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E-Newsletter: Mid May 2014

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
Mid May 2014

Celebrating our 11th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

It's the height of gardening season. Everything is blooming, veggies are growing, inspiration is everywhere.

The nursery is bursting with beautiful things. Have you been down lately? We're looking forward to seeing you.

In this issue we tell you about our production intern Luis and the big award he just received. There is an article on martagon lilies, one of my favourite jewels for the garden. It's time to start organizing and collecting together your plastics for recycling in a month's time at the National Plastic Recycling Week.

We have four exciting workshops this weekend on Subtropical Fruit, Veggie Gardening, Bee Keeping and Attracting Bees, Butterflies and Hummingbirds. And don't miss our upcoming bouquet and cocktail gardening workshops and much more! Bring a friend or a family member to increase your fun!

We have a Charity Shopping Weekend this Saturday and Sunday May 24th and 25th. Come down and shop and support three local charities that need your help.

And don't miss Fabulous at Phoenix to see a small representation of all the beauty currently at the nursery.

See you soon at the nursery!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

Charity Shopping Weekend
May 24-25

SUPPORT:
Canuck Place
Van. Hospice Soc.
Jeremy's Memorial Foundation

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. A Big Award for Luis!: Congratulations to our friend and production intern Luis who was just awarded the equivalent of a green Oscar in England...
£!
2. Martagon Lilies: There's a new superhero in town and it's called the Mighty 'Mato...
3. Volunteer at Phoenix Perennials: Help us take care of the nursery and get paid in plants! -- Join our Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program...
Volunteer at Phoenix!
4. Charity Shopping Weekend: Shop for plants and support local charities.
Charity Shopping Weekend
5. Upcoming Workshops: What are you doing this weekend? -- there are some exciting workshops coming up. Don't miss them!

Exciting
Upcoming
Workshops

6. National Plastics Recycling Week: June 20th - July 1st, 2014 - During National Plastics Recycling Week Phoenix Perennials will be collecting nursery plastics for recycling...
8. Fabulous at Phoenix: Gary's Picks of New, Notable and Luscious Plants at the Phoenix Candy Store

 


Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

The Phoenix Perennials Calendar
There's so much going on at the nursery all the time. Here's your resource to keep track.
Date
Event Description
Sat Sun May 24-25
Charity Shopping Weekend benefitting Canuck Place, the Vancouver Hospice Society and the Jeremy's Memorial Foundation Against Domestic Violence
Sat
Sept 20
Garden Club Talk: TBA | Presented to the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, Portland, Oregon. | Contact Lucy for details at lucyflora at comcast.net.

 

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1.

A Big Award for Luis!

Congratulations to our friend and production intern Luis who was just awarded the equivalent of a green Oscar, the Whitley Award from the UK's Whitley Fund for Nature, for his work in the conservation of Cuba's unique native flora. In addition to the recognition the award brings, Luis has earned a prize of £35,000 to put towards his conservation work particularly the program "Planta!": The Cuban Plants Conservation Initiative.

Luis is currently interning at Phoenix Perennials on our production side learning about plant production techniques and management as well as studying Phoenix Perennials' educational programs, special events and digital content in order to help further his work in Cuban plant conservation.

Luis was flown to England at the beginning of this month to take part in the awards ceremony and various other activities and meetings around the awards. The highlight of the week was being presented his award by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne (pictured above).

Here is the press release from the Whitley Fund for Nature:

 

Conservation leader from Cuba wins 2014 Whitley Award
“Green Oscar” awarded for conservation of Cuba’s unique native flora

London, UK: 8 May 2014 – HRH Princess Anne The Princess Royal will today present a Whitley Award, a prestigious international nature conservation prize, to Luis Torres at a special ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in honour of his work to engage Cubans in building a national movement to protect their island’s unique plant life.

Luis Torres is one of eight exceptional individuals to have been awarded a share of prize funding worth £280,000 by the Whitley Fund for Nature, winning a Whitley Award donated by The William Brake Charitable Trust. Dr Luis Roberto Gonzalez Torres, 36, is Head of Conservation at the Cuban Botanical Society, and coordinator and founder of “Planta!” a campaign set up in 2012 to inspire locals to conserve Cuba’s native plant heritage. Cuba is recognised as one of the four richest island floras in the world and led to Christopher Columbus describing Cuba as ‘the most beautiful land that human eyes have ever seen’.

Cubans use about 520 native plant species for edible food, beverages, culinary spices and medicinal purposes, as well as for construction, fencing, and firewood. Yet their survival depends upon encouraging Cubans to take pride in their native flora, by building their knowledge, understanding, and commitment to the conservation of Cuba’s exceptional native plants and habitats. In an area covering over 100,000 square kilometres, Cuba supports no fewer than 7,500 species of flowering plants, which equates to more than half of all Caribbean flora, with 53% of all Cuban plant species being endemic to the country.

Sir David Attenborough, a Trustee of the Whitley Fund for Nature, said: “Whitley Award winners are successful because they don’t just watch and measure – they act! They are the conservation experts – not us – they know what to do and, more importantly, how to get it done."

Edward Whitley, Founder of The Whitley Fund for Nature, says: “We recognise that wildlife and habitat conservation in developing countries cannot be successful without the involvement of people at the grassroots level. Every year, I am delighted to meet the winners of the Whitley Awards. Although they each face remarkable and different challenges in their home countries, these individuals are passionate about the natural world and remain determined to involve local communities in making a long-term difference. The Whitley Awards honour these conservation leaders for their outstanding achievements and celebrate their efforts to secure a better future for both people and wildlife alike.”

Congratulations, Luis!

 


2.

Martagon Lilies

Lilium martagon and related hybrids (usually involving L. hansonii and L. tsingtauense) are delicate, beautiful and long-lived additions to the garden. They form candelabras of small, downward facing lily flowers with reflexed petals. Though the flowers are small, a mature bulb can produce up to 50 blooms on a 3-4 foot tall stalk. Martagons and martagon hybrids come in a range of colours from whites through pinks, reds and near blacks plus yellows, apricots and oranges. Many have a light fragrance. They are some of the earliest lilies to bloom gracing the garden in May and June.

Martagon lilies are somewhat shade tolerant and can be grown from part shade to full sun in rich, well-drained soils. The wild species are native to alkaline soils and so they and their hybrids appreciate the application of lime to our slightly acidic west coast soils.

Overall, martagons are easy to grow once established but sometimes play tricks on gardeners. Sometimes in the first year after planting they decide to pout and stay hidden underground for a full season leading the gardener to think that they have killed their lily. Yet in most cases they will reveal themselves in the second year laughing at their great stunt.

This year we are excited to offer a number of martagon lilies. Currently most are in bud at the nursery and will soon be ready to open. Here they are in digital format. Come down to the nursery soon to see them in bloom!

Lilium 'Sunny Morning'
Lilium 'Gaybird'
Lilium 'Claude Shride'
Lilium 'R. O. Backhouse'
Lilium martagon var. album
Lilium 'Slate's Morning'


3.

Volunteer at Phoenix Perennials with our Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program

Do you have some spare time and want to gain more experience with plants and plant care? A nursery like ours can always use some extra help!

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!

If you've volunteered with us in the past and would like to continue, please also be in touch. It's spring and the plants are ready to go!


4.

Charity Shopping Weekend 2014
Saturday and Sunday May 24th and 25th

Support three local charities that work hard to support people in need in our communities. All you have to do is shop for plants!

Canuck Place -- Canuck Place Children's Hospice provides specialized pediatric palliative care for children living with a life-threatening illness and support for their families throughout British Columbia. They are an inter-disciplinary team – consisting of a diverse group of healthcare professionals, support staff and volunteers, who provide 24-hour/7-days a week care and support.

The Vancouver Hospice Society -- VHS provides compassionate end-of-life care for those facing death and bereavement. The goal of the VHS is to build a freestanding hospice home, where the dying can be empowered to live with dignity until they die and where family and friends feel welcomed, supported and part of the circle of care. The Society has completed its beautiful six-bed freestanding Hospice Home at 4615 Granville Street that will provide care to patients and families, while continuing to support individuals and families during the dying and grieving process in the community.

Jeremy's Memorial Foundation Against Domestic Violence -- The goal of Jeremy's Memorial Foundation is to raise awareness of the impact domestic violence has on our society while helping its victims, to assist women and /or children who are victims of domestic violence by funding existing charities dedicated to that cause, and to fund charities taking steps to increase the awareness of the dangers of domestic violence and/or working with young people as a preventative measure.

What is a Charity Shopping Weekend?: Charity Shopping Weekends are a way for Phoenix Perennials to give back to the community while helping to introduce new gardeners to our nursery. During the selected Saturday and Sunday 25% of each purchase made by a customer who tells us they are there for that charity's Weekend will be donated to the charity. Since 2004 Phoenix Perennials has donated $14,000 to local charities and institutions through the Charity Shopping Weekend program.

Please mark your calendars and come down to support these worthy charities.

 


5.

Upcoming Workshops

 

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.

 

Workshops This Weekend!  
   
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Subtropical Fruits for the West Coast Garden | Instructor: Larry | Sat May 24th, 10am-12pm | $14 | 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 tea, honey berries to Asian pepper, 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. Larry will chat about the range of interesting shrubs and small trees you can grow in your gardens, including their relative levels of hardiness, how to care for them and all the fun things you can do with their fruit. MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | An Edible Bounty: Secrets and Strategies for Year-Round Eating from Containers and Garden | Instructor: Cathy Hiebert | Sat May 24th, 2-4pm | $14 | This workshop will focus on the planning and planting of your edible garden and containers with fresh eating and preserving in mind. Whether in the veggie patch or in containers, Cathy will ask you first what you want to eat (including how much and how often!) and then teach you how to plan your planting to meet your culinary goals. She will introduce a variety of herbs and veggies, chat about how to grow them and then share techniques for preserving them for later eating including canning, freezing and drying. She will share some fun and easy recipes and ideas for cooking with fresh or preserved edibles. You can't eat much more locally than your own back yard! This workshop will put you on the path to success in the garden and in the kitchen! MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
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 25th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Bees are some of the most fascinating creatures on the planet and they make one of the sweetest and most beloved of foods. They are also responsible for the pollination of countless crops, especially fruit trees and berry bushes. With the relaxing of by-laws in many municipalities many homeowners are now allowed to keep bees in their own backyards. Join local bee expert Bob Fisher of West Coast Bee Supply as he introduces you to the world of the honeybee and gives you some advice on the basics of backyard bee keeping. Bob will bring one of his own thriving beehives to the nursery to introduce you to the honeybee up close and personal! Then Bob and Phoenix Perennials owner, Gary, will discuss the best bee-friendly plants for the garden.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
CONTAINER SERIES/KIDS SERIES | Butterflies, Bees and Hummingbirds: Plant Up A Pot to Attract Wildlife to your Garden | Instructor: Jo | Sun May 25th, 1-3pm | $14 (adult or parent with child, $5 per additional child) | Parent participation required. | In this workshop you'll learn how to attract butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and beneficial insects to your garden through the careful selection of beautiful plants loved by our favourite garden visitors. Then you'll plant up a container designed to attract your favourite garden wildlife. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use. If you're coming to this workshop you won't want to miss the honeybee workshop earlier in the morning. MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
   
Coming Up in a Few Weeks  
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Perennial Sphere Hanging Baskets: To Boldly Go Where No Perennial Has Gone Before! | Instructor: Belinda | Sat May 31st, 10am-12pm | $14 + sphere ($39.99) | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Plants for Privacy | Instructor: Gary | Sat May 31st, 2-3pm | FREE* | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

 

June

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Tender Succulents for Botanical Intrigue | Gary | Sun June 1st, 11am-12pm | FREE* | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
KIDS SERIES | Harry Potter Miniature Gardens | Instructor: Kate | Sun June 1st, 1-3pm | $30 (Includes all plants and materials.) | Parent participation recommended for younger children. | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
CONTAINER SERIES | From Garden to Vase: Knock-Out Flower Arranging for Special Occasions or Everyday | Instructor: Diane Levings, Full Bloom Flowers with Gary | Sat June 7th, 10am-12pm | $40 | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Cocktail Gardening: From Garden to Glass, Shaken not Stirred | Instructor: David Wolowidnyk, West Restaurant with Gary | Sat June 7th, 2-4pm | $20 | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Dynamic Grasses for Texture and Movement | Instructor: Jo | Sun June 8th, 11am-12pm | FREE* |
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Botany for Gardeners: The Fascinating World of Plants in Your Own Backyard | Dr. Luis, PhD | Sun June 8th, 1pm-3pm | $14 | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | A Perfect Pickle: Flavoured Vinegars and Pickled Veggies | Instructor: Cathy Hiebert | Sat June 14th, 2-4pm | $14 | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Ferns for Luxurious Shade | Jo | Sun June 15th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Architectural Plants for Drama, Drama, Drama | Jo | Sun June 22nd, 11am-12pm | FREE* | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

 

September

PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Heirloom Tomato Tasting | Instructor: Gary | Sat Sept 6th at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm (45 min each) | $14 (Tasting) + $16 (Party Mix) = $30 (Includes a 3+ pound Party Mix of heirloom tomatoes, value $16.) | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Tantalizing Tomatoes: Preserving a Favourite Edible for Year-Round Eating | Instructor: Cathy Hiebert | Sat Sept 6th, 3:30-5:30pm | $14 | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Fall and Winter | Instructor: Shelley | Sat Sept 13th, 10am-12pm | $14 | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Grasses for Fall and Winter | Jo | Sun Sept 14, 11am-12pm | FREE* | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for the Garden and Containers | Instructor: Shelley | Sat September 20th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Bulbs not included. | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Shelley | Sat Sept 27th, 10am-12pm | $14 | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Plants for Fall Colour | Instructor: Jo | Sun Sept 28th, 11am | FREE* | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

 

October

CONTAINER SERIES/KIDS SERIES | Succulent Jack-O-Lanterns | Instructor: Kate | Sat Oct 18th, 10am-12pm | $14 | MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

 

December

Christmas workshops will be added soon.

 


6.

National Plastics Recycling Week
June 20th - July 1st, 2014
Please do NOT bring plastics before or after these dates.

During National Plastics Recycling Week Phoenix Perennials will be collecting nursery plastics for recycling. Bring your nursery plastics down to the nursery and deposit them in the designated bins.

Special Note: This year pots must be separated from flats and other types of plastics might need special treatment. Please pay attention to the signs when depositing your plastics. We participate in this program as volunteers to improve our environment. If everyone follows the directions then our staff won't have to do too much extra work.

Please do not bring plastics before or after these dates.

 

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

 


7.

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

The nursery is looking great and is filled with beautiful plants. Come down and find some beauty to take home to your own garden, patio or balcony.

Heuchera 'Bella Notte' - Coral Bells - A large flowering dark leaf heuchera. 'Bella Notte' has very dark leaves with a light silvery shadow. Lovely bicolour rose pink and light pink flowers. An elegant plant. Heat tolerant. Heuchera 'Black Taffeta' - Coral Bells - Silky, black foliage with great ruffles! These large, dark, dramatic leaves will add lust and intrigue to containers or borders. Can you handle the excitement?
Heuchera 'Delta Dawn' - Coral Bells - 'Delta Dawn' has magnificent, large, round leaves with red centers in the spring and fall; in summer its red veins run like rivers to the sea against a gorgeous gold to lime main leaf colour highlights the venation. Strong, vigorous habit. Perfect for a shade container or to add color to a dark area. Delivers the "look" that Heuchera 'Miracle' promised. Heuchera 'Fire Alarm' - Coral Bells - 'Delta Dawn' has magnificent, large, round leaves with red centers in the spring and fall; in summer its red veins run like rivers to the sea against a gorgeous gold to lime main leaf colour highlights the venation. Strong, vigorous habit. Perfect for a shade container or to add color to a dark area. Delivers the "look" that Heuchera 'Miracle' promised.
Melianthus major - Peanut Butter Plant - This intriguing plant has beautiful rippled and dissected pinnate, powdery blue foliage on stems between three and six feet. It is shy to flower in our climate though I have seen the intriguing red spikes on a few occasions in Vancouver and Victoria. The most interesting aspect of this plant is the fragrance of the foliage which is very close to that of peanut butter. Plant with chocolate cosmos, Cosmos atrosanguineus, to turn your border into a peanut butter cup! Plectranthus 'Velvet Elvis' - Spurflower - ‘Velvet Elvis’ has large inflorescences of large lavender blue flowers with very dark green leaves and purple stems with a compact upright habit. It's not hardy, but who cares? This plant is a fabulous addition to containers.
Libertia perigrinans - New Zealand Iris - Valued for its richly coloured orangey-bronze, erect, iris-like foliage that is especially pretty backlit by the sun. The foliage is evergreen, or I should say everorange, and looks great 365 days a year. The small creamy white flowers appear intermittently and are lightly fragrant. The orange colouration in the leaves is more intense when plants are stressed so don’t baby them. Give them lean, well-drained soil in sun. Veronicastrum virginicum 'Lavender Towers' - Culver's Root - A lovely, tall, back of the border, late-flowering clumper that loves moist feet and good sun. The flowers look like lavender candelabras in the garden. Plants bulk up with time offering large clumps of lavender spires and attractive foliage whorled at regular intervals along the stems. A native from Manitoba east and south to Florida.
Heucherella 'Solar Eclipse' - Foamy Bells - Leaves of red brown bordered in lime green combined with such a beautiful habit and broadly scalloped leaf edges. There is nothing else like it in the world of Heucherella or Heucher for that matter. Forming a vigorous mound of dense crowns, 'Solar Eclipse' has it all! Heucherella 'Glacier Falls' - Foamy Bells -'Glacier Falls' features soft, fuzzy, blue green leaves and dark red veins that will trail 18 inches in all directions. A superb groundcover and stunning "spiller" in a container, this calm, cool and collected Heucherella is more subtle than some of its bolder compatriates with a frosted, cool appearance. A member of the Falls Series which includes 'Redstone Falls', 'Yellowstone Falls', 'Glacier Falls' and 'Sunrise Falls'.
Aconitum carmichaelii 'Arendsii' - Monkshood - A very popular stocky monkshood with large purple-blue hooded flowers. The leaves are thick and leathery with a glossy surface and are broadly dissected into tri-lobed sections. Full sun to part shade. A great vertical accent for sun to part shade. All parts of the plant are poisonous so don’t use it in salads. Aconitum napellus 'Album' - Monkshood - The white monkshood is a herbaceous perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. It's attractive, deeply cut, ferny leaves remain dark green in colour throughout the season contrasting with the bold spikes of white, hooded flowers rising above the foliage. Monkshoods are great from sun to part shade and offer a great way to get vertical spikes into shadier positions.
Hosta 'Flemish Sky' - Plantain Lily - 'Flemish Sky' is one of the bluest hostas available with powder blue foliage that is broad, lightly rippled and cupped and tapers to pointed tips. Pale lavender flowers in late summer. Good vigour and substance. 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.
Pyrrosia lingua 'Eboshi' - Tonge Fern - Pyrrosia lingua is a common rock-dwelling fern from northeast Asia with tongue-shaped, leathery fronds with cinnamon-felted undersides. 'Eboshi' is a rare and intriguing form with twisted fronds. It can be grown in open potting media, orchid mix, or on a slab. Keep dry in winter; water and fertilize in summer. Makes a good houseplant. Pyrrosia lingua 'Ogon Nishiki' - Tongue Fern - Pyrrosia lingua is a common rock-dwelling fern from northeast Asia with tongue-shaped, leathery fronds with cinnamon-felted undersides. 'Ogon Nishiki' is a very rare thing in that it is a variegated fern. Every leaf offers different light green stripes on an emerald green background. It can be grown in open potting media, orchid mix, or on a slab. Keep dry in winter; water and fertilize in summer. A good houseplant.
Hosta 'Alligator Alley' - Plantain Lily - 'Alligator Alley' is a medium to large sized hosta that forms a mound of thick, leathery, puckered, heart-shaped to round, triclour leaves. The leaves have wide blue-green margins with chartreuse centres that become yellow in summer and jets of light green between the two. The flowers are white or light lilac. Hosta 'Church Mouse' - Plantain Lily - 'Church Mouse' is like a frazzled version of 'Blue Mouse Ears'. It is a unique miniature with wavy blue-green leaves. It has attractive purple flowers. Miniature hostas are great in shady containers or troughs, at the front of the border or along pathways. Dangerous for collectors who will want to have many more than just one!

Fremontodendron 'California Glory' - California Flannel Bush - 'California Glory' is a fast-growing shrub or small tree which will reach six to ten feet in our area. It is festooned with large yellow hibiscus-like flowers over a long period through spring and summer. Somewhat short-lived, flannel bush should be planted against the south wall of the house or grown in a pot where it can be moved to a frost free or more protected location. A hybrid between F. californicum and F. mexicanum two species that hail from the family that also brings you chocolate!

Anemone 'Pretty Lady Diana' - Japanese Anemone - The Pretty Lady series of anemone feature compact habits growing to only 15 inches tall. 'Diana' has single pink flowers over two inches (five cm) wide. Use at the front of the border or in containers. These long-lived garden plants are great for mixing with other fall-blooming perennials. Prefers average to evenly moist soils and will not tolerate long periods of dryness.

Anemone 'Pretty Lady Emily' - Japanese Anemone - The Pretty Lady series of anemone features compact habits growing to only 15 inches tall and long-blooming. 'Emily' has double light pink flowers over two inches (five cm) wide. Use at the front of the border or in containers. These long-lived garden plants are great for mixing with other fall-blooming perennials. Prefers average to evenly moist soils and will not tolerate long periods of dryness. Anemone 'Pretty Lady Susan' - Japanese Anemone - The Pretty Lady series of anemone features compact habits growing to only 15 inches tall and long-blooming. 'Susan' has single dark-pink flowers over two inches (five cm) wide. Use at the front of the border or in containers. These long-lived garden plants are great for mixing with other fall-blooming perennials. Prefers average to evenly moist soils and will not tolerate long periods of dryness.
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.
Calanthe tricarinata - Hardy Calanthe Orchid - One of the hardiest calanthes with spikes of yellow-green flowers with a burgundy, red, yellow and white lip in spring. The lip of the flower is elaborately frilled which helps explain the Japanese name "sarumen" calanthe meaning "monkey face." Foliage is evergreen in milder climates but can go dormant in colder areas. Rare but easy to grow. Virus-free plants from flasked seedlings. 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.
Leucosceptrum japonicum 'Golden Angel' - Japanese Shrub Mint - This golden yellow-leaved form of this Japanese woodland perennial lights up the woodland garden all season long and is then topped with spikes of soft yellow flowers in fall. Said to be one of the prettiest foliage plants for brightening the shade garden. Light shade or morning sun. Calanthe discolor - Hardy Calanthe Orchid - A very durable, cold-hardy orchid species from Japan with showy 10 inch spikes of burgundy and white bicoloured flowers in May. The burgundy can vary between cool and warm burgundies. The attractive foliage is heavily pleated and semi-evergreen. These seven year old plants are blooming-size, virus-free and were derived from flasked seedlings. Calanthes are hardy terrestrial orchids for classic shade garden conditions.

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.

Dahlia 'Bishop of Canterbury' - Dahlia - This cultivar has flowers that appear red or magenta depending on the angle of the light. The flowers are single and sit atop rich, burgundy foliage. Blooms from early summer until fall and grows from two to three feet tall. Excellent in containers or in the garden. Three options for winter starting with easiest and safest: 1. grow in a pot and move to a frost-free area, 2. lift tubers and store, 3. leave in the ground in well-drained, sunny beds under a mound of fallen leaves.

Clematis recta 'Purpurea Select' - Crimson Scabious - This uncommon clematis is a non-climbing clump former that is grown primarily for its beautiful leaves and stems which are at first rich burgundy gradually maturing to a grey-green. The flowers are white, vanilla-scented and quite small but appear in nice clusters by the hundreds. This is a good clematis to grow in the perennial border up through other perennials or shrubs. Cut back after blooming for a new flush of burgundy foliage.

Primula japonica - Candelabra Primrose - Candelabra primula tend to be mid spring bloomers that bloom for a few months with flowering stems that elongate holding the flowers in tiers at regular intervals. These species are also quite long-lived and robust. Primula japonica is an excellent plant for shade or moist soils in sunnier locations. The flowers can be magenta, pink or white. Plant in colonies for a great show.
Arisaema ringens - Cobra Lily - This common Asian species is one of the best for gardens. It has glorious three-parted foliage, gray-green and glossy, and a unique green-and purple, rather fist-shaped flower. A. ringens is an easy long-lived garden plant that forms large clumps with time. Worth growing as a handsome foliage plant with the bonus of very cool flowers. Always popular. Beesia deltophylla - Beesia - I’m excited to offer one of my favourite shade plants, the handsome Beesia deltophylla with glossy, deep green, evergreen, heart-shaped leaves tinged in purple when new that form dense rosettes up to 12 inches across. Sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? Spires of small white flowers rise up to 20 inches above the foliage in mid to late spring repeating later in the season. Excellent in well-drained yet evenly moist soil in full or partial shade.
Hosta 'Cool as a Cucumber' - Plantain Lily - 'Cool as a Cucumber' is a large sized, incredibly showy, tricolour hosta. Its white variegated foliage is notably upright in youth but quickly develops into a gracefull arching mound. The long, pointed leaves have mid green margins which jet into light green towards the clear white centre. The flowers are white or light lilac. Hosta 'Electrocution' - Plantain Lily - 'Electrocution' is a hosta that looks like it stuck its finger in the electrical socket!. It is a medium sized hosta that forms an upright mound of tightly rippled, twisted, long and narrow leaves. The leaves are green with yellow margins which lighten to creamy yellow in summer and are slightly shiny. In mature plants, the petioles may have red speckling.
Salvia Suncrest 'Bright Eyes' - Baby Sage - This is a fast-growing sage which is adorned with stunning bicolour flowers -- red flowers with a white eye -- from May until frost. It will produce thousands of flowers in a season. Well-drained soil in full sun. Hard prune each spring. Salvia Suncrest 'Flamenco Rose' - Baby Sage - This is a fast-growing sage which is adorned with stunning hot pink flowers from May until frost. It will produce thousands of flowers in a season. Well-drained soil in full sun. Hard prune each spring.
Salvia 'Hot Lips' - Baby Sage - Very cool and a bestseller. This is a fast-growing wild selection of a Mexican sage which is adorned with stunning bicolour flowers -- white flowers with red lips -- from May until frost. But the expression of colour is temperature sensitive. In spring the flowers are usually all red, later bicoloured/hot lipped and in the heat of the summer all white, then returning to bicoloured and then red again in the fall. Will produce thousands of flowers in a season. Well-drained soil in full sun. Hard prune each spring. Salvia Suncrest 'Golden Girl' - Baby Sage - This is a fast-growing sage which is adorned with pale mid yellow flowers emerging from peach buds from May until frost. It will produce thousands of flowers in a season. Well-drained soil in full sun. Hard prune each spring.
Lavandula stoechas 'Anouk' - Spanish Lavender - This popular selection forms a dense shrub with grey-green foliage. The flower stems bear tight flower spikes of small purple flowers crowned by several one inch long magenta purple petal-like bracts that look like butterflies. ‘Anouk’ has a long bloom period from late spring through to fall. Shear lavenders lightly in early spring just as they begin growth and again after flowering to keep tidy. Gaura 'Gaudi Red' - Butterfly Gaura - This cultivar is compact with dark green foliage flushed with burgundy when young. It produces numerous delicate spikes of dark pink flowers. Gaura put on a spectacular flower show throughout the spring, summer and the early fall months. They love hot spots with well-drained soils and also do great in containers.
Digiplexis 'Illumination Flame' - Hybrid Foxglove - 'Illumination Flame' is an intergeneric hybrid between foxglove (Digitalis) and its Canary Island relative Isoplexis. It sports spectacular tubular flowers that are bright reddish orange with yellow throats. The flowers are densely packed on tall black stems with attractive foliage. Side branching and its sterile nature give an extended bloom time. Delosperma Wheels of Wonder 'Rose Wonder' - Ice Plant - Magenta tips turn to red then yellow then white moving towards the centre of the flower. The 'Wheels of Wonder' series features selections with much larger flowers and more upright habit with a long bloom period from late spring to frost. Ice plants are long-blooming and carefree succulent mat-forming perennials similar to sedums that thrive in heat, drought and nearly any well-drained soil. Very hardy but should be protected from winter wet either with very well drained soil or in the rainshadow of a house or other structure. Deer resistant.
Delosperma Jewel of Desert 'Peridott' - Ice Plant - Citrus yellow starry flowers with icy white centres. Flowers from late spring through fall. Ice plants are long-blooming and carefree succulent mat-forming perennials similar to sedums that thrive in heat, drought and nearly any well-drained soil. Very hardy but should be protected from winter wet either with very well drained soil or in the rainshadow of a house or other structure. Deer resistant. Delosperma 'Fire Spinner' - Ice Plant -This shockingly fabulous colour combination has firey orange petals morphing into hot magenta and then cooling down into icy white punctuated by the yellow stamens all against apple green foliage. Ice plants are long-blooming and carefree succulent mat-forming perennials similar to sedums that thrive in heat, drought and nearly any well-drained soil. Very hardy but should be protected from winter wet either with very well drained soil or in the rainshadow of a house or other structure. Deer resistant.

 


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