Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: Mid July 2015

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

Mid July 2015

Celebrating our 12th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

Thank goodness the heatwave has broken just a little and we are back to our normal summer temperatures. After the showers we had my lawn started growing the very next day. Now I have to cut it again. Maybe the heatwave wasn't the bad!

We have recently moved to Stage 2 water restrictions. To learn exactly what that means we've included info below on the current regulations. Not only can you help out by conserving water but you can also recycle your nursery plastics this month at Phoenix. Details are also below.

I've had a flurry of media appearances lately in just the last 10 days on CTV Morning Live, CityTV's Breakfast Television, and Gardening 101 with Jeff De Jong on CFAX Radio. There are links to the videos and podcasts below.

I'm including our article on summer planting one more time in case you missed it. It has valuable tips for success through the summer.

There is a new contest underway. You could win a trip to Canada Blooms in Toronto. Make sure to enter. I really want a Phoenix customer to win!

Our supplies of Hydrangea 'Miss Saori' are starting to get low. We've included some new pictures below. Have a look at this smashing new hydrangea available in August and if you really love it, please pre-order as we are close to running out of plants and likely won't have very many extras.

Last but not least Fab at Phoenix is packed with great plants available now though this is just the tip of the iceberg. It's time to come for a visit.

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

PRE-SALE
Hydrangea
'Miss Saori'

2014 Chelsea Garden Show Plant of the Year

More Info & Order

 

 

July Sale
2 for 1

Save big on 23 different plant groups most of which were just added!

Plus use your WILD CARD to get any perennials you want on sale!

Details Below!

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. July 2 for 1 Sale - 23 different plant groups on sale plus choose your wild card sale plants!

2. Gary on CTV Morning Live: Talking Heatwave Gardening and Summer Containers to Die For with Host Keri Adams - I had a great time with CTV's Keri Adams on CTV Morning Live talking about gardening in a heatwave and summer containers to die

3. Gary on CityTV's Breakfast Television: Talking Hummingbird Plants, Heatwave Gardening, and Waterwise Ornamentals and Edibles - It's always fun when the Breakfast Television crew with host Dawn Chubai come out to shoot on location at Phoenix...

4. Gary on the Radio: Talking the Plants of North America with Jeff De Jong - In our series of conversations on the amazing garden plants that come to us from the various continents of the world, Jeff De Jong and I recently explored the plants of North America...

5. 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. But you can also plant perennials, shrubs, trees and vines all summer...

6. A Look at Metro Vancouver Water Restrictions - In the last week the GVWD raised our summer water restrictions to stage 2 reflecting the decreasing water levels held in our reservoirs...

7. Phoenix Perennials Plastic Recycling Program - Bring down your nursery plastics to be recycled
8. 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...
Canada Blooms

9. The Most Beautiful Hydrangea in the World?: 'Miss Saori' Pre-Order - 'Miss Saori' is a superlative new hydrangea that won the coveted Plant of the Year Award at the 2014 Chelsea Garden Show. It is about to take the gardening world by storm...

10. Fabulous at Phoenix -- Gary's Picks of what's new and fabulous 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
Fall Workshops Coming Soon

 

Join me in South Africa!
Namaqualand and the Cape Floristic Kingdom
Botanical and Garden Tour
(And wine and whales and penguins and quaint hotels and swank resorts and a lot of fun!)
August 25 - Sept 8, 2015

The trip is going ahead but we still have a little space for more travellers!

Also, we have a single lady looking for a roommate for the trip to avoid single occupancy costs. Are you a single lady who wants to join us?

For more information visit the South Africa Tour Page.

 

Volunteer at Phoenix Perennials with our Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program

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

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

 

CONTEST WINNER!
Clair's B&B Contest with a
$50 Phoenix Perennials Gift Certificate!

And the winner of our Clair's B&B Contest is:

Maureen W. from Abbotsford

Thank you everyone for entering!

Maureen has won a one night stay in a deluxe suite at Clair's Bed and Breakfast located in a lovely heritage home in picturesque Ladner Village just across the river from Richmond valued at $200 plus a $50 Phoenix Perennials Gift Certificate.

 

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1.

July 2 for 1 Sale
July 1st-31st, 2015

LOTS OF NEW PLANTS JUST ADDED!

Buy 1, Get 1 Free Of Equal or Lesser Value
Mix and Match Any Plants from the Sale!
(You Don't Need to Get Two of the Same Thing.)

Sale only applies to purchases made in person at the nursery.
A few exceptions apply:
*Succulents from the Living Sculpture Section are on sale but not succulents from elsewhere in the nursery.
**Does not include Arisaema 'The Perfect Wave' which is just emerging.

2 for 1 Wild Card!

Choose any two perennials from the nursery that aren't currently on sale and mention our Wild Card special offer.
Buy one and get the second of equal or lesser value for free!
This deal is only for customers who mention the Wild Card at the time of check-out BEFORE paying for your plants. This deal is good for o
ne free perennial per person per day.

Here's the full list of 2 for 1 items on sale until July 31st!:

Arisaema**
Brugmansia
Brunnera
Canna
Clematis
Conifers
Cornus
Dahlia
Dicentra
Dianthus
Edibles
Ferns
Gaura
Groundcovers
Hellebores
Iris
Ligularia
Maples
Phormium
Rhodos
?
What do you want to be on sale?
Salvia
Sedums
Succulents*
Wild Card


2.

Gary on CTV Morning Live Talking Heatwave Gardening and Summer Containers to Die For with Host Keri Adams

I had a great time with CTV's Keri Adams on CTV Morning Live talking about gardening in a heatwave and summer containers to die for. Watch the video to learn more!

 

Watch the video. Click the little button to expand it.

 


3.

Gary on CityTV's Breakfast Television Talking Hummingbird Plants, Heatwave Gardening, and Waterwise Ornamentals and Edibles

Breakfast Television and Dawn Chubai at Phoenix: We talked waterwise gardening and watering tips, how to keep colour in your garden through the summer, edibles for hot spots, colour for hot spots, and plants to keep hummingbirds happy. Watch the video to learn more!

 

Watch the video. Click the little button to expand it.

View a Photo Album of the shoot.

 


4.

GARY ON THE RADIO
TALKING THE PLANTS OF NORTH AMERICA WITH JEFF DE JONG

In our series of conversations on the amazing garden plants that come to us from the various continents of the world, Jeff De Jong and I recently explored the plants of North America and all that they contribute to our gardens. If you missed us live you can catch the podcast. Enjoy!

"Garden Plants of the World: North America", Gary Lewis with Jeff De Jong, Gardening 101, C-Fax AM 1070, Victoria, BC | Listen to Podcast | Download Catalogue (10 Mb)

 


5.

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.

PPS. In summers when the ground gets really dry because of prolonged drought consider doing most of your new planting in pots. You could even select a bunch of perennials and shrubs that you love and pot them up into beautiful mixed containers to enhance your patio through the summer. Then in the fall remove them from their pots and plant them in the ground. In this way you can take advantage of summer sales, beautify your life, and grow your perennials even bigger for fall planting.


6.

A Look at Metro Vancouver
Water Restrictions

In the last week the GVWD raised our summer water restrictions to stage 2 reflecting the decreasing water levels held in our reservoirs. The only real change for gardeners is a reduction in lawn watering from three times a week to once a week. The watering of flower and vegetable gardens, decorative planters, shrubs, and trees remains unrestricted at this time. This means that gardeners may continue as per normal with caring for their non-lawn garden plants, albeit I hope with a bit more care for conservation of water.

We have only recently moved to stage 2 so an increase to stage 3 is unlikely for a while. Whether or not we move to stage 3 restrictions depends on rainfall levels and conservation by the public. If we move to stage 3 later in the summer this would mean that garden plants, trees, shrubs and vegetables would be limited to hand watering with hoses, watering cans and drip irrigation. Sprinklers and soaker hoses would be prohibited. If we do move to stage 3, gardeners should still be able to care for any new plantings made this year as well as other delicate or water thirsty plants such as veggies.

 

View the full pdf of Water Restrictions.
Please note I have talked to the GVRD and line 3 only applies to new lawns and not to trees, shrubs & flowers. For the full pdf please click here.

 


7.

Phoenix Perennials
Plastics Recycling Month

July 3rd - August 2nd, 2015
Please do NOT bring plastics before or after these dates.

Over the past few years Phoenix Perennials has participated in the National Plastic Recycling Program and many of you have participated. This year the program has been cancelled but we're going to do our own version! Though many nursery plastics are recyclable in our blue box programs, many gardeners find that containers and flats are not picked up or some types of plastic are not accepted.

Bring your nursery plastics down to the nursery and deposit them in the designated bins during recycling month. Then you get to visit the nursery! It's a win-win situation.

Special Note: This year pots must be separated from flats and other types of plastics might need special treatment. Please pay attention to the signs when depositing your plastics. We participate in this program as volunteers to improve our environment. If everyone follows the directions then our staff won't have to do too much extra work.

 

We can only accept: We cannot accept:
  • Plastic garden pots
  • Plastic flats/trays
  • Plastic plant tags
  • Irrigation pipe
  • Greenhouse poly
  • Fertilizer bags
  • Soil bags
  • Clay
  • Metal
  • Wood
  • Edging
  • Hoses
  • Tools
  • Trash
  • Filled Containers
All plastics and containers must be empty of soil and plant material and they should be dry. Phoenix Perennials is volunteering our time and space for this important initiative. Please help us to keep everything organized and to keep non-recyclable items out of the bins.
We will not be accepting recyclables before or after the designated dates.

Please tell your gardening friends!


8.

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

March 11-20th, 2016

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 LAVENDER. After that select Phoenix Perennials. Finally, cross your fingers! Contest closes October 31st, 2015.

 


9.

The Most Beautiful Hydrangea in the World?
'Miss Saori' Pre-Order

We are getting close to selling out and might not have any extras. Please order in advance. Check our these new pics of 'Miss Saori':

'Miss Saori' is a superlative new hydrangea that won the coveted Plant of the Year Award at the 2014 Chelsea Garden Show. It is about to take the gardening world by storm! Phoenix Perennials is proud to be one of the first nurseries in North America to offer this very special garden plant to the gardening public.

'Miss Saori' produces exquisite mopheads of double florets that are white with perfect, rose-pink picotee edges. The flowers are produced on both old and new wood from June until frost.

The plants grow to a reasonable 3'x3' making them perfect for gardens, small and large, as well as containers. The foliage emerges burgundy-red in spring, turns to green as it matures, then back to burgundy-red in summer and fall.

Be among the first gardeners in North America to own this incredible beauty!

The plants will be available for pick-up in late August. The exact date will depend on summer growing conditions. An email will be sent one week before to confirm the exact pick-up date. The plants will be in 3 gallon pots. We estimate the plants will be a bushy 1'x1' at pick-up time. The first flowers will be produced in 2016.

3 gallon pot. $54.99 + taxes

More Info and Order Now!

 


10.

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

The nursery is now at peak availability with our largest overall selection of the year. Make sure you come for a visit soon!

Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty' - Mayapple - At long last we are able to offer this amazing shade plant again! This brilliant hybrid of several Asian Mayapples boasts large, vigorous, lobed umbrella-shaped leaves. Leaves are chartreuse with dramatic and bizarre chocolate-brown spotting throughout the spring. Like nothing you’ve ever seen! In summer, the leaves are green with lightly spotted areas. Huge garnet-coloured flowers are found under the leaves in clusters of five or more. This form was selected for its colouring, improved late spring frost tolerance, vigour, and habit. Agastache 'Black Adder' - Anise Hyssop - Spikes of tubular, smokey-lilac flowers open from dark purple buds for a striking effect. The licorice-scented foliage is edible and good in salads. Excellent planted en masse in the perennial border or in the herb garden. Drought tolerant once established. Blooms from summer until frost. A hybrid between the North American A. foeniculum and the Asian A. rugosa. Deadhead spent flowers to promote additional bloom.
Echibeckia 'Summerina Brown' - Echibeckia - Echibeckia is a unique cross between two classic perennials: Echinacea and Rudbeckia. The Summerina hybrids are fast-growing and disease resistant. The flowers are large at over three inches in diametre. Plants bloom for 2-3 months or more. Agastache 'Red Fortune' - Anise Hyssop- This is a long-blooming selection, featuring long spikes of bright magenta-red flowers. The plants form a compact bush of licorice-scented green leaves. Great for butterflies and hummingbirds.
Monarda Sugar Buzz 'Bubblegum Blast' - Bee Balm - Pinky lavender flowers are held above the highly mildew resistant foliage throughout summer. The Sugar Buzz series offers short, compact plants for the front of the border that are smothered in long-lasting flowers. Monarda is native to eastern North America, is easy to grow, and multiplies quickly. The flowers' sweet nectar attracts scores of hummingbirds, butterflies and bees to the garden. The aromatic foliage smells like mint when crushed and is often used to flavour teas. Lobelia x speciosa 'Starship Scarlet' - Cardinal Flower - ' Starship Scarlet' has compact, bronze foliage and dense, strictly upright spikes with vivid scarlet flowers. Lobelia is an excellent border plant for average to moist locations and is a hummingbird and butterfly magnet.
Monarda 'Coral Reef' - Bee Balm - ‘Coral Reef’ grows to mid height and has hot pink flowers and good mildew resistance. Monarda is native to eastern North America, is easy to grow and multiplies quickly. The flowers' sweet nectar attracts scores of hummingbirds, butterflies and bees to the garden. The aromatic foliage smells like mint when crushed and is often used to flavour teas. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens. Monarda Sugar Buzz 'Bubblegum Blast' - Bee Balm - ‘Purple Rooster’ is a medium sized beebalm with purple flowers. Monarda is native to eastern North America, is easy to grow and multiplies quickly. The flowers' sweet nectar attracts scores of hummingbirds, butterflies and bees to the garden. The aromatic foliage smells like mint when crushed and is often used to flavour teas. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
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 coneflowers 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 'Secret Glow' - Coneflower - 'Secret Glow' is a glowing school bus yellow. But it doesn't need a flashing stop sign to get your attention -- it stands out in a crowd for its unusual colour and its unusually high flower count, averaging 35 large flowers per plant in the first year! Fragrant. Part of the new Secret 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.
Echinacea 'Hot Papaya' - 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. Tolmeia menziesii 'Cool Gold' - Piggyback Plant - 'Cool Gold' has a soft, cool, clear gold foliage that retains its colour throughout the season. It's fast growing and makes a wonderful bright spot in the shade garden. This is a gold version of the BC native piggyback plant that graces the shady spaces of coastal BC. The common name comes from the habit of piggyback plant to produce young plantlets that sit on top of the mature foliage before falling to the ground to root in.
Hosta 'Wheee!' - Plantain Lily - This distinctive hosta is unlike the vast majority of cultivars in this case sporting incredibly wavy leaf margins from leaf base to to leaf tip, even on young plants. 'Wheee!' is also variegated with cream margins and has lavender flowers in summer. Hosta 'Rainbow's End' - Plantain Lily - 'Rainbow's End' has one of the most unusual variegations seen in years. Dark green leaves are possessed of broad, gold, irregular stripes. Every leaf is different. The overall effect is a mound of shiny green feathered with gold.
Colocasia 'Black Coral' - Taro - 'Black Magic' is a taro or elephant's ear cultivar with huge, dramatic, arrow-shaped, purplish-black leaves. It can be grown as a marginal plant in ponds or in pots or beds with evenly moist soil. Yellowish-white spathes and spadixes may appear in summer but are usually hidden by the foliage. Though potentially hardy they are best brought in as a houseplant.

Colocasia 'Mojito' - Taro - 'Mojito' is a taro or elephant's ear cultivar with huge, dramatic, arrow-shaped, speckled, black and green leaves. This colorful effect is matched with light green stems streaked with dark purple that fade to pink. .It can be grown as a marginal plant in ponds or in pots or beds with evenly moist soil. Yellowish-white spathes and spadixes may appear in summer but are usually hidden by the foliage. A houseplant in winter for most.

Hibiscus Summerific 'Summer Storm' - Perennial Hibiscus - This hybrid has the darkest wine purple, maple-like foliage ever seen on a perennial Hibiscus. This plant produces large 8-10 inch wide, pink flowers with rose veining and a deep magenta eye that radiates out onto the petals. It makes an amazing display in the summer and fall garden. Provide full sun and good moisture during the growing season. Disporum cantoniense 'Moonlight' - Chinese Fairy Bells - An exceptional new cultivar, compact in form with unique silvery white and green variegation radiating from each leaf blade, becoming suffused with purple-pink coloration as temperatures cool in the fall. Graceful, arching stems emerge in spring, followed by clusters of small flowers in late spring to summer. Adds an illuminating effect to any shade garden.
Hibiscus Summerific 'Cherry Cheesecake' - Perennial Hibiscus - Hibiscus Summerific 'Summer Storm' - Perennial Hibiscus - This hybrid has the darkest wine purple, maple-like foliage ever seen on a perennial Hibiscus. This plant produces large 8-10 inch wide, pink flowers with rose veining and a deep magenta eye that radiates out onto the petals. It makes an amazing display in the summer and fall garden. Provide full sun and good moisture during the growing season. Hibiscus Summerific 'Midnight Marvel' - Perennial Hibiscus - Hibiscus Summerific 'Summer Storm' - Perennial Hibiscus - This hybrid has the darkest wine purple, maple-like foliage ever seen on a perennial Hibiscus. This plant produces large 8-10 inch wide, pink flowers with rose veining and a deep magenta eye that radiates out onto the petals. It makes an amazing display in the summer and fall garden. Provide full sun and good moisture during the growing season.
Gardenia 'Summer Snow' - Hardy Gardenia - 'Summer Snow' is a hardy hybrid gardenia hand selected after 10 years of development and test studies. ‘Summer Snow’ has beautiful pure white double flowers that are sweetly fragrant. The foliage is evergreen, rich and glossy. Hardy to zone 6 with reportedly some of the best cold hardiness of the hardy gardenias. Tricyrtis '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 ago. Toad lilies are wonderful plants for the late summer and fall shade garden. Most grow on elegant arching stems often with lightly mottled foliage. They produce multitudes of ornate orchid-like flowers that are usually white (sometimes yellow) with various degrees of purple spotting.
Dahlia Dark Angels 'American Pie' - Dahlia - Soft-pink, almost white at the edges with dark centres. 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, burgundy 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 'Coupe de Soleil' - Dahlia - Dahlia 'Coupe de Soleil' has unusual flowers with top petals totally white and the bottom ones apricot-orange.
Acanthus 'Whitewater' - Bear's Breeches - This vigorous, variegated Acanthus has striking, bold leaves with white margins and splashing. Makes a large clump with 4 to 5 foot tall ornamental flower stalks of pink and cream in summer. This was bred with A. 'Summer Beauty' for vigour, more hardiness, and heat and humidity tolerance. The result is a much stronger cultivar than 'Tasmanian Angel'. A mature clump of this would be downright stunning -- I think I’m starting to lust for this plant!. Anemone japonica Fantasty 'Cinderella' - Japanese Anemone - A brand new introduction of compact growing anemone, this variety has beautiful pink single flowers with yellow stamens, and blooms abundantly.
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! Arisaema tosaense - Cobra Lily - A tall, vigorous cobra lily from Shikoku Island, Japan. The green (sometimes burgundy) spathe has a long-extended tip and droops way down over the face of the tube. The translucent spathe is especially beautiful when back-lit. Easy garden plant. Late spring bloom.
Scabiosa 'Mariposa Blue' - Pincushion Flower - Fully double, large, lavender blue blossoms on sturdy stems rise above tidy bluish-green foliage. With a compact, tidy habit, this is a long and profuse bloomer. The Phoenicians were mightily impressed with this cultivar in our trials. Use it in containers or at the front of the border. Arisaema consanguineum 'The Perfect Wave' - Himalayan Cobra Lily - A stunning cultivar bred by Ellen Hornig with breathtaking silver variegation on silver-blue, seductively undulating leaves. Considering that the normal form is mid green foliage this selection is pretty amazing. ‘The Perfect Wave’ will also grow to four to five feet with its dramatic umbrella of leaflets. Green flowers give way to green then red clusters of fruits.
Buddleia 'Bicolor' - Butterfly Bush - ‘Bicolor’ is the first buddleia ever to offer two completely different colours on the same inflorescence! Fragrant, lavender and butterscotch yellow flowers blend together for a fascinating bicolour effect. Panicles grow up to 10 inches long and show up well against the clean grey-green foliage. Compact growth habit. Buddleia 'Crown Jewels' - Butterfly Bush - This fantastic butterfly bush has beautiful gold to lime green foliage from spring through fall, and sharply contrasting, magenta purple flowers. A medium-sized butterfly bush. In colder climates it can behave as a herbaceous perennial dying back to the ground and returning into the spring.
Lonicera reticulata 'Kintzley's Ghost - Honeysuckle - This marvelous and crazy honeysuckle will give you a vertical display like nothing else in the garden. It has tight yellow flower clusters surrounded by a large circular silvery-white bract. The showy white bracts persist through fall and cup the red berries. The foliage is pale blue-green. The flowers are lightly fragrant. A hybrid of L. reticulata and L. prolifera. Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler' - Coral Honeysuckle - ‘Major Wheeler’ is one of the best selections of Lonicera sempervirens and stands out above all other red-flowered cultivars for clean foliage and pure flower power. This selection is covered in red trumpet flowers in late spring and keeps churning them out all summer long, especially with a post-bloom trim. The hummingbirds will find it from miles around.
Lonicera sempervirens 'John Clayton' - Coral Honeysuckle - Lovely, pale yellow flowers explode from the vining stems from June until November and grabs the attention of hummingbirds, butterflies, and humans alike. Bright orange-red fruits in late summer and fall. Selected by the Virginia Native Plant Society for excellent repeat bloom, clean foliage and compact form. Named for a colonial botanist, it was found on the grounds of a 17th century Abington church in Glouchester, Virginia. Eucomis 'Glow Sticks' - Pineapple Lily - A dwarf pineapple lily with coppery gold new foliage aging to a light green gold. White pineapple-like flower heads. Looks fantastic planted with burgundy foliage such as Ajuga 'Black Scallop' or Sedum 'Voodoo'. Very easy to grow and tolerates a wide range of garden conditions. Full sun for best foliage colour. Grow in containers or the ground.
Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' - Chilean Potato Vine - The Chilean potato vine has exotic, potato-like flowers, each with lilac petals around a pointed yellow centre which appear continuously from spring to mid-autumn. Great for a sunny wall. Needs support and a little tying up. The semi-evergreen leaves will remain on the plant in all but bad winters. Sedum Sunsparkler 'Firecracker' - Stonecrop - 'Firecracker' has luscious red foliage growing to six inches tall by 18 inches wide. In summer it produces large pink flower heads popular with bees. The compact habit makes this sedum useful for containers, edging walkways, green roofs, and the front of the border. The Sunsparkler sedums are remarkable for their multi-crown habit, ability to hold color all summer, and drought tolerance.
Heuchera 'Red Lightning' - Coral Bells - 'Red Lightning' has huge lime yellow to golden yellow leaves with striking red veins. The leaves are larger with bolder red markings than 'Delta Dawn'. You won't miss 'Red Lightning' in the garden. Use it where you need to grab some attention, especially in containers. Heuchera 'Grape Soda' - Coral Bells - 'Grape Soda' has rose pink leaves in the spring turning light purple with silver burnished into the summer.
Schefflera taiwaniana 'Yuan Shan' - Hardy Umbrella Tree - This superlative shrub or small tree from Taiwan has gorgeous palmate foliage. This collection was made by Dan Hinkley from the highest altitude population. Like most members of the aralia family it blooms in fall. Numerous species from Asia are potentially hardy and some, like Schefflera taiwaniana have been bone hardy in the Pacific Northwest and BC through the armageddon winters of 2008/09 and 2010/2011. Beesia calthifolia - Beesia - This species is similar to Beesia deltophylla with glossy, light to mid green, evergreen, heart-shaped leaves tinged in purple when new. The foliage forms dense rosettes and sends up spires of small white flowers in spring. Excellent in well-drained yet evenly moist soil in full or partial shade. One of our most favourite shade plants at Phoenix Perennials.
Asclepias speciosa - Showy Milkweed - This western North American species has upright stems with oblong leaves topped with dense three inch globes of fragrant, pink, star-shaped flowers which attract butterflies. It is an important food source for Monarch and other butterflies. Showy milkweed spreads by underground rhizomes. Grow in a pot or sink a pot of it in the ground or allow it to spread in naturalized settings. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Asclepias incarnata - Swamp Milkweed - This species has upright branching stems with oblong leaves topped with dense clusters of small rose pink and white vanilla-scented flowers which attract butterflies. Good in moist, wet and average soils. Deer resistant.

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