Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: Mid June 2016

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

Mid June 2016

Celebrating our 13th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

Happy summer solstice. The longest days of the year are here which means you can garden for hours on end without having to squint in the dark or be forced inside before you really want to go.

We have some enticements for you this time around: a Surprise Sale this weekend with 20% Off All Perennials! The sale takes place Friday to Sunday. Don't misss it. The nursery is gorgeous right now and packed with amazing plants. We also still have a great selection of edibles including grafted edibles and mixed Edi Bowls at 2 for 1!

We also have some succulent inspiration for you this time around. I've included an article I had published last year in Garden Making Magazine on succulents. Check out the succulent excitement you can include in your garden.

Our spring workshop season is now complete and we are looking to the fall and winter with many exciting seminars and workshops. Until July 31st we are offering an early bird workshop registration discount of 10%. Make sure to use the codeword. Details at right and below.

We've included the content of one our Alerts in this issue on figs. These occasional Alerts come out only when we have something cool to tell you so make sure to sign up to the ones you're interested in to be the first to know about developments in these 15 different subject areas. AND, we've just launched a new Small Space Alert. So if you garden on a balcony, patio or in a small garden, you'll want to sign up for this one.

Oh. And don't forget Fabulous at Phoenix highlighting some of the most exciting plants at the nursery right now.

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

 

Surprise Sale
20% Off All Perennials

Fri-Sun July 24-26th

Tell us the code word "SUMMER SURPRISE" at the cash register to receive your discount. More details below.

PLUS 2 for 1
Mighty Matos, Mighty Veggies, Mighty Melons, & Ketchup 'n' Fries PLUS Edi Bowls!

SAVE 10% ON ALL FALL & WINTER WORKSHOPS!

INCLUDING:
Tomato Tastings
Just like a wine tasting we'll taste 15-20 different tomatoes in order and discuss!

You must use the code word: FALL2016.

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Striking Succulents -- Check out my article on dramatic succulents published last year in Garden Making Magazine.

2. From the Alerts: Edible and Subtropical Alerts -- Check out the great content that has come out recently in some of our Alerts.

3. Fall Workshops and Seminars 2016 -- 10% Early Bird Savings! -- Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful. Welcome to our fall workshops and one of the most exciting line-ups we've ever offered. Don't miss the Early Bird Registration Discount!
4. 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. Also don't miss our Workshop Schedule.
Date
Event Description
June 22 Sizzling Succulents presented by Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis to the Saltspring Island Garden Club.
July 15-17 The Summer Sizzle | Friday to Sunday July 15th to 17th, 2016 | 10am-5pm | Celebrate the botanical glories of high summer with specially priced plants and other surprises.
Sept 10 The Heirloom Tomato Festival | Saturday September 10th, 2016 | 10am-5pm | With tomato tastings, heirloom tomato fruit for sale and a display of heirloom tomatoes! | Sign up early for our Tomato Tastings. | Register for Tomato Tastings
Sept 26 Sizzling Succulents presented by Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis to the Sechelt Garden Club.
Nov 5 Presentation to be determined presented by Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis to the Vancouver Island Master Gardeners.
Dec 2-4 The Christmas Hurrah! | Friday to Sunday December 2nd to 4th, 2016 | 10am - 3pm | Celebrate the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other seasonal delights with winter blooms and exciting workshops. | Register for Our Christmas Rose Workshops

 

Surprise Sale
20% Off All Perennials

Fri-Sun JUNE 24-26th
This sale is just for people "in the know" who subscribe to our E-News and Alerts. But you can tell your friends! Tell us the code word "SUMMER SURPRISE" at the cash register to receive your discount. No discounts without the code word.
Does not include non-perennials including but not limited to trees, shrubs, vines, houseplants, non perennial and non woody edibles, and houseplants.
Clematis 'Tie Dye' Hosta 'Wheee!'

 

2 for 1 Grafted Veggies and Edi Bowls
Including Mighty Matos, Mighty Melons, Mighty Veggies
& Ketchup 'n' Fries

It's still tomato time and a great time to plant! We have some extra plants and so we're offering them at 2 for 1. We also have our Edi Bowls filled with different herbs and veggies on 2 for 1!

 

 

Garden Tour
Gardens of New Zealand
January 22-February 2, 2017

Join alumni UBC and tour leaders Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis and Gardening 101 Radio Show host Jeff de Jong to see the gardens, flora, scenery and culture of New Zealand.

SOLD OUT!

More Info

 

Canadian Mail Order Catalogue 2016!
800 Amazing Garden Plants for Canadian Gardeners


 

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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1.

From Garden Making Magazine
Striking Succulents
by Gary Lewis, Phoenix Perennials

I haven't gotten around yet to sharing this article with you that I wrote for Garden Making Magazine last year. Garden Making is a great Canadian magazine that you really should subscribe too. Here's the article. Click on it to view the pdf.

Many of the plants mentioned in the article are available now at Phoenix!

 


2.

From the Alerts
Check out some of our recent subject-based Alerts. Are you getting them? Make sure to sign up to all your favourite subjects! Some of them we include later in our e-newsletter, others only the Alert subscribers receive!

 

NEW! We've created a new Alert for small space gardeners. As soon as we get enough subscriptions we'll start creating content.

The Small Space Alert - Do you garden on a balcony, patio or postage stamp backyard? Subscribe to this occasional Alert to learn about plants, pots, and other paraphernalia that would be perfect to maximize your small space.

To subscribe as a new subscriber or to add Alerts to your existing profile, click on Update Profile at the bottom of this email.

To subscribe as a new subscriber or to add Alerts to your existing profile, click on Update Profile at the bottom of this email.

 


3.

Fall Workshops & Seminars 2016

Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful.

Welcome to our Fall 2016 workshops and one of the most exciting line-ups we've ever offered including our FREE Gardening 101 Series designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners and our FREE Young Sprouts Kids Club. Join us to fill in your knowledge and create beautiful things.

UNTIL JULY 31st SAVE 10% ON ALL FALL AND WINTER WORKSHOPS WHEN YOU REGISTER ONLINE!
USE THE CODEWORD: FALL2016

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

September

PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Tomato Tastings at The Heirloom Tomato Festival | Gary | Sat Sept 10, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm | $30 (Includes a Party Mix of Tomatoes | 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 get to experience a rainbow of 15+ tomato varieties all in a particular order just like a wine tasting. Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis will introduce you to each tomato variety, talk about the type of cultivar, its history and origins, its flavour profile and its uses in the kitchen. You’ll get to share your thoughts and take tasting notes for future tomato reference. At the end of the session you'll take home your very own Party Mix of three plus pounds of the highest quality heirloom tomatoes grown organically in open fields by Red Barn Plants at their farm in Cawston, BC - no tomato will taste as good as these tomatoes! The Heirloom Tomato Tastings are our most popular workshops. Please book early.
   

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

   

YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | Harvest Time! | Kate | Sun Sept 18, 10-11am | FREE* |Fall is a time of bountiful harvests when farmers and gardeners alike are bringing in their crops after the spring and summer growing season. Our Young Sprouts will explore this time of year, talk about where all these harvests came from, and how they are so important for our lives. Then they'll get to make their own veggie people!

   

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Discover the World of Bulbs | Jo | Sun Sept 18, 12-1pm | FREE* | By fall you might be ready for a rest from the garden but do yourself one little favour before winter comes: plant some bulbs. You’ll be glad you did come spring. In this workshop you’ll meet a diverse range of spring-blooming bulbs for the garden and containers including many uncommon but exciting possibilities. You will also receive instruction on designing with bulbs and planting them in layers for knock out displays in containers or small spaces.

   

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Plants for Fall Colour | Jo | Sun Sept 25, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Do you have a colourful fall garden? Or does it just turn to grey and yellow mush once the rains start? There are numerous perennials, shrubs and small trees that provide great fall foliage and flower colour. Include just a few of these plants in strategic locations in the garden and you could have a fall garden to remember and look forward to!

 

   

CONTAINER SERIES | Terrariums to Bring the Outdoors In | Kate | Sun Sept 25, 1-3pm | $20 | It's time to bring back terrariums! These miniature gardens inside glass vessels are perfect decorations for inside the house year round. We'll have a variety of succulents, ferns, air plants, venus fly traps, and sundews for you to combine with coloured mosses, stones, and glass pebbles. The rest is up to you! Kate will instruct you on the ins and outs of designing and caring for the miniature gardens inside your terrariums. Then you'll get to do up your own!

 

 

October

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

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

   

YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | Why do leaves change colour? and other questions about fall | Kate | Sun Oct 2, 10-11am | FREE* | Fall is a fun time of year when leaves turn colour and fall. But why? We'll explore the changes we see in the garden and what that means for the plants, animals, birds, and insects that make the garden their home. Then we'll make a fun craft with colourful leaves to take home! Bring some pretty leaves with you or we'll provide some.

   

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Preparing the Garden for Winter | Jo | Sun Oct 2, 1-2pm | FREE* | Guarantee success next season by putting your garden to bed for winter just right. Jo will discuss plant life cycles and how to help them prepare for and survive winter dormancy. She will discuss microclimates, mulch, strategies for protecting less hardy plants, and maintaining winter habitat for pollinators.

 

 

CONTAINER SERIES | Fall Wreaths | Kate | Sat Oct 8, 10am-12pm | $45 | Wreaths aren't just for Christmas or summer succulents. They can also make for a gorgeous fall display to adorn your home and garden. In this workshop you'll be presented with a variety of dried berries and flowers, corn husks, greenery, gourds, miniature pumpkins and more. Then you'll create your very own just in time for Thanksgiving! If you like, you can bring some materials from your home garden to include in your wreath. Look for dried flowers, berries and other autumnal interest.

   

YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | The Magic of Bulbs | Kate | Sun Oct 16, 10-11am | FREE* | Inside the brown and white bulbs, corms and rhizomes available in fall are little plants with beautiful flowers ready to pop out in spring and give us a beautiful display. Why do some plants form these little structures and others not? Learn about the magic of bulbs then plant up your own pot of bulbs to take home for spring!

 

December

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Do-It-Yourself Indoor Christmas Rose Container | Fri Dec 2nd-Sun December 4th, 10am-3pm | $30 + tax (Includes one budded/blooming hellebore and all the fixings.) | Come any time during the weekend and set yourself up at our self-serve craft tables. Select your blooming Christmas rose reserved for you, choose a clay pot or a festive metal container and decorate it with organza, ribbon, moss and winter twigs. A trusty Phoenician will be nearby if you need help.

This quick do-it-yourself project is great for decorating your home at Christmas or for gifts for friends and family at Christmas parties and gatherings. You'll probably want to do a few of them and you'll probably want to bring a friend.

   
THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Hellebore in a Handbag | Kate | Fri Dec 2nd, 1-3pm | $45 (Includes purse and hellebore) | It's come to this, fellow gardeners. We're going to Hellebore in a Handbag for Christmas! With this unique project we'll plant up a Christmas rose in a moss purse with some friends & add festive winter greens. Last year I wasn't sure how our many (female) attendees were going to be able to fit any additional plants into their purses with such a large gorgeous hellebore. Somehow I underestimated everyone's ability to stuff their purses full of all manner of necessities!
   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 3, 10am-12pm | $60 | Decorate your home for the holiday season with your very own Christmas Rose wreath! Kate will teach you how to design and build a festive, florist-quality wreath with unique greenery and dried pods and cones. She will then teach you to incorporate Christmas roses into your wreath keeping it colourful & dynamic!

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

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

 

   

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

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

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Centerpiece Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 4, 10am-12pm | $75 (Includes hellebore.) | Here's another way to bring a hellebore inside for Christmas cheer - as a centrepiece for your Christmas table. You'll create a beautiful ring of winter foliage centred with a beautiful hellebore that you can plant in your garden in winter or spring. You can also use this centrepiece as a decoration for an outdoor table where it will bloom for months, often well into April!

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

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop | Kate | Sun Dec 4, 1-3pm | $20 | Wow your Christmas guests as soon as they arrive at your front door or enliven your patio with a fantastic outdoor winter container centred with a glistening Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other great perennials and shrubs that offer winter interest. Kate will lead you in the design, planting and final decoration of your planter with winter twigs and greens.

 

Register Now!

We hope to see you this fall in our workshops!

 


4.

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

It's so hard to decide what to highlight. We are at the peak availability of the year with maximum selection. Now's the time to visit. Get down here!

Crambe maritima - Blue Sea Kale - The sea kale has large, ruffled, edible, cabbage-like, silver-blue leaves with ruffled edges that provides great texture to the garden. In early summer Crambe maritima will start producing branched panicles of white flowers. The foliage is also edible and, we've been told, delicious sauteed in butter. Photo courtesy: Wikipedia. Cistus x hybridus 'Mickie' - Rock Rose - This stable variegated form of Cistus x hybridus has gold foliage with green centres. It has a low, mounding habit that hugs the ground and creates a super colourful, evergreen accent. Charming white flowers punctuate the flashy foliage in May and June. 'Mickie' hails from northern Washington State and has survived some brutal winters.
Canna 'Australia' - Canna Lily - 'Australia' has striking maroon foliage that 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. 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. All our Canna are virus indexed and clean. Please be careful when buying plants elsewhere as a high proportion of plants available from nurseries are virused. Canna 'African Sunset - Canna Lily - FINALLY! A virus-free version of Tropicanna which seems universally infected everywhere in horticulture. 'African Sunset' has the same fantastic tropical foliage striped with red, yellow, orange, and gold and topped with firey orange flowers in summer. It is great for adding that subtropical look to your garden. All our Canna are virus indexed and clean. Please be careful when buying plants elsewhere as a high proportion of plants available from nurseries are virused.
Crocosmia 'Okavango' - Montbretia - Crocosmia ‘Okavango’ has tall stems with pleated, spiked, green leaves and upward-facing, large, bright, apricot-orange flowers on arching stems from mid to late summer. Easy and tough and provides lots of colour. A hummingbird favourite. Crocosmia 'Okavango' - Montbretia - Crocosmia 'Gerbe D'Or' forms medium-sized plants with masses of warm orange-yellow flowers and bronze-green foliage. The large, lily-shaped flowers of Crocosmia appear along arching stems that rise through clumped, sword-shaped foliage. Attracts hummingbirds. Excellent for cutting. Full to part sun in average to moist well-drained soil. Clumping.
Crocosmia 'Lucifer' - Montbretia - This is the classic montbretia cultivar in our region’s gardens. Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ has tall stems with pleated, spiked, green leaves and upward-facing, bright red flowers on arching stems from mid to late summer. Easy and tough and provides lots of colour. It is a close-up of the buds of ‘Lucifer’ that appears on all of our signage. A hummingbird favourite. Lobelia x speciosa 'Vulcan Red' - Cardinal Flower - Celebrate Leonard Nemoy and Mr Spock with this new cardinal flower. 'Vulcan Red' has full, well-branched and strong-stemmed habit with bronze foliage and dense, upright spikes with vivid scarlet flowers. Lobelia is an excellent border plant for average to moist locations and is a hummingbird and butterfly magnet.
Andropogon gerardii 'Red October' - Big Bluestem - Big bluestem is a long-lived grass that forms a tall, strictly upright clump of green foliage. The foliage of Andropogon 'Red October' will transition to bright red then smoky purple beginning in midsummer. Deep purple flowers with bright red-orange pollen top this colorful and statuesque display. Perovskia 'Lacey Blue' - Russian Sage - 'Lacey Blue' has grey-green foliage and airy lavender flowers atop stems to just 18 inches, less than half the height of the species. Does best with dry hot conditions forming a lovely haze of colour at the front to middle of the border. Also great for summer containers. The hotter the location, the happier the Perovskia.
Aeonium 'Zwartkop' - Aeonium - The Itoh peonies are intersectional hybrids between the tree peony (P. suffruticosa) and the garden peony (P. lactiflora). The result is an outstanding group of perennial herbaceous peonies with huge flowers in a wide range of unusual colours such as yellows, coppers, apricots, pinks, magentas and bicolours. The foliage emerges rich red and gradually turns to green. A mature plant can have over 50 blooms! We have lots of different cultivars right now! Allium 'Millenium' - Ornamental Onion - Allium 'Millenium' forms clumps of slender, flattened, linear, glossy green leaves in the spring followed in summer by showy two inch spherical umbels of glowing rose-purple florets. Ornamental onions provide a flower display unlike most other perennials and are thus useful for contrasting flower shapes in the garden.
Agastache ' Little Adder' - Hummingbird Mint - 'Little Adder' is a dwarf form of one of the best of all the purple-blue Agastache: 'Black Adder'. 'Little Adder' is a very compact, well-branched, bushy perennial with fragrant green foliage and lavender-blue tubular flowers that emerge from purple-blue sepals all summer into fall. Agastache 'Tango' - Hummingbird Mint - 'Tango' has dense spikes of bright orange blossoms. It is a compact cultivar growing from 15 to 18 inches tall and 15 inches wide. 'Tango' is great for all summer and fall colour at the front of the border and is compact enough for patio pots. Agastache are popular with hummingbirds. They have fragrant foliage.
Agastache 'Kudos Ambrosia' - Hummingbird Mint - 'Ambrosia' is a short, compact, and hardy Agastache with spikes of creamy, peachy orange and light rose pink flowers atop fragrant foliage. The Kudos Series are naturally dwarf hybrids of hummingbird mint or hyssop with excellent branching and downy mildew resistance. They bloom from June until September. They are best grown in hot, sunny spots but are tolerant of the wet, cold soils of a coastal BC winter as well as areas as cold as zone 5. Agastache 'Kudos Gold' - Hummingbird Mint - Kudos 'Gold' is a long blooming, dwarf cultivar of Agastache with golden yellow flowers in large compact spikes atop compact plants with fragrant foliage. The Kudos Series are naturally dwarf hybrids of hummingbird mint or hyssop with excellent branching and downy mildew resistance. They bloom from June until September. They are best grown in hot, sunny spots but are tolerant of the wet, cold soils of a coastal BC winter as well as areas as cold as zone 5.
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. Eucomis 'Glow Sticks' - Pineapple Lily - Eucomis 'Glow Sticks' is 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.
Sedum 'Marina' - Stonecrop - Sedum 'Marina' is a large upright stonecrop with large, glaucous blue foliage and is one of the bluest of all stonecrops. Sedum 'Touchdown Teak' - Stonecrop -'Touchdown Teak' has glossy red-burgundy foliage, upright red stems and produces large pink flower heads. The compact habit makes this sedum useful for containers, edging walkways, green roofs, and the front of the border.
Digiplexis Illumination 'Berry Canary' - Hybrid Foxglove - The Illumination series offers intergeneric hybrids between foxglove (Digitalis) and its Canary Island relative Isoplexis. 'Berry Canary' has spikes of hot pink flowers with creamy yellow, burgundy speckled throats over the rosettes of glossy, dark green leaves. It is a long bloomer from late spring to frost. Aster lateriflorus 'Lady in Black' - Calico Aster - Aster 'Lady in Black' forms three foot tall arching stems rise up like fireworks covered in rich deep purple foliage and exploding with thousands of small, white, pink-tinged, star-shaped flowers. Sound good? ‘Lady in Black' is a great addition to borders and large floral arrangements alike! It also sports burgundy foliage through the season so offers much interest even when not in bloom.
Iris ensata 'Mine Kurenai' - Japanese Iris - Iris ensata grow happily at the waterside, in pots sitting in water, or in average garden beds with reasonable moisture. They form vigorous clumps of upright, grassy-green leaves. 'Mine Kurenai' is a rare Japanese cultivar that produces large, delicious, glowing purple flowers.

Iris ensata 'Machi Musume' - Japanese Iris - Iris ensata grow happily at the waterside, in pots sitting in water, or in average garden beds with reasonable moisture. They form vigorous clumps of upright, grassy-green leaves. 'Machi Musume' blooms with large, white flowers with a faint flush of pink topped with small, dark purple standards.

 

Iris ensata 'Ehigasa' - Japanese Iris - Iris ensata grow happily at the waterside, in pots sitting in water, or in average garden beds with reasonable moisture. They form vigorous clumps of upright, grassy-green leaves. 'Ehigasa' is a rare Japanese cultivar that produces large flowers of magenta-purple petals with darker veins. Iris ensata 'Beni Warabe' - Japanese Iris - Iris ensata grow happily at the waterside, in pots sitting in water, or in average garden beds with reasonable moisture. They form vigorous clumps of upright, grassy-green leaves. 'Beni Warabe' is a rare Japanese cultivar that produces striking, large white flowers with bright purple edges.
Papaver orientale - 'Forncett Summer' - Papaver 'Forncett Summer' produces large, deeply fringed, salmon pink flowers on top of a dense, robust, dark green foliage. Oriental poppies are dramatic additions to the perennial border. They can go through a "dumb phase" after blooming so always plant a nice mound of foliage to one foot high in front of your poppy clumps. Papaver orientale - 'Royal Chocolate Distinction' - Papaver 'Royal Chocolate Distinction' produces large, deep, delicious, red flowers with maroon-chocolate shades on top of a dense, robust, dark green foliage. Oriental poppies are dramatic additions to the perennial border. They can go through a "dumb phase" after blooming so always plant a nice mound of foliage to one foot high in front of your poppy clumps.
Festuca 'Cool as Ice' - Blue Fescue - 'Cool as Ice' produces clumps of fine blue-green foliage whose blue intensifies as the season progresses. On the West Coast Festuca should be planted in hot dry spots with thin soils. Avoid rich soils. Also great in containers. Arisaema heterophyllum - Cobra Lily - Arisaema heterophyllum is a tall-growing cobra lily called "dancing crane" in Japan. It reaches about three feet tall sporting one leaf with at least 15 leaflets and a green flower held above the foliage with a long, yellow, whip-like spadix appendage licking upwards. Easy to grow.
Knautia macedonica 'Thunder and Lightning' - Crimson Scabious - Knautia 'Thunder and Lightning' has fully double, deep magenta, pincushion flowers that float above light green leaves edged in creamy white for months on end. The unique, variegated foliage has a sturdy, compact and bushy form on plants that are half the height (or less) of the species. Blooms from early summer to autumn. A dramatic addition to beds, borders and cutting gardens. Large enough for maximum impact in the garden, it is compact enough to be showy in containers. Drought tolerant and deer resistant. A good nectar source for beneficial insects. Helenium Mariachi 'Siesta' - Sneezeweed - Helenium 'Siesta' from the Mariachi Series produces blooms of deep, true red petals with burgundy centres. This selection has a short and compact habit and is great at the front of the border. Helenium are naturally resistant, even toxic, to deer and rabbits.
Sanguisorba hakusanensis 'Lilac Squirrel' - Burnet - A downright useful Japanese perennial for the intriguingly different pendulous bottlebrushes that dangle from the upright stems. Sanguisorba 'Lilac Squirrel' has graceful flowers in lilac-pink and bloom for a long period in the summer. The clumping foliage is gray-green with great texture of serrated edges and nice presence throughout the year. Hydrangea 'Miss Saori' - Hydrangea - 'Miss Saori' is a superlative new hydrangea that won the coveted Plant of the Year Award at the 2014 Chelsea Garden Show. She produces exquisite mopheads of double florets in white with perfect, glowing, rose-pink picotee edges on old and new wood from June until frost on 3x3 foot mounds perfect for gardens and containers. Foliage emerges burgundy-red in spring, turns to green, then back to burgundy-red in summer and fall. We are proud to likely be the first nursery in North America to offer this amazing plant in 2015.
Sanguisorba obtusa - Burnet - Sanguisorba obtusa and other species are uncommon in North America though they are used to great effect in British gardens. They are long-blooming with unusual flowers and easy to grow. This species forms low mounds of attractive grey-green pinately-compound leaves with serrated edges topped with arching, bottlebrush-like spikes of soft-pink flowers over a long period in summer. Average to moist soils. Eryngium planum 'Jade Frost' - Sea Holly - Eryngium are intriguing members of the carrot family and garden favourites for their true blue thimble like inflorescences held above equally blue thistly bracts. Now add some variegation to this sea holly picture. 'Jade Frost' has green leaves with white to creamy white variegation that is pink in cool temperatures. A must have for those who love blue flowers and variegation.

Rudbeckia triloba 'Prairie Glow' - Sweet Coneflower - Rudbeckia 'Prairie Glow' is an unusual black-eyed Susan relative with dark red to burnt orange petals with yellow tips and is stunning in a mass planting. Flower stems are burgundy and tall. Great cut flower.

Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' - Japanese Fatsia - Fatsia 'Spider's Web' is a beautiful Aralia relative that grows as a shrub or small tree with variably variegated leaves which change during the seasons. The variegation appears as speckles and pixilations and is strongest on young foliage but also becomes better developed on that young foliage as the plant gets older. Mature specimens are bold and intriguing. The flowers are white, are held in spheres, and appear in late fall as a late season honeybee bonanza. Tolerant of dry shade and dark corners.

Echinacea 'Supreme Cantaloupe' - Not-So-Purple Coneflower -Stately and elegant, 'Supreme Elegance' was the inspiration for the Supreme Series. A lovely, deep rose-red center that enriches as the flower ages. The ray petals are star-like and are a bright mauve pink that also deepen in colour. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering.

Echinacea 'Supreme Cantaloupe' - Not-So-Purple 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 daghestanica - Caucasus Sage - Caucasus sage (Salvia daghastanica) is an unusual and rare mat-forming, prostrate perennial with velvety, silver leaves forming tight basal rosettes up to 3-4 inches tall. The leaves are densely covered on both surfaces with silver-white hairs. The lavender-purple to purple-blue flowers are held in upright, 8-10 inch tall spikes.

Geranium sanguineum 'Elke' - Cranesbill - Attractive glossy green foliage makes the perfect backdrop for the eye-catching cranesbill blooms of 'Elke'. The flowers are dark pink with red veins all surrounded by a unique frosted white edge. Long-blooming from spring through early fall.
Kniphofia 'Poco Orange' - Red Hot Poker - Hot spikes of orange flowers rise continuously from summer into fall. The short grassy foliage looks neat all summer. A terrific drought tolerant garden plant. Great in the mid-border. The Kniphofia Poco Series is shorter than the Popsicle Series. Kniphofia 'Fire Glow' - Red Hot Poker - Kniphofia 'Fire Glow' is an all-summer bloomer which has a very short compact habit. A prolific bloomer with spikes of flowers the rich red orange colour. Charming, grass-like foliage looks neat all summer! Great for small gardens or in a container.
Sedum Sunsparkler 'Lime Twister' - Stonecrop - Sedum Sunsparkler 'Lime Twister' has bright green leaves with lime green edges and tints of pink highlights especially in cool weather. The flowers are bright pink. This stonecrop is sure to become a classic with its very compact habit suitable for small gardens and pots or the front of the border. Salvia 'Ember's Wish' - Sage - OK. This one is likely not going to be hardy for most people but the hummingbirds are begging for it. They really are! Large, bright coral-red flowers are produced all summer long atop scented foliage. Drought and heat tolerant so its blooms will not fade in the heat. Ornamental sages are useful for full to part sun locations. Grow in a protected location against the house or in a pot that can be protected in winter or treat as an annual. You and the hummingbirds are worth it!
Leucanthemum x superbum 'Macaroon' - Shasta Daisy - 'Macaroon' is a showy, long blooming, double Shasta daisy forming a low tight mound. The flowers change very slowly from pale yellow to bicolor white and yellow and finally finish white with a golden centre. Rudbeckia subtomentosa - Henry Eilers' - Basal leaves appear in early spring and flowering stalks begin their ascent in June, reaching five to six feet and full flower by August, often staying in bloom into September. 'Henry Eilers' has finely quilled flowers of true yellow, not gold, and is stunning in a mass planting. The leaves of Rudbeckia subtomentosa are sweetly scented with a subtle vanilla fragrance. Great cut flower with its unique appearance, sturdy straight stems and long vase life. Named after the man who discovered it.
Leonotis menthifolia 'Savannah Sunset' - Lion's Ear - 'Savannah Sunset' has unique, bright orange, furry, tubular flowers arranged in whorls around the stem and medium green, triangular leaves with textured edges. Freely branching and upright. Blooms in early summer unlike Leonotis leonurus which doesn't bloom in our climate until at least September. Apparently hardy to zone 8 but a protected situation, good drainage and a little trial and error might be required. Heucherella 'Sweet Tea' - Foamy Bells - Huge cinnamon stars at the centre of each leaf are surrounded by the loveliest orange tea coloured borders. 'Sweet Tea' is a new instant classic for containers and garden. Undeniably the most intensely coloured Heucherella ever! The big, palmately cut leaves darken in the summer and lighten up again in the fall. Its Heuchera villosa breeding gives it a big bold habit and heat and humidity tolerance.
Anemone hupehensis '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 x hybrida 'Crispa' - Japanese Anemone - 'Crispa' is a shorter and more compact Japanese anemone with intriguing ruffled and crinkled leaves with red-tinged edges that look like triple curled parsley or kale. The large single pink flowers are similar to the other fall-blooming anemones. Some confusion exists in the naming of this plant. This cultivar has been cited as not having the crinkled leaves but the plants that we offer do.
Salvia guaranitica 'Black & Blue' - Anise-Scented Sage - Salvia 'Black and Blue' produces truly vibrant cobalt blue flowers with black sepals by the thousands all season long. Well-drained soil in full sun. Hard prune each spring. Even worth it as an annual in colder climates. Salvia argentea - Silver Sage - Silver sage (Salvia argentea) is a clump-forming biennial or short-lived perennial that is so worth it for the large, wooly, silver foliage. In its second year it produces branched flowering stems with large, white, hooked sage flowers. Plants may reseed to continue your population. Though silver sage is a biennial it is beautiful and novel and well worth growing. Great for kids.
Roscoea 'Spice Island' - Silver Sage - This hardy ginger relative has dark leaves with deep red backs. It forms clumps with showy thick, deep red stems. Roscoea ‘Spice Island' has lavender purple, orchid-like flowers on the top of the stalks in mid summer. It can be used as a tropical element or in mixed shade beds. A good container plant. Arisaema thunbergii 'Patterned Selection' - Cobra Lily - Arisaema thunbergii hails from the southern islands of Japan. This rare and very choice variegated form has much-divided glossy leaves each with a central silver-white stripe. The inflorescences have very long, black whip-like spadices snaking out from the purple-brown speckled spathe. Dramatic and always popular. Early mid-season. Needs rich well-drained soil in shade.

 


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