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E-Newsletter: Mid August 2014

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

Mid August 2014

Celebrating our 11th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

This mid August e-news is coming a bit late in the month but despite it being a slow time in the gardening world we have lots of content for you. Check out articles on our Heirloom Tomato Festival from the Vancouver Sun and on Container Gardening from the Richmond Review's The Good Life magazine.

The Fourth Annual Heirloom Tomato Festival is coming up in on September 6th. Now is the time to plan your tomato experience by signing up for our Tomato Tastings and/or our Tomato Preserving Workshop. Plus you can Order Tomato Fruit to do your own tastings at home!

Our workshop season kicks off with the Tomato Fest but there are lots of other exciting fall workshops. Have a look, grab a friend or family member and register to have some fun with us.

Our sale on some useful and exciting groups of plants continues: 30% off grasses, vines, non-hardy succulents and hardy and non-hardy citrus. Want to get some vertical in your garden, then plant some vines. Or how about the coolest edible around, Owari satsuma oranges that you can grow outside and pick and eat at Christmas time!

We also have a SUMMER COLOUR SALE! and we've just upped the ante for a short time until Sept 1st. Now instead of 20% off get 30% off anything in colour when you mention the code word! Details below.

Don't miss the Canada Blooms contest. You could win a trip for two to Toronto to see Canada's largest flower and garden show in March 2015.

And if you love special events and workshops we have just opened registration for the Christmas workshops at our Christmas Hurrah! Join us for wreathmaking, Christmas rose winter containers and a DIY project to bring a Christmas Rose into the house for the holiday season!

See you soon at the nursery!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

LABOUR DAY
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SALE!

20% Now 30% Off All Blooming Plants
UNTIL SEPT 1ST

Details Below

Heirloom Tomato Festival
Tomato

Tastings
Details Below!

On Sale Now!
30% Off

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Hardy and Non-Hardy Citrus

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. The Fourth Annual Heirloom Tomato Festival -- With tomato tastings, a tomato preserving workshop, tomato plant and fruit displays and heirloom tomato fruit for sale!

2. Phoenix in the News: Sixty Years Spent Growing One Rare Tomato -- In East Vancouver, Paul Ross is still growing a variety of heirloom tomato that he identified in the 1950s and is now known world-wide as the Ross Red Salad Tomato...
3. On Sale Now! -- 30% Off Select Items
4. Summer Colour Sale -- 20% Now 30% Off Plants in Bloom until September 1st!
5. Phoenix in the News: Summer Colour For Small Spaces: Patios needn't be ordinary when container gardening offers plenty of paradise potential -- They're sprouting up across Richmond's City Centre -- potential gardening paradises...
6. Upcoming Workshops: There are some exciting workshops coming up. Don't miss them!

Exciting
Upcoming
Workshops

7. Canada Blooms 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. CONTEST!
8. Fabulous at Phoenix: Gary's Picks of New, Notable and Luscious 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.
Date
Event Description
Mon Aug 18
Garden Club Talk: Avoiding the Summer Doldrums | Presented to the Comox Valley Garden Club | Contact Pauline for details shadowfx.73 at gmail.com.
Sat
Sept 20
Garden Club Talk: Weird and Wonderful Plants of the World | Presented to the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, Portland, Oregon. | Contact Lucy for details at lucyflora at comcast.net.

 

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Host Dawn Chubai chats with Gary about heirloom tomatoes, winter containers, late summer colour & fall grasses. View Video

 


1.

The Fourth Annual
Heirloom Tomato Festival
With tomato tastings, a tomato preserving workshop, tomato plant and fruit displays and heirloom tomato fruit for sale!
Saturday September 6th, 2014

PLAN YOUR TOMATO EXPERIENCE!

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

1. Attend a Tomato Tasting
2. Attend our Tomato Preserving Workshop

3. Pre-Order Tomato Fruit for Sept 6/7 and Sept 13/14
4. View Displays of Tomato Fruit and Tomato Plants

 

1. Tomato Tasting Sessions

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE HEIRLOOM TOMATO FESTIVAL | Tomato Tastings | Instructor: Gary Lewis | Sat Sept 6th, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm | $14 + $16 included Party Mix = $30

If you love food and, in particular, if you love tomatoes you won't want to miss this event!

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

At the end of the session you'll take home your very own Party Mix of three plus pounds of heirloom tomatoes that were grown organically in open fields by Red Barn Plants at their farm in Cawston, BC - no tomato will taste as good as these tomatoes!

Our Heirloom Tomato Tastings are hands down the most popular workshops we've ever done. Please book early to avoid disappointment! Each session will last about 45-50 minutes.

Register Online!


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

 

2. Attend our Tomato Preserving Workshop

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE HEIRLOOM TOMATO FESTIVAL | Tantalizing Tomatoes: Preserving a Favourite Edible for Year-Round Eating | Instructor: Cathy Hiebert | Sat Sept 6th, 3:30-5:30pm | $14 | In this workshop you’ll learn about the different types of tomatoes and how to preserve them for future eating, including which methods are best for which types of tomatoes. Methods covered with include canning whole, crushed, diced and pureed tomatoes as well as how to dry them and freeze them. Cathy will also discuss the different equipment and tools and show the techniques you need to know to be successful in your kitchen. Last but not least she’ll share with you some of her favourite tomato recipes.

Register Online!

3. Pre-Book Tomato Fruit for Pick-Up Sept 6th/7th and or Sept 13th/14th

We will have extra fruit available for sale on a first come, first served basis on Sept 7th. These will be in the form of party mixes of about 3-4 pounds of mixed heirloom and cool modern tomatoes for $16.

Book in Advance: To ensure you get your tomatoes you can also book in advance for pick-up on Sept 7th/8th and/or Sept 14th/15th by ordering online. Please book by Sept 3rd and Sept 10th for the two pick-up weekends.

Pre-Book Tomatoes

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

 

4. View Displays of Tomato Fruit and Tomato Plants

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


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

 

 


2.

In the Garden
Sixty Years Spent Growing One Rare Tomato
by Steve Whysall, The Vancouver Sun

In East Vancouver, Paul Ross is still growing a variety of heirloom tomato that he identified in the 1950s and is now known world-wide as the Ross Red Salad Tomato.

“It all started in the 1950s when my mother bought a small cherry-tomato plant when we lived in Ontario, “ says Ross.

“This crossed naturally with another tomato – still a mystery – and I ended up with seed for the first of these super vigorous varieties. I named it about 24 years ago,” says Ross, now 78.

He has been growing the tomato every year since. He came to Vancouver in the 1990s.

Ross says the unusual tomato’s seed has been protected by various seed exchange groups and saved in various international seed banks, including the famous Svalbard Global Seed Vault sometimes called the “Doomsday Seed Vault” in Norway.

The plant Ross has grown this year has already reached almost 10 feet high. One he grew some years ago reached 13 feet high .

“There is still another month to go, so I am not sure how tall this one will get, but it could reach a new record height,” says Ross.

“I only use organic fertilizer and I normally train my tomato plants and pinch out the extra shoots..

“This particular one I just let grow at random. I’m calling it my COLOSSAL RRST. I’ve just picked two ripe tomatoes off it.”

He says tomato plants are available in the spring from Wing Wong Nursery on Marine Drive in the Big Bend area of Burnaby.

Ross will be among many tomato lovers who will be checking out the 4th annual Heirloom Tomato Festival next month at Phoenix Perennial Nursery at 3380 No. 6 Road in Richmond.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 6 and will feature tasting sessions of heirloom and cool modern tomatoes throughout the day, a workshop on preserving tomatoes, sales of tomato fruit and displays of a wide range of heirloom and cool modern tomatoes each type with identifying labels.

“We are really excited about the fourth year of the Heirloom Tomato Festival,” says Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis. “Tomatoes are the most popular edible for backyard growing and for eating. Nothing tastes like summer more than a fresh, sweet, locally-grown tomato, especially if it’s an heirloom variety.

“The interest in unique food experiences, growing your own and supporting locally grown food continues to increase on the part of the public. ”

The first three years of the festival were very popular with full tasting sessions throughout the day and over 1,000 pounds of tomatoes sold each year.

For the second year in a row Phoenix Perennials has added a workshop by Cathy Hiebert on preserving tomatoes called Tantalizing Tomatoes: Preserving a Favourite Edible for Year-Round Eating.

For more information call 604-270-4133 or go to http://www.phoenixperennials.com



3.

On Sale Now!

30% Off
Vines*, Grasses,
Hardy and Non-Hardy Citrus,
and
Non-Hardy Succulents
(including Agave, Aeonium, Echeveria and more)

Until Sept. 1st, 2014. Not valid for mail order purchases.

*Does not include our new production of Passiflora caerulea 'Select'


4.

As Our Gift to You Save 20% Now 30% With Our
LABOUR DAY
SU
MMER COLOUR
S
ALE!

20% Now 30% Off All Blooming Plants*
Now Until Sept. 1st, 2014

Summer's not over yet and you still 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 summer garden spectacular.

CODE WORD: SUMMER COLOUR (Pretty simple, eh?).

If it is in bloom then it is on sale*. This is a special offer to loyal subscribers of our e-newsletter and alerts. It will not be advertised at the nursery or mentioned by staff on site. To receive your Summer Colour discount please mention the code word to our staff before they ring in your plants. We cannot offer the discount retroactively if you forget to tell us the code word before paying for your plants. So don't forget! Have fun shopping for your summer colour!

*Offer ends at 5pm September 1st, 2014. Not valid for mail order purchases. Some small exceptions may apply on brand new product such as Digiplexis.


5.

From The Richmond Review's The Good Life Magazine
Summer Colour for Small Spaces
Patios needn't be ordinary when container gardening offers plenty of paradise potenial
by Matthew Hoekstra

Click on the image or here to view the article.


 

6.

Upcoming Fall Workshops

 

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.

 

September

PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Heirloom Tomato Tasting | Instructor: Gary | Sat Sept 6th at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm (45 min each) | $14 (Tasting) + $16 (Party Mix) = $30 (Includes a 3+ pound Party Mix of heirloom tomatoes, value $16.) | If you love food and, in particular, if you love tomatoes you won't want to miss this event! At our popular Tomato Tastings at the the Heirloom Tomato Festival you'll get to experience a rainbow of 15+ tomato varieties all in a particular order just like a wine tasting. Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis introduce you to each tomato variety, talk about the type of cultivar, its history and origins, its flavour profile and its uses in the kitchen. You’ll get to share your thoughts and take tasting notes for future tomato reference. At the end of the session you'll take home your very own Party Mix of three plus pounds of the highest quality heirloom tomatoes grown organically in open fields by Red Barn Plants at their farm in Cawston, BC - no tomato will taste as good as these tomatoes! The Heirloom Tomato Tastings are our most popular workshops. Please book early.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Tantalizing Tomatoes: Preserving a Favourite Edible for Year-Round Eating | Instructor: Cathy Hiebert | Sat Sept 6th, 3:30-5:30pm | $14 | In this workshop you’ll learn about the different types of tomatoes and how to preserve them for future eating, including which methods are best for which types of tomatoes. Methods covered with include canning whole, crushed, diced and pureed tomatoes as well as how to dry them and freeze them. Cathy will also discuss the different equipment and tools and show the techniques you need to know to be successful in your kitchen. Last but not least she’ll share with you some of her favourite tomato recipes.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Fall and Winter | Instructor: Shelley | Sat Sept 13th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for fall and winter? Shelley will introduce you to a selection of top plant performers for West Coast gardens that provide great seasonal interest. She will also provide seasonal maintenance tips. This course could be the most important step you take to transform your garden from ordinary to extraordinary! For a full year of top plants sign up for our other session on Spring and Summer.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Grasses for Fall and Winter | Jo | Sun Sept 14, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Grasses are important year-round in the garden but the warm season grasses really come into their own in the fall in the garden and containers. Jo will introduce you to the best grasses for late summer and fall and discuss which ones also provide great winter interest.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for the Garden and Containers | Instructor: Shelley | Sat September 20th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Bulbs not included. | 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 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. Each participant will then plant up and take home their own bulb 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. If you do not have a pot we will have a few options available for you. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the bulbs or plants you use. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the bulbs or plants you use.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Shelley | Sat Sept 27th, 10am-12pm | $14 | This is a fun hands-on workshop for gardeners of all levels who are interested in learning how to successfully create gorgeous perennial containers that will provide months of winter interest and an antidote against the dark, cold days of the year. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Plants for Fall Colour | Instructor: Jo | Sun Sept 28th, 11am | 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!
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

 

October

CONTAINER SERIES/KIDS SERIES | Succulent Jack-O-Lanterns | Instructor: Kate | Sat Oct 18th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Here’s a new twist on Halloween: carve yourself a jack-o-lantern but forget the candle. Instead plant it up with cool succulents and grasses for a spooky display that will get the attention of trick or treaters. In this workshop Kate will teach you a few tricks for success with succulent jack-o-lanterns and discuss various design options. Then you’ll get to carve and plant up your very own. This workshop does not include the pumpkin or the plants you decide to use. There will be various types and sizes of pumpkins for you to choose from.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

 

December

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Do-It-Yourself Christmas Rose Indoor Container Project | Fri Dec 5th to Sun Dec 7th, 10am-3pm | $30 + tax includes one hellebore, a festive container & all the fixings. | Drop in any time during the weekend, select your blooming Christmas rose reserved for you, choose a clay or festive metal pot, and decorate it with organza, ribbon, moss and winter twigs. This quick do-it-yourself project is great for decorating your home or for gifts for friends and family! Register Online!
     
SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Instructor: Kate Herring | Sat Dec 6th, 10am-12pm | $55 Includes all materials. | 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! $55 + tax (Includes all materials.) Cost: $55 + tax (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.) Registration is through Constant Contact and PayPal, two of the most trusted names on the web.
We will be in the greenhouse but if the sun isn't shining it could be cool. Please wear appropriate clothing to keep you warm during your time at the Christmas Hurrah! Register Online!
   
SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Dec 6th, 1-3pm | $20 + tax (Includes soil and the twigs and greens) | Wow your Christmas guests as soon as they arrive at your front door or enliven your patio with a fantastic outdoor winter container centred with a glistening Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other great perennials and shrubs that offer winter interest.
Shelley will lead you in the design, planting and final decoration of your planter with winter twigs and greens. It does not include the plants you choose to pot up. Register Online!

 

 

NEW! SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Gardening 101: Growing the Christmas Rose, Helleborus niger | Instructor: Gary | Fri Dec 5th and 7th, 1-2pm | FREE* | Learn about this magical flower that blooms in the winter, where it comes from, where to plant it, how to care for it and about traditions that use it for winter decoration in the garden and the home that we can adopt here in North America. Gary will also introduce the best of the Christmas roses and discuss their differences.

Register for December 5th
Register for December 7th

*A $5 registration fee is required to book your space. This will be refunded in full at the workshop in the form of a $5 credit that must be used the day of the workshop on any merchandise of your choice. This fee is non-refundable for those who register but who don't attend. If you know in advance that you cannot attend, please let us know 3 days in advance and we would be happy to transfer your registration into another class.

 

 


7.

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. 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 MORNING GLORY. The code is two words and all capitals. After that select Phoenix Perennials. Finally, cross your fingers! Contest closes October 31st, 2014.

 


8.

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

Are you suffering from the summer doldrums? Is your garden lacking in colour after the spring flush? We have tons of plants in full summer colour right now, some of which we highlight below. Use these plants to keep the party going all summer long!

Digiplexis 'Illumination Flame' - Hybrid Foxglove - 'Illumination Flame' is an intergeneric hybrid between foxglove (Digitalis) and its Canary Island relative Isoplexis. It sports spectacular tubular flowers that are bright reddish orange with yellow throats. The flowers are densely packed on tall black stems with attractive foliage. Side branching and its sterile nature give an extended bloom time. Helleborus argutifolius 'Snow Fever' - Corsican Hellebore - This variety has deep green foliage flecked with pink and white later fading to green with mint green markings. The pinkish buds open to green outward-facing flowers. The foliage is tough with spiny edges and makes a good evergreen presence in the garden. Deer resistant.
Arisaema consanguineum 'The Perfect Wave' - Himalayan Cobra Lily - 'The Perfect Wave' was bred by Ellen Hornig of Seneca Hill Perennials. It is a stunning blue and silver variegated version of the normally green Himalayan cobra lily with breathtaking silver variegation on silver-blue, seductively undulating leaves. ‘The Perfect Wave’ will grow to four to five feet with its dramatic umbrella of leaflets. Grow in sunnier positions than other cobra lilies. Limited quantities. This is the first time we've offered this plant in at least 5 years! Erigeron pulchellus 'Lynnhaven Carpet' - Robin's Plantain - This outstanding form of E. pulchellus was selected for its relatively large grey-green, pubescent foliage (4"), dense, mat-forming habit and astonishing ability to thrive in a wide range of challenging conditions. In early May, individual flower stalks give rise to lightly tinted lavender flowers with a yellow inner eye. Foliage remains less than 6" and forms a tight groundcover, while flowering stems top out at just over a foot tall.
Lavandula 'Silver Sands' - Lavender - This lavender has purple blooms on long stems making 'Silver Sands' perfect for bouquets as well as potpourri and sachets. The fragrance is intense and a little lemony. Silvery gray leaves. Shear lavenders lightly in early spring just as they begin growth and again after flowering to keep tidy. Rubus BrazelBerry 'Raspberry Shortcake' - Raspberry - One of the hottest edible plants, Brazelberries are dwarf fruit bushes that can be grown in containers or in the garden. 'Raspberry Shortcake' is a compact, dwarf, thornless raspberry with beautiful foliage and great tasting fruit. Plant it in containers on your patio or balcony, in your garden or make a hedge of it. Grows to 2-3 feet high.
Heuchera 'Bella Notte' - Coral Bells - A large flowering dark leaf heuchera. 'Bella Notte' has very dark leaves with a light silvery shadow. Lovely bicolour rose pink and light pink flowers. An elegant plant. Heat tolerant. Heuchera 'Black Taffeta' - Coral Bells - Silky, black foliage with great ruffles! These large, dark, dramatic leaves will add lust and intrigue to containers or borders. Can you handle the excitement?
Heuchera 'Delta Dawn' - Coral Bells - 'Delta Dawn' has magnificent, large, round leaves with red centers in the spring and fall; in summer its red veins run like rivers to the sea against a gorgeous gold to lime main leaf colour highlights the venation. Strong, vigorous habit. Perfect for a shade container or to add color to a dark area. Delivers the "look" that Heuchera 'Miracle' promised. Heuchera 'Fire Alarm' - Coral Bells - 'Delta Dawn' has magnificent, large, round leaves with red centers in the spring and fall; in summer its red veins run like rivers to the sea against a gorgeous gold to lime main leaf colour highlights the venation. Strong, vigorous habit. Perfect for a shade container or to add color to a dark area. Delivers the "look" that Heuchera 'Miracle' promised.
Lavandula 'Platinum Blonde' - Lavender - This lavender has blue blooms on long stems with variegated foliage in creamy yellow and green. Shear lavenders lightly in early spring just as they begin growth and again after flowering to keep tidy. Plectranthus 'Velvet Elvis' - Spurflower - ‘Velvet Elvis’ has large inflorescences of large lavender blue flowers with very dark green leaves and purple stems with a compact upright habit. It's not hardy, but who cares? This plant is a fabulous addition to containers.
Polypodium pseudoaureum - Virginia Blue Fern - This unique fern is blue in colour (green in the winter) and has mitt shaped fronds that are deeply lobed. It can reach 12 inches tall with evergreen leaves. Will brighten up a shady area in the garden or in a container. Hardy to zone 8, this species is still a bit of an adventure -- we are unaware of anyone trying this in BC so far. Let us know if you have. Makes a good houseplant. Adiantum hispidulum - Rosy Australian Maidenhair Fern - This distinctive maidenhair fern grows into a small, upright clump to about 17" high. The young fronds are rose-coloured contrasting with the dark green or green-bronze colours of the leathery mature foliage. It performs best in soils with high organic matter and plenty of moisture but will tolerate dry situations. Use among traditional woodland perennials beneath shade trees and in containers.
Heucherella 'Solar Eclipse' - Foamy Bells - Leaves of red brown bordered in lime green combined with such a beautiful habit and broadly scalloped leaf edges. There is nothing else like it in the world of Heucherella or Heucher for that matter. Forming a vigorous mound of dense crowns, 'Solar Eclipse' has it all! Packera aurea - Golden Groundsel - Golden daisies are held over shiny green, toothed basal leaves in May. Blooms heavily even in the shade. A strong groundcover where happy and an excellent cut flower. Self seeds and naturalizes. Native to eastern North America. Syn: Senecio aureus.
Aconitum fischeri - Monkshood - A stocky monkshood with large purple-blue hooded flowers. The leaves are thick and leathery with a glossy surface and broadly dissected into tri-lobed sections. A great vertical accent for sun to part shade. All parts of the plant are poisonous so don’t use it in salads. Haemanthus multiflorus - Blood Flower - Blood flower is a bulb with up to nine leaves per season with sheathing bases that create a pseudostem. In late summer it will produce a single spherical flower head almost one foot across much like an ornamental onion but bright red with bright yellow anthers. The decorative red berries can remain on the plant for up to two months. Use as a pot specimen placed in the part shade to part sun garden. Keep above five degrees Celsius in winter or as a house plant.
Carex oshimensis EverColor 'Everillo' - Weeping Sedge - A fantastic recent intro with evergreen blades emerging lime green, then turning golden yellow. Use in the border or in containers for dramatic textural and colour contrast. Bred by Fitzgerald Nurseries who works with mutations of Carex 'Evergold'. Useful in the border, near a water feature, in mass plantings, and in containers! Though recommended for average to moist sites this species is tolerant of dry shade. Carex oshimensis EverColor 'Everlime' - Weeping Sedge - The newest intro to the EverColor series with evergreen foliage edged in lime green. Use in the border or in containers for dramatic textural and colour contrast. Bred by Fitzgerald Nurseries who works with mutations of Carex 'Evergold'. Useful in the border, near a water feature, in mass plantings, and in containers! Though recommended for average to moist sites this species is tolerant of dry shade.
Hosta 'Alligator Alley' - Plantain Lily - 'Alligator Alley' is a medium to large sized hosta that forms a mound of thick, leathery, puckered, heart-shaped to round, triclour leaves. The leaves have wide blue-green margins with chartreuse centres that become yellow in summer and jets of light green between the two. The flowers are white or light lilac. Hosta 'Church Mouse' - Plantain Lily - 'Church Mouse' is like a frazzled version of 'Blue Mouse Ears'. It is a unique miniature with wavy blue-green leaves. It has attractive purple flowers. Miniature hostas are great in shady containers or troughs, at the front of the border or along pathways. Dangerous for collectors who will want to have many more than just one!

Hosta 'Flemish Sky' - Plantain Lily - 'Flemish Sky' is one of the bluest hostas available with powder blue foliage that is broad, lightly rippled and cupped and tapers to pointed tips. Pale lavender flowers in late summer. Good vigour and substance.

Anemone 'Pretty Lady Diana' - Japanese Anemone - The Pretty Lady series of anemone feature compact habits growing to only 15 inches tall. 'Diana' has single pink flowers over two inches (five cm) wide. Use at the front of the border or in containers. These long-lived garden plants are great for mixing with other fall-blooming perennials. Prefers average to evenly moist soils and will not tolerate long periods of dryness.

Anemone 'Pretty Lady Emily' - Japanese Anemone - The Pretty Lady series of anemone features compact habits growing to only 15 inches tall and long-blooming. 'Emily' has double light pink flowers over two inches (five cm) wide. Use at the front of the border or in containers. These long-lived garden plants are great for mixing with other fall-blooming perennials. Prefers average to evenly moist soils and will not tolerate long periods of dryness. Anemone 'Pretty Lady Susan' - Japanese Anemone - The Pretty Lady series of anemone features compact habits growing to only 15 inches tall and long-blooming. 'Susan' has single dark-pink flowers over two inches (five cm) wide. Use at the front of the border or in containers. These long-lived garden plants are great for mixing with other fall-blooming perennials. Prefers average to evenly moist soils and will not tolerate long periods of dryness.
Canna 'Blueberry Sparkler' - Canna Lily - A fantastic canna with great design potential: purple leaves and blue-grey undersides surround medium pink flowers. This 6 foot tall slender beauty is self-cleaning and blooms all summer. Our plants are virus indexed and negative. Cannas offer great tropical foliage and are generally hardy to our temperatures but sensitive to winter wet. In the garden, plant in a well-drained sunny location and mulch with leaves. Cannas are also great in pots. Shelter these in a garage or shed for winter. Canna 'Australia' - Canna Lily - Striking maroon foliage is the darkest among Canna. The large ruffled flowers are red with a hint of orange. Blooms in late summer. Mature height of 4 to 6 feet. Our plants are virus indexed and negative. Cannas offer great tropical foliage and are generally hardy to our temperatures but sensitive to winter wet. In the garden, plant in a well-drained sunny location and mulch with leaves. Cannas are also great in pots. Shelter these in a garage or shed for winter.
Canna 'Intrigue' - Canna Lily - 'Intrigue' has peach coloured flowers with a hint of orange. The foliage is striking burgundy held on strong vertical stems. Virus indexed so these plants are clean and will produce beautiful foliage without the mottling and striations found in most other canna available in nurseries. Canna 'Pretoria'/'Bengal Tiger' - Canna Lily - Fantastic tropical foliage striped with green and gold and topped with firey orange flowers in summer. Great for adding that subtropical look to your garden. Hardy to zone 7 if planted in well-drained soil and given a little mulch. Our plants are virus indexed and clean.
Leucosceptrum stellipilum 'Variegatum' - Japanese Shrub Mint - The tri-colour leaves (lime green, yellow and green) of this selection light up the woodland garden all season long culminating in spikes of pink flowers in fall. A beautiful way of brightening up the shade garden. Light shade or morning sun. Adiantum x mairisii - Mairi's Hardy Maidenhair Fern - Mairis’s maidenhair produces lacy, bright green 15″ to 18″ fronds supported by brittle blackish stipes (stems). Individual fronds appear incredibly delicate and almost seem to float above the ground. While it is deciduous, it holds its fronds well into the fall season. This exciting woodlander spreads with ease through the landscape in light moist soil and filtered shade.

Echinacea 'Rosita' - Purple Coneflower - 'Rosita' has a dwarf habit and high bloom count with soft pink and white flowers that have a showy center cone and reflexed petals. A member of the Prairie Pixies Series. Great in containers or the front of the border. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering.

Hedychium 'Taraissima' - Hardy Ginger - Bright orange, fragrant, tropical flowers on short plants to about three feet provide a tropical foliage look through spring and summer followed by the tropical flowers in late summer and fall. Mulch with fallen leaves in winter. In colder regions grow in a pot or store in dry peat moss and keep above zero.

Hosta 'Cool as a Cucumber' - Plantain Lily - 'Cool as a Cucumber' is a large sized, incredibly showy, tricolour hosta. Its white variegated foliage is notably upright in youth but quickly develops into a gracefull arching mound. The long, pointed leaves have mid green margins which jet into light green towards the clear white centre. The flowers are white or light lilac. Hosta 'Electrocution' - Plantain Lily - 'Electrocution' is a hosta that looks like it stuck its finger in the electrical socket!. It is a medium sized hosta that forms an upright mound of tightly rippled, twisted, long and narrow leaves. The leaves are green with yellow margins which lighten to creamy yellow in summer and are slightly shiny. In mature plants, the petioles may have red speckling.
Woodwardia orientalis - Oriental Chain Fern - This fern produces long, wide, leathery fronds which arch and sometimes lie flat on the ground. Plants can eventually grow to four feet tall and six feet wide. The new growth emerges copper orange. The glossy fronds when mature can produce small plantlets that can be propagated. This Asian native grows on moist hillsides. Bring indoors in cold winter areas. Salvia Suncrest 'Golden Girl' - Baby Sage - This is a fast-growing sage which is adorned with pale mid yellow flowers emerging from peach buds from May until frost. It will produce thousands of flowers in a season. Well-drained soil in full sun. Hard prune each spring.
Passiflora caerulea 'Select' - Hardy Blue Passionflower - This selection has markedly larger flowers with darker black centres and deeper blue petals than the form commonly in cultivation. P. caerulea is hardy for us in the Lower Mainland, especially against a south facing wall or fence. Plant in well-drained soil that is not too moist or too rich to promote more flowers and less greenery. Edible, but not the most tasty, yellow fruit are produced if pollinators visit. Trick them into visiting, and create a nice plant combination, by growing up an irresistible Buddleia. Gaura 'Belleza White Evolution' - Butterfly Gaura - This cultivar is compact, strong branching with green foliage and upright habit. The pure white flowers are held above the foliage and put on a spectacular flower show throughout the spring, summer and the early fall months. Well-drained soils in sunny positions. Tolerant of dry situations. Great in pots or the garden.
Salvia Suncrest 'Flamenco Rose' - Baby Sage - This is a fast-growing sage which is adorned with stunning hot pink flowers from May until frost. It will produce thousands of flowers in a season. Well-drained soil in full sun. Hard prune each spring. Hydrangea Everlasting Amethyst - Hydrangea - Everlasting Amethyst has sturdy, long lasting flowers held high on thick, upright stems that begin fuchsia pink or violet blue, depending on the acidity of the soil. The flowers age to a reddish pink with lime green. Plants grow into 3 foot mounds and bloom on both old and new wood. This means you can have flowers even in zone 5 when your hydrangea has died back to the ground!
Hydrangea Everlasting Revolution - Hydrangea - Everlasting Revolution flowers on new and old wood which means flowers even in zone 5! The multi-coloured flowers are unique with combinations of deep pink, maroon and true blue with green highlights as they age. A dwarf three foot mound makes this perfect for containers and small spaces. Blooms on new and old wood. Hydrangea Everlasting Garnet - Hydrangea - Sturdy, mop head blooms on thick, upright stems emerge bright, reddish-pink. As the blooms mature, they change to lime green and develop pink picotee markings, but remain strong and sturdy as a cut flower. The final aging stage of this grand and stately beauty is total lime green. Blooms on new and old wood on three foot mounds.
Hydrangea Everlasting Noblesse - Hydrangea - Crisp, celery green flowers are brightened by white centers with complimentary purple eyes. As the blooms mature, the white is not as prominent, turning a more saturated green. A strong grower, with remarkable flower power, Noblesse is a lovely choice for a garden setting, while doubling as the perfect cut flower for weddings and other important events. Blooms on new and old wood. Hydrangea Everlasting Coral - Hydrangea - Everlasting Coral is covered in long lasting, saturated pink flowers that begin coral pink or blue, depending on the soil acidity, and over a few weeks mature to a near red with violet edges giving the plant lots of dimension and character. The final colour is lime green with white edges. A clever, colourful addition to any garden or container with flowers that last months. Blooms on new and old wood.
Coreopsis Big Bang 'Mercury Rising' - Tickseed - Rich red flowers with unfusions of burgundy-red on extremely floriferous plants to about 18 inches in height. A true perennial that will return year after year. The Big Bang Series is the culmination of extensive breeding work. Plants in this series are well-branched featuring daisy-like flowers that bloom continuously from midsummer into fall. The unique flower forms and colours are out of this world! Brunnera 'Silver Heart' - Siberian Bugloss - 'Silver Heart' looks much like 'Looking Glass' but with some important differences: 'Silver Heart' has larger, thicker leaves, it has deeper blue flowers and it is more tolerant of heat and humidity. Brunneras are great garden plants for shade. 'Silver Heart' has even more silver in the heart-shaped leaves than 'Jack Frost' or 'Sea Heart'.
Cyperus albostriatus 'Variegatus' - Dwarf Umbrella Grass - The green leaves of this unusual plant are streaked with silver lines. Its dwarf-palm-tree habit makes it a useful plant for multiple applications. Thrives in containers, dry shade and as a groundcover as clumps will gradually expand over time. Dwarf umbrella grass was a popular houseplant in the 70s so go all retro and bring it into the house in colder climates. Panicum 'Northwind' - Switch Grass - 'Northwind' is a tall switch grass cultivar which features one of the best vertical and compact forms available. The leaves are olive-green to bluish-green, turning yellow-beige in fall to provide good winter interest. Perennial Plant of the Year 2014.

 


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