Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
hope everyone is already having a Happy New Year! At
Phoenix Perennials we're doing our best to make that
a reality, at least in terms of your gardening life!
the turn into the new year things are already getting
busy for us at Phoenix. This month we'll be putting
up a new greenhouse that will become a dedicated shade
house. As you may have noticed shade is at a premium
at our hot, sunny nursery. The new shade house will
greatly improve our cultivation of shade perennials
and intriguing woodland treasures. We can't wait!
year we'll receive shipments from all over the world
including Europe, the US, Canada, India, Japan and South
Africa! All will be flying in shortly to the nursery
from their respective corners of the globe. Below you'll
find a sneak peak of some of the unusual and exciting
perennials we'll have from Japan.
are well underway for our annual opening weekend and
the Hellebore Hurrah! which will see a mind-boggling
assortment of hellebores including at least seven
different kinds of double hellebores. (Does that sentence
make you feel weak in the knees?) You can see one of
them below. Hellebores, whether double or single, are
a marvelous plant for the early spring garden. Easy
to grow and very ornamental. Whether you're a card-carrying
member of the hellebore fan club or still unfamiliar
with this superlative group of perennials, make sure
you don't miss the Hellebore Hurrah! Mark your calendars.
other news, we're hiring. Please see the advertisement
below if you or someone you know might be interested
in working at Phoenix Perennials in 2007.
that I bid you a happy January and look forward to seeing
you in less than two months at the nursery.
and the Phoenicians
Sneak Peak #1: Exciting Perennials from Japan
2. The Hellebore Hurrah!
3. Phoenix Perennials is Hiring
Exciting Perennials from Japan
year we will receive what we hope will be the first
of many imports of rare and exciting perennials from
Japan. The Japanese have a long history of gardening,
a keen interest in intriguing garden plants, and a wealth
of Japanese natives growing across the diverse topographies
and climates of the islands of Japan.
are some highlights that we'll be offering in 2007.
palmatum - Japanese Wood Poppy
Star of the early spring garden, this famous Japanese
woodlander has large, silky, pale purple-pink blossoms
over attractively textured foliage. It is a hard to
find and highly prized plant for the shade garden. The
flowers resemble a single peony or pink buttercup which
speaks to the confusion in its taxonomy. Previously
placed in either the Buttercup or Peony families, Japanese
Wood Poppy has most recently been placed in its very
own family. Best in moist but well-drained soil in cool
delphinifolia - Cacalia -
This under-appreciated shade plant from Japan has beautiful
shiny maple-shaped leaves. The mound of foliage is topped
by a three foot tower of frizzy white flowers in August.
Offers interesting foliage contrast to hostas and other
shade perennials. Light to deep shade.
tricarinata - Hardy Calanthe Orchid
- One of the hardiest calanthes
with spikes of yellow-green flowers with a burgundy,
red, yellow and white lip in spring. The lip of
the flower is elaborately frilled which helps explain
the Japanese name "sarumen" calanthe meaning "monkey
face." Foliage is evergreen in milder climates but
can go dormant in colder areas. Rare but easy to
grow. Virus-free plants from flasked seedlings.
dubia - Asian Twinleaf
- This famous woodland rock garden
plant from Korea has long been cultivated in Japan.
The pretty up-facing light mauve flowers emerge in early
spring and are followed by attractive two-lobed leaves.
It is easy to grow in light to full shade in gritty,
gravelly, humusy or leafy (i.e. light and well drained)
soil where it will form large clumps.
smilacinum 'Kogane Tsuki' - Fairy Bells
- This species hails from the
woodlands of Korea and Japan but you won’t find this
form in the wild. ‘Kogane Tsuki’ has shockingly rich
yellow foliage with green stripes and streaks merging
at the end of each leaf. It only grows to about four
inches tall but makes tight colonies. Each stem produces
one or two drooping cup-shaped white flowers in mid
to late spring.
odoratum 'Byakko' - Solomon's Seal -
The leaves of this stunning variegated solomon’s seal
are white on the lower half and green on the tips. The
colour is best in light shade with some morning sun
and is better expressed on larger plants. The name means
"white tiger." This plant was once fairly common in
Japan where fields of it were grown for the cut flower
trade. It nearly disappeared from cultivation and is
now making a slow, pricey comeback. The flowers are
macrantha var. macranthopsis - Weeping Golden Toad Lily
- Famed UK plantsman Brian Mathew
believes that of all the tricyrtis species this plant
and its related species have “the most fascinating and
beautiful flowers." In September and October, the long
arching stems of dark green glossy leaves are topped
with large deep yellow bells, speckled red inside. Great
planted at the top of a shady wall where the flowers
can be viewed from below.
‘Kohaku’ - Toad Lily
- This bold toad lily has an arching
habit and very large cup-shaped flowers that are beautifully
marked. A vigorous and very unusual hybrid originally
bred for the cut flower trade in Japan at least 15 years
Celebrating early spring and all
2nd, 3rd & 4th, 2007
Brace yourselves fellow gardeners for
the most exciting selection of hellebores I've ever
seen! Hopefully you'll be impressed too! We'll have
at least seven different kinds of double hellebores
including the rich raspberry-coloured 'Kingston Cardinal'
pictured below. We'll also have a nice selection of
companion plants great for early spring. Mark your calendars!
Helleborus 'Kingston Cardinal'
If you are unable to attend the Hurrah
there will certainly be more hellebores available afterwards.
If you would like to make sure you acquire a desired
plant(s) you can call the nursery between February 12th
and March 1st and give us your order and your credit
card information. We will select a nice specimen for
you on March 2nd and hold it for you until you can pick
Perennials is Hiring
Are you or someone you know interested in working with
plants in a fun, challenging and exciting nursery environment?
We are now hiring for the 2007 season.
We are looking for individuals with a positive attitude,
an excellent work ethic, and a love of plants. We will
consider applicants from gardening newbies right up
to seasoned pros for positions in both the production
and retail sides of the business.
Please prepare a cover letter and resume
and send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interviews will begin soon so don't delay.
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Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.
One of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials
in the Lower Mainland
Specializing in distinct perennials, fragrant shrubs,
hardy subtropicals and the botanically intriguing
No. 6 Road, Richmond (Between Bridgeport and Cambie)
visit our web page for information on the nursery, driving
directions and a map.
We are near the south end of the Knight Street Bridge
and very easy to get to from all of the surrounding
municipalities and beyond.
Days a Week 10am-5pm
March 2nd, 2007 through October 31st, 2007
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