Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: Mid April 2014

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
Mid April 2014

Celebrating our 11th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

Is anyone else surprised that May is just around the corner? To me it feels like the beginning of April! But here we are and the plants are ready to go.

We also have two important events coming up: May Maple Mania and our Mothers' Day Free Lily Event. Mark your calendars.

Hellebores are now 40% off, BrazelBerries are coming soon so pre-order asap and our cool living wall hearts, stars and letters are also available for order or book one all done up for Mothers' or Fathers' Day.

Our Canadian Mail Order site is now updated with our full 2014 offerings. Please tell all your friends and family across Canada.

We are also looking for volunteers to join our Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program.

Our exciting new t-shirt is now available in various colours in both mens and womens cuts. Keep Calm and Garden On, I always say!

And check out this year's first installment of Fabulous at Phoenix to see the tip of the iceberg of all the exciting plants at the nursery right now.

See you soon at the nursery!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

Hellebores
40% Off!

Hellebores bloom for months and we have a great selection at the nursery right now!

New Phoenix
T-Shirt

Mothers' Day Weekend Free Lily

Calling all Moms on Mothers' Day Weekend. We have a free lily for you. Details below.

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. May Maple Mania: Featuring an incredible selection of Japanese and other maples many of which you've never even dreamed us. Over $5000 in prizes...
2. Keep Calm and Garden On: New Phoenix T-Shirt -- Coming next week...
3. Volunteer at Phoenix Perennials: Help us take care of the nursery and get paid in plants! -- Join our Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program...
Volunteer at Phoenix!
4. Mothers' Day and Fathers' Day Presents: Let's Go Vertical -- Show your mom and dad your love on their special days.
5. Upcoming Workshops: What are you doing this weekend? -- there are some exciting workshops coming up. Don't miss them!
Upcoming
Workshops
6. Canadian Mail Order: Early Spring Catalogue Now Online! -- Our mail order site is now updated with our early spring selection of hellebores and rare bareroot bulbs and rhizomes:
7. Fabulous at Phoenix: Gary's Picks of New, Notable and Luscious Plants at the Phoenix Candy Store

 


Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

The Phoenix Perennials Calendar
There's so much going on at the nursery all the time. Here's your resource to keep track.
Date
Event Description
Wed
April 30
Garden Club Talk: Hot New Plants: Cutting Edge Plants for Cutting Edge Gardens | Presented to the Pender Harbour Garden Club. | Contact Liz for details at lizkennedy at shaw.ca.
Tues
May 20
Garden Club Talk: Sizzling Succulents: Drama, Structure and Intrigue with Succulent Foliage | Presented to the Evergreen Garden Club, Delta. | Contact Terry for details at tafindlay at dccnet.com.
Sat
Sept 20
Garden Club Talk: TBA | Presented to the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, Portland, Oregon. | Contact Lucy for details at lucyflora at comcast.net.

 

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1.

May Maple Mania

Friday through Sunday May 2nd to 4th, 2014

Featuring an incredible selection of Japanese and other maples many of which you've never even dreamed us. Join us the first weekend of May to discover the beauty and diversity of maples.

 

Upcoming Special Events

Mothers' Day Free* Lily | Saturday and Sunday May 10th and 11th, 2014 | Mom's need beautiful things and Phoenix Perennials is here for Moms on Mothers' Day. On Mothers' Day weekend come on down, show us that you're a Mom or Grand Mom by bringing your kids (pets count too) or a picture of them and we'll give you a free lily as a thank you for raising the next generation of gardeners. *With purchase over $10, while supplies last.

Fathers' Day Free* "Guy-Lardia" | Saturday and Sunday June 14th and 15th, 2014 | Show us that you're a Dad or Grand Dad by bringing your kids (pets count too) or a picture of them and we'll give you a free "Guy-Lardia" (otherwise known as Gaillardia or blanket flower) as a thank you for raising the next generation. *With purchase over $10, while supplies last.

The Summer Sizzle | Friday to Sunday July 11th to 13th, 2014 | 10am-5pm | Celebrate the botanical glories of high summer with specially priced plants and other surprises.

The Heirloom Tomato Festival | Saturday September 6th, 2014 | 10am-5pm | With tomato tastings, heirloom tomato fruit for sale and a display of heirloom tomatoes! | Sign up early for our Tomato Tastings. Last year they sold out with 100 people still on the wait list! View images from last year's event!

The Christmas Hurrah! | Friday to Sunday December 5th to 7th, 2014 | 10am - 3pm | Celebrate the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other seasonal delights. The nursery will reopen for one weekend at the start of December for sales of the amazing Christmas rose and other members of the Helleborus Gold Collection plus other winter blooming plants. A tradition in Europe for decades, these hellebores can be enjoyed like pointsettias inside the house and given as gifts at Christmas parties. They can then be planted in the garden in spring for years of Christmas cheer. We'll be offering numerous workshops including: the Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop, the Christmas Rose Advanced Wreath Making Workshop, the Christmas Rose Centrepiece Workshop and the Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop plus a DIY project to doll up a Christmas Rose to bring it inside for holiday decoration. View images from last year's Christmas Hurrah!


2.

Keep Calm and Garden On
New 2014 T-Shirt Available Now!

We've updated our Phoenix Apparel with a new design, new saying and new colours and cuts for men and women. Now available at the nursery!

 


3.

Volunteer at Phoenix Perennials with our Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program

Do you have some spare time and want to gain more experience with plants and plant care? A nursery like ours can always use some extra help!

Our Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program is for interested gardeners who want to set up a regular schedule with us to come to the nursery and help us with plant care, propagation, weeding, watering and other nursery tasks. You can do any number of hours you like on any day. We just ask that you make it a regular schedule. In addition to our gratitude we will also give you plants!

Contact Patricia by phone (604-270-4133) or email (info at phoenixperennials.com) for more information and to start volunteering!

If you've volunteered with us in the past and would like to continue, please also be in touch. It's spring and the plants are ready to go!


4.

Mothers' Day and Fathers' Day Presents
Let's Go Vertical!

Introducing a wonderful new way to go vertical in your garden or on your patio and show your parents your love on their special days.

These unique, hand-made living wall planters are fashioned from rustic, re-purposed fence boards into whimsical hearts and stars that are planted with hardy hen and chicks.

Pre-Order Pre-Planted Hearts to Pick Up Just Before Mothers' Day: Succulent Hearts for Mothers' Day (Pre-Sale) - Pre-Planted Living Wall

Pre-Order Pre-Planted Stars to Pick Up Just Before Fathers' Day: Succulent Star for Fathers' Day (Pre-Sale) - Pre-Planted Living Wall

 


5.

Upcoming Workshops

 

Online Registration: We use online registration so you can book workshops 24 hours a day seven days a week. Registration is through two of the most trusted names on the internet: Constant Contact and Paypal. Both use secure servers so you can feel safe paying online. You do not need a PayPal account to pay. They will simply process your Visa or MC on our behalf. If you wish to register by other methods please call the nursery at 604-270-4133 or visit us in person.

 

April

CONTAINER SERIES | Painting with Succulents: Plant a Shadowbox Planter for a Living Wall Masterpiece | Instructor: Belinda | Sat April 26th, 10am-12pm | $14 + choice of shadowbox | Discover your inner artiste as you create a unique shadowbox "painting" using succulents such as hens and chicks, echeveria and sedums as your "paint" colours. This living wall can be hung on your sunny patio, balcony, gate or fence. Your friends will marvel at your creative talents! View images from last year. We will have various custom-made shadowbox options available for you to plant up and create your masterpiece. The plants you decide to use are not included in the price of your workshop.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Clematis and Vines for All Seasons | Instructor: Belinda | Sat April 26th 2-3pm | FREE* | Belinda will introduce you to all kinds of great vines for colour and fragrance all season long. She’ll talk about the huge variety of different clematis and how to care for them as well as other vines like honeysuckle, jasmine, deciduous and evergreen climbing hydrangea, passionflowers, kiwis and more.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
KIDS SERIES | Bad Hair Day Kids Workshop | Instructor: Kate | Sun April 27th, 11am-12pm | $30, includes all materials | You know how hair grows but what about plants? Kate will teach you about what plants need to grow and how to care for them. Then everyone will get a terracotta pot in the shape of a head with a smiling face and Kate will teach you how to give your head a fabulous hair style by planting it up with different plants! You’ll let your creative juices flow as you design the perfect “hair” style for your terracotta friend. Will it be a good hair day or a bad hair day? You decide! Parent participation recommended for younger children.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Sensational Simplified Gardens | Instructor: Jo | Sun April 27th, 1-3pm | Do you want the beauty and serenity of a garden but need to keep the care and maintenance of this space at a manageable level? This workshop will introduce you to strategies for creating a lower maintenance garden and patio through the careful and strategic selection of easy-care perennials, shrubs and groundcovers that deliver multiple seasons of interest. Jo will discuss how to renovate existing areas to simplify their care and create beautiful new spaces that won’t take up all of your valuable leisure time.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

 

May

CONTAINER SERIES | Hearts and Stars Succulent Living Wall Planter | Instructor: Kate | Sat May 3rd, 10-11:30am | $14 + choice of planter ($49.99) | The hottest gardens these days are vertical and what could be cooler than a living wall planter in the shape of a heart or a star? Our hearts and stars are hand-made from reclaimed fence boards providing a rustic frame in which you can plant a masterpiece of succulents including hen and chicks, stonecrops and echeveria. These planters also make perfect gifts for Mothers' Day, Fathers' Day or other special occasions. The plants you decide to use are not included in the price of your workshop. Please Note: If you would like to plant up letters or numbers instead of hearts or stars then register for this workshop but do not choose to purchase a heart or star. Then pre-order from our full range of living wall shapes: Living Wall Planter Pre-Order.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets to Fabulous Pots Then Make Your Own | Instructor: Shelley | Sat May 3rd, 2-4pm | $14 | This is a fun hands-on workshop for gardeners of all levels who are interested in learning how to successfully create gorgeous perennial containers. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own fabulous container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. If you do not have a container we will have various options available for you at the workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Master the Basics of Shrubs | Instructor: Jo | Sun May 4th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Shrubs are an integral part of the garden. If you’re a beginner who is keen to get gardening or an intermediate gardener who wants to fill in your knowledge about shrubs, this workshop is for you. We’ll cover all the basics to guarantee your success with shrubs. We will present the best shrubs for city gardens and patios, emphasize multi-season interest, and highlight the best plants for different times of year. We’ll also discuss the selection, planting and ongoing care of shrubs including pruning. With a combination of theory, demonstrations and hands on learning you’ll be well on your way to achieving the gardening success you’ve always dreamed of!
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Haute Couture Gardening: Purses and Pumps for Chic Displays | Instructor: Kate | Sun May 4th, 1-2pm | $14 + selection of purses & pumps ($19.99) | Strike a pose with fantastic moss-covered purses and pumps for a haut couture, prêt-à-porter, fashion show runway statement for your own backyard. Kate will show you a bunch of possibilities for potting up your purses and pumps and then you’ll get right down to glitzing them up and accessorizing them with succulents and other cool plants to make your very own fashion statement. Eat your heart out Versace! These would make a great present for Mothers’ Day or wedding centerpieces! The price of the workshop includes your instruction and soil. When you register please choose the purses and pumps you’d like to plant up. Additional purses and pumps will be available at the workshop if supplies last. The plants you choose for planting up are not included.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Fairy Gardening for All Ages | Instructor: Chantal, the CFO | Sat May 10th, 10am-12pm | $40, includes a shallow plastic terra cotta pot, soil, two fairy plants and a $20 voucher for additional plants and accessories | Parent and child are welcome to attend together for the same price of $40. | Do you have fairies in your garden? If the answer is no then it might be because you haven’t planted them a fairy garden yet! Fairy gardening is a hobby for all ages from girls to grandmothers and everybody in between. Fairy gardens are gardens in miniature complete with furniture and garden accessories for fairies to lounge and entertain. These gardens can be created for indoor or outdoor spaces and are great for normal yards to little balconies. Chantal our CFO (Chief Fairy Officer) will be on site to introduce you to the world of fairy gardening including fairy lore and a demonstration on how to plant a fairy garden. Then you’ll get to plant up your very own! Join us to learn how to put some magic back in the world! The fairies will thank you for it.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Chervil: Herbs to Know and Grow | Instructor: Cathy Hiebert | Sat May 10th, 2-4pm | $14 | If you don’t know what chervil is (or tarragon or savory or marjoram or shiso or epazote) or what to do with it (and many people don’t!) you’ll want to take this class. Cathy will discuss the full range of culinary herbs available to gardeners. She’ll discuss how to grow them, how to harvest them and how to use them to enhance everything you do in the kitchen including sharing recipe ideas. Your gardening and culinary life will never be the same.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Small Trees for Urban Gardens | Instructor: Jo | Sun May 11th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Carefully selected small trees can transform an outdoor space by offering shade, softening hard scape, creating privacy and adding beauty. In this free workshop Jo will introduce you to a range of small trees that are perfect for small spaces and even containers. You’ll learn how to select the perfect trees for your space and how to grow them.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Succulent Globes | Instructor: Kate | Sunday May 11, 1-3pm | $14 + choice of globes | In this workshop a hanging basket becomes a globe and you get to plant the entire surface with succulents such as hen and chicks, stonecrops, echeveria and other succulents. You can choose between three sizes of globes and plant as many as you like. Hang them on your patio or pergola or from trees in your yard for a funky botanical installation you just don’t see everyday – except you will because they’ll be in your garden!
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
Coming Up in a Few Weeks
   
POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Spring and Summer | Instructor: Shelley | Sat May 17th, 10-12pm | $14 | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Hardy Subtropicals | Instructor: Gary | Sat May 17th, 12-1pm | FREE* | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

 

CONTAINER SERIES | Living Wreaths: Plant Up a Wreath with Fantastic Succulents | Instructor: Belinda | Sat May 17th, 2-4pm | $14 + choice of wreath | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE  

 

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Succulent Perennials for Drama and Structure | Instructor: Gary | Sun May 18th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
KIDS SERIES | Hungry Hagrid Veggie Gardens: Grow Food to Keep Hogwarts and Half Giants Well Fed | Instructor: Kate | Sun May 18th, 1-2:30pm | $30 (Includes all plants and materials.) | Parent participation recommended for younger children. | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Subtropical Fruits for the West Coast Garden | Instructor: Larry | Sat May 24th, 10am-12pm | $14 | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | An Edible Bounty: Secrets and Strategies for Year-Round Eating from Containers and Garden | Instructor: Cathy Hiebert | Sat May 24th, 2-4pm | $14 | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | How Sweet It Is: Backyard Bee Keeping and Bee-Friendly Plants | Bob Fisher, West Coast Bee Supply with Gary | Sun May 25th, 10am-12pm | $14 | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
CONTAINER SERIES/KIDS SERIES | Butterflies, Bees and Hummingbirds: Plant Up A Pot to Attract Wildlife to your Garden | Instructor: Jo | Sun May 25th, 1-3pm | $14 (adult or parent with child, $5 per additional child) | Parent participation required. | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Perennial Sphere Hanging Baskets: To Boldly Go Where No Perennial Has Gone Before! | Instructor: Belinda | Sat May 31st, 10am-12pm | $14 + sphere ($39.99) | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Plants for Privacy | Instructor: Gary | Sat May 31st, 2-3pm | FREE* | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

 

June

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Tender Succulents for Botanical Intrigue | Gary | Sun June 1st, 11am-12pm | FREE* | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
KIDS SERIES | Harry Potter Miniature Gardens | Instructor: Kate | Sun June 1st, 1-3pm | $30 (Includes all plants and materials.) | Parent participation recommended for younger children. | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
CONTAINER SERIES | From Garden to Vase: Knock-Out Flower Arranging for Special Occasions or Everyday | Instructor: Diane Levings, Full Bloom Flowers with Gary | Sat June 7th, 10am-12pm | $40 | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Cocktail Gardening: From Garden to Glass, Shaken not Stirred | Instructor: David Wolowidnyk, West Restaurant with Gary | Sat June 7th, 2-4pm | $20 | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Dynamic Grasses for Texture and Movement | Instructor: Jo | Sun June 8th, 11am-12pm | FREE* |
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Botany for Gardeners: The Fascinating World of Plants in Your Own Backyard | Dr. Luis, PhD | Sun June 8th, 1pm-3pm | $14 | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | A Perfect Pickle: Flavoured Vinegars and Pickled Veggies | Instructor: Cathy Hiebert | Sat June 14th, 2-4pm | $14 | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Ferns for Luxurious Shade | Jo | Sun June 15th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Architectural Plants for Drama, Drama, Drama | Jo | Sun June 22nd, 11am-12pm | FREE* | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

 

September

PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Heirloom Tomato Tasting | Instructor: Gary | Sat Sept 6th at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm (45 min each) | $14 (Tasting) + $16 (Party Mix) = $30 (Includes a 3+ pound Party Mix of heirloom tomatoes, value $16.) | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Tantalizing Tomatoes: Preserving a Favourite Edible for Year-Round Eating | Instructor: Cathy Hiebert | Sat Sept 6th, 3:30-5:30pm | $14 | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Fall and Winter | Instructor: Shelley | Sat Sept 13th, 10am-12pm | $14 | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Grasses for Fall and Winter | Jo | Sun Sept 14, 11am-12pm | FREE* | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for the Garden and Containers | Instructor: Shelley | Sat September 20th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Bulbs not included. | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Shelley | Sat Sept 27th, 10am-12pm | $14 | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Plants for Fall Colour | Instructor: Jo | Sun Sept 28th, 11am | FREE* | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

 

October

CONTAINER SERIES/KIDS SERIES | Succulent Jack-O-Lanterns | Instructor: Kate | Sat Oct 18th, 10am-12pm | $14 | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

 

December

Christmas workshops will be added soon.

 


6.

Canadian Mail Order Full Catalogue
Now Online!

We are entering our second official year of offering mail order across Canada. Our mail order site is now updated with our full spring catalogue. If you live far away and can't visit you'll definitely want to have a look!

We need your help! Canada is a big place. Please help us spread the word by telling all your gardening friends and family across the country about our Mail Order site! Forward this email to them, copy the link onto Facebook and Twitter, call them, even send carrier pigeons! Thanks in advance!.

 


7.

Fabulous at Phoenix
Gary's Picks of New, Notable and Luscious Plants at the Phoenix Candy Store

 

Meconopsis betonicifolia - Himalayan Blue Poppy - One of the holy grails of the botanical world, the Himalayan Blue Poppy. Count yourself lucky to live in one of the few places in the world with a suitable climate for growing these fabulous plants. M. betonicifolia is the best species for the garden. The flowers are from three to five inches across in pale to deep sky blue. Prefers peaty, well-drained soil that is kept evenly moist in summer and bright but indirect light. Anemonella thalictroides 'Shoaf's Double Pink' - Rue Anemone - A classic double-flowered form of the eastern North American native rue anemone with exquisite, fully double, dark pink, even raspberry pink flowers in cool climates. One of the most beautiful spring flowers - a little jewel in the spring garden. Bloom time can last for months -- since the reproductive structures have become petals the flowers cannot be pollinated. Without pollination there is no signal for flowering to stop and petals to fall. That's convenient! Easy to grow in gritty, well-drained soil.
Dicentra spectabilis - Bleeding Heart - You just can’t help but love this classic cottage garden plant. All your grandmothers had it in their gardens and you should too. I do! D. spectabilis is the classic bleeding heart with rose-pink outer petals over white inner ones that form pendulous hearts that hang from the elegantly arching stems. Blooms for ages in the spring garden. May go dormant in summer if soils are dry. Cypripedium 'Gisela' - Lady's Slipper Orchid - 'Gisela' is a particularly robust hybrid, ideal for the beginner and famous for its vigour. Within a few years it forms big clumps, 35-45 cm (13-18 inches) high. Rich soil is required for vigourous growth. The striking flowers have a creamy lip marked with pink and accented by lucious red tepals. Grown from seed. Plants will resemble the image but may not be identical. A hybrid of the Asian C. macranthos with the North American C. parviflorum var. parviflorum.
Dicentra spectabilis 'Valentine' - Bleeding Heart - This new cultivar of the classic cottage garden favourite has flowers that are so dark pink they border on true red! These heart-shaped flowers hang from arching stems over vigorous growth of deeply dark grey/green lobed foliage that is flushed with burgundy when young. Blooms for ages in the spring garden. May go dormant in summer if soils are dry. Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba' - Bleeding Heart - This is the pure white form of the classic bleeding heart. The flowers hang delicately from the arching stems which emerge out of the ground in spring with the flowers already forming. May go dormant in summer if soils are dry.

Cypripedium formosanum -- Formosa Lady's Slipper Orchid -- This exquisite hardy lady’s slipper is endemic to high altitude regions of Taiwan and blooms in our area in mid spring. The flowers have a large pale pink pouch with white or pale pink petals and sepals spotted with darker pink or red. The rounded, light green leaves are pleated like a fan and provide much interest after the flowers have faded. This species is very easy to cultivate in an average shade garden and a good first introduction to growing hardy ground orchids.

Gardenia 'Kleim's Hardy' - Hardy Gardenia - Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus! This is a HARDY gardenia! The star-like single flowers have an intense and intoxicating fragrance and appear most profusely in early summer and sporadically thereafter. This extremely hardy selection has survived minus 18 degrees Celsius! Prefers full sun to light shade and will bloom best where walls or patios provide extra night time warmth in spring and summer. Plant in a protected location just to be safe. Evergreen.

We also have in stock two other hardy gardenia: 'Frostproof', 'Chuck Hayes' and 'Summer Snow'.

Brunnera macrophylla 'Looking Glass' - Heartleaf Alkanet - This sport of the oh-so-popular ‘Jack Frost’ has incredible completely silver leaves (‘Jack Frost’ has green veins). But you must follow a simple recipe. Take one ‘Looking Glass’ and add it to one prominent spot in the shade border. Combine with plants of contrasting foliage. Add a small measure of trust and a dash of patience. ‘Looking Glass’ won’t achieve its all silver look until it’s mature in a year or so. Until then it will look like ‘Jack Frost’ but definitely worth the short wait. Trillium kamtschaticum - Kamtschatka Trillium - This lovely white trillium is similar to the west coast's T. ovatum and eastern North America's T. grandiflorum. It is native to Japan and adjacent areas of Asia. Though they are similar, the "look" of this rare Asian species is a different than its North American counterparts and well worth growing.
Calanthe 'Red Selection' - Hardy Calanthe Orchid - These are vigorous hybrids producing ten inch spikes of highly fragrant bright red to orange flowers and pleated foliage in spring. Virus-free plants from flasked seedlings. Vigorous blooming size plants. Calanthes are hardy terrestrial orchids for classic shade garden conditions. They are relatively easy to grow in rich, well-drained soils in part shade. Calanthe 'White Selection' - Hardy Calanthe Orchid - These are vigorous hybrids producing ten inch spikes of highly fragrant pure white flowers sometimes with a warm purple tip on the lip. Virus-free plants from flasked seedlings. Vigorous blooming size plants. Calanthes are hardy terrestrial orchids for classic shade garden conditions. They are relatively easy to grow in rich, well-drained soils in part shade.
Calanthe tricarinata - Hardy Calanthe Orchid - One of the hardiest calanthes with spikes of yellow-green flowers with a burgundy, red, yellow and white lip in spring. The lip of the flower is elaborately frilled which helps explain the Japanese name "sarumen" calanthe meaning "monkey face." Foliage is evergreen in milder climates but can go dormant in colder areas. Rare but easy to grow. Virus-free plants from flasked seedlings. Calanthe 'Pink Selection' - Hardy Calanthe Orchid - These are vigorous hybrids producing ten inch spikes of highly fragrant white and pink flowers. Virus-free plants from flasked seedlings. Vigorous blooming size plants. Calanthes are hardy terrestrial orchids for classic shade garden conditions. They are relatively easy to grow in rich, well-drained soils in part shade.
Sorbaria sorbifolia 'Sem' - False Spiraea - This fantastic shrub has beautiful young foliage tinged with pink, orange and gold which gradually changes to green when mature. The densely packed leaves are pinnate giving a lacey, ferny effect. White flower plumes are produced in midsummer. An extremely hardy, medium sized, shrub for most soils. Grows well in sun or light shade. Calanthe discolor - Hardy Calanthe Orchid - A very durable, cold-hardy orchid species from Japan with showy 10 inch spikes of burgundy and white bicoloured flowers in May. The burgundy can vary between cool and warm burgundies. The attractive foliage is heavily pleated and semi-evergreen. These seven year old plants are blooming-size, virus-free and were derived from flasked seedlings. Calanthes are hardy terrestrial orchids for classic shade garden conditions.

Clematis Evison Collection 'Josephine' - Clematis - ‘Josephine’ has big, bold, luscious, fully double flowers with lilac pink petals centred with a magenta midrib. Grow it in shade, however, and you’ll get double green flowers! A 1998 Chelsea Flower Show Award winner. The Evison Hybrid clematis are a new collection of superior clematis cultivars with long bloom periods, excellent disease resistance, and bold colours. Use them on trellises and pergolas, grow them into shrubs, or use them as groundcovers.

Anemone nemerosa - Wood Anemone - This charming woodland groundcover produces cute little one inch wide anemone flowers in early spring above the nicely dissected foliage. Each year we carry a number of varieties in shades of white, blue, green, and yellow. Use wood anemones to underplant dark flowered hellebores in order to help show them off against the dark soil.

We have various wood anemone in stock in yellows, whites, lavenders, purples and greens.

Clematis recta 'Purpurea Select' - Crimson Scabious - This uncommon clematis is a non-climbing clump former that is grown primarily for its beautiful leaves and stems which are at first rich burgundy gradually maturing to a grey-green. The flowers are white, vanilla-scented and quite small but appear in nice clusters by the hundreds. This is a good clematis to grow in the perennial border up through other perennials or shrubs. Cut back after blooming for a new flush of burgundy foliage.

Clematis paniculata - Sweet Autumn Clematis - This is such an Autumn gem, lightly fragrant and covered with thousands of small white flowers. Do be sure you have sufficient space or a tall arbor to let it spread out - it is vigorous. Can be pruned to one meter in February, or left to wander.
Hosta 'White Feather' - Plantain Lily - This amazing hosta emerges with leaves ghostly white creating a striking spring display. As the leaves mature they warm a little into creamy yellow and then develop streaks of green amongst the white for a continuation of the unique foliage show. By summer the leaves go completely green. The show starts again the next spring! Lavender flowers. Beesia deltophylla - Beesia - I’m excited to offer one of my favourite shade plants, the handsome Beesia deltophylla with glossy, deep green, evergreen, heart-shaped leaves tinged in purple when new that form dense rosettes up to 12 inches across. Sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? Spires of small white flowers rise up to 20 inches above the foliage in mid to late spring repeating later in the season. Excellent in well-drained yet evenly moist soil in full or partial shade.
Arisaema griffithii var. pradhanii - Cobra Lily - Variety pradhanii is the rare Sikkim form of this species. It is the choicest (yes, that is a word in horticulture!) and most beautiful form with a stunning contrast between the dark chocolate-purple background and the yellowish-green markings of the spathe which is up to eight inches across! A. griffithii resents summer heat and moisture. Plant it in a dry, partly-shaded position or at the base of a shrub or large tree. Arisaema sikokianum - Cobra Lily - One of the most desirable of all cobra lilies with its incredible burgundy spathe, pure white interior and pure white knobbed spadis. This selection even has silver-centred foliage! Plant in well-drained soil that is dryish in the winter such as on a slope or near or under evergreen shrubs or trees.

 


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