Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: Mid March 2015

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

Mid March 2015

Celebrating our 12th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

Our "Mid" March E-News is coming out at the very end of March because we've been working diligently to launch our 2015 Spring Workshops. And we're excited to launch them here with cutting edge hands-on sessions, lots of hot topics, great options for our free Gardening 101 series for beginner and intermediate gardeners and... we're excited to introduce our new Young Sprouts Kids Club with four free workshops this spring!

As if all these workshops weren't enough fun we are only days away from our second special event of the year: The Great Easter Plant Hunt: An Easter "egg" hunt for gardeners. Though lots of kids come to this event it was actually designed for adults and there are lots of adults who come. We'll have free plants, lots of discount coupons and Phoenix Dollars plus chocolate!

We have recently added two new edible pre-sales for some cutting edge new plants: dwarf Pixie Grapes and the new BrazelBerry 'Pink Icing'. These join our current presales for the new grafted tomato/potato called 'Ketchup 'n' Fries' and the fruit salad tree with 5 different stone fruits on it (peach, nectarines, apricots, plums, almonds). Orders are coming in fast so order soon, especially for the fruit salad tree!

We are very excited that our third season of Canadian Mail Order is underway with over 620 amazing plants for gardeners across the country. We already have lots of orders coming in from across the country literally from Victoria, BC to St. John's, Newfoundland. If you have friends or family who are gardeners please forward this email to them.

And if you're looking for some multi-media gardening entertainment Gary has been on CTV, CityTV and CFAX Radio in just the last couple of weeks. Check out video/audio of the broadcasts below.

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

The Great Easter Plant Hunt
An Easter "egg" hunt for gardeners

Easter Sunday April 5th, 2015 | 10 am SHARP!
Thousands of dollars in prizes to be won!

View a YouTube Video of a Previous Easter Hunt!

Mark your Calendars!

'Ketchup 'n' Fries' "TomTato" and Fruit Salad Trees!

It's a grafting revolution with incredible new food plants especially perfect for small spaces and increased food production.
More Info Below

New BrazelBerry & Pixie Grape
Pre-Sales

Details Below

Please Share The E-News with your Friends and Neighbours
At the bottom of this email there is an option to "Forward Email". We'd love it if you could forward this email to as many of your neighbours and friends as possible! Thanks!
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Canadian Mail Order
Over 600 of our favourite plants!
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Give the gift of perennials year round!
Volunteer at Phoenix
in exchange for plants!
Email Us for Info

 


In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. The Great Easter Plant Hunt: An Easter "Egg" Hunt for Gardeners -- One of the best days of the year at Phoenix!
2. Workshops 2015: Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful: One of our most exciting workshop schedules ever.
3. Gary on CityTV, CTV and CFAX Radio! -- Plants that are Poisonous to Pets, Spring Gardening, Behind the Scenes at Phoenix, Hot New Ornamental and Edible Plants, Garden Plants of the World: Africa CityTV
CTV
CFAX
4. Pixie Grape Pre-Order -- The new Pixie Grapes are a new series of dwarf grape vines for containers that will produce fruit in their first year and forever more after that.

5. BrazelBerry Pre-Order -- Check out the newest cultivar 'Pink Icing'!

6. 'Ketchup 'n' Fries' "Tomtato" & Mighty Mato Pre-Sale -- The Revolutionary, New "Tomtato" is a hand-grafted plant that fuses tomatoes and potatoes, two close relatives, that together give us one of life's great pleasures: 'Ketchup 'n' Fries'...

7. Fruit Salad Tree Pre-Sale -- Peaches, Apricots, Nectarines, Plums, and Almonds (All on One Tree!), Oh my!
8. Full Spring Mail Order Launched -- 620 Amazing Garden Plants for Canadian Gardeners
9. Fabulous at Phoenix -- Gary's Picks of what's new and fabulous at the Phoenix Candy Store

 


Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

The Phoenix Perennials Calendar
There's so much going on at the nursery all the time. Here's your resource to keep track.
Date
Event Description
April 5

The Great Easter Plant Hunt: An Easter "egg" hunt for gardenersEaster Sunday April 5th, 2015 | 10 am SHARP!

May 6
Hot New Plants | Burnaby Rhodendron and Garden Association | Contact Bev for more info: blgover at telus.net
June 10
Avoiding the Summer Doldrums: Great plants for summer and fall | Nanoose Bay Garden Club in association with the Eaglecrest Garden Club | Contact Debbie for more info: djmitchhome at gmail.com

 

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

For more information visit the South Africa Tour Page.

 

Volunteer at Phoenix Perennials with our Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program

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

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

 

KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THE EXCITING WORLD OF PHOENIX PERENNIALS
JOIN OUR ALERTS: In addition to our regular e-newsletter we have 14 different occasional Alerts on a variety of topics: Edibles, Hot Plants, Living Sculptures (Succulents and more), Made in the Shade, Hardy Subtropicals, Sales, Native Plants, Hellebores, Clematis and Vines, Maples and Cool Woodies, Mail Order, Christmas, Fragrance and Kids. Learn More About Alerts.
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1.

The Great Easter Plant Hunt
An Easter "egg" hunt for gardeners

Easter Sunday April 5th, 2015
1
0 am SHARP!
Thousands of dollars in prizes to be won!

View a YouTube Video of a Previous Easter Hunt!

Mark your Calendars!

 


2.

Workshops and Classes at the Nursery in 2015

Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful.

Welcome to our 2015 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 including our FREE Gardening 101 Series designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners and our new Young Sprouts Kids Club.

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.

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. Register individually by following the links below or register for multiple sessions all at once: Multiple Class Registration.
YOUNG SPROUTS
KIDS CLUB - Raise a gardener. Our new kids club is designed to introduce kids to the fascinating world of plants and gardening through fun discussions and demonstrations, activities with plants, and arts and crafts. And all the workshops are FREE! Register individually by following the links below or register for multiple sessions all at once: Multiple Class Registration.
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.

April

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Pruning for Dummies | Instructor: Patricia | Sat April 11th, 10am-11pm | FREE* | We all feel confused when it comes to pruning. No longer! Join Patricia the Priestess of the Pruners for this free pruning primer...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Foundations of a Healthy Garden | Instructor: Kate | Sun April 12th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Success in the garden is easy to achieve when you pay attention to the fundamentals...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Strategies for Successful Balconies and Small Spaces | Instructor: Kate | Sat April 18th, 10am-11pm | FREE* | Do you have a small outdoor space that you want to turn into your sanctuary from the busy urban world? With some strategic planning...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Clematis and Vines for All Seasons | Instructor: Belinda | Sat April 18th 1-2pm | FREE* | Belinda will introduce you to all kinds of great vines for colour and fragrance all season long...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | Seeds! | Kate | Sun April 19th, 10-11am | FREE* | Explore the magical miracles of seeds...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Young Sprouts session at a time.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Master the Basics of Perennials | Instructor: Jo | Sun April 19th, 1-2pm | FREE* | We’ll cover all the basics to guarantee your success with perennials...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Painting with Succulents: Plant a Shadowbox Planter for a Living Wall Masterpiece | Instructor: Belinda | Sat April 25th, 10am-12pm | $14 + choice of shadowbox | Discover your inner artiste as you create a unique shadowbox "painting" using succulents...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | The (Garden) Art of Zen: Healing Herbs & Soothing Teas | Kate | Sat April 25th 1-3pm | $14 | In our fast-paced world we need to wind down and relax a little. Get some help from your own garden by growing healing herbs that you can use for soothing teas and aromatherapy...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
Sensational Simplified Gardens | Instructor: Jo | Sun April 26th, 11am-1pm | Do you want the beauty and serenity of a garden but need to keep the care and maintenance of this space at a manageable level? This workshop will...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

 

May

CONTAINER SERIES | Creative Succulent Containers: Hearts, Stars, Handbags and Stilettos | Instructor: Kate | Sat May 2nd, 10am-12pm | $14 + choice of planter ($19.99-$49.99) | The hottest gardens these days use succulents in creative ways...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | Soil! - Creepy Crawlies and All | Kate | Sun May 3rd, 10-11am | FREE* | Soil is integral to the lives of plants feeding them with the nutrients they need to grow. Soil is also alive with...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Young Sprouts session at a time.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | The World of Maples | Instructor: Doug Justice, Associate Director, UBC Botanical Garden | Sun May 3rd, 1-2pm | FREE* | The Japanese maples commonly available to the gardening community, while lovely, poorly represent the astounding diversity and breathtaking beauty of this most useful group of small trees...
More Info and Register Online!
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets to Fabulous Pots Then Make Your Own | Instructor: Shelley | Sat May 9th, 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...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Edible Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets of Growing Edibles in Pots Then Plant Your Own | Instructor: Shelley | Sat May 9th, 2-4pm | $14 | This is a fun hands-on workshop for gardeners who want to grow edibles in containers that are beautiful and productive...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Master the Basics of Shrubs and Small Trees for Beauty and Privacy | Instructor: Jo | Sun May 10th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Shrubs, small trees and bamboo are integral parts of the garden...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Success with Tomatoes | Instructor: Gary | Sun May 10th, 1-2pm | FREE* | Tomatoes are the most beloved of all garden edibles because no tomato tastes better than one grown in your own garden...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.

   
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | International Cooking: Herbs & Veggies of the Great Culinary Traditions | Kate | Sat May 16th, 10am-12pm | $14 | In this around-the-world culinary voyage Kate will discuss many great culinary traditions and...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Subtropical and Unusual Fruit for the West Coast Garden | Instructor: Larry | Sat May 16th, 1-3pm | $14 | Did you know that you can grow citrus outside in Vancouver AND harvest fruit to eat??? Join our resident expert on everything subtropical...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Spring and Summer | Instructor: Kate | Sun May 17th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for spring and summer? Shelley will introduce you...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Kokedama: Japanese String Gardens | Kate | Sat May 23rd, 1-3pm | $20 | Kokedama is the Japanese art of bundling the roots of a plant into an ornamental mossy ball, wrapping it with string, and hanging it up for decoration...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES| How Sweet It Is: Backyard Bee Keeping and Bee-Friendly Plants | Bob Fisher, West Coast Bee Supply with Gary | Sun May 24th, 10am-11pm | FREE* | Bees are some of the most fascinating creatures on the planet and they make one of the sweetest and most beloved of foods...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Support Bees, Butterflies, and Hummingbirds | Instructor: Jo | Sun May 24th, 12-1pm | FREE* | In this workshop you'll learn about how to attract butterflies, honeybees, native bees, hummingbirds, and beneficial insects...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | Plants and all their Parts! | Kate | Sun May 31st, 10-11am | FREE* | Plants are fascinating organisms made up of all kinds of different parts...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Young Sprouts session at a time.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | The Dynamic Garden: The Importance of Texture and Movement | Instructor: Jo | Sun May 31st, 1-2pm | FREE* | Discover two of the most important, yet lesser known, traits for gardens that can elevate them from beautiful to extraordinary...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.

 

June

YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | Wildlife in the Garden: Bees, Birds & Butterflies! | Kate & Jo | Sun June 7th, 10-11am | FREE* | There's nothing more fun than experiencing nature in the garden, especially bees, birds and butterflies. We'll explore all the creatures than can make a home in the garden, how to encourage them with plants and habitat, and why they are important for the health of the garden. Then we'll get to make animal masks to take home.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Young Sprouts session at a time.
   
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Cocktail Gardening: From Garden to Glass, Shaken not Stirred | Instructor: David Wolowidnyk, West Restaurant with Gary | Sat June 13th, 1-3pm | $20 | Join award-winning bartender and mixologist David Wolowidnyk from the acclaimed West Restaurant in Vancouver to learn how to make cocktails and libations with ingredients from your own garden. In 2012 David won the Bombay Sapphire World’s Most Imaginative Bartender Competition in Morocco. This guy knows how to mix a drink! Step up to David’s bar where he’ll show you how to muddle, mix, infuse, shake and stir your way to fancy and intriguing drinks for a relaxing night at home, a dinner party or a wild soiree in the garden all while telling you stories as only a bartender can. As you sample David’s creations Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis will present the different edibles used in the cocktail and discuss how to grow them in your garden. This is one workshop that you won’t want to miss!
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Architectural Plants for Drama, Drama, Drama | Jo | Sun June 14th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | This is the “go big or go home” workshop. Dramatic architectural plants are integral to the garden and containers. They act as focal points to draw your eye into the garden providing exclamation points of foliage and flower. Jo will introduce you to everything big and dramatic in the world of perennials and shrubs. Your garden will never be the same once you’ve included the big, bold forms of architectural plants.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.

 

Fall and Winter Workshops

We'll announce these workshops in future e-newsletters.

 


3.

Gary on CTV, CityTV and CFAX Radio

 

Protecting Your Pets from Poisonous Plants on
CTV Morning Live with Ann Luu

Watch the Video

Download Info Sheet and Poisonous Plant List

View Photos from the Shoot

 

 

Spring Gardening on
CTV Morning Live with Mi-Jung Lee

Watch the Video

View Photos from the Shoot

 

 

Behind the Scenes at Phoenix Perennials Plus Hot New Ornamental and Edible Plants with Dawn Chubai, Breakfast Television Live Eye, CityTV

 

Watch the Video

 

 

Garden Plants of the World: Africa
with Jeff DeJong, Gardening 101,
CFAX AM 1070, Victoria

Listen to the Podcast

Download the Africa Garden Plants Catalogue

https://soundcloud.com/sunday-programming-cfax/mar-8-gardening-101-hr-1

 

 

 


4.

Pixie Grape Pre-Order

The new Pixie Grapes are a new series of dwarf grape vines for containers that will produce fruit in their first year and forever more after that. They are perfect for small spaces and patios, conversation pieces, and as a gift for every wine lover you know. The first Pixie Grape is 'Pinot Meunier Purple', one of the three Champagne grapes. It is projected to only grow to about 2+ feet tall and wide and to get lots of bunches of grapes on its small frame over a long season.

Our plants will be available for pick-up just before Mothers' Day. They will be in 1g pots with an attractive trellis and they are projected to already have bunches of green fruit on the vines! Fingers crossed for the fruit as it is the first year of growing them.

 

Your Pixie Grapes will look like the picture above when they arrive in a one gallon pot with a trellis. They should have fruit but the fruit will be green in May and ripen through the summer for summer and fall picking. After a few years your Pixie Grape will look like this. You can grow it in a large pot on your patio or balcony.

The Pixie Grapes will be in a 1g pot with trellis for $27.99 + GST.

More Info and Pre-Order

 


5.

Brazelberry Pre-Order 2015

Brazelberries are one of the hottest items for gardens and patios. They are dwarf berry bushes (four blueberries and one raspberry) that can be grown in pots on your patio or in the garden. They are attractive plants that produce tons of fruit. What could be better than fresh blueberries and raspberries right from your own garden on beautiful plants that make your garden look great year-round? Pre-order now for pick-up in mid April (exact date yet to be determined). We will email you closer to the pick-up date to let you know exactly when you can get your hands on your new berry bushes!

NEW! Vaccinium 'Pink Icing' -- Blueberry
'Pink Icing' is the newest BrazelBerry and is like a big sister to 'Peach Sorbet' growing to 3-4 feet with similar multi-coloured seasonal foliage and great production of tasty fruit.

New spring foliage emerges bright pink turning to blue and green. The green summer foliage is highlighted with intermittent pink new growth at the tips of the branches. In the fall and winter the semi-evergreen foliage takes on an iridescent turquoise blue with lovely winter red stems.

'Pink Icing' is smaller than regular blueberries that usually grow to about 4-6 feet. You can use this 3-4 footer in small to large gardens, as an informal hedge and in large pots. 1.5g pot. $24.99 + GST

You can also order four other BrazelBerries:

Blueberry 'Peach Sorbet'
Blueberry
'Jelly Bean'
Blueberry 'Blueberry Glaze'
Raspberry 'Raspberry Shortcake'

More Information and Ordering

 


6.

'Ketchup 'n' Fries' and Mighty Mato Pre-Sale

Welcome to our exciting tomato pre-sale where you can pre-plan your 2015 edible bounty from the comfort of your own home with some of the most cutting edge edibles available. Pre-sales allow you to secure the exact plants you desire and allow us at Phoenix Perennials to make sure we have exactly what you want.

The Revolutionary, New "TomTato" is a hand-grafted plant that brings together tomatoes and potatoes, two close relatives, that together give us one of life's great pleasures: 'Ketchup 'n' Fries'. You'll get hundreds of delicious, super sweet cherry tomatoes on top and up to 4-5 pounds of yummy potatoes just below the soil!

Mighty Mato Grafted Tomatoes consist of desirable heirloom and cool modern varieties hand-grafted onto super strong tomato rootstock that confers greater disease resistance, greater cold tolerance, and greater vigour resulting in up to 2-3 times more tomatoes per plant than ungrafted plants!

More Info and Pre-Order

 


7.

Fruit Salad Tree Pre-Order

Peaches, Apricots, Nectarines, Plums, and Almonds (All on One Tree!), Oh my!

Fruit Salad trees are grafted fruit trees in which each branch grows a different fruit. You may have heard of multi-grafted apple trees but what about a single tree that produces a full range of different stone fruits – peaches, apricots, nectarines, plums, and almonds?! That’s what we call a fruit salad tree because from one single tree you can make a whole fruit salad. Stone fruits are all closely-related members of the genus Prunus (which also includes cherries). That’s why they can all be grafted onto the same tree.

More Info and Pre-Order


8.

Full Spring Mail Order Launched!
620 Amazing Garden Plants for Canadian Gardeners

Hello Gardeners Across Canada!

We are proud to launch our third year of Mail Order across Canada with our largest selection ever: 620 amazing garden plants including many rare and cutting edge plants you'd be hard pressed to find anywhere else. At Phoenix Perennials we're real plant lovers and we hope you'll be as excited about these plants as we are.

From boisterous and colourful to strange and esoteric, from the height of onrnamental horticulture to the cutting edge of edibles, we hope you'll find many wonderful options for your garden.

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 if they can't visit us in BC, we can ship to them anywhere in Canada!

Without further ado, let's get your hearts beating a litlte faster and your gardening souls primed for spring. Here it is:

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

 


9.

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

The season is early and the nursery is brimming with all kinds of early season options for your garden!

Cypripedium 'Francis' - Hardy Lady's Slipper - 'Francis' is a delicate beauty with ivory white pouches and pale pink petals. The flowers are medium to large sized. 'Francis' blooms a little later than other crosses. Grown from seed. Plants will resemble the image but may not be identical. Lady's slipper hybrids are much more vigorous and easy to grow than species. Blooming size. Cypripedium 'Victoria' - Hardy Lady's Slipper - 'Victoria' has huge flowers with a yellow lip and twisted, yellow tepals striped with burgundy. The lip alone is almost the size of a chicken egg! The imposing plant with its broad leaves grows to 60 cm (23 in.) high -- a real eye-catcher in the shaded garden! Blooms in the second half of May. Grown from seed. Plants will resemble the image but may not be identical. A cross of the North American C. parviflorum var. pubescens and the Asian C. fasciolatum. Lady's slipper hybrids are much more vigorous and easy to grow than species. Blooming size.
Trillium kamtschaticum - Kamtschatka Trillium - This lovely white trillium is similar to the west coast's T. ovatum and eastern North America's T. grandiflorum. It is native to Japan and adjacent areas of Asia. Though they are similar, the "look" of this rare Asian species is a different than its North American counterparts and well worth growing. Digiplexis Illumination 'Flame' - Hybrid Foxglove - The Illumination series offers intergeneric hybrids between foxglove (Digitalis) and its Canary Island relative Isoplexis. 'Flame' sports spectacular tubular flowers that are bright reddish-magenta with orange-yellow throats. It looks like a foxglove crossed with a Hawaiian shirt. The flowers are densely packed on tall black stems with attractive foliage. Side branching and its sterile nature give an extended bloom time.
Daphne ordora 'Zuiko Nishiki - Winter Daphne - 'Zuiko Nishiki' is a Japanese selection of Daphne odora with lush green foliage and a vigorous nature. It may also be hardier than the species. The buds are vibrant, deep pink and open to pale pink or white flowers. The fragrance is ravishing - a mix of intoxicating citrus, sweetness and baby powder. Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata' - Winter Daphne - This variegated version of winter daphne blooms in February and March with purple buds opening to white, lusciously fragrant flowers. Plant in part sun/part shade with morning or late afternoon sun (protect it from the hottest sun of the day) in rich, well-drained soil. Winter daphne should offer just the lift you need to get you through the end of winter and into the excitement of spring. Do not move after planting as the roots are sensitive to disturbance.
Daphne x burkwoodii 'Carol Mackie - Daphne - ‘Carol Mackie’ has variegated leaves with a thin golden yellow edge fading to creamy white. The fragrant white flowers appear in late spring (and sometimes again in the fall). Rich, well-drained soil in sun. Do not move after planting. Photo courtesy Great Plant Picks. Daphne x transatlantica 'Eternal Fragrance' - Daphne - This hybrid forms a neat, mounded, evergreen shrub two to three feet high and three feet wide. The dark green leaves make a pleasing backdrop for the pink buds and white flowers which are intensely fragrant like sweet baby powder. ‘Eternal Fragrance’ flowers generously on the previous season’s wood in April and May and from June until autumn on new growth provided good moisture and nutrients. Rich, well-drained soil in sun. Do not move after planting. Photo courtesy of Great Plant Picks.
Daphne x transatlantica 'Summer Ice' - Daphne - This daphne has some great qualities not before seen in the genus: an incredibly long bloom period and it’s easy to grow. ‘Summer Ice’ forms a mounded shrub with beautifully fragrant (like sweet baby powder) white flowers with an apple blossom flush that bloom from early April until November. As if that weren’t enough the leaves sport a crisp white trim. Semi-evergreen in average winters. Deciduous in hard winters. Rich, well-drained soil in sun. Do not move after planting. Daphne x medfordensis 'Lawrence Crocker' - Daphne - 'Lawrence Crocker' is a diminutive evergreen daphne hybrid (S. arbuscula x D. collina) which typically grows in a mound to 12 inches tall and as wide. It is a dense, slow-growing shrub which features narrow, thickly-textured, dark green, evergreen leaves and fragrant deep pink flowers which bloom from late spring into summer. From the garden of Lawrence Crocker, one of the founders of the Siskiyou Rare Plant Nursery in Medford, Oregon. Do not move after planting.
Daphne mezereum - February Daphne - February daphne is an upright deciduos shrub with mid green leaves. In late winter the naked stems are festooned with intoxicatingly fragrant magenta-purple flowers later turning into red berries. This one of the hardiest of daphnes. Plant in part sun/part shade with morning or late afternoon sun (protect it from the hottest sun of the day) in rich, well-drained soil. Do not move after planting due to sensitive roots. Daphne genkwa Hackenberry Group - Lilac Daphne - This deciduous daphne is a sparsley branched shrub with a somewhat peculiar growth habit. It produces long, wiry, leafless growths in summer that the next spring will be covered in clusters of delicate, long-tubed, lilac-pink flowers at every node. Beautiful though not much fragrance. After flowering these branches will produce leaves for the first time. Plant in a sheltered location in sun with good drainage and rich soil. Do not move after planting.
   
We also have in stock: Daphne 'Jim's Pride', Daphne 'Somerset', Daphne 'Wilhelm Schacht', Daphne sericea 'Compact Form' and Daphne 'Beauworth'.
   
Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba' - Bleeding Heart - This is the pure white form of the classic bleeding heart. The flowers hang delicately from the arching stems which emerge out of the ground in spring with the flowers already forming. May go dormant in summer if soils are dry. Dicentra spectabilis 'Valentine' - Bleeding Heart - This new cultivar of the classic cottage garden favourite has flowers that are so dark pink they border on true red! These heart-shaped flowers hang from arching stems over vigorous growth of deeply dark grey/green lobed foliage that is flushed with burgundy when young. Blooms for ages in the spring garden. May go dormant in summer if soils are dry.
Dicentra spectabilis - Bleeding Heart - You just can’t help but love this classic cottage garden plant. All your grandmothers had it in their gardens and you should too. I do! D. spectabilis is the classic bleeding heart with rose-pink outer petals over white inner ones that form pendulous hearts that hang from the elegantly arching stems. Blooms for ages in the spring garden. May go dormant in summer if soils are dry. Dicentra 'Amore Rose' - Bleeding Heart - Billowy mounds of bright rose pink heart-shaped flowers crowd over the lacy foliage. Vigorous and very hardy, 'Amore Rose' has abundant flowers and an extended bloom time for months of colour in the spring and summer garden.
Dicentra spectabilis 'Valentine' - Bleeding Heart - This new cultivar of the classic cottage garden favourite has flowers that are so dark pink they border on true red! These heart-shaped flowers hang from arching stems over vigorous growth of deeply dark grey/green lobed foliage that is flushed with burgundy when young. Blooms for ages in the spring garden. May go dormant in summer if soils are dry. Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba' - Bleeding Heart - This is the pure white form of the classic bleeding heart. The flowers hang delicately from the arching stems which emerge out of the ground in spring with the flowers already forming. May go dormant in summer if soils are dry.

Hebe 'Silver Dollar' - Hebe - Small evergreen shrublet with blue-green foliage edged in creamy-white with a faint violet-pink margin. The pink colouring intensifies in cold weather creating an amazing blush in fall, winter and spring. Pale mauve flowers appear in summer.

Gardenia 'Kleim's Hardy' - Hardy Gardenia - Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus! This is a HARDY gardenia! The star-like single flowers have an intense and intoxicating fragrance and appear most profusely in early summer and sporadically thereafter. This extremely hardy selection has survived minus 18 degrees Celsius! Prefers full sun to light shade and will bloom best where walls or patios provide extra night time warmth in spring and summer. Plant in a protected location just to be safe. Evergreen.

Heuchera 'Midnight Rose' - Coral Bells - This amazing compact plant has burnished black leaves that are thickly spotted with hot pink in spring. Summer leaves lighten and cream and pink dots adorn the foliage. A sport of the popular ‘Obsidian’. Heuchera 'Peach Crips' - Coral Bells - 'Peach Crisp' has seriously crisped and rippled pink, orange and cinnamon-coloured leaves and white flowers. The Crisp Series features 'Blackberry Crisp', 'Apple Crisp', Pear Crisp' and 'Peach Crisp'. This series features cultivars in a range of colours with leaves that are highly dissected and rippled creating great textural effect.
Calanthe 'Red Selection' - Hardy Calanthe Orchid - These are vigorous hybrids producing ten inch spikes of highly fragrant bright red to orange flowers and pleated foliage in spring. Virus-free plants from flasked seedlings. Vigorous blooming size plants. Calanthes are hardy terrestrial orchids for classic shade garden conditions. They are relatively easy to grow in rich, well-drained soils in part shade. Calanthe 'White Selection' - Hardy Calanthe Orchid - These are vigorous hybrids producing ten inch spikes of highly fragrant pure white flowers sometimes with a warm purple tip on the lip. Virus-free plants from flasked seedlings. Vigorous blooming size plants. Calanthes are hardy terrestrial orchids for classic shade garden conditions. They are relatively easy to grow in rich, well-drained soils in part shade.
Cyclamen hederifolium - Ivyleaf Hardy Cyclamen - This delicate shady perennial has charming pink flowers with a magenta V at the base of each petal. The leaves are ivy shaped, dark green and often marbled with light green. C. hederifolium is summer dormant coming into leaf and bloom between August and October. It remains evergreen throughout the winter. Grow in light, well-drained soil in shade or part shade. Plant en masse for a superb woodland effect. Widely distributed along the Mediterranean from France to Turkey. Calanthe 'Pink Selection' - Hardy Calanthe Orchid - These are vigorous hybrids producing ten inch spikes of highly fragrant white and pink flowers. Virus-free plants from flasked seedlings. Vigorous blooming size plants. Calanthes are hardy terrestrial orchids for classic shade garden conditions. They are relatively easy to grow in rich, well-drained soils in part shade.
Sorbaria sorbifolia 'Sem' - False Spiraea - This fantastic shrub has beautiful young foliage tinged with pink, orange and gold which gradually changes to green when mature. The densely packed leaves are pinnate giving a lacey, ferny effect. White flower plumes are produced in midsummer. An extremely hardy, medium sized, shrub for most soils. Grows well in sun or light shade. Paeonia suffruticosa - Tree Peony - Tree peonies are spectacular though slow-growing garden shrubs with magnificent blooms. They are worth every effort and a little patience. They come in a range of colours including white, pink, purple red, yellow and orange.

Clematis Evison Collection 'Josephine' - Clematis - ‘Josephine’ has big, bold, luscious, fully double flowers with lilac pink petals centred with a magenta midrib. Grow it in shade, however, and you’ll get double green flowers! A 1998 Chelsea Flower Show Award winner. The Evison Hybrid clematis are a new collection of superior clematis cultivars with long bloom periods, excellent disease resistance, and bold colours. Use them on trellises and pergolas, grow them into shrubs, or use them as groundcovers.

Anemone nemerosa - Wood Anemone - This charming woodland groundcover produces cute little one inch wide anemone flowers in early spring above the nicely dissected foliage. Each year we carry a number of varieties in shades of white, blue, green, and yellow. Use wood anemones to underplant dark flowered hellebores in order to help show them off against the dark soil.

We have various wood anemone in stock in yellows, whites, lavenders, purples and greens.

Nerine bowdenii - Guernesey Lily - This South African bulb is a welcome site in fall as the skies become overcast and the rain begins to fall. At this time the flowering stalks of Guernsey lily rise from the strap-like foliage and open into gorgeous spidery amaryllis-like flowers in a shade of improbable candy pink! Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

Agapanthus 'Golden Drops' - Lily-of-the-Nile - 'Golden Drops' is a very hardy, compact-growing variety of Agapanthus featuring leaves edged with golden stripes. Round heads of soft blue flowers are held on upright stems in mid- and late summer. This variety looks great in a container or dotted through a border. Ideal for small gardens or patios.

 


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