Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: June 2017

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

June 2017

Celebrating our 14th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

As the rain comes down outside it is nice to take a little pause in the garden and at the nursery to take stock and collect oneself after the last number of weeks of good weather and furious gardening. At least I think you've been gardening because many of you have been buying a lot of plants! Thank you.

To inspire you onwards into summer I have created a photo album of one of my favourite gardens from New Zealand: Ohinetahi. What a magnificent fusion of site, design, plants, and art! I highly recommend you look at the pictures below and then click through to see the full photo album.

If you haven't planted your edible garden yet, you still have time. Our seedling tomatoes and potatoes are on sale to encourage you to get going or to plant more. We also have lots of herbs and other edibles including citrus, BrazelBerries and lots of unusual fruit in stock.

The nursery is now coming into bloom and is beginning to look like a giant garden. We are at peak availability of plants. AND, our carnivorous plants just came in: pitcher plants and venus fly traps. So fun. Take a look at the Fab at Phoenix and the Kids Alert to learn more about the current highlights in the nursery.

Our spring workshop season has concluded but don't forget to look to our fall schedule for lots more workshops to get you confident and creating beautiful things. Organize some friends and sign up now.

Do you know a highschool or university student looking for a job this summer? We're hiring. See below for details.

See you soon at Phoenix!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

 

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Postcards from New Zealand: Ohinetahi -- Discover one of New Zealand's finest gardens.
4. Workshops 2017 -- Get confident. Have fun. Make life beautiful.
5. From the Alerts -- Carnivores in the house!
6. Fabulous at Phoenix -- Gary's pics of hot plants at the Phoenix Candy Store.

 


Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

The Phoenix Perennials Calendar
There's so much going on at the nursery all the time. Here's your resource to keep track. Also don't miss our Workshop Schedule.
Date
Event Description
June 23-25 Phoenix Perennials selling plants at the Hardy Plant Group Study Weekend in Victoria
August 23-24 Gary speaking at the FarWest trade show in Portland, Oregon on "Hot New Plants" and "Groupon or Coupon"
December 1-3 The Christmas Hurrah! | Friday to Sunday December 1-3 | 10am - 3pm |

 

Edibles on Sale

Buy 2 Tomato Seedling Starts and Get 1 Free!

Buy 1 Box of Gourmet Earth Apple Potatoes and Get 1 Free!

Until supplies last.

 

 

Phoenix Perennials Mail Order
Making Canadian Gardeners Happy from Coast to Coast to Coast!

We are proud to launch our fifth year of Mail Order across Canada with our largest selection ever: 850+ amazing garden plants including many rare and cutting edge plants you'd be hard pressed to find anywhere else.

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


 

We're Hiring a Summer Student!

Phoenix Perennials is looking for a mature, hard working, motivated student to join us full time from mid to late June through to the end of the summer. We're looking for someone who is interested in plants and gardening. You need not be an expert but we'd like you to have a desire to learn. Jobs will include plant care, propagation, weeding, watering and other nursery tasks plus helping customers and doing cash. This job will be full time 5 days a week.

Please email your resume along with a cover letter outlining your interests as they relate to plants and gardening to phoenixperennials [at] shaw.ca.

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.

Postcards from New Zealand
Ohinetahi


Ohinetahi, the garden of famed architect Sir Miles Warren, is one of the finest gardens in New Zealand and was a highlight on the January tour that I led with my co-guide Jeff de Jong for alumni UBC to see the incredible gardens of this diverse country.

Ohinetahi is located in Governors Bay outside of Christchurch on the South Island. The garden is built around a beautiful, old, 1867 stone house with shaded verandas clad in blue metal roofs. The house sits in a valley that descends to the sea overlooking the head of Lyttelton Harbour and the dramatic Banks Peninsula. The garden is characterised by various garden "rooms" on various levels carefully planted with interesting and well chosen plants and adorned with statuary both traditional and modern. Features of particular note include a sunken rose garden surrounded by box hedging, a double herbaceous border which ends at a gazebo, a red garden, a swimming pool, a viewing tower, a pond, a suspension bridge, an open lawn, a natural stream and forested ravine, and incredible modern statues designed by Warren.

The plant palette is decidedly English but with botanical elements drawn from the Southern Hemisphere and from New Zealand.

The gazebo sits at the end of a double perennial border that was full of summer flowers in full bloom when we were there.
The double border seen from the viewing tower.
The red garden looking wards the pool house.
This large metal sphere "floats" above a clearing surrounded by large trees. The sphere is hung from the trees.
This sunken rose garden edged with boxwood.
This large disc hangs in mid air over the valley and stream that run to the sea.
The house seen from the rose garden.
A sculpture on the edge of the amphitheatre.
Another scultpure pointing towards the sea.

 

Want to see more photos of Ohinetahi?

View the Full Photo Album of Ohinetahi (138 Photos)

 

View other photos from Australia and New Zealand:

Ayrlies Garden (75 Photos)

Totara Waters (81 Photos)

Gary's Daily Posts from Australia and New Zealand

View Hydrangeas in New Zealand

View the Gardens of the Royal Mail Hotel

There will be more photo essays of my trip Down Under in future E-News!

 


2.

Workshops and Seminars 2017

Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful.

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

 

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

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

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions
Instructor Biographies
Booking Workshops

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions

Fall and Winter Workshops

September

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

   

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

   

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

 

   

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

 

 

October

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

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

 

December

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

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

   

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

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

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

   

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

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

   

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

   

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

 

 

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

 

Instructor Biographies

Visit our Workshop page for biographies.

 

Booking Workshops

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

 


3.

From the Alerts

Check out some of the recent subject-based Alerts we've sent out. Are you getting them? Some we include here in the E-Newsletter and others only Alert subscribers receive.

NEW! We've created two new Alerts for small space gardeners and rare plant enthusiasts.

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.

The Rare Plant Alert - Are you a sophisticated gardener? Always looking for the rare and unusual? You'll be the first (and perhaps only) one to know about rare plants (often available only in small quantities) so you can get them first!

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

 

 


4.

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

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

[I haven't changed these entries this time around. !

Monarda Bee-You 'Bee Free' - Beebalm - Monarda Bee You 'Bee-Free' is a compact, floriferous, and highly mildew resistant beebalm with vibrant electric magenta flowers on plants to just 15-18 inches tall. Perfect for the front of the border or containers where you can brush past the fragrant foliage. Also great for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Monarda punctata 'Beebop' - Dotted Horsemint - Monarda punctata 'Beebop' is an amazing variation on the theme of beebalms that will amaze fans of this superlative genus. 'Beebop' is a compact, early-blooming selection of the species in which the tubular flowers are yellow with brown spots but take a back seat to the beauty and colour of the large, lance-shaped bracts that are silver and silver-pink. Appreciates well-drained, sandy soils.
Agastache 'Morello' - Hummingbird Mint - Agastache 'Morello' is a dramatic hummingbird mint with huge, dense infloresences of deep burgundy rose flowers on stems to almost three feet high. It blooms over a long period from mid June through September. The attractive, dark foliage smells like mint. Wasabia japonica 'Daruma' - Wasabi - The wasabi served in Japanese restaurants is not wasabi at all. It is made of horseradish, mustard, and green food colouring. Wasabia japonica is the real deal and is a very different culinary experience with a sweet heat and intensity that is more subtle and delicate than the fake stuff which can overpower you. 'Daruma' is a popular and vigorous variety with excellent green colour, size, and crisp flavour. After grating, allow to sit for a few minutes before eating for flavours to develop. Grow in moist to wet soils.
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! Meconopsis betonicifolia - Himalayan Blue Poppy - One of the holy grails of the botanical world, the Himalayan Blue Poppy. Count yourself lucky to live in one of the few places in the world with a suitable climate for growing these fabulous plants. M. betonicifolia is the best species for the garden. The flowers are from three to five inches across in pale to deep sky blue. Prefers peaty, well-drained soil that is kept evenly moist in summer and bright but indirect light.
Scrophularia macrantha Cardinale Red 'TNSCRCR' - Redbirds in a Tree - Scrophularia macrantha is a Penstemon relative whose common name is redbirds in a tree. This interesting shrub blooms from early summer until frost with curious, bright red, tubular flowers with white lips that look like little red birds resting in a tree. Cardinale Red is a dwarf, compact form with denser branching and larger flowers in tighter flower heads. Great for hummingbirds and bees. Hardy to zone 5 and drought tolerant once established. Plant in well-drained soils. Fuchsia 'Gartenmeister Bonstedt' - Fuchsia - Fuchsia 'Gartenmeister Bonstedt' is a vigorous, upright shrub with clusters of deep coral-red tubular flowers that hummingbirds will love set against lush, burgundy-infused foliage. It isn't hardy, even in coastal BC but you shouldn't care. Just like purple fountain grass, you're worth it and deserve to get one each year. Amazing in containers for the foliage and floral show.
Hosta 'Hands Up' - Plantain Lily - Hosta 'Hands Up' is a tetraploid sport of 'Praying Hands' with very thick, almost rubbery, twisted green leaves with a more defined cream margin. It forms an upright mound that looks distinctly different than the rest of the hosta world. We're not sure if the name refers to a bank robbery or a hokey song but we love the look. Deinanthe caerulea - False Hydrangea - From China comes this uncommon herbaceous hydrangea relative, Deinanthe caerulea, with intriguing purple-blue flowers held above clumps of beautifully textured foliage. Blooms in early to mid summer. Slowly spreading rhizomes eventually form a mounded three foot wide clump. A wonderful addition to the shade garden.
Tanacetum coccineum Radiant Light Pink - Painted Daisy - The very cold hardy, old-fashioned painted daisy (Tanacetum coccineum) gets an update with the Radiant Collection with plants that are more compact, blooming to just two feet tall over a longer period, and that stay strongly upright without flopping. Radiant Light Pink has glowing light pink flowers with bright yellow centres. An excellent, long-lasting cut flower. The lush, green foliage is finely divided and fern-like. Tanacetum coccineum Radiant Deep Pink - Painted Daisy - The very cold hardy, old-fashioned painted daisy (Tanacetum coccineum) gets an update with the Radiant Collection with plants that are more compact, blooming to just two feet tall over a longer period, and that stay strongly upright without flopping. Radiant Deep Pink has glowing magenta flowers with bright yellow centres. An excellent, long-lasting cut flower. The lush, green foliage is finely divided and fern-like.
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Miss Saori' - Hydrangea - 'Miss Saori' is a superlative new hydrangea that won the coveted Plant of the Year Award at the 2014 Chelsea Garden Show. She produces exquisite mopheads of double florets in white with perfect, glowing, rose-pink picotee edges on old and new wood from June until frost on 3x3 foot mounds perfect for gardens and containers. Foliage emerges burgundy-red in spring, turns to green, then back to burgundy-red in summer and fall. We are proud to likely have been the first nursery in North America to offer this plant in 2015. Hydrangea macrophylla 'Spike' - Hydrangea - Hydrangea '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.
Dierama 'Plantworld Jewels' - Angel's Fishing Rod - The Dierama Plantworld Jewels are hybrids between D. pauciflorum, D. dracomontanum, and D. igneum that bloom 2-3 weeks earlier than most other angel's fishing rods. They produce wiry grass-like stems with dangling branches holding showers of perfectly formed bells in shades of white, lavender, purple, burgundy, and rose-red. Beautiful on the edge, corner or possibly at a turning point in a path so you can stop and stare! Likes a sunny spot with good drainage and extra summer moisture. Viola pedata var. lineariloba - Bird's-Foot violet - Viola pedata var. lineariloba (bird's-foot violet) is a lovely little violet with very cool, dissected foliage that looks like... (wait for it)... a bird's foot. The flowers are usually light violet-blue or pink held on dark stems. Our plants should be mostly violet-blue. This species prefers drier soil conditions in full sun to part shade. Avoid rich, organic soils and excess moisture. Native to much of the eastern US plus Ontario.
Lithodora diffusa Gold 'n' Sapphires - Lithodora - Lithodora Gold 'N' Sapphires is the first gold foliage form of this extremely valuable groundcover which looks incredible topped with the deep blue flowers in spring. It has excellent vigour and holds its colour all summer even in the sun. Use it at the front of the border, on banks, spilling over walls or in rock gardens. Filipendula 'Red Umbrellas' - Meadowsweet - For those who love foliage, here is a great meadowsweet with maple-like, serrated foliage with distinct veining on olive green leaves flushed with red in the veins and at the centre of each leaf. 'Red Umbrellas' also has umbles of pink flowers in summer an great hardiness to zone 3! An exciting hybrid of Filipendula multijuga and F. palmatum. Clump-forming topping off at about 30 inches tall.
Ficus 'Petite Negra' - Fig - 'Petite Nigra' is a super dwarf fig tree that happily produces in small containers. The leaves have a unique growth habit. The fruit appears early, it is dark purple, and is medium in size. This is the perfect fig to grow outdoors in warmer zones or to use as a winter houseplant and summer outdoor patio plant in colder zones. Let's grow figs right across Canada! Ficus 'Petite Negra' - Fig - Ficus 'Yellow Long Neck' produces excellent crops of honey-sweet yellow-green figs with long necks. It is a medium-sized fig growing to 6-8 feet tall which can be grown in the ground or in a large container. It is said to be able to produce fruit in the same year that the wood has been killed to the ground by a hard winter. Now that's called "making a come back."

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

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

Gardenia 'Frostproof' - Hardy Gardenia - The rose-like double flowers of Gardenia 'Frostproof' 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.

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

Alstroemeria Inca Joly - Peruvian Lily - Alstroemeria Inca Joli has remarkable vigour and capacity to produce loads of flowers over a long period from early summer well into fall. This plant forms a bushy, upright clump of linear, green leaves. The flowers have petals of firey red with yellow throats and brown speckling. Salvia pachyphylla - Mojave Sage - Salvia pachyphylla is a large-growing shrubby sage reaching three feet tall and nearly as wide with silver foliage that is evergreen with a pungent fragrance. The mounds are topped with broad, two-toned spikes consisting of lavender-purple flowers emerging from warm purple bracts all summer long. Prune in the fall after flowering. Plant in full sun, in dry, thin soils. Good winter drainage is essential.
Hosta 'Munchkin Fire' - Plantain Lily - Hosta 'Munchkin Fire' is a vigorous, new, yellow, miniature cultivar. It has short, narrow, lance-shaped leaves that hold their bright yellow colour all season long. Perfect for troughs, miniature gardens, small pots, and fairy gardens. Lavender flowers in summer. Echinacea Kismet Intense Orange - Coneflower - Echinacea Kismet Intense Orange is a compact, upright coneflower producing a bounty of orange blooms that age through all the tones from atomic orange, to pumpkin, to light orange. It blooms over an extended period of time from early summer to frost. Plant in full sun in average (not overly rich), well-drained soils. Avoid soils that are overly moist in winter.
Echinacea Cara Mia Rose - Coneflower - Echinacea Cara Mia Rose is a compact coneflower to just 16 inches high with an exceptional crown count making it a blooming machine. It is an early bloomer putting forth double flowers in a rich raspberry red to raspberry pink from early summer until frost. Plant in full sun in average (not overly rich), well-drained soils. Avoid soils that are overly moist in winter. Echinacea Kismet Raspberry - Coneflower - Echinacea Kismet Raspberry is a compact, upright coneflower that amazes with its long bloom time and sheer number of flowers from early summer until frost. The flowers are large, emerging glowing raspberry-pink and slowly lightening with age creating great multi-toned displays. Plant in full sun in average (not overly rich), well-drained soils. Avoid soils that are overly moist in winter.
Asclepias speciosa - Showy Milkweed - This western North American species has upright stems with oblong leaves topped with dense three inch globes of fragrant, pink, star-shaped flowers which attract butterflies. It is an important food source for Monarch and other butterflies. Showy milkweed spreads by underground rhizomes. Grow in a pot or sink a pot of it in the ground or allow it to spread in naturalized settings. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Alstroemeria Fabiana - Peruvian Lily - Alstroemeria Fabiana is a long-blooming Peruvian lily with yellow and creamy white flowers and dark detailing with a flush of pink on the reverse. It has the added attraction of variegated foliage with dark green leaves with streaky, creamy white margins. Fabiana thus looks great all spring up until bloom starts in summer continuing all the way to frost. Fabiana is mainly a clumping plant with mounds that will expand gradually with time.
Asclepias fascicularis - Narrow-leaf Milkweed - Asclepias fascicularis has a delicate appearance that belies its tough nature. The two foot stems have long, narrow leaves, with upward curled margins. The intricate flowers are pale pink and white and attract bees and butterflies. Narrow-leaf milkweed is a host plant for the western migration of the monarch butterfly. Plant them in your garden to encourage the monarchs to come to BC where they have been known to visit in warm summers. Asclepias incarnata 'Cinderella' - Swamp Milkweed - The species in this genus arose as a result of an evolutionary arms race with different butterfly species who drove the milkweeds to develop increasingly toxic poisons in their milky sap to fend off the butterfly’s ravenous caterpillars. So leave the chewing to the Monarchs! Asclepias incarnata 'Cinderella' has upright branching stems with oblong leaves topped with dense clusters of small rose pink and white vanilla-scented flowers which attract butterflies. Good in moist, wet and average soils. Deer resistant.
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. Penstemon 'Cha Cha Cherry' - Penstemon - 'Cha Cha Cherry' is a very showy Penstemon with numerous spikes of bright red, tubular flowers. Long-blooming from July to October. The plants have a bushy, compact habit and a very long bloom time. The dense foliage is a healthy blue-green and is a great contrast for this powerful garden performer. Great for hummingbirds and bees.
Rheum alexandrae - Noble Rhubarb - This species of rhubarb has heart-shaped leaves with green tops and intense burgundy veins. Tall spires of yellow flowers reach skywards in early summer protected by distinctive and amazing yellow bracts. A truly dramatic focal point plant. Prefers a deep, humus-rich, moisture retentive yet well-drained soil in sun or semi-shade. Hibiscus Summerific 'Ballet Slippers' - Perennial Hibiscus - Hibiscus Summerific 'Ballet Slippers' is demure and delicate while packing a flower power punch. The large, seven inch wide flowers are pure white with overlapping petals like a pinwheel, a dark red centre, and blush pink edges. Attractive, healthy leaves are bright green with slightly serrated edges. Flowers are produced from the top of the plant to the bottom, rather than just at the top like some other cultivars.

 


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