Hello Gardeners Across Canada!

As I was writing a recent Alert on Rhododendrons for the Made in the Shade and Maple and Cool Woodies Alerts, I thought of you.

Many of you have expressed interest in Rhododendrons over the past couple years. These amazing shrubs are well-known to West Coast gardeners but adventurous gardeners in zone 5 and 6 areas of the country might also have success with Rhodos if you have some protected microclimates in your garden. We even know of a few gardeners in even colder zones who grow them in pots and protect them in winter in a shed or garage.

The Rhodos that we highlight below are currently in stock at the nursery. They will not be found on our official Mail Order offerings but most of these plants are in 11cm, 15cm or 1 gallon pots and could be shipped to you by special request. Please email us to make additions or to set up an order for you.

If Rhodos are too adventurous for your zone, then we hope you will enjoy the photos. There are lots of other plants you can grow on our mail order list including many shrubs and perennials plus our Rare Bulbs and Lady's Slipper Orchids. Fall is one of the best times of the year to make additions to the garden as plants establish quickly in the warm soils. So take a look. We'd be happy to ship to you!

Enjoy!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

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Rare Colours and Great Foliage Extend the Beauty of the Genus

Rhododendrons are one of the claims to fame of West Coast gardens. Their lush, somewhat tropical foliage greatly contributes to our evergreen gardens. But it is their magnificent flowers in almost every shade of the rainbow that truly astounds every spring.

While the reds and pinks and whites are well-represented in our gardens, there are some other colours like yellows, oranges, apricots, purples, bicolours, and near-blues that are harder to come by.

At Phoenix Perennials, we think we need more of these colours in the mix. There are also some great new introductions with gorgeous red foliage like 'Cherries and Merlot', 'Wine and Roses', and 'Everred'.

Rhododendrons are hardy to zones 5 or 6, depending on the cultivar, though they will often need a protected microclimate in these colder zones. Try planting against the house or where other garden features will protect the plants from drying winter winds and heavy frosts. Some gardeners in zones 2-4 will grow their rhodos in pots and protect them in a slightly heated garage or shed for the winter. That many of the rhodos that we carry are more compact in nature is a boon for those experiencing this zonal denial but also for West Coast gardeners with small gardens.

We think of Rhodos as being shade plants, and indeed they do famously in shade and part shade. But Rhodos will also do well in part to relatively full sun. Don't put them in full sun from sun up to sun down. But they will do well in sunny positions especially if they have reasonable moisture at the roots.

Have a look at the photos below and marvel at the amazing colours. All of these rhodos are available now at Phoenix. They are not in bloom, of course, but our healthy, lush plants come with the promise of many years of astounding colour to come!

'Besse Howels' 'Blue Ox'
'Checkmate' 'Cherries and Merlot'
'Cherry Cheesecake' 'Edith Bosley'
'Everred' 'Fire Rim'
'Golden Torch' 'Holden'
'Kabarett' 'Honey Butter'
'Holden's Solar Flare' 'Ken Janeck'
'Lemon Dream' 'Melrose Flash'
'Nancy Evans' 'Sapporo'
'Sugar Puff' 'Wild Ginger'
'Wine and Roses' 'Yaku Princess'
R. augustinii R. rex

See you soon at Phoenix!

 


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Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.
One of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials in Canada.
3380 No. 6 Road, Richmond (Between Bridgeport and Cambie)
604-270-4133

www.phoenixperennials.com
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We are near the south end of the Knight Street Bridge and very easy to get to from all of the surrounding municipalities and beyond.

Opening Dates and Hours
February 26th to October 30th, 2016
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