Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: August 2016

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

August 2016

Celebrating our 13th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

Happy summer! Now that we are hitting the peak of summer it's starting to feel like summer. Imagine that! But the ground is still moist and ready for planting. This is one of the best summers for planting in recent memory. We have tons of options and the nursery is gorgeous right now. Come see us!

We are very excited to launch our pre-orders for Rare Bulbs and Cypripedium Hardy Lady's Slipper Orchids for fall pick-up or shipping. In this issue we highlight the magic that is Ornamental Onions. Please order early as quantities are limited across the board. Details are below. We have our largest selections ever of bulbs and lady's slippers - double to triple the selection we had last year - so it is an exciting year.

We have a new contest running through the summer to win a magnificent Japanese pruning ladder. It gleams, it glistens, it won't collapse under you! Check it out and enter!

It's also time to register for the Heirloom Tomato Festival and Tomato Tastings. Don't miss this fun event.

Oh. And don't forget Fabulous at Phoenix highlighting some of the most exciting plants at the nursery right now.

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

 

SUMMER
CO
LOUR
SALE!

20% Off All Blooming Plants Until August 14th! Details Below!

2 for 1
Mix & Match

Edibles
Succulents
Clematis
Natives
Groundcovers
Grasses

FALL & WINTER WORKSHOPS!

INCLUDING:
Tomato Tastings
Just like a wine tasting we'll taste 15-20 different tomatoes in order and discuss!

REGISTER NOW

Have you been to visit us recently? The nursery is looking fantastic! It's time to get another visit in this summer to see all the colour. And the hummingbirds!
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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Magical Ornamental Onions and the Rare Bulb Pre-Order -- Be among the few Canadians to have these amazing bulbs in your garden. Pre-Order Now.
2. Cypripedium Hardy Lady's Slipper Orchids Pre-Order -- Fill your garden with the exquisite beauty of hardy orchids. Pre-Order Now.

3. Heirloom Tomato Festival -- Join us for tomato tastings, tomato fruit for sale, and tomato fruit displays!

4. Fall Workshops and Seminars 2016 -- Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful. Welcome to our fall workshops and one of the most exciting line-ups we've ever offered.
5. 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. Also don't miss our Workshop Schedule.
Date
Event Description
Sept 10 The Heirloom Tomato Festival | Saturday September 10th, 2016 | 10am-5pm | With tomato tastings, heirloom tomato fruit for sale and a display of heirloom tomatoes! | Sign up early for our Tomato Tastings. | Register for Tomato Tastings | Pre-Order Tomatoes
Sept 26 Sizzling Succulents presented by Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis to the Sechelt Garden Club.
Oct 30 Presentation to be determined presented by Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis to the Vancouver Island Master Gardeners.
Dec 2-4 The Christmas Hurrah! | Friday to Sunday December 2nd to 4th, 2016 | 10am - 3pm | Celebrate the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other seasonal delights with winter blooms and exciting workshops. | Register for Our Christmas Rose Workshops

 

SUMMER COLOUR
SALE!

20% Off All Blooming Plants
Until August 14th!

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 summer garden spectacular. If it is in bloom then it is on sale.

USE THE CODE WORDS: "SUMMER COLOUR"

This is a special offer available first to loyal subscribers of our Sale Alert and E-Newsletter. You have a head start this weekend. The Summer Colour Sale will not be advertised at the nursery or mentioned by staff on site.

To receive your Summer Colour discount please mention the code words "Summer Colour" 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 Sunday August 14th, 2016. Not valid for mail order purchases. Cannot be combined with other offers.


 

Plus 2 for 1
Clematis, Natives, Edibles, Succulents, Grasses, and Groundcovers!
(Mix and Match)

Please Note: This sale does not apply to mail order sales, only to purchases made in person at the nursery. Mail Order sales are announced in the Mail Order Alert. For the 2 for 1 items you can mix and match any 2 for 1 items: get 2 blueberries or get 1 blueberry and 1 rosemary or get 1 blueberry and 1 succulent.

 

CONTEST
Win The Most Amazing Ladder Ever!


When Susanne Osmond, one of our favourite garden designers and landscapers, told me she was importing "amazing" tripod ladders from Japan I thought to myself "How different can a ladder be? My step ladders work just fine." Now that I have been to the top of one of her Hasegawa 8 foot platform tripods I realize there is no comparison between the rickety ladders I've been climbing up and down all my life and this magnificent, shining creation from Japan. We have it on display right now at the nursery so you can come and see it.

AND! You can enter a contest right now to win it!


Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis and our friend Susanne Osmond, the importer of these amazing Hasegawa ladders.

Hasegawa Platform Ladders

Description: Specialty pruning ladder, made by Hasegawa from Japan, well known throughout Japan for the safety, stability and practicality of the tripod design. Ask any gardener or nurseryman in Japan which ladders they use and they all say the same thing: Hasegawa.

And the weblink for all the info about the platform model.
http://susanneosmond.com/garden/products/platform-tripod/

Value: $376

To Enter the Contest:
1. Visit Susanne's Main Ladders Page: http://susanneosmond.com/garden/ladders/
2. Find the answer to the two part skill-testing question: In what famous garden did Susanne first discover the Hasegawa ladder and how many people were fighting over it every day?
3. Email us at phoenixperennials at shaw.ca (Yes you have to put the @ sign in there.) with your Name, City, Phone Number, and your answer to the skill testing question. Put "Ladder Contest" in the subject line.

Good Luck! One entry per person but feel free to tell all your friends. If one of them wins you can borrow the ladder from them! We will draw the contest winner September 30th and announce the winner in the October E-Newsletter. Contest entrants will also receive one email from us notifying you of the contest winner.

 

Canadian Mail Order Catalogue 2016!
Rare Bulb and Cypripedium Hardy Lady's Slipper Orchids Now Booking for FallShipping!


 

Volunteer at Phoenix Perennials with our Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program

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

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

 

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1.

Pre-Order
Magical
Ornamental Onions

Choose from 25 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 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 plantins.

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) 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' 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 but 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.

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 25 different rare and unusual ornamental onions this fall through our Rare Bulb Pre-Order. 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 mid to late September. Have a look!:

Allium 'Ambassador' - Ornamental Onion Allium 'Beau Regard' - Ornamental Onion
Allium 'Gladiator' - Ornamental Onion Allium 'Lucy Ball' - Ornamental Onion
Allium 'Mont Blanc' - Ornamental Onion Allium 'Ostara' - Ornamental Onion
Allium 'Pinball Wizard' - Ornamental Onion Allium 'Powder Puff' - Ornamental Onion
Allium 'Round and Purple' - Ornamental Onion Allium amethystinum 'Red Mohican' - Ornamental Onion
Allium aschersonianum - Ornamental Onion Allium caesium - Ornamental Onion
Allium carinatum ssp. pulchellum - Ornamental Onion Allium carinatum ssp. pulchellum 'Album' - Ornamental Onion
Allium falcifolium - Ornamental Onion Allium flavum - Ornamental Onion
Allium jesdianum 'Purple King' - Ornamental Onion Allium karataviense - Ornamental Onion
Allium nigrum - Ornamental Onion Allium obliquum - Ornamental Onion
Allium 'Spider' - Ornamental Onion Allium scorodoprasum - Ornamental Onion
Allium stipitatum 'White Giant' - Ornamental Onion Allium trichetrum - Ornamental Onion
All of these ornamental onions are available now for pre-order for pick-up or shipping in mid to late September. Details below.
Allium ursinum - Ornamental Onion

 

Pre-Order
Rare Spring Bulbs
Choose from 135 Different Rare Bulbs to Make Your Garden Extraordinary

Visit the Rare Bulb Pre-Order on our Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Site to see our full selection of 135 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 September. For mail order customers: if you combine bulbs and Cypripedium in the same order (which are not available until mid October) we will ship your bulbs and Cyps together in October. Please place separate orders if you want your bulbs to arrive as early as possible in the fall (Sept) and to have your Cypripedium ship later in October.

Please Note: Because we must pay our suppliers in advance, we will process payment of Rare Bulb orders at the time of ordering.

Also note that we do not expect to receive about 10-15% of the bulbs we are hoping to get. 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.

Should a cultivar not be available at the time of shipping/pick-up, we will give you the choice of substituting a different cultivar, receiving a refund, or having a credit applied to your account for a future order.

Ordering: Visit 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. Have fun!

 


2.

Pre-Order
Cypripedium Lady's Slippers
31 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 Cypripedium hybrids 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 bloom in late April and May offering an exquisite show in the garden.

Most 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 Cypripedium outdoors with great success.

We are currently offering 31 different lady's slipper hybrids for shipping to our mail order customers and for pick-up at Phoenix by our local customers in mid October 2016. All are top quality, blooming size, many with multiple eyes, and should flower in the spring. Here they are:

We will be providing them to you bare root. All you need to do is plant them directly into a well-drained location in part shade or morning sun. 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 them 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.

Please note: Because we must pay our suppliers in advance, we will process payment of Cypripedium orders at the time of ordering. Should a cultivar not be available at the time of shipping/pick-up we will give you the choice of substituting a different cultivar, receiving a refund, or having a credit applied to your account for a future order.

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. Have fun!

 


3.

The Fifth Annual
Heirloom Tomato Festival
Join us for tomato tastings, tomato fruit displays, and heirloom tomato fruit for sale!
Saturday September 10th, 2016

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. Pre-Order Tomato Fruit for Sept 10th/11th Pick-Up
3. View Displays of Tomato Fruit and Tomato Plants

 

1. Tomato Tasting Sessions

PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Tomato Tastings at The Heirloom Tomato Festival | Gary | Sat Sept 10, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm | $30 (Includes a Party Mix of Tomatoes |

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 will 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.

Register Online!


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

 

2. Pre-Book Tomato Fruit for Pick-Up Sept 10th or 11th

Each Party Mix contains a fantastically diverse selection of about three plus pounds of heirloom and cool modern tomatoes. Have a look at the picture below. The price is $16 each which is about the same pricing as heirloom tomatoes at local farmers' markets. There is no tax. These tomatoes are grown organically in open fields by Red Barn Plants at their farm in Cawston, BC - no tomato will taste as good as these tomatoes! Cawston has some of the best conditions anywhere for growing delicious tomatoes.

Enjoy them yourselves or plan a barbecue or tomato tasting with your friends or family - they will be fascinated by the diversity!

A great way to serve heirloom tomatoes is to slice them fresh on a plate and drizzle them with a high quality olive oil and an aged Italian balsamic vinegar then sprinkle them with a good quality sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Delicious! .

Book in Advance and pick up on Sept 10th or 11th.

Pre-Book Tomatoes

 

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

 

 


4.

Fall Workshops & Seminars 2016

Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful.

Welcome to our Fall 2016 workshops and one of the most exciting line-ups we've ever offered including our FREE Gardening 101 Series designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners and our FREE Young Sprouts Kids Club. 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.
REGISTER NOW

September

PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Tomato Tastings at The Heirloom Tomato Festival | Gary | Sat Sept 10, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm | $30 (Includes a Party Mix of Tomatoes | If you love food and, in particular, if you love tomatoes you won't want to miss this event! Full details above.
   

GARDENING 101 SERIES | The Best of the Best for the West Coast Garden: Fall & Winter | Kate | Sun Sept 11, 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 session on Spring and Summer.

   

YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | Harvest Time! | Kate | Sun Sept 18, 10-11am | FREE* | Fall is a time of bountiful harvests when farmers and gardeners alike are bringing in their crops after the spring and summer growing season. Our Young Sprouts will explore this time of year, talk about where all these harvests came from, and how they are so important for our lives. Then they'll get to make their own veggie people!

   

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Discover the World of Bulbs | Jo | Sun Sept 18, 12-1pm | 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 | Plants for Fall Colour | Jo | Sun Sept 25, 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 25, 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!

 

 

October

CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets of Fabulous Pots Then Make Your Own | Kate | Sat 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.

   

YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | Why do leaves change colour? and other questions about fall | Kate | Sun Oct 2, 10-11am | FREE* | Fall is a fun time of year when leaves turn colour and fall. But why? We'll explore the changes we see in the garden and what that means for the plants, animals, birds, and insects that make the garden their home. Then we'll make a fun craft with colourful leaves to take home! Bring some pretty leaves with you or we'll provide some.

   

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Preparing the Garden for Winter | Jo | Sun Oct 2, 1-2pm | FREE* | Guarantee success next season by putting your garden to bed for winter just right. Jo will discuss plant life cycles and how to help them prepare for and survive winter dormancy. She will discuss microclimates, mulch, strategies for protecting less hardy plants, and maintaining winter habitat for pollinators.

 

 

CONTAINER SERIES | Fall Wreaths | Kate | Sat Oct 8, 10am-12pm | $45 | Wreaths aren't just for Christmas or summer succulents. They can also make for a gorgeous fall display to adorn your home and garden. In this workshop you'll be presented with a variety of dried berries and flowers, corn husks, greenery, gourds, miniature pumpkins and more. Then you'll create your very own just in time for Thanksgiving! If you like, you can bring some materials from your home garden to include in your wreath. Look for dried flowers, berries and other autumnal interest.

   

YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | The Magic of Bulbs | Kate | Sun Oct 16, 10-11am | FREE* | Inside the brown and white bulbs, corms and rhizomes available in fall are little plants with beautiful flowers ready to pop out in spring and give us a beautiful display. Why do some plants form these little structures and others not? Learn about the magic of bulbs then plant up your own pot of bulbs to take home for spring!

 

December

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Do-It-Yourself Indoor Christmas Rose Container | Fri Dec 2nd-Sun December 4th, 10am-3pm | $30 + tax (Includes one budded/blooming hellebore and all the fixings.) | Come any time during the weekend and set yourself up at our self-serve craft tables. Select your blooming Christmas rose reserved for you, choose a clay pot or a festive metal container and decorate it with organza, ribbon, moss and winter twigs. A trusty Phoenician will be nearby if you need help.

This quick do-it-yourself project is great for decorating your home at Christmas or for gifts for friends and family at Christmas parties and gatherings. You'll probably want to do a few of them and you'll probably want to bring a friend.

   
THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Hellebore in a Handbag | Kate | Fri Dec 2nd, 1-3pm | $45 (Includes purse and hellebore) | It's come to this, fellow gardeners. We're going to Hellebore in a Handbag for Christmas! With this unique project we'll plant up a Christmas rose in a moss purse with some friends & add festive winter greens. Last year I wasn't sure how our many (female) attendees were going to be able to fit any additional plants into their purses with such a large gorgeous hellebore. Somehow I underestimated everyone's ability to stuff their purses full of all manner of necessities!
   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 3, 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 3, 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 Rose Centerpiece Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 4, 10am-12pm | $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 Outdoor Container Workshop | Kate | Sun Dec 4, 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.

 

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

It's so hard to decide what to highlight. We are at the peak availability of the year with maximum selection. Now's the time to visit. Get down here!

Hibiscus Summerific 'Berry Awesome' - Perennial Hibiscus - 'Berry Awesome' has dark green foliage that is thick and leathery, and glossy, pink buds which open to 8-9 inch wide, lavender pink flowers with red eye. It blooms from midsummer into early fall and makes an amazing display. Provide full sun and good moisture during the growing season. Hibiscus Summerific 'Starry Starry Night' - Perennial Hibiscus - 'Starry Starry Night' has wine purple, maple-like foliage that is thick and leathery, and glossy, pink buds which open to 8-9 inch wide, pale pink with darker pink speckling and veining flowers. It blooms from midsummer into early fall and makes an amazing display. Provide full sun and good moisture during the growing season.
Hibiscus Summerific 'Midnight Marvel' - Perennial Hibiscus - 'Midnight Marvel' has wine purple, maple-like foliage that is thick and leathery, and glossy, black-red buds which open to 8-9 inch wide, deep scarlet red flowers. It blooms from midsummer into early fall and makes an amazing display. Provide full sun and good moisture during the growing season. 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.
Acanthus mollis '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! Brunnera macrophylla 'Alexander's Great' - Siberian Bugloss - This giant Brunnera looks just like the classic 'Jack Frost' except for it's size. It will grow nearly a foot and half tall and two and a half feet wide! It has dramatic silver foliage and the dainty blue forget-me-not flowers that we love from this genus. Discovered by plantsman Alexander Zukeivich in his Belarus garden. This is a plant for a big garden or a big pot!
Musa sikkimensis 'Bengal Tiger' - Hardy Banana - 'Bengal Tiger' is a beautiful selection of hardy banana with much more burgundy than the species with burgundy stripes on top of the leaves and a burgundy flush underneath. Some claim this species is hardier than Musa basjoo but I’ve found the opposite. Even well-wrapped the stems of my plant have died to the ground every winter since about 2001. Still, with good mulching it has been ground hardy like a herbaceous perennial and returns to a height of eight feet every season with its gorgeous leaves. Well worth it. Gloriosa superba 'Himalayan Select' - Glory Lily - Gloriosa superba 'Himalayan Select' is a rare selection with bright, firey red flowers with recurved tepals (frequently more twisted than the picture) and a lemon-yellow base. Gloriosa lily is hardy to zone 8 and possibly zone 7 if soil conditions are dry during dormancy. Try it under the overhang of the house or grow in a pot that is kept dry and frost-free over winter. All part of the plant are poisonous so no salads!
Canna 'Australia' - Canna Lily - 'Australia' has striking maroon foliage that 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. 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. All our Canna are virus indexed and clean. Please be careful when buying plants elsewhere as a high proportion of plants available from nurseries are virused. Canna 'African Sunset - Canna Lily - FINALLY! A virus-free version of Tropicanna which seems universally infected everywhere in horticulture. 'African Sunset' has the same fantastic tropical foliage striped with red, yellow, orange, and gold and topped with firey orange flowers in summer. It is great for adding that subtropical look to your garden. All our Canna are virus indexed and clean. Please be careful when buying plants elsewhere as a high proportion of plants available from nurseries are virused.
Crocosmia 'Okavango' - Montbretia - Crocosmia ‘Okavango’ has tall stems with pleated, spiked, green leaves and upward-facing, large, bright, apricot-orange flowers on arching stems from mid to late summer. Easy and tough and provides lots of colour. A hummingbird favourite. Crocosmia 'Okavango' - Montbretia - Crocosmia 'Gerbe D'Or' forms medium-sized plants with masses of warm orange-yellow flowers and bronze-green foliage. The large, lily-shaped flowers of Crocosmia appear along arching stems that rise through clumped, sword-shaped foliage. Attracts hummingbirds. Excellent for cutting. Full to part sun in average to moist well-drained soil. Clumping.
Andropogon gerardii 'Red October' - Big Bluestem - Big bluestem is a long-lived grass that forms a tall, strictly upright clump of green foliage. The foliage of Andropogon 'Red October' will transition to bright red then smoky purple beginning in midsummer. Deep purple flowers with bright red-orange pollen top this colorful and statuesque display. Perovskia 'Lacey Blue' - Russian Sage - 'Lacey Blue' has grey-green foliage and airy lavender flowers atop stems to just 18 inches, less than half the height of the species. Does best with dry hot conditions forming a lovely haze of colour at the front to middle of the border. Also great for summer containers. The hotter the location, the happier the Perovskia.
Aeonium 'Zwartkop' - Aeonium - The Itoh peonies are intersectional hybrids between the tree peony (P. suffruticosa) and the garden peony (P. lactiflora). The result is an outstanding group of perennial herbaceous peonies with huge flowers in a wide range of unusual colours such as yellows, coppers, apricots, pinks, magentas and bicolours. The foliage emerges rich red and gradually turns to green. A mature plant can have over 50 blooms! We have lots of different cultivars right now! Astelia 'Silver Shadow' - Astelia - ‘Silver Shadow’ is a hybrid of the endangered Chatham Island Astelia, A. chathamica, endemic to these sub-Antarctic islands near New Zealand and A. nervosa. It's an extremely ornamental plant with shiny, metallic silvery-green recurved leaves. (No kidding. The leaves look made of real silver!) So very close to being hardy in coastal BC but not quite. It has taken minus 10 Celsius in our unheated greenhouse but can't take cold in combination with wet. Best kept above zero and on the dry side or up against a sheltered south-facing wall under an overhang. Worth every effort. There is nothing like it for container plantings!
Aconitum arendsii 'Cloudy' - Monkshood - Aconitum 'Cloudy' is aunique and gorgeous monkshood with large, soft blue and white flowers with dark green shiny foliage. Blooms in mid-summer. Plant in sun to part shade. All parts of the plant are poisonous so don’t use it in salads. Monkshoods are great from sun to part shade and offer a great way to get vertical spikes into shadier positions. Agastache 'Tango' - Hummingbird Mint - 'Tango' has dense spikes of bright orange blossoms. It is a compact cultivar growing from 15 to 18 inches tall and 15 inches wide. 'Tango' is great for all summer and fall colour at the front of the border and is compact enough for patio pots. Agastache are popular with hummingbirds. They have fragrant foliage.
Geranium 'Rise and Shine' - Cranesbill - 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. Eucomis 'Glow Sticks' - Pineapple Lily - Eucomis 'Glow Sticks' is a dwarf pineapple lily with coppery gold new foliage aging to a light green gold. White pineapple-like flower heads. Looks fantastic planted with burgundy foliage such as Ajuga 'Black Scallop' or Sedum 'Voodoo'. Very easy to grow and tolerates a wide range of garden conditions. Full sun for best foliage colour. Grow in containers or the ground.
Aster lateriflorus 'Lady in Black' - Calico Aster - Aster 'Lady in Black' forms three foot tall arching stems rise up like fireworks covered in rich deep purple foliage and exploding with thousands of small, white, pink-tinged, star-shaped flowers. Sound good? ‘Lady in Black' is a great addition to borders and large floral arrangements alike! It also sports burgundy foliage through the season so offers much interest even when not in bloom. Aster x frikartii 'Monch' - Aster - 'Monch' is one of the best asters for the garden. It is the first aster to begin blooming and often the last aster to finish. The flowers are clear beautiful lavender and the foliage is broad, bluish and fuzzy. An all around stunning performer.
Tricyrtis 'Fairy' - Toad Lily - Tricyrtis 'Fairy' produces large, white, unspotted flowers with red to warm purple tips. Toad lilies are wonderful plants for the late summer and fall shade garden. Most toad lilies grow on elegant arching stems often with lightly mottled foliage.

Tricyrtis 'Fuji no Niji' - Toad Lily - Tricyrtis ‘Fuji no Niji’ has loose cymes of amazing, white orchid-like flowers with multitudes of lavender purple spots and yellow tints toward the centre. Toad lilies produces tall, upright stems with semi-clasping, slightly hairy, dark green, oval leaves.

 

Eryngium planum 'Jade Frost' - Sea Holly - Eryngium are intriguing members of the carrot family and garden favourites for their true blue thimble like inflorescences held above equally blue thistly bracts. Now add some variegation to this sea holly picture. 'Jade Frost' has green leaves with white to creamy white variegation that is pink in cool temperatures. A must have for those who love blue flowers and variegation. Helenium Mariachi 'Siesta' - Sneezeweed - Helenium 'Siesta' from the Mariachi Series produces blooms of deep, true red petals with burgundy centres. This selection has a short and compact habit and is great at the front of the border. Helenium are naturally resistant, even toxic, to deer and rabbits.

Rudbeckia triloba 'Prairie Glow' - Sweet Coneflower - Rudbeckia 'Prairie Glow' is an unusual black-eyed Susan relative with dark red to burnt orange petals with yellow tips and is stunning in a mass planting. Flower stems are burgundy and tall. Great cut flower.

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.

Echinacea 'Supreme Cantaloupe' - Not-So-Purple Coneflower -Stately and elegant, 'Supreme Elegance' was the inspiration for the Supreme Series. A lovely, deep rose-red center that enriches as the flower ages. The ray petals are star-like and are a bright mauve pink that also deepen in colour. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering.

Echinacea 'Supreme Cantaloupe' - Not-So-Purple 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.

Begonia Cool Breeze 'Glacier' - Hardy Begonia - Cool Breeze 'Glacier' is a hardy begonia offering palmate leaves with green and silver white fronts and red backs. It has a mounding, upright habit and flowers in late summer with small, single, pink flowers. Hardy to zone 8. In colder climates grow outdoors in summer and as a houseplant in winter.

Sarracenia flava - Yellow Pitcher Plant - Sarracenia flava is native to the southeastern US. It is one of the most dramatic of pitcher plants with tall, lime green pitchers often to two feet tall. Some plants will have red venation. The flowers are golden yellow and resemble flying saucers. They appear in spring before the new pitchers. By the end of each season the tall pitchers will be filled to the brim with dead flies and other insects. Yum! Yum!
Kniphofia 'Poco Orange' - Red Hot Poker - Hot spikes of orange flowers rise continuously from summer into fall. The short grassy foliage looks neat all summer. A terrific drought tolerant garden plant. Great in the mid-border. The Kniphofia Poco Series is shorter than the Popsicle Series. Kniphofia 'Fire Glow' - Red Hot Poker - Kniphofia 'Fire Glow' is an all-summer bloomer which has a very short compact habit. A prolific bloomer with spikes of flowers the rich red orange colour. Charming, grass-like foliage looks neat all summer! Great for small gardens or in a container.
Rudbeckia subtomentosa - Henry Eilers' - Basal leaves appear in early spring and flowering stalks begin their ascent in June, reaching five to six feet and full flower by August, often staying in bloom into September. 'Henry Eilers' has finely quilled flowers of true yellow, not gold, and is stunning in a mass planting. The leaves of Rudbeckia subtomentosa are sweetly scented with a subtle vanilla fragrance. Great cut flower with its unique appearance, sturdy straight stems and long vase life. Named after the man who discovered it. Crocosmia 'Nova Dragonfire' - Montbretia - 'Nova Dragonfire' is a cute little, compact Crocosmia perfect for small gardens or the front of the border. It blooms with deep red flowers held on stems to two feet. Dark green, linear, lance-shaped leaves. Clumping. Popular with hummingbirds.
Hedychium greenii - Hardy Ginger - This highly ornamental species has leaves that are deep maroon on the undersides, colour that also infuses the stem. This species blooms in early October in Vancouver with a small, tight inflorescence of relatively large, dark orange, unscented flowers. Full sun in rich soil with abundant moisture during the growing season. Mulch with fallen leaves in winter. In colder regions grow in a pot or store in dry peat moss and keep above zero. Hedychium 'Pink V' - Hardy Ginger - 'Pink V' is a hardy ginger that will produce large peachy-apricot flowers in late summer and fall with a light fragrance. Before that the subtropical foliage adds a certain exotica to the garden. Hedychium are related to the culinary ginger Zingiber officinale. Though the rhizomes look similar it's best to just eat the culinary species. Makes a good container specimen in colder climates.
Hedychium 'Tahitian Flame' - Hardy Ginger - 'Tahitian Flame' is a hardy ginger that produces large apricot flowers during in late summer with a strong, sweet fragrance. It has a good upright habit and beautiful variegated foliage with varying striations of creamy white in each leaf. Hedychium are related to the culinary ginger Zingiber officinale. Though the rhizomes look similar it's best to just eat the culinary species. Makes a good container specimen in colder climates. Hedychium 'Disney' - Hardy Ginger - ‘Disney’ produces racemes of fragrant, red-orange flowers in late summer with tropical-looking foliage that provides interest all season long. Mulch with fallen leaves in winter. In colder regions grow in a pot or store in dry peat moss and keep above zero.
Anemone hupehensis '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 x hybrida 'Crispa' - Japanese Anemone - 'Crispa' is a shorter and more compact Japanese anemone with intriguing ruffled and crinkled leaves with red-tinged edges that look like triple curled parsley or kale. The large single pink flowers are similar to the other fall-blooming anemones. Some confusion exists in the naming of this plant. This cultivar has been cited as not having the crinkled leaves but the plants that we offer do.
Dahlia 'AC Dark Horse' - Dahlia - The large flowers of 'AC Dark Horse' are a blend of dark pink and purple with white tips. The petals are long, curly and twisted in different directions. 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 'Babylon Red' - Dahlia - Dahlia 'Babylon' is a beautiful of decorative-type dahlia with deep red flowers. 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.

 


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