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E-Newsletter: Mid April 2016

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

Mid April 2016

Celebrating our 13th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

May is nearly here and the weather remains gorgeous. We're just starting to hit peak gardening season with the nursery packed with gorgeous colour, cool plants you've never seen before, and tons of edibles. We already have tomato and pepper starts in!

This crazy time of year deserves an event and we have none other than May Maple Mania. The nursery is now stocked with tons of beautiful, unusual and rare Japanese and other maples. Plus don't miss our Maple Pruning workshop this weekend with the Queen of the Secateurs, Patricia.

Also upcoming is our Mothers' Day Free Lily event. Moms need beautiful things and we're here to give allyou Moms a present on Mothers' Day weekend. Details below.

We've included the content of three of our Alerts in this issue. Have a look at what subscribers to the Made in the Shade, Fragrance, and Hot Plant Alerts have been receiving recently in their inboxes. These occasional Alerts come out only when we have something cool to tell you so make sure to sign up to the ones you're interested in to be the first to know about developments in these 15 different subject areas. AND, we've just launched a new Small Space Alert. So if you garden on a balcony, patio or in a small garden, you'll want to sign up for this one.

We are excited to be getting great registrations for many of our workshops this season. We have 51 different sessions in 2016. Plus don't miss our free Gardening 101 seminars and our equally free Young Sprouts Kids Club workshops. It's always more fun with a friend or family member. You know what else is fun? Saving money. Until April 30th we're offering an early bird registration discount of 10% on our Cocktail Gardening and our Tomato Tastings.

'Ketchup 'n' Fries' and Mighty Matos will be arriving in the next couple weeks so make sure you've placed your pre-order to secure the exact varieties you desire. Details are below on just how to do that.

And last but not least: everyone loves a good contest. Don't miss entering the Clair's B&B contest to win a night at her beautiful bed and breakfast plus a $50 gift certificate. Details below.

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

 

Special Event
May Maple Mania

Friday through Sunday
April 29th-May, 2016

Featuring an incredible selection of Japanese and other maples plus a free workshop with our own Patricia on pruning maples.

10% Off Early Bird Discount

Cocktail Gardening

Tomato Tastings

Until April 30th get 10% off these very popular workshops!
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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. May Maple Mania Special Event with a Free Talk on Pruning Maples with Patricia -- Join us for a great selection of amazing maples and a chat on pruning maples with our own Patricia.
2. Free Lily for Moms on Mothers' Day Weekend -- Moms need beautiful things. We're here to help with that.

3. From the Alerts: Shade, Fragrance and Hot Plants -- Check out the great content that has come out recently in some of our Alerts.

4. Workshops and Seminars 2016 -- Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful. Welcome to our 2016 workshops and one of the most exciting line-ups we've ever offered with 51 different sessions! Don't miss the Early Bird Registration Discount!
5. Awesome Edible Pre-Sales for 2016: Grafted Tomatoes & Veggies - It's time to organize your edible growing season with some of the hottest edibles availabe now by pre-sale.
6. 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. Also don't miss our Workshop Schedule.
Date
Event Description
April 29 - May 1

May Maple Mania | Friday through Sunday April 29th to May 1st, 2016 | Featuring an incredible selection of Japanese and other maples. |

May 7-8 Mothers' Day Free* Lily | Saturday and Sunday May 7th and 8th, 2016 | 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.
May 24 Avoiding the Summer Doldrums presented by Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis to the Dunbar Garden Club.
June 22 Sizzling Succulents presented by Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis to the Saltspring Island Garden Club.
July 15-17 The Summer Sizzle | Friday to Sunday July 15th to 17th, 2016 | 10am-5pm | Celebrate the botanical glories of high summer with specially priced plants and other surprises.
Sept 10 The Heirloom Tomato Festival | Saturday September 10th, 2016 | 10am-5pm | With tomato tastings, heirloom tomato fruit for sale and a display of heirloom tomatoes! | Sign up early for our Tomato Tastings. | Register for Tomato Tastings
Sept 26 Sizzling Succulents presented by Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis to the Sechelt Garden Club.
Nov 5 Presentation to be determined presented by Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis to the Vancouver Island Master Gardeners.
Dec 2-4 The Christmas Hurrah! | Friday to Sunday December 2nd to 4th, 2016 | 10am - 3pm | Celebrate the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other seasonal delights with winter blooms and exciting workshops. | Register for Our Christmas Rose Workshops

 

CONTEST
Win a Night at Clair's B&B and a
$50 Phoenix Perennials Gift Certificate!

We know our customers come from far and wide to visit us and shop at Phoenix Perennials. Whether you live in Greater Vancouver or come from afar, we've got a fun contest for you for a little staycation within the city or to make your trip into the big city from further afield that much more memorable.

Enter our contest and win a one night stay in a deluxe suite at Clair's Bed and Breakfast located in a lovely heritage home in picturesque Ladner Village just across the river from Richmond valued at $200 plus a $50 Phoenix Perennials Gift Certificate.

To enter send an email to: phoenixperennials [at] shaw.ca (Yes. You have to put the @ sign in there.) Give us your full name, city, province, and phone number and answer this skill testing question: In what year was Clair's beautiful Art Deco house built? Visit Clair's Bed and Breakfast Website to find out!

Clair's B&B is located in a beautiful heritage home accentuated by beautiful plants.

Fine Print:
Contest closes Sunday May 15th at midnight. A winner will be drawn at random.
One entry per person.
B&B stay and gift certificate are valid for one year. Gift certificate is valid for in-person purchases at the nursery only and not for mail order purchases. It is also valid for regular priced items only.
B&B stay is subject to availability of rooms at time of booking. Please book early.
Blackout period between Christmas and New Year's.

 

Garden Tour
Gardens of New Zealand
January 22-February 2, 2017

Join alumni UBC and tour leaders Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis and Gardening 101 Radio Show host Jeff de Jong to see the gardens, flora, scenery and culture of New Zealand.

ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT!

More Info

 

Canadian Mail Order Catalogue Launched for 2016!
800 Amazing Garden Plants for Canadian Gardeners


 

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!

 

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1.

Special Event
May Maple Mania

Friday through Sunday April 29th-May, 2016
Featuring an incredible selection of Japanese and other maples plus a free workshop with our own Patricia on pruning maples.

 

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Pruning Maples for Dummies at May Maple Mania | Patricia | Sat April 30, 1-2pm | FREE* | To prune or not to prune and, if you do, how do you do it? Join our resident pruning guru, Patricia, for a hands on chat and demonstration on what to do when you stand in front of your Japanese maple and channel your inner zen master with a set of secateurs in hand.

REGISTER NOW

 


2.

Mothers' Day Free* Lily
Saturday and Sunday May 7th and 8th, 2016
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.

 


3.

From the Alerts
Check out some of our recent subject-based Alerts. Are you getting them? Make sure to sign up to all your favourite subjects!

 

NEW! We've created a new Alert for small space gardeners. As soon as we get enough subscriptions we'll start creating content.

The Small Space Alert - Do you garden on a balcony, patio or postage stamp backyard? Subscribe to this occasional Alert to learn about plants, pots, and other paraphernalia that would be perfect to maximize your small space.

To subscribe as a new subscriber or to add Alerts to your existing profile, click on Update Profile at the bottom of this email.

 

Hot Plant Alert
from Phoenix Perennials

10 Colourful Plants New from Our Production

Celebrating our 13th Anniversary Season!

10 Colourful Plants New from Our Production

At Phoenix Perennials we grow most of our own perennials. It is always exciting when that production starts coming ready and we move it from our production houses to retail where we can finally present it to you, our customers and fellow gardeners. Here's what's just come ready:

Digiplexis Illumination 'Flame' - Hybrid Foxglove - Digiplexis Illumination '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. The Illumination Series offers intergeneric hybrids between foxglove (Digitalis) and its Canary Island relative Isoplexis.


Digiplexis 'Berry Canary' - Hybrid Foxglove -Digiplexis '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. The Illumination series offers intergeneric hybrids between foxglove (Digitalis) and its Canary Island relative Isoplexis.

Agastache 'Bolero' - Hummingbird Mint - Agastache 'Bolero' flushes in spring with beautiful purple-red, fragrant foliage that slowly turns to green but not before the warm rose-purple flowers with purple sepals form and attract every hummingbird from miles around. This beauty will give you great foliage interest and long-lasting flowers.

Agastache 'Blue Boa' - Hummingbird Mint - Luxurious, deep, violet blue flower spikes held over ultra green foliage. The flower spikes are long, wide and extremely showy. Great for summer colour. Compared to 'Blue Fortune', 'Blue Boa' has deeper violet blue flowers and wider flower spikes. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. The licorice-scented foliage is edible and good in salads. Excellent planted en masse in the perennial border or in the herb garden. Drought tolerant once established. Blooms from summer until frost.

Mukgenia 'Nova Flame' - Mukgenia - Mukgenia 'Nova Flame' is an intriguing intergeneric hybrid between Bergenia and its relative Mukdenia. The foliage is thick and leathery with jagged edges and red-flushed undersides. The foliage reddens through summer presenting great fall colour before dropping for its winter dormancy. The flowers are bright fuchsia with star-like petals rather than the bell-shaped flowers of Bergenia.
Eryngium x zabelii 'Neptune's Gold' - Sea Holly - Eryngium 'Neptune's Gold' is the first sea holly with totally gold leaves. The small, egg shaped clusters of blue-violet flowers are subtended by variegated yellow and blue bracts and grow profusely on every stem (which are also blue) that are held aloft over the gold foliage. Gorgeous!
Eryngium planum 'Jade Frost' - Sea Holly - Eryngium are intriguing members of the carrot family and garden favourites for their true blue thimble like inflorescences held above equally blue thistly bracts. Now add some variegation to this sea holly picture. 'Jade Frost' has green leaves with white to creamy white variegation that is pink in cool temperatures. A must have for those who love blue flowers and variegation.
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.
Alstroemeria Inca Joli - Peruvian Lily - Alstroemeria Inca Joli has remarkable vigour and capacity to produce loads of flowers over a long period from early summer well into fall. This plant forms a bushy, upright clump of linear, green leaves. The flowers have petals of firey red with yellow throats and brown speckling.
Alstroemeria Inca Ice - Peruvian Lily - Alstroemeria Inca Ice has remarkable vigour and capacity to produce loads of flowers over a long period from early summer well into fall. It forms a bushy, upright clump of linear, green leaves. The funnel-shaped, speckled flowers are a soft apricot-pink with a yellow throat, brown speckling, and red stamen filaments.

 

 

Fragrance Alert
from Phoenix Perennials

Hardy Gardenia

April 21st, 2016

Celebrating our 13th Anniversary Season!

Hardy Gardenia!

These amazing versions of what was once a pot plant for the indoors now comes in a few varieties that are hardy to zone 7 or about minus 17 degrees Celsius! They have all the fragrance you expect from a Gardenia. They also have lush, evergreen foliage that remains shiny and attractive year-round.

Hardy Gardenia should be planted in protected locations in the garden such as near the house, against a wall or a fence, or near other objects, not in the wide open where they might experience more wind and inclement weather. This is for two reasons. 1. It will help their hardiness to be protected from cold winter winds and pelting rain. 2. Features in the garden that absorb warmth during the day and give it off at night help the Gardenia to set more buds in the spring.

You can also improve the overwintering of your Gardenia by collecting fallen leaves in the autumn and packing them around to the trunk of the plant to a height of about six inches and also across the surface of the soil above the root ball.

Hardy Gardenia usually come into a big bloom in late spring or early summer in the garden and then bloom intermittently through the summer into fall. The fragrance is one of the strongest you could ever include in your garden. It is sweet, tropical and intoxicating.

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.
Gardenia 'Frostproof' - Hardy Gardenia - The rose-like double flowers of Gardenia 'Frostproof' have an intense and intoxicating fragrance and appear most profusely in early summer and sporadically thereafter. Resilient in cool springs or cool spring/summer climates and will still produce copious flowers. Full sun to light shade. Blooms best where walls or patios provide extra night time warmth in spring and summer. Plant in a protected location just to be safe. Evergreen.
Gardenia 'Summer Snow' - Hardy Gardenia - 'Summer Snow' is a hardy hybrid gardenia hand selected after 10 years of development and test studies. ‘Summer Snow’ has beautiful pure white double flowers that are sweetly fragrant. The foliage is evergreen, rich and glossy. Reportedly hardy to zone 6 which would make it the hardiest of the hardy gardenias.

 


4.

Workshops & Seminars 2016

Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful.

Welcome to our 2016 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 with 51 different workshops and seminars including our FREE Gardening 101 Series designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners and our Young Sprouts Kids Club. Join us to fill in your knowledge and create beautiful things.

SAVE 10% ON COCKTAIL GARDENING AND TOMATO TASTINGS WHEN YOU REGISTER BEFORE APRIL 30TH, 2016!

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.
REGISTER NOW

April

CONTAINER SERIES | Perennial Hanging Baskets | Kate | Sat April 30, 10am-12pm | $20 (Incl. basket) | Take perennials into the unknown and plant them in hanging baskets. You’ll learn about perennials that are suitable for growing in hanging baskets in both sun and shade and then you’ll get a chance to plant up your own to take home with you! Perennials in hanging baskets will often perform for many years. When they outgrow their space you can plant them in the garden. You'll save tons of money versus annual hanging baskets. Cost includes potting mix, moss, and a wire hanging basket.
GARDENING 101 SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Citrus & Other Subtropical Fruit for Coastal Gardens | Larry | Sat April 30, 1-2pm | FREE* | Did you know that you can grow citrus outside in Vancouver AND harvest fruit to eat??? Join our resident expert on everything subtropical, unusual and edible for local gardens. From hardy olives to hardy citrus, goji berries to tea, honey berries to Asian pepper, kiwis to pomegranates plus figs, bananas, kumquats and much more, Larry will fill you in on the exciting world of rare and unusual shrubs that will inspire you and your taste buds and impress cocktail party guests.
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Pruning Maples for Dummies at May Maple Mania | Patricia | Sat April 30, 1-2pm | FREE* | To prune or not to prune and, if you do, how do you do it? Join our resident pruning guru, Patricia, for a hands on chat and demonstration on what to do when you stand in front of your Japanese maple and channel your inner zen master with a set of secateurs in hand.

 

May

YOUNG SPROUTSKIDS CLUB | Soil! - Creepy Crawlies and All | Kate | Sun May 1, 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 tons of worms, insects and microorganisms that makes soil a dynamic and exciting place for exploring. We'll discuss the role of soils in healthy gardens and then each child will make a soil mobile to take home.
Succulent Bouquets and Corsages | Kate | Sun May 1, 1-3pm | $14 (Succulents not included.) | Succulents can seemingly go anywhere and do anything. So why not make them into a bouquet? Or how about a corsage? Just one week before Mothers' Day, this workshop is perfectly timed for you to create a perfect present for that special woman in your life.

CONTAINER SERIES | Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets to Fabulous Pots Then Make Your Own | Instructor: Kate | Sat May 7, 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. 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.

Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. We will have a range of options available if you don't have your own pot. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use.

CONTAINER SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Edible Containers to Die For: Ornamental Displays that Taste Great | Kate | Sat May 7, 1-3pm | $14 | This is a fun hands-on workshop for gardeners who want to grow edibles in containers that are beautiful and productive all at the same time. After some discussion of different edibles and some practical and design instruction, each participant will plant up and take home their own fabulous edible 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. We will have a range of options available if you don't have your own pot. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use.

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Master the Basics of Shrubs and Small Trees for Beauty and Privacy | Jo | Sun May 8, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Shrubs, small trees and bamboo are integral parts 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 these useful plants, this workshop is for you. We’ll cover all the basics to guarantee your success. We will present the best shrubs, small trees and bamboos for city gardens and patios, emphasize multi-season interest, and highlight the best plants for different times of year plus the best strategies for using these woody plants for privacy. We’ll also discuss their selection, planting and ongoing care. 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!
GARDENING 101 SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Success with Tomatoes | Gary | Sun May 8, 1-2pm | FREE* | Tomatoes are the most beloved of all garden edibles because no tomato tastes better than one grown in your own garden. Come have all your tomato questions answered such as modern vs. heirlooms, grafted vs ungrafted, the best cultivars for our climate, and how to successfully grow tons of delicious tomatoes in pots and the garden.
CONTAINER SERIES | Kokedama: Japanese String Gardens | Kate | Sat May 14, 10am-12pm | $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 in the house, patio or garden. These intriguing botanical spheres can transform an area with beauty and whimsy. Kate will discuss perennials and shrubs that are suitable for Japanese string gardens as well as how to care for them. Then you'll select your own plants and make up your own! The plants you choose to use are not included. All other materials are included in the price of the workshop.
YOUNG SPROUTSKIDS CLUB | Fun with Edible Plants | Kate | Sun May 15, 10-11am | FREE* | Kids who grow their own food have been shown in various studies to eat a wider variety of healthy foods, to be more active, and to lead healthier lives as adults. We know you want that for your children. Obviously then one of the best things you can do as a parent is get into a garden with them to grow edibles. In this workshop, Kate will introduce them to the exciting world of edible plants and teach them the basics of growing their own. Then they'll get to plant up a veggie to take home with them. You might want to listen in!
GARDENING 101 SERIES | The Best of the Best for the West Coast Garden: Spring and Summer | Kate | Sun May 15, 1-2pm | FREE* | Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for spring and summer? Kate will introduce you to a selection of top plant performers for West Coast gardens that provide great seasonal interest. She will also provide seasonal maintenance tips. This course could be the most important step you take to transform your garden from ordinary to extraordinary! For a full year of top plants sign up for our second session: Fall and Winter.
CONTAINER SERIES | Subtropical Containers to Die For | Gary | Sat May 21, 10am-12pm | $14 | There's nothing like hardy subtropicals to add "wow" factor to any garden. Now how about concentrating it into one smashingly dramatic container for a big impact in the garden? Gary will introduce a wide range of hardy subtropicals, chat about their care, and then discuss how to use them in containers. You'll then get to plant up your subtropical masterpiece to take home with you!
CONTAINER SERIES | Make Your Own Hypertufa Container or Trough | Kate | Sat May 28, 10am-12pm (Make container) & Sat June 11, 10-11am (Optional plant up)  | $40 | You've heard of container gardening. How about making your own container? This class will teach you how to make your own hypertufa container or trough. Now that's a sense of accomplishment to be enjoyed for years to come. Because hypertufa containers need time to dry and cure, you'll leave your container with us after the workshop then return to pick it up later. If you can make it two weeks later on June 11th Kate will lead you in a workshop to plant up your new container with treasures from the nursery.
YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | Wildlife in the Garden: Bees, Birds & Butterflies! | Kate | Sun May 29, 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.
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Support Bees, Butterflies, & Hummingbirds | Jo | Sun May 29, 12-1pm | FREE* | In this workshop you'll learn about how to attract butterflies, honeybees, native bees, hummingbirds, and beneficial insects into your garden and how to support them once they're there with food plants and habitat to keep them well fed and sheltered.

 

June

CONTAINER SERIES | Succulent Containers & Centrepieces to Die For | Kate | Sat June 4, 10am-12pm | $14 | Learn about the wide range of succulents available to you and then plant them up into a smashing combination to adorn your patio or as a centrepiece for your patio table.

Please bring your own pot if you have one in mind. Otherwise we will have some options on hand.

PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Cocktail Gardening: From Garden to Glass, Shaken not Stirred | Instructor: David Wolowidnyk, CinCin Restaurant with Gary | Sat June 4th, 1-3pm | $20 | Join award-winning bartender and mixologist David Wolowidnyk from the acclaimed CinCin 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!
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.
GARDENING 101 SERIES | The Dynamic Garden: The Importance of Texture and Movement | Jo | Sun June 5, 2-3pm | FREE* | Discover two of the most important, yet lesser known, traits for gardens that can elevate them from beautiful to extraordinary. Foliage texture from grasses, ferns and other perennials plus the movement of these plants in the breeze can add incredible visual dynamism to containers and gardens. Take your garden to the next level!

 

Fall and Winter Workshops - Visit our workshop page for full listings.


5.

Awesome Edible Pre-Orders for 2016

'Ketchup 'n' Fries', Mighty Mato, Mighty Melon & Mighty Veggie Pre-Order

Welcome to our exciting grafted vegetable pre-sale where you can pre-plan your 2016 edible bounty from the comfort of your own home with the most cutting edge edibles available.

Full Descriptions and Ordering

 


6.

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

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

Aeonium 'Zwartkop' - Aeonium - 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! 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. WE HAVE MANY MORE CULTIVARS IN STOCK COMING INTO BUD AND BLOOM!
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! 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.
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. 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.
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.

 

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 medfordensis 'Lawrence Crocker - Daphne - 'Lawrence Crocker' is a diminutive evergreen Daphne hybrid (S. arbuscula x D. collina) which typically grows in a mound to 12 inches tall and as wide. It is a dense, slow-growing shrub which features narrow, thickly-textured, dark green, evergreen leaves and fragrant deep pink flowers which bloom from late spring into summer. From the garden of Lawrence Crocker, one of the founders of the Siskiyou Rare Plant Nursery in Medford, Oregon. Do not move after planting. 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 suffruticosa cultivars - Tree Peony - Tree peonies are spectacular though slow-growing garden shrubs with magnificent blooms. They are worth every effort and a little patience. They come in a range of colours including white, pink, purple red, yellow and orange. 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 nepenthoides - Cobra Lily - A handsome Himalayan species with a striped and spotted purple and white spathe. The junction between the spathe-limb and the spathe-tube is deeply auricled (eared) presenting a most intriguing inflorescence. The short, stubby spadix is white and the foliage deep glossy green and heavily textured. Arisaema nepenthoides is a tall species to at least four feet and is one of the earliest to emerge, usually in March. The stems are orange with purple mottles. Arisaema heterophyllum - Cobra Lily - Arisaema heterophyllum is a tall-growing cobra lily called "dancing crane" in Japan. It reaches about three feet tall sporting one leaf with at least 15 leaflets and a green flower held above the foliage with a long, yellow, whip-like spadix appendage licking upwards. Easy to grow.
Anemonella thalictroides 'Shiozaki' - Rue Anemone - Anemonella 'Shiozaki' is a double-flowered form of the eastern North American native rue anemone with exquisite, fully double, shell pink flowers that are larger than 'Shoaf's Double Pink' and a lighter pink. 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 'Gold Heart' - Bleeding Heart - Bred by fellow Canadians Sandra and Nori Pope during their tenure at Hadspen Garden in the UK, Dicentra 'Gold Heart' is the classic bleeding heart with chartreuse to gold foliage to back up the rose-pink and white flowers. It’s shocking, it’s audacious, it’s electric, it’s fabulous. Great for illuminating a dark corner of the shade garden. May go dormant in summer if soils are dry.
Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler' - Honeysuckle - ‘Major Wheeler’ is one of the best selections of Lonicera sempervirens and stands out above all other red-flowered cultivars for clean foliage and pure flower power. This selection is covered in red trumpet flowers in late spring and keeps churning them out all summer long, especially with a post-bloom trim. The hummingbirds will find it from miles around. Hydrangea 'Miss Saori' - Hydrangea - 'Miss Saori' is a superlative new hydrangea that won the coveted Plant of the Year Award at the 2014 Chelsea Garden Show. She produces exquisite mopheads of double florets in white with perfect, glowing, rose-pink picotee edges on old and new wood from June until frost on 3x3 foot mounds perfect for gardens and containers. Foliage emerges burgundy-red in spring, turns to green, then back to burgundy-red in summer and fall. We are proud to likely be the first nursery in North America to offer this amazing plant in 2015.
Lonicera sempervirens 'John Clayton' - Honeysuckle - Lonicera 'John Clayton' has lovely, pale yellow flowers that explode from the vining stems from June until November and grabs the attention of hummingbirds, butterflies, and humans alike. Bright orange-red fruits in late summer and fall. Selected by the Virginia Native Plant Society for its yellow rather than red flowers, excellent repeat bloom, clean foliage, and compact form. Named for a colonial botanist, it was found on the grounds of a 17th century Abington church in Glouchester, Virginia. Eryngium planum 'Jade Frost' - Sea Holly - Eryngium are intriguing members of the carrot family and garden favourites for their true blue thimble like inflorescences held above equally blue thistly bracts. Now add some variegation to this sea holly picture. 'Jade Frost' has green leaves with white to creamy white variegation that is pink in cool temperatures. A must have for those who love blue flowers and variegation.

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.

Gardenia 'Frostproof' - Hardy Gardenia - The rose-like double flowers of Gardenia 'Frostproof' have an intense and intoxicating fragrance and appear most profusely in early summer and sporadically thereafter. Resilient in cool springs or cool spring/summer climates and will still produce copious flowers. Full sun to light shade. Blooms best where walls or patios provide extra night time warmth in spring and summer. Plant in a protected location just to be safe. Evergreen.

Gardenia 'Summer Snow' - Hardy Gardenia - 'Summer Snow' is a hardy hybrid gardenia hand selected after 10 years of development and test studies. ‘Summer Snow’ has beautiful pure white double flowers that are sweetly fragrant. The foliage is evergreen, rich and glossy. Reportedly hardy to zone 6 which would make it the hardiest of the hardy gardenias.

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.

Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears' - Plantain Lily - 'Blue Mouse Ears' has small round bluish-green leaves comprised of a substance so thick you have to feel it to believe it. Lavender flowers on short scapes proportionate to the clump top it in midsummer. A must-have mini hosta for the collector and rock garden enthusiast. 2008 Hosta of the Year! Miniature hostas are great in shady containers or troughs, at the front of the border or along pathways. Dangerous for collectors who will want to have many more than just one!
Hosta 'Praying Hands' - Plantain Lily - 'Praying Hands' is the most un-hosta looking hosta to ever hit the market. Each small, 18" wide clump is composed of strangely folded, dark green crinkled leaves, each with a narrow cream border resembling a multitude of hands folded in prayer. The upright clumps are topped with 18 inch spikes of light lavender flowers in late summer. Hosta 'Wheee!' - Plantain Lily - This distinctive hosta is unlike the vast majority of cultivars in this case sporting incredibly wavy leaf margins from leaf base to to leaf tip, even on young plants. 'Wheee!' is also variegated with cream margins and has lavender flowers in summer.
Hosta 'White Feather' - Plantain Lily - Hosta 'White Feather' 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. Note: The foliage of young plants can be thin and susceptible to a little damage from frost or drying winds but established plants get sturdier and grow out of this problem. Salvia 'Ember's Wish' - Sage - OK. This one is likely not going to be hardy for most people but the hummingbirds are begging for it. They really are! Large, bright coral-red flowers are produced all summer long atop scented foliage. Drought and heat tolerant so its blooms will not fade in the heat. Ornamental sages are useful for full to part sun locations. Grow in a protected location against the house or in a pot that can be protected in winter or treat as an annual. You and the hummingbirds are worth it!
Delphinium New Millenium 'Pagan Purples' - Delphinium - 'Pagan Purples' blooms with dark bluish-purple flowers. Removing spent flower spikes will result in another round of blooms on secondary spikes in late summer and fall. However, its large, coarsely textured leaves make this plant attractive even when it's not in bloom. Selected in New Zealand, the New Millennium delphinium strains outperform all other tall types. The stems are strong and the plants are generally longer lived than other tall delphiniums. Photo courtesy of Dowdeswell's Delphiniums Ltd. WE HAVE MANY OTHER COLOURS AVAILABLE. Pteridophyllum racemosum - Pteridophyllum - This is not a deer fern. It’s a poppy. Or a buttercup. They’re not sure yet. Pteridophyllum racemosum is a strange and rare woodland perennial endemic to the mountains of Japan. The evergreen foliage looks like a clumping fern until the 10 inch scapes of white flowers bloom in summer. Rock garden or trough plant for well-drained humus-rich soil in shade. Best in cool summer areas and shaded conditions.
Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty' - Mayapple - Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty' is a spectacular hybrid of several Asian mayapples boasting large, vigorous, lobed umbrella-shaped leaves that emerge muted chartreuse green with dramatic chocolate-brown spotting throughout the spring. By summer the leaves are green with lightly spotted areas. Huge garnet-coloured flowers are found under the leaves in clusters of five or more. This form was selected for its colouring, improved late spring frost tolerance, vigour, and habit. Podophyllum delavayi - Mayapple - This Chinese mayapple is one of most exciting shade perennials. Fuzzy umbrellas emerge with dark snakeskin markings, often on a red background, changing to patterned green. Flowers can be red, pink, or white and are followed by apricot coloured fruit. Also called P. veitchii or Dysosma veitchii.
Salvia 'Hot Lips' - Baby Sage - Very cool and a 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. Lavandula stoechas 'Anouk' - Spanish Lavender - This popular selection forms a dense shrub with grey-green foliage. The flower stems bear tight flower spikes of small purple flowers crowned by several one inch long magenta purple petal-like bracts that look like butterflies. ‘Anouk’ has a long bloom period from late spring through to fall. Shear lavenders lightly in early spring just as they begin growth and again after flowering to keep tidy.On
Hydrangea angustipetala 'Golden Crane' - Hydrangea - Large, fragrant lacecaps of white sterile florets around gold to chartreuse lacey reproductive florets. This cultivar is the earliest of hydrangea to bloom and smells sweetly of honey which will fill the entire garden. Narrow textured leaves complete the show on this handsome shrub. Introduced by Dan Hinkley from his collections from southern Sichuan, China. Penstemon digitalis 'Pocahontas' - Beard Tongue - This improvement over 'Husker Red' was developed by Brent Horvath at Intrinsic Perennials. In comparison, 'Pocahontas' has much darker foliage that emerges wine purple and keeps its colour much better through the summer heat. The flowers are lavender-pink rather than white and the stems are burgundy-red.

 


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