Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: Mid July 2017

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

Mid July 2017

Celebrating our 14th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

It might be the peak of summer but - I must apologize - I'm going to try to turn your attention to the fall. But what an exciting time it's going to be at Phoenix Perennials!

In this issue of the E-News we launch our Rare Bulb Pre-Order with a greatly expanded selection of over 200 specialty bulbs rarely, if ever, seen in Canada.

And to make sure we overload your senses completely we also launch an expanded pre-order of Cypripedium Lady's Slipper Orchids with 42 different species and hybrids including lots of never-before-seen varieties.

If you are going to do some new planting I've included again the article about planting in the summer and how you can keep on going if you use a few simple strategies.

Fabulous at Phoenix is looking particularly summery right now so make sure to check out everyone's favourite eye candy segment for some inspiration. Enjoy!

See you soon at Phoenix!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

 

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Rare Bulb Pre-Order -- Choose from more than 200 rare and unusual bulbs for fall planting and spring beauty.
2. Cypripedium Lady's Slipper Orchids For Canadian Gardeners -- Choose from 42 amazing hybrids and species!
3. You can plant perennials all summer -- Learn some tricks to getting some new plantings done this summer.
4. Workshops 2017 -- Get confident. Have fun. Make life beautiful.
5. Fabulous at Phoenix -- Gary's pics of hot plants at the Phoenix Candy Store.

 


Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

The Phoenix Perennials Calendar
There's so much going on at the nursery all the time. Here's your resource to keep track. Also don't miss our Workshop Schedule.
Date
Event Description
August 23-24 Gary speaking at the FarWest trade show in Portland, Oregon on "Hot New Plants" and "Groupon or Coupon"
December 1-3 The Christmas Hurrah! | Friday to Sunday December 1-3 | 10am - 3pm |

 

Phoenix Perennials Fall Mail Order
Exciting Perennials, Rare Bulbs, & Lady's Slipper Orchids

We are pleased to offer a fall selection of 430 exciting perennials, 200+ rare bulbs, and 42 different hardy Cypripedium lady's slipper orchids to Canadian gardeners.

Help Us Get the Word Out: We need your help to get the word out across this great (and very large) country of ours. Please forward this email to all your friends and family across the country to let them know that cool garden plants are just a few clicks away!


Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program

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

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

 

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1.

Pre-Order
Rare Spring Bulbs
Choose from over 200 Different Rare Bulbs to Make Your Garden Extraordinary

Bulbs represent an extraordinary opportunity to layer in extra colour, dynamism, and drama into your perennial borders and containers. They come in a diverse range of colours, shapes, and sizes and there is a bulb for nearly every garden situation. Bulbs are also very easy to care for. Just dig a hole and drop them in. You're done! Now prepare for years of beauty and colour.

We are very excited to offer over 200 different rare bulbs this fall up from 135 last year. There are many new treasures to be discovered!

Visit the Rare Bulb Pre-Order on our Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Site to see our full selection of over 200 rare bulbs. Both mail order and local customers should place their orders through our mail order system. Local customers should select the pick up option when checking out. Quantities are limited. Please order early to secure your favourites.

Our selection of rare bulbs will ship or be ready for pick-up in early October, depending on when they arrive from Europe. Some bulbs may arrive later in a second shipment. For local customers, we will email you when it's time to pick up.

For mail order customers we will also email you in advance of shipping. We recommend you place separate orders for plants, bulbs, and Cyps as each is ready at different times and we wish to ship when these products are at their freshest. If you place multiple separate orders, put a note to us when you check out about these orders and we will see if we can ship your items together though the default will be to ship separately. If you combine plants, bulbs, and Cypripedium in the same order we will assume you want everything shipped together and will wait until your order is complete, unless there are reasons why we might want to ship ASAP.

Changes from last year:

  • We have made changes that should ensure we receive 90% of our bulbs this year so the majority of your order should be complete. These bulbs are rare for many reasons but mostly because they are slower to bulk up than bulbs that are more commonly available. For this reason, supplies at harvest time can be less than expected and we are usually shorted on some varieties. Please be understanding if we contact you in the fall that some of the bulbs you ordered are not available.
  • We will no longer be processing payment in advance. Payment will be processed just before pick-up or shipping.
  • We have made adjustments to our shipping calculations and packing methods that should decrease shipping costs this year on bulbs.

Ordering: Visit the Rare Bulb Pre-Order on our Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Site for full details. Mail order and local customers should both place your orders through our mail order system. When checking out, local customers should select the pick-up option. Mail order customers should select their preferred shipping method. The minimum order value to place a pre-order for mail order or pick-up is $40. Extra bulbs will be available for sale at Phoenix once pre-orders have been filled. Have fun!

 


2.

Pre-Order
Cypripedium Lady's Slipper Orchids
42 Different Hardy Orchids for Canadian Gardens

We are excited to offer our largest selection ever of hardy lady's slipper orchids for Canadian gardens. These majority of our offerings are Cypripedium hybrids which possess hybrid vigour -- they have inherited the best traits of both parents -- and are much easier to grow than species orchids, have beautiful flowers in amazing colours, and clump up very quickly into amazing displays in the part shade garden. They come into bloom from late April through June offering an exquisite show in the garden.

This year we have added a selection of some of the best and most interesting Cypripedium species. Once you've gotten some practice growing the hybrids these plants are a wonderful way to continue your love affair with lady's slipper orchids. They should be relatively easy to grow provided good conditions.

Most of our hybrid Cypripedium are "officially" hardy to zone 4 while some are hardy to zone 3 and even zone 2! Even the zone 4 plants may be hardy in protected spots in zone 3 with mulch and good snow cover. Indeed, we have customers in Alberta and Saskatchewan who are growing these Cypripedium outdoors with great success.

We are currently offering 42 different lady's slipper orchids for shipping to our mail order customers and for pick-up at Phoenix by our local customers in mid October 2017. All are top quality, blooming size, many with multiple eyes, and should flower in the spring. Here they are:

Cypripedium 'Aki' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium 'Aki' has large flowers with gorgeous stripes and spots in shades of pink, deep fuchsia, cream, and pale yellow. Cypripedium 'Anna' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium 'Anna' has intense colours with deep pink and white in the pouch with lovely detailing and darker reddish pink twisted tepals.
NEW! Cypripedium 'Barry Phillips' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium 'Barry Phillips' has glowing, warm yellow inflated pouches and petals and one to two blooms per stem. Cypripedium 'Chauncey' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium 'Chauncey' has intense yellow pouches with red spotting surrounded by long, twisted, rich burgundy tepals.
Cypripedium 'Cleo Pinkepank' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium 'Cleo Pinkepank' is a lady's slipper orchid with large, reddish pink slippers with yellowish striped sepals. NEW! Cypripedium 'Dr. Ernst von Siemens' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - 'Dr. Ernst von Siemens' has intense flower colouration of deep red-purple resembling Cypripedium tibeticum.
NEW! Cypripedium 'Eurasia' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium 'Eurasia' has large, pink lady's slippers with white striped sepals. Cypripedium 'Francis' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium 'Francis' has delicate pink petals surrounding an ivory white pouch.
Cypripedium 'Frosch's Mountain King' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium 'Frosch's Mountain King' is a superior selected lady's slipper clone with pure white pouches and rich burgundy petals. NEW! Cypripedium 'Frosch's Noble Geisha' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium 'Frosch's Noble Geisha' is a selected form of Gisela Pastel with ivory white slippers and tan coloured petals with dark pink stripes and speckles.
NEW! Cypripedium 'Frosch's Queen of the Mist' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium 'Frosch's Queen of the Mist' is a very special clone with pure white pouches and lime green petals. Cypripedium 'Gisella' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium 'Gisela' is one of the best beginner lady's slippers famous for its vigour and gorgeous flowers.
Cypripedium 'Hank Small' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium 'Hank Small' has shiny yellow pouches and rich burgundy petals. Much easier to grow than the species it resembles. Cypripedium 'Hans Erni' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium 'Hans Erni' is a robust and sturdy hybrid lady's slipper orchid valued for its pronounced magenta veining and speckles.
NEW! Cypripedium 'Ingrid' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium 'Ingrid' is an elegant hybrid with a cream to creamy yellow pouch and bold, twisted, deep red speckled petals. NEW! Cypripedium 'Ivory' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium 'Ivory' has a large ivory-white pouch backed by yellow petals striped and speckled in burgundy.
NEW! Cypripedium 'Ivory' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - 'Karl Heinz' is a vigorous Cypripedium hybrid with cream coloured pouches and maroon petals with a nice twist. Cypripedium 'Kristi Lyn' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium 'Kristi Lyn' has bright, cheerful, yellow pouches with burgundy petals.
NEW! Cypripedium 'Lady Dorine' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium 'Lady Dorine' has a large, inflated pouch with lightly marked ribs and a pale yellow flush to the white petals. Cypripedium 'Lucy Pinkepank' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium 'Lucy Pinkepank' has large, rich fuchsia, pink and white flowers and great vigour.
NEW! Cypripedium 'Michael Pastel' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium 'Michael Pastel' has a white, spherical pouch with faint hints of green striping and pale to lime green petals. Cypripedium 'Monto' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium 'Monto' is a robust and sturdy hybrid lady's slipper orchid with huge flowers, a round pouch, and boldly veined tepals.
NEW! Cypripedium 'Otto' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium 'Otto' has warm yellow pouches and highly twisted and rippled burgundy petals. Cypripedium 'Paul' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium 'Paul' has creamy white or creamy yellow slippers onto which is etched beautifully contrasting brick red stripes and speckles with twisted, red tepals.
Cypripedium 'Philipp' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium Cypripedium 'Pluto' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium 'Pluto' has very large creamy white and subtly striped pouches with boldly striped petals.
NEW! Cypripedium 'Rascal' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium 'Rascal' has warm yellow pouches and highly twisted and rippled deep burgundy petals. Cypripedium 'Sabine Pastel' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium 'Sabine Pastel' has huge lady's slipper flowers the size of a chicken's egg with pure white slippers and pale yellow sepals.
NEW! Cypripedium 'Tanja Pinkepank' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium 'Tanja Pinkepank' has medium-sized flowers in an unusual glowing salmon pink colour. Cypripedium 'Tilman' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium 'Tilman' has remarkably large flowers comprised of creamy white lady's slippers and magenta-striped sepals.
Cypripedium 'Ursel' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium 'Ursel' has warm yellow flowers with red speckles and stripes often with multiple lady's slippers per stem! NEW! Cypripedium 'Ventricosum Goldschuh' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium 'Ventricosum Goldschuh' has a creamy white, inflated pouch and pale yellow petals with a slight ripple.
Cypripedium 'Ventricosum' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium 'Ventricosum' is a luscious hybrid with large, glowing magenta flowers. Cypripedium 'Victoria' - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium 'Victoria' has large, golden yellow slippers with burgundy striped sepals.
NEW! Cypripedium cordigerum x hotei - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium cordigerum x hotei has rich, deep pink pouches and petals with white detailing. NEW! Cypripedium henryi - Hardy Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium henryi has small greenish yellow, fragrant slippers with wide petals and 2-4 flowers per stem.
NEW! Cypripedium kentuckiense - Hardy Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium kentuckiense has the largest flowers of the lady’s slipper orchids with a large cream-coloured pouch and maroon petals. Cypripedium kentuckiense x rebunense - Hybrid Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium kentuckiense x rebunense is a unique and rare hybrid with rich pink tepals surrounding a pastel yellow pouch speckled with pink spots.
NEW! Cypripedium macranthos - Hardy Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium macranthos has large, dramatic flowers in shades of deep magenta pink with huge, rounded pouches. Cypripedium reginae - Showy Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium reginae is an eastern North American native with pink-flushed pouches and pure white sepals.
NEW! Cypripedium reginae 'Alba' - Showy Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium reginae 'Alba' is a rare and exquisite form of this winter-hardy orchid with pure ivory-white flowers. NEW! Cypripedium tibeticum - Hardy Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium tibeticum is an exquisite species with large, deep magenta flowers highlighted with white striping.

We will be providing the Cypripedium to you bare root. Fall is the best time to receive, plant and establish lady's slipper orchids. All you need to do is plant them directly into a well-drained location in part shade or morning sun. A winter mulch of fallen leaves or conifer boughs or needles can be helpful in the first winter. We'll provide you with detailed instructions when you receive your plants.

For mail order customers, October is the only time of year we ship Cypripedium lady's slipper orchids so please take advantage.

For our local customers, though we do offer Cyps in growth in spring on site at Phoenix, buying and planting them in fall ensures our local customers the widest possible selection and potentially greater and quicker success in establishment. They arrive bare root and super fresh. Planting them directly into the garden in fall is the best way to establish them even for local customers. Mulch with a pile of leaves after fall planting.

Ordering: Visit Phoenix Perennials Mail Order for full details. Mail order and local customers should both place your orders through our mail order system. When checking out, local customers should select the pick-up option. Mail order customers should select their preferred shipping method. We recommend you place separate orders for plants, bulbs, and Cyps as each is ready at different times and we wish to ship when these products are at their freshest. If you place multiple separate orders, put a note to us when you check out about these orders and we will see if we can ship your items together though the default will be to ship separately. If you combine plants, bulbs, and Cypripedium in the same order we will assume you want everything shipped together and will wait until your order is complete, unless there are reasons why we might want to ship ASAP. Have fun!

For local and mail order customers we will email you when it is time to pick up or in advance of shipping.

 


3.

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 comes out of its pot and 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 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. This step should be done with all trees and shrubs in their first year of planting even if you plant in early spring - woody plants are slower to develop good root systems than perennials.
  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 both encourage fast root growth.

Voilà! You can plant a one new plant or a whole new garden bed 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.

Workshops and Seminars 2017

Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful.

Welcome to our 2017 workshops and one of the most exciting line-ups we've ever offered! We will be offering one of the largest workshop schedules in our region with 39 different workshops and seminars including our FREE Gardening 101 Series designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners plus lots of exciting hands on projects. Join us to fill in your knowledge and create beautiful things.

UNTIL AUGUST 15th SAVE 10% ON ALL FALL AND WINTER WORKSHOPS WHEN YOU REGISTER ONLINE!
USE THE CODEWORD: FALL2017

 

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.
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Our workshops are grouped thematically into series to keep them organized and help you make your selections.

GARDENING 101 SERIES - Our FREE series is designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners with a wide range of topics to develop your gardening knowledge and build your confidence in the garden.
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES- This series focuses on all the amazing things you can grow in and eat from your garden.
CONTAINER SERIES
- We've got the hottest container ideas for you with workshops that will help you achieve cool installations to grace your patio and garden.

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions
Instructor Biographies
Booking Workshops

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions

Fall and Winter Workshops

September

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Best Plants for Fall & Winter | Kate | Sun Sept 10, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for fall and winter? Kate will introduce you to a selection of top plant performers for West Coast gardens that provide great seasonal interest. She will also provide seasonal maintenance tips. This course could be the most important step you take to transform your garden from ordinary to extraordinary! For a full year of top plants sign up for our other Spring and Summer sessions.

   

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Discover the World of Bulbs | Jo | Sun Sept 17, 11am-12pm | FREE* | By fall you might be ready for a rest from the garden but do yourself one little favour before winter comes: plant some bulbs. You’ll be glad you did come spring. In this workshop you’ll meet a diverse range of spring-blooming bulbs for the garden and containers including many uncommon but exciting possibilities. You will also receive instruction on designing with bulbs and planting them in layers for knock out displays in containers or small spaces.

   

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Best Plants for Fall Colour | Jo | Sun Sept 24, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Do you have a colourful fall garden? Or does it just turn to grey and yellow mush once the rains start? There are numerous perennials, shrubs and small trees that provide great fall foliage and flower colour. Include just a few of these plants in strategic locations in the garden and you could have a fall garden to remember and look forward to!

 

   

CONTAINER SERIES | Terrariums to Bring the Outdoors In | Kate | Sun Sept 24, 1-3pm | $20 | It's time to bring back terrariums! These miniature gardens inside glass vessels are perfect decorations for inside the house year round. We'll have a variety of succulents, ferns, air plants, venus fly traps, and sundews for you to combine with coloured mosses, stones, and glass pebbles. The rest is up to you! Kate will instruct you on the ins and outs of designing and caring for the miniature gardens inside your terrariums. Then you'll get to do up your own! This workshop includes your soil, stones, and decorative glass but does not include the container or the plants you'll include. We'll have lots of containers and plants on hand to choose from.

 

 

October

CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets of Fabulous Pots Then Make Your Own | Kate | Sun Oct 1, 10am-12pm | $14 | This is a fun hands-on workshop for gardeners of all levels who are interested in learning how to successfully create gorgeous perennial containers that will provide months of winter interest and an antidote against the dark, cold days of the year. You'll get to plant up and take home your own fabulous container.

Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. We will have a range of options available if you don't have your own pot. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use.

 

December

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Centerpiece Workshop | Kate | Fri Dec 1, 1-3pm | $75 (Includes hellebore.) | Here's another way to bring a hellebore inside for Christmas cheer - as a centrepiece for your Christmas table. You'll create a beautiful ring of winter foliage centred with a beautiful hellebore that you can plant in your garden in winter or spring. You can also use this centrepiece as a decoration for an outdoor table where it will bloom for months, often well into April!

Registration includes all materials and greenery plus a hellebore. You may also bring greenery or twigs from your own garden to use in your wreath.

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 2, 10am-12pm | $60 | Decorate your home for the holiday season with your very own Christmas Rose wreath! Kate will teach you how to design and build a festive, florist-quality wreath with unique greenery and dried pods and cones. She will then teach you to incorporate Christmas roses into your wreath keeping it colourful & dynamic!

Our popular wreath-making workshop is a great chance to spend quality time with friends and family while accomplishing a great project to lift your spirits through the short days of winter.

Registration includes all materials such as wreath frame and greenery. You may also bring greenery or twigs from your own garden to use in your wreath.

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Bird's Nest Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 2, 1-3pm | $75 (Includes hellebore.) | This class for advanced wreath-makers or ambitious beginners takes what we normally do in the our original wreath making workshop and builds on it with more creativity including nesting a potted hellebore within your wreath that looks like an adorable birds nest with white birds (hellebore flowers) peaking out.

Registration includes all materials such as wreath frame and greenery plus a hellebore. You may also bring greenery or twigs from your own garden to use in your wreath.

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Picture Frame Wreaths | Kate | Sun Dec 3, 10am-12pm | $60 (Includes frame. All frames will be different and may not resemble the one pictured.) | Christmas time is about memories. Picture frames are about holding and celebrating memories. We'll combine this idea of the picture frame with the techniques of wreath making to make a beautiful and unique Christmas decoration for your garden or home for the holiday season. |

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop | Kate | Sun Dec 3, 1-3pm | $20 | Wow your Christmas guests as soon as they arrive at your front door or enliven your patio with a fantastic outdoor winter container centred with a glistening Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other great perennials and shrubs that offer winter interest. Kate will lead you in the design, planting and final decoration of your planter with winter twigs and greens.

 

 

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

 

Instructor Biographies

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Booking Workshops

Visit our Workshop page for booking info or click the link above.

 


5.

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

There are so many cool plants now I can barely scratch the surface in the space I have here. It's time to come to the nursery to see it all for yourself!

Sempervivum Chick Charms 'Gold Nugget' - Hen and Chicks - 'Gold Nugget' is the most stunning hen and chicks. It forms dramatic rosettes that are brilliant gold with red picotee edges from January to May turning to a bright Granny Smith apple green in summer then intense red in fall and then back to gold. The dangerously collectible Chick Charms series offers the boldest coloured and best-growing Sempervivum available. Agapanthus 'Twister' - Lily-of-the-Nile - Agapanthus 'Twister' is a striking bicoloured lily-of-the-Nile with flowers that are rich blue in the throat grading to white on the petal edges. The flowers are held in a large umbel up to eight inches across on compact plants with lots of flower power. Great in containers (where many gardeners find Agapanthus easier to bloom) or in the ground in a nice hot spot.
Echeveria 'Dick's Pink' - Mexican Hen and Chicks - 'Dick's Pink' forms a solitary rosette of large, rippled, bluish to purple-grey leaves that have attractively contrasting red to pink, frilled leaf margins. The leaf colour changes through the season and is more purple in winter and more blue when in active growth in spring and summer. Stout flower stalks rise above the foliage bearing large light red flowers. Colocasia 'Gigantea'/Thailand Giant Strain - Taro - 'Gigantea' is a cultivar with HUGE, dramatic, arrow-shaped, green 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. A houseplant in winter for most but foliage can be chopped down to return in spring.
Agastache cana Sonoran Sunset - Hummingbird Mint - A compact cultivar of Agastache cana, Sonoran Sunset forms short, full, stocky plants to 16 inches tall and wide boasting masses of raspberry purple flowers over a long period from mid June through September. Not only does the foliage smell of mint but the flowers smell like chewing gum. Also called mosquito plant in its native range where rubbing the leaves on the skin reportedly repels mosquitoes. Grow this hummingbird mint in hot, dry sunny spots with thin, rocky soils. Perfect for rock gardens, along driveways and sidewalks, and in other marginal spots where you never get around to spreading compost. Agastache 'Bolero' - Hummingbird Mint - Agastache 'Bolero' flushes in spring with beautiful purple-red, fragrant foliage that slowly turns to green but not before the warm rose-purple flowers with purple sepals form and attract every hummingbird from miles around. This beauty will give you great foliage interest and long-lasting flowers.
Agastache 'Golden Jubilee' - Hummingbird Mint - As if an Agastache needed more going for it in addition to the long summer bloom period, the beautiful spires of blue-purple flowers, the licorice-mint scent of the foliage, and the bounty of pollen and nectar it provides to bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds but here we are with 'Golden Jubilee' which also has big, lush, gorgeous golden foliage. You can't beat this hyssop for a dramatic display in the summer garden. 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.
Echinops ritro 'Veitch's Blue' - Globe Thistle - Globe thistle (Echinops ritro) has great architectural strength in the summer garden with clumps of thistle-like leaves and stems holding aloft perfectly spherical heads of blue flowers that will send honey bees into furious rapture. The flower buds are metallic silver opening to bright blue to lavender-blue flowers. The spheres offer a useful flower shape uncommon in the garden world beyond Alliums. The seed heads are also beautiful. Eryngium planum 'Jade Frost' - Sea Holly - Eryngium are intriguing members of the carrot family and garden favourites for their true blue thimble like inflorescences held above equally blue thistly bracts. Now add some variegation to this sea holly picture. 'Jade Frost' has green leaves with white to creamy white variegation that is pink in cool temperatures. A must have for those who love blue flowers and variegation.
Dahlia 'Bishop of Oxford' - Dahlia - 'Bishop of Oxford' has bold orange single flowers 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 'Bishop of York' - Dahlia - 'Bishop of York' has bright yellow, single flowers 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.
Scrophularia macrantha Cardinale Red 'TNSCRCR' - Redbirds in a Tree - Scrophularia macrantha is a Penstemon relative whose common name is redbirds in a tree. This interesting shrub blooms from early summer until frost with curious, bright red, tubular flowers with white lips that look like little red birds resting in a tree. Cardinale Red is a dwarf, compact form with denser branching and larger flowers in tighter flower heads. Great for hummingbirds and bees. Hardy to zone 5 and drought tolerant once established. Plant in well-drained soils. Fuchsia 'Gartenmeister Bonstedt' - Fuchsia - Fuchsia 'Gartenmeister Bonstedt' is a vigorous, upright shrub with clusters of deep coral-red tubular flowers that hummingbirds will love set against lush, burgundy-infused foliage. It isn't hardy, even in coastal BC but you shouldn't care. Just like purple fountain grass, you're worth it and deserve to get one each year. Amazing in containers for the foliage and floral show.
Coreopsis Lil Bang 'Starstruck' - Tickseed - Coreopsis Lil Bang 'Starstruck' has big, two-tone petals that are magenta to deep pink at the base brightening to light pink at the tips. Blooms all summer long. If blooming slows down, shear lightly to deadhead and encourage the plant to reflush more flowers. Deinanthe caerulea - False Hydrangea - From China comes this uncommon herbaceous hydrangea relative, Deinanthe caerulea, with intriguing purple-blue flowers held above clumps of beautifully textured foliage. Blooms in early to mid summer. Slowly spreading rhizomes eventually form a mounded three foot wide clump. A wonderful addition to the shade garden.
Geranium 'Azure Rush' - Cranesbill - 'Azure Rush' is a sport of 'Rozanne', the Perennial Plant of the Year in 2008. It has lighter blue flowers and a tighter, more compact habit. Like 'Rozanne' it blooms for months from June until fall! Use it in the garden, in containers or hanging baskets. Rudbeckia triloba 'Prairie Glow' - Sweet Coneflower - Rudbeckia 'Prairie Glow' is an unusual black-eyed Susan relative with dark red to burnt orange petals with yellow tips and is stunning in a mass planting. Flower stems are burgundy and tall. Great cut flower.
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Miss Saori' - Hydrangea - 'Miss Saori' is a superlative new hydrangea that won the coveted Plant of the Year Award at the 2014 Chelsea Garden Show. She produces exquisite mopheads of double florets in white with perfect, glowing, rose-pink picotee edges on old and new wood from June until frost on 3x3 foot mounds perfect for gardens and containers. Foliage emerges burgundy-red in spring, turns to green, then back to burgundy-red in summer and fall. We are proud to likely have been the first nursery in North America to offer this plant in 2015. Geranium 'Blue Sunrise' - Cranesbill - Geranium 'Blue Sunrise' has silver blue to lavender-blue flowers that bloom from spring until frost! As if that weren’t enough the young foliage is orange and then yellow before turning to light green providing a great display before the flowers get started. Avoid hot afternoon sun which can burn the leaves.
Lavandula pedunculata 'Ghostly Princess' - French Lavender - This striking French lavender (Lavandula pedunculata) is called 'Ghostly Princess'. It has shocking silver foliage topped with masses of stacked purple-pink flowers with flaring pink "wings" veined with purple. It blooms over a long period from late spring through summer. Shear lightly after flowering and in early spring. Grow in thin soils in hot spots. Lavandula angustifolia 'Mini Blue' - Lavender - 'Mini Blue' forms showy, compact lavender plants with strong stems and lots of purple-blue flower spikes. Attractive, fragrant, mid-green foliage. Easier to keep as a nice mound of foliage and flowers than the larger-growing cultivars.
Sanguisorba tenuifolia 'Pink Elephant' - Burnet - A downright useful and unusual Japanese perennial due to the masses of squiggly bottlebrushes held on the upright stems. Sanguisorba 'Pink Elephant' produces masses of finger-like clusters or spikes on tall stems that are deep pink with light pink stamens. Flowering occurs over a long period in the summer. The clumping foliage is gray-green with great texture of serrated edges and nice presence throughout the year. Does well in average garden conditions as well as moist sites. Leonotis menthifolia 'Savannah Sunset' - Lion's Ear - 'Savannah Sunset' has unique, bright orange, furry, tubular flowers arranged in whorls around the stem and medium green, triangular leaves with textured edges. Freely branching and upright. Blooms in early summer unlike Leonotis leonurus which doesn't bloom in our climate until at least September. Apparently hardy to zone 8 but a protected situation, good drainage and a little trial and error might be required.
Ficus 'Petite Negra' - Fig - 'Petite Nigra' is a super dwarf fig tree that happily produces in small containers. The leaves have a unique growth habit. The fruit appears early, it is dark purple, and is medium in size. This is the perfect fig to grow outdoors in warmer zones or to use as a winter houseplant and summer outdoor patio plant in colder zones. Let's grow figs right across Canada! Rudbeckia maxima - Great Coneflower - If you love big perennials with dramatic foliage, we'd like to make sure you know Rudbeckia maxima! Known as great coneflower or cabbage leaf coneflower, this species from eastern Texas and adjacent states has huge 18 inch long blue-green leaves topped in mid to late summer by yellow-petaled, black-coned flowers on stems up to seven feet tall. Loves moisture and heat but is also drought tolerant.

Heucherella 'Plum Cascade' - Foamy Bells - Heucherella 'Plum Cascade' is an elegant trailing foamy bells with attractive, deeply cut, plum-purple foliage with a silver veil. Delicate, light-pink flowers are held just above the foliage from late spring through early fall. Ideal in hanging baskets or as a ground cover.

Heucherella Northern Exposure Lime - Coral Bells - Heuchera Northern Exposure Lime is a vigorous, long-lived cultivar with lime-green leaves that keep their colour well into the season. It forms a dense, rounded, rust-resistant mound and has narrow spikes of rust-red and green flowers. The Northern Exposure series is bred with Heuchera richardsonii which grows in zone 3 and beyond even up into the Northwest Territories. This series may do better in colder regions of Canada.

Punica granatum 'Salavatski' - Hardy Pomegranate - Punica 'Salavatski' is the hardiest pomegranate cultivar. This is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub that grows up to 10 feet but is easy to keep smaller by pruning. It blooms with trumpet-shaped, orange-red flowers and produces orange-sized, globose, yellow to orange-red fruits.

Heucherella Northern Exposure Amber - Coral Bells - Heuchera Northern Exposure Amber has ruffled, amber-yellow to amber-orange foliage that looks better and better as the season progresses. It forms a dense, medium sized plant with great rust resistance and longevity. The Northern Exposure series is bred with Heuchera richardsonii which grows in zone 3 and beyond even up into the Northwest Territories. This series may do better in colder regions of Canada.

Salvia Windwalker Royal Red - Red Mountain Sage - Windwalker Royal Red is a hybrid between Salvia darcyi and S. microphylla hardy to zone 5. Windwalker Royal Red makes clumps 48" tall x 60" wide of light green leaves, topped in the summer by spikes of bright orange-red flowers. Salvia pachyphylla - Mojave Sage - Salvia pachyphylla is a large-growing shrubby sage reaching three feet tall and nearly as wide with silver foliage that is evergreen with a pungent fragrance. The mounds are topped with broad, two-toned spikes consisting of lavender-purple flowers emerging from warm purple bracts all summer long. Prune in the fall after flowering. Plant in full sun, in dry, thin soils. Good winter drainage is essential.
Salvia Vermilion Bluffs - Red Mountain Sage - Salvia darcyi Vermillion Bluffs is an extra hardy version of the species that makes a huge four feet tall by 3 feet wide clump of light green leaves topped in summer by spikes of bright orange-red flowers. A hummingbird magnet. Echinacea Kismet Intense Orange - Coneflower - Echinacea Kismet Intense Orange is a compact, upright coneflower producing a bounty of orange blooms that age through all the tones from atomic orange, to pumpkin, to light orange. It blooms over an extended period of time from early summer to frost. Plant in full sun in average (not overly rich), well-drained soils. Avoid soils that are overly moist in winter.
Echinacea Cara Mia Rose - Coneflower - Echinacea Cara Mia Rose is a compact coneflower to just 16 inches high with an exceptional crown count making it a blooming machine. It is an early bloomer putting forth double flowers in a rich raspberry red to raspberry pink from early summer until frost. Plant in full sun in average (not overly rich), well-drained soils. Avoid soils that are overly moist in winter. Echinacea Kismet Raspberry - Coneflower - Echinacea Kismet Raspberry is a compact, upright coneflower that amazes with its long bloom time and sheer number of flowers from early summer until frost. The flowers are large, emerging glowing raspberry-pink and slowly lightening with age creating great multi-toned displays. Plant in full sun in average (not overly rich), well-drained soils. Avoid soils that are overly moist in winter.
Echinacea Sombrero Adobe Orange - Coneflower - Echinacea Adobe Orange is part of the Sombrero Series of coneflowers. It displays masses of compact flowers with rounded petals in intense orange tones with a matching orange cone. Plants grow to about 18-20 inches tall with great flower branching along the stems. Grow in hot sunny spots in excellent drainage where soil is not overly amended with organic matter. Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit' - Coneflower - Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit' is a seed strain offering coneflowers with vivid shades of orange, red, rosy-red, yellow, purple or cream surrounding large brown cones. They will look fantastic planted in groups where the different colours can play off one another. Plants are well-branched, strong and bushy. Plant in full sun in average (not overly rich), well-drained soils. Avoid soils that are overly moist in winter.
Echinacea Butterfly 'Postman' - Coneflower - 'Postman' is a fiery true red Echinacea from the Butterfly Series with strong sturdy stems and beautiful glowing flowers with overlapping petals. Flowers will emerge red-orange, deepen to orange-red, and then deepen further to true hot red. All members of this series are named after species of butterfly. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering. Elsewhere they love to be frozen solid all winter long. 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 'Green Jewel' - Coneflower - This incredibly unique echinacea was discovered by Piet Oudolf. Light green ray petals surround the large, green cone of this sweetly fragrant coneflower. The plants have an upright habit and a height of just 20-24 inches, so no staking is required. Praised for their cheerful brightly coloured flowers, coneflowers are a mainstay in today's garden. The dried seed heads provide architectural interest in the winter and are a good food source for finches and other birds. 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.
Anemone Wild Swan - Hybrid Anemone - A spectacular yet elegant hybrid, Anemone Wild Swan has nodding purple buds opening to large white flowers with light purple reverses. Flowers over an extended period from late spring into fall. Deep green mounds of foliage. A hybrid bred in Scotland and trialled for 10 years before release involving A. rupicola and up to 4-5 other parents! Winner of the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year Award. Does not spread. Hibiscus Summerific 'Ballet Slippers' - Perennial Hibiscus - Hibiscus Summerific 'Ballet Slippers' is demure and delicate while packing a flower power punch. The large, seven inch wide flowers are pure white with overlapping petals like a pinwheel, a dark red centre, and blush pink edges. Attractive, healthy leaves are bright green with slightly serrated edges. Flowers are produced from the top of the plant to the bottom, rather than just at the top like some other cultivars.
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 'Starry Starry Night' - Perennial Hibiscus - 'Starry Starry Night' has wine purple, maple-like foliage that is thick and leathery, and glossy, pink buds which open to 8-9 inch wide, pale pink with darker pink speckling and veining flowers. It blooms from midsummer into early fall and makes an amazing display. Provide full sun and good moisture during the growing season.
Hibiscus Summerific 'Perfect Storm' - Perennial Hibiscus - Hibiscus Summerific 'Perfect Storm' has huge, seven to eight inch wide, white flowers, flushed with pink and a bright red eye that radiates out the veins. The foliage is a dusky burgundy colour on plants that are a manageable three feet tall. This is a great compact perennial hibiscus, like a half size version of 'Summer Storm', for smaller spaces. Helianthus salicifolius 'First Light' - Willowleaf Sunflower - Tall stems with narrow, fuzzy, linear leaves create an amazing textural effect in the middle or back of the border. The rising stems look like elongated fireworks shooting into the sky. In summer the plants are topped with an explosion of golden yellow daisy flowers. This is cultivar is more floriferous and shorter in height making it more manageable than this species from the south central US. Deer resistant.

 


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