Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: April 2015

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

April 2015

Celebrating our 12th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

It's April already and gardening season is about to hit full swing. Don't miss our exciting 2015 Spring Workshops. There are lots of cutting edge hands-on sessions and hot topics plus our free Gardening 101 series for beginner and intermediate gardeners and... we're excited to introduce our new Young Sprouts Kids Club with four free workshops this spring! Please let all the budding gardeners you know out there, young and old, about our workshops!

Two edible pre-sales are currently running for the dwarf Pixie Grapes and the new grafted tomato/potato called 'Ketchup 'n' Fries' plus the Mighty Matos.

We are very excited that our third season of Canadian Mail Order is underway with over 620 amazing plants for gardeners across the country. We already have lots of orders coming in from across the country literally from Victoria, BC to St. John's, Newfoundland. If you have friends or family who are gardeners please forward this email to them.

And if you're looking for some multi-media gardening entertainment Gary has just this morning been on CTV Morning Live once again and hit the airwaves this past Sunday on CFAX Radio.Check out the video/audio of the broadcasts below.

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

'Ketchup 'n' Fries' "TomTato" and Fruit Salad Trees!

It's a grafting revolution with incredible new food plants especially perfect for small spaces and increased food production.
More Info Below

Pixie Grape
Pre-Sale

Details Below

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Volunteer at Phoenix
in exchange for plants!
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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Gary on CTV and CFAX Radio! -- Turning your Black Thumb Green and Garden Plants of the World: Asia. CTV!
CFAX!
2. Workshops 2015: Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful: One of our most exciting workshop schedules ever.
3. Pixie Grape Pre-Order -- The new Pixie Grapes are a new series of dwarf grape vines for containers that will produce fruit in their first year and forever more after that.

4. 'Ketchup 'n' Fries' "Tomtato" & Mighty Mato Pre-Sale -- The Revolutionary, New "Tomtato" is a hand-grafted plant that fuses tomatoes and potatoes, two close relatives, that together give us one of life's great pleasures: 'Ketchup 'n' Fries'...

5. Full Spring Mail Order Launched -- 620 Amazing Garden Plants for Canadian Gardeners
6. Fabulous at Phoenix -- Gary's Picks of what's new and fabulous 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
May 6
Hot New Plants | Burnaby Rhodendron and Garden Association | Contact Bev for more info: blgover at telus.net
June 10
Avoiding the Summer Doldrums: Great plants for summer and fall | Nanoose Bay Garden Club in association with the Eaglecrest Garden Club | Contact Debbie for more info: djmitchhome at gmail.com

 

We are Hiring Spring and Summer Students!

Are you looking for summer work starting in May or know someone who is?

Contact us with a resume and a cover letter!

 

Join me in South Africa!
Namaqualand and the Cape Floristic Kingdom
Botanical and Garden Tour
(And wine and whales and penguins and quaint hotels and swank resorts and a lot of fun!)
August 25 - Sept 8, 2015

The trip is going ahead but we still have a little space for more travellers!

For more information visit the South Africa Tour Page.

 

Volunteer at Phoenix Perennials with our Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program

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!

 

KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THE EXCITING WORLD OF PHOENIX PERENNIALS
JOIN OUR ALERTS: In addition to our regular e-newsletter we have 14 different occasional Alerts on a variety of topics: Edibles, Hot Plants, Living Sculptures (Succulents and more), Made in the Shade, Hardy Subtropicals, Sales, Native Plants, Hellebores, Clematis and Vines, Maples and Cool Woodies, Mail Order, Christmas, Fragrance and Kids. Learn More About Alerts.
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1.

Gary on CTV and CFAX Radio

 

Turning Your Black Thumb Green
CTV Morning Live with Keri Adams

Watch the Video

Download Info Sheet and Plant List

 

 

Garden Plants of the World: Asia
with Jeff DeJong, Gardening 101,
CFAX AM 1070, Victoria

Listen to the Podcast

Download the Africa Garden Plants Catalogue

https://soundcloud.com/sunday-programming-cfax/mar-8-gardening-101-hr-1

 

 


2.

Workshops and Classes at the Nursery in 2015

Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful.

Welcome to our 2015 workshops and one of the most exciting line-ups we've ever offered! We will be offering one of the largest workshop schedules in our region including our FREE Gardening 101 Series designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners and our new Young Sprouts Kids Club.

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.

GARDENING 101 SERIES - Our FREE series is designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners with a wide range of topics to develop your gardening knowledge and build your confidence in the garden. Register individually by following the links below or register for multiple sessions all at once: Multiple Class Registration.
YOUNG SPROUTS
KIDS CLUB - Raise a gardener. Our new kids club is designed to introduce kids to the fascinating world of plants and gardening through fun discussions and demonstrations, activities with plants, and arts and crafts. And all the workshops are FREE! Register individually by following the links below or register for multiple sessions all at once: Multiple Class Registration.
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES - This series focuses on all the amazing things you can grow in and eat from your garden.
CONTAINER SERIES
- We've got the hottest container ideas for you with workshops that will help you achieve cool installations to grace your patio and garden.

April

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Pruning for Dummies | Instructor: Patricia | Sat April 11th, 10am-11pm | FREE* | We all feel confused when it comes to pruning. No longer! Join Patricia the Priestess of the Pruners for this free pruning primer...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Foundations of a Healthy Garden | Instructor: Kate | Sun April 12th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Success in the garden is easy to achieve when you pay attention to the fundamentals...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Strategies for Successful Balconies and Small Spaces | Instructor: Kate | Sat April 18th, 10am-11pm | FREE* | Do you have a small outdoor space that you want to turn into your sanctuary from the busy urban world? With some strategic planning...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Clematis and Vines for All Seasons | Instructor: Belinda | Sat April 18th 1-2pm | FREE* | Belinda will introduce you to all kinds of great vines for colour and fragrance all season long...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | Seeds! | Kate | Sun April 19th, 10-11am | FREE* | Explore the magical miracles of seeds...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Young Sprouts session at a time.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Master the Basics of Perennials | Instructor: Jo | Sun April 19th, 1-2pm | FREE* | We’ll cover all the basics to guarantee your success with perennials...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Painting with Succulents: Plant a Shadowbox Planter for a Living Wall Masterpiece | Instructor: Belinda | Sat April 25th, 10am-12pm | $14 + choice of shadowbox | Discover your inner artiste as you create a unique shadowbox "painting" using succulents...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | The (Garden) Art of Zen: Healing Herbs & Soothing Teas | Kate | Sat April 25th 1-3pm | $14 | In our fast-paced world we need to wind down and relax a little. Get some help from your own garden by growing healing herbs that you can use for soothing teas and aromatherapy...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
Sensational Simplified Gardens | Instructor: Jo | Sun April 26th, 11am-1pm | 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...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

 

May

CONTAINER SERIES | Creative Succulent Containers: Hearts, Stars, Handbags and Stilettos | Instructor: Kate | Sat May 2nd, 10am-12pm | $14 + choice of planter ($19.99-$49.99) | The hottest gardens these days use succulents in creative ways...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | Soil! - Creepy Crawlies and All | Kate | Sun May 3rd, 10-11am | FREE* | Soil is integral to the lives of plants feeding them with the nutrients they need to grow. Soil is also alive with...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Young Sprouts session at a time.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | The World of Maples | Instructor: Doug Justice, Associate Director, UBC Botanical Garden | Sun May 3rd, 1-2pm | FREE* | The Japanese maples commonly available to the gardening community, while lovely, poorly represent the astounding diversity and breathtaking beauty of this most useful group of small trees...
More Info and Register Online!
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets to Fabulous Pots Then Make Your Own | Instructor: Shelley | Sat May 9th, 10am-12pm | $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...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Edible Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets of Growing Edibles in Pots Then Plant Your Own | Instructor: Shelley | Sat May 9th, 2-4pm | $14 | This is a fun hands-on workshop for gardeners who want to grow edibles in containers that are beautiful and productive...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Master the Basics of Shrubs and Small Trees for Beauty and Privacy | Instructor: Jo | Sun May 10th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Shrubs, small trees and bamboo are integral parts of the garden...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Success with Tomatoes | Instructor: Gary | Sun May 10th, 1-2pm | FREE* | Tomatoes are the most beloved of all garden edibles because no tomato tastes better than one grown in your own garden...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.

   
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | International Cooking: Herbs & Veggies of the Great Culinary Traditions | Kate | Sat May 16th, 10am-12pm | $14 | In this around-the-world culinary voyage Kate will discuss many great culinary traditions and...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Subtropical and Unusual Fruit for the West Coast Garden | Instructor: Larry | Sat May 16th, 1-3pm | $14 | Did you know that you can grow citrus outside in Vancouver AND harvest fruit to eat??? Join our resident expert on everything subtropical...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Spring and Summer | Instructor: Kate | Sun May 17th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for spring and summer? Shelley will introduce you...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Kokedama: Japanese String Gardens | Kate | Sat May 23rd, 1-3pm | $20 | Kokedama is the Japanese art of bundling the roots of a plant into an ornamental mossy ball, wrapping it with string, and hanging it up for decoration...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES/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 24th, 10am-11pm | FREE* | Bees are some of the most fascinating creatures on the planet and they make one of the sweetest and most beloved of foods...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Support Bees, Butterflies, and Hummingbirds | Instructor: Jo | Sun May 24th, 12-1pm | FREE* | In this workshop you'll learn about how to attract butterflies, honeybees, native bees, hummingbirds, and beneficial insects...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | Plants and all their Parts! | Kate | Sun May 31st, 10-11am | FREE* | Plants are fascinating organisms made up of all kinds of different parts...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Young Sprouts session at a time.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | The Dynamic Garden: The Importance of Texture and Movement | Instructor: Jo | Sun May 31st, 1-2pm | FREE* | Discover two of the most important, yet lesser known, traits for gardens that can elevate them from beautiful to extraordinary...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.

 

June

YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | Wildlife in the Garden: Bees, Birds & Butterflies! | Kate & Jo | Sun June 7th, 10-11am | FREE* | There's nothing more fun than experiencing nature in the garden, especially bees, birds and butterflies. We'll explore all the creatures than can make a home in the garden, how to encourage them with plants and habitat, and why they are important for the health of the garden. Then we'll get to make animal masks to take home.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Young Sprouts session at a time.
   
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Cocktail Gardening: From Garden to Glass, Shaken not Stirred | Instructor: David Wolowidnyk, West Restaurant with Gary | Sat June 13th, 1-3pm | $20 | Join award-winning bartender and mixologist David Wolowidnyk from the acclaimed West Restaurant in Vancouver to learn how to make cocktails and libations with ingredients from your own garden. In 2012 David won the Bombay Sapphire World’s Most Imaginative Bartender Competition in Morocco. This guy knows how to mix a drink! Step up to David’s bar where he’ll show you how to muddle, mix, infuse, shake and stir your way to fancy and intriguing drinks for a relaxing night at home, a dinner party or a wild soiree in the garden all while telling you stories as only a bartender can. As you sample David’s creations Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis will present the different edibles used in the cocktail and discuss how to grow them in your garden. This is one workshop that you won’t want to miss!
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Architectural Plants for Drama, Drama, Drama | Jo | Sun June 14th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | This is the “go big or go home” workshop. Dramatic architectural plants are integral to the garden and containers. They act as focal points to draw your eye into the garden providing exclamation points of foliage and flower. Jo will introduce you to everything big and dramatic in the world of perennials and shrubs. Your garden will never be the same once you’ve included the big, bold forms of architectural plants.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.

 

Fall and Winter Workshops

We'll announce these workshops in future e-newsletters.

 


3.

Pixie Grape Pre-Order

The new Pixie Grapes are a new series of dwarf grape vines for containers that will produce fruit in their first year and forever more after that. They are perfect for small spaces and patios, conversation pieces, and as a gift for every wine lover you know. The first Pixie Grape is 'Pinot Meunier Purple', one of the three Champagne grapes. It is projected to only grow to about 2+ feet tall and wide and to get lots of bunches of grapes on its small frame over a long season.

Our plants will be available for pick-up just before Mothers' Day. They will be in 1g pots with an attractive trellis and they are projected to already have bunches of green fruit on the vines! Fingers crossed for the fruit as it is the first year of growing them.

 

Your Pixie Grapes will look like the picture above when they arrive in a one gallon pot with a trellis. They should have fruit but the fruit will be green in May and ripen through the summer for summer and fall picking. After a few years your Pixie Grape will look like this. You can grow it in a large pot on your patio or balcony.

The Pixie Grapes will be in a 1g pot with trellis for $27.99 + GST.

More Info and Pre-Order

 


4.

'Ketchup 'n' Fries' and Mighty Mato Pre-Sale

Welcome to our exciting tomato pre-sale where you can pre-plan your 2015 edible bounty from the comfort of your own home with some of the most cutting edge edibles available. Pre-sales allow you to secure the exact plants you desire and allow us at Phoenix Perennials to make sure we have exactly what you want.

The Revolutionary, New "TomTato" is a hand-grafted plant that brings together tomatoes and potatoes, two close relatives, that together give us one of life's great pleasures: 'Ketchup 'n' Fries'. You'll get hundreds of delicious, super sweet cherry tomatoes on top and up to 4-5 pounds of yummy potatoes just below the soil!

Mighty Mato Grafted Tomatoes consist of desirable heirloom and cool modern varieties hand-grafted onto super strong tomato rootstock that confers greater disease resistance, greater cold tolerance, and greater vigour resulting in up to 2-3 times more tomatoes per plant than ungrafted plants!

More Info and Pre-Order

 


5.

Full Spring Mail Order Launched!
620 Amazing Garden Plants for Canadian Gardeners

Hello Gardeners Across Canada!

We are proud to launch our third year of Mail Order across Canada with our largest selection ever: 620 amazing garden plants including many rare and cutting edge plants you'd be hard pressed to find anywhere else. At Phoenix Perennials we're real plant lovers and we hope you'll be as excited about these plants as we are.

From boisterous and colourful to strange and esoteric, from the height of onrnamental horticulture to the cutting edge of edibles, we hope you'll find many wonderful options for your garden.

Help Us Get the Word Out: We need your help to get the word out across this great (and very large) country of ours. Please forward this email to all your friends and family across the country to let them know that if they can't visit us in BC, we can ship to them anywhere in Canada!

Without further ado, let's get your hearts beating a litlte faster and your gardening souls primed for spring. Here it is:

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

 


6.

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

The season is early and the nursery is brimming with all kinds of early season options for your garden!

Cypripedium formosanum - Formosa Lady's Slipper - 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. Cypripedium 'Victoria' - Hardy Lady's Slipper - 'Victoria' has huge flowers with a yellow lip and twisted, yellow tepals striped with burgundy. The lip alone is almost the size of a chicken egg! The imposing plant with its broad leaves grows to 60 cm (23 in.) high -- a real eye-catcher in the shaded garden! Blooms in the second half of May. Grown from seed. Plants will resemble the image but may not be identical. A cross of the North American C. parviflorum var. pubescens and the Asian C. fasciolatum. Lady's slipper hybrids are much more vigorous and easy to grow than species. Blooming size.
Digiplexis Illumination 'Berry Canary' - Hybrid Foxglove - The Illumination series offers intergeneric hybrids between foxglove (Digitalis) and its Canary Island relative Isoplexis. 'Berry Canary' has spikes of hot pink flowers with creamy yellow, burgundy speckled throats over the rosettes of glossy, dark green leaves. It is a long bloomer from late spring to frost. Digiplexis Illumination 'Flame' - Hybrid Foxglove - The Illumination series offers intergeneric hybrids between foxglove (Digitalis) and its Canary Island relative Isoplexis. 'Flame' sports spectacular tubular flowers that are bright reddish-magenta with orange-yellow throats. It looks like a foxglove crossed with a Hawaiian shirt. The flowers are densely packed on tall black stems with attractive foliage. Side branching and its sterile nature give an extended bloom time.
Digiplexis Illumination 'Raspberry' - Hybrid Foxglove - The Illumination series offers intergeneric hybrids between foxglove (Digitalis) and its Canary Island relative Isoplexis. 'Berry Canary' has spikes of hot pink flowers with creamy yellow, burgundy speckled throats over the rosettes of glossy, dark green leaves. It is a long bloomer from late spring to frost.

Brunnera macrophylla - Siberian Bugloss - Large, mid to dark green, heart-shaped leaves are topped with long-lasting, vivid blue, forget-me-not flowers in spring. A beauty for the shade garden or woodland walk.

We also have lots of cool foliage forms such as 'King's Ransom', 'Diane's Gold', 'Sea Heart', and more.

Daphne ordora 'Zuiko Nishiki - Winter Daphne - 'Zuiko Nishiki' is a Japanese selection of Daphne odora with lush green foliage and a vigorous nature. It may also be hardier than the species. The buds are vibrant, deep pink and open to pale pink or white flowers. The fragrance is ravishing - a mix of intoxicating citrus, sweetness and baby powder. Daphne x transatlantica 'Summer Ice' - Daphne - This daphne has some great qualities not before seen in the genus: an incredibly long bloom period and it’s easy to grow. ‘Summer Ice’ forms a mounded shrub with beautifully fragrant (like sweet baby powder) white flowers with an apple blossom flush that bloom from early April until November. As if that weren’t enough the leaves sport a crisp white trim. Semi-evergreen in average winters. Deciduous in hard winters. Rich, well-drained soil in sun. Do not move after planting.
Daphne x burkwoodii 'Carol Mackie - Daphne - ‘Carol Mackie’ has variegated leaves with a thin golden yellow edge fading to creamy white. The fragrant white flowers appear in late spring (and sometimes again in the fall). Rich, well-drained soil in sun. Do not move after planting. Photo courtesy Great Plant Picks. Daphne x transatlantica 'Eternal Fragrance' - Daphne - This hybrid forms a neat, mounded, evergreen shrub two to three feet high and three feet wide. The dark green leaves make a pleasing backdrop for the pink buds and white flowers which are intensely fragrant like sweet baby powder. ‘Eternal Fragrance’ flowers generously on the previous season’s wood in April and May and from June until autumn on new growth provided good moisture and nutrients. Rich, well-drained soil in sun. Do not move after planting. Photo courtesy of Great Plant Picks.
Paeonia lutea var. ludlowii - Tibetan Tree Peony - A superb, vigorous shrub species from Asia with large, deeply cut leaves and beautiful, large, golden-yellow, saucer-shaped flowers with exteriors often marked with red. The large, medium green pinnate leaves turn rich shades of yellow and orange with splashes of pink in the fall. Paeonia Itoh Hybrids - Itoh Hybrid Peony - The Itoh peonies are intersectional hybrids between the tree peony (P. suffruticosa) and the garden peony (P. lactiflora). The result is an outstanding group of perennial herbaceous peonies with huge flowers in a wide range of unusual colours such as yellows, coppers, apricots, pinks, magentas and bicolours. The foliage emerges rich red and gradually turns to green. A mature plant can have over 50 blooms! We have lots of different cultivars right now!
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 spadix. 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. Arisaema ringens - Cobra Lily - This common Asian species is one of the best for gardens. It has glorious three-parted foliage, gray-green and glossy, and a unique green-and purple, rather fist-shaped flower. A. ringens is an easy long-lived garden plant that forms large clumps with time. Worth growing as a handsome foliage plant with the bonus of very cool flowers. Always popular.
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. 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 - 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. Dicentra 'Amore Rose' - Bleeding Heart - Billowy mounds of bright rose pink heart-shaped flowers crowd over the lacy foliage. Vigorous and very hardy, 'Amore Rose' has abundant flowers and an extended bloom time for months of colour in the spring and summer garden.
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.

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.

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.

Heuchera 'Midnight Rose' - Coral Bells - This amazing compact plant has burnished black leaves that are thickly spotted with hot pink in spring. Summer leaves lighten and cream and pink dots adorn the foliage. A sport of the popular ‘Obsidian’. Heuchera 'Peach Crips' - Coral Bells - 'Peach Crisp' has seriously crisped and rippled pink, orange and cinnamon-coloured leaves and white flowers. The Crisp Series features 'Blackberry Crisp', 'Apple Crisp', Pear Crisp' and 'Peach Crisp'. This series features cultivars in a range of colours with leaves that are highly dissected and rippled creating great textural effect.

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.

Lavandula 'Platinum Blonde' - Lavender - This lavender has blue blooms on long stems with variegated foliage in creamy yellow and green. Shear lavenders lightly in early spring just as they begin growth and again after flowering to keep tidy.

Nerine bowdenii - Guernesey Lily - This South African bulb is a welcome site in fall as the skies become overcast and the rain begins to fall. At this time the flowering stalks of Guernsey lily rise from the strap-like foliage and open into gorgeous spidery amaryllis-like flowers in a shade of improbable candy pink! Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

Agapanthus 'Golden Drops' - Lily-of-the-Nile - 'Golden Drops' is a very hardy, compact-growing variety of Agapanthus featuring leaves edged with golden stripes. Round heads of soft blue flowers are held on upright stems in mid- and late summer. This variety looks great in a container or dotted through a border. Ideal for small gardens or patios.

 


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