Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: July 2013

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
July 2013

Celebrating our 10th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

The nursery is bursting at the seams with big, beautiful plants blooming their hearts out. If you haven't seen the nursery in its summer glory then you need to come back for a visit. To entice you we have extended our The Summer Sizzle event to start early this weekend -- 30% Off All Plants and Pots. And to assure you that you can plant now we've included an article all about summer planting of perennials. With a couple easy strategies you can plant all summer long.

Phoenix Perennials has popped up in a couple gardening magazines lately. In this issue you'll see the profile of the nursery in Garden Making Magazine and the Ask the Experts installment by yours truly in BC Home and Garden Magazine.

This year has been one of the most exciting ever for cool workshops. We bring you a multi-media display of images and video on two of our favourite workshops: Harry Potter Gardens and Cocktail Gardening. One workshop was definitely for kids and the other definitely was not!

More people than ever have exclaimed "How did I miss that?" and "Are you going to run that workshop again?" after finding out after the fact about these and other workshops. We get the impression that gardeners are busier than ever with life and work with less time for play and relaxation. We will certainly be running our most popular workshops again next year. But you have to pay attention to the e-newsletter. Don't miss the exciting fall and winter workshops including our Tomato Tastings at the Heirloom Tomato Fest and the workshops at our Christmas Hurrah!

Brazelberries are the hottest edible item this year for gardens and patios. We currently have the raspberry 'Raspberry Shortcake' in stock and we are taking orders for the two blueberries for August pick-up. Learn about BrazelBerries and how to order them below.

Also check out the Perennial Plant Association's Public Day. Registration is starting to fill up so get your registration in soon!

Last but not least don't miss a huge installment of Fabulous at Phoenix.

See you soon at the nursery!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

Starting this Weekend!
The
Summer Sizzle
Friday July 5th to Sunday July 14th, 2013

30% Off
All Plants and Pots

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Get periodic updates on specific areas of interest such as edibles, hardy subtropicals, maples and woodies, clematis and vines, shade plants, succulents and more.

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Perennial Plant Association Symposium
Public Seminar Day

Sunday July 21st, 2013
Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver

Featuring Six Incredible Speakers from Vancouver and across North America.

Details Below.

 

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. The Summer Sizzle: 30% Off all Plants and Pots -- The nursery is packed with amazing colour and top quality plants all on sale!
2. You Can Plant Perennials All Summer -- A few careful steps are all that is required to successfully plant new perennials in the summer...
3. Phoenix Perennials Profiled in Garden Making Magazine -- Phoenix Perennials was recently featured in the Summer Issue of Garden Making Magazine with a full page spread all about the nursery
4. Gary Offers Up Advice in the Ask the Experts Section of BC Home and Garden Magazine -- BC Home and Garden Magazine (formerly Garden Wise) asked me to contribute to the Ask the Experts section in the latest issue of the magazine.
5. Workshop Round-Up: Harry Potter and Cocktail Gardening
-- This year we added lots of new, creative workshops. Two, in particular, stood out as new favourites...
6. Pre-Order BrazelBerry Blueberries and Raspberries for August -- Brazelberries are the hottest edible item this year for gardens and patios.
7. Upcoming Workshops -- Don't miss our exciting fall and winter workshops...
8. Perennial Plants and Design: A Perfect Combination -- A one-day seminar, presented by the Perennial Plant Association, for the benefit of home gardeners, master gardeners, professional gardeners, green industry professionals, and landscape enthusiasts.
9. Fabulous at Phoenix -- Gary's Picks of New, Notable and Luscious Plants at the Phoenix Candy Store

 


Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendardar

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
Fri-Sun July 5-14
The Summer Sizzle
Celebrate the botanical glories of high summer with specially priced plants and other surprises.
Sat
Sept 7
The Heirloom Tomato Festival
With tomato tastings, heirloom tomato fruit for sale and a display of heirloom tomatoes! | Sign up early for our Tomato Tastings. Last year they sold out with 100 people still on the wait list! View images from last year's event!
Fri-Sun
Dec 6-8

The Christmas Hurrah!
Celebrate the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other seasonal delights with workshops and DIY projects. View images from last year's Christmas Hurrah!

 

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1.

Starting this Weekend!
The
Summer Sizzle
Friday July 5th to Sunday July 14th, 2013

The nursery is packed with colour and incredible plants in prime condition. This is a great time of year to visit and be inspired by beautiful plants and great savings. And with just a little bit of careful planting and some regular watering it is fine to plant new plantings all summer.

30% Off
All Plants and Pots

This includes all trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, edibles, groundcovers, succulents, citrus and containers.

 


2.

You Can Plant Perennials All Summer
A few careful steps are all that is required to successfully plant new perennials in the summer

Many gardeners think that once July and August are here that it is too late to plant new perennials. Indeed, the best seasons for perennial planting are spring and fall. But you can also plant perennials in the summer.

This common misconception is likely due to confusion between the planting of new perennials and the transplanting of existing perennials.

Transplanting of existing perennials refers to moving plants already established in the garden which results in the uprooting and damaging of established root systems, especially the fine white tip roots that are the primary conduits for water and nutrients. Once transplanted into a new location the remaining roots will usually not have enough capacity to uptake water to support the foliage, even if you trim back the foliage by a third to a half.

While this type of garden work should be avoided in the summer months, the planting of new perennials can continue with great success. This is because new perennials can be planted with little to no damage to established root systems. Your new perennial goes into the ground with its roots intact and just like when it was in a pot, the only thing you have to do is keep it watered.

Here are a few secrets of success for summer planting:

  1. While still in the pot water your new perennial so that water flows freely out the bottom of the pot and the root ball is thoroughly saturated.
  2. Dig a generous hole. Once dug, fill it with water and allow the water to slowly drain into the surrounding garden bed. This helps moisten the soil around your planting hole.
  3. Remove your new plant from its pot and gently scuff up the edges of the root ball with your fingers. Just a little damage to the roots will encourage them to grow and branch out into their new home. Plant your new plant and fill the hole three quarters full with a mix of half existing soil and half new compost or Sea Soil. Now fill the hole again with water and allow it to slowly drain away as before. This will thoroughly moisten the soil immediately adjacent to the new plant’s root ball.
  4. Fill the remaining quarter of the planting hole with soil and gently tamp down the soil around the root ball of your new plant.
  5. Collect the excess soil left over from planting and build a rim or bowl around your perennial about six to 12 inches from the base of the plant. This will create a bowl for you to water guaranteeing that water will collect in the bowl and sink straight downwards into the root ball of your new plant.
  6. Water your new perennial two to three times a week during dry sunny periods by filling the bowl with water two or three times and allowing the water to sink straight down into the root ball.
  7. To encourage faster rooting use a transplant fertilizer. The product we carry has rooting hormone as well as kelp extract which makes roots grow crazy fast!

Voilà! You can plant a new plant or whole new garden beds and you don't have to wait until fall! Follow these easy steps and you can plant new perennials all summer long! Have fun!

PS. These steps are also great for success with spring and fall plantings too, especially if you're planting trees and shrubs which are slower to establish than perennials.


3.

Phoenix Perennials
Profiled in Garden Making Magazine

Phoenix Perennials was recently featured in the Summer Issue of Garden Making Magazine with a full page spread all about the nursery including our history, plants, workshops, special events and our new Canadian mail order.

This lovely and relatively new Canadian gardening magazine has great content even when they're not covering our nursery!

One of our Facebook subscribers, Billy Rodrigo, says that "this is my favourite Canadian gardening magazine."

Check it out as it could become your favourite gardening magazine too!

Based in Ontario but with a national focus, Garden Making is quickly gaining accolades from gardeners across the country!

Click here to View the article on Phoenix!

Click here to visit the Garden Making website.

 


4.

Gary Offers Up Advice in the Ask the Experts Section of BC Home and Garden Magazine
BC Home and Garden Magazine (formerly Garden Wise) asked me to contribute to the Ask the Experts section in the latest issue of the magazine. It's available on news stands now. In this segment I talk about summer colour. Check out the magazine. View the Ask the Experts Page.

 


5.

Workshop Round-Up
Harry Potter and Cocktail Gardening Workshops

This year we added lots of new, creative workshops. Two, in particular, stood out as new favourites. One was designed for young wizards and witches. The other was for adults only. Here are some images and YouTube videos from these workshops. We plan to run both of them again next year so put a reminder on your day timer and watch for the e-newsletter in early spring for the launch of the 2014 workshop schedule!

Harry Potter Gardens -- This popular kids workshop was all about teaching kids the magic of plants through the magic of Harry Potter. Everyone got a magic wand, a spell book for planting plants, a Hogwarts badge and then they got to pot up their own Harry Potter gardens complete with the Womping Willow, the Dark Forest, the Black Lake, Hogwarts Castle and, of course, Harry, Ron and Hermione. Professor Kate did an amazing job at instructing our young witches and wizards including teaching them botanical spells where the spells were the latin names of the plants they were planting! 
View the Photo Album.
Harry Potter Workshop: Magic Wands from Olivander -- In this video Professor Kate hands out magic wands to each student. The wands were sent by Olivander himself for each child. Every wand is different and every wand is specific to each child because "the wand chooses the wizard" as Olivander always says.
Harry Potter Workshop: Caring for Plants -- In this segment Professor Kate teaches her students about what plants need to live and how even muggle plants are magical!
Harry Potter Workshop: Learning Botanical Spells -- In this segment of the class Professor Kate teaches the students botanical spells and then they get to add Harry, Ron, Hermione and Hogwarts castle to their magical gardens.
Harry Potter Workshop: Practicing Botanical Spells -- In this segment Professor Kate practices with her student witches and wizards one last time before the end of the class to make sure they have got their botanical spells perfect.

 

Cocktail Gardening: From Garden to Glass -- This fantastic workshop was taught by world famous and award-winning bartender and mixologist David Wolowidnyk from West Restaurant. In 2012 David won Most Creative Bartender in the World at the Bombay Sapphire Championships in Morrocco. He came to Phoenix to show us how to make cool drinks with edibles you can grow in your garden. Once David showed us how to make the drink I (Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis) talked about how to grow these edibles in the garden. Then we got to taste David's delicious creations! We had so much fun David and I are already talking about next year! Don't miss it. View the Photo Album.
Cocktail Gardening Workshop: "Herb Collins", Tom Collins & James Bond -- At our Cocktail Gardening Workshop instructor and world-famous bartender David Wolowidnyk of West Restaurant tells us stories about the history of gin including the Tom Collins and how James Bond fits in to the story of gin and vodka. He also gives a quick intro to his cocktail gardening spin on the Tom Collins -- the "Herb Collins" using fresh herbs from the garden.
Cocktail Gardening Workshop: Making the "Herb Collins" -- In this video award-winning bartender David Wolowidnyk of West Restaurant prepares his take on the Tom Collins -- his "Herb Collins". He also discusses the magic ratio of sweet and tart and demonstrates his ice crushing machine!
Cocktail Gardening Workshop: The Clover Club plus Fresh Vermouth and Eggs -- Bartenders are great at mixing drinks and talking at the same time. As award-winning bartender David Wolowidnyk prepares the Clover Club cocktail he discusses how to recognize a fresh egg and how to keep your vermouth fresh.
Cocktail Gardening Workshop: Rhythm and the Clover Club Reveal -- World famous bartender David Wolowidnyk of West Restaurant puts the finishing touches on the Clover Club cocktail and discusses shaking with Rhythm. Then he pours the cocktail into glasses to the delight of his students!

Don't miss your exciting Fall and Winter Workshops.


6.

Pre-Order BrazelBerry
Blueberries and Raspberries for August!

Brazelberries are the hottest item this year for gardens and patios. They are dwarf berry bushes (two blueberries and one raspberry) that can be grown in pots or in the garden. They are attractive plants that produce tons of fruit. What could be better than fresh blueberries and raspberries right from your own garden?

We currently have the raspberry 'Raspberry Shortcake in stock available on a first come basis. We are taking orders for the two blueberries for August delivery. Details below.

More Information and Ordering

Blueberry 'Jelly Bean'

This little blueberry wonder is prolific - producing a bumper crop of large, flavorful blueberries mid-summer with super sweet flavor like homemade blueberry jelly. Brilliant green new foliage emerges in spring which gives way to darker greens with red hues throughout the summer and fall. In cooler climates, summer brings radiant red leaf edges along the sides of the leaves contrasted by the clusters of blue summer fruit.

Containers, mini hedges or mixed shrub plantings.

1.5g pot. $21.99 + GST

Blueberry 'Peach Sorbet'

A four-season showstopper, this compact blueberry is stunning with leaves ranging from peach to pink to orange to emerald green. Spring's white, bell-shaped flowers will give way to an abundant summer crop of healthy, sweet blueberries mid-summer. In most climates, Peach Sorbet keeps its leaves through the winter when the foliage transitions to a rich eggplant purple.

Use in containers, in mixed borders or as a mini hedge of beautiful foliage and edible delight!

1.5g pot. $21.99 + GST

Raspberry 'Raspberry Shortcake'

Available now at the nursery or pre-order for August!

This revolutionary, thornless raspberry is a little dwarf of a raspberry with an endearing compact growth habit that thrives in patio pots or in your landscape. For the first time ever, whether you have an urban balcony or a country estate, you can savour the experience of fresh raspberries from your own plants.

This carefree thornless raspberry is perfect for children and adults. All will love harvesting healthy fruit right from your patio containers or the garden!

2.5 gallon pot. $44.99 + GST

More Information and Ordering

 

 

 


7.

Upcoming Workshops

September

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE HEIRLOOM TOMATO FESTIVAL | Tomato Tastings | Instructor: Gary Lewis | Sat Sept 7th, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm | $12 + $18 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!

NEW! SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE HEIRLOOM TOMATO FESTIVAL | Tantalizing Tomatoes: Preserving a Favourite Edible for Year-Round Eating | Instructor: Cathy Hiebert | Sat Sept 7th, 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!

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Fall and Winter | Instructor: Shelley | Sat Sept 14th, 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 the two other sessions: Spring and Summer. Register Online!

CONTAINER SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for Spring Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Sept 21st, 10am-12pm | $14 | Meet the spring blooming wonders that you can include in your garden and in pots including a number of uncommon but exciting possibilities. You will also receive instruction on designing with bulbs and planting them in layers for knock out displays. Each participant will then 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. Register Online!

CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Sept 28th, 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. Register Online!

 

December

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Do-It-Yourself Christmas Rose Indoor Container Project | Fri Dec 6th to Sun Dec 8th, 1-3pm | $30 + tax includes one hellebore & all the fixings. | Come 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!
     
NEW! SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Advanced Wreath Making Workshop: Beyond the Expected | Instructor: Diane Levings, Full Bloom Flowers | Fri Dec 6th, 10am-12pm | $55 Includes all materials | For those with experience in making traditional wreaths (such as those who have already taken the Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop) Diane will lead you in a workshop that breaks all the rules and inspires you to create festive displays that go beyond the ordinary. With Diane’s careful and inspiring instruction you’ll surprise yourself (and your family and friends) with your new creation to celebrate the Christmas season. Register Online!
   
SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Centrepiece Workshop | Instructor: Diane Levings, Full Bloom Flowers | Sun Dec 8th, 10am-12pm | $55 + tax includes all supplies except Bring Your Own Container or buy one at the workshop. | Grace your holiday table with a fantastic, florist-quality seasonal centrepiece brimming with festive greens, winter twigs and cones, taper candles and hellebore flowers! Diane Levings of Full Bloom Flowers (www.fullbloomflowers.ca) will be your expert instructor! Register Online!
   
SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Instructor: Diane Levings, Full Bloom Flowers | Sat Dec 7th, 10am-12pm | $55 Includes all materials. | Wreaths were the first way flowers and foliage were used for decoration. Diane Levings of Full Bloom Flowers will teach you about the history of wreaths and their design as you build your very own festive wreath with unique greenery and dried pods and cones. She will then show you how to use Christmas roses, Helleborus niger, and other fresh flowers in your wreath! Bring a friend to maximize your fun. You may bring greenery or twigs from your own garden to use in your wreath if you like. Register Online!
   
SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Dec 7th, 1-3pm | $18 (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!

 


8.

Perennial Plant Association Symposium
Perennial Plants And Design: A Perfect Combination
Public Seminar Day

Sunday July 21st, 2013
Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver

A Note from Phoenix Perennials owner, Gary: The Perennial Plant Association is the North America-wide industry group that brings gardeners the Perennial Plant of the Year. I represent Canada on the Board of Directors and am the lead organizer for this year's Symposium taking place in Vancouver. The Annual Symposium is in a different location every year and comes to Canada once every seven years. Last time the Symposium was in Vancouver was in 1993! In addition to the professional program we have prepared a knock-out day of seminars for the gardening public with speakers from Vancouver and across North America. For details read below. I hope you'll join us and tell all your gardening friends!
Online registration is now open.

Registration Fee: The Registration fee is $89 USD through June 1 and $99 USD after June 1. Full time students pay $50 USD. ONLINE REGISTRATION or Download the Registration Form.

The Layered Garden: Design Lessons for Year-Round Beauty -- David Culp, Sunny Border Nurseries, Inc., Downington, Pennsylvania

The Best of the Best: Edible Trees, Shrubs and Plants to Use in Your Landscape -- Senga Lindsay, Senga Designs, Vancouver, British Columbia

From Jewel Box Garden to Rural Estate: Creating a New Vision From Scratch -- Thomas Hobbs, Southland Nursery, Vancouver, British Columbia

Creative Solutions for Small Spaces -- Beth Edney, Designs By The Yard, Toronto, Ontario

New Plants From Canada’s Far East: Plant Breeding at the Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden -- Todd Boland, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland

Full Frontal Gardens -- Lucy Hardiman, Perennial Partners, Portland, Oregon

For more information, registration and speaker bios click here.

 


9.

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

The nursery has never been so full of such beautiful plants. Don't miss seeing Phoenix Perennials in its summer glory.

Anigozanthos 'Bush Tango' - Kangaroo Paw - Kangaroo paws have some of the most distinctive flowers in the botanical world with clusters of fuzzy tubular flowers that look like a kangaroo's paw and that bloom for months! 'Bush Tango' has flowers in shades of orange, apricot and red on stems up to three feet tall above iris-like mid-green foliage. Tolerant of some freezing but safest to bring plants inside to a greenhouse or as a houseplant in winter. Anigozanthos 'Cape Magenta' - Kangaroo Paw - Kangaroo paws have some of the most distinctive flowers in the botanical world with clusters of fuzzy tubular flowers that look like a kangaroo's paw and that bloom for months! 'Cape Magenta' has mid to deep pink flowers on stems to two feet tall above iris-like mid-green foliage. Tolerant of some freezing but safest to bring plants inside to a greenhouse or as a houseplant in winter.
Dahlia Mystic Illusion 'Knockout' - Dahlia - Warm, sunny yellow single flowers with a flush of orange at the centre. Dark burgundy filigreed foliage. Excellent in containers or in the garden. Three options for winter starting with easiest and safest: 1. grow in a pot and move to a frost-free area, 2. lift tubers and store, 3. leave in the ground in well-drained, sunny beds under a mound of fallen leaves. Dahlia Mystic Wonder 'Velvet' - Dahlia - Rich, velvety, blood red flowers atop the darkest of dark burgundy filigreed foliage. Excellent in containers or in the garden. Three options for winter starting with easiest and safest: 1. grow in a pot and move to a frost-free area, 2. lift tubers and store, 3. leave in the ground in well-drained, sunny beds under a mound of fallen leaves.
Acalypha pendula 'Firetail' - Strawberry Firetail - Intriguing fuzzy red "kitten tails" are produced in great numbers all summer long by this member of the Euphorbia family. Use in hanging baskets, containers or in the ground in warm microclimates of your yard. A native of Cuba this plant can take some frost but not a full winter. Easy as a houseplant or in a cool greenhouse. Coreopsis 'Deset Coral' - Tickseed - Large flowers with peachy-orange and coral red colours. Flowers are produced in profusion all summer long. A great, low compact habit. All coreopsis require excellent drainage.
Coreopsis 'Pink Sapphire' - Tickseed - Large rich pink flowers with an icy white ring around the centre. Flowers are produced in profusion all summer long. A great, low compact habit. All coreopsis require excellent drainage. Lavandula 'Thumbelina Leigh' - Lavender - Showy, compact plants with strong stems and lots of purple-blue flowers on short, plump spikes. Attractive, fragant, mid-green foliage. Easier to keep as a nice mound of foliage and flowers than the larger-growing cultivars.
Campanula 'Ringsabell Indigo Blue - Bellflower - Large, pendent, bluish purple bells on slender stems are produced in great profusion in late spring and summer. Flowers rise above the foliage to about 15 inches. Tidy, medium green foliage. Though this is a punctata/takesimana-type bellflower the Ringsabell cultivars do not spread like others of its type. Clumps will gradually get larger over time. Campanula 'Ringsabell Mulberry Rose' - Bellflower - Large, pendent, rose pink bells on slender stems are produced in great profusion in late spring and summer. Flowers rise above the foliage to about 15 inches. Tidy, medium green foliage. Though this is a punctata/takesimana-type bellflower the Ringsabell cultivars do not spread like others of its type. Clumps will gradually get larger over time.
Hosta 'Surfer Girl' - This all green miniature hosta has long, pointed leaves that are rippled like the waves of the ocean. Each leaf is only two inches long and one inch wide. Plants have a stoloniferous habit and will spread like H. venustum. Lavender flowers in summer. Great for edging or in mass plantings. 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 'Ripple Effect' - This unique new hosta is a sport of the ever popular 'June'. It has long, narrow, wavy, gold leaves of thick substance with a narrow blue-green margin that occasionally jets towards the centre. In summer the foliage transitions to chartreuse with a green margin. Pale lavender flowers on chartreuse scapes.
Deinanthe caerulea - False Hydrangea - From China comes this uncommon hydrangea relative with intriguing purple-blue flowers held above clumps of beautifully textured foliage. Blooms in early to mid summer. A wonderful addition to the shade garden. Deinanthe bifida - Two-Lobed False Hydrangea- This unusual Japanese hydrangea relative forms clumps of beautiful textured foliage that splits into two lobes at the tip of each leaf like the tongue of an overweight snake. In early summer intriguing white flowers emerge above the foliage. A wonderful addition to the shade garden.
Pyrrosia lingua 'Ogon Nishiki' - Tongue Fern - Pyrrosia lingua is a common rock-dwelling fern from northeast Asia with tongue-shaped, leathery fronds with cinnamon-felted undersides. 'Ogon Nishiki' is a very rare thing in that it is a variegated fern. Every leaf offers different light green stripes on an emerald green background. It can be grown in open potting media, orchid mix, or on a slab. Keep dry in winter; water and fertilize in summer. A good houseplant. Pyrrosia lingua 'Eboshi' - Tongue Fern - Pyrrosia lingua is a common rock-dwelling fern from northeast Asia with tongue-shaped, leathery fronds with cinnamon-felted undersides. 'Eboshi' is a rare and intriguing form with twisted fronds. It can be grown in open potting media, orchid mix, or on a slab. Keep dry in winter; water and fertilize in summer. Makes a good houseplant.
Agastache 'Raspberry Nectar' - Anise Hyssop - Raspberry Nectar has dense spikes of raspberry red flowers. The Nectar Series are compact plants growing from 15 to 18 inches tall and 15 inches wide. They are great for all summer and fall colour at the front of the border and are also compact enough for patio pots. Agastache are popular with hummingbirds. They have fragrant foliage. Antirrhinum 'Snap Daddy Yellow' - Snapdragon - Go retro chic with this variegated snapdragon! This hardy cultivar can handle zone 7. The lemon-yellow blooms have light yellow highlights and are held in fat spikes above green and white, variegated foliage. The plants are bushy and compact and happy to flower over a long period from summer until frost!
Hosta 'Rubies and Ruffles' - Showy red leaf petioles support mid-green leaves edged with a distinctive ruffle in creamy yellow aging to creamy white. Lavender flowers held aloft by red scapes in summer. Hosta 'Rare Breed' - This gorgeous tricolor hosta has centres of yellow aging to creaming white surrounded by light green and then dark green. Foliage is slightly cupped when mature. Lavender flowers in summer.
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'.
Echinacea 'Rosita' - 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.

Echinacea 'Chiquita' - Coneflower - Echinacea 'Chiquita' has a naturally short habit, a high crown count, very large flowers for a dwarf and a lovely, soft yellow colour. As a container plant, 'Chiquita' is a star performer and in the garden nothing could light up the front of the border like this fragrant, easy to grow cultivar. A member of the Prairie Pixies Series. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering.

Echinacea 'Meteor Red' - Coneflower - Lovely double red anemone-type flowers shoot upward from an upright, well-branched plant. Blooming heavily from summer until frost this compact plant is equally at home in containers or in the border and look great combined with grasses and other summer bloomers. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering. Echinacea 'Meteor Pink' - Coneflower - Exquisite double pink anemone-like flowers are held in an upright compact habit. Great branching produces multiple stems of bloom which can be used for small bouquets. These are the perfect plants for the middle of the border and the strong stems mean no staking will be needed. Great vigour and bloom power. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering.
Echinacea 'Glowing Dream' - Coneflower - Like 'Amazing Dream', this compact, floriferous coneflower also has E. tennesseensis breeding which imparts a great habit and a great crown. The flowers of 'Glowing Dream' are an intense, glowing, watermelon-coral. A fabulous landscape plant with great flower colour, habit and long bloom time.Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering. Echinacea 'Cinnamon Cupcake' - Coneflower - A dwarf Echinacea with double flowers in a unique cinnamon red colour on plants that are short and extremely well branched offering copious numbers of flowers over a very long season. Fragrant. 'Cinnamon Cupcake' accompanies 'Cranberry Cupcake' in the Cupcake Series. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering.
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. Penstemon 'Red Riding Hood' - Beardtongue - Dramatic spikes of lipstick red, tubular flowers that bloom for most of the summer. A good cut flower and a hummingbird favourite. Beautiful foliage.
Echinacea 'Colorburst Orange' - Coneflower - 'Colorburst Orange' has exciting double tangerine orange flowers and a medium short, well-branched habit. The anemone type double flowers open with centres that are dark, then lime green then orange. First year plants are multistemmed with excellent vigor. Flowers are very large and stems are extra strong. Grows only a bit taller than a foot. Great for 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. Echinacea 'Supreme Flamingo'- Coneflower - Very rich, coral and shrimp pink colours combine for an unbelievable exclamation of colour in the summer garden. Fully double, fragrant flowers with complimentary ray petals of rosy copper. Show this colour off with with a bright yellow or tone it down with some brooding purple. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering.

Echinacea 'Supreme Elegance' - 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' - 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.
Meconopsis baileyi (betonicifolia) - Himalayan Blue Poppy - This species is the legendary Himalayan Blue Poppy, originally called M. baileyi then M. betonicifolia and now M. baileyi again. The flowers are from three to five inches across in pale to deep sky blue. Prefers peaty, well-drained soil that is kept evenly moist in summer and bright but indirect light. Prefers regions with cool summers and resents heat and humidity. Eryngium planum 'Blue Glitter - Sea Holly - Small, egg-shaped clusters of blue flowers are subtended by blue bracts and blue stems. A great thistle-like plant for accent, texture and conversation! Great in hot, dry locations. This peculiar genus from the carrot family is widespread with its centre of diversity in South America with additional species in Europe and North America.
Heuchera 'Glitter' - Coral Bells - 'Glitter' can be spotted a mile away with its mirror bright silver foliage and contrasting black veins. This heuchera sparkles like a glitter ball! The soft violet leaf back is as pretty as the top, but is rarely seen due to the ultra-neat habit of the plant. Fantastic bouquet type flowers of exotic fuchsia-pink. Heuchera 'Zipper' - Coral Bells - Brightly coloured, ever-changing orange, peach and pink foliage with serious ruffles, 'Zipper' looks to be a winner. The foliage is orange in spring and fall and golden amber in summer and winter, always with magenta backs showing. Compared to 'Marmalade' and 'Ginger Peach', the leaves are more ruffled, highly coloured, and glossy (rather than matte). Large leaves with better heat and humidity tolerance, as well as good cold tolerance.
Heucherella 'Sweet Tea' - Foamy Bells - Huge cinnamon stars at the centre of each leaf are surrounded by the loveliest orange tea coloured borders. A new instant classic for containers and garden. Undeniably the most intensely coloured heucherella ever! The big, palmately cut leaves darken in the summer and lighten up again in the fall. Its Heuchera villosa breeding gives it a big bold habit and heat and humidity tolerance. Heucherella 'Brass Lantern' - Foamy Bells - Outstanding vigour combined with brassy gold and red spring colour on maple shaped leaves. A beacon in the garden. Use this large, evergreen, landscape perennial in mixed beds, under high branching shrubs, or in a container. Spikes of white flowers on dark stems. Winter colour olive and brown. Best colour contrast with some shade.

 


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