Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: August 2018

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

August 2018

Celebrating our 15th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

We hope you're having a great summer filled with fun, family, friends, and frolic. And a beautiful garden or patio too!

Phoenix Perennials continues its big summer bloom with colour everywhere. If you don't have enough colour in your own summer garden we have a solution for you to beat the summer doldrums: our 20% Off Summer Colour Sale! From August 9-19th everything in bloom is on sale!

You can still be planting these new purchases, just make sure you water them. Our regular summer article on this very subject is below.

Or, if you have the desire to shop for new beautiful things but not to get sun stroke you can peruse our amazing Rare Bulb and Cypripedium selections and place orders for fall pick-up.

Our bulb selection is bigger than ever before with 265 incredible bulbs, rhizomes and corms to add an extra dimension to your garden. Below you can learn about our new selection of rare snowdrops and our expanded selection of botanical and historical tulips.

Our Fab at Phoenix installment is also bursting at the seems. Again, it's just the tip of the iceberg. You really have to come in for a visit.

See you soon at Phoenix!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

265 Rare Bulbs for Fall Planting & Spring Beauty!



More Info & Pre-Order

 

SUMMER
CO
LOUR
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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. From the Alerts: Rare Bulb Highlights - Crocus and Fritillaria -- Dive in to some of the most exciting groups of bulbs we're offering now for ordering for fall pick-up or shipping.
2. Rare Bulb Pre-Order -- Choose from among 265 different rare bulbs, rhizomes, and corms, most of which are available nowhere else in Canada for September shipping or pick-up!
3. Cypripedium Hardy Lady's Slipper Orchid Pre-Order -- Choose from amongst 40 gorgeous lady's slipper orchids for October shipping or pick-up!
4. You Can Plant Perennials All Summer! -- With just a few careful strategies you can keep planting through July and August with great success.
5. Workshops and Seminars 2018 -- 39 different workshops for gardeners of all levels. Join us for fun and information to help you get confident and be successful in your garden or on your patio.
6. Phoenix Perennials Mail Order 2018 -- Summer and Fall at Phoenix Perennials Mail Order includes tons of summer colour plus Rare Bulbs and Cypripedium Hardy Lady's Slipper Orchids!
7. Fab at Phoenix -- Gary's picks of what's new and exciting 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
  Check out our Workshop Schedule for upcoming workshops and seminars.

 

SUMMER COLOUR
SALE!

20% Off
All Blooming Plants
Aug 9-19, 2018

It's summer and you need your yard to look great for barbecues, parties and for just chilling out on the patio. We've got lots of summer colour for you to keep your garden looking spectacular. If it is in bloom then it is on sale.

Offer runs August 9th-19th, 2018. Not valid for mail order purchases. Cannot be combined with other offers.


 

Changes to Discounts at Phoenix Perennials

After much consideration we have made the difficult decision to discontinue the 10% garden club discounts at Phoenix Perennials which includes discounts for garden club members and those who hold memberships to botanical gardens such as VanDusen, UBC Botanical Garden, and Dart's Hill. This change will take effect on September 1st, 2018.

The business landscape for retail nurseries is much different now than it was in the 80s and 90s when the concept of garden club discounts took hold. The cost of doing business - especially staff wages, property leases and taxes, shipping costs, and the cost of supplies - have all increased greatly over this time period while the traditional customer base has also changed dramatically. Additionally, at Phoenix we dedicate considerable resources to searching the world for new plants for you and this also has its additional costs.

Many other nurseries have closed down owing to these various cost and market pressures and others have already discontinued garden club discounts to help remain viable. At Phoenix Perennials we held on to these discounts for a long time but we want to be here for you for the long term so after careful consideration we have come to this decision. We hope you understand.

We will continue with our Frequent Flyer Program which gets you a free plant for every 10 purchased. Full details in store. Please ask for a card after September 1st. Until then you can still shop and receive the discount.

 

Botanical Tour
Wildflowers of
Southwestern Australia
September 2019
With your guide Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis
An alumni UBC tour open to everyone!

View Recorded Webinar
On March 15, 2018 I gave a 35 minute webinar on the tour and the flora of Western Australia. You can view the recording here:

View Webinar

View the Itinerary and Tour Details
Wildflowers of Southwestern Australia Tour Info


 

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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!

 


1.

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 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.

 

Start Shopping for Rare Bulbs!

 


2.

Pre-Order
Rare Spring Bulbs
Choose from 265 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 265 different rare and unusual bulbs, rhizomes and corms this fall up from 200 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. 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 as many bulbs sold out in advance last year.

Our selection of rare bulbs will ship or be ready for pick-up in mid to late September, depending on when they arrive from Europe.

Local Customers: Choose "pick up" when you check out. We will send you an email when it's time to come in. Please place separate orders for bulbs and Cypripedium as this makes administering your orders easier. Please don't place orders for plants. They should all be ready now. You can always call or email first to enquire before you come in.

Mail Order Customers: Please do not place orders mixing plants, bulbs or Cypripedium, unless you're placing an order for mixed plants and bulbs after Sept 15 or mixed plants, bulbs, and/or Cypripedium after October 1st. Otherwise, each of these categories will ship separately to arrive to you as fresh as possible for immediate planting and best establishment before winter. In summer and fall, plants are already grown and can't be held for more than a short period. They must ship when orders are placed. Bulbs ship in mid to late September. Cypripedium ship in mid October. If you place an order mixing these categories, we will need to arrange multiple shipments and recalculate your shipping costs.

A Note on Shipping Costs: Unlike other mail order nurseries that ship fairly uniform products such as just bulbs or just bulbs and bareroot bagged perennials, we ship a very large range of products in a very large range of sizes. This makes it difficult to tweak our shopping cart system to give proper shipping cost estimates for all types of orders. We have left our system configured to estimate shipments containing plants which is the most costly type of item to ship and the most important for us to get right. However, this means that our system will sometimes over estimate the cost of shipping bulbs and Cypripedium. We will be re-evaluating all shipping costs for bulbs after shipping and adjust your shipping costs downwards should there be a discrepancy. Our goal is only to cover our costs in shipping, not to make money. Thanks for your understanding.

Ordering: Visit the Rare Bulb Pre-Order on our Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Site to start shopping! The minimum order value to place a pre-order for mail order or pick-up is $40. Have fun!

 


3.

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

We are excited to offer a diverse selection of hardy lady's slipper orchids for Canadian gardens. The 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. In fact, in optimum conditions they should double in size every year! 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. Keep in mind though that species orchids are more exacting in their requirements and that you should do research on how to care for them.

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 as we are still learning about the hardiness of the different hybrids. Indeed, we have customers in Alberta and Saskatchewan who are growing these Cypripedium outdoors with great success.

We are currently offering 40 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. Here they are:

Ordering: Visit the Cypripedium Pre-Order to peruse and make your selections. All of our Cypripedium are top quality, blooming-size plants often with multiple eyes sourced from the best growers in Europe and provided to you bare root. October is the best time to buy and plant Cypripedium directly into the ground and the only time we will ship them. The largest rhizomes are selected to fill fall mail orders and pick-up orders. The remaining unsold rhizomes are potted up for spring sales on site at Phoenix.

Local Customers: Choose "pick up" when you check out. We will send you an email when it's time to come in. Please place separate orders for bulbs and Cypripedium as this makes administering your orders easier. Please don't place orders for plants. They should all be ready now. You can always call or email first to enquire before you come in. 
Mail Order Customers: Please do not place orders mixing plants, bulbs or Cypripedium, unless you're placing an order for mixed plants and bulbs after Sept 15 or mixed plants, bulbs, and/or Cypripedium after October 1st. Otherwise, each of these categories will ship separately to arrive to you as fresh as possible for immediate planting and best establishment before winter. In summer and fall, plants are already grown and can't be held for more than a short period. They must ship when orders are placed. Bulbs ship in mid to late September. Cypripedium ship in mid October. If you place an order mixing these categories, we will need to arrange multiple shipments and recalculate your shipping costs.

 


4.

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 comes out of its pot and 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 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. This step should be done with all trees and shrubs in their first year of planting even if you plant in early spring - woody plants are slower to develop good root systems than perennials.
  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 both encourage fast root growth.

Voilà! You can plant a one new plant or a whole new garden bed 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.

 


5.

Workshops and Seminars 2018

Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful.

Welcome to our 2018 workshops and one of the most exciting line-ups we've ever offered! We are proud to provide one of the largest workshop programs in our region with 39 different workshops and seminars including our FREE Gardening 101 Series designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners plus lots of exciting hands on projects. Join us to fill in your knowledge and create beautiful things.

SPECIAL 10% OFF EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT
UNTIL FRIDAY APRIL 6th, 2018!
Use the Promo Code: LEARN2018.
Available for online registrations only.

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

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

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

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions
Instructor Biographies
Booking Workshops

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions

 

Fall and Winter Workshops

September

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Best Plants for Fall & Winter | Linda | Sun Sept 9, 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 the Spring and Summer Best Plants sessions.

   
CONTAINER SERIES | Terrariums to Bring the Outdoors In | Kate | Sun Sept 16, 11am-1pm | $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 choose. We'll have lots of containers and plants on hand to choose from.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Best Plants for Fall Colour | Jo | Sun Sept 23, 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!
   

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Discover the World of Bulbs | Jo | Sun Sept 30, 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.

   

CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets of Fabulous Pots Then Make Your Own | Kate | Sun Sept 30, 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 Advanced Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Fri Nov 30, 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 bird's 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 Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 1, 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! | Succulent Christmas Centerpieces | Kate | Sat Dec 1, 1-3pm | $60 (Includes everything.) | In this workshop we'll bring together succulents and seasonal greenery to create a modern take on the Christmas centrepiece. You can choose to make a centrepiece for an outdoor table with hardy succulents or one for indoors with non-hardy succulents.

Registration includes all materials and greenery plus succulents. 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 2, 10am-12pm | $60 (Includes everything.) | 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. Last year's participants made some really impressive creations!

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Containers to Die For | Kate | Sun Dec 2, 1-3pm | $20 | Impress 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.

 

 


6.

Phoenix Perennials Mail Order
Summer and Fall 2018

Our site is now updated with our Rare Bulb and Cypripedium offerings for fall shipping! We are very excited at this year's selection. Take a look!

Rare Bulbs Cypripedium

GET SHOPPING!
Are you local? If you're a local customer, we don't accept orders for plants for pick-up but feel free to peruse our mail order site and email or call to see if we have the plants currently available. Almost everything should be ready now!

Have fun!
Please tell everyone you know across Canada about
Phoenix Perennials Mail Order!
We need your help to get the word out.

 


7.

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

Everything seems to be blooming right now. There are are hundreds of items I could highlight here. You'll just have to come in to see them all!

Oenothera macrocarpa ssp. incana 'Silver Blade' - Evening Primrose - Oenothera macrocarpa ssp. incana 'Silver Blade' is a stunning evening primrose with huge, lemon yellow flowers four inches across on red stems from spring until fall, either constantly or in waves. Deadhead to encourage more flowers. Foliage is lance-shaped, rippled, silver-blue to blue-green contrasting beautifully with the flowers. It will form a lush yet drought tolerant groundcovering mat perfect for lean, gritty soils in rock gardens, gravel gardens, along driveways, on banks, trailing over walls or in other xeriscapes or in containers. Easy to grow. Shear down in fall or early spring. Zauschneria garretti Orange Carpet - California Fuchsia - Zauschneria garrettii 'Orange Carpet' is a short, vigorous groundcover with small pubescent leaves and terminal clusters of tubular, orange-scarlet flowers that bloom in mid to late summer. A hummingbird favourite. Make sure to provide well-drained soil. Tolerant of drought and hot sun.
Osteospermum barberiae var. compactum 'Purple Mountain' - Sun Daisy - Osteospermum barberiae var. compactum 'Purple Mountain' is a super hardy African Daisy that will bloom constantly or in waves from spring to summer and intermittently until frost with deadheading with warm lavender purple daisies with yellow centres on a mat or mound of lush, green foliage. Drought tolerant once established. A dazzling wild flower from the summits of the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa. Grow in lean soils that are not over-irrigated. 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.
Allium tanguticum 'Summer Beauty' - Ornamental Onion - Allium tanguticum 'Summer Beauty' is one of the non-bulbous ornamental onions that blooms in mid to late summer, in this case with numerous spheres of lavender-pink flowers popular with bees and butterflies atop strap-like, bright green foliage. 'Summer Beauty' blooms over an extended period due to having sterile flowers. Ornamental onions are also valuable for repelling insect pests from the garden. Plant them beside plants that bugs find delectable and let them be a botanical bodyguard. Average to dry soils. Acanthus 'Whitewater' - Bear's Breeches - 'Whitewater' is a vigorous, variegated Acanthus with 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!
Haworthia limifolia - Fairy Washboard - Haworthia limifolia is an attractive textural succulent forming grey-green rosettes about four inches across of triangular, lance-shaped leaves that are broad at the base and extend into a sharp point. The leaves have raised cross ridges in lighter green that look like a washboard. White flowers. Haworthia are easy to grow and cold tolerant. Haworthia venosa subsp. tessalata - Fairy Washboard - Haworthia venosa subsp. tessalata is a beautiful succulent with long, triangular leaves coming to sharp points whose surface is grey-green with a distinctive, white, squared netting. In full sun or with drought stress plants can become an attractive brown with white netting. Haworthia are easy to grow and quite cold tolerant.

Anigozanthos 'Bush Tango' - Kangaroo Paw - Kangaroo paws have some of the most distinctive flowers in the botanical world with clusters of fuzzy tubular flowers that look like a kangaroo's paw and that bloom for months! Anigozanthos 'Bush Tango' has flowers in shades of orange, apricot and red on stems up to three feet tall above iris-like mid-green foliage. Tolerant of some freezing but safest to bring plants inside to a greenhouse or as a houseplant in winter.

Salvia 'Hot Lips' - Baby Sage - Very cool and an all time Phoenix Perennials bestseller. Salvia 'Hot Lips' is a fast-growing wild selection of a Mexican sage which is adorned with stunning bicolour flowers -- white flowers with red lips -- from May until frost. But the expression of colour is temperature sensitive. In spring the flowers are usually all red, later bicoloured/hot lipped and in the heat of the summer all white, then returning to bicoloured and then red again in the fall. Will produce thousands of flowers in a season. Well-drained soil in full sun. Hard prune each spring. Even worth it as an annual in colder climates.
Lavandula 'The Princess' - French Lavender - This lovely French lavender (Lavandula pedunculata) is called 'The Princess'. It has lovely grey-green foliage but its best quality is the flowers which are produced in masses over a long period from late spring through summer. The stacked purple-pink flowers are topped with flaring, vivid, electric pink "wings" veined with darker pink. It's quite the show for border or container. Shear lightly after flowering and in early spring. Grow in thin soils in hot spots. Canna Cannova 'Bronze Scarlet' - Canna Lily - Canna Cannova 'Bronze Scarlet' has luscious black foliage on stems to about four feet tall topped with bright red flowers in summer. The Cannova Series are vigorous, early-blooming, seed-grown, F1 hybrids. Since the all too common Canna virus cannot be transferred through seeds, these plants are virus-free. They are also bred to require less heat and grow well in cool summer and northern climates. Hardy in coastal BC if protected from winter wet or grow in a pot and keep above freezing elsewhere. Provide rich soils, good fertilizer, and lots of water in full sun.
Olea europaea 'Leccino' - Olive - Olea 'Leccino' together with 'Frantoio' are the principal raw material for Italian olive oils from Tuscany. But due to 'Leccino's highly valued sweet flavour it has become increasingly popular to grow in other countries. It is one of the best cultivars adapted to cold growing conditions and is likely the hardiest of all olives. 'Leccino' requires a pollinator of another different olive. Grow in hot, sunny, sheltered positions. Olea europaea 'Arbequina' - Olive - Olea 'Arbequina' is one of the most popular Spanish olive varieties used for gourmet quality oil and olives. It forms attractive, small trees that are naturally compact. The flowers are self-fertile and the fruit is early-ripening and borne even on young plants. At the nursery it is the most reliable fruiting variety. It makes a good pollinator for 'Leccino'.
Olea europaea 'Chemlali' - Olive - Olea europaea 'Chemlali' ('Chemlali de Sfax') is a little-known olive commonly grown in central and southern Tunisia. It is considered an ornamentally beautiful tree with erect growth and a lovely, spreading canopy and is also valued for its large crops of small, tasty, dark fruit that produces a mild, fruity oil for use on its own or blended. 'Chemlali' is self-fertile, begins to bear fruit early on young plants, and is very cold hardy and drought resistant with moderate salt tolerance. It thrives in hot summers but tolerates cooler coastal regions. The presence of a second different olive cultivar will increase yields. Olea europaea 'Coratina' - Olive - Olea europaea 'Coratina' is an Italian olive from Puglia considered a rustic varietal with moderate vigor and a dense canopy which grows well across a variety of conditions. Plants begin producing even when young and maintain high, constant levels of fruit that can be green, yellow, red, and burgundy all at once. Fruit is late-ripening and can be picked green for brining and eating or left to develop black tips to harvest for bold, fruity and floral oil with a high level of polyphenols making it stable and good for blending. Cold and drought tolerant. Self infertile. Good pollinators include 'Frantoio', 'Leccino', and 'Moraiolo'.

Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' - Japanese Fatsia - Fatsia 'Spider's Web' is a beautiful Aralia relative that grows as a shrub or small tree with variably variegated leaves which change during the seasons. The variegation appears as speckles and pixilations and is strongest on young foliage but also becomes better developed on that young foliage as the plant gets older. Mature specimens are bold and intriguing. The flowers are white, are held in spheres, and appear in late fall as a late season honeybee bonanza. Tolerant of dry shade and dark corners.

Hydrangea '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 be the first nursery in North America to offer this amazing plant in 2015.

Tanacetum coccineum - Painted Daisy - The very cold hardy, old-fashioned painted daisy (Tanacetum coccineum) gets an update with the Radiant Collection with plants that are more compact, blooming to just two feet tall over a longer period, and that stay strongly upright without flopping. Radiant Deep Pink has glowing magenta flowers with bright yellow centres. An excellent, long-lasting cut flower. The lush, green foliage is finely divided and fern-like. Anemone Wild Swan 'Macane001' - 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.
Dahlia 'Rebecca's World' - Dahlia - 'Rebecca's World' is a decorative-type dahlia that is a real phenomenon with flowers that start crimson to burgundy red and fade to white, others that start white and change to burgundy red to crimson, and still others that emerge bicoloured and remain as is - all on the SAME plant. Plus there are highlights of lavender-magenta. You know you have to see this for yourself! Dahlias are hardy to the winter temperatures of coastal BC but not to the winter wet. Grow outside in locations that are dry in winter or lift and store in a cool, dry location indoors like everyone else does.

Dahlia 'Creme de Cassis' - Dahlia - Dahlia 'Creme de Cassis' is a large dinner plate dahlia with impressive lavender-pink flowers with dark wine purple centres and reverses.

We have LOTS of other Dahlia available now.

Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer' - Peruvian Lily - Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer' has flowers in sunset shades of coppery-orange and golden-yellow streaked and freckled with dark burgundy atop luscious burgundy-bronze, linear foliage. A vigorous, tropical-looking plant with flowers that are long lasting when cut and the capacity to produce loads of flowers over a long period from early summer well into fall. It forms a bushy, upright clump. Prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils.

Alstroemeria Inca Lucky - Peruvian Lily - Alstroemeria Inca Lucky has perfect magenta buds that open to clear white flowers with salmon pink throats and green tips. It forms a bushy, upright clump of linear, emerald green tropical looking leaves. The Inca Collection has remarkable vigour and capacity to produce loads of flowers over a long period from early summer well into fall. Flowers are long lasting in vases. Pull the stems instead of cutting them to encourage a quicker reflush.

We have LOTS of other Alstroemeria available now in a variety of colours.

Monarda Sugar Buzz 'Blue Moon' - Beebalm - Monarda Sugar Buzz 'Blue Moon' displays lavender blue flowers held by attractive purple bracts. The Sugar Buzz series offers short, compact plants for the front of the border that are smothered in long-lasting flowers. The flowers' sweet nectar attracts scores of hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees to the garden. The aromatic foliage smells like mint when crushed and can be used to make an herbal tea.

We have LOTS of other Monarda available now in a variety of colours.

Wisteria macrostachya 'Blue Moon' - Kentucky Wisteria - 'Blue Moon' is an extremely fast growing and super hardy Wisteria to zone 3 (Did you notice that prairie gardeners?!) that blooms up to three times a year if grown in full sun. It has beautiful lavender-blue flowers borne on foot-long racemes that are sweetly fragrant. Unlike other wisteria in cultivation, this one hails from North America rather than Asia.
Salvia reptans Autumn Sapphire 'P017S' - Sage - Salvia reptans 'Autumn Sapphire' is a semi-dwarf form of the West Texas grass sage growing to just 2 feet tall. This late season bloomer provides late summer and fall flowers in a rich, glowing, cobalt blue with highlights of lighter blue and white that is a magnet for hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. The long stems are clothed in long, green, linear leaves. Grow in hot, sunny spots in well-drained, somewhat infertile soils. Salvia 'Little Kiss' - Sage - Salvia microphylla 'Little Kiss' is a compact and floriferous form of 'Hot Lips', one of Phoenix Perennials' all time best sellers. You can expect the same bicoloured white and red flowers of 'Hot Lips' but on plants just 18 inches tall and wide forming a mound with flowers from the ground up rather than an upright plant with flowers at the top of the stems. A top hummingbird magnet. Grow in full sun in moderately rich to lean soils but with excellent winter drainage.
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. Cosmos atrosganuineus 'Choca Mocha' - Chocolate Cosmos - Cosmos atrosanguineus is a Mexican species with rich, dark maroon, dahlia-like flowers with the fragrance of chocolate! ¡Que rica! How can you resist? Combine with peanut butter plant (Melianthus major) to turn your garden bed into a Reese’s peanut butter cup. Yum! 'Choca Mocha' is more compact and has a more intense chocolate fragrance than the normal form. This species is classed as zone 7-9 but I would recommend a winter mulch and dry well-drained soil. Extinct in the wild. ¡Que lastima!
Buddleia 'Miss Molly' - Butterfly Bush - Buddleia 'Miss Molly' is the reddest of all butterfly bushes with glowing magenta flowers all summer long without deadheading. Their sweet fragrance will attract humans, butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees. Plants are medium sized growing up to five feet tall and wide and are sterile producing no seed. Grow in a large pot or in the mid or back of the border. Great for smaller gardens. Some drought tolerance. Sauromatum venosum - Voodoo Lily - Sauromatum venosum is a weird, otherworldly looking aroid. In spring the 3' tall, very narrow 1" wide flower stalk begins to unfurl, its inside patterned violet and yellow. A mottled green and black stem and leaves much like its arisaema relatives' follow. Also may be known as Sauromatum guttatum, Arum cornutum, Typhonium venosum. Choose a spot that will stay dry over winter. At the nursery we don't begin to water until after growth emerges.
Hibiscus 'Mocha Moon' - Rose Mallow - Hibiscus 'Mocha Moon' has large flowers up to eight inches across in pure white with a bold, red central eye atop burgundy foliage. Flowers are produced from ground level to the top of the stems rather than just at the top. Provide full sun and good moisture during the growing season. Late to emerge in spring so mark its location in the garden. Thalictrum delavayi 'Hewitt's Double' - Butterfly Bush - Thalictrum 'Hewitt's Double' is one of the best long-blooming meadow rues! Once you see this flower at its peak, you’ll find you can’t manage without it. The open sprays of double lilac/pink small flowers from blue green foliage are enchanting carried well above the greenery. Always in short supply so get on the Wish List for this one.
Spigelia marilandica - Indian Pink - Spigelia marilandica is one of the most striking and beautiful of the eastern North American native perennials. Indian Pink's summer flowers are brilliant red and tubular with canary yellow throats. A favourite of butterflies and hummingbirds, it is at home in the bright woodland or sunny border. We offer smallish starter plants - indian pink are slow to get going but are impressive with time. Echinacea 'Hot Papaya' - Coneflower - 'Hot Papaya' has 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.
Echinacea 'Green Twister' - Coneflower - 'Green Twister' is a strong and vigorous seed strain developed from the classic Echinacea 'Magnus', widely accepted as the best of all purple coneflowers. 'Green Twister' shares these strong genes but produces intriguing lime green petals that turn magenta near the dark red centre cone. It blooms abundantly from July through September on sturdy stems to 40 inches tall. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot sunny spots with thin poor soils to best survive the winter. 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.
Lagerstroemia Barista Collection 'Frappe Pink' - Crape Myrtle - 'Frappe Pink' is a dense, small shrub with dark green foliage and clusters of true pink flowers. Lagerstroemia are classic shrubs and trees of the US southeast. The Barista Collection of crape myrtles are hardy cultivars to zone 6. Where they have been tested in Michigan they die back to the ground in winter and bloom on new wood in late summer. On the west coast they will not die back but they will need to be planted in a hot spot to bring them into flower. Lagerstroemia Barista Collection 'Cherry Mocha' - Crape Myrtle - 'Cherry Mocha' is a dense, small shrub with burgundy stems and semi-glossy burgundy foliage and late season cherry red flowers. Lagerstroemia are classic shrubs and trees of the US southeast. The Barista Collection of crape myrtles are hardy cultivars to zone 6. Where they have been tested in Michigan they die back to the ground in winter and bloom on new wood in late summer. On the west coast they will not die back but they will need to be planted in a hot spot to bring them into flower.
Lagerstroemia Barista Collection 'Like a Latte' - Crape Myrtle - Lagerstoemia Barista 'Like a Latte' is a dense, small shrub with semi-glossy green foliage with burgundy veining and infusion and late season pure white flowers. This selection has a petite habit with branced, woody stems. New foliage emerges coppery red with a gloss finish that matches the stems. Lagerstroemia are classic shrubs and trees of the US southeast. The Barista Collection of crape myrtles are hardy cultivars to zone 6. Where they have been tested in Michigan they die back to the ground in winter and bloom on new wood in late summer. On the west coast they will not die back but they will need to be planted in a hot spot to bring them into flower. Lagerstroemia Barista Collection 'Cool Beans' - Crape Myrtle - Lagerstoemia Barista 'Cool Beans' has dark olive green leaves with rosy red edges. In late summer this small shrub bursts forth with cool salmon pink flowers from rosy red buds on dark rosy red stems which makes a bold foliage and flower contrast. The Barista Collection of crape myrtles are hardy cultivars to zone 6. Where they have been tested in Michigan they die back to the ground in winter and bloom on new wood in late summer. On the west coast they will not die back but they will need to be planted in a hot spot to bring them into flower.

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