Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: Mid March 2018

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

Mid March 2018

Celebrating our 15th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

Surprisingly we are a month into the spring season though some days it doesn't feel like spring. But it will come, fellow gardeners. It will come.

To lift your spirits and get you gardening, this weekend we have our Great Easter Plant Hunt. It's an Easter egg hunt for gardeners with 1000 eggs filled with thousands of dollars of plant prizes and discounts plus chocolate. No kids required but they are certainly welcome! See you this Sunday.

We are also excited to have just launched our 2018 workshop and seminar schedule! We are launching later than usual. This spring has been extra busy. So, if you're interested, please register right away as we don't have a lot of time to keep reminding you about workshops before they get underway! ;-)

This year we offer 39 different workshops and seminars including our free Gardening 101 series for beginner and intermediate gardeners. We also offer some returning favourites and some new ideas in hands on gardening projects. All of these workshops are perfect for doing with friends or family, especially with your Mom on Mothers' Day weekend when we have some extra fun workshops for spending quality time.

Another sign of spring is the launch of Phoenix Perennials Mail Order for Canadian gardeners. We are very excited to have an updated mail order website with improved functionality and to be offering our most ever plants this year: 1000 in total which includes 400 new plants to mail order of which 300 are completely new to Phoenix Perennials. It's exciting times, fellow gardeners.

We also have lots of pre-orders running so you can lock in some perfect plants for your garden this year:

  • The Hydrangea Hysteria Pre-Order featuring rare, unique and cutting edge cultivars
  • The Fruit Salad Tree Pre-Order with peaches, apricots, nectarines, and plums all on the same tree
  • The Great Citrus Pre-Order featuring hardy and non-harding citrus
  • The Clematis Conundrum Pre-Order featuring one of the largest selections of Clematis and Passionflowers ever seen in one place
  • The Mighty Mato, Ketchup 'n' Fries, and Grafted Veggie Pre-Order featuring the hottest edibles
  • The Earth Apples Gourmet Potatoes Pre-Order featuring 10 varieties of colourful, hard-to-find, and delicious cultivars

You'll find full details, images, and links to all of the pre-orders below.

We also include in this issue info on the next botanical tour that I will be leading for the alumni UBC travel program: Wildflowers of Southwestern Australia in September 2019. All UBC tours are open to everyone. There is a link below to view a recording on my recent webinar on the trip and the flora of southwestern Australia.

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

 

 

Clematis Conundrum
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Mighty Mato & Grafted Veggies

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. The Great Easter Plant Hunt this Sunday! -- Join us for thousands of dollars in plant prizes and discounts plus lots of fun and chocolate.
2. Workshops and Seminars 2018 -- 39 different workshops for gardeners of all levels. Join us for fun and information to help you get confident and be successful in your garden or on your patio.
3. Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Launched for 2018 -- Hundreds of new plants bring us up to 1000 different plants offered to Canadian gardeners this season through our mail order dividion.
4. The Hydrangea Hysteria Pre-Order - Cutting edge and brand new cultivars. Plus be among the first few people in the world to get the brand new Princess Diana 'Wow Time'!
5. Fruit Salad Tree Pre-Order - Peaches, apricots, plums, and nectarines all on the same tree!
6. The Great Citrus Pre-Order -- 45 different citrus including 6 that are hardy in coastal BC and 2 that are possibly hardy!
7. Mighty Mato, Ketchup 'n' Fries, & Grafted Veggie Pre-Order -- Plan now for your 2018 garden or give the gift of delicious food by choosing grafted veggies as Christmas presents this holiday season!
8. The Clematis Conundrum Pre-Order -- Plan now for your 2018 garden or give the gift of beautiful Clematis or passionflowers as Christmas presents this holiday season!
9. Earth Apples Gourmet Potatoes -- Grow your own gourmet potatoes. Choose from 10 different varieties.

 


Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

The Phoenix Perennials Calendar
There's so much going on at the nursery all the time. Here's your resource to keep track. Also don't miss our Workshop Schedule.
Date
Event Description
April 1

The Great Easter Plant Hunt
An Easter "egg" hunt for gardeners
Easter Sunday April 1st, 2018
10 am SHARP!

April 4 Hot New Plants | West Vancouver Garden Club |
April 7 Alpine Garden Club of BC Plant Sale | Visit us at our both from 12-4pm at VanDusen |
April 12 Hot New Plants | Mayne Island Garden Club |
April 17 Talk to be Announced | South Delta Garden Club |
April 19 Hot New Plants | Garden Club of Vancouver |
May 2 Sizzling Succulents | Seed to Sky Garden Club (East Vancouver) | 7pm
May 8 Sizzling Succulents | White Rock and District Garden Club | 2pm

 


Lots of Hellebores Still Available!
Discover your Favourites in
The Hellebore Catalogue 2018
Explore our Selection of 100 Different Hellebores

The Hellebore Hurrah! Catalogue includes information on hellebores and their cultivation, the breeders whose hellebores we'll be offering plus a catalogue of the 100 different species and cultivars that will be available at the Hurrah! Enjoy, but beware! Hellebores are addictive!

The catalogue is in pdf format. Click on the link to open it. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it which you can download for free from the Adobe Site. Once opened you can save the catalogue to your computer or print it for detailed study and pre-shopping.

 

Botanical Tour
Wildflowers of
Southwestern Australia
September 2019
With your guide Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis
An alumni UBC tour open to everyone!

View Recorded Webinar
On March 15, 2018 I gave a 35 minute webinar on the tour and the flora of Western Australia. You can view the recording here:

View Webinar

View the Itinerary and Tour Details
Wildflowers of Southwestern Australia Tour Info


 

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1.

The Great Easter Plant Hunt

Don't miss one of our favourite events of the year this Easter Sunday: the Great Easter Plant Hunt. This is an Easter egg hunt for gardeners of all ages - no kids required for participation! There will be a thousand eggs hidden all around the nursery filled with chocolate and thousands of dollars in plant prizes and discounts.

Make sure you're early. Please carpool if you can. Overflow parking available on No. 6 Road in front of the nursery. See you soon!

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

Easter Sunday April 1st, 2018
10 am SHARP!

Thousands of dollars in prizes and discounts to be won!

View a YouTube Video of a Previous Easter Hunt!

Mark your Calendars!

 

 


2.

Workshops and Seminars 2018

Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful.

Welcome to our 2018 workshops and one of the most exciting line-ups we've ever offered! We are proud to provide one of the largest workshop programs in our region with 39 different workshops and seminars including our FREE Gardening 101 Series designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners plus lots of exciting hands on projects. Join us to fill in your knowledge and create beautiful things.

SPECIAL 10% OFF EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT
UNTIL FRIDAY APRIL 6th, 2018!
Use the Promo Code: LEARN2018.
Available for online registrations only.

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

Our workshops are grouped thematically into series to keep them organized and help you make your selections.

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

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions
Instructor Biographies
Booking Workshops

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions

April

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Pruning for Dummies | Patricia | Sat April 7, 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. She’ll discuss the art and science of pruning and answer your most common pruning questions with discussion and demonstrations on a wide variety of woody species.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Foundations of a Healthy Garden | Linda | Sun April 8, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Success in the garden is easy to achieve when you pay attention to the fundamentals. Kate will discuss taking care of your soil with mulching, fertilizing and composting, general plant maintenance to encourage plant health, earth-friendly techniques for insect, disease and weed control and the concept of right plant, right place.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Best Plants for Spring Colour & Fragrance | Linda | Sun April 15, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Frequently success in the garden comes down to choosing the best-performing plants. This session will focus on the best plants for your spring garden to add colour and fragrance for years to come. For a full year of top plants sign up for the Summer session and our Fall and Winter session.
   

GARDENING 101 SERIES | The Urban Oasis: Strategies to Create Your Gorgeous Balcony or Small Space Garden | Linda | Sun April 15, 2-3pm | 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 to maximize the use of your space, some creative design ideas to make your space beautiful and a selection of the best multi-season interest plants including plants for privacy, you can have the get-away of your dreams.

   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Clematis and Vines for All Seasons | Belinda | Sat April 21, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Belinda will introduce you to all kinds of great vines for colour and fragrance all season long. She’ll talk about the huge variety of different clematis and how to care for them as well as other vines like honeysuckle, jasmine, deciduous and evergreen climbing hydrangea, passionflowers, kiwis and more.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Fragrance for Garden & Patio | Belinda | Sat April 21, 2-3pm | FREE* | There are many dimensions to a beautiful garden. The most important is the visual dimension. But after that the thing that can really take a garden to the next level is working with the olfactory dimension. Belinda is our Queen of Fragrance. She will introduce you to all of her favourites for delicious scent all year long for garden and patio.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Master the Basics of Perennials | Jo | Sun April 22, 10-11am | FREE* | If you’re a beginner who is keen to get gardening or an intermediate gardener who wants to fill in your knowledge, this workshop will be a great confidence builder. We’ll cover all the basics to guarantee your success including basic botany, the “right plant, right place” mantra including considerations for soil type and moisture, light and hardiness, and how to select, plant and care for your perennials through the year. We’ll also introduce you to some of the major groups of tried and true perennials and discuss how to use them in the garden. You’ll be well on your way to confidently achieve the gardening success you’ve always dreamed of!
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Master the Basics of Shrubs and Small Trees for Beauty and Privacy | Jo | Sun April 22, 12-1pm | FREE* | Shrubs, small trees and bamboo are integral parts of the garden. If you’re a beginner who is keen to get gardening or an intermediate gardener who wants to fill in your knowledge about these useful plants, this workshop is for you. We’ll cover all the basics to guarantee your success. We will present the best shrubs, small trees and bamboos for city gardens and patios, emphasize multi-season interest, and highlight the best plants for different times of year plus the best strategies for using these woody plants for privacy. We’ll also discuss their selection, planting and ongoing care. With a combination of theory, demonstrations and hands on learning you’ll be well on your way to achieving the gardening success you’ve always dreamed of!
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Succulent Dream Catchers | Kate | Sun April 22, 2-4pm | $65 (Includes everything!) | Celebrate the beautiful Ojibwe tradition of the dream catcher with a modern gardening twist. We'll create our very own dream catchers and decorate them with beautiful succulents to act as a protective charm for your garden. This workshop includes all materials and succulents. Our finished product will be similar to but perhaps not exactly the same as the picture as we may opt for slightly different succulents and materials that best suit our workshop. But you get the idea. And it will be fantastic.
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Perennial Hanging Baskets | Kate | Sat April 28, 10am-12pm | $20 (Includes basket.) | Take perennials into the unknown and plant them in hanging baskets. You’ll learn about perennials that are suitable for growing in hanging baskets in both sun and shade and then you’ll get a chance to plant up your own to take home with you! Perennials in hanging baskets will look fabulous for a season and then should be planted in the garden in the fall as many can outgrow their space. Your hanging basket investment thus continues as an investment in your garden. Cost includes potting mix, moss and a wire basket. Cost does not include the plants you choose for your basket.
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Succulent Hanging Spheres | Kate | Sat April 28, 2-4pm | $35 ($14 + $21 sphere (discounted from $30)) | Succulents are where it's at. We'll be planting up 12 inch wide moss spheres with fabulous succulents. Choose between hardy or non-hardy succulents depending on whether you'd like to hang your sphere outdoors year round or can bring it in for the winter. Workshop cost does not include plants.
   
Beautiful Simplified Gardens: Create a Lower Maintenance Yard | Jo | Sun April 29th, 2-4pm | $14 | 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 introduce you to strategies for creating a lower maintenance garden and patio through the careful and strategic selection of easy-care perennials, shrubs and groundcovers that deliver multiple seasons of interest. Jo will discuss how to renovate existing areas to simplify their care and create beautiful new spaces that won’t take up all of your valuable leisure time.

 

May

GARDENING 101 SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Grow Your Own Tea | Sam | Sat May 5, 10-11am | FREE* | Did you know you can grow your own tea plants right here in coastal BC? Camellia sinensis, where all tea comes from, is a beautiful, hardy, evergreen shrub that grows well in our gardens. Learn the basics about how to grow your own tea plants in the garden or in containers and how to harvest and cure your tea leaves to make your own tea.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Grow Hardy Orchids | Terry | Sat May 5, 1-2pm | FREE* | There are some wonderful hardy terrestrial orchids that can be grown in Canadian gardens. Lady's slipper orchids, Calanthe orchids and Bletilla orchids can all contribute incredible beauty. With the development of new, vigorous hybrids, growing hardy ground orchids is easier than ever before. Learn about the various orchid options for your garden and how to grow them into exquisite displays.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Xeriscaping: Water-wise plants and techniques | Jo | Sun May 6, 11am-12pm | FREE* | With climate change, our summers are supposed to get warmer and drier. We've already seen some really hot, dry summers in recent years with water restrictions. What does that mean for your garden? Jo will introduce you to all kinds of perennials and shrubs that will thrive in hot, dry conditions as well as water-saving gardening techniques.
   

CONTAINER SERIES | Succulent Containers & Centrepieces to Die For | Kate | Sun May 6, 1-3pm | $14 | Learn about the wide range of succulents available to you and how to combine them to make smashing plant combinations. Then plant them up into an amazing container to adorn your patio or as a centrepiece for your patio table.

Please bring your own pot if you have one in mind. Otherwise we will have some options on hand. Succulents not included.

   

CONTAINER SERIES | Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets to Fabulous Pots Then Make Your Own | Kate | Sat May 12, 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. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own fabulous container. This is a perfect workshop to attend with your Mom on Mothers' Day Weekend!

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

 

   
CONTAINER SERIES | Succulent Hearts and Stars | Linda | Sat May 12, 2-3pm | $50 ($14 instruction + $36 heart or star planter (discounted from $50) = $50) | The hottest gardens these days are vertical and what could be cooler than a living wall planter in the shape of a heart or a star? Keep it for yourself or give it to your Mom for Mothers' Day. Our hearts and stars are hand-made from reclaimed fence boards providing a rustic frame in which you can plant a masterpiece of succulents including hen and chicks, stonecrops and Echeveria. Workshop includes all materials but not the plants you decide to use.
   

GARDENING 101 SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Small Space Edible Gardening | Kate | Sun May 13, 10-11am | FREE* | Half of homegrown edibles in North America are grown in pots. That's a lot of food coming out of small spaces. Whether you have a small plot of land or just a patio or balcony, you can grow your own food. There are so many options. Kate will introduce you to all kinds of cool edibles that are perfect for small spaces.

 

   
GARDENING 101 SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Success with Tomatoes | Gary | Sun May 13, 11:30am-12:30pm | FREE* | Tomatoes are the most beloved of all garden edibles because no tomato tastes better than one grown in your own garden. Come have all your tomato questions answered such as modern vs. heirlooms, grafted vs ungrafted, the best cultivars for our climate, and how to successfully grow tons of delicious tomatoes in pots and the garden.
   

CONTAINER SERIES | Succulent Purses and Pumps | Kate | Sun May 13, 2-3pm | $26 ($14 instruction + $12 for a purse or pump (discounted from $22)) | The hottest gardens these days use succulents in creative ways. When it comes to these versatile plants including hen and chicks, stonecrops and Echeveria you're limited only by your own imagination. Whether you a purse or a pump you'll leave this workshop even cooler than you already were. This is a great workshop to do with your Mom on Mothers' Day. Workshop does not include the plants you choose to include in your container.


 
CONTAINER SERIES | Succulent Wreaths | Gary | Sat May 19, 10am-12pm | $30 ($14 instruction plus $16 wreath (discounted from $22)) | And you thought wreaths were only for Christmas time! We'll introduce you to an intriguing idea in succulent gardening – planting up a wreath with sempervivums, echeverias, sedums, thyme and other interesting succulents and companion plants. You can hang them on your sunny door or gate or lay them on a table as a centrepiece. No matter how you use them you’ll be sure to wow everyone with this unique garden feature. After some general instruction, each participant will have the opportunity to design and plant up their own wreath! The plants you use are not included in the price of the workshop.
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Succulent Installations: Chicks and Chicken Wire | Kate | Sun May 20, 10am-12pm | $20 | Are you ready to get really creative with succulents? This workshop will have you creating your own "container" or "planting pillow" out of chicken wire. It could be a hanging cone or a free form shape to place on your stairs or along a wall or on a tree or any shape you can imagine. Then you'll get to plant your "planter" up with your choice of cool succulents. Before you come, think about where you'd like to install your succulent installation and, if you can, take a picture of and measure the spot and bring those details with you.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Save the Pollinators!: Support Bees, Butterflies, & Hummingbirds | Jo | Sun May 20, 1-2pm | FREE* | In this workshop you'll learn about how to attract butterflies, honeybees, native bees, hummingbirds, and beneficial insects into your garden and how to support them once they're there with food plants and habitat to keep them well fed and sheltered.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Citrus & Other Subtropical Fruit for Coastal Gardens & Patios | Larry | Sat May 26, 10-11am | FREE* | Did you know that you can grow citrus outside in Vancouver AND harvest fruit to eat??? Join our resident expert on everything subtropical, unusual and edible for local gardens. From hardy olives to hardy citrus, goji berries to honey berries to Asian peppers, kiwis to pomegranates plus figs, bananas, kumquats and much more, Larry will fill you in on the exciting world of rare and unusual shrubs that will inspire you and your taste buds and impress cocktail party guests.
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Kokedama: Japanese String Gardens | Kate | Sun May 27, 11am-1pm | $20 (Includes all materials but not plants.) | 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 in the house, patio or garden. These intriguing botanical spheres can transform an area with beauty and whimsy. Kate will discuss perennials and shrubs that are suitable for Japanese string gardens as well as how to care for them. Then you'll select your own plants and make up your own! This workshop is also great value as we've seen Kokedama for sale in florist shops in Vancouver for $70-$80 for exactly what you'll make in this workshop! The plants you choose to use are not included. All other materials are included in the price of the workshop.

 

June

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Best Plants for Summer Colour | Linda | Sun June 3, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for spring and summer? Kate will introduce you to a selection of top plant performers for West Coast gardens that provide great seasonal interest. She will also provide seasonal maintenance tips. This course could be the most important step you take to transform your garden from ordinary to extraordinary! For a full year of top plants sign up for the Spring session and our Fall and Winter session of Best Plants.

 

Fall and Winter Workshops

September

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Best Plants for Fall & Winter | Linda | Sun Sept 9, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for fall and winter? Kate will introduce you to a selection of top plant performers for West Coast gardens that provide great seasonal interest. She will also provide seasonal maintenance tips. This course could be the most important step you take to transform your garden from ordinary to extraordinary! For a full year of top plants sign up for our the Spring and Summer Best Plants sessions.

   
CONTAINER SERIES | Terrariums to Bring the Outdoors In | Kate | Sun Sept 16, 11am-1pm | $20 | It's time to bring back terrariums! These miniature gardens inside glass vessels are perfect decorations for inside the house year round. We'll have a variety of succulents, ferns, air plants, venus fly traps, and sundews for you to combine with coloured mosses, stones, and glass pebbles. The rest is up to you! Kate will instruct you on the ins and outs of designing and caring for the miniature gardens inside your terrariums. Then you'll get to do up your own! This workshop includes your soil, stones, and decorative glass but does not include the container or the plants you choose. We'll have lots of containers and plants on hand to choose from.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Best Plants for Fall Colour | Jo | Sun Sept 23, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Do you have a colourful fall garden? Or does it just turn to grey and yellow mush once the rains start? There are numerous perennials, shrubs and small trees that provide great fall foliage and flower colour. Include just a few of these plants in strategic locations in the garden and you could have a fall garden to remember and look forward to!
   

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Discover the World of Bulbs | Jo | Sun Sept 30, 11am-12pm | FREE* | By fall you might be ready for a rest from the garden but do yourself one little favour before winter comes: plant some bulbs. You’ll be glad you did come spring. In this workshop you’ll meet a diverse range of spring-blooming bulbs for the garden and containers including many uncommon but exciting possibilities. You will also receive instruction on designing with bulbs and planting them in layers for knock out displays in containers or small spaces.

   

CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets of Fabulous Pots Then Make Your Own | Kate | Sun Sept 30, 10am-12pm | $14 | This is a fun hands-on workshop for gardeners of all levels who are interested in learning how to successfully create gorgeous perennial containers that will provide months of winter interest and an antidote against the dark, cold days of the year. You'll get to plant up and take home your own fabulous container.

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

 

December

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Advanced Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Fri Nov 30, 1-3pm | $75 (Includes hellebore.) | This class for advanced wreath-makers or ambitious beginners takes what we normally do in the our original wreath making workshop and builds on it with more creativity including nesting a potted hellebore within your wreath that looks like an adorable bird's nest with white birds (hellebore flowers) peaking out.

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

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 1, 10am-12pm | $60 | Decorate your home for the holiday season with your very own Christmas Rose wreath! Kate will teach you how to design and build a festive, florist-quality wreath with unique greenery and dried pods and cones. She will then teach you to incorporate Christmas roses into your wreath keeping it colourful & dynamic!

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

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

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Succulent Christmas Centerpieces | Kate | Sat Dec 1, 1-3pm | $60 (Includes everything.) | In this workshop we'll bring together succulents and seasonal greenery to create a modern take on the Christmas centrepiece. You can choose to make a centrepiece for an outdoor table with hardy succulents or one for indoors with non-hardy succulents.

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

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Picture Frame Wreaths | Kate | Sun Dec 2, 10am-12pm | $60 (Includes everything.) | Christmas time is about memories. Picture frames are about holding and celebrating memories. We'll combine this idea of the picture frame with the techniques of wreath making to make a beautiful and unique Christmas decoration for your garden or home for the holiday season. Last year's participants made some really impressive creations!

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Containers to Die For | Kate | Sun Dec 2, 1-3pm | $20 | Impress your Christmas guests as soon as they arrive at your front door or enliven your patio with a fantastic outdoor winter container centred with a glistening Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other great perennials and shrubs that offer winter interest. Kate will lead you in the design, planting and final decoration of your planter with winter twigs and greens.

 

 

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

 


3.

Phoenix Perennials Mail Order 2018

A New Look and More Plants Than Ever Before!

Let us introduce you to our new mail order site for 2018. It has taken us some extra time to launch it because we have added more new plants than ever before and we've also upgraded our shopping cart system to make it easier and more beautiful to shop. Taa-daa!

Plant Selection - Here's what to look for amongst our plants:

  • Choose from 1000 different garden plants!
  • More than 400 of these are new to our Mail Order site.
  • More than 300 of these are completely new to Phoenix Perennials.
  • We've added more plants for cold climate gardeners in zones 1-4. Look for more poppies, Iris, Hydrangea, hardy kiwi, persimmon, Hosta, Phlox, Sempervivum, and other garden plants that laugh at a cold winter.
  • We've expanded our succulent selection and also include the oh so very hot Chinese money plant, Pilea peperomioides.
  • We've expanded our edible section especially with paw paws, persimmons, olives, goji berries, and kiwis plus a few other surprises.

New Mail Order Site - We've upgraded our website with various improvements:

  • The new look should make shopping more beautiful and enjoyable with larger pictures and better functionality.
  • We've added a section to highlight New Plants.
  • We've added another section called Super Hardy Plants (Zones 1-4) to help our cold climate gardeners identify and choose great plants for their hardiness zone.
  • Our site is now fully mobile responsive so it should look good and perform well on smart phones and tablets. You can now shop for plants while standing in line at the grocery store or waiting for your dentist appointment!
  • Please let us know if you find any bugs or weird things that happen when you're on the site. It's new and we don't expect that everything will be perfect yet.

GET SHOPPING!
Are you local? If you're a local customer, we don't accept orders for pick-up but feel free to peruse our mail order site and email us a list of the plants you would like. We'll put you on the Wish List and let you know when they're ready.

Have fun!

Please tell everyone you know across Canada about
Phoenix Perennials Mail Order! We need your help to get the word out.

 


4.

The Hydrangea Hysteria Pre-Order
You're going to go crazy for these 32 incredible cultivars!

Hysteria (noun): 1. A wild uncontrollable emotion or excitement exhibited in gardeners when a state of plant lust becomes uncontrollable. 2. a functional disturbance of the nervous system, of psychoneurotic origin, caused by the presentation of too many excruciatingly beautiful things, for example the Hydrangea Hysteria Pre-Order at Phoenix Perennials.

The last decade has seen in incredible number of distinctive and unusual Hydrangea introductions with innovations like the ability to bloom on new wood, dwarf habits, and new flower forms & colours. In this pre-order we assemble some of the best plus a number of brand new plants like Princess Diana, Light-O-Day, Great Star, and Tuff Stuff Red.

Peruse our selection below, make notes on which plants you'd like and, when you're ready, click on the link to place your order. You might want to right click the link and open the order page in a new window so you can view this image page and the order page side by side. Try not to go crazy with all of the beauty!

Pick-Up: These cultivars will be coming from many different sources including our own production facilities. We estimate pick-up will begin on Friday May 18th, 2018. We will email everyone to confirm the exact date. Our hydrangea are only available in the sizes listed.

Canadian Mail Order Customers: These plants are too big to ship being in 2-5 gallon pots. But, fear not. We are planning a very special and exciting selection of smaller format Hydrangea for our mail order catalogue for 2018 which will include many of these varieties and some you don't see here. Stay tuned to our Mail Order Alert for the big launch in early 2018.

More Info & Order

 



5.

Fruit Salad Tree Pre-Order
Peaches, Apricots, Nectarines, and Plums
All On One Tree!

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, and plums?! 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 and almonds). That’s why they can all be grafted onto the same tree.

More Info & Order

 


6.

The Great Citrus Pre-Order 2018
45 different citrus for Canadian gardeners including 6 that are hardy and 2 possibly hardy in coastal BC!

We are excited to offer our largest selection of citrus ever and likely one of the largest ever offered in Canada. Thanks for your interest in the exciting and rewarding world of citrus. Please let all of your friends know so we can keep presenting a wider and wider selection each year.

Beyond classic favourites like Meyer lemons, navel oranges, blood oranges, key limes, and Thai limes, we have been very excited in recent years to be able to offer a number of citrus hardy in zones 7 and 8 which can be grown outdoors year round in coastal BC. 

More Info & Order Now


7.

Mighty Mato, 'Ketchup 'n' Fries' and Grafted Veggie Pre-Order

Welcome to our exciting grafted vegetable pre-order where you can pre-plan your 2018 edible bounty from the comfort of your own home with the most cutting edge edibles available. Pre-orders allow you to secure the exact plants you desire and allow us at Phoenix Perennials to make sure we have exactly what you want. If you're planning on growing these grafted veggies in 2018 please pre-order. Last year we had a number of people who missed out on some of the most popular varieties and said "we should have booked in advance."

After you've noted which plants you want, click on the Register Now button at the bottom of this page to order them. We will email you when they are available for pick-up. The estimated date is May 4th, 2018.

SAVE $1 PER MIGHTY MATO, VEGGIE, & MELON & KETCHUP 'N' FRIES. Regular price for the Mighties is $16.99 but you can pre-order now at $15.99. Regular price for K. 'n' F. is $27.99 but order now for $26.99. Also, we are holding the 2017 price of our fertilizers so order in advance and save on any increases.

Order Now!

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'. It produces the sweetest cherry tomatoes you've ever tasted by the hundreds. In 2016 an improved grafting method lead to much better crops of potatoes than in 2015 with a few pounds per plant.

'Ketchup 'n' Fries' Tomtato (Improved) -- Hundreds of delicious, super sweet cherry tomatoes on top and a few pounds of yummy potatoes just below the soil! This year an improved grafting process should ensure more reliable and larger crops of potatoes than in 2015. Tomatoes and potatoes are closely related. They are grafted by hand and grow happily together as the revolutionary 'Ketchup 'n' Fries'. Double your production of edibles from the same space. Great for veggie gardens, small spaces, and large containers. 1g pot, 24.99 + GST

 

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! Heirloom tomatoes that are sometimes shy in their yields produce like never before. Cool modern varieties also produce extra large yields.

 

Mighty Melons and Mighty Veggies consist of desirable heirloom and cool modern varieties that are grafted onto super strong rootstock that, like the Mighty Matos, confers greater disease resistance, greater cold tolerance, and greater vigour resulting in extra large crops of fruit and vegetables. The grafting can make a particularly positive difference in our cool summer climates with melons, peppers and eggplants that all require hot seasons to produce good crops.

Order Now!

 


8.

The Clematis Conundrum
2018 Pre-Order

Select from 110 Clematis and 11 Passion Flowers!

No garden or patio is complete without the Queen of the Vines. But how do you select between the best cultivars? How do you find the one clematis you've been looking for for years? Or maybe you want to discover a cultivar you never knew you needed until now! It can be a real CONUNDRUM! And then we have amazing hardy passionflowers. That's a whole new dilemma!

We have a huge selection of the best and most unique Clematis available through our Clematis Conundrum Pre-Order for pick-up at the nursery in late April 2018! Now you can find that perfect clematis (or passionflower) all in one place and with ease!

Peruse our selection below, make notes on which plants you'd like and, when you're ready, click on the link to place your order. You might want to right click the link and open the order page in a new window so you can view this image page and the order page side by side. Have fun!

View All The Clematis & Passionflowers


9.

Earth Apples Gourmet Potatoes Pre-Order

We are pleased to bring you the delicious, nutritious, and beautiful Earth Apples gourmet potatoes. With this pre-order you can explore your different culinary options and choose the most exciting potatoes for your gardening and cooking pleasure. You can also give these delectable edibles as gifts for Christmas or other special occasions.

Earth Apples gourmet seed potatoes are the new, fun way to plant potatoes. We bring you 10 different colourful, versatile potato varieties and make them super-easy to grow. Each variety has different sizes, colours, textures, flavours, and different uses in the kitchen. Mashed potatoes, roast potatoes, boiled potatoes, potato salads, french fries, baked potatoes, hashbrown potatoes, scalloped potatoes: there's a perfect variety for all these delicious dishes. Plant Earth Apples in a garden bed or in containers on your balcony or patio. They are easy to grow if you follow the simple instructions: Growing Instructions

Earth Apples are sold in boxes of one variety and contain 1 kg of seed potatoes for planting. They are priced between $15.99-$16.99 depending on the variety. Choose your favourite varieties based on your culinary goals. If you live in a small space and want to grow in pots on a patio or balcony, consider getting a few varieties and sharing with some friends and neighbours.

Earth Apples is a family-owned Canadian company based near Edmonton, Alberta. All of the Earth Apples potato varieties are grown by farming families in the Edmonton area.

Full Potato Descriptions & Order!


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One of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials in Canada.

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Richmond, BC | 604-270-4133 | www.phoenixperennials.com

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February 23rd to October 31st, 2018
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