Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: Mid April 2017

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

Mid April 2017

Celebrating our 14th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

High season is beginning. The nursery is changing every day with plants arriving from our select suppliers and coming ready from our production facilities. There is so much happening, it's hard to keep up. We suggest you come every second day to see all the new things coming in! ;-)

Hellebores are on sale 30% off! We think you need more. The sale continues until Sunday.

We've had a lot of recognition and exposure lately. I've been on TV three times in the last month speaking about poisonous plants for pets, privacy in the garden, and succulents. You can view the videos below.

Also, we are proud to have been designated a Canada 150 Garden Experience as one of the top garden related destinations in the country in honour of Canada's birthday.

We're excited to announce the winners of our Photo Contest. We hope you'll enjoy looking at all the beautiful photos. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone for entering.

Thank you to everyone registering for our 2017 Workshops. There are exciting workshops coming up this weekend. Have a look!

It's almost full on edible season with tomatoes coming soon. It's almost your last chance to order your grafted veggies and save $2 per Mighty Mato, Mighty Veggie, and Mighty Melon. Also, citrus will be coming in a few weeks so make sure to get your orders in.

In this issue we include an article on Itoh Peonies orignally sent to our Mail Order Alert. These are in stock now. We also launch our first Fabulous at Phoenix of the season. There is so much to highlight and this is only the tip of the iceberg.

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

 

Gourmet Potatoes & Mushrooms in Stock Now!
Ten different kinds of gourmet potatoes and 3 different kinds of mushrooms.


Grow your own for impressive dishes, personal satisf
action, and big bragging rights.

Two Exciting
Pre-Orders
Take advantage to plan your 2017 garden and get some cool plants!

More Info

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Gary on TV -- Gary's been getting around lately on CityTV and CTV.
2. AWARD: Phoenix Perennials Selected as a CaGary on TV -- Gary's been getting around lately on CityTV and CTV.
3. Photo Contest Winners! -- Find out who won the Phoenix Perennials Garden Photo Contest and $500 in prizes!
4. Workshops 2017 -- Get confident. Have fun. Make life beautiful.
5. Two Pre-Orders for 2017 -- Citrus, Mighty Matos, 'Ketchup 'n' Fries'! Come and get it!
6. From the Alerts -- The Brave New World of Itoh Peonies
7. Fabulous at Phoenix -- Gary's pics of hot 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
May 5-7 May Maple Mania at Phoenix Perennials
May 13-14 Mothers' Day Weekend Free Lily for Moms
May 16th Gary speaking tot he Vancouver Rose Society on "Avoiding the Summer Doldrums"
June 3-4 "The Sense of the Garden" - Art Show by Gwen Dirks at Phoenix
June 23-25 Phoenix Perennials selling plants at the Hardy Plant Group Study Weekend in Victoria
August 23-24 Gary speaking at the FarWest trade show in Portland, Oregon on "Hot New Plants" and "Groupon or Coupon"
September 6th Gary speaking to the Seed to Sky Garden Club on "Weird and Wonderful Plants of the World"
December 1-3 The Christmas Hurrah! | Friday to Sunday December 1-3 | 10am - 3pm |

Hellebores 30% Off!
You can never have too many hellebores!

Ok. We admit it. We have too many hellebores! And we're hoping you don't yet have enough!

Now through to the end of April hellebores are 30% off for on site customers.

 

 

Phoenix Perennials Mail Order
Making Canadian Gardeners Happy from Coast to Coast to Coast!

We are proud to launch our fifth year of Mail Order across Canada with our largest selection ever: 850+ amazing garden plants including many rare and cutting edge plants you'd be hard pressed to find anywhere else.

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 cool garden plants are just a few clicks away!


 

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 15 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, Small Space Gardening, and Kids. Learn More About Alerts.
FACEBOOK PAGE
Lots of hot updates, pictures and great content. Be the first to know about everything Phoenix! Have a look! You'll love it.


PINTEREST
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TWITTER
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YOUTUBE
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INSTAGRAM
Our newest social media platform great for sharing images!

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1.

GARY ON TV
Succulents, Privacy, and Not Poisoning Your Pets

I've been getting around on TV (and radio) lately doling out advice and ideas and having fun. Check out the three videos below from CityTV and CTV. Please share with your friends, family and neighbours. Enjoy!


Gary on CityTV's
Breakfast Television (Twice!)

Super Sexy Succulents: Get a Hot Situation Going on your Patio or in your Back Yard
with BT Host Riaz Meghji
Discover the drama and variety of succulents and how to use them in containers to create sizzling, sexy, hot situations in your yard and on your patio.

Check out the Video!

How to Plant for Privacy
with BT Host Riaz Meghji
Check out a bunch of tips and ideas for creative ways to enhance the privacy of your outdoor space with interesting plants.

Check out the Video!

 


Gary on the CTV Noon Show

Keep Your Pets Safe from Poisonous Plants in the Garden with Host Ann Luu
Poisonous plants are all around us in our gardens and parks. Luckily pets - like Doogle the spokesdog - don't seem that interested in eating your daffodil bulbs or chowing down on the Rhododendrons but it's good to be aware of the dangers in the garden so you can keep on eye on your furry friends and keep them safe. Watch this video to learn about some poisonous plants and safe alternatives plus find out which plant really scares Doogle to pieces! You can also download a Poisonous Plant Info Sheet.

Check out the Video!

 


2.

AWARD
Phoenix Perennials Designated as a
Canada 150 Garden Experience

Phoenix Perennials has been designated as one of Canada's top 150 garden experiences in honour of Canada's sesquicentennial birthday. The jury of industry professionals selected Phoenix Perennials from the nominations of Canadian garden and landscape industry champions citing our work "to inspire gardeners through many means of reach including TV, radio, email newsletters and alerts, workshops, special events, social media, and fancy plants offered to on-site visitors from near and far and to the larger Canadian gardening community through Phoenix Perennials Mail Order."

We are proud of this honour and pleased to be recognized for our contributions to the Canadian gardening community helping gardeners from coast to coast to coast to live healthy, active lives surrounded by beautiful flowers and foliage and tasty garden edibles.


3.

The Fourth Annual
Phoenix Perennials Garden Photo Contest

And the Winners Are...

Thank you to everyone who entered this year's photo contest and congratulations to the winners. Five winners were selected by fellow gardeners through voting in the contest's Facebook photo album. An additional five winners were selected by Gary as his favourites. Thank you to everyone who voted. Each of the 10 winners will receive a $50 gift certificate to Phoenix.

Winners Through Voting
$50 Gift Certificate


Darlene M. from Agassiz, BC. "A rose by any other name..."

 


Katherine W. from Maple Ridge, BC. "My garden in summer."

 


Connie E. from Martinsville, Indiana. "Hummingbird"

 


Colleen B. from Delta, BC. "Beautiful backyard clematis."

 


Phyllis V. from Bowser, BC. "A view to the Wisteria."

 

Winners Chosen by Gary
$50 Gift Certificate


Jen S. from Richmond, BC. "Honeysuckle and bee."

 


Terri G. from Abbotsford, BC. "Helenium 'Mardi Gras' combined with goldendrod in my fiery garden."

 


Jodie M. from Oro, Ontario. "Lily."

 


Brian B. from Richmond. "Female Rufus Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) in the 'Dark Eyes' Fuchsia in our backyard."

 


Karen J. from New Westminster, BC. "Frog Finds the Gladiolus."

View All the Entries: Facebook Photo Album.

Start Taking Pictures Now for the Next Contest Launching This Fall!


4.

Workshops and Seminars 2017

Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful.

Welcome to our 2017 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 39 different workshops and seminars including our FREE Gardening 101 Series designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners plus lots of exciting hands on projects. Join us to fill in your knowledge and create beautiful things.

SPECIAL 10% OFF EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT
UNTIL FRIDAY APRIL 7th, 2017!
Use the Promo Code: LEARN2017.
Available for online registrations only.

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

Our workshops are grouped thematically into series to keep them organized and help you make your selections.

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.
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.

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions
Instructor Biographies
Booking Workshops

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions

April

CONTAINER SERIES | Perennial Hanging Baskets | Kate | Sat April 29, 10am-12pm | $20 (Includes 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.
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Kokedama: Japanese String Gardens | Kate | Sun April 30, 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.
   
Beautiful Simplified Gardens: Create a Lower Maintenance Yard | Jo | Sun April 30th, 2-4pm | $14 | 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.

 

May

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Pruning Maples for Dummies at May Maple Mania | Patricia | Sat May 6, 10-11am | 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.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Citrus & Other Subtropical Fruit for Coastal Gardens & Patios | Larry | Sat May 6, 12-1pm | 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 honey berries to Asian peppers, 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/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Grow Your Own Tea | Gary | Sat May 6, 2-3pm | FREE* | Did you know you can grow your own tea plants right here in coastal BC? Camellia sinensis, where all tea comes from, is a beautiful, hardy, evergreen shrub that grows well in our gardens. Learn the basics about how to grow your own tea plants in the garden or in containers and how to harvest and cure your tea leaves to make your own tea.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Xeriscape Gardening: Drought Tolerant Plants and Water-Saving Techniques | Jo | Sun May 7, 11am-12pm | FREE* | With climate change, our summers are supposed to get warmer and drier. We've already seen some really hot, dry summers in recent years with water restrictions. What does that mean for your garden? Jo will introduce you to all kinds of perennials and shrubs that will thrive in hot, dry conditions as well as water-saving gardening techniques.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | The World of Maples | Doug Justice, Associate Director, UBC Botanical Garden | Sun May 7, 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. Doug is an expert on maples. At this workshop he will wax poetic about the beauty and diversity of Japanese and related maples and then get practical and talk about growing them in the garden and containers.
   

CONTAINER SERIES | Succulent Containers & Centrepieces to Die For | Kate | Sun May 7, 3-5pm | $14 | Learn about the wide range of succulents available to you and how to combine them to make smashing plant combinations. Then plant them up into an amazing container 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.

   

CONTAINER SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Edible Containers to Die For: Ornamental Displays that Taste Great | Kate | Sat May 13, 10am-12pm | $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.

   
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Cocktail Gardening: Mix Drinks with Ingredients from Your Garden | David Wolowidnyk, Botanist Restaurant with Gary | Sat May 13, 2-4pm | $14 | Join award-winning bartender and mixologist David Wolowidnyk formerly of West and CinCin Restaurants and now with the exciting new restaurant Botanist. David will teach you 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!
   

CONTAINER SERIES | Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets to Fabulous Pots Then Make Your Own | Kate | Sun May 14, 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.

   
GARDENING 101 SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Success with Tomatoes | Gary | Sun May 14, 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 | Succulent Installations: Chicks and Chicken Wire | Kate | Sat May 20, 10am-12pm | $14 | Are you ready to get really creative with succulents? This workshop will have you creating your own "container" or "planting pillow" out of chicken wire. It could be a hanging cone or a free form shape to place on your stairs or along a wall or on a tree or any shape you can imagine. Then you'll get to plant your "planter" up with your choice of cool succulents. Before you come, think about where you'd like to install your succulent installation and, if you can, take a picture of and measure the spot and bring those details with you.

 
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Success with Succulents | Gary | Sat May 20, 1-2pm | FREE* | Gary, the head Phoenician, has hundreds of succulents in his personal collection and is the guy to chat with about caring for your own succulents. This session will focus on borderline hardy and non-hardy succulents including Echeveria, Agave, Dyckia, Kalanchoe, Senecio, Euphorbia, and more. Gary will introduce these different types of succulents and chat about caring for these beautiful plants throughout the year.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Save the Pollinators!: Support Bees, Butterflies, & Hummingbirds | Jo | Sun May 21, 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.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Architectural Plants for Drama, Drama, Drama | Jo | Sun May 21, 12-1pm | 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.
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Make Your Own Hypertufa Container or Trough | Kate | Sun May 28, 10am-12pm (Make container) & Sun June 11, 10-11am (Optional plant up)  | $45 | 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.

 

June

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Best Plants for Summer Colour | Kate | Sun June 4, 11am-12pm | 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 Spring session and our Fall and Winter session.

 

Fall and Winter Workshops

September

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Best Plants for Fall & Winter | Kate | Sun Sept 10, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for fall and winter? 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 other Spring and Summer sessions.

   

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Discover the World of Bulbs | Jo | Sun Sept 17, 11am-12pm | FREE* | By fall you might be ready for a rest from the garden but do yourself one little favour before winter comes: plant some bulbs. You’ll be glad you did come spring. In this workshop you’ll meet a diverse range of spring-blooming bulbs for the garden and containers including many uncommon but exciting possibilities. You will also receive instruction on designing with bulbs and planting them in layers for knock out displays in containers or small spaces.

   

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Best Plants for Fall Colour | Jo | Sun Sept 24, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Do you have a colourful fall garden? Or does it just turn to grey and yellow mush once the rains start? There are numerous perennials, shrubs and small trees that provide great fall foliage and flower colour. Include just a few of these plants in strategic locations in the garden and you could have a fall garden to remember and look forward to!

 

   

CONTAINER SERIES | Terrariums to Bring the Outdoors In | Kate | Sun Sept 24, 1-3pm | $20 | It's time to bring back terrariums! These miniature gardens inside glass vessels are perfect decorations for inside the house year round. We'll have a variety of succulents, ferns, air plants, venus fly traps, and sundews for you to combine with coloured mosses, stones, and glass pebbles. The rest is up to you! Kate will instruct you on the ins and outs of designing and caring for the miniature gardens inside your terrariums. Then you'll get to do up your own! This workshop includes your soil, stones, and decorative glass but does not include the container or the plants you'll include. We'll have lots of containers and plants on hand to choose from.

 

 

October

CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets of Fabulous Pots Then Make Your Own | Kate | Sun Oct 1, 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 that will provide months of winter interest and an antidote against the dark, cold days of the year. You'll get to plant up and take home your 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. 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.

 

December

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Centerpiece Workshop | Kate | Fri Dec 1, 1-3pm | $75 (Includes hellebore.) | Here's another way to bring a hellebore inside for Christmas cheer - as a centrepiece for your Christmas table. You'll create a beautiful ring of winter foliage centred with a beautiful hellebore that you can plant in your garden in winter or spring. You can also use this centrepiece as a decoration for an outdoor table where it will bloom for months, often well into April!

Registration includes all materials and greenery plus a hellebore. You may also bring greenery or twigs from your own garden to use in your wreath.

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 2, 10am-12pm | $60 | Decorate your home for the holiday season with your very own Christmas Rose wreath! Kate will teach you how to design and build a festive, florist-quality wreath with unique greenery and dried pods and cones. She will then teach you to incorporate Christmas roses into your wreath keeping it colourful & dynamic!

Our popular wreath-making workshop is a great chance to spend quality time with friends and family while accomplishing a great project to lift your spirits through the short days of winter.

Registration includes all materials such as wreath frame and greenery. You may also bring greenery or twigs from your own garden to use in your wreath.

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Bird's Nest Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 2, 1-3pm | $75 (Includes hellebore.) | This class for advanced wreath-makers or ambitious beginners takes what we normally do in the our original wreath making workshop and builds on it with more creativity including nesting a potted hellebore within your wreath that looks like an adorable birds nest with white birds (hellebore flowers) peaking out.

Registration includes all materials such as wreath frame and greenery plus a hellebore. You may also bring greenery or twigs from your own garden to use in your wreath.

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Picture Frame Wreaths | Kate | Sun Dec 3, 10am-12pm | $60 (Includes frame. All frames will be different and may not resemble the one pictured.) | Christmas time is about memories. Picture frames are about holding and celebrating memories. We'll combine this idea of the picture frame with the techniques of wreath making to make a beautiful and unique Christmas decoration for your garden or home for the holiday season. |

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop | Kate | Sun Dec 3, 1-3pm | $20 | Wow your Christmas guests as soon as they arrive at your front door or enliven your patio with a fantastic outdoor winter container centred with a glistening Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other great perennials and shrubs that offer winter interest. Kate will lead you in the design, planting and final decoration of your planter with winter twigs and greens.

 

 

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

 

Instructor Biographies

Visit our Workshop page for biographies.

 

Booking Workshops

Visit our Workshop page for booking info or click the link above.

 


5.

Two Pre-Orders for Your 2017 Garden

We are very excited about our 2017 pre-orders. Place your orders now to lock in for some the hottest and most desired plants of the season.

Our pre-orders are a convenient way to acquire the plants that you desire in advance from the comfort of your own home and to be able to better plan your garden. For us at Phoenix Perennials it really helps us to gauge interest and adjust our growing and our orders up or down so we have the right number of plants on hand to meet your gardening wants and needs. Cheers!

The Great Hardy Citrus (& Friends)
Pre-Order

Grow your own citrus outside in coastal BC plus grow an even wider selection with a little winter protection.

Choose from 31 different Citrus including 5 that you can grow outside year round like the 'Owari' satsuma.

More Info and Order

 

Mighty Mato, 'Ketchup 'n' Fries' and Grafted Veggie Pre-Order

SAVE $2 Per Plant: Due to inflation, the US dollar, and other cost increases, the retail price of Mighty Matos, Mighty Melons and Mighty Veggies will be going up to $16.99 for on-site sales at the nursery this spring. We are holding the price at $14.99 for this pre-order. Please order online now to secure this savings.

Welcome to our exciting grafted vegetable pre-order where you can pre-plan your 2017 edible bounty from the comfort of your own home with the most cutting edge edibles available. Pre-orders allow you to secure the exact plants you desire and allow us at Phoenix Perennials to make sure we have exactly what you want. If you're planning on growing these grafted veggies in 2017 please pre-order. Last year we had a number of people who missed out on some of the most popular varieties and said "we should have booked in advance."

More Info

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'. It produces the sweetest cherry tomatoes you've ever tasted by the hundreds. In 2016 an improved grafting method lead to much better crops of potatoes than in 2015 with a few pounds per plant.

'Ketchup 'n' Fries' Tomtato (Improved) -- Hundreds of delicious, super sweet cherry tomatoes on top and a few pounds of yummy potatoes just below the soil! This year an improved grafting process should ensure more reliable and larger crops of potatoes than in 2015. Tomatoes and potatoes are closely related. They are grafted by hand and grow happily together as the revolutionary 'Ketchup 'n' Fries'. Double your production of edibles from the same space. Great for veggie gardens, small spaces, and large containers. 1g pot, 24.99 + GST

 

Mighty Mato Grafted Tomatoes consist of 17 different 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! Heirloom tomatoes that are sometimes shy in their yields produce like never before. Cool modern varieties also produce extra large yields.

 

Mighty Melons and Mighty Veggies consist of desirable heirloom and cool modern varieties that are grafted onto super strong rootstock that, like the Mighty Matos, confers greater disease resistance, greater cold tolerance, and greater vigour resulting in extra large crops of fruit and vegetables. The grafting can make a particularly positive difference in our cool summer climates with melons, peppers and eggplants that all require hot seasons to produce good crops.

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

Our selection is changing every day. There are are hundreds of items I could highlight here. You'll just have to come in to see them all!

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.
Calanthe 'Yellow Lipsticks' - Hardy Calanthe Orchid - Calanthe 'Yellow Lipsticks' is a vigorous hybrid with bold, banana yellow flowers with rose-red to burgundy-red lips held on ten inch spikes. Attractive, lush, light green pleated leaves. Virus-free plants from flasked seedlings. Vigorous blooming size plants. Calanthe are hardy terrestrial orchids for classic shade garden conditions. They are relatively easy to grow in rich, well-drained soils in part shade. Calanthe 'Pink Lipsticks' - Hardy Calanthe Orchid - Calanthe 'Pink Lipsticks' is a vigorous hybrid with lovely pale pink to pink flowers with rose-red to deep pink lips held on ten inch spikes. Attractive, lush, light green pleated leaves. Virus-free plants from flasked seedlings. Vigorous blooming size plants. Calanthe are hardy terrestrial orchids for classic shade garden conditions. They are relatively easy to grow in rich, well-drained soils in part shade.
Calanthe 'Kojima Orange Selections' - Hardy Calanthe Orchid - The Kojima Orange Selections are vigorous hybrids producing ten inch spikes of highly fragrant bright orange flowers with variable detailing of yellow, yellow-orange, white, and red. Every plant will have different flowers and different fragrance. Watch out collectors! The pleated foliage is also quite attractive. Virus-free plants from flasked seedlings. Vigorous blooming size plants. Calanthe are hardy terrestrial orchids for classic shade garden conditions. They are relatively easy to grow in rich, well-drained soils in part shade. 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!
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.
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. 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.

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.
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. 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

 


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