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E-Newsletter: Mid June 2015

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

Mid June 2015

Celebrating our 12th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

Even though summer is not yet officially here I think it's safe to say we've been experiencing summer conditions for weeks already. It has been glorious.

Planting in Hot Weather: Don't forget that you can still keep planting, you just have to be a little bit more careful about watering. Before planting your new plants water them really well in the pots. Then dig the holes and fill them with water. Let the water soak into the soil around the hole. Plant your plants. Then take the excess soil and form a circular dyke around your new planting so when you water the water will collect and sink straight down into the root balls of your new treasures. Easy!

Our pre-sale of Hydrangea 'Miss Saori' continues. Half the available plants are already sold so get your orders in soon as we expect to sell out. Following this theme of hydrangea I have kept they hydrangea article from the last e-newsletter in this e-newsletter in case you haven't seen it because the subject remains quite topiclal and we are stocked with some amazing new hydrangea.

And speaking of summer colour, I've written a new article about keeping your garden looking fantastic all summer and fall long through the use of hardy subtropicals. Their bold foliage is sometimes all you need to keep containers and garden beds looking fresh and vibrant.

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

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Hardy Subtropicals to the Rescue: Guarantee a Colourful Summer Garden with Twelve Hardy Subtropicals for Summer Sizzle and Style - I was in Atlanta a few years ago at the end of July and I was astounded at what I saw in their gardens:

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

3. A Brave New World of Hydrangeas - Amazing leaps and bounds have been made in the genus Hydrangea over the last number of years with more cultivars just emerging, like the incredible 'Miss Saori' currently available via pre-sale, and others soon to come out in the upcoming years...
4. Fabulous at Phoenix -- Gary's Picks of what's new and fabulous at the Phoenix Candy Store

 


Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

The Phoenix Perennials Calendar
There's so much going on at the nursery all the time. Here's your resource to keep track.
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Event Description
June 10
Avoiding the Summer Doldrums: Great plants for summer and fall | Nanoose Bay Garden Club in association with the Eaglecrest Garden Club | Contact Debbie for more info: djmitchhome at gmail.com

 

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

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

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

For more information visit the South Africa Tour Page.

 

Volunteer at Phoenix Perennials with our Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program

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

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

 

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Hardy Subtropicals to the Rescue
Guarantee a Colourful Summer Garden with Twelve Hardy Subtropicals for Summer Sizzle and Style

I was in Atlanta a few years ago at the end of July and I was astounded at what I saw in their gardens: everything that we would normally depend on for August, September and October colour was just finishing blooming! The hydrangeas were done and had lost all their colour without a rebloom in sight. The lilies and asters and black-eyed susans that normally bloom for us in September and October were finishing. The Japanese anemones were also done like dinner. Not only that, they all looked like they were about to fry to a crisp!

What were they going to do? Where was their colour going to come from for the rest of the summer and fall? The answer was actually right in front of me: hardy subtropicals. While all the flowering shrubs and perennials were finishing, the hardy subtropicals were just settling in to some nice size and stature perfectly ready to luxuriate in the Georgia heat and take those gardens from a riot of perennial colour into an extravaganza of foliage colour and exuberance.

This year, more than ever, this lesson I learned in Atlanta about the value of hardy subtropicals seems more valuable than ever.

Gardeners keep asking me what they are going to do to maintain colour in their gardens this season. We had a mild winter followed by a warm dry spring and now summer has started a month early in May rather than late June or July. Our perennials and shrubs have been weeks ahead of normal and remain so. With this current heat they will continue to bloom earlier and for shorter periods than normal.

My advice to you: focus on foliage. Build up the foliage contrast in your garden with different textures, colours, shapes, sizes. And get lots of this foliage interest from hardy subtropicals. They are dramatic, they are conversation-inducing, and they are hardy in our gardens with just a little careful siting and some winter mulch.

Below I've highlighted twelve possibilities for great subtropical foliage (and some flowers too). In addition to these, we have tons of other options at Phoenix. Come down and have a look!

Begonia 'Garden Angel Plum' - Hardy Begonia - This hardy begonia has pewter-silver palmate leaves with coal black veins and a warm, gorgeous, rich, plummy-red violet flush. 'Garden Angel Plum' will form a luscious clump of zone 7 hardy foliage in the shade garden or in shady containers. Best classified as a shrub begonia, it has a mounding, upright habit and flowers in late summer with small, single, pink flowers. Dyckia 'Pale Ryder' - Dyckia - Long, succulent, silver white leaves with fabulously ferocious teeth. Dyckias are the most cold tolerant of the Bromeliad family. They are drought tolerant but thrive on frequent watering during the active growing season. Keep plants on the dry side during cold weather.
Colocasia 'Mojito' - Taro - 'Mojito' is a taro or elephant's ear cultivar with huge, dramatic, arrow-shaped, speckled, black and green leaves. This colorful effect is matched with light green stems streaked with dark purple that fade to pink. .It can be grown as a marginal plant in ponds or in pots or beds with evenly moist soil. Yellowish-white spathes and spadixes may appear in summer but are usually hidden by the foliage. A houseplant in winter for most. Colocasia 'Gigantea'/Thailand Giant Strain - Taro - 'Gigantea' is a cultivar with HUGE, dramatic, arrow-shaped, green leaves. It can be grown as a marginal plant in ponds or in pots or beds with evenly moist soil. Yellowish-white spathes and spadixes may appear in summer but are usually hidden by the foliage. Though potentially hardy they are best brought in as a houseplant. A houseplant in winter for most but foliage can be chopped down to return in spring.
Colocasia 'Black Coral' - Taro - 'Black Magic' is a taro or elephant's ear cultivar with huge, dramatic, arrow-shaped, purplish-black leaves. It can be grown as a marginal plant in ponds or in pots or beds with evenly moist soil. Yellowish-white spathes and spadixes may appear in summer but are usually hidden by the foliage. Though potentially hardy they are best brought in as a houseplant.

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.

We have lots of other cultivars in stock.

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.

We have lots of other cultivars in stock.

Musa sikkimensis 'Bengal Tiger' - Hardy Banana - This beautiful selection of hardy banana has much more burgundy than the species with burgundy stripes on top of the leaves and a burgundy flush underneath. Some claim this species is hardier than M. basjoo but I’ve found the opposite. Even well-wrapped the stems of my plant have died to the ground every winter since about 2001. Still, with good mulching it has been ground hardy like a herbaceous perennial and returns to a height of eight feet every season with its gorgeous leaves. Well worth it.

Schefflera taiwaniana 'Yuan Shan' - Hardy Umbrella Tree - This superlative shrub or small tree from Taiwan has gorgeous palmate foliage. This collection was made by Dan Hinkley from the highest altitude population. Like most members of the aralia family it blooms in fall. Numerous species from Asia are potentially hardy and some, like Schefflera taiwaniana have been bone hardy in the Pacific Northwest and BC through the armageddon winters of 2008/09 and 2010/2011.

We also have Schefflera hoi in stock!

Schefflera delavayi - Hardy Umbrella Tree - This intriguing shrub or small tree from high elevation areas of China and Vietnam has broad umbrellas of green leaves that emerge covered in silver or copper indumentum. Like most members of the aralia family it blooms in fall. Numerous species from Asia are potentially hardy and some, like Schefflera delavayi have been bone hardy in the Pacific Northwest and BC through the armageddon winters of 2008/09 and 2010/2011.
Fuchsia 'Delta's Sarah' - Hardy Fuchsia - The semi-double blooms have recurved, white sepals and a unique purple-blue corolla. Large, medium green leaves complete the picture of this tough, showy, hardy Fuchsia. Eucomis 'Reuben' - Pineapple Lily - This stately pineapple lily has glowing green foliage and tall spikes of reddish purple buds opening to lavender-pink flowers that together look like pineapples. Very easy to grow and perfeclty hardy even to zone 6 with a good mulch. Full sun for best foliage colour and stature. Grow in containers or the ground.

All these plants are available now. Come see them!

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

3 gallon pot. $54.99 + taxes

More Info and Order Now!

 

 


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[This article is still so topical so I'm keeping it in the e-news for a second issue in case you missed it.]

A Brave New World of Hydrangeas

Amazing leaps and bounds have been made in the genus Hydrangea over the last number of years with more cultivars just emerging, like the incredible 'Miss Saori' currently available via pre-sale, and others soon to come out in the upcoming years.

In addition to great new flower forms there has also been a proliferation of dwarf cultivars that bloom on both old and new wood. Most will grow 3'x3' so you really don't have to trim. If you do trim and you trim too hard they will still flower. Also blooming on old and new wood means a much longer bloom season extending into the late summer and fall with fresh flowers. The smaller sizes also mean there are lots of options for containers!

Here's a tour of many (but not all) of the different hydrangea currently in stock at Phoenix:

 

Hydrangea macrophylla - The bigleaf hydrangeas are the classic plants we think of when we think of the genus. With so many cool introductions though, these are no longer your grandmothers "hortensias"!

'Spike' offers a whole new look in mophead hydrangeas with heavily ruffled florets that give the mopheads a dynamic, frilly quality. Flower colour can range from true blue to pink depending on soil pH. 'Love' has mopheads of double florets that are a perfect little girl pink.
'Pistachio' is an incredibly distinct hydrangea with mixed colours of blue, deep pink and green all on the same florets mixed together into intriguing multi-coloured mopheads. 'Peace' has mopheads of delicate, pure white, double florets offering an extra full and textured effect for the garden.

 

Everlasting Series - This series grows to about 3'x3' and comes in a wide range of unusual colours.

Everlasting Coral is covered in long lasting, saturated pink flowers that begin coral pink or blue, depending on the soil acidity, and over a few weeks mature to a near red with violet edges giving the plant lots of dimension and character. The final colour is lime green with white edges. A clever, colourful addition to any garden or container with flowers that last months. Blooms on new and old wood. Everlasting Noblesse -Crisp, celery green flowers are brightened by white centers with complimentary purple eyes. As the blooms mature, the white is not as prominent, turning a more saturated green. A strong grower, with remarkable flower power, Noblesse is a lovely choice for a garden setting, while doubling as the perfect cut flower for weddings and other important events. Blooms on new and old wood.
Everlasting Garnet - Sturdy, mop head blooms on thick, upright stems emerge bright, reddish-pink. As the blooms mature, they change to lime green and develop pink picotee markings, but remain strong and sturdy as a cut flower. The final aging stage of this grand and stately beauty is total lime green. Blooms on new and old wood on three foot mounds. Everlasting Revolution flowers on new and old wood which means flowers even in zone 5! The multi-coloured flowers are unique with combinations of deep pink, maroon and true blue with green highlights as they age. A dwarf three foot mound makes this perfect for containers and small spaces. Blooms on new and old wood.
Everlasting Amethyst has sturdy, long lasting flowers held high on thick, upright stems that begin fuchsia pink or violet blue, depending on the acidity of the soil. The flowers age to a reddish pink with lime green. Plants grow into 3 foot mounds and bloom on both old and new wood. This means you can have flowers even in zone 5 when your hydrangea has died back to the ground! 

We also have Everlasting 'Opal', 'Jade', 'Harmony' and 'Emerald'.

 

Dougle Delights Series

Double Delights 'Perfection' - An exceptional mophead hydrangea with compact habit that fits perfectly in small gardens and containers. It has pink or purple-blue dense clusters of star-shaped, double florets. The doubling of the sterile florets gives these mop heads a unique texture. Flowers will be blue in acid soils or pink in more alkaline soils.

 

Back in Black Series - These selections from Hydrangea macrophylla 'Nigra' have jet black stems, emerald green leaves and fantastic flowers.

'Zebra' - This beautiful white-flowered mophead hydrangea has distinctive black stems. I can't say it is reminiscent of an African safari but 'Zebra' is definitely apt. The plants are of medium size up to four feet and will fit well into small gardens or even containers. 'Zorro' - This beautiful blue-flowered lacecap hydrangea has distinctive black stems. Flowers can be pink in alkaline soils. The plants are of medium size up to four feet and will fit well into small gardens or even containers.

 

Cityline Series - This series grows to just 3'x3' and blooms on old and new wood. Perfect for borders or containers.

Cityline Berlin
Cityline Mars
Cityline Paris
Cityline Rio
Cityline Venice
Cityline Vienna

 

Showstopper Series

'Peppermint Swirl' - This incredible new hydrangea can be blue with deep purple-blue flecks or pink with deep pink flecks. There's nothing else like it in hydrangeas! 'Sweetheart Halos' - Delicate pink or lavender flowers edged with a halo of white all held in lovely mopheads.

 

Hydrangea serrata - Think of the mountain hydrangea as a smaller, daintier version of the large-leaved H. macrophylla. Serratas usually have narrowier, pointier leaves and lace cap flowers.

'O-amacha Nishiki' - This hydrangea is great for flowers and foliage. The new growth emerges with pale yellow speckling that turns gold by late summer contrasting beautifully with the red stems and pink petioles. In summer 'O-amacha Nishiki' produces pale pink lace cap flowers that look spectacular against the foliage which develops red tints if planted in some sun. 'Kiyosumi' - This delicate and beautiful mountain hydrangea has lacecap heads of white flowers with pink picotee edges. The foliage is distinctively burgundy with deep veins when young and also if grown in some sun in summer.. Found on Mt. Kiyosumi in Japan. Hydrangea serrata is like H. macrophylla but smaller in stature and flowers making it perfect for quieter situations.
'Tuff Stuff' - A sturdy, 2-3 foot tall and wide, reblooming mountain hydrangea with gorgeous rich pink lacecaps that can be lavender blue in lower pH.

We also have 'Bluebird', 'Chiri-san Sue', and 'Spreading Beauty'.

 

Hydrangea arborescens

'Incrediball' is an update on the classic 'Annabelle' with extra huge flower heads said to have strong enough stems to hold the flowers up even in a rain storm. We'll see about that but they sure are magnificent even if they droop a little. 'White Dome' is a rare lacecap form of the smooth hydrangea with large, flat-topped, lacey heads with a small number of sterile florets that look like white butterflies alighted on the flower head.

We also have 'Haye's Starburst', 'Samantha' and 'Annabelle'

 

Hydrangea paniculata - Panicled hydrangeas can be grown in full to part sun. They produce large conicle heads of flowers that usually start white and age to pink, though some like 'Limelight' and 'Little Lime' will start green then go to white and then back to green.

'Bobo' is a dwarf panicled hydrangea growing to just three feet tall. It is so floriferous that the entire plant can be covered in the conicle inflorescences so much that you can barely see the leaves!
'Vanilla Strawberry' - This French cultivar has large, conical heads that emerge pure white then age through pale pink, glowing pink, then dark pink. 'Fire Light' - 'Fire Light' has upright panicles packed with florets which transform from pure white in summer to rich pomegranate-pink in late summer to fall. Its thick, sturdy stems hold up the beautiful flowers so they are prominently displayed in the garden. An exceptional landscape shrub for foundation planting, back of the border or cutting garden.
'Quickfire' - This gorgeous new cultivar flowers one month earlier than other paniculatas offering cone shaped panicles covered in large creamy white flowers. The flowers soon develop a pink tinge which will continue to darken until fall when they flower colour will approach a lusty red. Vigorous and easy to grow, blooms are on new wood. 'Limelight' - Vigorous and upright but smaller than the other paniculatas growing to just four feet. Sports enormous showy, somewhat conical balls of lime green (that often first emerge white). These flowers may develop some pink tones as they age. Excellent for drier areas. Don’t forget to cut some for a dried flower display in autumn. Usefull in containers.

We also have 'Sunday Fraise', 'Fire & Ice', 'Little Lime', 'Grandiflora', and 'Angel's Blush'.

 

Hydrangea quercifolia

'Snow Queen' - Oakleaf hydrangea is a slow growing shrub of great beauty and one of the few hydrangeas not native to Asia in this case hailing from the southeastern US. 'Snow Queen' is superior cultivar with elongated panicles of large white florets and great fall colour in reds, maroons and purples. The conical white panicles produced in late spring grace the plants all summer and tinge pink as they age. Drought tolerant. 'Ruby Slippers' - A profusion of exceptionally large white flower clusters emerge in summer against dark green, deeply lobed oak like leaves. Blossoms quickly age through pink to deep pink-red, remaining upright even after heavy rains. Foliage turns a brilliant mahogany in fall. Compact form is well suited for small landscapes. Ideal used in mass plantings, hedges and mixed borders.

We also have 'Vaughn's Lily' and 'Amethyst'.

 

Hydrangea aspera

Hydrangea aspera 'Elegant Sound Pavilion' - This selection has full, mophead flower clusters rather than the usual lacecaps characteristic of H. aspera. Produced late in the season, the elegant flowers open in tones of chartreuse, ripening to ivory with a lavender blush. The velvety textured, lance-shaped foliage extends to 8 inches in length. Plants can reach 8 feet tall and 5 feet wide. A Dan Hinkley collection from Sichuan, China. Hydrangea aspera 'Plum Passion' - 'Plum Passion' is a gorgeous hydrangea with burgundy foliage. The leaves emerge green flushed with purple and then age to a deep, lustrous purple with rosy purple undersides. The flowers are whimsical lacecaps with blue and/or pink flowers depending on the soil pH. Hydrangea aspera is a widespread and variable species that grows across a wide range from the Himalaya, across southern China and to Taiwan.

 

Hydrangea angustipetala - This rare species is the earliest blooming of all hydrangea.

Hydrangea angustipetala 'Golden Crane' - Large, fragrant lacecaps of white sterile florets around gold to chartreuse lacey reproductive florets. This cultivar is the earliest of hydrangea to bloom and smells sweetly of honey which will fill the entire garden. Narrow textured leaves complete the show on this handsome shrub. Introduced by Dan Hinkley from his collections from southern Sichuan, China.

Come see our amazing selection for yourself!

 


4.

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

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

Tolmeia menziesii 'Cool Gold' - Piggyback Plant - 'Cool Gold' has a soft, cool, clear gold foliage that retains its colour throughout the season. It's fast growing and makes a wonderful bright spot in the shade garden. This is a gold version of the BC native piggyback plant that graces the shady spaces of coastal BC. The common name comes from the habit of piggyback plant to produce young plantlets that sit on top of the mature foliage before falling to the ground to root in. Origanum 'Kent Beauty' - Ornamental Oregano - Grown for its ornamental flowers and foliage, 'Kent Beauty' is an intriguing little oregano. The pendulous pink and white flowerheads are comprised of multiple bracts from which small, pink, shrimp-like flowers peak. The foliage is a similar shape to the flower bracts and is bluish green. Easy to grow in average to dry, well-drained soils in full sun. Superior winter drainage is the key to growing this plant well. Drought tolerant. Plant in borders, rock walls, hanging baskets or containers.
Echibeckia 'Summerina Brown' - Echibeckia - Echibeckia is a unique cross between two classic perennials: Echinacea and Rudbeckia. The Summerina hybrids are fast-growing and disease resistant. The flowers are large at over three inches in diametre. Plants bloom for 2-3 months or more. Echibeckia 'Summerina Orange' - Echibeckia - Echibeckia is a unique cross between two classic perennials: Echinacea and Rudbeckia. The Summerina hybrids are fast-growing and disease resistant. The flowers are large at over three inches in diametre. Plants bloom for 2-3 months or more. 'Summerina Orange' has striking orange, yellow and rust-coloured flowers with dark centres.
Gaillardia 'Moxie' - Blanket Flower - From the Commotion Series comes ‘Moxie’ with flowers filled with warm yellow fluted petals with a hint of orange around orange-red centres. Dark green foliage forms a rounded mound. A great new fluted addition to the excellent ‘Fanfare’. Remove spent flowers for continuous bloom. Blanket flowers are great plants for firey colour in the full sun garden or in containers. Provide well-drained soils to help them through our winter wet. Gaillardia 'Fanfare Blaze' - Blanket Flower - 'Fanfare Blaze' offers tight mounds covered in firey flowers from late spring until fall. Tones of red, russet and orange combine with fluted petals to create a pinwheel effect. Remove spent flowers for continuous bloom. Blanket flowers are great plants for hot colour in the full sun garden or in containers. Provide well-drained soils to help them through our winter wet.
Echinacea 'Hot Papaya' - Coneflower - Sizzling, red orange, double cones with falling tails heat up the sun border in summer. Contrasting dark burgundy, sturdy stems. Upright, with lance-shaped leaves. 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. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering. Echinacea 'Green Jewel' - Coneflower - This incredibly unique echinacea was discovered by Piet Oudolf. Light green ray petals surround the large, green cone of this sweetly fragrant coneflower. The plants have an upright habit and a height of just 20-24 inches, so no staking is required. Praised for their cheerful brightly coloured flowers, coneflowers are a mainstay in today's garden. The dried seed heads provide architectural interest in the winter and are a good food source for finches and other birds.
Echinacea 'Supreme Flamingo' - Coneflower - Very rich, coral and shrimp pink colours combine for an unbelievable exclamation of colour in the summer garden. Fully double, fragrant coneflowers with complimentary ray petals of rosy copper. Show this colour off with with a bright yellow or tone it down with some brooding purple. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering. Echinacea 'Secret Glow' - Coneflower - 'Secret Glow' is a glowing school bus yellow. But it doesn't need a flashing stop sign to get your attention -- it stands out in a crowd for its unusual colour and its unusually high flower count, averaging 35 large flowers per plant in the first year! Fragrant. Part of the new Secret Series of mid-size double-flowered coneflowers. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering.
Echinacea 'Hot Papaya' - Coneflower - There is no other coneflower like this one. 'Supreme Cantaloupe' is just that: the colour of ripe cantaloupe! Imagine colour combinations with pink, magenta and blue. Fragrant. Part of the new Supreme Series of mid-size double-flowered coneflowers. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering. Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' - Baby Sage - Very cool and an all time Phoenix Perennials 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. Even worth it as an annual in colder climates.

Salvia Suncrest 'Fire Dancer' - Baby Sage - 'Fire Dancer' has small, scented leaves and firey, coral-red flowers. It is a long-blooming cultivar producing hundreds of flowers all summer long. Use in containers or hot borders.

We also have 'Lemon Light', 'Autumn Moon', and 'Flamenco Rose'.

Podophyllum delavayi - Chinese Mayapple - This Chinese mayapple is one of most exciting shade perennials. Fuzzy umbrellas emerge with dark snakeskin markings, often on a red background, changing to patterned green. Flowers can be red, pink, or white and are followed by apricot coloured fruit. Also called P. veitchii or Dysosma veitchii.
Hosta 'Wheee!' - Plantain Lily - This distinctive hosta is unlike the vast majority of cultivars in this case sporting incredibly wavy leaf margins from leaf base to to leaf tip, even on young plants. 'Wheee!' is also variegated with cream margins and has lavender flowers in summer. Hosta 'Rainbow's End' - Plantain Lily - 'Rainbow's End' has one of the most unusual variegations seen in years. Dark green leaves are possessed of broad, gold, irregular stripes. Every leaf is different. The overall effect is a mound of shiny green feathered with gold.
Gillenia trifoliata - Bowman's Root - This graceful perennial is strangely absent from most gardens. The leaves are arranged in threes along wiry stems, topped by loose panicles of white flowers emerging from tubular wine-coloured sepals. Think of it as a butterfly gaura for the shade garden. Gillenia is native to eastern North America and was traditionally used for medicinal purposes. Part sun to light shade in average to moist well-drained soil. Good fall colour. Spigelia marilandica - Indian Pink - One of the most striking and beautiful of the eastern North American native perennials, Indian Pink's summer flowers are brilliant red and tubular with canary yellow throats. A favourite of butterflies and hummingbirds, it is at home in the bright woodland or sunny border. We offer smallish starter plants - indian pink are slow to get going but are impressive with time.
Hibiscus Summerific 'Summer Storm' - Perennial Hibiscus - This hybrid has the darkest wine purple, maple-like foliage ever seen on a perennial Hibiscus. This plant produces large 8-10 inch wide, pink flowers with rose veining and a deep magenta eye that radiates out onto the petals. It makes an amazing display in the summer and fall garden. Provide full sun and good moisture during the growing season. Disporum cantoniense 'Moonlight' - Chinese Fairy Bells - An exceptional new cultivar, compact in form with unique silvery white and green variegation radiating from each leaf blade, becoming suffused with purple-pink coloration as temperatures cool in the fall. Graceful, arching stems emerge in spring, followed by clusters of small flowers in late spring to summer. Adds an illuminating effect to any shade garden.
Hibiscus Summerific 'Cherry Cheesecake' - Perennial Hibiscus - Hibiscus Summerific 'Summer Storm' - Perennial Hibiscus - This hybrid has the darkest wine purple, maple-like foliage ever seen on a perennial Hibiscus. This plant produces large 8-10 inch wide, pink flowers with rose veining and a deep magenta eye that radiates out onto the petals. It makes an amazing display in the summer and fall garden. Provide full sun and good moisture during the growing season. Hibiscus Summerific 'Midnight Marvel' - Perennial Hibiscus - Hibiscus Summerific 'Summer Storm' - Perennial Hibiscus - This hybrid has the darkest wine purple, maple-like foliage ever seen on a perennial Hibiscus. This plant produces large 8-10 inch wide, pink flowers with rose veining and a deep magenta eye that radiates out onto the petals. It makes an amazing display in the summer and fall garden. Provide full sun and good moisture during the growing season.
Cosmos atrosanguineus - Chocolate Cosmos - This Mexican species has rich, dark maroon dahlia-like flowers with the fragrance of chocolate! ¡Que rica! How can you resist? Combine with peanut butter plant (Melianthus major) to turn your garden bed into a Reese’s peanut butter cup. Yum! This species is classed as zone 7-9 but I would recommend a winter mulch and dry well-drained soil. Extinct in the wild. ¡Que lastima! Tricyrtis 'Kohaku' - Toad Lily - This bold toad lily has an arching habit and very large cup-shaped flowers that are beautifully marked. A vigorous and very unusual hybrid originally bred for the cut flower trade in Japan at least 15 years ago. Toad lilies are wonderful plants for the late summer and fall shade garden. Most grow on elegant arching stems often with lightly mottled foliage. They produce multitudes of ornate orchid-like flowers that are usually white (sometimes yellow) with various degrees of purple spotting.
Dahlia Dark Angels 'American Pie' - Dahlia - Soft-pink, almost white at the edges with dark centres. Rich, burgundy foliage. The Dark Angel Series are a group of dwarf, burgundy-leaved dahlias named after popular movies. They have been selected for excellent, richly-coloured, single flowers, burgundy foliage and a compact size under 15 inches. Three options for winter starting with easiest and safest: 1. grow in a pot and move to a frost-free area, 2. lift tubers and store, 3. leave in the ground in well-drained, sunny beds under a mound of fallen leaves. Dahlia 'Coupe de Soleil' - Dahlia - Dahlia 'Coupe de Soleil' has unusual flowers with top petals totally white and the bottom ones apricot-orange.
Acanthus 'Whitewater' - Bear's Breeches - This vigorous, variegated Acanthus has striking, bold leaves with white margins and splashing. Makes a large clump with 4 to 5 foot tall ornamental flower stalks of pink and cream in summer. This was bred with A. 'Summer Beauty' for vigour, more hardiness, and heat and humidity tolerance. The result is a much stronger cultivar than 'Tasmanian Angel'. A mature clump of this would be downright stunning -- I think I’m starting to lust for this plant!. Hydrangea angustipetala 'Golden Crane' - Hydrangea - Large, fragrant lacecaps of white sterile florets around gold to chartreuse lacey reproductive florets. This cultivar is the earliest of hydrangea to bloom and smells sweetly of honey which will fill the entire garden. Narrow textured leaves complete the show on this handsome shrub. Introduced by Dan Hinkley from his collections from southern Sichuan, China.
Brunnera 'Alexander's Great' - Siberian Bugloss - This giant Brunnera looks just like the classic 'Jack Frost' except for it's size. It will grow nearly a foot and half tall and two and a half feet wide! It has dramatic silver foliage and the dainty blue forget-me-not flowers that we love from this genus. Discovered by plantsman Alexander Zukeivich in his Belarus garden. This is a plant for a big garden or a big pot! Arisaema tosaense - Cobra Lily - A tall, vigorous cobra lily from Shikoku Island, Japan. The green (sometimes burgundy) spathe has a long-extended tip and droops way down over the face of the tube. The translucent spathe is especially beautiful when back-lit. Easy garden plant. Late spring bloom.
Gardenia 'Summer Snow' - Hardy Gardenia - 'Summer Snow' is a hardy hybrid gardenia hand selected after 10 years of development and test studies. ‘Summer Snow’ has beautiful pure white double flowers that are sweetly fragrant. The foliage is evergreen, rich and glossy. Hardy to zone 6 with reportedly some of the best cold hardiness of the hardy gardenias. Gardenia 'Frostproof' - Hardy Gardenia - The rose-like double flowers have an intense and intoxicating fragrance and appear most profusely in early summer and sporadically thereafter. Resilient in cool springs or cool spring/summer climates and will still produce copious flowers. Full sun to light shade. Blooms best where walls or patios provide extra night time warmth in spring and summer. Plant in a protected location just to be safe. Evergreen.
Scabiosa 'Mariposa Blue' - Pincushion Flower - Fully double, large, lavender blue blossoms on sturdy stems rise above tidy bluish-green foliage. With a compact, tidy habit, this is a long and profuse bloomer. The Phoenicians were mightily impressed with this cultivar in our trials. Use it in containers or at the front of the border. Clematis 'Sweet Summer Love' - Clematis - Small, multicoloured flowers of purple and fuchsia are sweetly fragrant and produced by the hundreds in summer and fall.
Buddleia 'Bicolor' - Butterfly Bush - ‘Bicolor’ is the first buddleia ever to offer two completely different colours on the same inflorescence! Fragrant, lavender and butterscotch yellow flowers blend together for a fascinating bicolour effect. Panicles grow up to 10 inches long and show up well against the clean grey-green foliage. Compact growth habit. Buddleia 'Crown Jewels' - Butterfly Bush - This fantastic butterfly bush has beautiful gold to lime green foliage from spring through fall, and sharply contrasting, magenta purple flowers. A medium-sized butterfly bush. In colder climates it can behave as a herbaceous perennial dying back to the ground and returning into the spring.
Lonicera reticulata 'Kintzley's Ghost - Honeysuckle - This marvelous and crazy honeysuckle will give you a vertical display like nothing else in the garden. It has tight yellow flower clusters surrounded by a large circular silvery-white bract. The showy white bracts persist through fall and cup the red berries. The foliage is pale blue-green. The flowers are lightly fragrant. A hybrid of L. reticulata and L. prolifera. Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler' - Coral Honeysuckle - ‘Major Wheeler’ is one of the best selections of Lonicera sempervirens and stands out above all other red-flowered cultivars for clean foliage and pure flower power. This selection is covered in red trumpet flowers in late spring and keeps churning them out all summer long, especially with a post-bloom trim. The hummingbirds will find it from miles around.
Lonicera sempervirens 'John Clayton' - Coral Honeysuckle - Lovely, pale yellow flowers explode from the vining stems from June until November and grabs the attention of hummingbirds, butterflies, and humans alike. Bright orange-red fruits in late summer and fall. Selected by the Virginia Native Plant Society for excellent repeat bloom, clean foliage and compact form. Named for a colonial botanist, it was found on the grounds of a 17th century Abington church in Glouchester, Virginia. Eucomis 'Glow Sticks' - Pineapple Lily - A dwarf pineapple lily with coppery gold new foliage aging to a light green gold. White pineapple-like flower heads. Looks fantastic planted with burgundy foliage such as Ajuga 'Black Scallop' or Sedum 'Voodoo'. Very easy to grow and tolerates a wide range of garden conditions. Full sun for best foliage colour. Grow in containers or the ground.
Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' - Chilean Potato Vine - The Chilean potato vine has exotic, potato-like flowers, each with lilac petals around a pointed yellow centre which appear continuously from spring to mid-autumn. Great for a sunny wall. Needs support and a little tying up. The semi-evergreen leaves will remain on the plant in all but bad winters. Cardiocrinum giganteum - Giant Himalayan Lily - Thick stems from six to ten feet hold large, white, intensely fragrant trumpets with burgundy throats that will tower above your shade garden and be the inspiration for a hastily arranged garden party! This lily takes seven years to bloom from seed and then dies, leaving behind bulblets that will bloom in two to three years. Until flowering they resemble a large shiny hosta. Plant a few bulbs each year to establish your colony. This year we have bulbs of various sizes for various budgets.
Heuchera 'Red Lightning' - Coral Bells - 'Red Lightning' has huge lime yellow to golden yellow leaves with striking red veins. The leaves are larger with bolder red markings than 'Delta Dawn'. You won't miss 'Red Lightning' in the garden. Use it where you need to grab some attention, especially in containers. Heuchera 'Grape Soda' - Coral Bells - 'Grape Soda' has rose pink leaves in the spring turning light purple with silver burnished into the summer.
Sedum Sunsparkler 'Firecracker' - Stonecrop - 'Firecracker' has luscious red foliage growing to six inches tall by 18 inches wide. In summer it produces large pink flower heads popular with bees. The compact habit makes this sedum useful for containers, edging walkways, green roofs, and the front of the border. The Sunsparkler sedums are remarkable for their multi-crown habit, ability to hold color all summer, and drought tolerance. Delphinium 'Royal Aspirations' - Delphinium - Royal Aspirations is a mix of all the blue flower delphinum from the New Millennium strains. The cultivars of this strain outperform all other tall types and offer some astonishingly rich shades in the flowers. The stems are strong and the plants are generally longer lived than other tall delphiniums.

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