Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: Mid August 2017

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

Mid August 2017

Celebrating our 14th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

As summer winds down I can feel that little hint of autumn in the air. Plus my garden is filled with spiders - always a sign of the late summer season. Oh sigh. One season shifts to the next.

But fall is an exciting time with lots of perennials and shrubs to plant for fall beauty and lots of perennials, shrubs, bulbs and lady's slippers to plant in preparation for spring.

In this issue we bring you articles on Ornamental Onions and Foxtail Lilies. These two groups of bulbs offer some of the most amazing drama and structure for the garden from mid spring into summer. No garden should be without ornamental onions for sure. Could you survive without foxtail lilies? I don't know, have a look at the article below and you be the judge!

You can order these bulbs from our Rare Bulb Pre-Order. We have greatly expanded our offerings this year with a selection of over 200 specialty bulbs rarely, if ever, seen in Canada.

And to make sure we overload your senses completely we are also offering an expanded pre-order of Cypripedium Lady's Slipper Orchids with 42 different species and hybrids including lots of never-before-seen varieties.

Fabulous at Phoenix is looking particularly summery right now so make sure to check out everyone's favourite eye candy segment for some inspiration. Enjoy!

See you soon at Phoenix!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

 

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42 Lady's Slipper Orchids for October Pick-Up or Shipping

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. The Magic of Ornamental Onions -- Learn about these amazing bulbs that no garden should be without.
2. Foxtail Lilies: Rockets of the Bulb World -- There's nothing like an Eremurus for a vertical exclamation point in the late spring to early summer garden.
3. Rare Bulb Pre-Order -- Choose from more than 200 rare and unusual bulbs for fall planting and spring beauty.
4. Cypripedium Lady's Slipper Orchids For Canadian Gardeners -- Choose from 42 amazing hybrids and species!
5. Workshops 2017 -- Get confident. Have fun. Make life beautiful.
6. From the Alerts -- Check out some of the most recent Alerts in this case on Summer Grasses.
7. Fabulous at Phoenix -- Gary's pics of hot plants at the Phoenix Candy Store.

 


Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

The Phoenix Perennials Calendar
There's so much going on at the nursery all the time. Here's your resource to keep track. Also don't miss our Workshop Schedule.
Date
Event Description
August 23-24 Gary speaking at the FarWest trade show in Portland, Oregon on "Hot New Plants" and "Groupon or Coupon"
October 4 Gary speaking to the Seed to Sky Garden Club on "Weird and Wonderful Plants of the World".
December 1-3 The Christmas Hurrah! | Friday to Sunday December 1-3 | 10am - 3pm |

 

 

For more information about Japanese beetle you can also view the CFIA information page here.

 

Phoenix Perennials Fall Mail Order
Exciting Perennials, Rare Bulbs, & Lady's Slipper Orchids

We are pleased to offer a fall selection of 430 exciting perennials, 200+ rare bulbs, and 42 different hardy Cypripedium lady's slipper orchids to Canadian gardeners.

Help Us Get the Word Out: We need your help to get the word out across this great (and very large) country of ours. Please forward this email to all your friends and family across the country to let them know that cool garden plants are just a few clicks away!


Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program

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

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

 

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1.

Magical
Ornamental Onions

Choose from 34 Different Allium Species and Cultivars
as Part of Our Rare Bulb Pre-Order

The genus Allium is best known for its edible members: onions, garlic, scallions, shallots, and leeks. Together they represent one of the most common and ubiquitous foods and food flavourings in most of the world's culinary cultures. These delicious bulbs make magic in the kitchen but many gardeners are still unaware that there is a huge diversity of ornamental onions that can make magic in the garden.

When we talk about perennial garden design we often mention contrasts: contrasts in flower colour, contrasts in height, and contrast in foliage including leaf size, colour, texture, and shape. Isn't it interesting though that while we talk about all these different attributes of leaves, we frequently only focus on colour when it comes to flowers. To take a garden to the next level, designers and gardeners "in the know" also contrast flower shapes and sizes to create dynamic and thrilling plantings.

If we consider flower shapes many different plants offer us tubular or bell-shaped flowers, daisy-type flowers, orchid-shaped flowers, lily-like flowers, iris-like flowers. And when it comes to inflorescence shapes, many different plants offer us vertical spikes and racemes, flat-topped or rounded umbels, catkins, spadices and much more. But few plants other than ornamental onions can offer the sphere.

When you consider that the ornamental onions generally bloom from May through July you realize that these Allium represent an incredible opportunity for adding great floral shape contrast into your garden. One of my favourite combinations in my garden is Allium 'Globemaster', the broad-leaved red hot poker (Kniphofia northiae), and bearded irises (Iris germanica) which all bloom at the same time but the possibilities are endless.

Ornamental onions, for the most part, come from bulbs that you plant in the fall. They are winter dormant but begin to emerge with lush green foliage in late winter and early spring. Most begin to bloom in mid spring to early summer, depending on the species or cultivar. The most common colours are purples, magentas, and lavenders but blues, yellow, and whites are also available.

At flowering time the foliage of many ornamental onions begins to go dormant. You can trim it off or plant your Allium so that other perennials mask the foliage. Some species and cultivars maintain their foliage during flowering such as 'Ostara', 'Ivory Queen', and A. karataviense. As ornamental onions finish blooming each floret in their sphere begins to swell with seeds creating an attractive scene of green spheres in the garden. These will slowly turn to straw colour in the fall and will often remain upright and attractive all winter long.

The most famed members of the ornamental onions are the ones that produce huge spheres, some of which can be as big as a person's head! In Canada A. giganteum and 'Globemaster' are the most common large-flowered plants. There are also many more options from the world of Allium that will suit woodland gardens, rock gardens, and the front of the border all with different variations on the theme of a sphere. The smaller-blooming Allium are best planted in clumps of 5 or more bulbs to create a good display. The larger-blooming cultivars are also outstanding planted in 3s, 5s or 7s in the garden but they can also be planted as singles scattered throughout the border. You can carve out a space for your Allium in the border or, frequently, you can insert their bulbs between existing perennials, especially summer-blooming perennials, where they can rise up and bloom in spring and early summer and then bow out to summer bloomers for the rest of the season. Allium of all sizes are also great planted under groundcovers where they can rise up in spring and early summer and then be protected from your digging when they are dormant.

Ornamental onions can be grown by the majority of Canadians from coast to coast. They are mostly considered hardy to zone 4 (with some officially hardy to zone 3) though gardeners in zone 3 and even zone 2 have successfully overwintered Allium with mulching and good snow cover in protected microclimates. They are also disease resistant, bug resistant, and deer resistant!

This fall I hope you will choose to plant ornamental onions in your garden. They are easy to grow, provide a unique and long-lasting effect, and will elevate your garden design to the next level.

We are excited to offer 34 different rare and unusual ornamental onions this fall through our Rare Bulb Pre-Order. Many of these species and cultivars are hardly, if ever, available in Canada and we are pleased to make them available to Canadian gardeners for mail order or pick-up in late September to mid October. Have a look!:

Allium 'Ambassador' - Ornamental Onion Allium 'Beau Regard' - Ornamental Onion
Allium 'Cameleon' - Ornamental Onion Allium 'Gladiator' - Ornamental Onion
Allium 'Lucy Ball' - Ornamental Onion Allium 'Mercurius' - Ornamental Onion
Allium 'Metallic Shine' - Ornamental Onion Allium 'Miami' - Ornamental Onion
Allium 'Mont Blanc' - Ornamental Onion Allium 'Ostara' - Ornamental Onion
Allium 'Pinball Wizard' - Ornamental Onion Allium 'Round and Purple' - Ornamental Onion
Allium 'Spider' - Ornamental Onion Allium 'White Cloud' - Ornamental Onion
Allium altissimum 'Goliath' - Ornamental Onion Allium amethystinum 'Red Mohican' - Ornamental Onion
Allium beesianum - Ornamental Onion Allium carinatum ssp. pulchellum - Ornamental Onion
Allium carinatum ssp. pulchellum 'Album' - Ornamental Onion Allium cernuum 'White Master' - Ornamental Onion
Allium cristophii - Ornamental Onion Allium cyaneum - Ornamental Onion
Allium flavum - Ornamental Onion Allium hirtifolium var. album - Ornamental Onion
Allium jesdianum 'Purple King' - Ornamental Onion Allium karataviense - Ornamental Onion
Allium karataviense 'Ivory Queen' - Ornamental Onion Allium nevskianum - Ornamental Onion
Allium nigrum - Ornamental Onion Allium obliquum - Ornamental Onion
Allium schoenoprasum f. albiflorum - Ornamental Onion Allium schubertii - Ornamental Onion
Allium scorodoprasum - Ornamental Onion Allium stipitatum 'White Giant' - Ornamental Onion

Place your order now! Details are below.

 


2.

Foxtail Lilies: The Rockets of the Bulb World


Foxtail lilies, desert candles or Eremurus are the magnificent rockets of the bulb world. Depending on the species or cultivar they can grow from three to 10 feet tall with vertical spires of tiny lily-like flowers in shades of white, pale pink, copper orange, orange, and yellow.

Eremurus rise from mounds of strap-like bluish foliage that resembles a yucca. This foliage rises dramatically out of the ground in spring like an alien claw erupting from the soil with leaves then spreading into a sphere of structural foliage. In May and June the flower spikes begin to rise out of the centre of the plant to put on their incredible display. At this time the leaves will begin to die back with the tips starting to turn yellow. You can trim them so they don't detract from the display of the flowers or you can plant strategically with a 1-2 foot tall mounding perennial in front of them to block the view of the foliage.

All of this bold botanical display comes from equally intriguing roots. Underground the Eremurus consists of a vertical central crown which is the growing point for the leaves and flower stem which is surrounded by horizontally spreading, octopus-like roots that can be thick like long carrots.

You can successfully grow foxtail lilies (officially) down to zone 5 but I have seen them growing in zone 4. There are two important tricks to growing foxtail lilies. These are plants of mountain slopes and dry habitats that are native from Turkey through the "Stans" into China so they can be prone to rot in overly moist soils, especially when dormant. You should plant them in full sun, in well-drained soils especially raised beds and, if you have particularly rich soils, add additional grit, gravel, or coarse sand to the planting hole. You can even lay down a 1-2 inch deep layer of these coarse materials and lay the rhizome on top of it. Then cover the Eremurus with a mixture of garden soil and coarse materials.

The other thing to consider is that Eremurus need their space. Don't plant large rambunctious perennials around them that will cover over and shade out their foliage. Instead, plant low groundcovers or short late-emerging perennials around them allowing them to bask in the full sun that they need without competition.

This fall at Phoenix we are pleased to offer five different species and cultivars of Eremurus including some uncommonly seen cultivars: 'Oase', 'Romance', and the 10 foot tall 'Yellow Giant'. We hope you'll be inspired to try some of these botanical rockets in your garden.

Here are this year's offerings:

Eremurus robustus Eremurus 'Pinocchio'
Eremurus 'Oase' Eremurus 'Romance'
Eremurus 'Yellow Giant'

These foxtail lilies are available now for pre-ordering for pick-up or shipping in late Sept/early October. Details are below.

 


3.

Pre-Order
Rare Spring Bulbs
Choose from over 200 Different Rare Bulbs to Make Your Garden Extraordinary

Bulbs represent an extraordinary opportunity to layer in extra colour, dynamism, and drama into your perennial borders and containers. They come in a diverse range of colours, shapes, and sizes and there is a bulb for nearly every garden situation. Bulbs are also very easy to care for. Just dig a hole and drop them in. You're done! Now prepare for years of beauty and colour.

We are very excited to offer over 200 different rare bulbs this fall up from 135 last year. There are many new treasures to be discovered!

Visit the Rare Bulb Pre-Order on our Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Site to see our full selection of over 200 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. Please order early to secure your favourites.

Our selection of rare bulbs will ship or be ready for pick-up in early October, depending on when they arrive from Europe. Some bulbs may arrive later in a second shipment. For local customers, we will email you when it's time to pick up.

For mail order customers we will also email you in advance of shipping. We recommend you place separate orders for plants, bulbs, and Cyps as each is ready at different times and we wish to ship when these products are at their freshest. If you place multiple separate orders, put a note to us when you check out about these orders and we will see if we can ship your items together though the default will be to ship separately. If you combine plants, bulbs, and Cypripedium in the same order we will assume you want everything shipped together and will wait until your order is complete, unless there are reasons why we might want to ship ASAP.

Changes from last year:

  • We have made changes that should ensure we receive 90% of our bulbs this year so the majority of your order should be complete. These bulbs are rare for many reasons but mostly because they are slower to bulk up than bulbs that are more commonly available. For this reason, supplies at harvest time can be less than expected and we are usually shorted on some varieties. Please be understanding if we contact you in the fall that some of the bulbs you ordered are not available.
  • We will no longer be processing payment in advance. Payment will be processed just before pick-up or shipping.
  • We have made adjustments to our shipping calculations and packing methods that should decrease shipping costs this year on bulbs.

Ordering: Visit the Rare Bulb Pre-Order on our Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Site 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. The minimum order value to place a pre-order for mail order or pick-up is $40. Extra bulbs will be available for sale at Phoenix once pre-orders have been filled. Have fun!

 


4.

Pre-Order
Cypripedium Lady's Slipper Orchids
42 Different Hardy Orchids for Canadian Gardens

We are excited to offer our largest selection ever of hardy lady's slipper orchids for Canadian gardens. These majority of our offerings are Cypripedium hybrids which possess hybrid vigour -- they have inherited the best traits of both parents -- and are much easier to grow than species orchids, have beautiful flowers in amazing colours, and clump up very quickly into amazing displays in the part shade garden. They come into bloom from late April through June offering an exquisite show in the garden.

This year we have added a selection of some of the best and most interesting Cypripedium species. Once you've gotten some practice growing the hybrids these plants are a wonderful way to continue your love affair with lady's slipper orchids. They should be relatively easy to grow provided good conditions.

Most of our hybrid Cypripedium 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. Indeed, we have customers in Alberta and Saskatchewan who are growing these Cypripedium outdoors with great success.

We are currently offering 42 different lady's slipper orchids for shipping to our mail order customers and for pick-up at Phoenix by our local customers in mid October 2017. All are top quality, blooming size, many with multiple eyes, and should flower in the spring.

We will be providing the Cypripedium to you bare root. Fall is the best time to receive, plant and establish lady's slipper orchids. All you need to do is plant them directly into a well-drained location in part shade or morning sun. A winter mulch of fallen leaves or conifer boughs or needles can be helpful in the first winter. 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 so please take advantage.

For our local customers, though we do offer Cyps in growth in spring on site at Phoenix, 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.

Ordering: 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. We recommend you place separate orders for plants, bulbs, and Cyps as each is ready at different times and we wish to ship when these products are at their freshest. If you place multiple separate orders, put a note to us when you check out about these orders and we will see if we can ship your items together though the default will be to ship separately. If you combine plants, bulbs, and Cypripedium in the same order we will assume you want everything shipped together and will wait until your order is complete, unless there are reasons why we might want to ship ASAP. Have fun!

For local and mail order customers we will email you when it is time to pick up or in advance of shipping.

 


5.

Workshops and Seminars 2017

Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful.

Welcome to our 2017 workshops and one of the most exciting line-ups we've ever offered! We will be offering one of the largest workshop schedules in our region with 39 different workshops and seminars including our FREE Gardening 101 Series designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners plus lots of exciting hands on projects. Join us to fill in your knowledge and create beautiful things.

 

Online Registration: We use online registration so you can book workshops 24 hours a day seven days a week. Registration is through two of the most trusted names on the internet: Constant Contact and Paypal. Both use secure servers so you can feel safe paying online. You do not need a PayPal account to pay. They will simply process your Visa or MC on our behalf. If you wish to register by other methods please call the nursery at 604-270-4133 or visit us in person.
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Our workshops are grouped thematically into series to keep them organized and help you make your selections.

GARDENING 101 SERIES - Our FREE series is designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners with a wide range of topics to develop your gardening knowledge and build your confidence in the garden.
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES- This series focuses on all the amazing things you can grow in and eat from your garden.
CONTAINER SERIES
- We've got the hottest container ideas for you with workshops that will help you achieve cool installations to grace your patio and garden.

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions
Instructor Biographies
Booking Workshops

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions

Fall and Winter Workshops

September

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Best Plants for Fall & Winter | Kate | Sun Sept 10, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for fall and winter? Kate will introduce you to a selection of top plant performers for West Coast gardens that provide great seasonal interest. She will also provide seasonal maintenance tips. This course could be the most important step you take to transform your garden from ordinary to extraordinary! For a full year of top plants sign up for our other Spring and Summer sessions.

   

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

   

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

 

   

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

 

 

October

CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets of Fabulous Pots Then Make Your Own | Kate | Sun Oct 1, 10am-12pm | $14 | This is a fun hands-on workshop for gardeners of all levels who are interested in learning how to successfully create gorgeous perennial containers that will provide months of winter interest and an antidote against the dark, cold days of the year. You'll get to plant up and take home your own fabulous container.

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

 

December

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

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

   

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

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

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

   

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

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

   

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

   

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

 

 

Online Registration: We use online registration so you can book workshops 24 hours a day seven days a week. Registration is through two of the most trusted names on the internet: Constant Contact and Paypal. Both use secure servers so you can feel safe paying online. You do not need a PayPal account to pay. They will simply process your Visa or MC on our behalf. If you wish to register by other methods please call the nursery at 604-270-4133 or visit us in person.
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Instructor Biographies

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Booking Workshops

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


6.

From the Alerts

Check out some of the recent subject-based Alerts we've sent out. Are you getting them? Some we include here in the E-Newsletter and others only Alert subscribers receive.

NEW! We've created three new Alerts for bulb lovers, small space gardeners and rare plant enthusiasts.

The Bulb Alert - Are you a lover of geophytes? Through each season and especially each fall we offer a crazy cool selection of rare and unusual bulbs. Be the first to know about everything related to bulbs, rhizomes, and corms by subscribing to this occasional Alert.

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

The Rare Plant Alert - Are you a sophisticated gardener? Always looking for the rare and unusual? You'll be the first (and perhaps only) one to know about rare plants (often available only in small quantities) so you can get them first!

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

 


7.

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

There are so many cool plants now I can barely scratch the surface in the space I have here. It's time to come to the nursery to see it all for yourself!

Sempervivum Chick Charms 'Gold Nugget' - Hen and Chicks - 'Gold Nugget' is the most stunning hen and chicks. It forms dramatic rosettes that are brilliant gold with red picotee edges from January to May turning to a bright Granny Smith apple green in summer then intense red in fall and then back to gold. The dangerously collectible Chick Charms series offers the boldest coloured and best-growing Sempervivum available. Agapanthus 'Twister' - Lily-of-the-Nile - Agapanthus 'Twister' is a striking bicoloured lily-of-the-Nile with flowers that are rich blue in the throat grading to white on the petal edges. The flowers are held in a large umbel up to eight inches across on compact plants with lots of flower power. Great in containers (where many gardeners find Agapanthus easier to bloom) or in the ground in a nice hot spot.
Echeveria 'Dick's Pink' - Mexican Hen and Chicks - 'Dick's Pink' forms a solitary rosette of large, rippled, bluish to purple-grey leaves that have attractively contrasting red to pink, frilled leaf margins. The leaf colour changes through the season and is more purple in winter and more blue when in active growth in spring and summer. Stout flower stalks rise above the foliage bearing large light red flowers. Colocasia 'Gigantea'/Thailand Giant Strain - Taro - 'Gigantea' is a cultivar with HUGE, dramatic, arrow-shaped, green 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. A houseplant in winter for most but foliage can be chopped down to return in spring.
Agastache cana Sonoran Sunset - Hummingbird Mint - A compact cultivar of Agastache cana, Sonoran Sunset forms short, full, stocky plants to 16 inches tall and wide boasting masses of raspberry purple flowers over a long period from mid June through September. Not only does the foliage smell of mint but the flowers smell like chewing gum. Also called mosquito plant in its native range where rubbing the leaves on the skin reportedly repels mosquitoes. Grow this hummingbird mint in hot, dry sunny spots with thin, rocky soils. Perfect for rock gardens, along driveways and sidewalks, and in other marginal spots where you never get around to spreading compost. Agastache 'Bolero' - Hummingbird Mint - Agastache 'Bolero' flushes in spring with beautiful purple-red, fragrant foliage that slowly turns to green but not before the warm rose-purple flowers with purple sepals form and attract every hummingbird from miles around. This beauty will give you great foliage interest and long-lasting flowers.
Agastache 'Golden Jubilee' - Hummingbird Mint - As if an Agastache needed more going for it in addition to the long summer bloom period, the beautiful spires of blue-purple flowers, the licorice-mint scent of the foliage, and the bounty of pollen and nectar it provides to bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds but here we are with 'Golden Jubilee' which also has big, lush, gorgeous golden foliage. You can't beat this hyssop for a dramatic display in the summer garden. 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.
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Arp' - Rosemary - Rosmarinus ‘Arp’ has a strong, upright habit with fragrant, grey-green to bluish green foliage. It is best known for having especially excellent winter hardiness in comparison to other cultivars of rosemary. The best flavour and plant longevity will be in hot dry spots with poor soil. Fuchsia 'Gartenmeister Bonstedt' - Fuchsia - Fuchsia 'Gartenmeister Bonstedt' is a vigorous, upright shrub with clusters of deep coral-red tubular flowers that hummingbirds will love set against lush, burgundy-infused foliage. It isn't hardy, even in coastal BC but you shouldn't care. Just like purple fountain grass, you're worth it and deserve to get one each year. Amazing in containers for the foliage and floral show.
Geranium 'Azure Rush' - Cranesbill - 'Azure Rush' is a sport of 'Rozanne', the Perennial Plant of the Year in 2008. It has lighter blue flowers and a tighter, more compact habit. Like 'Rozanne' it blooms for months from June until fall! Use it in the garden, in containers or hanging baskets. Lavandula angustifolia 'Mini Blue' - Lavender - 'Mini Blue' forms showy, compact lavender plants with strong stems and lots of purple-blue flower spikes. Attractive, fragrant, mid-green foliage. Easier to keep as a nice mound of foliage and flowers than the larger-growing cultivars.
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Miss Saori' - Hydrangea - 'Miss Saori' is a superlative new hydrangea that won the coveted Plant of the Year Award at the 2014 Chelsea Garden Show. She produces exquisite mopheads of double florets in white with perfect, glowing, rose-pink picotee edges on old and new wood from June until frost on 3x3 foot mounds perfect for gardens and containers. Foliage emerges burgundy-red in spring, turns to green, then back to burgundy-red in summer and fall. We are proud to likely have been the first nursery in North America to offer this plant in 2015. Geranium 'Blue Sunrise' - Cranesbill - Geranium 'Blue Sunrise' has silver blue to lavender-blue flowers that bloom from spring until frost! As if that weren’t enough the young foliage is orange and then yellow before turning to light green providing a great display before the flowers get started. Avoid hot afternoon sun which can burn the leaves.
Ficus 'Petite Negra' - Fig - 'Petite Nigra' is a super dwarf fig tree that happily produces in small containers. The leaves have a unique growth habit. The fruit appears early, it is dark purple, and is medium in size. This is the perfect fig to grow outdoors in warmer zones or to use as a winter houseplant and summer outdoor patio plant in colder zones. Let's grow figs right across Canada! Rudbeckia maxima - Great Coneflower - If you love big perennials with dramatic foliage, we'd like to make sure you know Rudbeckia maxima! Known as great coneflower or cabbage leaf coneflower, this species from eastern Texas and adjacent states has huge 18 inch long blue-green leaves topped in mid to late summer by yellow-petaled, black-coned flowers on stems up to seven feet tall. Loves moisture and heat but is also drought tolerant.

Heucherella 'Plum Cascade' - Foamy Bells - Heucherella 'Plum Cascade' is an elegant trailing foamy bells with attractive, deeply cut, plum-purple foliage with a silver veil. Delicate, light-pink flowers are held just above the foliage from late spring through early fall. Ideal in hanging baskets or as a ground cover.

Heucher Northern Exposure Amber - Coral Bells - Heuchera Northern Exposure Amber has ruffled, amber-yellow to amber-orange foliage that looks better and better as the season progresses. It forms a dense, medium sized plant with great rust resistance and longevity. The Northern Exposure series is bred with Heuchera richardsonii which grows in zone 3 and beyond even up into the Northwest Territories. This series may do better in colder regions of Canada.

Punica granatum 'Salavatski' - Hardy Pomegranate - Punica 'Salavatski' is the hardiest pomegranate cultivar. This is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub that grows up to 10 feet but is easy to keep smaller by pruning. It blooms with trumpet-shaped, orange-red flowers and produces orange-sized, globose, yellow to orange-red fruits.

Salvia pachyphylla - Mojave Sage - Salvia pachyphylla is a large-growing shrubby sage reaching three feet tall and nearly as wide with silver foliage that is evergreen with a pungent fragrance. The mounds are topped with broad, two-toned spikes consisting of lavender-purple flowers emerging from warm purple bracts all summer long. Prune in the fall after flowering. Plant in full sun, in dry, thin soils. Good winter drainage is essential.

Salvia Vermilion Bluffs - Red Mountain Sage - Salvia darcyi Vermillion Bluffs is an extra hardy version of the species that makes a huge four feet tall by 3 feet wide clump of light green leaves topped in summer by spikes of bright orange-red flowers. A hummingbird magnet. Echinacea Kismet Intense Orange - Coneflower - Echinacea Kismet Intense Orange is a compact, upright coneflower producing a bounty of orange blooms that age through all the tones from atomic orange, to pumpkin, to light orange. It blooms over an extended period of time from early summer to frost. Plant in full sun in average (not overly rich), well-drained soils. Avoid soils that are overly moist in winter.
Echinacea Cara Mia Rose - Coneflower - Echinacea Cara Mia Rose is a compact coneflower to just 16 inches high with an exceptional crown count making it a blooming machine. It is an early bloomer putting forth double flowers in a rich raspberry red to raspberry pink from early summer until frost. Plant in full sun in average (not overly rich), well-drained soils. Avoid soils that are overly moist in winter. Echinacea Kismet Raspberry - Coneflower - Echinacea Kismet Raspberry is a compact, upright coneflower that amazes with its long bloom time and sheer number of flowers from early summer until frost. The flowers are large, emerging glowing raspberry-pink and slowly lightening with age creating great multi-toned displays. Plant in full sun in average (not overly rich), well-drained soils. Avoid soils that are overly moist in winter.
Echinacea Butterfly 'Postman' - Coneflower - 'Postman' is a fiery true red Echinacea from the Butterfly Series with strong sturdy stems and beautiful glowing flowers with overlapping petals. Flowers will emerge red-orange, deepen to orange-red, and then deepen further to true hot red. All members of this series are named after species of butterfly. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering. Elsewhere they love to be frozen solid all winter long. Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit' - Coneflower - Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit' is a seed strain offering coneflowers with vivid shades of orange, red, rosy-red, yellow, purple or cream surrounding large brown cones. They will look fantastic planted in groups where the different colours can play off one another. Plants are well-branched, strong and bushy. Plant in full sun in average (not overly rich), well-drained soils. Avoid soils that are overly moist in winter.
Echinacea 'Green Jewel' - 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. Echinacea 'Supreme Cantaloupe' - 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.
Anemone Wild Swan - Hybrid Anemone - A spectacular yet elegant hybrid, Anemone Wild Swan has nodding purple buds opening to large white flowers with light purple reverses. Flowers over an extended period from late spring into fall. Deep green mounds of foliage. A hybrid bred in Scotland and trialled for 10 years before release involving A. rupicola and up to 4-5 other parents! Winner of the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year Award. Does not spread. Helianthus salicifolius 'First Light' - Willowleaf Sunflower - Tall stems with narrow, fuzzy, linear leaves create an amazing textural effect in the middle or back of the border. The rising stems look like elongated fireworks shooting into the sky. In summer the plants are topped with an explosion of golden yellow daisy flowers. This is cultivar is more floriferous and shorter in height making it more manageable than this species from the south central US. Deer resistant.

 


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