Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: Mid July 2014

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
Mid July 2014

Celebrating our 11th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

What a great time of the year. The heat has been fun though gardens are looking a little tired here and there even as they burst into summer colour. Under these recent conditions it's all about keeping your beds and containers well-watered. Make sure you are using the bowl method for any new shrub or tree plantings. Our article on summer planting, which we include for another month, gives you all the details below.

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

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

The Fourth Annual Heirloom Tomato Festival is coming up in early September. Now is the time to plan your tomato experience with a savings of $7 per person on your tasting. That's 50% off! This special offer will last just until July 31st so register asap! Our workshop season kicks off with the Tomato Fest but there are lots of other exciting fall workshops. Have a look, grab a friend or family member and register to have some fun with us.

Also in this issue we include an article on an important issue affecting gardeners and pollinators: neonicotinoid pesticides. Have a read below on what these are and how Phoenix is addressing the issue.

See you soon at the nursery!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

SUMMER
CO
LOUR
SALE!

20% Off All Blooming Plants

Details Below

 

On Sale Now!
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Grasses
Non-Hardy Succulents
Hardy and Non-Hardy Citrus

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Neonicotinoid Pesticides, Pollinators and Phoenix Perennials: -- Lately we have had some questions from customers about a class of pesticide called neonicotinoids that are used commonly in agriculture and horticulture. Lately these pesticides have been in the news...
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. On Sale Now! -- 30% Off Select Items
4. Summer Colour Sale -- 20% Off Plants in Bloom!
5. The Fourth Annual Heirloom Tomato Festival -- With tomato tastings, a tomato preserving workshop, tomato plant and fruit displays and heirloom tomato fruit for sale!
6. Upcoming Workshops: There are some exciting workshops coming up. Don't miss them!

Exciting
Upcoming
Workshops

7. Canada Blooms Contest: Win a Trip for Two to Canada Blooms in Toronto - Canada Blooms is the largest flower and garden festival in the country. You can enter to win a trip for two including travel with VIA Rail and 3 nights stay at the InterContinental Toronto plus entry to the show. CONTEST!
8. Fabulous at Phoenix: Gary's Picks of New, Notable and Luscious Plants at the Phoenix Candy Store

 


Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

The Phoenix Perennials Calendar
There's so much going on at the nursery all the time. Here's your resource to keep track.
Date
Event Description
Mon Aug 18
Garden Club Talk: Avoiding the Summer Doldrums | Presented to the Comox Valley Garden Club | Contact Pauline for details shadowfx.73 at gmail.com.
Sat
Sept 20
Garden Club Talk: Weird and Wonderful Plants of the World | Presented to the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, Portland, Oregon. | Contact Lucy for details at lucyflora at comcast.net.

 

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1.

Neonicotinoid Pesticides, Pollinators and Phoenix Perennials

Lately we have had some questions from customers about a class of pesticide called neonicotinoids that are used commonly in agriculture and horticulture. Lately these pesticides have been in the news because of research that has shown a possible link to bee deaths and colony collapse disorder in beehives. A study by Friends of the Earth has also found neonicotinoids in garden plants sold at garden centres in Canada and the US leading to alarm amongst gardeners.

Neonicotinoids or "neonics" entered widespread usage over the last couple decades. They are a systemic insecticide that enters the sap of the plant and protects them from sucking and chewing insects. Neonicotinoids show much-reduced toxicity in mammals than previous classes of insecticides making them safer for humans, pets and wildlife. Neonics were thus much hailed for this benefit. Indeed, so safe are they for mammals that neonics are what we feed dogs and cats to keep them free of fleas. Unfortunately, if used by agriculture, forestry or horticulture these pesticides can come into contact with pollinators in the environment through dust, water, air, pollen and nectar.

Neonics are most widely used in agriculture where they are often applied to seeds prophylactically before sowing so that germinating seedlings will absorb the insecticide and protect the plant from insect attack through to adulthood and harvest. For instance, almost all corn and soybeans planted in North America have been pre-treated as seeds with a neonicotinoid. This is by far the largest vector for neonicotinoids entering the environment and a practice that seems to run contrary to the principles of integrated pest management which would advocate pesticide use as the last, not the first, option. Since most neonicotinoids enter the environment through agriculture this industry could see significant regulatory changes in the future. The European Union and the United States are currently investigating.

Neonicotinoids are also used in horticulture to protect ornamental crops. Reputable nurseries will only use them as a last resort within a program of integrated pest management and make applications to minimize the contact with pollinators such as when plants aren't flowering or at night. Still their use is a concern for gardeners, especially if supporting pollinators is one of the main goals of your plant choices. Neonicotinoids remain in the plant for some time after application. How long a plant retains a lethal or sub-lethal concentration that can harm a pollinator is still uncertain and future research will help guide the industry in setting up protocols to use neonicotinoids to protect crops (as a last resort) and protect pollinators at the same time.

The issue is complex. As you might imagine environmental groups present a story that is often characterized as alarmist, pesticide manufacturers present another story that is often characterized as economically self-serving, and farmers and the nursery industry (for the most part) try to find the truth somewhere in the middle with a balance of pragmatism and environmental responsibility.

In particular, the nursery industry is greatly concerned with this issue since it is our goal to encourage people to enjoy and engage with the natural world through gardening and to be good stewards of our own little pieces of the world -- our yards and patios. Poisoning pollinators is not something any of us want to do in the nursery industry!

As a background to all of this discussion are scientists who are researching the possible links between pollinator health and neonicotinoids. Science takes time to bring the full picture into focus and this picture is not yet fully clear. What is clear is that there is reason for concern and a great need for further research to guide government policy and the practices of the agricultural, forestry and horticultural industries.

Neonicotinoids and Phoenix Perennials

At Phoenix Perennials we prefer the cautionary approach. Though the full story on neonicotinoids is not yet clear we feel it is best to err on the side of caution and to always minimize any usage of pesticides including neonicotinoids.

Phoenix Perennials is uniquely positioned to offer one of the lowest risk sources of plants in the Lower Mainland when it comes to neonicotinoids because, unlike most other garden centres, we grow most of our plants ourselves. At Phoenix our approach has always been to grow as close to organic as possible and have rarely used pesticides other than Safer's slug bait.

 

At Phoenix we grow our plants from cuttings, seeds, bareroot and plugs (baby plants produced from seed, cutting or tissue culture). Our cutting and seed grown plants will never have come into contact with any pesticides.

Our bareroot and plug plants come to us from some of the most reputable suppliers around the world who employ best practices in producing young plants for us. We are currently contacting them to learn more about their practices as they relate to the use of neonicotinoids. It is possible that some of these plants have received treatments with neonicotinoids as young plants. Since arriving at Phoenix, however, to be grown on to adulthood they will not have received any treatments allowing any neonicotinoid levels to decrease in the plants over the time that we have them in production.

We also offer plants from select wholesale nurseries in BC, WA, OR and CA. We know that a number of them grow near organically and feel as we do about the use of pesticides. We are currently in contact with our other suppliers to learn more about their practices, especially as they relate to plants that would be of interest to pollinators.

While we cannot guarantee you a nursery 100% free of pesticides, we at Phoenix Perennials can offer you one of the lowest levels of pesticide and neonicotinoid risk in our region. Growing our own plants allows us to offer you a wide range of plants you won't find anywhere else. It also gives us great control of how we grow those plants for you and for the insect pollinators that you want to attract to your garden!

Please watch the e-newsletter in the future for updates on this issue. Until then, happy gardening!

 


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, shrubs, trees and vines in the summer.

 

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

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

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

Here are a few secrets of success for summer planting:

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

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.

On Sale Now!

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

Until August 31st, 2014. Not valid for mail order purchases.


4.

As Our Gift to You Save 20% With Our
SUMMER COLOUR
S
ALE!

20% Off All Blooming Plants

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.

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

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

Offer ends August 31st, 2014. Not valid for mail order purchases.


5.

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

PLAN YOUR TOMATO EXPERIENCE!

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

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

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

 

1. Tomato Tasting Sessions

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

Special Offer
Half Price Tomato Tasting
Save $7 per person when you sign up before July 31st, 2014.
Use Coupon Code: TOM7.

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

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

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

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

Register Online!


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

 

2. Attend our Tomato Preserving Workshop

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

Register Online!

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

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

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

Pre-Book Tomatoes

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

 

4. View Displays of Tomato Fruit and Tomato Plants

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


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

 

 


6.

Upcoming Fall Workshops

 

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

 

September

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

 

October

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

 

December

Christmas workshops will be added soon.

 


7.

Contest
Win a Trip for Two
to Canada Blooms in Toronto!

Canada Blooms is the largest flower and garden festival in the country. You can enter to win a trip for two including travel with VIA Rail and 3 nights stay at the InterContinental Toronto plus entry to the show. Let's send a Phoenix Perennials customer this year! Tell all your friends and family! If one of them wins they'll have take you! Click here to enter the contest.

Directions for Entering the Contest: Enter your contact information. Your Garden Centre Code is MORNING GLORY. The code is two words and all capitals. After that select Phoenix Perennials. Finally, cross your fingers! Contest closes October 31st, 2014.

 


8.

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

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

Lavandula 'Silver Sands' - Lavender - This lavender has purple blooms on long stems making 'Silver Sands' perfect for bouquets as well as potpourri and sachets. The fragrance is intense and a little lemony. Silvery gray leaves. Shear lavenders lightly in early spring just as they begin growth and again after flowering to keep tidy. Rubus BrazelBerry 'Raspberry Shortcake' - Raspberry - One of the hottest edible plants, Brazelberries are dwarf fruit bushes that can be grown in containers or in the garden. 'Raspberry Shortcake' is a compact, dwarf, thornless raspberry with beautiful foliage and great tasting fruit. Plant it in containers on your patio or balcony, in your garden or make a hedge of it. Grows to 2-3 feet high.
Heuchera 'Bella Notte' - Coral Bells - A large flowering dark leaf heuchera. 'Bella Notte' has very dark leaves with a light silvery shadow. Lovely bicolour rose pink and light pink flowers. An elegant plant. Heat tolerant. Heuchera 'Black Taffeta' - Coral Bells - Silky, black foliage with great ruffles! These large, dark, dramatic leaves will add lust and intrigue to containers or borders. Can you handle the excitement?
Heuchera 'Delta Dawn' - Coral Bells - 'Delta Dawn' has magnificent, large, round leaves with red centers in the spring and fall; in summer its red veins run like rivers to the sea against a gorgeous gold to lime main leaf colour highlights the venation. Strong, vigorous habit. Perfect for a shade container or to add color to a dark area. Delivers the "look" that Heuchera 'Miracle' promised. Heuchera 'Fire Alarm' - Coral Bells - 'Delta Dawn' has magnificent, large, round leaves with red centers in the spring and fall; in summer its red veins run like rivers to the sea against a gorgeous gold to lime main leaf colour highlights the venation. Strong, vigorous habit. Perfect for a shade container or to add color to a dark area. Delivers the "look" that Heuchera 'Miracle' promised.
Lavandula 'Platinum Blonde' - Lavender - This lavender has blue blooms on long stems with variegated foliage in creamy yellow and green. Shear lavenders lightly in early spring just as they begin growth and again after flowering to keep tidy. Plectranthus 'Velvet Elvis' - Spurflower - ‘Velvet Elvis’ has large inflorescences of large lavender blue flowers with very dark green leaves and purple stems with a compact upright habit. It's not hardy, but who cares? This plant is a fabulous addition to containers.
Polypodium pseudoaureum - Virginia Blue Fern - This unique fern is blue in colour (green in the winter) and has mitt shaped fronds that are deeply lobed. It can reach 12 inches tall with evergreen leaves. Will brighten up a shady area in the garden or in a container. Hardy to zone 8, this species is still a bit of an adventure -- we are unaware of anyone trying this in BC so far. Let us know if you have. Makes a good houseplant. Adiantum hispidulum - Rosy Australian Maidenhair Fern - This distinctive maidenhair fern grows into a small, upright clump to about 17" high. The young fronds are rose-coloured contrasting with the dark green or green-bronze colours of the leathery mature foliage. It performs best in soils with high organic matter and plenty of moisture but will tolerate dry situations. Use among traditional woodland perennials beneath shade trees and in containers.
Heucherella 'Solar Eclipse' - Foamy Bells - Leaves of red brown bordered in lime green combined with such a beautiful habit and broadly scalloped leaf edges. There is nothing else like it in the world of Heucherella or Heucher for that matter. Forming a vigorous mound of dense crowns, 'Solar Eclipse' has it all! Brunnera '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!
Woodwardia orientalis - Oriental Chain Fern - This fern produces long, wide, leathery fronds which arch and sometimes lie flat on the ground. Plants can eventually grow to four feet tall and six feet wide. The new growth emerges copper orange. The glossy fronds when mature can produce small plantlets that can be propagated. This Asian native grows on moist hillsides. Bring indoors in cold winter areas. Woodwardia unigemmata - Jeweled Chain Fern - This fern produces long, red fronds with a lustrous, metallic sheen that slowly turn to green with age. The large fronds are naturally arching and can cover a lot of ground with plants growing to at least 6 feet wide. Small baby ferns are produced at the leaf tips. Still experimental on the west coast though apparently hardy to Zone 8. Plant in a protected location and provide a winter mulch to be safe.
Carex oshimensis EverColor 'Everillo' - Weeping Sedge - A fantastic recent intro with evergreen blades emerging lime green, then turning golden yellow. Use in the border or in containers for dramatic textural and colour contrast. Bred by Fitzgerald Nurseries who works with mutations of Carex 'Evergold'. Useful in the border, near a water feature, in mass plantings, and in containers! Though recommended for average to moist sites this species is tolerant of dry shade. Carex oshimensis EverColor 'Everlime' - Weeping Sedge - The newest intro to the EverColor series with evergreen foliage edged in lime green. Use in the border or in containers for dramatic textural and colour contrast. Bred by Fitzgerald Nurseries who works with mutations of Carex 'Evergold'. Useful in the border, near a water feature, in mass plantings, and in containers! Though recommended for average to moist sites this species is tolerant of dry shade.
Hosta 'Alligator Alley' - Plantain Lily - 'Alligator Alley' is a medium to large sized hosta that forms a mound of thick, leathery, puckered, heart-shaped to round, triclour leaves. The leaves have wide blue-green margins with chartreuse centres that become yellow in summer and jets of light green between the two. The flowers are white or light lilac. Hosta 'Church Mouse' - Plantain Lily - 'Church Mouse' is like a frazzled version of 'Blue Mouse Ears'. It is a unique miniature with wavy blue-green leaves. It has attractive purple flowers. Miniature hostas are great in shady containers or troughs, at the front of the border or along pathways. Dangerous for collectors who will want to have many more than just one!

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

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

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

Dahlia 'Bishop of Llandaff' - Dahlia - The classic 'Bishop of Llandaff' is the dahlia that started the current interest in burgundy-leaved dahlias. 'Llandaff' has rich red, peony-type flowers that are four inches across. They are held on black stems to about three feet with more finely dissected foliage than the other Bishops. 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 'Bishop of Canterbury' - Dahlia - This cultivar has flowers that appear red or magenta depending on the angle of the light. The flowers are single and sit atop rich, burgundy foliage. Blooms from early summer until fall and grows from two to three feet tall. 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 Dark Angel 'American Pie' - Dahlia - Soft-pink, almost white at the edges. Rich, burgundy foliage. The Dark Angel Series are a group of dwarf, burgundy-leaved dahlias named after popular movies. They have been selected for excellent, richly-coloured, single flowers, dark foliage and a compact size under 15 inches. 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 Dark Angel 'Dragon Ball' - Dahlia - Salmon-orange flowers with lighter tips. Rich, burgundy foliage. The Dark Angel Series are a group of dwarf, burgundy-leaved dahlias named after popular movies. They have been selected for excellent, richly-coloured, single flowers, dark foliage and a compact size under 15 inches. 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 Dark Angel 'Pretty Woman' - Dahlia - Bright-pink flowers with a purple centre. Rich, burgundy foliage. The Dark Angel Series are a group of dwarf, burgundy-leaved dahlias named after popular movies. They have been selected for excellent, richly-coloured, single flowers, dark foliage and a compact size under 15 inches. 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 Dark Angel 'Taxi Driver' - Dahlia - Bright yellow with brown-black centre. Rich, burgundy foliage. Shorter at 10 inches. The Dark Angel Series are a group of dwarf, burgundy-leaved dahlias named after popular movies. They have been selected for excellent, richly-coloured, single flowers, dark foliage and a compact size under 15 inches. 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.
Hosta 'Cool as a Cucumber' - Plantain Lily - 'Cool as a Cucumber' is a large sized, incredibly showy, tricolour hosta. Its white variegated foliage is notably upright in youth but quickly develops into a gracefull arching mound. The long, pointed leaves have mid green margins which jet into light green towards the clear white centre. The flowers are white or light lilac. Hosta 'Electrocution' - Plantain Lily - 'Electrocution' is a hosta that looks like it stuck its finger in the electrical socket!. It is a medium sized hosta that forms an upright mound of tightly rippled, twisted, long and narrow leaves. The leaves are green with yellow margins which lighten to creamy yellow in summer and are slightly shiny. In mature plants, the petioles may have red speckling.
Salvia 'Hot Lips' - Baby Sage - Very cool and a bestseller. This is a fast-growing wild selection of a Mexican sage which is adorned with stunning bicolour flowers -- white flowers with red lips -- from May until frost. But the expression of colour is temperature sensitive. In spring the flowers are usually all red, later bicoloured/hot lipped and in the heat of the summer all white, then returning to bicoloured and then red again in the fall. Will produce thousands of flowers in a season. Well-drained soil in full sun. Hard prune each spring. Salvia Suncrest 'Golden Girl' - Baby Sage - This is a fast-growing sage which is adorned with pale mid yellow flowers emerging from peach buds from May until frost. It will produce thousands of flowers in a season. Well-drained soil in full sun. Hard prune each spring.
Digiplexis 'Illumination Flame' - Hybrid Foxglove - 'Illumination Flame' is an intergeneric hybrid between foxglove (Digitalis) and its Canary Island relative Isoplexis. It sports spectacular tubular flowers that are bright reddish orange with yellow throats. The flowers are densely packed on tall black stems with attractive foliage. Side branching and its sterile nature give an extended bloom time. Gaura 'Belleza White Evolution' - Butterfly Gaura - This cultivar is compact, strong branching with green foliage and upright habit. The pure white flowers are held above the foliage and put on a spectacular flower show throughout the spring, summer and the early fall months. Well-drained soils in sunny positions. Tolerant of dry situations. Great in pots or the garden.
Salvia Suncrest 'Flamenco Rose' - Baby Sage - This is a fast-growing sage which is adorned with stunning hot pink flowers from May until frost. It will produce thousands of flowers in a season. Well-drained soil in full sun. Hard prune each spring. Delosperma 'Fire Spinner' - Ice Plant -This shockingly fabulous colour combination has firey orange petals morphing into hot magenta and then cooling down into icy white punctuated by the yellow stamens all against apple green foliage. Ice plants are long-blooming and carefree succulent mat-forming perennials similar to sedums that thrive in heat, drought and nearly any well-drained soil. Very hardy but should be protected from winter wet either with very well drained soil or in the rainshadow of a house or other structure. Deer resistant.
Delosperma Jewel of Desert 'Garnet' - Ice Plant - Rich red outer petals segue to magenta hubs and icy centres around yellow stamens. Expect flowers from late spring straight through to fall. Ice plants are long-blooming and carefree succulent mat-forming perennials similar to sedums that thrive in heat, drought and nearly any well-drained soil. Very hardy but should be protected from winter wet either with very well drained soil or in the rainshadow of a house or other structure. Deer resistant. Delosperma Jewel of Desert 'Moonstone' - Ice Plant - Pure white star-like flowers with yellow stamens all against apple green foliage. Flowers from late spring through fall. Ice plants are long-blooming and carefree succulent mat-forming perennials similar to sedums that thrive in heat, drought and nearly any well-drained soil. Very hardy but should be protected from winter wet either with very well drained soil or in the rainshadow of a house or other structure. Deer resistant.
Coreopsis Big Bang 'Mercury Rising' - Tickseed - Rich red flowers with unfusions of burgundy-red on extremely floriferous plants to about 18 inches in height. A true perennial that will return year after year. The Big Bang Series is the culmination of extensive breeding work. Plants in this series are well-branched featuring daisy-like flowers that bloom continuously from midsummer into fall. The unique flower forms and colours are out of this world! Brunnera 'Silver Heart' - Siberian Bugloss - 'Silver Heart' looks much like 'Looking Glass' but with some important differences: 'Silver Heart' has larger, thicker leaves, it has deeper blue flowers and it is more tolerant of heat and humidity. Brunneras are great garden plants for shade. 'Silver Heart' has even more silver in the heart-shaped leaves than 'Jack Frost' or 'Sea Heart'.
Cyperus albostriatus 'Variegatus' - Dwarf Umbrella Grass - The green leaves of this unusual plant are streaked with silver lines. Its dwarf-palm-tree habit makes it a useful plant for multiple applications. Thrives in containers, dry shade and as a groundcover as clumps will gradually expand over time. Dwarf umbrella grass was a popular houseplant in the 70s so go all retro and bring it into the house in colder climates. 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.

 


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