Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: March 2015

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

March 2015

Celebrating our 12th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

We are pleased to be open for a new gardening season seven days a week 10am-5pm! Wtih that we are pleased to announce that we have won another award. Phoenix Perennials has recently been selected as one of North America's Revolutionary 100 Garden Centers by Today's Garden Center Magazine!

The Hellebore Hurrah! may have come and gone but we still have some excellent hellebores in stock. Many people still think hellebores are just for shade so we have a new article describing how to use hellebores throughout the garden including which ones can grow in full sun.

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 excited to announce the winners of our second annual Garden Photo Contest as voted on by you. I've also chosen my favourite additional 8 photos for honourable mentions.

We are very excited to announce our third season of Canadian Mail Order with over 620 amazing plants for gardeners across the country. If you have friends or family who are gardeners please forward this email to them.

Finally we are sad to announce that a long time Phoenician, Kathleen Maxwell, has recently passed away. She was an integral part of our team for many years and many of you will have known her. We include an In Memoriam in this e-newsletter in her honour.

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

New BrazelBerry & Pixie Grape
Pre-Sales

Details Below

'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

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!

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Phoenix Perennials Named a Revolutionary 100 Garden Center for 2015! -- We are proud to announce that Phoenix Perennials has been selected by Today's Garden Center magazine from the US as one of their Revolutionary 100 Garden Centers!
2. In Memoriam: Kathleen Maxwell -- Remembering a long time Phoenician and Phoenix Perennials' first retail manager
3. Which Hellebore Goes Where?: A guide for growing hellebores from sun to shade -- Hellebores are more flexible for varying light conditions that you might think.
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. The Phoenix Perennials Garden Photo Contest -- Announcing the winners and honourable mentions!
10. 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
March 25 Hot New Plants | Richmond Garden Club | Contact Lynda for more info: lyndap at shaw.ca
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

 

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!

 

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

I'm excited to be leading a 15 day botanical tour to South Africa starting in late August 2015 for alumni UBC. Anyone who is an alumni or a friend or family member of an alumni or a member of the community at large is welcome to join the trip. Since I'm a double alumni of UBC and since you, my customers, are all my friends as well as a part of the community that UBC serves, you are more than welcome to join me on this South African botanical odyssey.

For more information visit the
South Africa Tour Page
.

 

Volunteer at Phoenix Perennials with our Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program

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

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

 

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1.

Phoenix Perennials Named a Revolutionary 100 Garden Center for 2015!

We are proud to announce that Phoenix Perennials has been selected by Today's Garden Center magazine from the US as one of their Revolutionary 100 Garden Centers!

This award recognizes the 100 most influential, cutting edge and successful garden centres in the US and Canada judged on financial performance, management styles, community service, merchandising, marketing and other areas that determine if a garden store thrives.

"We are honoured to be recognized among so many top garden centres from across North America and also proud to be one of the only Canadian nurseries to ever place in these awards," says Gary Lewis, owner of Phoenix Perennials. "This award is a real testament to the hard work of myself and the dedicated Phoenicians to spread our passion for gardening for the betterment of our communities in Vancouver and beyond."

Phoenix Perennials was recongized for our continuing commitment to offering a cutting edge selection of plants to inspire all generations of gardeners in Vancouver and now across Canada with our new mail order division; for our beautiful, useful and informative displays; and for our extensive online and social media marketing efforts.

“The garden centers that made this year’s list are an exceptional group of forward-thinking independent retailers who understand that their customers constantly evolve. The Revolutionary 100 strive to provide what customers need to succeed in their gardening lifestyle,” says Today’s Garden Center Group Editor Carol Miller. “We are proud to call them revolutionary.”

The 2015 Revolutionary 100 Awards program is run by the garden retail trade magazine Today’s Garden Center and is sponsored by AmericanHort, the national US association for the garden industry.

 


2.

In Memoriam: Kathleen Maxwell
Remembering a long time Phoenician and Phoenix Perennials' first retail manager

Many of our long-time customers will fondly remember long time Phoenician and our first retail manager, Kathleen Maxwell. Kathleen has spent the last few years battling illness and just recently passed away.

Kathleen started at Phoenix Perennials as a general nursery worker and worked her way up to be the first person to fill the position of retail manager. She was an eternally happy and positive person and was passionate about and dedicated to the nursery. She managed the retail side of our operations with humour, organization, and practicality and put together many of the beautiful displays that graced the tables and aisles of Phoenix. There was nothing that pleased her more than a big job well done or a crazy busy day during peak season. Rather than be worn down by the pace she revelled in the excitement.

Kathleen was extremely proud of her contributions to the nursery and was an invaluable and much-loved member of our team.

 

Even after a serious stroke a few years ago she valiantly battled her way back through rehab to return to work at the nursery, an achievement which inspired all of us and her many friends from the rehab centre.

Despite the challenges of the past few years, Kathleen lived every day with grace and positivity, a feat that we all still marvel at to this day. She will be missed.

 


3.

Which Hellebore Goes Where?
A guide for growing hellebores from sun to shade

Hellebores are must-have perennials for west coast gardens. No other group of perennials can create such interest in the garden from November through April like hellebores can. And their foliage looks good when they're not in flower. So useful are they for creating multi-season gardens and so inspirational are they for homeowners that I would go so far as to say that if you haven't integrated hellebores into your garden yet then your garden is not yet complete. For many Phoenix Perennials customers I'm speaking to enlightened hellebore enthusiasts but with so many new introductions over these past years even ardent afficionados don't realize the great versatility of the genus Helleborus for all light conditions from shade right up to full sun.

We think of hellebores as shade plants probably because the classic, nodding Lenten roses are tolerant of shady locations. While these plants are definitely suited to shadier situations none do as well in full shade as they do in more light. What many people don't realize is that many species and cultivars actually prefer full to part sun, especially on the west coast. Here's a summary of the different groups of hellebores and how to use them in your garden.

Helleborus niger -- The Christmas Rose

'HGC Josef Lemper'
'HGC Jonas'

Description: The Christmas rose has pure white flowers embossed with golden stamens at the centre of each flower. The flower stems are upright and the flowers outward facing. The leaves are thick and leathery and mid to dark green forming a mound below the flowers.

Until recently I would have said that H. niger was not a great choice for our climate, especially for landscape uses. The species and its older forms did not show much vigour and would become splattered with soil in winter as the plants attempted to put out a few flowers.

Then along came the Helleborus Gold Collection (HGC) cultivars. 'Jacob', 'Jonas', 'Josef Lemper' and 'Joshua' have changed everything. They are like a Christmas rose on steroids with lush mounds of foliage and copious amounts of flowers that bloom from November or December all winter into March or April. The flower power of these new cultivars is amazing. If you want to be inspired during the darkest days of the year, few things will amaze you more than flowers that bloom in the winter. 'Josef Lemper' is the largest-growing cultivar and best for the open garden. The other cultivars are good in the garden or containers.

Bloom Time: November/December-March/April

Flower Colour: White with yellow centres. Some double forms exist, the best of which is 'HGC Snow Frills'.

Flower Orientation: Outward facing.

Foliage: Mid to dark green, thick, leathery.

Exposure: Full but not blazing sun (with good moisture) or part sun to part shade. Avoid full shade.

Soil Moisture: Evenly moist, well-drained with good nutrition.

Landscape Uses: Garden beds, outdoor containers, indoor containers at Christmas for 2-3 weeks (makes a great gift to clients at Christmas time!).

Hardiness Zones: 4-9

 

Helleborus x hybridus -- The Lenten Rose

Winter Jewels Doubles
Winter Jewels Singles

Description: The Lenten rose has traditionally been the best-loved of the genus with elegant, nodding flowers in the widest colour range of the hellebores. This group is also the longest lived and can last for decades in the garden, even 50-60-70 years. Some lament the nodding orientation of the flowers in preference for the other groups but the Lenten roses also offer a certain magic that draws one into the garden to visit the plants and lift up the flowers. Recent breeding work has focused on more outward facing flowers with colourful petal reverses so, even if nodding, the flowers still provide lots of colour. These plants form large mounds of mid green evergreen foliage.

Most of the Lenten roses are seed grown. For collectors of hellebores this is where the magic lies since each seed-grown hellebore is unique and special forms can often be found. Many reliable colour strains have been developed though the exact colour cannot be known unless the plant is seen in bloom. The best strains are the Winter Jewels. The Lady Series, Mardi Gras Strains and the Winter Thrillers are other useful strains. The Spring Promise Series is tissue cultured so every plant will look exactly like its tag. This series offers a wide range of colours. If you need to know the exact colour of a hellebore outside of blooming season you can count on the Spring Promise series. 'Tutu', with its unique anemone centre, and the new Spring series are also tissue cultured.

'Spring Promise Elly'
'Spring Promise Conny'

 

Helleborus 'Rosemary' is a rare hybrid between the Lenten rose and the Christmas rose. It blooms one month earlier than the Lenten roses, offers colours unlike any other hellebore, and pumps out 2-3 times more flowers.

Bloom Time: February-April

Flower Colour: Red, purple-black, purple, slate purple, pink, yellow, apricot, white, green. Can have picotee edges, dark veining and central flares. Double and single forms are readily available. 'Tutu' has semi-double or anemone-centred flowers.

Flower Orientation: Nodding, though some strains and cultivars can have more outward-facing flowers.

Foliage: Mid green, thick.

Exposure: Part sun to part shade is best. Tolerant of full shade but will grow more slowly and not bloom as heavily. Full sun positions are also possible with good moisture as long as plants aren't in blazing sun from sun up to sun down..

Soil Moisture: Evenly moist, well-drained with good nutrition. Drought tolerant once established if planted in part shade.

Landscape Uses: Garden beds are best due to the large root system. Large containers are also possible if they have a diametre greater than 14 inches. Great as a groundcover if planted at appropriate distances of 1 to 1.5 feet apart on centre.

Hardiness Zones: 5-9

 

Helleborus Stemmed/Caulescent Hybrids -- The New Hybrid Group

'HGC Pink Frost'
'HGC Ice Breaker Prelude'

Description: This group is currently the most popular owing to numerous new introductions all of which offer mounds of lush leathery foliage and outward facing flowers. Many of the new introductions are from the Gold Collection but there are also important cultivars such as 'Penny's Pink', 'Anna's Red', 'Honeyhill Joy', 'Piroutte' and 'Angel Glow' from other breeders. This group is comprised of often complex hybrids of the stemmed species H. argutifolius, H. niger and H. lividus. The first major introduction within this group was 'Ivory Prince'.

The best plants for the landscape would be the tough HGC Ice Breaker series or 'Honeyhill Joy' all of which have mounds of extra thick and resilient foliage and cream, white or whitish green flowers. 'Pink Frost' is also a large grower and good for the landscape with big leaves and pleasing pink flowers.

With their mottled foliage 'Penny's Pink', 'Anna's Red' and 'Winter Moonbeam' would be the best cultivars for eye-catching plant combinations for containers whether they are in flower or not. However, there are many other members of the Gold Collection which would also be superlative in containers.

'Anna's Red'
'Penny's Pink'

Bloom Time: January or February through April, depending on the cultivar

Flower Colour: Green, cream, dusty rose, pink, red.

Flower Orientation: Outward-facing.

Foliage: Shades of dark green, bluish green, greyish green. Some cultivars like 'Winter Moonbeam' have mottled foliage that emerges with veins of icy white that slowly fade to mint green on a dark green background. 'Anna's Red' and 'Penny's Pink' offer red and pink flushed new leaves, respectively, that fade to dark green with mint green mottling.

Exposure: Full to part sun. Tolerant of part shade. Avoid full shade.

Soil Moisture: Evenly moist, well-drained with good nutrition.

Landscape Uses: Full to part sun situations in garden beds. These cultivars are also excellent in containers.

Hardiness Zones: 5-9, perhaps lower

 

Other Hellebores of Note for the Landscape

H. argutifolius, the Corsican hellebore, is a sun- to part sun- loving hellebore that grows like a shrub, often topping off at three feet in height by three feet wide. Strong leathery foliage and clusters of large green flowers on top of the stems from February through April. Long-lived.
H. foetidus, the bearsfoot hellebore, is an intriguing textural addition to the garden with great dissected foliage and small green flowers. It should also be grown in sun to part sun. Red Silver Strain and Wester Flisk Strain have bluish leaves with red highlights. Not as long-lived as the Corsican hellebore or the Lenten roses but can also reseed itself. .

To Learn More About Hellebores:

Come down to the nursery now to see our huge selection of species, cultivars and strains. We still have a great selection.

Have a look at the articles in our 2015 Hellebore Catalogue.


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.

The Second Annual
Phoenix Perennials Garden Photo Contest

Announcing the winners of our 2014 contest!

Thank you to everyone who entered this year's photo contest and congratulations to the winners. The winners were all selected by fellow gardeners through voting in the contest's Facebook photo album. Thank you to everyone who voted. Each of the winners will receive a $50 gift certificate to Phoenix. In addition, I have chosen 8 of my favourite photos for honourable mentions. They didn't make the top 5 but I think they deserve a little fame (but not fortune, sadly).

And the Winners Are!

Darlene M. from Agassiz, BC

 

Sandy C. from Shawnigan Lake, BC

 

Cherry O. from Richmond, BC

 

Jackie H. from Victoria, BC

 

Laurie B. from Chilliwack, BC

 

And the Honourable Mentions Are!

Billie H. from Surrey, BC

 

Marie S. from Maple Ridge, BC

 

Chris C. from Vancouver, BC

 

Laurie B. from Chilliwack

 

Ulrike K. from Powell River, BC

 

Marianne M. from Richmond, BC

 

Anne S. from Dryden, Ont.

 

Natalie M. from Richmond, BC

Thank you everyone for participating. Start taking pictures now for the next contest launching in late fall!

View All of This Year's Entries

 


10.

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!

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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