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E-Newsletter: June 2014

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
June 2014

Celebrating our 11th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

We hope you are having a great gardening season. After the horrible early spring when it rained EVERY weekend (and was, ironically, sunny during the week) we have hit some pretty nice weather through May and into June. Thank you, Mother Nature. It's all about the weather when it comes to retail sales at a plant nursery!

That being said, it's also very important to get new customers to the nursery. Do you have some friends, neighbours or family who haven't been to Phoenix yet? I bet they'd love it if you brought them. The nursery is looking fabulous and it's filled with colour. And we would love your help to introduce new people to Phoenix!

In this issue we focus on Cocktail Gardening, Cool New Hostas, Unusual Trees plus we remind you about the upcoming National Plastic Recycling Week and our upcoming workshops.

And don't miss Fabulous at Phoenix to see a small selection of the many beautiful things now available for your gardening pleasure.

See you soon at the nursery!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Cocktail Gardening: From Garden To Glass - When we think about growing herbs in the garden or in pots on the patio we often think of herbs to use in cooking...
2. Hot Hostas for a Cool Shade Garden: Check out tricolour hostas, fragrant hostas, sun-tolerant hostas, unusual foliage hostas, miniature hostas and red-stemmed hostas...
3. Cool Trees for City Gardens: Check out these cool and unusual trees...
4. Upcoming Workshops: What are you doing this weekend? -- there are some exciting workshops coming up. Don't miss them!

Exciting
Upcoming
Workshops

5. National Plastics Recycling Week: June 20th - July 1st, 2014 - During National Plastics Recycling Week Phoenix Perennials will be collecting nursery plastics for recycling...
6. Fabulous at Phoenix: Gary's Picks of New, Notable and Luscious Plants at the Phoenix Candy Store

 


Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

The Phoenix Perennials Calendar
There's so much going on at the nursery all the time. Here's your resource to keep track.
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Sat Sun May 24-25
Charity Shopping Weekend benefitting Canuck Place, the Vancouver Hospice Society and the Jeremy's Memorial Foundation Against Domestic Violence
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Sept 20
Garden Club Talk: TBA | Presented to the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, Portland, Oregon. | Contact Lucy for details at lucyflora at comcast.net.

 

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Upcoming Workshop
Cocktail Gardening: From Garden to Glass

When we think about growing herbs in the garden or in pots on the patio we often think of herbs to use in cooking - bay leaves, oregano and thyme for tomato sauces, dill for baked salmon, mint for mint sauce for that perfect lamb recipe of yours, chives for your baked potatoes, cilantro for your stir fries, and shiso for sushi night. But what about using these delectable herbs to enliven your cocktails? After all, a smart and creative cocktail is the perfect accompaniment for relaxing in your garden after a hard day at the office or an industrious day of reworking your borders.

Cocktail gardening is the theme of a workshop we're holding this weekend with world-renowned bartender David Wolowidnyk of West Restaurant. Last year we held the same workshop and it was informative and fun. David made three different cocktails, explained the secrets of success and teqhniques required and then I told people how to grow the herbs and fruit in their own gardens. This year we'll be doing three new cocktails. And just in case you're wondering: of course their were samples for everyone!

Here's one of David's recipes from last year's Cocktail Gardening workshop. It's an herbal twist on an old favourite, the Tom Colins:

Check out some videos from last year's workshop:

Cocktail Gardening: Rhythm and the Clover Club Reveal

Cocktail Gardening: The Clover Club plus Fresh Vermouth and Eggs

Cocktail Gardening: Making the "Herb Collins"

Cocktail Gardening: "Herb Collins", Tom Collins & James Bond

And this video from CityTV's recent visit. David and I present a cocktail in the third segment.

Breakfast Television at Phoenix

 

Want to learn how to make three more cocktails, taste samples, learn some bartending skills and have a good time? Here's some more info on this year's workshop:

PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Cocktail Gardening: From Garden to Glass, Shaken not Stirred | Instructor: David Wolowidnyk, West Restaurant with Gary | Sat June 7th, 2-4pm | $20 | Join award-winning bartender and mixologist David Wolowidnyk from the acclaimed West Restaurant in Vancouver to learn how to make cocktails and libations with ingredients from your own garden. In 2012 David won the Bombay Sapphire World’s Most Imaginative Bartender Competition in Morocco. This guy knows how to mix a drink! Step up to David’s bar where he’ll show you how to muddle, mix, infuse, shake and stir your way to fancy and intriguing drinks for a relaxing night at home, a dinner party or a wild soiree in the garden all while telling you stories as only a bartender can. As you sample David’s creations Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis will present the different edibles used in the cocktail and discuss how to grow them in your garden. This is one workshop that you won’t want to miss! | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

 


2.

Hello Shady Characters!

As many of you know we love our shade plants at Phoenix Perennials and work hard to offer one of the most exciting selections in Canada. That also applies to our selection of Hostas. This year we have a bumper crop of tried and true favourites and smouldering hot new intoductions.

In this Made in the Shade Alert we present to you some of our selection organized by various useful categories: tricolour hostas, fragrant hostas, sun-tolerant hostas, unusual foliage hostas, miniature hostas and red-stemmed hostas. In addition to the cultivars listed below we have many more interesting specimens available.

Hostas are one of the most diverse group of foliage plants for the shade garden and offer great summer flowers. Spruce up your shade garden with some of these amazing plants!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

Tricolour Hostas - New breeding work brings us variegated hostas with three different colours in each leaf rather than just two.
Hosta 'Ivory Queen' - 'Ivory Queen' is a regal, medium sized, tricolour hosta with creamy-white leaves bordered by a wide blue margin with green jetting between the two. The flowers are pale lavender. The leaves have a thick substance and nice pointy tips. Hosta 'Flash Forward' - 'Flash Forward' is a sport of 'Deja Blu' with wider and more pronounced variegation. It has blue-green to medium green leaves with chartreuse margins which lighten to yellow-green in summer. As the leaves mature, they develop a characteristic white lightning bolt between the centre and the margin. The flowers are light lavender.
Hosta 'Cool as a Cucumber' - 'Cool as a Cucumber' is a large sized, incredibly showy, tricolour hosta. Its white variegated foliage is notably upright in youth but quickly develops into a gracefull arching mound. The long, pointed leaves have mid green margins which jet into light green towards the clear white centre. The flowers are white or light lilac. Hosta 'Alligator Alley' - 'Alligator Alley' is a medium to large sized hosta that forms a mound of thick, leathery, puckered, heart-shaped to round, triclour leaves. The leaves have wide blue-green margins with chartreuse centres that become yellow in summer and jets of light green between the two. The flowers are white or light lilac.
Hosta 'Snake Eyes' - This unique tricolour hosta is a sport of 'Striptease' with wider white streaks that separate the narrow light green central region of the leaf from the bluish green edges. 'Snake Eyes' grows into a medium to large-sized hosta with great presence in the garden.
   
Fragrant Hostas - There are both older tried and true cultivars as well as new introductions that offer intense fragrance to the summer garden.
Hosta 'Royal Wedding' - 'Royal Wedding' is a medium sized sport of 'Diana Remembered' with glossy green, rounded leaves with wide, creamy yellow margins fading to white. The flowers are white and sweetly fragrant. Hosta 'Avocado' - 'Avocado' is a sport of 'Guacamole'. It has the same dramatic large chartreuse leaves of 'Guacamole' but wider dark green edges. The white to pale lavender flowers are fragrant. Leaf colouration intensifies with more light and age.
Hosta 'Fragrant Blue' - Huge, heart-shaped, blue foliage of good substance and with a slight wave and ripple that makes an impact in the shade garden. Topped with fragrant, pale lavender to white blooms in July. An excellent large blue foliage hosta. Hosta 'Fragrant Dream' - This is a large hosta with dark green leaves edged with a narrow yellow margin that fades to white by summer. Topped with fragrant white to near-white blooms in summer.
Hosta 'Honeybells' - This vigorous and distinctive cultivar forms a loose, open mound of oval to heart-shaped wavy-margined, lustrous, pale green leaves. In late summer, fragrant, white, sometimes lavender-blue striped flowers bloom on leafy stalks. Hosta 'Royal Standard' - This is a large hosta with bright green leaves topped with fragrant, white blooms tinged with lilac in summer.
Hosta 'Sugar and Spice' - This sun tolerant and fragrant hosta has the shine of a plastic plant, medium green with a bright cream to white margin which is very exciting to the eye. It has good substance and makes an attractive somewhat upright clump. It also sports very fragrant lavender flowers in August. Hosta 'Stained Glass' - The brilliantly shiny golden foliage is surrounded by a two inch wide dark green margin. This vigorous sun tolerant grower makes a 3-4' wide clump, topped in late summer with large, very fragrant, light lavender flowers! A sport of the popular ‘Guacamole’.
   
Miniature Hostas - They are so cute and so collectible. Miniature hostas can be 2-6 inches tall and are great in containers, the front of the shade border or along pathways.
Hosta 'Church Mouse' - 'Church Mouse' is like a frazzled version of 'Blue Mouse Ears'. It is a unique miniature with wavy blue-green leaves. It has attractive purple flowers. Miniature hostas are great in shady containers or troughs, at the front of the border or along pathways. Dangerous for collectors who will want to have many more than just one! Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears' - Small round bluish-green leaves are comprised of a substance so thick you have to feel it to believe it. Lavender flowers on short scapes proportionate to the clump top it in midsummer. A must-have mini hosta for the collector and rock garden enthusiast. 2008 Hosta of the Year! Miniature hostas are great in shady containers or troughs, at the front of the border or along pathways. Dangerous for collectors who will want to have many more than just one!
Hosta 'Frosted Mouse Ears' - This hosta has blue-green to dark green centres with wide creamy white to yellow margins and purple flowers. Miniature hostas are great in shady containers or troughs, at the front of the border or along pathways. Dangerous for collectors who will want to have many more than just one! Hosta 'Holy Mouse Ears' - This hosta has thick creamy white to yellow leaves with uneven blue-green margins. The purple flowers appear on short scapes in July. Another interesting plant in the unique 'Blue Mouse Ears' family, this is a sport of Hosta 'Royal Mouse Ears'. Miniature hostas are great in shady containers or troughs, at the front of the border or along pathways. Dangerous for collectors who will want more than just one!
Hosta 'Lucky Mouse Ears' - This hosta has thick blue-green leaves with a wide creamy-yellow border. It is a sport of 'One Iota Supreme'. Miniature hostas are great in shady containers or troughs, at the front of the border or along pathways. Dangerous for collectors who will want to have many more than just one! Hosta 'Snow Mouse Ears' - Hosta 'Snow Mouse' is a white to yellow centered sport of hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears. Miniature hostas are great in shady containers or troughs, at the front of the border or along pathways. Dangerous for collectors who will want to have many more than just one!
   
Sun-Tolerant Hostas - Sometimes you want some bold foliage in a sunny spot. These sun-tolerant hostas will give you that. Remember that sun tolerance increases when soils have good moisture.
Hosta 'June Spirit' - 'June Spirit' is a medium sized hosta that forms a distinctive mound of shiny leaves with wide, deep green margins and chartreuse centers that turn yellow in summer if planted in part sun. The flowers are pale lavender. Hosta 'August Moon' - 'August Moon' is a hosta classic that is perfect for lighting up the dark spaces in your shade garden.It also has fragrant, lilac flowers that bloom in summer and exhibits good sun tolerance especially in soils with reasonable moisture.
Hosta 'Blue Umbrellas' - 'Blue Umbrellas' has huge, puckered, blue foliage that makes an impact in the shade garden and also in brighter locations as this cultivar exhibits good sun tolerance, especially in sunny locations with good soil moisture. It is topped with lavender blooms in July. Hosta 'Flemish Sky' - 'Flemish Sky' is one of the bluest hostas available with powder blue foliage that is broad, lightly rippled and cupped and tapers to pointed tips. Pale lavender flowers in late summer. Good vigour, substance and sun tolerance.
Hosta 'Paradigm' - This is a large hosta with bright gold leaves edged with a wide blue-green margin. The leaves are of thick substance with nice corrugation which minimizes slug dammage. Topped with pale lavender flowers in summer. Exhibits good sun tolerance especially in soils with good moisture. Hosta 'Stained Glass' - The brilliantly shiny golden foliage is surrounded by a two inch wide dark green margin. This vigorous sun tolerant grower makes a 3-4' wide clump, topped in late summer with large, very fragrant, light lavender flowers! A sport of the popular ‘Guacamole’.
Hosta 'Sugar and Spice' - This sun tolerant and fragrant hosta has the shine of a plastic plant, medium green with a bright cream to white margin which is very exciting to the eye. It has good substance and makes an attractive somewhat upright clump. It also sports very fragrant lavender flowers in August. Hosta 'Sun Power' - A large sun-tolerant hosta with bright gold leaves that are slightly twisted providing a unique look. It is topped with lavender blooms in summer.
Hosta 'Touch of Class' - Very thick, pointy, blue-green leaves with a narrow, central streak of pale yellow. Great slug resistance and sun tolerance.
 
Unusual and Improved Foliage Hostas - These cool hostas offer a little extra in terms of foliage form or colour.
Hosta 'Electrocution' - 'Electrocution' is a hosta that looks like it stuck its finger in the electrical socket!. It is a medium sized hosta that forms an upright mound of tightly rippled, twisted, long and narrow leaves. The leaves are green with yellow margins which lighten to creamy yellow in summer and are slightly shiny. In mature plants, the petioles may have red speckling. The flowers are lavender. Hosta 'Happy Dayz' - 'Happy Dayz' is a sport of 'Orange Marmalade' with wider, more blue green margins. The leaves have good substance with yellow centres which brighten to parchment and margins that turn green by summer. The flowers are light lavender.
Hosta 'Praying Hands' - 'Praying Hands' is the most un-hosta looking hosta to ever hit the market. Each small, 18" wide clump is composed of strangely folded, dark green crinkled leaves, each with a narrow cream border resembling a multitude of hands folded in prayer. The upright clumps are topped with 18 inch spikes of light lavender flowers in late summer.
 
Towards a Red-Leaved Hosta - Breeders are working with red-stemmed hotas to get that pigment to go up into the leaves. Eventually we'll be gardening with red-leaved hostas!
Hosta 'Island Breeze' - 'Island Breeze' is a sport of 'Paradise Island' with more impressive variegation due to its wider margins, thicker leaf substance and a stronger growth rate. The leaves have wide, dark green margins standing in sharp contrast to the bright yellow centers and are held on red speckled petioles that bleed up into the leaves. The flowers are dark lavender and held on red scapes.

 


3.

Here's a recent Alert we sent out to our Maple and Cool Woodies subscribers. We have 14 different Alerts in addition to our main e-newsletter. Alerts are sent out occasionally when we have something exciting to tell you. If you would like to change your preferences and subscribe to some Alerts view or Alert Info and Directions.

The Maple and Cool Woodies Alert from Phoenix Perennials

Cool Trees for City Gardens

Celebrating our 11th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

We have some really cool, rare and unusual trees in stock now for afficionados of lovely woody plants. These include crape myrtles (Lagerstroemia), silk trees (Albizia), x Chitalpa, Garry oaks, evergreen dogwoods, and the evergreen and fragrant Magnolia relatives Michelia and Manglieta. These are exciting, hardy and, in most cases, small trees (and large shrubs) perfect for urban gardens that will stump your garden friends when they see then in your garden.

Here's a list of many of these exciting plants:

Albizia julibrissin 'Ombrella' - Silk Tree

x Chitalpa 'Pink Dawn'

Cornus omiense 'Summer Passion' - Evergreen Dogwood

x Gordlinia grandiflora - Mountain Gordlinia

Lagerstroemia 'Catawba' - Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia 'Petite Embers' - Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia 'Petite Orchid' - Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia 'Petite Pinkie' - Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia 'Pecos' - Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia 'Zuni' - Crape Myrtle

Manglietia patungensis

Michelia chapensis

Michelia maclurei

Michelia maudiae

Michelia platypetala

Michelia yunnanense

Osmanthus fragrans - Fragrant Osmanthus

Quercus garryana - Garry Oak

Stewartia serrata - Saw-toothed Stewartia

Stewartia pseudocamellia - Japanese Stewartia

 

If you need an unusual and unique specimen for your garden that no one else will have, come down and have a look at these beauties. There are pictures of some of these trees below but the rest you'll have to google or come see in the flesh!

Cheers,

Gary and the Phoenicians

 

Albizia 'Ombrella'
Albizia 'Ombrella'
Lagerstroemia - Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia - Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia 'Pecos' - Crape Myrtle
Chitalpa 'Pink Dawn'

 


4.

Upcoming Workshops

 

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

 

Workshops This Weekend and Next!

PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Cocktail Gardening: From Garden to Glass, Shaken not Stirred | Instructor: David Wolowidnyk, West Restaurant with Gary | Sat June 7th, 2-4pm | $20 | Join award-winning bartender and mixologist David Wolowidnyk from the acclaimed West Restaurant in Vancouver to learn how to make cocktails and libations with ingredients from your own garden. In 2012 David won the Bombay Sapphire World’s Most Imaginative Bartender Competition in Morocco. This guy knows how to mix a drink! Step up to David’s bar where he’ll show you how to muddle, mix, infuse, shake and stir your way to fancy and intriguing drinks for a relaxing night at home, a dinner party or a wild soiree in the garden all while telling you stories as only a bartender can. As you sample David’s creations Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis will present the different edibles used in the cocktail and discuss how to grow them in your garden. This is one workshop that you won’t want to miss!
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Dynamic Grasses for Texture and Movement | Instructor: Jo | Sun June 8th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Grasses, sedges and rushes don’t necessarily have the flash of big flowers but they offer indispensible texture and movement in the garden and in containers that provide extra contrast and dynamism to your plantings. Join Jo for a foray into the wonderful world of grasses and grass-like plants. She’ll discuss the full range of grasses plus highlight options for sun and shade and how to use them in your designs.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | A Perfect Pickle: Flavoured Vinegars and Pickled Veggies | Instructor: Cathy Hiebert | Sat June 14th, 2-4pm | $14 | Cathy will teach you the art and skills of pickling veggies including cucumbers, carrots and beans. She will also discuss how to make flavoured vinegars with different combinations of herbs and fruit that you can use for salad vinaigrettes, spreads, sauces and marinades. Cathy will share with you some of her favourite recipes for flavoured vinegars and pickles. If you want to liven up your cooking and preserve the bounty of your garden for eating all winter long then you won’t want to miss this workshop.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Ferns for Luxurious Shade | Jo | Sun June 15th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Ferns are the best textural plants for the shade garden and offer elegance in every shade of green. Discover the quiet yet beautiful world of ferns with Jo. She’ll introduce you to the major groups of ferns and highlight some of the best species for gardens. She’ll also discuss how to use them in your designs in containers and the garden.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Architectural Plants for Drama, Drama, Drama | Jo | Sun June 22nd, 11am-12pm | FREE* | This is the “go big or go home” workshop. Dramatic architectural plants are integral to the garden and containers. They act as focal points to draw your eye into the garden providing exclamation points of foliage and flower. Jo will introduce you to everything big and dramatic in the world of perennials and shrubs. Your garden will never be the same once you’ve included the big, bold forms of architectural plants.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

 

September

PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Heirloom Tomato Tasting | Instructor: Gary | Sat Sept 6th at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm (45 min each) | $14 (Tasting) + $16 (Party Mix) = $30 (Includes a 3+ pound Party Mix of heirloom tomatoes, value $16.) | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Tantalizing Tomatoes: Preserving a Favourite Edible for Year-Round Eating | Instructor: Cathy Hiebert | Sat Sept 6th, 3:30-5:30pm | $14 | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Fall and Winter | Instructor: Shelley | Sat Sept 13th, 10am-12pm | $14 | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Grasses for Fall and Winter | Jo | Sun Sept 14, 11am-12pm | FREE* | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for the Garden and Containers | Instructor: Shelley | Sat September 20th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Bulbs not included. | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Shelley | Sat Sept 27th, 10am-12pm | $14 | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Plants for Fall Colour | Instructor: Jo | Sun Sept 28th, 11am | FREE* | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

 

October

CONTAINER SERIES/KIDS SERIES | Succulent Jack-O-Lanterns | Instructor: Kate | Sat Oct 18th, 10am-12pm | $14 | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

 

December

Christmas workshops will be added soon.

 


5.

National Plastics Recycling Week
June 20th - July 1st, 2014
Please do NOT bring plastics before or after these dates.

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.

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

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.

 


6.

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

The nursery is looking great and is filled with beautiful plants. Come down and find some beauty to take home to your own garden, patio or balcony.

Artemisia 'Ever Goldy' - Golden Silver Mound - A great colour variation on the popular Artemisia, this forms a low cushion of soft, ferny, aromatic golden leaves. In areas with humid summers, it benefits from a hard clipping just as the tiny ball-like flowers appear, usually in mid to late June. Plants will regrow quickly and remain attractive all season long. Rubus BrazelBerry 'Raspberry Shortcake' - Raspberry - One of the hottest edible plants, Brazelberries are dwarf fruit bushes that can be grown in containers or in the garden. 'Raspberry Shortcake' is a compact, dwarf, thornless raspberry with beautiful foliage and great tasting fruit. Plant it in containers on your patio or balcony, in your garden or make a hedge of it. Grows to 2-3 feet high.
Heuchera 'Bella Notte' - Coral Bells - A large flowering dark leaf heuchera. 'Bella Notte' has very dark leaves with a light silvery shadow. Lovely bicolour rose pink and light pink flowers. An elegant plant. Heat tolerant. Heuchera 'Black Taffeta' - Coral Bells - Silky, black foliage with great ruffles! These large, dark, dramatic leaves will add lust and intrigue to containers or borders. Can you handle the excitement?
Heuchera 'Delta Dawn' - Coral Bells - 'Delta Dawn' has magnificent, large, round leaves with red centers in the spring and fall; in summer its red veins run like rivers to the sea against a gorgeous gold to lime main leaf colour highlights the venation. Strong, vigorous habit. Perfect for a shade container or to add color to a dark area. Delivers the "look" that Heuchera 'Miracle' promised. Heuchera 'Fire Alarm' - Coral Bells - 'Delta Dawn' has magnificent, large, round leaves with red centers in the spring and fall; in summer its red veins run like rivers to the sea against a gorgeous gold to lime main leaf colour highlights the venation. Strong, vigorous habit. Perfect for a shade container or to add color to a dark area. Delivers the "look" that Heuchera 'Miracle' promised.
Melianthus major - Peanut Butter Plant - This intriguing plant has beautiful rippled and dissected pinnate, powdery blue foliage on stems between three and six feet. It is shy to flower in our climate though I have seen the intriguing red spikes on a few occasions in Vancouver and Victoria. The most interesting aspect of this plant is the fragrance of the foliage which is very close to that of peanut butter. Plant with chocolate cosmos, Cosmos atrosanguineus, to turn your border into a peanut butter cup! Plectranthus 'Velvet Elvis' - Spurflower - ‘Velvet Elvis’ has large inflorescences of large lavender blue flowers with very dark green leaves and purple stems with a compact upright habit. It's not hardy, but who cares? This plant is a fabulous addition to containers.
Antirrhinum majus 'Snap Daddy Pink - Perennial Snapdragon - Go retro chic with this variegated snapdragon! This hardy cultivar can handle zone 7. The pink blooms are held in fat spikes above green and white, variegated foliage. The plants are bushy and compact and happy to flower over a long period from summer until frost! Veronicastrum virginicum 'Lavender Towers' - Culver's Root - A lovely, tall, back of the border, late-flowering clumper that loves moist feet and good sun. The flowers look like lavender candelabras in the garden. Plants bulk up with time offering large clumps of lavender spires and attractive foliage whorled at regular intervals along the stems. A native from Manitoba east and south to Florida.
Heucherella 'Solar Eclipse' - Foamy Bells - Leaves of red brown bordered in lime green combined with such a beautiful habit and broadly scalloped leaf edges. There is nothing else like it in the world of Heucherella or Heucher for that matter. Forming a vigorous mound of dense crowns, 'Solar Eclipse' has it all! Heucherella 'Glacier Falls' - Foamy Bells -'Glacier Falls' features soft, fuzzy, blue green leaves and dark red veins that will trail 18 inches in all directions. A superb groundcover and stunning "spiller" in a container, this calm, cool and collected Heucherella is more subtle than some of its bolder compatriates with a frosted, cool appearance. A member of the Falls Series which includes 'Redstone Falls', 'Yellowstone Falls', 'Glacier Falls' and 'Sunrise Falls'.
Aconitum carmichaelii 'Arendsii' - Monkshood - A very popular stocky monkshood with large purple-blue hooded flowers. The leaves are thick and leathery with a glossy surface and are broadly dissected into tri-lobed sections. Full sun to part shade. A great vertical accent for sun to part shade. All parts of the plant are poisonous so don’t use it in salads. Aconitum napellus 'Album' - Monkshood - The white monkshood is a herbaceous perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. It's attractive, deeply cut, ferny leaves remain dark green in colour throughout the season contrasting with the bold spikes of white, hooded flowers rising above the foliage. Monkshoods are great from sun to part shade and offer a great way to get vertical spikes into shadier positions.
Hosta 'Flemish Sky' - Plantain Lily - 'Flemish Sky' is one of the bluest hostas available with powder blue foliage that is broad, lightly rippled and cupped and tapers to pointed tips. Pale lavender flowers in late summer. Good vigour and substance. Daphne x transatlantica 'Eternal Fragrance' - Daphne - This hybrid forms a neat, mounded, evergreen shrub two to three feet high and three feet wide. The dark green leaves make a pleasing backdrop for the pink buds and white flowers which are intensely fragrant like sweet baby powder. ‘Eternal Fragrance’ flowers generously on the previous season’s wood in April and May and from June until autumn on new growth provided good moisture and nutrients. Rich, well-drained soil in sun. Do not move after planting. Photo courtesy of Great Plant Picks.
Pyrrosia lingua 'Eboshi' - Tonge Fern - Pyrrosia lingua is a common rock-dwelling fern from northeast Asia with tongue-shaped, leathery fronds with cinnamon-felted undersides. 'Eboshi' is a rare and intriguing form with twisted fronds. It can be grown in open potting media, orchid mix, or on a slab. Keep dry in winter; water and fertilize in summer. Makes a good houseplant. Pyrrosia lingua 'Ogon Nishiki' - Tongue Fern - Pyrrosia lingua is a common rock-dwelling fern from northeast Asia with tongue-shaped, leathery fronds with cinnamon-felted undersides. 'Ogon Nishiki' is a very rare thing in that it is a variegated fern. Every leaf offers different light green stripes on an emerald green background. It can be grown in open potting media, orchid mix, or on a slab. Keep dry in winter; water and fertilize in summer. A good houseplant.
Hosta 'Alligator Alley' - Plantain Lily - 'Alligator Alley' is a medium to large sized hosta that forms a mound of thick, leathery, puckered, heart-shaped to round, triclour leaves. The leaves have wide blue-green margins with chartreuse centres that become yellow in summer and jets of light green between the two. The flowers are white or light lilac. Hosta 'Church Mouse' - Plantain Lily - 'Church Mouse' is like a frazzled version of 'Blue Mouse Ears'. It is a unique miniature with wavy blue-green leaves. It has attractive purple flowers. Miniature hostas are great in shady containers or troughs, at the front of the border or along pathways. Dangerous for collectors who will want to have many more than just one!

Fremontodendron 'California Glory' - California Flannel Bush - 'California Glory' is a fast-growing shrub or small tree which will reach six to ten feet in our area. It is festooned with large yellow hibiscus-like flowers over a long period through spring and summer. Somewhat short-lived, flannel bush should be planted against the south wall of the house or grown in a pot where it can be moved to a frost free or more protected location. A hybrid between F. californicum and F. mexicanum two species that hail from the family that also brings you chocolate!

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

Anemone 'Pretty Lady Emily' - Japanese Anemone - The Pretty Lady series of anemone features compact habits growing to only 15 inches tall and long-blooming. 'Emily' has double light pink flowers over two inches (five cm) wide. Use at the front of the border or in containers. These long-lived garden plants are great for mixing with other fall-blooming perennials. Prefers average to evenly moist soils and will not tolerate long periods of dryness. Anemone 'Pretty Lady Susan' - Japanese Anemone - The Pretty Lady series of anemone features compact habits growing to only 15 inches tall and long-blooming. 'Susan' has single dark-pink flowers over two inches (five cm) wide. Use at the front of the border or in containers. These long-lived garden plants are great for mixing with other fall-blooming perennials. Prefers average to evenly moist soils and will not tolerate long periods of dryness.
Canna 'Blueberry Sparkler' - Canna Lily - A fantastic canna with great design potential: purple leaves and blue-grey undersides surround medium pink flowers. This 6 foot tall slender beauty is self-cleaning and blooms all summer. Our plants are virus indexed and negative. Cannas offer great tropical foliage and are generally hardy to our temperatures but sensitive to winter wet. In the garden, plant in a well-drained sunny location and mulch with leaves. Cannas are also great in pots. Shelter these in a garage or shed for winter. Canna 'Australia' - Canna Lily - Striking maroon foliage is the darkest among Canna. The large ruffled flowers are red with a hint of orange. Blooms in late summer. Mature height of 4 to 6 feet. Our plants are virus indexed and negative. Cannas offer great tropical foliage and are generally hardy to our temperatures but sensitive to winter wet. In the garden, plant in a well-drained sunny location and mulch with leaves. Cannas are also great in pots. Shelter these in a garage or shed for winter.
Canna 'Intrigue' - Canna Lily - 'Intrigue' has peach coloured flowers with a hint of orange. The foliage is striking burgundy held on strong vertical stems. Virus indexed so these plants are clean and will produce beautiful foliage without the mottling and striations found in most other canna available in nurseries. Canna 'Pretoria'/'Bengal Tiger' - Canna Lily - Fantastic tropical foliage striped with green and gold and topped with firey orange flowers in summer. Great for adding that subtropical look to your garden. Hardy to zone 7 if planted in well-drained soil and given a little mulch. Our plants are virus indexed and clean.
Leucosceptrum stellipilum 'Variegatum' - Japanese Shrub Mint - The tri-colour leaves (lime green, yellow and green) of this selection light up the woodland garden all season long culminating in spikes of pink flowers in fall. A beautiful way of brightening up the shade garden. Light shade or morning sun. Veronica 'Blue Bomb' - Speedwell - A 'Blue Bomb' forms unique branched flower plumes. Each plume is comprised of tighly bunched spikes of hundreds of bright blue flowers that gradually open from the bottom to the top resulting in an exceptionally long bloom time. Dark green foliage is very compact.

Dahlia 'Bishop of Llandaff' - Dahlia - The classic 'Bishop of Llandaff' is the dahlia that started the current interest in burgundy-leaved dahlias. 'Llandaff' has rich red, peony-type flowers that are four inches across. They are held on black stems to about three feet with more finely dissected foliage than the other Bishops. Three options for winter starting with easiest and safest: 1. grow in a pot and move to a frost-free area, 2. lift tubers and store, 3. leave in the ground in well-drained, sunny beds under a mound of fallen leaves.

Dahlia 'Bishop of Canterbury' - Dahlia - This cultivar has flowers that appear red or magenta depending on the angle of the light. The flowers are single and sit atop rich, burgundy foliage. Blooms from early summer until fall and grows from two to three feet tall. Excellent in containers or in the garden. Three options for winter starting with easiest and safest: 1. grow in a pot and move to a frost-free area, 2. lift tubers and store, 3. leave in the ground in well-drained, sunny beds under a mound of fallen leaves.

Dahlia Dark Angel 'American Pie' - Dahlia - Soft-pink, almost white at the edges. Rich, burgundy foliage. The Dark Angel Series are a group of dwarf, burgundy-leaved dahlias named after popular movies. They have been selected for excellent, richly-coloured, single flowers, dark foliage and a compact size under 15 inches. Three options for winter starting with easiest and safest: 1. grow in a pot and move to a frost-free area, 2. lift tubers and store, 3. leave in the ground in well-drained, sunny beds under a mound of fallen leaves.

Dahlia Dark Angel 'Dragon Ball' - Dahlia - Salmon-orange flowers with lighter tips. Rich, burgundy foliage. The Dark Angel Series are a group of dwarf, burgundy-leaved dahlias named after popular movies. They have been selected for excellent, richly-coloured, single flowers, dark foliage and a compact size under 15 inches. Three options for winter starting with easiest and safest: 1. grow in a pot and move to a frost-free area, 2. lift tubers and store, 3. leave in the ground in well-drained, sunny beds under a mound of fallen leaves.
Dahlia Dark Angel 'Pretty Woman' - Dahlia - Bright-pink flowers with a purple centre. Rich, burgundy foliage. The Dark Angel Series are a group of dwarf, burgundy-leaved dahlias named after popular movies. They have been selected for excellent, richly-coloured, single flowers, dark foliage and a compact size under 15 inches. Three options for winter starting with easiest and safest: 1. grow in a pot and move to a frost-free area, 2. lift tubers and store, 3. leave in the ground in well-drained, sunny beds under a mound of fallen leaves. Dahlia Dark Angel 'Taxi Driver' - Dahlia - Bright yellow with brown-black centre. Rich, burgundy foliage. Shorter at 10 inches. The Dark Angel Series are a group of dwarf, burgundy-leaved dahlias named after popular movies. They have been selected for excellent, richly-coloured, single flowers, dark foliage and a compact size under 15 inches. Three options for winter starting with easiest and safest: 1. grow in a pot and move to a frost-free area, 2. lift tubers and store, 3. leave in the ground in well-drained, sunny beds under a mound of fallen leaves.
Hosta 'Cool as a Cucumber' - Plantain Lily - 'Cool as a Cucumber' is a large sized, incredibly showy, tricolour hosta. Its white variegated foliage is notably upright in youth but quickly develops into a gracefull arching mound. The long, pointed leaves have mid green margins which jet into light green towards the clear white centre. The flowers are white or light lilac. Hosta 'Electrocution' - Plantain Lily - 'Electrocution' is a hosta that looks like it stuck its finger in the electrical socket!. It is a medium sized hosta that forms an upright mound of tightly rippled, twisted, long and narrow leaves. The leaves are green with yellow margins which lighten to creamy yellow in summer and are slightly shiny. In mature plants, the petioles may have red speckling.
Salvia Suncrest 'Bright Eyes' - Baby Sage - This is a fast-growing sage which is adorned with stunning bicolour flowers -- red flowers with a white eye -- from May until frost. It will produce thousands of flowers in a season. Well-drained soil in full sun. Hard prune each spring. Salvia Suncrest 'Flamenco Rose' - Baby Sage - This is a fast-growing sage which is adorned with stunning hot pink flowers from May until frost. It will produce thousands of flowers in a season. Well-drained soil in full sun. Hard prune each spring.
Salvia 'Hot Lips' - Baby Sage - Very cool and a bestseller. This is a fast-growing wild selection of a Mexican sage which is adorned with stunning bicolour flowers -- white flowers with red lips -- from May until frost. But the expression of colour is temperature sensitive. In spring the flowers are usually all red, later bicoloured/hot lipped and in the heat of the summer all white, then returning to bicoloured and then red again in the fall. Will produce thousands of flowers in a season. Well-drained soil in full sun. Hard prune each spring. Salvia Suncrest 'Golden Girl' - Baby Sage - This is a fast-growing sage which is adorned with pale mid yellow flowers emerging from peach buds from May until frost. It will produce thousands of flowers in a season. Well-drained soil in full sun. Hard prune each spring.
Lavandula stoechas 'Anouk' - Spanish Lavender - This popular selection forms a dense shrub with grey-green foliage. The flower stems bear tight flower spikes of small purple flowers crowned by several one inch long magenta purple petal-like bracts that look like butterflies. ‘Anouk’ has a long bloom period from late spring through to fall. Shear lavenders lightly in early spring just as they begin growth and again after flowering to keep tidy. Gaura 'Gaudi Red' - Butterfly Gaura - This cultivar is compact with dark green foliage flushed with burgundy when young. It produces numerous delicate spikes of dark pink flowers. Gaura put on a spectacular flower show throughout the spring, summer and the early fall months. They love hot spots with well-drained soils and also do great in containers.
Digiplexis 'Illumination Flame' - Hybrid Foxglove - 'Illumination Flame' is an intergeneric hybrid between foxglove (Digitalis) and its Canary Island relative Isoplexis. It sports spectacular tubular flowers that are bright reddish orange with yellow throats. The flowers are densely packed on tall black stems with attractive foliage. Side branching and its sterile nature give an extended bloom time. Delosperma Wheels of Wonder 'Rose Wonder' - Ice Plant - Magenta tips turn to red then yellow then white moving towards the centre of the flower. The 'Wheels of Wonder' series features selections with much larger flowers and more upright habit with a long bloom period from late spring to frost. Ice plants are long-blooming and carefree succulent mat-forming perennials similar to sedums that thrive in heat, drought and nearly any well-drained soil. Very hardy but should be protected from winter wet either with very well drained soil or in the rainshadow of a house or other structure. Deer resistant.
Delosperma Jewel of Desert 'Peridott' - Ice Plant - Citrus yellow starry flowers with icy white centres. Flowers from late spring through fall. Ice plants are long-blooming and carefree succulent mat-forming perennials similar to sedums that thrive in heat, drought and nearly any well-drained soil. Very hardy but should be protected from winter wet either with very well drained soil or in the rainshadow of a house or other structure. Deer resistant. Delosperma 'Fire Spinner' - Ice Plant -This shockingly fabulous colour combination has firey orange petals morphing into hot magenta and then cooling down into icy white punctuated by the yellow stamens all against apple green foliage. Ice plants are long-blooming and carefree succulent mat-forming perennials similar to sedums that thrive in heat, drought and nearly any well-drained soil. Very hardy but should be protected from winter wet either with very well drained soil or in the rainshadow of a house or other structure. Deer resistant.
Delosperma Jewel of Desert 'Garnet' - Ice Plant - Rich red outer petals segue to magenta hubs and icy centres around yellow stamens. Expect flowers from late spring straight through to fall. Ice plants are long-blooming and carefree succulent mat-forming perennials similar to sedums that thrive in heat, drought and nearly any well-drained soil. Very hardy but should be protected from winter wet either with very well drained soil or in the rainshadow of a house or other structure. Deer resistant. Delosperma Jewel of Desert 'Moonstone' - Ice Plant - Pure white star-like flowers with yellow stamens all against apple green foliage. Flowers from late spring through fall. Ice plants are long-blooming and carefree succulent mat-forming perennials similar to sedums that thrive in heat, drought and nearly any well-drained soil. Very hardy but should be protected from winter wet either with very well drained soil or in the rainshadow of a house or other structure. Deer resistant.
Delosperma Jewel of Desert 'Topaz' - Ice Plant - Electric orange with white centers and pink transition zone. Flowers from late spring through fall. Ice plants are long-blooming and carefree succulent mat-forming perennials similar to sedums that thrive in heat, drought and nearly any well-drained soil. Very hardy but should be protected from winter wet either with very well drained soil or in the rainshadow of a house or other structure. Deer resistant. Delosperma Jewel of Desert 'Ruby' - Ice Plant - Red-tipped petals with wide white centers and a yellow and orange transition zone. Flowers from late spring through fall. Ice plants are long-blooming and carefree succulent mat-forming perennials similar to sedums that thrive in heat, drought and nearly any well-drained soil. Very hardy but should be protected from winter wet either with very well drained soil or in the rainshadow of a house or other structure. Deer resistant.

 


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