Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: Mid-June 2012

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
Mid-June 2012

 

Hello from Phoenix Perennials!

Every year through April and May we start to anticipate summer. And then June comes. Or should I say Junuary or Jovember? These last couple years June feels more like an obstacle course of clouds, rain and cold than it does the start of summer. Is that what it means to live in a rainforest? But don't lose heart. Summer will come, fellow gardeners, though perhaps not until July 7th!

In the meantime this kind of weather is actually perfect for gardening. It's not perfect for humans but it's perfect for most perennials, vines, tree and shrubs. The cool temperatures mean that you can dig and rearrange your beds and plant new plants with little risk of transplant shock. The work that you do now during these cool grey days will pay off when summer finally does arrive and you're basking in the glory of the sun and the colours of your beautiful garden. So don't give up now, fellow gardeners. Buck up cowpokes and get some gardening done!

To inspire you a little bit we've done two things: We just started an Early Summer Sale and a wide range of select items and we've highlighted the wonderful Recipes for a Fabulous Pot that we currently have on display at the nursery. See below for details on the sale and a photo essay of the Recipes.

It's time to collect your recyclable nursery plastic containers and bring them back to the nursery at the end of the month as part of the National Plastics Recycling Event. Join gardeners right across Canada in keeping your nursery plastics out of the landfill. You can also bring in your returnable cans and bottles at the same time. All proceeds with help our Phoenician Vanessa raise funds for building supplies for a village in Ecuador.

You'll also find updates on this year's Charity Shopping Weekend program and on our Upcoming Workshops including our Tomato Tastings in September at the Heirloom Tomato Festival.

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

See you soon at the nursery.

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

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

Drop off your pots and other nursery plastics during the event! We have lots of great plants for you to peruse after you've completed your good deed!

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

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

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Five Recipes for a Fabulous Pot
2. Early Summer Sale
3. National Plastics Recycling Week
4. Come Learn with Us: Workshops 2012
5. Charity Shopping Weekends 2012: $1800 Raised for Local Charities
6. Fabulous at Phoenix


Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

The Phoenix Perennials Calendar
There's so much going on at the nursery all the time. Here's your resource to keep track.
Date
Event Description
Tues
June 19
Avoiding the Summer Doldrums: Great Garden Plants for Summer and Fall
Presented to the Evergreen Garden Club

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

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

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

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

 

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1.

Five Recipes for a Fabulous Pot

One day I walked into the supermarket and just inside the doors there was a display that said something like "Here's your dinner for tonight!". In the display there were packages of pre-chopped veggies, chicken breasts in a cooler, packages of rice, bottles of Asian sauces, and some fruit pies from the bakery. I thought what a smart idea! I could use that idea at Phoenix. Why not pull together a great selection of plants, show people how to combine them artfully and then have all the ingredients available for them to do it themselves at home either in containers or in their garden? Perfect.

And the rest is history, so to speak! We've been doing our Recipes for a Fabulous Pot for a number of years now. At first my partner Randy was doing them up. And he came up with some great combinations that were well-received. As he got busier with his own work though we needed someone else to take over the reigns. And then along came Shelley!

   

Shelley has been a Phoenician for six seasons. She is also a trained designer and a great plantswoman with an artful eye and a great talent for container work - a talent that seems to grow with every pot she creates.

When it comes time to do a Recipe Shelley and I discuss the general theme for the pot and brainstorm some key plants that we think she should use. After our meeting Shelley pulls together a whole cart of plant possibilities, sets up her potting area and then starts building the design. It takes about a full day to create one of her masterpieces.

Throughout the process Shelley is constantly considering colours, textures, shapes, continuity, cohesivness and contrast throughout the container. She also has to consider more mundane and less artistic constraints such as making sure we have enough of a certain plant to highlight it! If it goes into one of Shelley's designs then people are going to want it so we try to avoid using plants when we only have three left!

When the Recipe is completed we move the pot into its position, collect all of the ingredients and display them around the pot. Voila! A new Recipe for a Fabulous Pot is ready to inspire packed with ideas for the creative and beautiful use of perennials in containers or in the garden.

Here are our current five Recipes for a Fabulous Pot. They're so pretty you might just have to come down and see them in person!

 

The Night Phlox Recipe -- This container is centred around a plant called night phlox or Zaluzianskya ovata. It's a cute plant from southern Africa with fuzzy green leaves and deep pink buds opening to white flowers that smell of white chocolate at night. Shelley has centred the pot with a firethorn (Pyracanthus) and given it some extra height and colour with a red valerian (Centranthus ruber) and a pink-leaved New Zealand flax. At the base she's filled it with lamium, Ceanothus 'Diamond Heights', Heuchera 'Obsidian', a purple barberry, sempervivum, and hebes, most notably the cultivar 'Silver Dollar'
 

The Solar Eclipse Recipe -- This is a great planter for shadier spots in the garden. Note how colourful the planter is but also note that there are NO FLOWERS! Wow. Perennials are great for flowers but they are also fantastic for foliage. Especially in containers, but also in gardens, always think about foliage at the same time as flowers. Or even better, think of foliage first and flowers as the icing on the cake. You can have an amazing garden simply from the foliage.

This pot lights up with Heucherella 'Solar Eclipse' with its gold and red foliage surrounded by deep rich burgundies and greens and highlighted with the red flare of a Japanese blood grass.

 
The Dwarf Conifer Recipe -- Dwarf Conifers and other dwarf shrubs such as Cornus and Euonymous make excellent container specimens. They are like year-round sculptures offering form, colour and texture. This Recipe is filled with all kinds of dwarf conifers and shrubs mixed in with succulents, heuchera, sedums, lewisia, rushes, euphoriba, canna and black mondo grass. Take note of the wonderful, silver, heart-shaped leaves near the front. This is Viola walteri 'Silver Gem' a trailing violet that blooms 2-3 times a year.
 
The Succulent Recipe -- This Recipe was designed to show off what you can do with a variety of hardy and non-hardy succulents and how they can be combined with garden perennials for an outstanding display. Here we have Aeonium, pineapple lilies, Aloe 'Pink Blush', various agave, cactus, ornamental oregano and sedum. The tall plants are sea holly, the purple spikes of Lysimachia 'Beujolais', and Leonotis 'Savannah Sunset' that will soon grace the pot with rusty orange clusters.
 
The Maple Recipe -- Small to medium-sized maples can be grown for years in containers and make great specimens for patios and balconies. Their upright vase-like form means they can be underplanted with myriad perennials as Shelley has done in this Recipe. The maple rises above Rodgersia, Heuchera, Fuchsia, black mondo grass, Sedum 'Ogon', Sempervivum and Coprosma 'Tequila Sunrise'.

 

 


2.

Early Summer Sale 2012

These select items are on sale from June 16 until July 12th, 2012.

Veggies/Herbs 9cm
2 for 1
Mighty Matos
Buy 2, Get 1 Free
Maples 20% Off
Select Clematis
20% Off
Daphne 20% Off
Bamboo 20% Off
Upright Stonecrop (Sedum)
Buy 2, Get 1 Free
Windmill Palms
20% Off
New Zealand Flax 20% Off
Agave 20% Off
Dwarf Conifers
20% Off
Pots 20% Off

 


3.

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

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

We can only accept: We cannot accept:
  • Plastic garden pots
  • Plastic flats/trays
  • Plastic plant tags
  • Irrigation pipe
  • Greenhouse poly
  • Fertilizer bags
  • Soil bags
  • Clay
  • Metal
  • Wood
  • Edging
  • Hoses
  • Tools
  • Trash
  • Filled Containers
All plastics and containers must be empty of soil and plant material and they should be dry. Phoenix Perennials is volunteering our time and space for this important initiative. Please help us to keep everything organized and to keep non-recyclable items out of the bins.
We will not be accepting recyclables before or after the designated dates.

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

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

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


4.

Come Learn With Us
Upcoming Workshops

Spaces for our Tomato Tastings at the Heirloom Tomato Festival are filling up fast. This is a great event to attend with friends and family. Register ASAP to secure your spots!

September

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE HEIRLOOM TOMATO FESTIVAL | Tomato Tastings | Instructor: Gary Lewis | Sat Sept 8th, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm | $12 + $16 included Party Mix = $28 | If you love food and, in particular, if you love tomatoes you won't want to miss this event! At our popular Tomato Tastings at the The Heirloom Tomato Festival you'll sit down at a table with a rainbow of tomato slices before you. Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis will then lead you in a tasting of about 12-15 different tomatoes one by one and all in a particular order just like a wine tasting. He'll introduce each tomato variety to you, talk about the type of cultivar, its history and origins, its flavour profile and its uses in the kitchen. You'll then taste the tomato and discuss it as a group. You'll have a list of of the tomatoes in front of you so you can take notes for future reference. At the end of the session you'll take home your very own Party Mix of about four pounds of heirloom tomatoes that were grown organically in open fields by Red Barn Plants at their farm in Cawston, BC - no tomato will taste as good as these tomatoes!

Our Heirloom Tomato Tastings are hands down the most popular workshops we've ever done. Last year we sold out all seven sessions and had over 100 people on the wait list. So book early! Each session will last about 45-50 minutes. Register Online!

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

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

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

 

December

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

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

View the Complete List of Workshops for 2012

 

Booking Workshops

Spaces are limited. Please book in advance.

Online Registration: Registration for our workshops is now available online 24 hours a day seven days a week. Registration is through two of the most trusted names on the internet: Constant Contact and Paypal. Both use secure servers so you can feel safe paying online. If you wish to register by other methods you will need to call the nursery at 604-270-4133.

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

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

 


5.

Charity Shopping Weekends 2012
$1800 Raised for Local Charities

We have now completed our Charity Shopping Weekends for the year. In total nearly $1800 was raised. Phoenix Perennials has now donated more than $12,000 to local charities and institutions over the last eight years!

This year's charities were: SEVA Canada, International Health Initiatives, South Van GoGos, the Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Wish Drop-In Centre Society, the BC Schizophrenia Society, RAPS (Richmond Animal Protection Society), Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary, Dixon Elementary, General Brock Elementary, and the Community Arts Council of Richmond.

Each charity was given one of four weekends from April through June. On that weekend 25% of the proceeds of plants purchased by customers who said they were there to support the charity were donated to the charity. As with every year some charities did a great job of motivating their supporters and others had a hard time. You can help out the charities of our Charity Shopping Weekends by helping them to spread the word and coming shopping to support them next year when we hold our Charity Shopping Weekends again. It's a great excuse to do a little shopping and help out a good cause at the same time!

 


6.

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

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

Eucomis humilis 'Twinkle Stars' - Pineapple Lily - Pink-purple flowers with yellow stamens that practically light up when the sun shines on the plant. Very nice purple-red seed pods. Good cut-flower. Very easy to grow and tolerates a wide range of garden conditions. Full sun for best foliage colour. Grow through a carpet of Thymus pseudolanguinosus (wooly thyme) or Sedum spurium 'Voodoo'.

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

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

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' -- Sage -- Very cool and a bestseller. This is a fast-growing wild selection of a Mexican sage which is adorned with stunning bicolour flowers -- white flowers with red lips -- from May until frost. But the expression of colour is temperature sensitive. In spring the flowers are usually all red, later bicoloured/hot lipped and in the heat of the summer all white, then returning to bicoloured and then red again in the fall. Will produce thousands of flowers in a season. Well-drained soil in full sun. Hard prune each spring. Erysimum 'Fragrant Star' -- Wall Flower -- 'Fragrant Star' is a lovely, variegated sport of the popular variety ‘Fragrant Sunshine’. Bright yellow, sweetly-scented blooms arise from chocolate-purple buds from March to July and into fall. Useful in containers, rock gardens and perennial borders.This shrub-like perennial offers months of interest with its long bloom period and evergreen foliage. Sheer lightly when flowering slows or when flower stems become too long. For long-lived, compact specimens plant in hot, dry, sunny spots.
Oxalis triangularis - False Shamrock - A striking bulbous shamrock native to Brazil with distinctive purple black foliage and wispy white/pink flowers. Great in mixed containers or by itself. A good plant to blend into the perennial border or woodland garden but better in pots where they can be overwintered in a cool garage or other protected and drier location. Hardy almost to zone 6. Oxalis deppei 'Iron Cross' - False Shamrock - The large green shamrock-like leaves have bases of dark purple-red that are held tightly together to form a purple cross. In summer the clumps are topped with 12 inch flower stalks with lovely carmine red flowers. Good in the garden (provide well-drained soil in raised beds) but better in pots where they can be overwintered in a cool garage or other protected and drier location. A favourite plant since Victorian times when it was first introduced to European gardening.

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

Coreopsis Big Bang 'Cosmic Evolution' - Tickseed - White daisy flowers sport ever-changing purple markings: a basal purple spot on each petal, purple striations and a purple picotee edge can all be present (or not) at any given time. The Phoenicians loved this as a trial plant. The Big Bang Series is the culmination of extensive breeding work. Plants in this series are well-branched featuring daisy-like flowers that bloom continuously from midsummer into fall. The unique flower forms and colours are out of this world!
Lobelia 'Elm Fire' - Cardinal Flower - Deep beet root red leaves and incredibly vivid red flowers in mid to late summer. This is a stunning vertical accent plant in terms of both foliage and flower. This garden selection can be used as a marginal in ponds but also does very well in average garden soils. An improved form of the very popular ‘Queen Victoria’. Coreopsis 'Ruby Frost' - Tickseed - Large, deep ruby flowers are fringed with a collar of frosty white. Truly a colour breakthrough in the world of Coreopsis. A great, low compact habit. All coreopsis require excellent drainage.
Echinacea purpurea 'Fatal Attraction' - Purple Coneflower - Large deep purple-pink flowers with upright petals are held aloft by dramatic red stalks. Selected by Piet Oudolf, one of the world's most talented garden designers, so you know this striking coneflower must be garden worthy! Compact habit. No need for staking. Plant in full sun in average (not overly rich), well-drained soils. Avoid soils that are overly moist in winter. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens. Echinacea purpurea 'Red Knee High' - Purple Coneflower - This dwarf coneflower delivers awesome colour impact in the landscape! Large, rich magenta red flowers are borne in profusion atop knee high plants beginning in midsummer. They add a terrific punch of colour to combination containers and are a sight to be seen when planted en masse in the landscape. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens.
Echinacea Big Sky 'Jupiter' - Not-So-Purple Coneflower - This large coneflower has flowers up to six inches across and has a unique colouration - a rosy halo at the centre becomes peach towards the end of the petals. Use en masse for the border, in a mixed bed, and as a cut flower. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering. Echinacea Big Sky 'Southern Belle' - Purple Coneflower -- Big, fluffy, hot magenta-pink flowers are held on strong dark stems up to three feet on well-branched plants. The rounded cone forms a feathery ball with a skirt of flat ray petals protuding beneath. Big, beautiful, bold yet well-mannered like a classic southern belle. From the Cone-fections Series which offers reliably hardy, very floriferous, stocky plants with strong sturdy stems. Wonderful planted en masse and superb as a cut flower. Hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils.
Echinacea purpurea 'Heavenly Dream' -- Coneflower -- Pure white clouds of up fragrant four inch flowers adorn this low growing branched wonder. This habit fits well into any sunny landscape, as a mass or in a mixed planting. The Dream Series of echinacea are strong plants for great performance in the landscape. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering.

Echinacea Cone-fections 'Hot Papaya' - Not-So-Purple 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. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens.

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

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

Echinacea purpurea 'Fatal Attraction' - Purple Coneflower - This is a richly-coloured new cultivar of the popular purple coneflower with deep purple-red flowers with shorter, non-reflexed petals. Bound to be very popular this year. Plant in full sun in average (not overly rich), well-drained soils. Avoid soils that are overly moist in winter.
   
Phygelius CandyDrops Series -- Cape Fuchsia -- The CandyDrops Series was developed for growing in containers but they can also be used at the front of the border. Phygelius are vigorous, long-blooming, evergreen South African sub-shrubs (perennials with a woody base and stems that persist in mild winters). Use them in the perennial border or amongst shrubs. Attracts hummingbirds. Best in full sun with well-drained soil.

   
Bletilla striata 'Yellow Striped' - Chinese Ground Orchid - This selection has spectacular broad, arching, grass-like leaves striped with rich gold. The foliage is the perfect foil for the rich magenta flowers. This easy terrestrial orchid is native to China and Japan. Best in part shade in evenly moist, well-drained soil. Spiranthes cernua var. odorata 'Chadd's Ford' - Lady's Tresses - This hardy eastern US native orchid is similar to our BC native S. romanzoffiana. It is easy to grow and adaptable for garden and landscape use. Silvery-green ground-hugging rosettes slowly form colonies in moist soils, bogs or swamps. Fragrant white flowers spiral upward in August and September. Can also be used as a marginal plant for water gardens.
Viola walteri 'Silver Gem' - Prostrate Blue Violet - This gorgeous trailing violet is native to eastern North America and comes from the gardens of the Mt Cuba Center. It has beautiful silver-streaked, heart-shaped foliage that forms a dense, tidy mat in shade and part shade. Lavender flowers appear in early spring and rebloom consistently until fall. Drought tolerant once established. Deer resistant. Leonotis menthifolia 'Savannah Sunset' - Lion's Ear - Unique, bright orange, furry, tubular flowers arranged in whorls around the stem. Medium green, triangular leaves with textured edges. Freely branching and upright. Blooms in early summer unlike Leonotis leonurus which doesn't bloom in our climate until at least September. Apparently hardy to zone 8 but a protected situation, good drainage and a little trial and error might be required.
Agastache 'Cotton Candy' - Anise Hyssop - Agastache are incredibly useful for clouds of colour through the summer months. 'Cotton Candy' has massive numbers of densely clustered large light pink flowers with darker pink sepals that bloom all summer into fall. Up to two feet tall with bright green, fragrant foliage. The sepals remain in colour and do not brown like other agastache giving this cultivar a much longer season of interest. Even without a single flower there is still colour! Sun, dry soil. Agastache 'Blue Boa' - Anise Hyssop - Luxurious, deep, violet blue flower spikes held over ultra green foliage. The flower spikes are long, wide and extremely showy. Great for summer colour. Compared to 'Blue Fortune', 'Blue Boa' has deeper violet blue flowers and wider flower spikes. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. The licorice-scented foliage is edible and good in salads. Excellent planted en masse in the perennial border or in the herb garden. Drought tolerant once established. Blooms from summer until frost.
Heuchera 'Spellbound' - Coralbells - Marvelous ruffled foliage of dazzling silvers with tints of rose purple that will leave you spellbound. The purple tones are more prominent in the spring. Silver tones are more prevalent in shade. It forms a big plant with a dense, multicrown habit. Great in containers or in the landscape. Compared to 'Sugar Plum', 'Spellbound' is a larger plant with a denser crown and more sculptured leaves. The leaves have rose purple tones in the spring and fall when grown in full sun. Heuchera 'Birkin' - Coralbells - 'Birkin' is a new cultivar that harkens back to older types of heuchera while presenting a bold modern foliage display. It has silver leaves with burgundy veins and a green edge. This is a good plant to add colour and interest to the garden without creating an overly bold and raucous foliage combination as one can easily do with the other modern cultivars. Cream flowers.
Arisaema tortuosum var. helleborifolium- Whipcord Cobra Lily - A. tortuosum occurs across a vast area of Asia and consequently exhibits wide regional variation. This form used to be its own species -- A. helleborifolium -- but has now been swallowed alive into A. tortuosum where it is not recognized. Our plants are definitely different than the normal species so we retain the variety name. Variety helleborifolium is like the species but markedly taller and more cold tolerant. It also has spectacularly mottled stems. Heuchera 'Root Beer' - Coralbells -Lovely root beer coloured foliage combined with creamy yellow flowers. 'Root Beer' forms a mound of colour year round and is sure to charm you with its spring bloom. Very long lived. A member of the Soda Series which includes 'Root Beer', 'Cherry Cola' and 'Ginger Ale'. Are you feeling thirsty?
Farfugium japonicum 'Crispatum' - Parsley Ligularia - Gray-green undulating leaves look kind of like parsley crossed with seaweed. Yellow flower clusters above the foliage in fall. Forms a dense clump with upright arching foliage to one to two feet tall. Use beside pools or bogs. Excellent plant to use as a mass in front of a tall bed or in the back of a small bed. Use also as a specimen or in a large container with other plants. Farfugium japonicum 'Aureomaculatum' - Leopard Plant - This unusual foliage plant has glossy green leaves with yellow spots. Attractive yellow flower clusters rise above the foliage in summer. Forms a dense clump with upright arching foliage to one to two feet tall. Use beside pools or bogs. Excellent plant to use as a mass in front of a tall bed or in the back of a small bed. Use also as a specimen or in a large container with other plants.
Beesia calthifolia - Beesia - This species is similar to Beesia deltophylla with glossy, light to mid green, evergreen, heart-shaped leaves tinged in purple when new. The foliage forms dense rosettes and sends up spires of small white flowers in spring. Excellent in well-drained yet evenly moist soil in full or partial shade. Romneya coulteri -- California Tree Poppy -- These upright blue-green foliaged poppies are deciduous subshrubs that prefer a hot, sunny space in well-drained, crummy soil. For this you will be rewarded with an almost continuous display of large, pure white, crinkled petals with prominent raised yellow stamens that appear on the ends of each stem and look like fried eggs sunny side up! Sometimes hard to establish and resents being moved - so choose the spot well! Cut back to the base in winter and mulch, if exposed.

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Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.
One of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials in the Lower Mainland.
Specializing in distinct perennials, fragrant shrubs, hardy subtropicals and the botanically intriguing.3380 No. 6 Road, Richmond (Between Bridgeport and Cambie)
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