Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: August 2012

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
August 2012

 

Hello from Phoenix Perennials!

It's 27 degrees Celsius in my office as I sit here and prepare this e-newsletter for you. You'd think I would be sweating but the only thing that's moving is my fingers as I strum away at the keyboard. I long to go outside, pick blackberries and play with my agave. I'm even looking forward to cutting the grass! It's not usually my favourite past time but I've been sitting at the computer for so long that cutting the grass is starting to sound really good!

It's the dog days of summer and I can tell that you're all on vacation or at the beach or having barbecues. I can tell that not many of you are gardening because not many of you are at the nursery. But that is to be expected in August. It's a quiet time for us to water and organize and sweat! Still, if you are interested in doing some gardening, new summer plantings are entirely possible. You shouldn't do transplanting at this time of year but new plantings are fine as long as you are careful with watering.

To give you some inspiration we've got a whole bunch of 2 for 1 Summer Savings on right now. We've just added Hydrangea, ferns and Crocosmia to that list as well as EVERYTHING under our shade structure. We have a building project in the planning stages and we need to clear out this space. Also in this e-news you'll find our SUMMER COLOUR COUPON! so you can save 30% off any one blooming perennial of your choice as a little summer thank you from us.

In only a few weeks we'll be holding our Heirloom Tomato Festival including our popular Tomato Tastings. These are filling up fast so book soon. We've also just opened up online advance purchases of tomato fruit for pick up at the Festival and the weekend after! See below for details. Book now to plan your tomato feast!

We also have other Upcoming Workshops, info on bulbs from Dig.Drop.Done and a sneak peak of our bulb blends that will be available in September for fall planting. We update you on the results of the National Plastics Recycling Week. And of course, we bring you Fabulous at Phoenix filled with all kinds of colour ideas for you and your garden.

See you soon at the nursery.

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

The Heirloom Tomato Festival
Saturday September 8th, 2012 10am-5pm

With tomato tastings, heirloom tomato fruit for sale and a display of heirloom tomatoes and plants! | Sign up early for our Tomato Tastings and order your tomatoes in advance. Last year we sold out of all workshops and tomatoes with 100 people on the wait list! View images from last year's event!

Book Your Tomatoes
In Advance!

You can now book four pound Party Mixes of heirloom and cool modern tomatoes ($16 each) for pick up on Sept 8th/9th or Sept 15th/16th at the nursery.

Pre-Book Tomatoes

 

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. The Heirloom Tomato Festival
2. 2 for 1 Summer Savings

3. Save 30% with our Summer Colour Coupon
4. Bulbs: Dig.Drop.Done.
5. Spring Bulbs Coming Soon
6. Thank you for Participating in National Plastics Recycling Week
7. Come Learn with Us: Workshops 2012
8. Fabulous at Phoenix


Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

The Phoenix Perennials Calendar
There's so much going on at the nursery all the time. Here's your resource to keep track.
Date
Event Description
Sat Sept 8
The Heirloom Tomato Festival
With tomato tastings, heirloom tomato fruit for sale and a display of heirloom tomatoes! | Sign up early for our Tomato Tastings. Last year they sold out with 100 people still on the wait list! View images from last year's event!
Sat
Sept 8

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE HEIRLOOM TOMATO FESTIVAL | Tomato Tastings | Instructor: Gary Lewis | Sat Sept 8th, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm | $12 + $16 included Party Mix = $28 | Register Online!

Sat
Sept 15
POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Fall and Winter | Instructor: Shelley | Sat Sept 15th, 10am-12pm | $12 | Register Online!
Sat
Sept 22
CONTAINER SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for Spring Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Sept 22nd, 10am-12pm | $14 | Register Online!
Sat
Sept 29
CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Sept 29th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Register Online!
Fri - Sun
Dec 1-3
The Christmas Hurrah!
Celebrate the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other seasonal delights. The nursery will reopen for one weekend at the start of December for sales of the amazing Christmas rose and other members of the Helleborus Gold Collection plus other winter blooming plants. We'll be offering two workshops: a Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop and a Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop plus a DIY project to doll up a Christmas Rose to bring it inside for holiday decoration. View images from last year's Christmas Hurrah!
Sat Dec 1
SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Instructor: Diane Levings, Full Bloom Flowers | Sat Dec 1st, 10am-12pm | $55 Includes all materials. | Register Online!
Sat Dec 1
SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Dec 1st, 1-3pm | $18 (Includes soil and the twigs and greens) | Register Online!

 

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1.

The Second Annual
Heirloom Tomato Festival
With tomato tastings, tomato plant and fruit displays and heirloom tomato fruit for sale!
Saturday September 8th, 2012

View Pictures from Last Year!

PLAN YOUR TOMATO EXPERIENCE!

At the Heirloom Tomato Festival we have lots of great ways to experience tomatoes. You can:

1. Attend a Tomato Tasting
2. Buy Tomato Fruit
3. Order More Tomato Fruit for the Following Week

4. View Displays of Tomato Fruit and Tomato Plants

 

1. Tomato Tasting Sessions

Our tomato tastings are the most popular workshop we've ever run! Last year we had 160 people in seven sold out sessions! If you love food and, in particular, if you love tomatoes you won't want to miss this event!

At your Tomato Tasting at the The Heirloom Tomato Festival you'll sit down at a table with a rainbow of tomato slices before you. Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis will then lead you in a tasting of 12-15 different tomatoes one by one and all in a particular order just like a wine tasting. He'll introduce each tomato variety to you, talk about the type of cultivar, its history and origins, its flavour profile and its uses in the kitchen. You'll then taste the tomato and discuss it as a group. You'll have a list of of the tomatoes in front of you so you can take notes for future reference.

At the end of the session you'll vote for your favourite tomatoes. You'll also take home your very own Party Mix of about four pounds of heirloom and cool modern tomatoes which is included in the price of your tasting.

These tomatoes are of the highest quality and are grown organically in open fields by Red Barn Plants at their farm in Cawston, BC - no tomato will taste as good as these tomatoes!

Cost: $12 for the workshop + $16 Party Mix of Tomatoes = $28 plus tax

Tomato Tasting Session Times
10am | 11am | 12pm | 1pm | 2pm | 3pm | 4pm

Register Online!

Tasters ready to taste.
Tomatoes ready for tasting!
Gary, your tomato instructor.
A party mix of tomatoes.

2. Buy Tomato Fruit at the Festival on Sat Sept 8th

We will have fruit available for sale on a first come, first served basis. These will be in the form of party mixes of about 4 pounds of mixed heirloom and cool modern tomatoes for $16*. Unlike last year when the tomato crop was limited by cool spring and summer weather this year's crop is shaping up to be bountiful!

Book in Advance: To ensure you get your tomatoes on Sept 8th you can also book in advance by ordering online. Please book by Sept 4th. Tomatoes must be picked up Sept 8th or 9th.

Pre-Book Tomatoes

*Please note that the pricing of these tomatoes is about the same as the cost for heirloom tomatoes at local farmers' markets. There is no tax.

The tomatoes are grown by the farm of Red Barn Plants in Cawston, BC. Red Barn is the source of most of the tomato plants that we sell in the spring. Though Red Barn has not applied for organic certification all of their vegetables are grown with fully organic methods and all inputs are OMRI certified. So they are organic in everything but the gold seal.

 

3. Book More Tomatoes for Pick Up Sat and Sun Sept 15th and 16th

Do you need more tomatoes to enjoy a week later? At the Festival you will be able to book more Party Mixes for pick up the following weekend. There will be no extra fruit for sale this weekend. Only orders placed at the festival or booked in advance will be available.

Book in Advance: Order online to book your tomatoes for pick-up Sept 15th or 16th.

Pre-Book Tomatoes

 

 

4. View Displays of Tomato Fruit and Tomato Plants

At the Heirloom Tomato Festival we'll have special displays of heirloom and cool modern tomatoes so you can see the vast range of shapes, sizes and colours offered by the marvelous tomato. We'll also have tomato plants on display and, if all goes well, they'll also have lots of fruit for you to see!


We can't wait to see you at the Heirloom Tomato Festival!

Did you look at our pictures from last year?

 

 

 


2.

2 for 1 Summer Savings
Does your garden have less colour now than in the spring? We can help!
The nursery is packed with colour. This is a great time of year to visit and be inspired by beautiful plants and great savings.

Buy 1, Get 1 Free!
(Of equal or lesser value. Sale continues at least until the end of August.)

 

EVERYTHING
Under our Shade Structure
Now at 2 for 1!

We're making plans to replace our old shade structure with a new and snazzy one. We need your help to clear out the plants under the old shade structure so we can get down to some construction! If it's under the shade structure then it's on sale. If it's a shade plant not under the shade structure then it's not on sale. In summary, most shade perennials are on sale 2 for 1. Wow!

 

NEW! Hydrangea
2 for 1
NEW! Ferns
2 for 1
NEW! Crocosmia
2 for 1
Echinacea
2 for 1
Lavender
2 for 1
Groundcovers
2 for 1
Select Clematis
2 for 1
Hebe
2 for 1
Bamboo
2 for 1
Upright Stonecrop (Sedum)
2 for 1
Hostas
2 for 1
New Zealand Flax
2 for 1
Agave
2 for 1
Dwarf Conifers
2 for 1
Pots
2 for 1
Fuchsia
2 for 1
Grasses
2 for 1
Daylilies
2 for 1
Roses
2 for 1
Ninebark
2 for 1
Primula
2 for 1

Fine Print
Buy 1, Get 1 Free Offer: Buy one item and receive the second item of equal or lesser value for free. Offer will last at least until the end of August.


3.

As Our Little Gift to You Save 30% With Our
SUMMER COLOUR COUPON!


Download your coupon now!
Psst! Don't keep it a secret. Tell all your friends and family so they can get their coupon too!


4.

Bulbs: Dig.Drop.Done.

Fall is just around the corner and with it Phoenix Perennials will be packed with a great selection of bulbs for fall planting and glorious spring displays.

The Dig Drop Done Program and Website has been designed to teach new and experienced gardeners alike about the ease of planting and caring for flowering bulbs. The website has lots of information on the practical and creative uses of bulbs in your garden.

It also has three hilarious ladies, bulb ambassadors you might say, who speak enthusiastically about bulbs each from their own perspective. Evelyn is my favourite! Which one do you love?

Have a look at their videos here (click the brackets in the bottom right hand corner of each video to go Full Screen) or click the title of each video and link directly to the full YouTube version.

     

Meet Evelyn: Gardener

Meet Evelyn: Pesky Neighbors

Meet Juliana: On Trend

Meet Juliana: Surprise Party

Meet Marcy: Color Coding

Meet Marcy: Science Project

 


5.

Spring Bulbs Coming Soon

Our spring bulbs will be arriving in early September. If you didn't have a chance to look at my photo albums and videos from Tulip Time in Holland here they are to inspire you. After that you'll find a sneak peak of some of the exciting selections we'll have on offer starting in early September.

Bulb Inspiration
Photo Albums of Bulb Displays from Holland
YouTube Videos from Holland
Keukenhof Gardens Photo Album
Tulip and Bulb Fields in Holland Photo Album
Keukenhof Gardens (Video 1): The Wilhelm-Alexander Pavilion
Keukenhof Gardens (Video 2): Visit one small but impressive area of the gardens
Keukenhof Gardens (Video 3): Bulb Plantings Near the Lake
Keukenhof Gardens (Video 4): Zocher Garden Area
Keukenhof Gardens (Video 5): One of my favourite displays

Plum Pudding Tulip Blend White Tulip Blend
Easter Basket Tulip Blend Red Tulip Blend
Purple Passion Tulip Blend Mysterious Tulip Blend
Magic Carpet Muscari Blend Magic Carpet Tulip Blend
Delft Blue Iris Mix Early Spring Bulb Collection
White on White Daffodil Blend
60 Days of Daffodils Blend
Apricot Peach tulip Blend
Sunshine Blue Mix
Tropical Punch Blend
Purple Passion Blend
Pink Passion Blend

And many more! Watch for the September E-Newsletter for even more bulbs!

 


6.

Thank you for Participating in National Plastics Recycling Week
June 22nd - July 1st, 2012

During National Plastics Recycling Week Phoenix Perennials was a drop off location for recyclable plastics for our customers and the greater community. With your help we collected 30 large 4x4x4 foot white bags. At over 100 pounds each that's more than 3000 pounds of plastic that we have kept from the landfill! Thank you for participating.

Next year we will again be part of this great program organized by the Canada Nursery Landscape Assocation (CNLA) and we want to collect even more. Remember to save your plastic pots, trays, tags, soil bags and other garden plastics for next year's Recycling Week!

 

Here's an article summarizing this year's program across the country:

Garden Centres Collect an Estimated 91,229 lbs of Plastic
(from the Garden Centres Canada E-News)

Customers that visited their local independent garden centre from June 22 to July 1, would have seen piles of old garden pots stacked high. This year, an estimated 91,229 lbs of plastic was collected during the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association’s (CNLA) National Plastics Recycling Event. 56 garden centres, spanning eight provinces, participated by acting as drop-off points for their community’s used garden pots and trays. With a 40% increase in participation and plastics collected, this year’s event was a huge success!

The CNLA would like to extend a huge thank you to all participating member garden centres put in the extra effort to make this years event so successful - a lot of work goes into saving over 90,000 lbs of plastic from the landfill. The word was spread throughout the media, with mentions by CBC News NB, various municipal newspapers, regional websites, association websites and more.

This was the third year for the program, which was launched in 2010, when just six garden centres collected more than 53,000 pounds of plastic, and last year over 40 garden centres participated collecting 63,150 pounds. The National Plastics Recycling Event is scheduled to return again in 2013.

 


7.

Come Learn With Us
Upcoming Workshops

Spaces for our Tomato Tastings at the Heirloom Tomato Festival are filling up fast. This is a great event to attend with friends and family. Register ASAP to secure your spots!

September

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE HEIRLOOM TOMATO FESTIVAL | Tomato Tastings | Instructor: Gary Lewis | Sat Sept 8th, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm | $12 + $16 included Party Mix = $28 | If you love food and, in particular, if you love tomatoes you won't want to miss this event! At our popular Tomato Tastings at the The Heirloom Tomato Festival you'll sit down at a table with a rainbow of tomato slices before you. Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis will then lead you in a tasting of about 12-15 different tomatoes one by one and all in a particular order just like a wine tasting. He'll introduce each tomato variety to you, talk about the type of cultivar, its history and origins, its flavour profile and its uses in the kitchen. You'll then taste the tomato and discuss it as a group. You'll have a list of of the tomatoes in front of you so you can take notes for future reference. At the end of the session you'll take home your very own Party Mix of about four pounds of heirloom tomatoes that were grown organically in open fields by Red Barn Plants at their farm in Cawston, BC - no tomato will taste as good as these tomatoes!

Our Heirloom Tomato Tastings are hands down the most popular workshops we've ever done. Last year we sold out all seven sessions and had over 100 people on the wait list. So book early! Each session will last about 45-50 minutes. Register Online!

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Fall and Winter | Instructor: Shelley | Sat Sept 15th, 10am-12pm | $12 | Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for fall and winter? Shelley 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 the two other sessions: Spring and Summer. Register Online!

CONTAINER SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for Spring Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Sept 22nd, 10am-12pm | $14 | 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) 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 but not the plants you use. Register Online!

CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Sept 29th, 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. 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 but not the plants you use. Register Online!

December

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Instructor: Diane Levings, Full Bloom Flowers | Sat Dec 1st, 10am-12pm | $55 Includes all materials. | Wreaths were the first way flowers and foliage were used for decoration. Diane Levings of Full Bloom Flowers will teach you about the history of wreaths and their design as you build your very own festive wreath with unique greenery and dried pods and cones. She will then show you how to use Christmas roses, Helleborus niger, and other fresh flowers in your wreath! Bring a friend to maximize your fun. You may bring greenery or twigs from your own garden to use in your wreath if you like. Register Online!

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Dec 1st, 1-3pm | $18 (Includes soil and the twigs and greens) | 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.
Shelley will lead you in the design, planting and final decoration of your planter with winter twigs and greens. It does not include the plants you choose to pot up. Register Online!

View the Complete List of Workshops for 2012

 

Booking Workshops Spaces are limited. Please book in advance. Online Registration: Registration for our workshops is now available online 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. If you wish to register by other methods you will need to call the nursery at 604-270-4133. Each workshop requires a minimum of 8 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. We cannot offer credits, however, unless you let us know 3 days in advance of your workshop that you cannot attend.

 


8.

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

Summer is the best time to visit us at Phoenix Perennials. Summer is when we have the most availability of our thousands of plants that we offer each year and when so many of them are in bloom. The nursery looks like a giant garden. Come on down for a stroll.

Agapanthus 'Midnight Cascade' -- Lily-of-the-Nile -- 'Midnight Cascade' has incredibly dark, rich purple flowers that emerge from near black buds. Some flowers in each head will remain pendulous producing an interesting effect. They flower heads are held on three foot tall stems above bold green strap-like foliage. Deciduous. Mulch in winter.
Acanthus 'Whitewater' -- Bear's Breeches -- This vigorous, variegated Acanthus has striking, bold leaves with white margins and splashing. Makes a large clump with 4 to 5 foot tall ornamental flower stalks of pink and cream in summer. This was bred with A. 'Summer Beauty' for vigour, more hardiness, and heat and humidity tolerance. The result is a much stronger cultivar than ‘Tasmanian Angel’. A mature clump of this would be downright stunning -- I think I’m starting to lust for this plant!.
Eucomis humilis 'Sparkling Rosy' - Pineapple Lily - Dark-purple red foliage and pink flowers held on a very large flower raceme. After flowering also very attractive because of the seed pods. Good cut-flower. Very easy to grow and tolerates a wide range of garden conditions. Full sun for best foliage colour. Grow through a carpet of Geranium ‘Cheryl's Shadow’ or Sedum palmeri. Eucomis humilis 'Twinkle Stars' - Pineapple Lily - Pink-purple flowers with yellow stamens that practically light up when the sun shines on the plant. Very nice purple-red seed pods. Good cut-flower. Very easy to grow and tolerates a wide range of garden conditions. Full sun for best foliage colour. Grow through a carpet of Thymus pseudolanguinosus (wooly thyme) or Sedum spurium 'Voodoo'.

Zantedeschia aethiopica 'African Gold' -- Calla Lily -- Big, bold, deep green arrow shaped foliage boasts striking gold veins. Plants grow to the same size as the species (two to three feet). Pure white calla lily flowers arise from the distinctive foliage in late spring and early summer. For full sun and moist soils. Green until hard frosts. Mulch with fallen leaves - pack leaves around the perimetre and right into the centre of the plant to protect the crowns in winter. Calla lilies can be slow to bulk up in the garden so investing in a larger size is a good idea. Canna 'Blueberry Sparkler -- Canna Lily -- A fantastic canna with great design potential: purple leaves and blue-grey undersides surround medium pink flowers. This 6 foot tall slender beauty is self-cleaning and blooms all summer. Our plants are virus indexed and negative. Cannas offer great tropical foliage and are generally hardy to our temperatures but sensitive to winter wet. In the garden, plant in a well-drained sunny location and mulch with leaves. Cannas are also great in pots. Shelter these in a garage or shed for winter.
Crocosmia 'Twilight Fairy Gold' -- Montbretia -- Bronze foliage plus a multicrown, compact habit and bright yellow-orange flowers on short, multibranched flower spikes. The perfect addition to mixed containers, smaller gardens, or for the front of the border in a larger garden. Loved by hummingbirds.The foliage is like 'Solfatare', except shorter and the flowers are red rather than apricot yellow. Attracts hummingbirds. Excellent for cutting. Full to part sun in average to moist well-drained soil. Clumping. Crocosmia 'Twilight Fairy Crimson' -- Montbretia -- Bronze foliage and short, multibranched flower spikes covered in crimson red flowers. The compact size, showy foliage and flowers make this a natural for mixed containers, smaller gardens or at the front of the border in a large garden. Forms multiple crowns quickly for container gardening. The foliage is like 'Solfatare', except shorter and the flowers are red rather than apricot yellow. Attracts hummingbirds. Excellent for cutting. Full to part sun in average to moist well-drained soil. Clumping.
Roscoea purpurea 'Spice Island' -- Roscoea -- This hardy ginger relative has dark leaves with deep red backs. It forms clumps with showy thick, deep red stems. ‘Spice Island' has lavender purple, orchid-like flowers on the top of the stalks in mid summer. It can be used as a tropical element or in mixed shade beds. A good container plant. Clematis I Am Lady Q -- This lovely bicolour clematis has mid pink petals with pure white centres all surrounding a purple and yellow centre. Flowers are two to three inches across. A member of the Viticella group of clematis, this is a vigourous and floriferous modern cultivar blooming from July to September. Pruning group: 3/C - Hard prune in early spring to about one foot from the ground.
Phlox paniculata 'Goldmine' -- Tall Garden Phlox -- Here’s a phlox with presence! ‘Goldmine’ has the brightest variegated foliage of any tall garden phlox. The green leaves are broadly edged in rich golden yellow which sets off the deep magenta flowers to perfection. Great for all season interest in the garden. Good mildew resistance. Macleaya cordata -- Plume Poppy -- Giant background plant with gorgeous blue-green lobed leaves and airy white/pink flowers. Provides dramatic height, texture, and leaf colour to the sun border. Pull out any over-enthusiastic intruders each spring to restrain its enthusiasm. If you want it to flower lower, shear off a foot or so once or twice during the season. Though it spreads I wouldn’t be without its drama in my garden. Note: It doesn’t like growing in pots so it will look thin at the nursery. Just plant it, you’ll see.
Agastache 'Blue Fortune' - Hyssop - 'Blue Fortune' is an award-winning plant for good reason: it offers a long season of bloom from midsummer to early fall with lavender blue, bottlebrush-like flowers on strong, upright stems. The foliage smells distinctly like black licorice when crushed and can be used in salads. A hybrid between the North American A. foeniculum and the Asian A. rugosa. Astilboides tabularis - Shieldleaf Rodgersia - This plant will love your moist soil and dappled shade. Its arching, creamy-white plumes will remind you of a large Astilbe and its umbrella-like, large foliage is just sensational. A great foliage plant for contrasting with finer foliage.
Lobelia 'Elm Fire' - Cardinal Flower - Deep beet root red leaves and incredibly vivid red flowers in mid to late summer. This is a stunning vertical accent plant in terms of both foliage and flower. This garden selection can be used as a marginal in ponds but also does very well in average garden soils. An improved form of the very popular ‘Queen Victoria’. Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet' - Swamp Milkweed - The species in this genus arose as a result of an evolutionary arms race with different butterfly species who drove the milkweeds to develop increasingly toxic poisons in their milky sap to fend off the butterfly’s ravenous caterpillars. So leave the chewing to the Monarchs! This species has upright branching stems with oblong leaves and topped with dense clusters of tiny pure white vanilla-scented flowers which attract butterflies. Tolerant of moist or wet or average garden soils. Deer resistant.
Echinacea purpurea 'Green Jewel' - Purple Coneflower - This incredibly unique echinacea was discovered by Piet Oudolf. Light green ray petals surround the large, green cone of this sweetly fragrant coneflower. The plants have an upright habit and a height of just 20-24 inches, so no staking is required. Praised for their cheerful brightly coloured flowers, coneflowers are a mainstay in today's garden. The dried seed heads provide architectural interest in the winter and are a good food source for finches and other birds. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens. Echinacea purpurea 'Kim's Knee High' - Purple Coneflower - The large coneflowers of this dwarf cultivar are clear candy pink with recurved ray petals and large, bronzy-orange central cones. This a sturdy, floriferous plant that is great for small gardens. Plant in full sun in average (not overly rich), well-drained soils. Avoid soils that are overly moist in winter. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens.
Echinacea 'Secret Pride' -- Coneflower -- Charming, fragrant, double, white flowers on well-branched, compact plants with dark green foliage which makes a perfect foil for the gleaming white flowers. Flowers may be single in cool weather but fill out when the mercury moves up. Use en masse for the border, in a mixed bed, and as a cut flower. Part of the new Secret Series of mid-size double-flowered coneflowers. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering.

Echinacea Cone-fections 'Hot Papaya' - Not-So-Purple Coneflower - Sizzling, red orange, double cones with falling tails heat up the sun border in summer. Contrasting dark burgundy, sturdy stems. Upright, with lance-shaped leaves. From the Cone-fections Series which offers reliably hardy, very floriferous, stocky plants with strong sturdy stems. Wonderful planted en masse and superb as a cut flower. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens.

Echinacea Doublescoop 'Orangeberry' - Coneflower - Hot orange and magenta bicolour flowers form big, double pom poms on well-branched plants with lots of blooms. Will stand out in any garden. The Doublescoop Series are a group of short coneflowers all less than two feet high with fantastic double flowers. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering.

Echinacea purpurea 'Amazing Dream' - Purple Coneflower - Bred with E. tennesseensis for floriferousness, 'Amazing Dream' is a dream in the landscape with its compact habit, amazing number of blooms and well-branched plants, and long season of bloom. Flowers are deep pink. A great landscape plant for a long show of colour. The Dream Series of echinacea are strong plants for great performance in the landscape. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering.
 
Phygelius CandyDrops Series -- Cape Fuchsia -- The CandyDrops Series was developed for growing in containers but they can also be used at the front of the border. Phygelius are vigorous, long-blooming, evergreen South African sub-shrubs (perennials with a woody base and stems that persist in mild winters). Use them in the perennial border or amongst shrubs. Attracts hummingbirds. Best in full sun with well-drained soil.

 
Agastache 'Cotton Candy' - Anise Hyssop - Agastache are incredibly useful for clouds of colour through the summer months. 'Cotton Candy' has massive numbers of densely clustered large light pink flowers with darker pink sepals that bloom all summer into fall. Up to two feet tall with bright green, fragrant foliage. The sepals remain in colour and do not brown like other agastache giving this cultivar a much longer season of interest. Even without a single flower there is still colour! Sun, dry soil. Agastache 'Summer Glow' - Anise Hyssop - Agastache are incredibly useful for clouds of colour through the summer months. ‘Summer Glow’ has massive numbers of densely clustered large lemon-custard yellow flowers with burnt orange sepals that bloom all summer into fall. Up to two feet tall with bright green, fragrant foliage. The Summer Series have sepals that remain in colour and do not brown like other agastache giving these cultivars a much longer season of interest. Even without a single flower there is still colour! Sun, dry soil.
Heuchera 'Spellbound' - Coralbells - Marvelous ruffled foliage of dazzling silvers with tints of rose purple that will leave you spellbound. The purple tones are more prominent in the spring. Silver tones are more prevalent in shade. It forms a big plant with a dense, multicrown habit. Great in containers or in the landscape. Compared to 'Sugar Plum', 'Spellbound' is a larger plant with a denser crown and more sculptured leaves. The leaves have rose purple tones in the spring and fall when grown in full sun. Heuchera 'Rio' - Coralbells - A multicoloured plant named for a vibrant city. New leaves open peach-amber, change to amber, then to tan, and finally to yellow amber. Lovely at every season. Beautiful, short maroon flower spikes with white flowers. A large and vigorous plant that is a great garden performer and a container star.
Heuchera 'Bella Notte' -- Coralbells -- A large flowering dark leaf heuchera. 'Bella Notte' has very dark leaves with a light silvery shadow. Lovely bicolour, large rose pink and light pink flowers. An elegant plant. Heat tolerant. Heuchera 'Root Beer' - Coralbells -Lovely root beer coloured foliage combined with creamy yellow flowers. 'Root Beer' forms a mound of colour year round and is sure to charm you with its spring bloom. Very long lived. A member of the Soda Series which includes 'Root Beer', 'Cherry Cola' and 'Ginger Ale'. Are you feeling thirsty?
Beesia calthifolia - Beesia - This species is similar to Beesia deltophylla with glossy, light to mid green, evergreen, heart-shaped leaves tinged in purple when new. The foliage forms dense rosettes and sends up spires of small white flowers in spring. Excellent in well-drained yet evenly moist soil in full or partial shade. Romneya coulteri -- California Tree Poppy -- These upright blue-green foliaged poppies are deciduous subshrubs that prefer a hot, sunny space in well-drained, crummy soil. For this you will be rewarded with an almost continuous display of large, pure white, crinkled petals with prominent raised yellow stamens that appear on the ends of each stem and look like fried eggs sunny side up! Sometimes hard to establish and resents being moved - so choose the spot well! Cut back to the base in winter and mulch, if exposed.

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Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.
One of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials in the Lower Mainland.
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