Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants
 

E-Newsletter: April 2010

 

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
April 2010

Hello from Phoenix Perennials!

Spring continues, fellow gardeners, despite a little rainy weather. Our production staff continue to pot up thousands of plants that have been arriving from all over the world, some of which are growing quickly and are already being sent to our retail side to grace the shelves, tables and field. Our retail staff have been receiving lots of great shipments from our preferred suppliers. The nursery is changing every day! It's an exciting time.

Thank you to everyone who attended The Great Easter Plant Hunt. Almost 100 people came to our second annual event -- more than double last year -- including lots of families with kids. They came to hunt for more than $3500 in prizes and lots of chocolate inside 500+ coloured eggs hidden by the Easter Plant Bunny throughout the nursery. So successful were the families that one lone gentleman said that next year he was going to round up some of the neighbourhood kids to help him hunt for eggs - they can keep the chocolate and he can have the plants! You can view pictures of the hunt on our Facebook Fan Page. You don't need to be a Facebook member to view the page. Click here to see the album including little Georgina pictured at left who won some lovely english daisies to match her outfit!

As we approach peak perennial season there is lots going on. Our Rare Bulb Sale continues for a few more weeks. If you're interested, do come in soon. Some are starting to grow and so we will soon be removing these bulbs from the sale in order to pot up. Our two new events are coming up in the next few weeks: The Clematis Conundrum... and May Maple Mania.

Our workshops start this weekend. In all there are 22 workshops including six new offerings that are designed for all levels of gardeners. These are great opportunities to have some fun and learn more about gardening with family and friends. We have changed our special offers to make it easier to save on your workshop enrollment. Now there is a 3 Pack Mix and Match discount that will save you 10% and a 5 Pack Mix and Match discount that will save you 15%.

Special April Workshop Offer
It's been cold and rainy and you're likely not thinking much about gardening and workshops. We want to get things rolling and get you and a friend to come have fun with us.
Buy one April workshop space and bring a friend for FREE!*
*Cannot be combined with other offers.

It is the season of daphnes so this month we highlight daphnes and the numerous common and uncommon species and cultivars now at the nursery.

For the month of April we'll have hellebores on sale in order to make space for our new crops. Here's the info:

Hellebores On Sale!
Fellow gardeners, we think we have too many hellebores and that you might not have enough. For that reason we thought you would appreciate the following:
Buy 2, get 1 Free!*

* For the month of April. Free plant must be of equal or lesser value. Offer does not include the six Heronswood tissue cultured cultivars: 'Phoenix', 'Snow Bunting', 'Winter Wren', 'Pink Tea Cup', 'Phoebe', or 'Raspberry Mousse'.

 

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The Richmond Review is holding their annual Best of Richmond Contest. If you love us we'd love you even more than we already do if you vote for us! You can vote as often as once a day. When you vote you have to fill out a minimum of 15 categories each time.

Vote now using the online entry form.

See you at the nursery soon!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

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In this Issue

1. Rare Bulb Sale
2. The In-Nursery Design Service
3. Two New Special Events for 2010: The Clematis Conundrum and May Maple Mania
4. Workshops 2010: Come Learn with Us
5. Daphnes: the Queen of Fragrant Shrubs
6. Upcoming Speaking Engagements by Owner Gary Lewis
7. Charity Shopping Weekends 2010
8. Fabulous at Phoenix: Gary's Picks of New, Notable and Luscious Plants at the Phoenix Candy Store


1.

Rare Bulb Sale
A Great Opportunity to Increase the Botanical Intrigue in Your Garden

For the second time we are offering a great opportunity to purchase a large selection of rare bulbs in dry format - packaged and dormant instead of potted up and growing. These bulbs are from Japan and India and also from a European supplier offering a variety of bulbs from around the world. These dry bulbs are priced at

20% off the regular price

that they will be later in the season when we offer them potted up and in full growth.

If you're interested, do come in soon. Some are starting to grow and so we will soon be removing these bulbs from the sale in order to pot up.

A list of our offerings is below. You will be able to find images and descriptions of many (but not all) of these bulbs on our website in our searchable database which is in the "Plants" section. For the others we are organizing signage at the nursery to help you make your selections. You can also use google to research these marvels.

The sale will continue through April. Dry bulbs will remain on sale until each one begins growth and then we'll have to remove them a species or variety at a time to pot up. So come in early for the best selection.

Achimenes 'Harry Williams'
Achimenes pulcherrima
Achimenes ‘Snow Princess’
Achimenes ‘Himalayan Orange’
Achimenes ‘Himalayan Purple’
Arisaema album
Arisaema barnesii
Arisaema concinnum
Arisaema consanguineum
Arisaema galeatum

Arisaema griffithii
Arisaema griffithii var. pradhanii
Arisaema intermedium


Arisaema iyoanum var. nakaianum
Arisaema jacquemontii
Arisaema kiushianum
Arisaema nepenthoides

Arisaema ringens
Arisaema sazensoo
Arisaema serratum ‘Patterned Selection’
Arisaema sikokianum ‘Patterned Selection’
Arisaema speciosum
Arisaema speciosum var. magnificum
Arisaema thunbergii
Arisaema tortuosum
Arisaema tortuosum var. helleborifolium
Arisaema urashima
Arisaema utile
Cautleya gracilis (lutea)
Crinum amoenum
Crinum moorei ‘Album’
Crinum 'Ellen Bosanquet'

Globba schomburkii

Globba ‘Mt. Everest’
Haemanthus multiflorus
Hedychium coccineum
Hedychium coronarium

Hedychium densiflorum
Hedychium ellipticum
Hedychium gardnerianum

Hedychium greenii
Hedychium griffithianum
Hedychium 'Pink Princess'
Hedychium thyrsiforme
Lilium nepalense
Paris polyphylla
Roscoea alpina
Tacca chantieri macrantha

 

Plus the following:

Magic Flowers
Achimenes mexicana
Achimenes
‘Blue Sparks’
Achimenes ‘Cattleya’
Achimenes ‘Charm’
Achimenes ‘Peach Blossom’
Achimenes ‘Vivid’

Peacock Gladiolus - Acidanthera murielae

Voodoo Lilies
Amorphophallus bulbifer
Amorphophallus bulbifer
‘Northeast Indian Form’
Amorphophallus nepalense

Cobra Lilies
Arisaema ehimense
Arisaema propinquum
Arisaema speciosum var.mirable
Arisaema ternatipartitum

Arisaema tosaense

Baboon Root - Babiana Kew Hybrids

Coral Drops - Bessera elegans

Cluster Lily - Brodiaea Blue Ocean Blend

Giant Himalayan Lily - Cardiocrinum giganteum

Shade Gingers
Cautleya spicata

 

Spice Ginger - Curcuma 'Thai Supreme'

Dahlias
Dahlia 'Karma Series Choc'
Dahlia 'Blue Bayou'
Dahlia 'Boogie Woogie'
Dahlia 'Edge of Joy'
Dahlia 'Honka Blend'
Dahlia 'Lambada'
Dahlia 'Mary Eveline'
Dahlia 'Pink Isa'
Dahlia 'Pooh'
Dahlia 'Windmill'

Crinum Lilies
Crinum x powellii

Firecracker Plant - Dichelostemma 'Pink Diamond'

Amazon Lily - Eucharis amazonica

Gladiolus
Gladiolus byzantinus (Hardy)
Gladiolus Atom (Hardy)

Hardy Gingers
Hedychium clarkei
Hedychium flavum
Hedychium speciosum

Iris
Iris japonica
Iris tectorum

Peruvian Daffodil
Ismene festalis

Ismene Sulphur Queen

Lilies
Lilium LA 'Trebbiano'
Lilium Orientale 'Bonbini'
Lilium Orientale 'Golden Stargazer'
Lilium Orientale 'Tiger Edition'
Lilium OT 'Scheherazade'

Pleione - Pleione formosa

Tuberose
Polianthes tuberosa 'Mexican'
Polianthes tuberosa 'The Pearl'

Roscoea
Roscoea procera

Aztec Lily - Sprekelia formosissima

Bat Plant
Tacca integrifolia ‘Select’
Tacca ‘Green Isle’

Tiger Flower - Tigridia Mixed
Triteleia - Triteleia 'Queen Fabiola'
Tritonia - Tritonia Mixed

Calla Lilies
Zantedeschia 'Black Forest'
Zantedeschia 'Purple Haze'
Zantedeschia 'Selina'

Rain Lilies
Zephyranthes candida
Zephyranthes robustus
Zephyranthes sulphurea

General Growing Instructions: Some of these bulbs are easy to grow and others a bit more difficult. Some are meant to be grown outside and others as pot plants that are protected in the winter. Please research all of your purchases in order to decide how best to pot them up and grow them on. In general bulbs that are eventually meant for the outdoors should first be potted up into pots with free draining potting mix and grown on in a protected spot which is warmer than the outdoors such as a garage, shed or greenhouse. Once the bulb has rooted through the pot and come into growth you can then plant it out in the garden. They can be planted directly into the garden but we find that gardeners will have a higher rate of success using this method.


2.

The In-Nursery Design Service
Are you new to the vast world of perennials?
Or just stuck for design ideas?
Do you want to plant a brand new garden bed?
Or do you need to spruce up an existing border?

We offer in-nursery consultations with trained design professionals in a fun process that will get you the results you crave at a great value. Our goal is to help you design a garden that reflects you and your tastes. To do this we will work with you at the nursery to develop a design that you'll love filled with plants that you love. This service will also save you time and money by helping you avoid many of the pitfalls related to plant selection and design that can detract from the success of your garden space. This is a service for the do-it-yourself gardener who wants to plant the garden themselves. While we can give advice on hardscape, our main focus is on softscaping, that is the selection and artful combination of plants for an existing space.

What we do:

  • Meet with you one-on-one at the nursery along with your questionnaire, photos and measurements of your space.
  • Help you to design new beds or renovate existing ones.
  • Help you to select plant material to match your taste and goals.
  • Help you to select only plants that will succeed in your landscape.
  • Send you home with a plant by number diagram so you can plant up your new garden!

What we don't do:

  • We do not visit your site.
  • We do not do the planting for you.
  • We can make suggestions about hardscape but don't design it for you since you can only plan this type of project by visiting the site.
  • We don't provide a detailed landscape plan.

(If what you are looking for is listed in this last section you will need to hire a designer or landscaper. We would be happy to make some suggestions.)

How it Works
1. Fill our our questionnaire with questions about your goals for your space, your taste in design and plants, and details of the size, soil and light conditions in your garden. We would also like you to provide us with some pictures of your space at this time. Part of the questionnaire requires you to list plants that you like. We recommend that you spend a half hour to an hour at the nursery perusing our vast selection of perennials and listing the ones that you find interesting.

2. Hand in your questionnaire and book a time to return to the nursery for your design consultation. Before you return, your designer will look over the information you've provided and begin thinking about your space.

3. Return to the nursery for your design consultation at the pre-arranged time. Your designer will work with you to select the perfect perennials for your site and goals and then show you how to incorporate them into a beautiful design. If you like, we will send you home with a plant-by-number diagram!

4. Take your plants home and get planting. We would love it if you could send us your before and after pictures!

This service costs $45 per hour, much less than the average cost of a design consultation. The minimum is one hour. Periods less than an hour will be charged in half hour increments of $22.50 each. When we have done these kinds of consulations in the past we have found that the average time required is usually one to three hours. For larger projects we recommend dividing up the space into manageable pieces and meeting with your designer over multiple sessions.

If you have any questions, please call the nursery at 604-270-4133 or view our website for more information.



3.

Two New Special Events for 2010 Coming Soon!

The Clematis Conundrum...
Featuring over 100 different Clematis and other vines
Friday through Sunday April 16th-18th, 2010

This special weekend is all about celebrating vines and is headlined by the Queen of the Vines, Clematis. We'll have eight different kinds of Kivistik clematis, numerous selections from the Evison series, rare species, and lots of tried and true favourites. There will also be lots of other useful and unusual vines.

Don't miss this FREE workshop: Climbing to New Heights: Clematis and Other Vines for the Spring, Summer and Fall Garden | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Two Workshops: Saturday April 17th 1pm-2pm and Sunday April 18th 11am-12pm | FREE | Workshop at the Clematis Conundrum Special Event – Please call in to book your space ahead of time. Spaces are limited.

 

May Maple Mania
Featuring an incredible selection of over 65 different Japanese and other maples
Friday through Sunday April 30th, May 1st and May 2nd, 2010

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. In fact, I don't think I have ever come across a group of plants in our region with such a limited selection relative to the possibilities that are out there. At Phoenix Perennials we aim to right this wrong with a developing specialty and this new event, May Maple Mania, to celebrate our foray into Japanese maples. Come see the bigger world of Japanese maples, one that you've likely never dreamed of!

We will have maples in sizes including four inch pots, one gallon, three gallon, five gallon and seven gallon. Many cultivars will only be available in one size.


4.

Workshops 2010
Come Learn with Us

In 2010 we will offer more workshops than ever before - a total of 22! We will offer popular old favourites and many new and exciting subjects. We are proud and excited to offer one of the most extensive and interesting workshop series in our region. Our workshops are grouped thematically into series. Feel free to take just one class in a series or all of them. We have special series offers if you choose the latter. We also have an overall special workshop offer. Sign up for five classes and receive 15% off. Details are below. And remember, please book in advance since spaces are limited and many of our classes sell out.

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions
Instructor Biographies
Booking Workshops

NEW! Three Pack Workshop Discount*
Mix and match any three workshops from the Down to Earth, Container, and Power of Perennials Series and receive 10% off your enrollment. Sign up for both Wine Tastings and receive 10% off.
Five Pack Workshop Discount*
Mix and match any five workshops from the Down to Earth, Container, and Power of Perennials Series and receive 15% off your enrollment. This offer does not include the Wine Tastings.

*To take advantage of our special offers the workshops must be purchased all at the same time. Workshops purchased as part of a special offer are not transferrable to other attendees and must be used by one person.

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions

April

Special April Workshop Offer
It's been cold and rainy and you're likely not thinking much about gardening and workshops. We want to get things rolling and get you and a friend to come have fun with us.
Buy one April workshop space and bring a friend for FREE!*
*Cannot be combined with other offers.

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Waking Up the Perennial Garden: Earth-Friendly Gardening Techniques | Instructor: Diane Brown | Saturday April 10th, 10am-12pm | $16 | This workshop will introduce the cornerstones of successful gardening which include the concept of right plant-right place, the care, maintenance and division of perennials, the benefits and techniques of natural lawn care, and the basics of caring for the soil of your garden beds including composting and mulching. This is a great workshop to get the season started off right.

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Sowing the Seeds of Success: How to Grow Your Own Plants from Seed | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Sunday April 11th, 1pm-3pm | $16 | Belinda will use demonstrations to show you how to sow and germinate all kinds of different seeds. She will talk about seeds that are easily germinated as well as different treatments to unlock more difficult seeds from dormancy. She will then teach you how to care for the seedlings once they come up. Your newfound knowledge will help you succeed with veggies, herbs and perennials alike. Not only will you be envied by your gardening friends for your green-thumbed talents but you’ll be loved by them for all those extra plants you’ll have to give them as gifts.

CONTAINER SERIES | Gardens in Miniature: Plant Up a Stone Art Container with Alpines and Other Diminuitive Plants | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday April 17th, 10am-12pm | $16* | Stone Art planters are amazing containers that look like an authentic hollowed out rock only they’re light and manageable (www.stoneartgardens.com). They are perfect for planting up gardens of small plants and look great on patios and as centerpieces on tables. After some general instruction and an introduction to a number of alpines and small plants, each participant will have the opportunity to design and plant up their own Stone Art container. We will have a wide variety of these containers for you to choose from ranging in price from $12 to $47. *The cost of the container and the plants you use are not included in the price of the workshop.

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Climbing to New Heights: Clematis and Other Vines for the Spring, Summer and Fall Garden | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Two Workshops: Saturday April 17th 1pm-2pm and Sunday April 18th 11am-12pm | FREE Workshop at the Clematis Conundrum Special Event – Please call in to book your space ahead of time. Spaces are limited. | Belinda will introduce you to all kinds of great vines for colour and fragrance all season long. She’ll talk about the huge variety of different clematis and how to care for them as well as other vines like honeysuckle, jasmine, deciduous and evergreen climbing hydrangea, passionflowers, kiwis and more.

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Living Sculptures: Add Year-Round Interest to the Garden and Patio with Dwarf Conifers | Instructor: Lisa O’Donnell | Sunday April 18th, 1pm-3pm | $16 | Hold court with our Conifer Queen and learn about the incredible world of dwarf conifers. Lisa will chat about the aesthetic and design uses of dwarf conifers and, through examples from her own garden, talk about integrating them into the garden, the perennial border and containers. You will learn how to use conifers as incredible year-round living sculptures. She will also highlight the best dwarf conifers for our region and talk about their care and maintenance.

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Four Seasons in the West Coast Garden: Top Plant Performers for Year-Round Interest | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday April 24th, 10am-12pm | $16 | Shelley will introduce you to a selection of top plant performers for West Coast gardens that provide great seasonal or multiple seasons of interest through the year. She will also provide seasonal maintenance tips. Designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners, this course could be the most important step you take to transform your garden from ordinary to extraordinary!

May

CONTAINER SERIES | Perennial Hanging Baskets: To Boldly Go Where No Perennial Has Gone Before!  | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Saturday May 1st, 10am-12pm | $20* | In this workshop you’ll take perennials into the unknown and on to the world of the hanging basket. You’ll learn about perennials that are suitable to growing in hanging baskets and then you’ll get a chance to plant up your own to take home with you! *Cost includes potting mix and moss. It does not include the hanging basket. Options will be provided leading up to the workshop.)

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Designing for Shady Places: Shade Garden Design for Average, Dry and Moist Locations | Instructor: Diane Brown | Sunday May 2nd, 1pm-3pm | $18 | We will explore principles of shade garden design and introduce you to a palette of shade plants for various levels of soil moisture. Each participant will then have the opportunity to apply these principles in miniature by planting up their own shade pot. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre). A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop.

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Phoenix Fresh Herbs: Plant Up a Container with Great Culinary Herbs | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday May 8th, 10am-12pm | $18 | In this companion workshop to Phoenix Fresh Veggies you will learn about growing annual and perennial culinary herbs in containers and garden beds. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own herb container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre). A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix.

GARDEN LIVING SERIES | The Grill and the Grape: Great Wines for Barbecue Season | Instructor: Randy Rae | Saturday May 8th, 1:30pm-3:30pm | $30 | At this wine tasting you will be introduced to a number of big, bold and delicious well-priced wines perfect for pairing with barbecued meats, salmon, and vegetables. Be the wine pairing hero at your summer barbecues and WOW all your friends with your savvy sophistication. Though the theme remains the same this year, all the wines will be different from previous years. After the guided tasting there will be a reception with wine, cheese and nibblies and a chance to discuss the wines informally with your instructor and your fellow classmates!

CONTAINER SERIES | Living Wreaths: Plant Up a Wreath with Fantastic Succulents | Instructor: Felice Andersen | Sunday May 9th, 1pm-3pm | $18 + $35 Wreath Frame = $53* | And you thought wreaths were only for Christmas time! Felice will introduce you to an intriguing idea in succulent gardening – planting up a wreath with sempervivums, echeverias, sedums and other interesting succulents. You can hang them on your sunny door or gate or lay them on a table as a centrepiece. No matter how you use them you’ll be sure to wow everyone with this unique garden feature. After some general instruction, each participant will have the opportunity to design and plant up their own wreath! *Includes a high quality wreath frame, moss and potting mix. The plants you select are not included.

CONTAINER SERIES | Containers to Die For: Discover the Easy Secrets to Success with Perennial Containers | Instructor: Cliff Thorbes | Saturday May 15th, two workshops starting at 10am and 2pm | $18 | 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 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. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix.

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | The Fragrant Garden: Planning for Year-Round Olfactory Bliss | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Sunday May 16th, 1pm-3pm | $16 | It is possible to have fragrance in the garden almost all year round. Join Belinda, Phoenix Perennials’ fragrance expert, for a tour of myriad enchanting perennials, shrubs and vines that, while offering beautiful foliage, form, and flowers, will also contribute the enchanting dimension of scent to your garden.

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Phoenix Fresh Veggies: Plant Up a Container with Unusual  and Heirloom Varieties | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday May 22nd, 10am-12pm | $18 | You can’t eat much more locally than your own back yard! Shelley will introduce you to a host of cool, unusual and heirloom vegetables including purple tomatoes, rainbow-coloured greens, squash and cucumbers that grow on bushes, spinach that grows on vines, peas with blue pods, and white eggplants. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own veggie container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre). A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix.

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | One Good Fern Deserves Another: Ferns for Shade to Part Sun Gardens | Instructor: JoAnn Turner | Sunday May 23rd, 1pm-3pm | $16 | Ferns offer a delicate, subtle beauty of texture and form. They can be stately architectural plants or they can be used to weave together and unite the perennial border. Jo will introduce you to the incredible diversity of garden ferns and talk about how you can use them in your shade to part sun gardens.

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | The Buzz of Beneficials: Plant Up a Container to Attract Butterflies, Birds and Hummingbirds to your Garden | Instructor: Diane Brown | Saturday May 29th, 10am | $18 | In this workshop you'll learn how to attract butterflies, birds,  hummingbirds and beneficial insects to your garden beds and planters through the careful selection of beautiful plants loved by our favourite garden visitors. In the second half of the workshop participants will plant up a container to act as a bird and butterfly magnet for their gardens. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre). A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix.

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Architectural Plants: Add Drama, Structure and Presence in the Garden | Instructor: JoAnn Turner | Sunday May 30th, 1pm-3pm | $16 | Jo will introduce you to a plethora of plants with great foliage, form and stature that you can use to rise out your amorphous plantings to give structure, strength and intrigue to your borders. She will also chat about plants that “die well” providing great structure and interest to the winter garden.

June

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Grasses that Captivate: The Transformative Powers of Ornamental Grasses | Instructor: Shelley Brignall |Saturday June 5th, 10am-12pm | $16 | The popularity of ornamental grasses continues to grow as gardeners discover their many virtues. Don't get it yet? Come to this informative talk and learn what grasses can do for you and your garden. Already enamoured with ornamental grasses? You'll love this workshop too. You'll get tips on using them for best effect in your garden design. As well, you'll be introduced to several cultivars you might not have seen before.

GARDEN LIVING SERIES | Summer Wines: Great Bottles for Patio and Garden |
In
structor: Randy Rae | Saturday June 5th, 1:30pm-3:30pm | $30 | At this wine tasting you will be introduced to a number of delicious and refreshing well-priced wines perfect for the summer patio and garden. From bubbles to whites and light reds, you will learn about and taste some great solutions for summer entertaining or for just kicking back in your garden and enjoying the fruits of your labours! Though the theme remains the same this year, all the wines will be different from previous years. After the guided tasting there will be a reception with wine, cheese and nibblies and a chance to discuss the wines informally with your instructor and your fellow classmates!

September

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Phoenix Fresh Winter Veggies: Plant Up a Container with Cool Season Edibles | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday September 11th, 10am-12pm | $18 | You can’t eat much more locally than your own back yard! Shelley will introduce you to a host of cool, unusual and heirloom vegetables that you can grow in the fall and winter. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own veggie container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre). A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix.

CONTAINER SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for Spring Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday September 18th, 10am-12pm | $18 | Meet the spring blooming wonders that you can include in your garden and in pots including a number of uncommon but exciting possibilities. You will also receive instruction on designing with bulbs and planting them in layers for knock out displays. Each participant will then plant up and take home their own container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre). A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The cost of the bulbs that you choose to include in your container are not included in the cost of the workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix.

CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Cliff Thorbes | Saturday September 25th, two workshops starting at 10am and 2pm | $18 | 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. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own 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. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix.

 

Instructor Biographies

Felice Andersen first encountered the weird and wonderful world of succulent plants while working in South Africa. After later travels and work in Mexico she became “totally hooked” on these low-maintenance, drought-resistant, colourful and bizarre plants. Her home and garden in sunny Tsawwassen is the perfect place to pursue her passion. FeIice has taken numerous horticultural courses and is an active member of the Master Gardener Association of British Columbia and the Desert Plant Society.

Diane Brown is a graduate of Kwantlen's Landscape Design program and was the coordinator of the Earthwise Garden for many years. She has designed gardens with garden ecosystems in mind and specialized in presenting earth-friendly workshops. She works part time for Phoenix Perennials and does landscape design, garden consultations, and workshops in her spare time.

Shelley Brignall is an inspiring gardener who loves plants. She is intirigued with the art of garden design particularly the emphasis of the soft landscape and the design of container gardens. Shelley is a graduate of the UBC Certificate in Garden Design program. She has her own garden design and consulting business and also works part time for Phoenix Perennials where she is involved in garden design as well as various educational workshops.

Belinda Cardoso is an experienced and eclectic gardener who grows plants from the “normal to the sublime.” She has an encyclopedic gardening knowledge and has worked at Phoenix Perennials for the past four years where she has proven herself to be an expert on fragrant plants, vines and among many other things. Belinda works with our seed propagation program at the nursery and as a retail associate.

Lisa O’Donnell has been a passionate gardener and plant collector for 25 years. Her outstanding personal garden amazes gardeners and gardening professionals alike with her unique sense of design and integration of woody and herbaceous plants. Her garden has been featured on numerous garden tours, it has won awards, and it has graced the pages of House and Home Magazine. Among her many collections are dwarf conifers of which she grows over 100 different species and cultivars in containers and in her garden. Lisa is Phoenix Perennials’ official conifer consultant. She serves on the board of the Alpine Garden Club of BC.

Randy Rae is a passionate wine aficionado who has attained his WSET Level 3 Advanced Certificate and is currently working on his Diploma. He is a member of various wine groups, travels the world to visit diverse wine regions, frequently attends local and international wine tastings, and maintains his own extensive cellar.

Cliff Thorbes is a certified horticulturalist, artist and designer. He is passionate about container garden design and integrating original art into the garden to create a unique and personal statement. Cliff returns this year to reprise his popular seminars on the secrets to creating containers that will captivate the senses.

JoAnn Turner (Dip. Hort. Cap. College) is a Vancouver gardener beginning her third season at Phoenix. She has a passion for gardens, plants, books, and the people who tend them. Her interests have led to several years experience in a variety of horticultural pursuits, usually involving mud.

Booking Workshops

Spaces are limited. Please call (604-270-4133) or visit the nursery to book your space. Payment is required when booking. If you would like to take advantage of one of our special offers please let us know at the start of your booking.

Each workshop requires a minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 15-25 depending on the workshop. If the minimum is not met we may not be able to run the workshop in which case we will contact you a few days before the scheduled date of the workshop and give you a credit towards another class, a credit at the nursery, or a refund. If you are unable to attend a workshop you have already signed up for please give us 3 days notice. We would be happy to give you a credit towards another class or a credit at the nursery.

Workshop participants will receive a 15% discount on any purchases they wish to make the day of their workshop. We cannot give rainchecks on this discount so please plan for enough time to do some shopping after your workshop or head off for some lunch and then return in the afternoon.


5.

Daphnes
The Queen of Fragrant Shrubs

Daphne is a genus of at least 50 different species in the family Thymelaeaceae. These species hail from Asia, Europe and North Africa. They can be deciduous, semi-evergreen or evergreen. The flowers actually lack petals so what we see as petals are actually petaloid sepals - sepals which have taken on the colour and role of petals. The claim to fame of this genus is fragrance and the fortuitous time of blooming in late winter and early spring, though many daphnes will bloom or continue blooming in summer. Did I mention the fragrance? There is nothing better than walking to and from your front door in late winter and early spring and smelling the incredible sweet exotic fragrance of D. odora or later in the season the sweet baby powder fragrance of D. 'Eternal Fragrance'. And what about the fragrance? Did I mention that? There is hardly a fragrance that compares - no garden is complete without a daphne planted in a location where it will be most enjoyed in spring.

Daphnes are generally easy to grow if you follow a few important steps. They should be planted in part-shade to full sun, depending on the species, though generally a part sun situation is best for most of the genus. The soil should be rich, evenly moist but well drained. Daphnes can fail in situations of wet winter soils. And lastly and very importantly, choose the planting location well because you should never move a daphne once it has been planted. To do so will usually result in death as daphnes are extremely sensitive to root disturbance once established.

Daphnes make great well-behaved garden plants all except one species, D. laureola or spurge- laurel. This species has multiple unbranched or sparsely branched stems to two to three feet, glossy evergreen leaves and green flowers in clusters surrounding the top of the stems. It is proving invasive in our forests and should be removed from all gardens. While it is often seen just as a few plants here and there I have heard recent reports of population explosions where the whole forest floor is covered. Yikes! Stick with the much prettier and more fragrant cultivated forms.

At Phoenix Perennials we are enamoured with this genus and carry as many species and cultivars as we can find. In recent years we have had upwards of 20 different kinds. Currently at the nursery we have 14 different daphnes, some of which have likely rarely been seen in our region. Enjoy!

Daphnes Currently at the Nursery
Daphne genkwa - Lilac Daphne - This deciduous daphne is a sparsley branched shrub with a somewhat peculiar growth habit. It produces long, wiry, leafless growths in summer that the next spring will be covered in clusters of delicate, long-tubed, lilac-pink flowers at every node. After flowering these branches will produce leaves for the first time. Plant in a sheltered location in sun with good drainage and rich soil. Do not move after planting. Deciduous.
Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata' - Winter Daphne - This variegated version of winter daphne blooms in February and March with purple buds opening to white, lusciously fragrant flowers. Plant in part sun/part shade with morning or late afternoon sun (protect it from the hottest sun of the day) in rich, well-drained soil. Winter daphne should offer just the lift you need to get you through the end of winter and into the excitement of spring. Do not move after planting as the roots are sensitive to disturbance. Evergreen.
Daphne odora 'Zuiko Nishiki' - Winter Daphne - A Japanese selection with dark green, glossy leaves and extremely fragrant pink and white flowers in late winter. Potentially more vigorous growing and hardier than 'Aureomarginata'. Evergreen. Zones 7-9.
Daphne tangutica - Daphne - This very hardy daphne comes from northwestern China, Tibet, Bhutan and northern Burma. Its flowers are rose purple, sweetly scented, and bloom in mid- to late spring. It will from a mounded shrub of lush evergreen leaves three feet tall and wide. Rich, well-drained soil in part to full sun. Do not move after planting. Evergreen.
Daphne x burkwoodii 'Brigg's Moonlight' - Daphne - Wow! This hard to find variegated Daphne is a stunning plant with creamy evergreen leaves edged in green and sporting pale pink fragrant flowers in spring or early summer. Choice and very popular at the nursery! Slow growing but worth it for those moments when the light is behind the foliage and the plant is lit up like gold. Rich, well-drained soil in sun. Do not move after planting. Semi-evergreen.
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.
Daphne x transatlantica 'Eternal Fragrance' - 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 houtteana - Daphne - Deep purple-black foliage sets this variety apart. The foliage emerges green and gradually turns to rich purple shades. Lightly scented purple flowers in late spring. Give full sun for best foliage colour. Daphne laureola x Daphne mezereum. Semi-evergreen. Zone 6-9.
Daphne x thauma 'Reginald Farrer' - Daphne - A rare selection of a hybrid of D. petraea and D. striata. Very slow and low-growing to only six to 10 inches with cute tiny leaves. Dense clusters of fragrant purple-throated, pink-white flowers in spring and summer. Evergreen. Zones 7-9.

Daphne retusa - Daphne - A dwarf shrub with glossy, dark green leaves. Fragrant flowers, purple-red outside, white within appearing in late spring/early summer, followed by spherical red fruite. Evergreen. Zones 7-9.

Only a few plants available.

Daphne bholua Hardy Form - Daphne - Large growing variety with narrow green foliage and attractive light tan bark. Clusters of very fragrant light pink flowers appear in late winter. Grows to 8 feet. Evergreen. Zones 7-9.

Only a few plants available.

Daphne sp. DJHC 98164 - Daphne - A Dan Hinkley collection from near the Tibetan border with Yunnan at 10,000 feet. This upright shrub bears creamy white flowers that are more fragrant at night followed by orange-red berries. Plants will bloom continuously all spring and summer and grow to at least 3 feet by 3 feet. Evergreen.
Daphne x 'Kilmeston' - Daphne - A dwarf evergreen shrub growing to 1ft by 2ft. A dense bushy habit with dark grey-green leaves. Redish-purple buds open to deep pink in April and again June-September. Zone 8.
No picture available but it's cute.
Daphne x napolitana - Daphne - Lovely low growing shrub with dark green foliage and rose-pink flowers in spring. Reblooms in summer and fall. Hybrid of D. collina and D. cneorum. Grows to two feet. Evergreen. Zones 7-9.

 


6.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements
by Phoenix Perennials Owner Gary Lewis

These talks are open to the public. There may be an entrance fee to these events and garden group meetings. It would be great to see you there!

Avoiding the Summer Doldrums: Great Plants for High Summer and Early Fall Does your garden look fabulous in the spring only to have its vibrant colours fade with the summer heat?  Gary offers advice on how to avoid these summer doldrums and recommends a host of great garden plants to keep colour in the garden through the hot months of the year. At the end Gary will “show and tell” a select group of plants from the talk.

Squamish Gardeners

Monday May 17th, 6:45pm West Coast Railway Heritage Museum, 39645 Government Road, Squamish


7.

Phoenix Perennials presents
Charity Shopping Weekends 2010
Shop for Plants and Support our Local Charities and Institutions

Welcome to our Charity Shopping Weekend Program for 2010 -- a fun way for Phoenix Perennials to give back to the community and for customers of Phoenix Perennials to feel less guilty about their insatiable plant buying habits.

How it Works: Every month we will hold a Charity Shopping Weekend to benefit a local charity or charities. Those who wish to support the month's charity can come shopping at Phoenix Perennials on the designated Saturday and Sunday. When you pay for your plants, tell us that you have come to support the charity and we will donate 25% of the price of your plants to this worthy cause. If there is more than one charity on the weekend be sure to tell us which charity you would like to support. But remember: you must tell us why you have come to the nursery on that day or we won't know to donate the proceeds from your sale. Other than that, it's pretty simple: all you have to do is shop!

Here is this year's list of charities and their dates:

This Month's Charity Shopping Weekend
Sat & Sun April 24th and 25th
Dress for Success Vancouver - Promoting the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and life.
The WISH Drop-In Centre Society - Working to increase the health, safety and well-being of women working in the survival sex trade in Vancouver through the operation of a nightly drop-in centre and MAP van providing respite, care and safety to women working on isolated streets.
Sat & Sun May 8th and 9th The Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Vancouver/Lower Mainland Chapter - Working to fund cystic fibrosis research and care.
Sat & Sun June 12th and 13th

The Young Naturalists' Club of BC - A charity that works to reconnect children and nature through a unique program of volunteer-led nature clubs around the province.
Participating Richmond District Schools - Faced with government cutbacks our schools need more support than ever to educate the younger generations and to provide them with the valuable programs that enrich their education. If your school is interested in participating please contact us as we are having some difficulty contacting all of the Parent Advisory Council chairpersons. We would love to have all Richmond schools participating.

Sat & Sun June 26th and 27th C.H.I.L.D Foundation - Working to find a cure through research efforts for children suffering from Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and liver disorders.
September This month is still available if there are any new charities that are interested in our program.

Mark your Calendars! See you at the Charity Shopping Weekend!

 


8.

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

Cypripedium formosanum - Formosa Lady's Slipper Orchid - This exquisite hardy lady’s slipper is endemic to high altitude regions of Taiwan and blooms in our area in mid spring. The flowers have a large pale pink pouch with white or pale pink petals and sepals spotted with darker pink or red. The rounded, light green leaves are pleated like a fan and provide much interest after the flowers have faded. This species is very easy to cultivate in an average shade garden and a good first introduction to growing hardy ground orchids.
Dicentra spectabilis 'Goldheart' - Bleeding Heart - Bred by fellow Canadians Sandra and Nori Pope during their tenure at Hadspen Garden in the UK, this 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.
Osmunda regalis 'Purpurascens' - Royal Fern - A large, stately, beautiful fern with light green foliage and purple stems. The foliage also has a purple tinge when young. Great for a shaded garden and moist to average soils. Deciduous.
Cyclamen hederifolium 'Silver Leaf Form' - Hardy Cyclamen - This delicate shady perennial has charming pink flowers with a magenta V at the base of each petal. The leaves are ivy shaped, dark green and marbled with light green and silver. C. hederifolium is summer dormant coming into leaf and bloom between August and October. It remains evergreen throughout the winter. Grow in light, well-drained soil in shade or part shade. Plant en masse for a superb woodland effect. Widely distributed along the Mediterranean from France to Turkey.
Gardenia jasminoides 'Kleim's Hardy' - Hardy Gardenia - Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus! This is a HARDY gardenia! The star-like single flowers have an intense and intoxicating fragrance and appear most profusely in early summer and sporadically thereafter. This extremely hardy selection has survived minus 18 degrees Celsius! Prefers full sun to light shade and will bloom best where walls or patios provide extra night time warmth in spring and summer. Plant in a protected location just to be safe. Evergreen. We currently have this gardenia in 1 gallon and 5 gallon pots.
Geranium 'Jolly Bee' - Cranesbill - 'Jolly Bee' is a large, mounding geranium which is smothered in distinctive, bright blue, two inch wide, white-eyed flowers the whole summer and fall until frost. The plants and flowers are more robust than your average geranium so give it a good amount of space. Best in part sun (in full hot sun the flowers may appear more purple than blue). Drought tolerant. Our best-selling geranium -- customers rave about its amazing vigour and its constant bloom of large blue flowers.
Clematis recta 'Purpurea' - Purple-leaved Clematis - This uncommon clematis is a non-climbing clump former that is grown primarily for its beautiful leaves and stems which are at first rich burgundy gradually maturing to a grey-green. The flowers are white, vanilla-scented and quite small but appear in nice clusters by the hundreds. This is a good clematis to grow in the perennial border up through other perennials or shrubs. Cut back after blooming for a new flush of burgundy foliage.

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

We have lots of different varieties in lavender, white and yellow.

Ribes sanguineum 'Brocklebankii' - Red-Flowering Currant - A new form of our native red flowering currant with wonderful gold leaves and pink flowers. The leaves emerge bright gold in spring and gradually cool to chartreuse by summer. Morning sun and afternoon shade would be ideal as the leaves can scorch in too much heat and light. But if you can get the spot right you will certainly be rewarded.

 

 


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Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.
One of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials in the Lower Mainland.
Specializing in distinct perennials, fragrant shrubs, hardy subtropicals and the botanically intriguing.3380 No. 6 Road, Richmond (Between Bridgeport and Cambie)
604-270-4133
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