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E-Newsletter: August 2015

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

August 2015

Celebrating our 12th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

I am writing this on a rare cool and rainy day. My garden outside seems to be taking a sigh of relief! That being said, even with the recent sunny weather, temperatures have been slightly more reasonable of late presenting better conditions for gardening and planting.

Indications are currently that we will stay at stage 3 water restrictions and not go to stage 4. Vancouverites seem to have decreased water usage enough that our supplies should last. And the cooler weather is helping. Details are below on exactly what the current restrictions mean to you.

In this e-news we launch some new sales at the nursery (our "Dog Days" Sale) and over mail order (our "Climate Refugee" Sale) and we launch two new pre-sales for rare bulbs and Cypripedium lady's slipper orchids. Have a look at all the beautiful things you can get for your garden!

I'm including our article on summer planting one more time in case you missed it. It has valuable tips for success through the summer.

We are extending our Plastic Recycling program until the end of September to make it easier for you to recycle your nursery plastics. Details below.

There is a new contest underway. You could win a trip to Canada Blooms in Toronto. Make sure to enter. I really want a Phoenix customer to win!

Hydrangea 'Miss Saori' will be coming in for pick-up soon for those who have pre-ordered. We will email all of you to let you know. We are making arrangements now. If you haven't ordered yet, we are pretty low but still have some available. Best to order now through our pre-sale.

Last but not least Fab at Phoenix is packed with great plants available now though this is just the tip of the iceberg. It's time to come for a visit.

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

PRE-SALE
Hydrangea
'Miss Saori'

2014 Chelsea Garden Show Plant of the Year

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"Dog Days" Sale
35% Off
All Plants

August 6th-16th, 2015

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. "Dog Days" Sale - 35% Off All Plants until August 16th, 2015!

2. "Climate Refugee" Sale for Mail Order Customers - 20% Off on orders placed by August 7th for shipping on August 10th!

3. Rare Bulbs Pre-Sale: Over 50 Incredible Bulbs for Canadian Gardeners - We are proud to offer an exciting selection of bulbs rarely available, if ever, to Canadian gardeners.

4. Cypripedium Lady's Slippers Pre-Sale: 21 Different Lady's Slippers for Canadian Gardens - These Cypripedium hybrids possess hybrid vigour -- they have inherited the best traits of both parents -- and are much easier to grow than species orchids, have big flowers in amazing colours, and clump up very quickly into amazing displays in the part shade garden.

5. You Can Plant Perennials All Summer: A few careful steps are all that is required to successfully plant new perennials in the summer - Many gardeners think that once July and August are here that it is too late to plant new perennials. But you can also plant perennials, shrubs, trees and vines all summer...

6. A Look at Metro Vancouver Water Restrictions - In the last week the GVWD raised our summer water restrictions to stage 2 reflecting the decreasing water levels held in our reservoirs...

7. Phoenix Perennials Plastic Recycling Program - Bring down your nursery plastics to be recycled
8. CONTEST - Win a Trip for Two to Canada Blooms in Toronto! - Canada Blooms is the largest flower and garden festival in the country. You can enter to win a trip for two including travel with VIA Rail and 3 nights stay at the InterContinental Toronto plus entry to the show...
Canada Blooms

9. The Most Beautiful Hydrangea in the World?: 'Miss Saori' Pre-Order - 'Miss Saori' is a superlative new hydrangea that won the coveted Plant of the Year Award at the 2014 Chelsea Garden Show. It is about to take the gardening world by storm...

10. Fabulous at Phoenix -- Gary's Picks of what's new and fabulous at the Phoenix Candy Store

 


Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

The Phoenix Perennials Calendar
There's so much going on at the nursery all the time. Here's your resource to keep track.
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Volunteer at Phoenix Perennials with our Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program

Our Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program is for interested gardeners who want to set up a regular schedule with us to come to the nursery and help us with plant care, propagation, weeding, watering and other nursery tasks. You can do any number of hours you like on any day. We just ask that you make it a regular schedule. In addition to our gratitude we will also give you plants!

Contact Patricia by phone (604-270-4133) or email (info at phoenixperennials.com) for more information and to start volunteering!

 

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1.

"Dog Days" Sale
35% Off All Plants Aug 6th-16th, 2015!

All right, fellow gardeners. All we've been doing at Phoenix for two months or more is water, water, water. We need your help to lighten our load by finding some good homes for more of our beautiful plants and, hence, some new caretakers (you!) for all of their promise and beauty (and thirst!).

Cooler temperatures, a little rain and the fact that Vancouverites are now using less than 1.2 billion litres of water a day mean two things: August is a good time to do some new planting and we are unlikely to transition to more resctrictive water restrictions -- you'll be able to easily water by hand with hose to keep your new plants happy and healthy.

This sale is even better than the Summer Sizzle in July when perennials were only 25% off and shrubs and trees were only 30% off. Now is the time!

Our sale runs for 11 days until August 16th and applies to all plants in the nursery purchased on site when you visit. Pre-sale plants including Hydrangea 'Miss Saori', Cypripedium and rare bulbs are not eligible for this sale.


2.

Mail Order Customers
"Climate Refugee" Sale
A Rare Chance for 20% Off until Aug 7th!

You've likely heard about our summer drought here in BC and the fact that the whole province is on fire! Well, we've got some climate refugees who are looking to relocate to more benevolent regions of the country. So we're offering a very rare opportunity to purchase plants for mail order shipping at 20% off! (We have never done a mail order sale before and don't plan on doing them much in the future. So now is the time!)

START SHOPPING

Our sale applies to more than 350 different plants including these below:

Details

- The sale is available for plants currently listed on our mail order site under the categories Perennials, Shrubs, Vines, Grasses, Subtropicals, and Edibles. This includes about 350 different plants.

- The discount does not apply to special additions that are not currently in our shopping cart system. We can add special requests but we cannot discount them.

- The sale applies to orders placed between July 24th and Aug. 7th, 2015.

- These orders must all ship on Monday Aug. 10th. We cannot offer this sale for any other ship dates.

- Use Coupon Code CR-20 to receive your discount.

- Please do not combine your Climate Refugee order with bulb or Cypripedium orders as these are only available for shipping in the fall and your Climate Refugee sale plants must ship now in August. Please place separate orders for bulbs and Cyps.

If you are a current or potential mail order customer, please subscribe to our Mail Order alert right on the main page of our website. Current subscribers were the first to know about this sale two weeks ago.

Have fun shopping!


3.

Rare Bulbs Pre-Sale
Over 50 Incredible Bulbs for Canadian Gardeners

We are proud to offer an exciting selection of bulbs rarely available, if ever, to Canadian gardeners. From intriguing ornamental onions to Chilean blue crocus, wand flowers to dog-tooth violets, mariposa lilies to camas lilies, plus rare daffodils and iris, we have a selection to knock your socks off and turn your gardening friends green with envy! (We suppose you could tell them about us if you want to be a good gardening friend.)

Visit Phoenix Perennials Mail Order to see our full selection of over 50 rare bulbs. Both mail order and local customers should place their orders through our mail order system. Local customers should select the pick up option when checking out. Quantities are limited. Because this is the first year offering these fabulous yet esoteric bulbs we have not ordered large quantities. Please order early to secure your favourites.

Our selection of rare bulbs will ship or be ready for pick-up in September (for local gardeners). For mail order customers: if you combine bulbs and Cypripedium in the same order (which are not available until mid October) we will ship your bulbs and Cyps together in October. Please place separate orders if you want your bulbs to arrive as early as possible in the fall (Sept).

Please note: because we must pay our suppliers in advance, we will process payment of Cypripedium and Bulb orders at the time of ordering. Should something not be available at the time of shipping we will refund the money at that time.


4.

Cypripedium Lady's Slippers Pre-Sale
21 Different Hardy Orchids for Canadian Gardens

These Cypripedium hybrids possess hybrid vigour -- they have inherited the best traits of both parents -- and are much easier to grow than species orchids, have big flowers in amazing colours, and clump up very quickly into amazing displays in the part shade garden. They bloom in late April and May offering an exquisite show in the garden. All are officially hardy to zone 4 while some are hardy to zone 3 and even zone 2! Even the zone 4 plants may be hardy in protected spots in zone 3 with mulch and good snow cover.

We are currently offering 21 different lady's slipper hybrids for shipping to our mail order customers and for pick-up at Phoenix by our local customers in mid October, 2015. All are top quality, blooming size and should flower in the spring. Here they are:

We will be providing them to you bare root. All you need to do is plant them directly into a well-drained location in part shade or morning sun. We'll provide you with detailed instructions when you receive your plants.

For mail order customers, October is the only time of year we ship Cypripedium lady's slipper orchids. Though we do offer them in growth in spring to our local customers, buying and planting them in fall ensures our local customers the widest possible selection and potentially greater and quicker success in establishment. They arrive bare root and super fresh. Planting them directly into the garden in fall is the best way to establish them even for local customers. Mulch with a pile of leaves after fall planting.

Please note: Because we must pay our suppliers in advance, we will process payment of Cypripedium and Bulb orders at the time of ordering. Should something not be available at the time of shipping we will refund the money at that time

Visit Phoenix Perennials Mail Order for full details. Mail order and local customers should both place your orders through our mail order system. When checking out local customers should select the pick-up option. Mail order customers should select their preferred shipping method. Local customers can combine your Cyp and rare bulb orders together in the same order. We will contact you in Sept for bulb pick up and Oct for Cyp pick up. Mail order customers should place two separate orders for rare bulbs and cyps if you want plants shipped to you as soon as they are available. If you want to save a little money on shipping you can place a combined order and we will ship your bulbs with your Cyps as soon as your Cyps are ready to ship.

 


5.

You Can Plant Perennials All Summer
A few careful steps are all that is required to successfully plant new perennials in the summer

Many gardeners think that once July and August are here that it is too late to plant new perennials. Indeed, the best seasons for perennial planting are spring and fall. But you can also plant perennials, shrubs, trees and vines in the summer.

 

This common misconception is likely due to confusion between the planting of new plants and the transplanting of existing plants.

Transplanting of existing plants refers to moving plants already established in the garden which results in the uprooting and damaging of established root systems, especially the fine white tip roots that are the primary conduits for water and nutrients. Once transplanted into a new location the remaining roots will usually not have enough capacity to uptake water to support the foliage in summer's hot, sunny conditions, even if you trim back the foliage by a third to a half.

While this type of garden work should be avoided in the summer months, the planting of new plants can continue with great success. This is because new plants can be planted with little to no damage to established root systems. Your new plant goes into the ground with its roots intact and just like when it was in a pot, the only thing you have to do is keep it watered.

Here are a few secrets of success for summer planting:

  1. While still in the pot water your new plant so that water flows freely out the bottom of the pot and the root ball is thoroughly saturated.
  2. Dig a generous hole. Once dug, fill it with water and allow the water to slowly soak into the surrounding garden bed. This helps moisten the soil around your planting hole.
  3. Remove your new plant from its pot and gently scuff up the edges of the root ball with your fingers. Just a little damage to the roots will encourage them to grow and branch out into their new space. Plant your new plant and fill the hole three quarters full with a mix a half and half mix of existing soil and new compost or Sea Soil. Now fill the hole again with water and allow it to slowly drain away as before. This will thoroughly moisten the soil immediately adjacent to the new plant’s root ball.
  4. Fill the remaining quarter of the planting hole with soil and gently tamp down the soil around the root ball of your new plant.
  5. Collect the excess soil left over from planting and build a rim or bowl around your perennial about six to 12 inches from the base of the plant. This will create a bowl for you to water guaranteeing that water will collect in the bowl and sink straight downwards into the root ball.
  6. Water your new plant two to three times a week during dry sunny periods by filling the bowl with water two or three times and allowing the water to sink straight down into the root ball.
  7. To encourage faster rooting use a transplant fertilizer. The product we carry has rooting hormone and kelp extract which encourage fast root growth.

Voilà! You can plant a new plant or whole new garden beds and you don't have to wait until fall! Follow these easy steps and you can plant new perennials all summer long! Have fun!

PS. These steps are also great for success with spring and fall plantings too, especially if you're planting trees and shrubs which are slower to establish than perennials.

PPS. In summers when the ground gets really dry because of prolonged drought consider doing most of your new planting in pots. You could even select a bunch of perennials and shrubs that you love and pot them up into beautiful mixed containers to enhance your patio through the summer. Then in the fall remove them from their pots and plant them in the ground. In this way you can take advantage of summer sales, beautify your life, and grow your perennials even bigger for fall planting.


6.

A Look at Metro Vancouver
Water Restrictions

In the last week the GVWD raised our summer water restrictions to stage 2 reflecting the decreasing water levels held in our reservoirs. The only real change for gardeners is a reduction in lawn watering from three times a week to once a week. The watering of flower and vegetable gardens, decorative planters, shrubs, and trees remains unrestricted at this time. This means that gardeners may continue as per normal with caring for their non-lawn garden plants, albeit I hope with a bit more care for conservation of water.

We have only recently moved to stage 2 so an increase to stage 3 is unlikely for a while. Whether or not we move to stage 3 restrictions depends on rainfall levels and conservation by the public. If we move to stage 3 later in the summer this would mean that garden plants, trees, shrubs and vegetables would be limited to hand watering with hoses, watering cans and drip irrigation. Sprinklers and soaker hoses would be prohibited. If we do move to stage 3, gardeners should still be able to care for any new plantings made this year as well as other delicate or water thirsty plants such as veggies.

 

View the full pdf of Water Restrictions.
Please note I have talked to the GVRD and line 3 only applies to new lawns and not to trees, shrubs & flowers. For the full pdf please click here.

 


7.

EXTENDED!
Phoenix Perennials
Plastics Recycling Month

July 3rd - September 27th, 2015
Please do NOT bring plastics before or after these dates.

EXTENDED!: So many of you are busy with summer and on vacation so we have extended our collection period until the end of September.

Over the past few years Phoenix Perennials has participated in the National Plastic Recycling Program and many of you have participated. This year the program has been cancelled but we're going to do our own version! Though many nursery plastics are recyclable in our blue box programs, many gardeners find that containers and flats are not picked up or some types of plastic are not accepted.

Bring your nursery plastics down to the nursery and deposit them in the designated bins during recycling month. Then you get to visit the nursery! It's a win-win situation.

Special Note: This year pots must be separated from flats and other types of plastics might need special treatment. Please pay attention to the signs when depositing your plastics. We participate in this program as volunteers to improve our environment. If everyone follows the directions then our staff won't have to do too much extra work.

 

We can only accept: We cannot accept:
  • Plastic garden pots
  • Plastic flats/trays
  • Plastic plant tags
  • Irrigation pipe
  • Greenhouse poly
  • Fertilizer bags
  • Soil bags
  • Clay
  • Metal
  • Wood
  • Edging
  • Hoses
  • Tools
  • Trash
  • Filled Containers
All plastics and containers must be empty of soil and plant material and they should be dry. Phoenix Perennials is volunteering our time and space for this important initiative. Please help us to keep everything organized and to keep non-recyclable items out of the bins.
We will not be accepting recyclables before or after the designated dates.

Please tell your gardening friends!


8.

CONTEST
Win a Trip for Two
to Canada Blooms in Toronto!

March 11-20th, 2016

Canada Blooms is the largest flower and garden festival in the country. You can enter to win a trip for two including travel with VIA Rail and 3 nights stay at the InterContinental Toronto plus entry to the show. Let's send a Phoenix Perennials customer this year! Tell all your friends and family! If one of them wins they'll have take you! Click here to enter the contest.

Directions for Entering the Contest: Enter your contact information. Your Garden Centre Code is LAVENDER. After that select Phoenix Perennials. Finally, cross your fingers! Contest closes October 31st, 2015.

 


9.

The Most Beautiful Hydrangea in the World?
'Miss Saori' Pre-Order

We are getting close to selling out and might not have any extras. Please order in advance. Check our these new pics of 'Miss Saori':

'Miss Saori' is a superlative new hydrangea that won the coveted Plant of the Year Award at the 2014 Chelsea Garden Show. It is about to take the gardening world by storm! Phoenix Perennials is proud to be one of the first nurseries in North America to offer this very special garden plant to the gardening public.

'Miss Saori' produces exquisite mopheads of double florets that are white with perfect, rose-pink picotee edges. The flowers are produced on both old and new wood from June until frost.

The plants grow to a reasonable 3'x3' making them perfect for gardens, small and large, as well as containers. The foliage emerges burgundy-red in spring, turns to green as it matures, then back to burgundy-red in summer and fall.

Be among the first gardeners in North America to own this incredible beauty!

The plants will be available for pick-up in late August. The exact date will depend on summer growing conditions. An email will be sent one week before to confirm the exact pick-up date. The plants will be in 3 gallon pots. We estimate the plants will be a bushy 1'x1' at pick-up time. The first flowers will be produced in 2016.

3 gallon pot. $54.99 + taxes

More Info and Order Now!

 


10.

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

The nursery is now at peak availability with our largest overall selection of the year. Make sure you come for a visit soon!

Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty' - Mayapple - At long last we are able to offer this amazing shade plant again! This brilliant hybrid of several Asian Mayapples boasts large, vigorous, lobed umbrella-shaped leaves. Leaves are chartreuse with dramatic and bizarre chocolate-brown spotting throughout the spring. Like nothing you’ve ever seen! In 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. Agastache 'Black Adder' - Anise Hyssop - Spikes of tubular, smokey-lilac flowers open from dark purple buds for a striking effect. The licorice-scented foliage is edible and good in salads. Excellent planted en masse in the perennial border or in the herb garden. Drought tolerant once established. Blooms from summer until frost. A hybrid between the North American A. foeniculum and the Asian A. rugosa. Deadhead spent flowers to promote additional bloom.
Echibeckia 'Summerina Brown' - Echibeckia - Echibeckia is a unique cross between two classic perennials: Echinacea and Rudbeckia. The Summerina hybrids are fast-growing and disease resistant. The flowers are large at over three inches in diametre. Plants bloom for 2-3 months or more. Agastache 'Red Fortune' - Anise Hyssop- This is a long-blooming selection, featuring long spikes of bright magenta-red flowers. The plants form a compact bush of licorice-scented green leaves. Great for butterflies and hummingbirds.
Monarda Sugar Buzz 'Bubblegum Blast' - Bee Balm - Pinky lavender flowers are held above the highly mildew resistant foliage throughout summer. The Sugar Buzz series offers short, compact plants for the front of the border that are smothered in long-lasting flowers. Monarda is native to eastern North America, is easy to grow, and multiplies quickly. The flowers' sweet nectar attracts scores of hummingbirds, butterflies and bees to the garden. The aromatic foliage smells like mint when crushed and is often used to flavour teas. Lobelia x speciosa 'Starship Scarlet' - Cardinal Flower - ' Starship Scarlet' has compact, bronze foliage and dense, strictly upright spikes with vivid scarlet flowers. Lobelia is an excellent border plant for average to moist locations and is a hummingbird and butterfly magnet.
Monarda 'Coral Reef' - Bee Balm - ‘Coral Reef’ grows to mid height and has hot pink flowers and good mildew resistance. Monarda is native to eastern North America, is easy to grow and multiplies quickly. The flowers' sweet nectar attracts scores of hummingbirds, butterflies and bees to the garden. The aromatic foliage smells like mint when crushed and is often used to flavour teas. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens. Monarda Sugar Buzz 'Bubblegum Blast' - Bee Balm - ‘Purple Rooster’ is a medium sized beebalm with purple flowers. Monarda is native to eastern North America, is easy to grow and multiplies quickly. The flowers' sweet nectar attracts scores of hummingbirds, butterflies and bees to the garden. The aromatic foliage smells like mint when crushed and is often used to flavour teas. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
Echinacea 'Supreme Flamingo' - Coneflower - Very rich, coral and shrimp pink colours combine for an unbelievable exclamation of colour in the summer garden. Fully double, fragrant coneflowers with complimentary ray petals of rosy copper. Show this colour off with with a bright yellow or tone it down with some brooding purple. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering. Echinacea 'Secret Glow' - Coneflower - 'Secret Glow' is a glowing school bus yellow. But it doesn't need a flashing stop sign to get your attention -- it stands out in a crowd for its unusual colour and its unusually high flower count, averaging 35 large flowers per plant in the first year! Fragrant. 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 'Hot Papaya' - Coneflower - There is no other coneflower like this one. 'Supreme Cantaloupe' is just that: the colour of ripe cantaloupe! Imagine colour combinations with pink, magenta and blue. Fragrant. Part of the new Supreme 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. Tolmeia menziesii 'Cool Gold' - Piggyback Plant - 'Cool Gold' has a soft, cool, clear gold foliage that retains its colour throughout the season. It's fast growing and makes a wonderful bright spot in the shade garden. This is a gold version of the BC native piggyback plant that graces the shady spaces of coastal BC. The common name comes from the habit of piggyback plant to produce young plantlets that sit on top of the mature foliage before falling to the ground to root in.
Hosta 'Wheee!' - Plantain Lily - This distinctive hosta is unlike the vast majority of cultivars in this case sporting incredibly wavy leaf margins from leaf base to to leaf tip, even on young plants. 'Wheee!' is also variegated with cream margins and has lavender flowers in summer. Hosta 'Rainbow's End' - Plantain Lily - 'Rainbow's End' has one of the most unusual variegations seen in years. Dark green leaves are possessed of broad, gold, irregular stripes. Every leaf is different. The overall effect is a mound of shiny green feathered with gold.
Colocasia 'Black Coral' - Taro - 'Black Magic' is a taro or elephant's ear cultivar with huge, dramatic, arrow-shaped, purplish-black leaves. It can be grown as a marginal plant in ponds or in pots or beds with evenly moist soil. Yellowish-white spathes and spadixes may appear in summer but are usually hidden by the foliage. Though potentially hardy they are best brought in as a houseplant.

Colocasia 'Mojito' - Taro - 'Mojito' is a taro or elephant's ear cultivar with huge, dramatic, arrow-shaped, speckled, black and green leaves. This colorful effect is matched with light green stems streaked with dark purple that fade to pink. .It can be grown as a marginal plant in ponds or in pots or beds with evenly moist soil. Yellowish-white spathes and spadixes may appear in summer but are usually hidden by the foliage. A houseplant in winter for most.

Hibiscus Summerific 'Summer Storm' - Perennial Hibiscus - This hybrid has the darkest wine purple, maple-like foliage ever seen on a perennial Hibiscus. This plant produces large 8-10 inch wide, pink flowers with rose veining and a deep magenta eye that radiates out onto the petals. It makes an amazing display in the summer and fall garden. Provide full sun and good moisture during the growing season. Disporum cantoniense 'Moonlight' - Chinese Fairy Bells - An exceptional new cultivar, compact in form with unique silvery white and green variegation radiating from each leaf blade, becoming suffused with purple-pink coloration as temperatures cool in the fall. Graceful, arching stems emerge in spring, followed by clusters of small flowers in late spring to summer. Adds an illuminating effect to any shade garden.
Hibiscus Summerific 'Cherry Cheesecake' - Perennial Hibiscus - Hibiscus Summerific 'Summer Storm' - Perennial Hibiscus - This hybrid has the darkest wine purple, maple-like foliage ever seen on a perennial Hibiscus. This plant produces large 8-10 inch wide, pink flowers with rose veining and a deep magenta eye that radiates out onto the petals. It makes an amazing display in the summer and fall garden. Provide full sun and good moisture during the growing season. Hibiscus Summerific 'Midnight Marvel' - Perennial Hibiscus - Hibiscus Summerific 'Summer Storm' - Perennial Hibiscus - This hybrid has the darkest wine purple, maple-like foliage ever seen on a perennial Hibiscus. This plant produces large 8-10 inch wide, pink flowers with rose veining and a deep magenta eye that radiates out onto the petals. It makes an amazing display in the summer and fall garden. Provide full sun and good moisture during the growing season.
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. Hardy to zone 6 with reportedly some of the best cold hardiness of the hardy gardenias. Tricyrtis 'Kohaku' - Toad Lily - This bold toad lily has an arching habit and very large cup-shaped flowers that are beautifully marked. A vigorous and very unusual hybrid originally bred for the cut flower trade in Japan at least 15 years ago. Toad lilies are wonderful plants for the late summer and fall shade garden. Most grow on elegant arching stems often with lightly mottled foliage. They produce multitudes of ornate orchid-like flowers that are usually white (sometimes yellow) with various degrees of purple spotting.
Dahlia Dark Angels 'American Pie' - Dahlia - Soft-pink, almost white at the edges with dark centres. Rich, burgundy foliage. The Dark Angel Series are a group of dwarf, burgundy-leaved dahlias named after popular movies. They have been selected for excellent, richly-coloured, single flowers, burgundy foliage and a compact size under 15 inches. Three options for winter starting with easiest and safest: 1. grow in a pot and move to a frost-free area, 2. lift tubers and store, 3. leave in the ground in well-drained, sunny beds under a mound of fallen leaves. Dahlia 'Coupe de Soleil' - Dahlia - Dahlia 'Coupe de Soleil' has unusual flowers with top petals totally white and the bottom ones apricot-orange.
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!. Anemone japonica Fantasty 'Cinderella' - Japanese Anemone - A brand new introduction of compact growing anemone, this variety has beautiful pink single flowers with yellow stamens, and blooms abundantly.
Brunnera 'Alexander's Great' - Siberian Bugloss - This giant Brunnera looks just like the classic 'Jack Frost' except for it's size. It will grow nearly a foot and half tall and two and a half feet wide! It has dramatic silver foliage and the dainty blue forget-me-not flowers that we love from this genus. Discovered by plantsman Alexander Zukeivich in his Belarus garden. This is a plant for a big garden or a big pot! Arisaema tosaense - Cobra Lily - A tall, vigorous cobra lily from Shikoku Island, Japan. The green (sometimes burgundy) spathe has a long-extended tip and droops way down over the face of the tube. The translucent spathe is especially beautiful when back-lit. Easy garden plant. Late spring bloom.
Scabiosa 'Mariposa Blue' - Pincushion Flower - Fully double, large, lavender blue blossoms on sturdy stems rise above tidy bluish-green foliage. With a compact, tidy habit, this is a long and profuse bloomer. The Phoenicians were mightily impressed with this cultivar in our trials. Use it in containers or at the front of the border. Arisaema consanguineum 'The Perfect Wave' - Himalayan Cobra Lily - A stunning cultivar bred by Ellen Hornig with breathtaking silver variegation on silver-blue, seductively undulating leaves. Considering that the normal form is mid green foliage this selection is pretty amazing. ‘The Perfect Wave’ will also grow to four to five feet with its dramatic umbrella of leaflets. Green flowers give way to green then red clusters of fruits.
Buddleia 'Bicolor' - Butterfly Bush - ‘Bicolor’ is the first buddleia ever to offer two completely different colours on the same inflorescence! Fragrant, lavender and butterscotch yellow flowers blend together for a fascinating bicolour effect. Panicles grow up to 10 inches long and show up well against the clean grey-green foliage. Compact growth habit. Buddleia 'Crown Jewels' - Butterfly Bush - This fantastic butterfly bush has beautiful gold to lime green foliage from spring through fall, and sharply contrasting, magenta purple flowers. A medium-sized butterfly bush. In colder climates it can behave as a herbaceous perennial dying back to the ground and returning into the spring.
Lonicera reticulata 'Kintzley's Ghost - Honeysuckle - This marvelous and crazy honeysuckle will give you a vertical display like nothing else in the garden. It has tight yellow flower clusters surrounded by a large circular silvery-white bract. The showy white bracts persist through fall and cup the red berries. The foliage is pale blue-green. The flowers are lightly fragrant. A hybrid of L. reticulata and L. prolifera. Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler' - Coral Honeysuckle - ‘Major Wheeler’ is one of the best selections of Lonicera sempervirens and stands out above all other red-flowered cultivars for clean foliage and pure flower power. This selection is covered in red trumpet flowers in late spring and keeps churning them out all summer long, especially with a post-bloom trim. The hummingbirds will find it from miles around.
Lonicera sempervirens 'John Clayton' - Coral Honeysuckle - Lovely, pale yellow flowers explode from the vining stems from June until November and grabs the attention of hummingbirds, butterflies, and humans alike. Bright orange-red fruits in late summer and fall. Selected by the Virginia Native Plant Society for excellent repeat bloom, clean foliage and compact form. Named for a colonial botanist, it was found on the grounds of a 17th century Abington church in Glouchester, Virginia. Eucomis 'Glow Sticks' - Pineapple Lily - A dwarf pineapple lily with coppery gold new foliage aging to a light green gold. White pineapple-like flower heads. Looks fantastic planted with burgundy foliage such as Ajuga 'Black Scallop' or Sedum 'Voodoo'. Very easy to grow and tolerates a wide range of garden conditions. Full sun for best foliage colour. Grow in containers or the ground.
Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' - Chilean Potato Vine - The Chilean potato vine has exotic, potato-like flowers, each with lilac petals around a pointed yellow centre which appear continuously from spring to mid-autumn. Great for a sunny wall. Needs support and a little tying up. The semi-evergreen leaves will remain on the plant in all but bad winters. Sedum Sunsparkler 'Firecracker' - Stonecrop - 'Firecracker' has luscious red foliage growing to six inches tall by 18 inches wide. In summer it produces large pink flower heads popular with bees. The compact habit makes this sedum useful for containers, edging walkways, green roofs, and the front of the border. The Sunsparkler sedums are remarkable for their multi-crown habit, ability to hold color all summer, and drought tolerance.
Heuchera 'Red Lightning' - Coral Bells - 'Red Lightning' has huge lime yellow to golden yellow leaves with striking red veins. The leaves are larger with bolder red markings than 'Delta Dawn'. You won't miss 'Red Lightning' in the garden. Use it where you need to grab some attention, especially in containers. Heuchera 'Grape Soda' - Coral Bells - 'Grape Soda' has rose pink leaves in the spring turning light purple with silver burnished into the summer.
Schefflera taiwaniana 'Yuan Shan' - Hardy Umbrella Tree - This superlative shrub or small tree from Taiwan has gorgeous palmate foliage. This collection was made by Dan Hinkley from the highest altitude population. Like most members of the aralia family it blooms in fall. Numerous species from Asia are potentially hardy and some, like Schefflera taiwaniana have been bone hardy in the Pacific Northwest and BC through the armageddon winters of 2008/09 and 2010/2011. 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. One of our most favourite shade plants at Phoenix Perennials.
Asclepias speciosa - Showy Milkweed - This western North American species has upright stems with oblong leaves topped with dense three inch globes of fragrant, pink, star-shaped flowers which attract butterflies. It is an important food source for Monarch and other butterflies. Showy milkweed spreads by underground rhizomes. Grow in a pot or sink a pot of it in the ground or allow it to spread in naturalized settings. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Asclepias incarnata - Swamp Milkweed - This species has upright branching stems with oblong leaves topped with dense clusters of small rose pink and white vanilla-scented flowers which attract butterflies. Good in moist, wet and average soils. Deer resistant.

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