion 'Jessie' is the darkest blue of the starflowers with sky blue to mid blue petals with a central royal blue stripe and sweet fragrance. Ipheion are South American bulbs that are long-blooming. 'Jessie' can bloom for up to 8 weeks and thrive from part shade situations into sun. The foliage, if rubbed or crushed, smells of onions. Good for naturalizing and deer resistant.

Ipheion uniflorum 'White Star' - Spring Starflower - Ipheion uniflorum 'White Star' has pure white star-like flowers with a greyish-white central midrib on each petal which surround yellow centres and sweet fragrance. Ipheion are South American bulbs that are long-blooming and will thrive from part shade situations into sun. The foliage, if rubbed or crushed, smells of onions. Good for naturalizing and deer resistant.
Fritillaria aurea 'Golden Flag' - Fritillaria - Fritillaria aurea 'Golden Flag' is a short species from Turkey with large golden yellow bells lightly speckled with red. The stems and foliage are grey-green. Full sun and good drainage. Fritillaria bucharica 'Giant' - Russian Fritillaria - Fritillaria bucharica is a rare and beautiful species with whorls of greyish-green, lance-shaped leaves on arching stems sporting beautiful, pure white, bell-shaped flowers with green centres. Provide good drainage in full sun.
Fritillaria elwesii - Fritillaria - Fritillaria elwesii is for sophisticated gardeners who like unusual flowers and beautiful form. This rare species from southern Turkey has thin, grey-green leaves and upright stems to 16 inches that hold clusters of one to a few pendulous, long, green and burgundy bells. Provide good drainage in full sun. Fritillaria imperialis 'Argenteovariegata' - Crown Imperial - The crown imperial (Fritillaria imperialis) is a dramatic yet structurally peculiar species. Vertical stems to 3 feet tall are covered in whorls of lance-shaped leaves on their lower halves, then naked for the top half before culminating in a tuft of leafy green bracts from which hang pendulous bell-like, yellow, orange or near-red flowers. 'Argenteovariegata' is a bold variegated cultivar with green and creamy yellow leaves and bracts, dark stems, and deep orange-red flowers. Plant bulbs on their sides to avoid water accumulation within the bulb cavity - yes, the bulbs are strange too! Mass plantings make an incredible display.
Fritillaria imperialis 'Slagzwaard' - Crown Imperial - The crown imperial (Fritillaria imperialis) is a dramatic yet structurally peculiar species. Vertical stems to 3 feet tall are covered in whorls of lance-shaped leaves on their lower halves, then naked for the top half before culminating in a tuft of leafy green bracts from which hang pendulous bell-like, yellow, orange or near-red flowers. 'Slagzwaard' has lush green foliage, dark stems, and deep red-orange flowers. Plant bulbs on their sides to avoid water accumulation within the bulb cavity - yes, the bulbs are strange too! Mass plantings make an incredible display. Fritillaria michailovskyi 'Multiflorum' - Fritillaria - Fritillaria michailovskyi is a short species with pendulous burgundy bells with yellow, flared tips. Each stem holds 1-4 flowers. The cultivar 'Multiflorum' is a special selection with up to 15-20 flowers per stem. Full sun and good drainage.
Fritillaria persica 'Alba' - Persian Lily - Fritillaria persica is a beautiful species with whorls of greyish-green, lance-shaped, slightly twisted-leaves covering two thirds of the 1-2 foot stems which are topped with up to 30 bell-shaped, downward-facing, deep plum purple flowers. This rare cultivar, 'Alba', is not white but sports chartreuse green bells that will light up the darkest spring day. Provide good drainage in full sun. Fritillaria sewerzowii - Fritillaria - Fritillaria sewerzowii is a rare and ethereal species from central Asia with 12 inch stems sporting grey-green foliage and outward-facing, bells of dark brown and green. Full sun and good drainage.
Fritillaria stenanthera - Fritillaria - Fritillaria stenanthera is a rare and unusual species for this genus in that it sports pink flowers. These are outward-facing, flared bells with burgundy centres held above greyish-green stems and leaves. Full sun and good drainage. From the mountains of central Asia. Leucojum autumnale 'September Snow' - Autumn Snowflake - Autumn snowflake sends up thin flower stems holding 1-2 pendulous white flowers from dormant bulbs in September and October. After flowering the narrow leaves emerge and persist through winter and spring. Leucojum autumnale 'September Snow' is a pure white selection without the pink flush found in other selections.
Leucojum vernuum - Spring Snowflake - Spring snowflake (Leucojum vernum) produces lush, green foliage and angled straight stems that hold pendulous pure white bells. The green ovary and the green spots on each petal are attractive. Spring snowflake blooms a few weeks after the snowdrops (Galanthus) helping to continue the spring show until later bulbs get underway. A good early nectar source for bees. Erythronium dens-canis 'Lilac Wonder' - Dogtooth Violet - Erythronium 'Lilac Wonder' has beautiful burgundy-mottled foliage that gives rise to red stems and nodding, lavender, lily-like flowers in spring. Very special. Plant in a woodland setting or shade border with moisture retentive, fertile soil. Erythroniums will go dormant before summer so plant them near late-emerging perennials like hostas and toadlilies.
Erythronium 'Kondo' - Trout Lily - 'Kondo' is a vigorous hybrid between E. tuolumnense from central California and E. californicum from northern California has up to 7 flowers per stem. They are lemon yellow, nodding, lily-like flowers and are held above lush, glossy, burgundy-mottled foliage. Plant in a woodland setting or shade border with moisture retentive, fertile soil. Erythronium will go dormant before summer so plant them near late-emerging perennials like hostas and toadlilies. Erythronium dens-canis 'Snowflake' - Dogtooth Violet - Erythronium dens-canis 'Snowflake' has beautiful burgundy-mottled foliage that gives rise to red stems and nodding, white, lily-like flowers in spring. Very special. Plant in a woodland setting or shade border with moisture retentive, fertile soil. Erythroniums will go dormant before summer so plant them near late-emerging perennials like hostas and toadlilies.

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Rare Spring Bulbs
Choose from 135 Different Rare Bulbs to Make Your Garden Extraordinary

Visit the Rare Bulb Pre-Order on our Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Site to see our full selection of 135 rare bulbs. Both mail order and local customers should place their orders through our mail order system. Local customers should select the pick up option when checking out. Quantities are limited. Please order early to secure your favourites.

Our selection of rare bulbs will ship or be ready for pick-up in September. For mail order customers: if you combine bulbs and Cypripedium in the same order (which are not available until mid October) we will ship your bulbs and Cyps together in October. Please place separate orders if you want your bulbs to arrive as early as possible in the fall (Sept) and to have your Cypripedium ship later in October.

Please Note: Because we must pay our suppliers in advance, we will process payment of Rare Bulb orders at the time of ordering.

Also note that we do not expect to receive about 10-15% of the bulbs we are hoping to get. These bulbs are rare for many reasons but mostly because they are slower to bulk up than bulbs that are more commonly available. For this reason, supplies at harvest time can be less than expected and we are usually shorted on some varieties. Please be understanding if we contact you in the fall that some of the bulbs you ordered are not available.

Should a cultivar not be available at the time of shipping/pick-up, we will give you the choice of substituting a different cultivar, receiving a refund, or having a credit applied to your account for a future order.

Ordering: Visit Rare Bulb Pre-Order on our Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Site for full details. Mail order and local customers should both place your orders through our mail order system. When checking out, local customers should select the pick-up option. Mail order customers should select their preferred shipping method. Have fun!

 


 

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Cypripedium Lady's Slippers Pre-Order
31 Different Hardy Orchids for Canadian Gardens

We are excited to offer our largest selection ever of hardy lady's slipper orchids for Canadian gardens. These Cypripedium hybrids possess hybrid vigour -- they have inherited the best traits of both parents -- and are much easier to grow than species orchids, have beautiful flowers in amazing colours, and clump up very quickly into amazing displays in the part shade garden. They bloom in late April and May offering an exquisite show in the garden.

Most are "officially" hardy to zone 4 while some are hardy to zone 3 and even zone 2! Even the zone 4 plants may be hardy in protected spots in zone 3 with mulch and good snow cover. Indeed, we have customers in Alberta and Saskatchewan who are growing Cypripedium outdoors with great success.

We are currently offering 31 different lady's slipper hybrids for shipping to our mail order customers and for pick-up at Phoenix by our local customers in mid October 2016. All are top quality, blooming size, many with multiple eyes, and should flower in the spring. Here they are:

We will be providing them to you bare root. All you need to do is plant them directly into a well-drained location in part shade or morning sun. A winter mulch of fallen leaves or conifer boughs or needles can be helpful in the first winter. We'll provide you with detailed instructions when you receive your plants.

For mail order customers, October is the only time of year we ship Cypripedium lady's slipper orchids so please take advantage.

For our local customers, though we do offer them in growth in spring on site at Phoenix, buying and planting them in fall ensures our local customers the widest possible selection and potentially greater and quicker success in establishment. They arrive bare root and super fresh. Planting them directly into the garden in fall is the best way to establish them even for local customers. Mulch with a pile of leaves after fall planting.

Please note: Because we must pay our suppliers in advance, we will process payment of Cypripedium orders at the time of ordering. Should a cultivar not be available at the time of shipping/pick-up we will give you the choice of substituting a different cultivar, receiving a refund, or having a credit applied to your account for a future order.

Ordering: Visit Phoenix Perennials Mail Order for full details. Mail order and local customers should both place your orders through our mail order system. When checking out, local customers should select the pick-up option. Mail order customers should select their preferred shipping method. Have fun!

 


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One of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials in Canada.
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