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E-Newsletter: June 2012

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
June 2012

 

Hello from Phoenix Perennials!

This is a big one, fellow gardeners. There is a lot going on in June it seems and this e-newsletter is bursting with articles and events and plants. So don't be dishearted with the June-uary weather. The gardening season is in full swing and the little bit of rain just gives you a breather before you start your next project!

We are excited to announce that we placed twice in this year's Richmond Review Best of Richmond Readers Poll. To find out more see the article below.

For veggie lovers we now have a whole new crop of Mighty 'Mato GRAFTED Tomatoes in stock in a smaller and cheaper size. Time to stock up for your culinary enjoyment later in the season. June is still an excellent time to plant tomatoes. Some say it's the best time for warm season crops.

For those who love design, innovation and intriguing plants don't miss the latest installment of Tulip Time in Holland with an expose on the Green Engine Area of Floriade, the world horticultural expo that I visited in Holland in April.

It's time to collect your recyclable nursery plastic containers and bring them back to the nursery at the end of the month as part of the National Plastics Recycling Event. Join gardeners right across Canada in keeping your nursery plastics out of the landfill. You can also bring in your returnable cans and bottles at the same time. All proceeds with help our Phoenician Vanessa raise funds for building supplies for a village in Ecuador. If you're looking for ways to gain even more good karma check out details of this month's Charity Shopping Weekend benefiting education and the arts in our communties.

If you're a dad you'll want to get your free GUY-Lardia on Fathers' Day weekend. And don't forget our fun and information Workshops in June on Top Plant Performers and Grasses. Our tomato tastings in September are filling up so make sure you sign up if you want to join us for one of the best events of the year at Phoenix.

And last but not least we have a rather large instalment of Fabulous at Phoenix filled with lots of delectable plants including some great new clematis.

See you soon at the nursery.

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

Recycle Your Plastic Pots!
National Plastic Recycling Event
June 22nd - July 1st, 2012

Save your pots till then when you can drop them off at Phoenix to be recycled.

Donate your Returnable Bottles and Cans to Support Families in Pallatanga, Ecuador
Bring them in when you recycle your plastic nursery pots. 100% of proceeds will be buy building supplies when our youngest Phoenician, Vanessa, heads to Ecuador in August to help build houses. More info below.

The Heirloom Tomato Festival
Saturday September 8th, 2012 | 10am-5pm |
With tomato tastings, heirloom tomato fruit for sale and a display of heirloom tomatoes! | Sign up early for our Tomato Tastings. Last year they sold out with 100 people still on the wait list! View images from last year's event!

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Phoenix Perennials Places Twice in the Best of Richmond 2012 Reader's Poll
2. Mighty Mato Grafted Tomatoes Back in Stock: It's still a great time to plant!
3. National Plastics Recycling Week
4. Floriade 2012: The World Horticultural Expo - Green Engine Area
5. Spring into Summer: Great Plants for Late Spring and Early Summer
6. Free GUY-Lardia for Fathers on Fathers' Day Weekend
7. Come Learn with Us: Workshops 2012
8. Charity Shopping Weekends 2012: April - Health Around the World
9. Fabulous at Phoenix


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
Sat
June 9
POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Grasses that Captivate: The Transformative Powers of Ornamental Grasses | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat June 9th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Register Online!
Sun
June 10
POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Sizzling Succulents: Drama, Structure and Intrigue with Succulent Foliage | Instructor: Gary Lewis | Sun June 10th, 1-3pm | $12 | Register Online!
Sat-Sun
June
9-10
Charity Shopping Weekend to Benefit: Arts and Education - The Community Arts Council of Richmond, General Brock Elementary School, Dixon Elementary School
Sat-Sun
June
16-17
FREE "Guy-Lardia" for Fathers on Fathers' Day Weekend!*
Bring your children, grandchildren or furry children (or a picture of them) to show us that you're a Dad and get your free "guy-lardia" (gaillardia or blanket flower)! *With purchase over $10 before taxes, while supplies last.
Sat
June 16
POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Summer | Instructor: Shelley | Sat June 16th, 10am-12pm | $12 | Register Online!
Tues
June 19
Avoiding the Summer Doldrums: Great Garden Plants for Summer and Fall
Presented to the Evergreen Garden Club

Delta, BC, Contact Terry at tafindlay at dccnet.com
Wed
June 27
Avoiding the Summer Doldrums: Great Garden Plants for Summer and Fall
Presented to the Saltspring Island Garden Club

Saltspring Island, Contact Marcia at everlastingsummer at saltspring.com
July 4-10
Groupon or Coupon?: Using conventional and modern marketing strategies to build and maintain your customer base
Presented to the Perennial Plant Association at the 30th Annual Symposium, Boston, Massachusetts
Fri-Sun
July
13-15
The Summer Sizzle
Celebrating Summer with Free Workshops and Special Prices
Sat Sept 8
The Heirloom Tomato Festival
With tomato tastings, heirloom tomato fruit for sale and a display of heirloom tomatoes! | Sign up early for our Tomato Tastings. Last year they sold out with 100 people still on the wait list! View images from last year's event!
Sat
Sept 8

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE HEIRLOOM TOMATO FESTIVAL | Tomato Tastings | Instructor: Gary Lewis | Sat Sept 8th, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm | $12 + $16 included Party Mix = $28 | Register Online!

Sat
Sept 15
POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Fall and Winter | Instructor: Shelley | Sat Sept 15th, 10am-12pm | $12 | Register Online!
Sat
Sept 22
CONTAINER SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for Spring Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Sept 22nd, 10am-12pm | $14 | Register Online!
Sat
Sept 29
CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Sept 29th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Register Online!
Fri - Sun
Dec 1-3
The Christmas Hurrah!
Celebrate the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other seasonal delights. The nursery will reopen for one weekend at the start of December for sales of the amazing Christmas rose and other members of the Helleborus Gold Collection plus other winter blooming plants. We'll be offering two workshops: a Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop and a Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop plus a DIY project to doll up a Christmas Rose to bring it inside for holiday decoration. View images from last year's Christmas Hurrah!
Sat Dec 1
SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Instructor: Diane Levings, Full Bloom Flowers | Sat Dec 1st, 10am-12pm | $55 Includes all materials. | Register Online!
Sat Dec 1
SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Dec 1st, 1-3pm | $18 (Includes soil and the twigs and greens) | Register Online!

 

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1.

Phoenix Perennials Places Twice
in the Best of Richmond Readers Poll 2012

Third place in two categories: Best Garden Store and Best Customer Service

Phoenix Perennials is proud to announce that we have placed for the first time in the Richmond Review's Best of Richmond 2012 Reader's Poll. And we have placed in two categories!

In previous years we have not even placed and to make matters worse we were beaten by Home Depot in the category of Best Garden Store. Ouch!

We're sure this is related to the fact that despite being in our ninth season gardeners are still finding and getting to know our nursery. Also, we are a destination nursery for the Lower Mainland and beyond so, while we are appreciated far beyond the borders of Richmond, our afficionados are spread out across many municipalities.

This year we were happy to be awarded third place in the category of Best Garden Store. It is gratifying to make it onto the list! The Richmond Review also highlighted our nursery in their article about the Best of Richmond. They had this to say about Phoenix Perennials:

Best place for peculiar plants

From primula vulgaris to polygonatum, Phoenix Perennials is the place to peruse and purchase those peculiar varieties of plants uncommonly seen in even the most variegated gardens and which suit every discerning palate. Passersby might be tempted to purloin their wide and rarified selection, so mesmerizing is the panoramic view of their No. 6 Road offerings. Parking is plentiful, prices are competitive and the affable staff are eager to please.

We are also humbled and honoured to have placed third in the category of Best Customer Service out of ALL businesses in Richmond behind a spa and a return-it centre! Wow! We weren't expecting to place in this category and it came as a surprise. Way to go Phoenicians!

Thank you to everyone who voted for us! We appreciate your kind support and encouragement!

Peruse the full list of results of the Best of Richmond 2012 Readers Poll.

Read the full article about the Best of Richmond Shopping and Services.


2.

Mighty 'Matos Grafted Tomatoes
Back in Stock! It's Still a Great Time to Plant!

We have a new crop of Mighty Mato Grafted Tomatoes back in stock! Most are in smaller 11cm pots and they are $9.99. Some are in the original gallon pots for $14.99. We have some new cultivars that you haven't seen before including some continuing favourites. Currently in stock: 'Black Cherry', 'Chocolate Stripes', 'Berkeley Tie Dye Heart', 'Black Krim', 'Supersteak', 'Legend', 'Momotaro', 'Early Girl', 'Sweet Million', 'Cherokee Purple', 'Sunsugar', 'Beefsteak', 'Mortgage Lifter', and 'Cherokee Purple'.

 

Mighty 'Matos are desirable heirloom and modern cultivars grafted onto extra strong tomato root stock. The result is a more disease resistant, cold tolerant and vigorous tomato that produces 2-3 times more fruit than the same variety in its ungrafted form. This technique was pioneered by Log House Plants of southern Oregon, a well-respected leader in veggies, herbs and intriguing edibles for more than 30 years.

June is a Great Time to Plant Tomatoes - Even if it's June-uary!: Though tomatoes have been available for a month in garden centres the back and forth of cool, wet weather with warmer, sunnier weather hasn't much helped local tomato crops get going. Don't fret. If you've already purchased some tomatoes they will be slowly developing root systems right now and putting on some moderate growth. Once the weather warms up your tomatoes will take off.

Some veggie gardening experts suggest that June is actually the best month for planting warm season crops such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and squash. If you haven't planted any of these crops yet you are definitely not too late! Come on down to the nursery and pick out some veggies to get your crops going for a summer filled with back yard delicacies!

Remember to use the microclimates in your garden to give warm season veggies a boost during our cool springs. Plant them in the sunniest spots you have. Warm, sunny patios, walls, fences and other features that absorb warmth during the day and give it off at night will create a warmer environment around your plants that they will definitely appreciate. Areas that are protected from wind will also be warmer. If you're planting in the open ground you can also use cloches, clear plastic totes or plastic row covers to create warm and comfy microclimates for tomatoes and their compatriots.

 
If you love your tomatoes then you won't want to miss our annual Heirloom Tomato Festival this September. We'll have tomato fruit for sale, special displays and our popular tomato tastings which we run just like a wine tasting but with tomatoes! Spots fill up quick. You can register online. This is a great event to attend with groups of friends or family.
The Heirloom Tomato Festival
Saturday September 8th, 2012 | 10am-5pm |
With tomato tastings, heirloom tomato fruit for sale and a display of heirloom tomatoes! | Sign up early for our Tomato Tastings. Last year they sold out with 100 people still on the wait list! View images from last year's event!

 


3.

National Plastics Recycling Week
June 22nd - July 1st, 2012

During National Plastics Recycling Week Phoenix Perennials will be collecting nursery plastics for recycling. Bring your nursery plastics down to the nursery and deposit them in the designated bins.
Please do not bring plastics before or after these dates.

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.

Click here to find other participating nurseries in the Lower Mainland and across Canada

Donate your Returnable Bottles and Cans
to Support Families in Pallatanga, Ecuador

When you bring your plastics to recycle please bring along your returnable bottles/cans too! In August our youngest Phoenician, Vanessa, is volunteering to help needy families build homes in Pallatanga, an impoverished town in rural Ecuador. 100% of the money rasied will help buy building supplies. All contributions are gratefully accepted. More info about the project can be found at http://ecuaexperience.com/pallatanga/pallatanga.html. The HelpLearnDiscover organization collaborates with local non-profit organizations to provide student volunteers with a unique opportunity to contribute to our global community.


4.

Tulip Time in Holland - Part 3

Floriade 2012: The World Horticultural Expo
Green Engine Area

In April 2012 I visited the Netherlands while leading a UBC Alumni tour group along the waterways of Holland and Belgium. In this three part series I explore the incredible horticultural and floricultural nation of Holland. In the first installment in the Mid-April E-Newsletter we visited the Aalsmeer Flower Auction. In May I took you to the incredible Keukenhof bulb display gardens. Now in Part 3 we'll visit one of the most impressive areas of the Floriade, a world horticultural expo that takes place only every 10 years. In addition to these articles and their accompanying photos you'll find links to YouTube videos and additional photo galleries of these incredible places.

Floriade is a world horticultural expo that takes place every 10 years in the Netherlands. It is designed to present the best of the horticultural and floricultural industry in Holland and around the world. Dutch companies are joined by companies from around the world to put on the show. They are also joined by numerous countries who build their own pavilions to show off their horticultural strengths as well as their culture and food. The result is a dynamic, cutting edge exposition of the world of plants.

Each time Floriade is held it moves to a different location within the country and is built from scratch, much as is done for world's fairs such as Expo '86. Floriade 2012 takes place near Venlo in an area that was previously agricultural fields and forests. The forests have been retained and the different areas of Floriade built in the spaces between.

Floriade 2012 is divided into various themed areas. My favourite, the Green Engine, is the focus of this installment. The Green Engine Area explores the relationship between nature and industry and the meeting of the two.

The central feature of the Green Engine Area is the Villa Flora greenhouse complex. This giant greenhouse had some of the best displays at Floriade featuring the innovative use of intriguing plants in whimsical and creative gardens and floral arrangements.

I loved the succulent garden, the old rusty greenhouse and the incredible floral arrangements and sculptures. Have a look at the 257 photos I have uploaded into the Green Engine Photo Album. The pictures speak for themselves and many have to be seen to be believed.

Floriade 2012 will run from April to October 2012 so if you're heading to Europe you might want to swing by for a visit!

View 257 Amazing Photos in the
Green Engine Photo Album

 


5.

Spring into Summer
Great Plants for Mid-Spring and Early Summer

Last weekend I was a guest on Gardening 101 on CFAX AM 1070 (Victoria) with host Jeff DeJong. On the show we discussed the theme of "Spring into Summer". I highlighted a whole bunch of plants that are great for mid spring but that also bloom all the way through June and bridge the gap between spring and summer when the traditional summer-blooming plants take over the garden display.

For our discussion I prepared a catalogue with over 130 plants with which to spring into summer. This is a great resource if you're trying to figure out how to add colour to your garden through June and into early summer. Enjoy!

 


6.

FREE GUY-Lardia
for Fathers on Fathers' Day Weekend!*
June 16th and 17th

Bring your children, grandchildren
of them) to show us that you're a Dad and get your free GUY-Lardia (Gaillardia or Blanket Flower)!*

*With purchase over $10 before taxes, Saturday and Sunday June 16th and 17th, while supplies last.


7.

Come Learn With Us
Upcoming Workshops

June

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Grasses that Captivate: The Transformative Powers of Ornamental Grasses | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat June 9th, 10am-12pm | $14 | The popularity of ornamental grasses continues to grow as gardeners discover their many virtues. Come to this informative talk and learn what grasses can do for you and your garden. You'll get tips on using them for best effect in your garden design and in containers. As well, you'll be introduced to several cultivars you might not have seen before. Participants will then have the opportunity to plant up their own container featuring grasses and other companion plants. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use. Register Online!

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Summer | Instructor: Shelley | Sat June 16th, 10am-12pm | $12 | Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for summer? Shelley will introduce you to a selection of top plant performers for West Coast gardens that provide great seasonal interest. She will also provide seasonal maintenance tips. This course could be the most important step you take to transform your garden from ordinary to extraordinary! For a full year of top plants sign up for the two other sessions: Spring and Fall and Winter. Register Online!

 

September

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE HEIRLOOM TOMATO FESTIVAL | Tomato Tastings | Instructor: Gary Lewis | Sat Sept 8th, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm | $12 + $16 included Party Mix = $28 | 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 12-15 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 about four 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. Last year we sold out all seven sessions and had over 100 people on the wait list. So book early! Each session will last about 45-50 minutes. Register Online!

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Fall and Winter | Instructor: Shelley | Sat Sept 15th, 10am-12pm | $12 | Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for fall and winter? Shelley will introduce you to a selection of top plant performers for West Coast gardens that provide great seasonal interest. She will also provide seasonal maintenance tips. This course could be the most important step you take to transform your garden from ordinary to extraordinary! For a full year of top plants sign up for the two other sessions: Spring and Summer. Register Online!

CONTAINER SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for Spring Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Sept 22nd, 10am-12pm | $14 | Meet the spring blooming wonders that you can include in your garden and in pots including a number of uncommon but exciting possibilities. You will also receive instruction on designing with bulbs and planting them in layers for knock out displays. Each participant will then plant up and take home their own container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use. Register Online!

CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Sept 29th, 10am-12pm | $14 | This is a fun hands-on workshop for gardeners of all levels who are interested in learning how to successfully create gorgeous perennial containers that will provide months of winter interest and an antidote against the dark, cold days of the year. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use. Register Online!

 

December

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Instructor: Diane Levings, Full Bloom Flowers | Sat Dec 1st, 10am-12pm | $55 Includes all materials. | Wreaths were the first way flowers and foliage were used for decoration. Diane Levings of Full Bloom Flowers will teach you about the history of wreaths and their design as you build your very own festive wreath with unique greenery and dried pods and cones. She will then show you how to use Christmas roses, Helleborus niger, and other fresh flowers in your wreath! Bring a friend to maximize your fun. You may bring greenery or twigs from your own garden to use in your wreath if you like. Register Online!

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Dec 1st, 1-3pm | $18 (Includes soil and the twigs and greens) | Wow your Christmas guests as soon as they arrive at your front door or enliven your patio with a fantastic outdoor winter container centred with a glistening Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other great perennials and shrubs that offer winter interest.
Shelley will lead you in the design, planting and final decoration of your planter with winter twigs and greens. It does not include the plants you choose to pot up.
Register Online!

View the Complete List of Workshops for 2012

 

Booking Workshops

Spaces are limited. Please book in advance.

Online Registration: Registration for our workshops is now available online 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. If you wish to register by other methods you will need to call the nursery at 604-270-4133.

Each workshop requires a minimum of 8 people and a maximum of 15-25 depending on the workshop. If the minimum is not met we may not be able to run the workshop in which case we will contact you a few days before the scheduled date of the workshop and give you a credit towards another class, a credit at the nursery, or a refund.

If you are unable to attend a workshop you have already signed up for please give us 3 days notice. We would be happy to give you a credit towards another class or a credit at the nursery. We cannot offer credits, however, unless you let us know 3 days in advance of your workshop that you cannot attend.

 


8.

Charity Shopping Weekends 2012
June - Arts and Education

This weekend we support two charities that helping out our furry and feathered friends.

The Community Arts Council of Richmond is a federally and provincially registered, not for profit charity, dedicated to promoting the arts and artisans in Richmond BC. They have been in existence for over 41 years.

General Brock Elementary School is a small community-based school located at 33rd and Main in Vancouver. Brock has a history of 100 years, expanding from one original wooden building to the present three buildings. There are approximately 215 students attending and they represent a variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Twenty–six languages are spoken with over half of our students speaking English as their second language.

Dixon Elementary School is a dual-track school offering both French Immersion and English programs in Richmond. Their goal at Dixon is to make the experience of education a meaningful and rewarding one for all members of the community.

What is a Charity Shopping Weekend?: Charity Shopping Weekends are a way for Phoenix Perennials to give back to the community while helping to introduce gardeners to our nursery. Each month one charity or group of charities is selected to participate in a Weekend. During that Saturday and Sunday 25% of each purchase made by a customer who tells us they are there for that charity's Weekend will be donated to the charity. Since 2004 we have raised over $10,000 for local charities and institutions.

This Month's Charity Shopping Weekend
June 9th & 10th, 2012 Arts and Education
The Community Arts Council of Richmond
General Brock Elementary School
Dixon Elementary School

 


9.

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

YOU GOTTA GET DOWN HERE! The nursery is packed with horticultural wonders and what you'll find below is just a tiny fraction of the excitement.

New and Rare Clematis! We have imported and grown on these amazing clematis varieties for your garden pleasure. They are now at half to full stake high and should be strong enough to be planted though we would recommend keeping them in their pots for another 2-3 weeks.

Mississipi River -- Gorgeous, medium-sized, purple-blue flowers with distinct central ridges down each petal and bright yellow central stamens. Blooms from June to September. A member of the integrifolia group of clematis. Pruning group: 3/C - Hard prune in early spring to about one foot from the ground. I Am Lady J -- This stunning bicolour clematis has rich, deep blue-violet flowers with pure white central stripes dominating the centre of each petal all surrounding a purple and yellow centre. Flowers are two to three inches across. A member of the Viticella group of clematis, this is a vigourous and floriferous modern cultivar blooming from June to September. Pruning group: 3/C - Hard prune in early spring to about one foot from the ground.
Inspiration -- Medium sized, deep pink blooms and yellow stamens. Blooms from June to September. A member of the integrifolia group of clematis. Pruning group: 3/C - Hard prune in early spring to about one foot from the ground. 'Kaen' -- This is a crazy, spidery deep pink double clematis with a white central frosting to each petal speckled with green all centred with yellow anthers and white filaments. Blooms in May or June and again in July or August. A member of the patens group and pruning group 2/B - Light prune to 2.5 feet in June.
'Destiny' -- Medium sized white flowers with rippled edges. Pale purple-brown anthers on greenish filaments. Blooms in May or June and again in July or August. A member of the patens group and pruning group 2/B - Light prune to 2.5 feet in June. 'Little Mermaid' -- This unique beauty is a Japanese hybrid with six inch wide semi-double flowers emerging rich salmon pink and slowly lightening to an icy pink. A light purple bar is often present at the base of each petal. Blooms in May or June and again in July or August. A member of the patens group and pruning group 2/B - Light prune to 2.5 feet in June.
C. viticella 'Rubra' -- This dramatic clematis is one of the reddest available with dark centres and a small white central flare. Flowers are two to three inches across. A member of the Viticella group of clematis that blooms from July to September. Pruning group: 3/C - Hard prune in early spring to about one foot from the ground. I Am Lady Q -- This lovely bicolour clematis has mid pink petals with pure white centres all surrounding a purple and yellow centre. Flowers are two to three inches across. A member of the Viticella group of clematis, this is a vigourous and floriferous modern cultivar blooming from July to September. Pruning group: 3/C - Hard prune in early spring to about one foot from the ground.
I Am Happy -- This intriguing bicolour clematis has rich, deep pink flowers with frosty white centres and central white stripes all surrounding a dark centre. Flowers are two to three inches across. A member of the Viticella group of clematis, this is a vigourous and floriferous modern cultivar blooming from June to September. Pruning group: 3/C - Hard prune in early spring to about one foot from the ground. 'Best Wishes' -- This elegant clematis has large white flowers with a blue-purple central stripe speckled with white. Stems are purple when young and become red-purple. Foliage is also purple when young. Blooms in May or June and again in July or August. A cross between C. florida and C. integrifolia. Pruning group: 3/C - Hard prune in early spring to about one foot from the ground.
   

Erysimum 'Fragrant Star' -- Wall Flower -- 'Fragrant Star' is a lovely, variegated sport of the popular variety ‘Fragrant Sunshine’. Bright yellow, sweetly-scented blooms arise from chocolate-purple buds from March to July and into fall. Useful in containers, rock gardens and perennial borders.This shrub-like perennial offers months of interest with its long bloom period and evergreen foliage. Sheer lightly when flowering slows or when flower stems become too long. For long-lived, compact specimens plant in hot, dry, sunny spots.

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' -- 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 microphylla 'Wild Watermelon' - Sage - If you love ‘Hot Lips’ you’ll love ‘Wild Watermelon’. This fast growing selection with a unique fuchsia colour will bloom constantly with hundreds of flowers from June to November driving you, your garden visitors and butterflies wild with luscious colour (and nectar). Makes a super easy and appealing container plant for the patio, or combine with other deep purple, blue and white perennials in the garden. Plant in full sun in hot dry spots with well-drained soils.
Zaluzianskya ovata - Night Phlox - This hot little number is currently flying off the shelves at the nursery. From a cute fuzzy mound of evergreen foliage emerges magenta buds that open to darling white flowers that smell like chocolate at night. Excellent for centrepieces on patio tables. A half hardy perennial (zone 8), it's worth it as it blooms all summer long into fall.
Coreopsis Big Bang 'Cosmic Evolution' - Tickseed - White daisy flowers sport ever-changing purple markings: a basal purple spot on each petal, purple striations and a purple picotee edge can all be present (or not) at any given time. The Phoenicians loved this as a trial plant. 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!

Schizophragma hydrangeoides 'Moonlight' - Climbing Hydrangea Vine - Hydrangea vine is similar to the climbing hydrangea. It has self-clinging stems and beautiful large white lacecap flowers in summer. 'Moonlight' has lovely, silvery blue-green leaves that are deeply veined in green. The effect is as if the leaves are bathed in moonlight at all times of the day -- subtle but very beautiful. Excellent to grow up trees and on walls or fences in part sun to part shade. Also available: ‘Rosea’ with normal green leaves but lovely pink lacecaps.

Hosta 'Queen of Seas' - Plantain Lily - A dynamic, large, blue-green hosta with a tall, upright form and fantastic foliage that makes it a sight to behold in the shade garden. Large, heart shaped, blue leaves of good substance have a very wavy pie crust edge. Near-white flowers are produced in early to midsummer. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens.
Coreopsis 'Ruby Frost' - Tickseed - Large, deep ruby flowers are fringed with a collar of frosty white. Truly a colour breakthrough in the world of Coreopsis. A great, low compact habit. All coreopsis require excellent drainage.
Lobelia 'Elm Fire' - Cardinal Flower - Deep beet root red leaves and incredibly vivid red flowers in mid to late summer. This is a stunning vertical accent plant in terms of both foliage and flower. This garden selection can be used as a marginal in ponds but also does very well in average garden soils. An improved form of the very popular ‘Queen Victoria’.
Echinacea Doublescoop 'Orangeberry' - Not-So-Purple Coneflower - Hot orange and magenta bicolour flowers form big, double pom poms on well-branched plants with lots of blooms. Will stand out in any garden. The Doublescoop Series are a group of short coneflowers all less than two feet high with fantastic double flowers. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering.
Echinacea Big Sky 'Jupiter' - Not-So-Purple Coneflower - This large coneflower has flowers up to six inches across and has a unique colouration - a rosy halo at the centre becomes peach towards the end of the petals. Use en masse for the border, in a mixed bed, and as a cut flower. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering.
Echinacea Big Sky 'Southern Belle' - Purple Coneflower -- Big, fluffy, hot magenta-pink flowers are held on strong dark stems up to three feet on well-branched plants. The rounded cone forms a feathery ball with a skirt of flat ray petals protuding beneath. Big, beautiful, bold yet well-mannered like a classic southern belle. From the Cone-fections Series which offers reliably hardy, very floriferous, stocky plants with strong sturdy stems. Wonderful planted en masse and superb as a cut flower. Hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils.

Eremurus 'Cleopatra' - Foxtail Lily - Dramatic five foot spires of orange flowers from burnt-orange buds above bluish strap-like leaves in early summer. Each petal has a narrow red stripe along the midrib, a slender line reminiscent of Cleopatra's eyeliner. Eremurus create quite a stir when in flower as they did at the 2009 World Rose Festival (pictured along with E. stenophyllus) where they were the most photographed flower! Dry yet rich soil in a sunny location. Do not allow other perennials to overgrow their foliage.

We have many other species and cultivars in stock in whites, yellows, pinks and peaches that grow between 4 feet and 8 feet tall!

Vaccinium 'Pink Lemonade' - Pink Blueberry - Yep. It's a PINK blueberry. 'Pink Lemonade' offers four season interest. In spring the shrub sports pinkish-white showy bell-shaped flowers. The fruits are pale greenish at first, then dappled pink, and finally develop a deep pink colour indicating a ripened fruit. The leaves are smooth, glossy green, lanceolate, with serrated leaf margins. In fall, the leaves turn a bright orange fading to deep red. Wintertime twigs are dusky reddish-brown. Vigorous, reaching 4-5 feet in height and width.
Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' - Sea Holly - ‘Sapphire Blue’ is a hybrid cultivar with an intense, steel blue hue infusing its branched stems, leaves, and teasel-shaped flowers. The flower heads are huge and sit upon dramatic collar-like bracts. Leaves and stems are tinged with blue. This peculiar genus from the carrot family is found around the world but with its centre of diversity in South America. There are also a number of European species.
   
Phygelius CandyDrops Series -- Cape Fuchsia -- The CandyDrops Series was developed for growing in containers but they can also be used at the front of the border. Phygelius are vigorous, long-blooming, evergreen South African sub-shrubs (perennials with a woody base and stems that persist in mild winters). Use them in the perennial border or amongst shrubs. Attracts hummingbirds. Best in full sun with well-drained soil.

   
Spiranthes cernua var. odorata 'Chadd's Ford' - Lady's Tresses - This hardy eastern US native orchid is similar to our BC native S. romanzoffiana. It is easy to grow and adaptable for garden and landscape use. Silvery-green ground-hugging rosettes slowly form colonies in moist soils, bogs or swamps. Fragrant white flowers spiral upward in August and September. Can also be used as a marginal plant for water gardens.
Bletilla striata 'Junpaku' - Chinese Ground Orchid - Bletilla striata is one of the most beautiful hardy terrestrial orchids, normally with a magenta flower. This Japanese selection has a true albino flower with no trace of any other colour. This is much more beautiful than the white-flowered form commonly sold in western horticulture. The leaves are arching, broad and grass-like. This easy terrestrial orchid is native to China and Japan. Best in part shade in evenly moist, well-drained soil.
Bletilla striata 'Soryu'/'Blue Dragon'- Chinese Ground Orchid - This new selection is a blue flowered form found in Wakayama prefecture in Japan many years ago that has only recently become available. 'Soryu' means 'Blue Dragon' referring to the lavender-blue colour of the delicate orchid lowers. Propagated from seed but rhizomes have been bloomed and colours confirmed. The leaves are arching, broad and grass-like. This easy terrestrial orchid is native to China and Japan. Best in part shade in evenly moist, well-drained soil.
Bletilla striata 'Yellow Striped' - Chinese Ground Orchid - This selection has spectacular broad, arching, grass-like leaves striped with rich gold. The foliage is the perfect foil for the rich magenta flowers. This easy terrestrial orchid is native to China and Japan. Best in part shade in evenly moist, well-drained soil.
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.
Leonotis menthifolia 'Savannah Sunset' - Lion's Ear - Unique, bright orange, furry, tubular flowers arranged in whorls around the stem. 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.

Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet' - Swamp Milkweed - The species in this genus arose as a result of an evolutionary arms race with different butterfly species who drove the milkweeds to develop increasingly toxic poisons in their milky sap to fend off the butterfly’s ravenous caterpillars. So leave the chewing to the Monarchs! This species has upright branching stems with oblong leaves and topped with dense clusters of tiny pure white vanilla-scented flowers which attract butterflies. Tolerant of moist or wet or average garden soils. Deer resistant.

We also have the pink form 'Cinderella'.

Viola walteri 'Silver Gem' - Prostrate Blue Violet - This gorgeous trailing violet is native to eastern North America and comes from the gardens of the Mt Cuba Center. It has beautiful silver-streaked, heart-shaped foliage that forms a dense, tidy mat in shade and part shade. Lavender flowers appear in early spring and rebloom consistently until fall. Drought tolerant once established. Deer resistant.
Agastache 'Blue Boa' - Anise Hyssop - Luxurious, deep, violet blue flower spikes held over ultra green foliage. The flower spikes are long, wide and extremely showy. Great for summer colour. Compared to 'Blue Fortune', 'Blue Boa' has deeper violet blue flowers and wider flower spikes. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. 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.
Agastache 'Summer Fiesta' - Anise Hyssop - Agastache are incredibly useful for clouds of colour through the summer months. ‘Summer Fiesta’ has outstanding dense, spicy orange red spikes produced in masses. The Summer Series have sepals that remain in colour and do not brown like other agastache giving these cultivars a much longer season of interest. Even without a single flower there is still colour! Provide full sun and good drainage.
Agastache 'Summer Glow' - Anise Hyssop - Agastache are incredibly useful for clouds of colour through the summer months. ‘Summer Glow’ has massive numbers of densely clustered large lemon-custard yellow flowers with burnt orange sepals that bloom all summer into fall. Up to two feet tall with bright green, fragrant foliage. The Summer Series have sepals that remain in colour and do not brown like other agastache giving these cultivars a much longer season of interest. Even without a single flower there is still colour! Sun, dry soil.
Heucherella 'Brass Lantern' - Foamy Bells - Outstanding vigour combined with brassy gold and red spring colour on maple shaped leaves. A beacon in the garden. Use this large, evergreen, landscape perennial in mixed beds, under high branching shrubs, or in a container. Spikes of white flowers on dark stems. Winter colour olive and brown. Best colour contrast with some shade.
Heuchera 'Spellbound' - Coralbells - Marvelous ruffled foliage of dazzling silvers with tints of rose purple that will leave you spellbound. The purple tones are more prominent in the spring. Silver tones are more prevalent in shade. It forms a big plant with a dense, multicrown habit. Great in containers or in the landscape. Compared to 'Sugar Plum', 'Spellbound' is a larger plant with a denser crown and more sculptured leaves. The leaves have rose purple tones in the spring and fall when grown in full sun.
Heuchera 'Root Beer' - Coralbells -Lovely root beer coloured foliage combined with creamy yellow flowers. 'Root Beer' forms a mound of colour year round and is sure to charm you with its spring bloom. Very long lived. A member of the Soda Series which includes 'Root Beer', 'Cherry Cola' and 'Ginger Ale'. Are you feeling thirsty?
Arisaema speciosum var. magnificum - Cobra Lily - Variety magnificum is like A. speciosum on steroids with very large tubers, flowers and foliage. The spathes are burgundy and white with a white spadix with a nearly three foot long, dangling, thread-like spathe appendage. It has large trifoliate leaves with red edges that are often dark purple underneath.
Arisaema tortuosum var. helleborifolium- Whipcord Cobra Lily - A. tortuosum occurs across a vast area of Asia and consequently exhibits wide regional variation. This form used to be its own species -- A. helleborifolium -- but has now been swallowed alive into A. tortuosum where it is not recognized. Our plants are definitely different than the normal species so we retain the variety name. Variety helleborifolium is like the species but markedly taller and more cold tolerant. It also has spectacularly mottled stems.
Arisaema tortuosum - Whipcord Cobra Lily - A. tortuosum rises to four to six feet on spectacularly mottled stems making it the tallest of the genus. The palmate, tropical-looking leaves are held near the top of the stalk from which emerges the jack-in-the-pulpit inflorescence. Out of the pale green spathe emerges a darker, often purple, spadix appendage like a whip-like tongue shooting up to ten inches skyward. Totally fabulous and a great conversation piece! Widespread across the Himalayan countries, India, western China and Myanmar.
Arisaema candidissimum -- Cobra Lily -- This pink-flowered cobra lily is one of the most desirable for ornamental purposes because of the unique colour of the spathe in a genus that consists mainly of variations of green, burgundy and white. Here the light pink spathe is striped with white. A. candidissimum is later to emerge than other species and is often not seen until May when the flowers emerge as the beautiful and sub-tropical tripartite foliage is unfurling. A beautiful species worth collecting!
Romneya coulteri -- California Tree Poppy -- These upright blue-green foliaged poppies are deciduous subshrubs that prefer a hot, sunny space in well-drained, crummy soil. For this you will be rewarded with an almost continuous display of large, pure white, crinkled petals with prominent raised yellow stamens that appear on the ends of each stem and look like fried eggs sunny side up! Sometimes hard to establish and resents being moved - so choose the spot well! Cut back to the base in winter and mulch, if exposed.

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Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.
One of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials in the Lower Mainland.
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