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E-Newsletter: Mid May 2015

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

Mid May 2015

Celebrating our 12th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

I love May! The nursery looks so beautiful and it's filled with so many amazing plants. We're at our maximum availability of plants right now so make sure to come for a visit. And remember to recruit, recruit, recruit by bringing a new friend to introduce them to the nursery. Thanks so much for your support.

I've been working hard to spread the word to new customers with a recent appearance on CTV Morning Live with Keri Adams (Yes, again. Yes, that's the fourth time this year. ;-) ). We talked Incredible Edibles. I think I blew her mind with all the new innovations. Check out the video below. I've also been on CFAX Radio's Gardening 101 with Jeff De Jong talking garden plants of Europe and interviewed by Lori Fralic for a Vancouver Sun article on garden trends. Check out the podcast and the article below.

We have some great kids workshops coming up. Let's get the new generation gardening. We also have lots of adult workshops. One of them is definitely for ADULTS ONLY! It's our Cocktail Gardening class with famous bartender David Wolowidnyk of West and CinCin restaurants. He'll be mixing cocktails for us with plants you can grow in the garden and teaching us how to do it. Check out our full schedule below.

If you're interested in learning more about the tour I'm leading to South Africa there is an info session coming up at UBC in a couple weeks. Details are below.

Last but not least Fab at Phoenix is packed with great plants available now though this is just the tip of the iceberg. It's time to come for a visit.

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

'Ketchup 'n' Fries' "TomTato", Mighty Matos & Heirloom and Cool Modern Tomato Starts Still in Stock!

We have 'Ketchup 'n' Fries', 20+ varities of Mighty Matos, and 50+ varieties of heirloom and cool modern veggie starts but tomato hanging baskets!

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Gary on CTV Morning Live Talking Incredible Edibles with Host Keri Adams - I think I might have overwhelmed CTV Morning Live's host Keri Adams with all the incredible edibles I brought into studio last week...

2. Gary On The Radio: Talking the Plants of Europe with Jeff De Jong - In our series of conversations on the amazing garden plants that come to us from the various continents of the world, Jeff De Jong and I recently explored the plants of Europe...

3. FROM THE VANCOUVER SUN: Talking Garden Trends: Phoenix Perennials' Owner Has More Than a Little Know-How - Gary Lewis knows the plant world well -- and it's now wonder, given his interest took root when he was a child...

4. Lunch & Learn: Learn About My Upcoming Tour to South Africa - We still have a few spaces available if you're thinking of coming! Come learn more about our two week tour to the greatest floral spectable on Earth starting August 25th, 2015!

5. Workshops 2015: Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful: One of our most exciting workshop schedules ever.
6. 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

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

The trip is going ahead but we still have a little space for more travellers!

We have a single lady looking for a roommate for the trip to avoid single occupancy costs. Are you a single lady who wants to join us?

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.

Gary on CTV Morning Live Talking Incredible Edibles with Host Keri Adams

I think I might have overwhelmed CTV Morning Live's host Keri Adams with all the incredible edibles I brought into studio last week: Mighty Matos, Mighty 2'Matos, Ketchup 'n' Fries, Aloha Berries, Pixie Grapes, and columnar apples. It's a brave new world of food gardening with so many exciting options for gardens big and small. Watch the video to learn more!

 

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We still have these plants in stock and available!


2.

GARY ON THE RADIO
TALKING THE PLANTS OF EUROPE WITH JEFF DE JONG

In our series of conversations on the amazing garden plants that come to us from the various continents of the world, Jeff De Jong and I recently explored the plants of Europe and all that they contribute to our gardens. If you missed us live you can catch the podcast. Enjoy!

"Garden Plants of the World: Europe", Gary Lewis with Jeff De Jong, Gardening 101, C-Fax AM 1070, Victoria, BC
Listen to the Podcast | Download Catalogue (15 Mb)

 


3.

From the Vancouver Sun
Talking Garden Trends

Phoenix Perennials' Owner Has More Than A Little Know-How
By Lori Fralic
, May 7th, 2015


Digiplexis Illumination 'Apricot' - Even newer than the article and in stock now!

Gary Lewis knows the plant world well — and it’s no wonder, given his interest took root when he was just a child. The owner of Phoenix Perennials — it offers one of the largest selections of perennials in Canada, with over 4,000 different plants each year — began collecting houseplants at 10, an age when few kids know the difference between a dahlia and a daisy.

Since becoming owner of Phoenix in 2004 at 28, both Lewis and his company have earned considerable recognition. Lewis, the Canada region director for the Perennial Plant Association, was last year selected one of Canada’s Top 10 Horticultural Professionals Under 40 by Greenhouse Canada magazine, and the year before that selected Communicator of the Year by the B.C. Landscape and Nursery Association. In 2012 and 2013, Phoenix Perennials won the category of Growing Gardeners, part of the Canadian Garden Centre of the Year Awards.

We caught up with him to ask about everything from edibles to ornamentals to the latest trends in the garden.

Q: At a time when we are all looking for ways to be more conservative with water usage, what are our best bets for water-wicking plants in Metro Vancouver gardens?

A: I have a lot of favourites for hot, sunny spots and for water-wise gardening. The baby sage ‘Salvia Hot Lips’ is pretty amazing with bicolour red and white flowers by the hundreds all summer long. It’s irresistible. ‘The Suncrest’ series offers other colours: ‘Autumn Moon,’ ‘Fire Dancer,’ ‘Flamenco Rose’ and ‘Lemon Light.’ New varieties of upright stonecrops such as Sedum ‘Desert Black’ and ‘Thunderhead’ offer dramatic, hardy, succulent foliage. Then there are the hummingbird mints, ‘Agastache Kudos’ series and ‘Summer’ series, with fragrant foliage and colourful flowers all summer long that are great for pollinators.

Q: When it comes to edibles and ornamentals, is there such a thing as a perfect plant pairing?

A: There are so many possibilities, it’s really about creating something you find beautiful. Some edibles are really attractive and can be integrated into perennial borders or containers. You can use kale, cabbage, lettuce and mustard greens for front of the border or container foliage interest. If berries are your priority try the dwarf ‘BrazelBerries’ including the new taller ‘Pink Icing’ with beautiful pink foliage for containers or garden. I’d surround them with colourful coral bells like ‘Heuchera Ginger Peach,’ ‘Grape Soda’ or ‘Gotham.’

Q: Anyone who has been to your specialty nursery knows you’re a go-to source for hard-to-find plants. What’s new in store this season?

A: We literally have gardeners visiting from all over Canada now which is exciting. With our new mail order division we’re becoming well known far and wide. Finding cutting-edge new plants or rare and unusual plants seems to be what draws them. We have hundreds of new plants each year, so it’s hard to name just a few, but I’m excited about the new foxglove hybrids Digiplexis Illumination series which we have in three colours: ‘Flame,’ ‘Berry Canary’ and ‘Raspberry.’ They bloom from June until fall and look like foxgloves dressed in Hawaiian shirts. The big story in edibles is the new hand-grafted ‘Ketchup ‘n’ Fries TomTato.’ It’s a delicious cherry tomato grafted on to a potato. You’ll get hundreds of tomatoes followed by four to five pounds of potatoes. It’s crazy and fun.

Q: What are the biggest gardening trends you’re seeing this year?

A: Edibles remain hot. It’s the fourth year of the ‘Mighty Mato’ grafted tomato varieties and our customers keep coming back for more because of their success. Many are growing them in large pots, which is related to another trend: small space gardening. We carry a lot of dwarf or vertical plants that are great in small spaces. The new columnar apples are amazing with pillars of fruit. ‘Golden Sentinel’ and ‘Scarlet Sentinel’ will top 10 feet but only get two feet wide. And because plants have to look good all season long in small spaces, perennials with long bloom periods like ‘Geranium Rozanne,’ butterfly ‘Gaura’ and the wallflower ‘Erysimum Honeyberry’ or perennials with great foliage like ‘Heuchera’ ‘Red Lightning,’ Geranium ‘Margaret Wilson’ and ‘Beesia’ deltophylla are all popular.

 


4.

Lunch & Learn
About My Upcoming Tour to South Africa

We still have a few spaces available if you're thinking of coming! Come learn more about our two week tour to the greatest floral spectable on Earth starting August 25th, 2015!

 


5.

Workshops and Classes at the Nursery in 2015

Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful.

Welcome to our 2015 workshops and one of the most exciting line-ups we've ever offered! We will be offering one of the largest workshop schedules in our region including our FREE Gardening 101 Series designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners and our new Young Sprouts Kids Club.

May

YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | Plants and all their Parts! | Kate | Sun May 31st, 10-11am | FREE* | Plants are fascinating organisms made up of all kinds of different parts...
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | The Dynamic Garden: The Importance of Texture and Movement | Instructor: Jo | Sun May 31st, 1-2pm | FREE* | Discover two of the most important, yet lesser known, traits for gardens that can elevate them from beautiful to extraordinary...
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June

YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | Wildlife in the Garden: Bees, Birds & Butterflies! | Kate & Jo | Sun June 7th, 10-11am | FREE* | There's nothing more fun than experiencing nature in the garden, especially bees, birds and butterflies. We'll explore...
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PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Cocktail Gardening: From Garden to Glass, Shaken not Stirred | Instructor: David Wolowidnyk, West Restaurant with Gary | Sat June 13th, 1-3pm | $20 | Join award-winning bartender and mixologist David Wolowidnyk from the acclaimed West Restaurant in Vancouver to learn how to make cocktails and libations with ingredients from your own garden...
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GARDENING 101 SERIES | Architectural Plants for Drama, Drama, Drama | Jo | Sun June 14th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | This is the “go big or go home” workshop. Dramatic architectural plants are integral to the garden and containers. They act as...
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Fall and Winter Workshops

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

 


6.

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

This installment is made up of our most recent Alerts which come out occasionally on a variety of subjects to meet you specific garden interests. If you're not getting the Alerts or wish to change your preferences follow the directions at the bottom of this page. Sometimes it won't work from the email. If that's the case then go to www.phoenixperennials.com, look for our newsletter and alert area, enter your email address and click Go!

HOT PLANT ALERT
Ten Hot Plants for Hot Spots

Echibeckia 'Summerina Brown' - Echibeckia - Echibeckia is a unique cross between two classic perennials: Echinacea and Rudbeckia. The Summerina hybrids are fast-growing and disease resistant. The flowers are large at over three inches in diametre. Plants bloom for 2-3 months or more. Echibeckia 'Summerina Orange' - Echibeckia - Echibeckia is a unique cross between two classic perennials: Echinacea and Rudbeckia. The Summerina hybrids are fast-growing and disease resistant. The flowers are large at over three inches in diametre. Plants bloom for 2-3 months or more. 'Summerina Orange' has striking orange, yellow and rust-coloured flowers with dark centres.
Echinacea 'Hot Papaya' - Coneflower - Sizzling, red orange, double cones with falling tails heat up the sun border in summer. Contrasting dark burgundy, sturdy stems. Upright, with lance-shaped leaves. From the Cone-fections Series which offers reliably hardy, very floriferous, stocky plants with strong sturdy stems. Wonderful planted en masse and superb as a cut flower. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering. Echinacea 'Green Jewel' - Coneflower - This incredibly unique echinacea was discovered by Piet Oudolf. Light green ray petals surround the large, green cone of this sweetly fragrant coneflower. The plants have an upright habit and a height of just 20-24 inches, so no staking is required. Praised for their cheerful brightly coloured flowers, coneflowers are a mainstay in today's garden. The dried seed heads provide architectural interest in the winter and are a good food source for finches and other birds.
Echinacea 'Hot Papaya' - Coneflower - There is no other coneflower like this one. 'Supreme Cantaloupe' is just that: the colour of ripe cantaloupe! Imagine colour combinations with pink, magenta and blue. Fragrant. Part of the new Supreme Series of mid-size double-flowered coneflowers. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering. Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' - Baby Sage - Very cool and an all time Phoenix Perennials 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. Even worth it as an annual in colder climates.

Salvia Suncrest 'Fire Dancer' - Baby Sage - 'Fire Dancer' has small, scented leaves and firey, coral-red flowers. It is a long-blooming cultivar producing hundreds of flowers all summer long. Use in containers or hot borders.

We also have 'Lemon Light', 'Autumn Moon', and 'Flamenco Rose'.

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!
Erysimum 'Honeyberry' - Wallflower - This shrub-like perennial offers elegant variegated mounds of foliage and magenta and purple, fragrant flowers from spring through summer. Sheer lightly when flowering slows or when flower stems become too long. Rebloom will start shortly thereafter. Wallflowers have a reputation for being short-lived in Vancouver. For long-lived, compact specimens plant them in a hot, dry, sunny spot in the garden where they will last for years. Zaluzianskya ovata - Night Phlox - This intriguing little South African native forms mounds of fuzzy leaves that produce deep pink buds opening to charming, white, fragrant flowers. During the days the flowers put forth a strange fragrance but at night they increase their olfactory output becoming a sweet, heady fragrance. Hardier in leaner, thinner soils.

 

MADE IN THE SHADE ALERT
Ten Plants to Change Your Shade Garden Forever

Gillenia trifoliata - Bowman's Root - This graceful perennial is strangely absent from most gardens. The leaves are arranged in threes along wiry stems, topped by loose panicles of white flowers emerging from tubular wine-coloured sepals. Think of it as a butterfly gaura for the shade garden. Gillenia is native to eastern North America and was traditionally used for medicinal purposes. Part sun to light shade in average to moist well-drained soil. Good fall colour. Spigelia marilandica - Indian Pink - One of the most striking and beautiful of the eastern North American native perennials, Indian Pink's summer flowers are brilliant red and tubular with canary yellow throats. A favourite of butterflies and hummingbirds, it is at home in the bright woodland or sunny border. We offer smallish starter plants - indian pink are slow to get going but are impressive with time.
Meconopsis 'Lingholm' - Blue Poppy - One of the holy grails of the botanical world, the Himalayan Blue Poppy. 'Lingholm' is a hybrid group between M. betonicifolia and M. grandis. The flowers are from three to five inches across in pale to deep sky blue and sometimes with purple flushes in young petals. Prefers peaty, well-drained soil that is kept evenly moist in summer and bright but indirect light. Prefers regions with cool summers and resents heat and humidity. Disporum cantoniense 'Moonlight' - Chinese Fairy Bells - An exceptional new cultivar, compact in form with unique silvery white and green variegation radiating from each leaf blade, becoming suffused with purple-pink coloration as temperatures cool in the fall. Graceful, arching stems emerge in spring, followed by clusters of small flowers in late spring to summer. Adds an illuminating effect to any shade garden.
Hosta 'Praying Hands' - Plantain Lily - 'Praying Hands' is the most un-hosta looking hosta to ever hit the market. Each small, 18" wide clump is composed of strangely folded, dark green crinkled leaves, each with a narrow cream border resembling a multitude of hands folded in prayer. The upright clumps are topped with 18 inch spikes of light lavender flowers in late summer. Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears' - Miniature Plantain Lily - Small round bluish-green leaves are comprised of a substance so thick you have to feel it to believe it. Lavender flowers on short scapes proportionate to the clump top it in midsummer. A must-have mini hosta for the collector and rock garden enthusiast. 2008 Hosta of the Year! 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!
Liriope muscari 'Okina' - Frosted Monkey Grass - This compact mound of broad strap-like foliage arises paper white in spring and later develops green tips against which the lilac-purple flower spikes are shown to great effect. A strikingly different type of variegated plant for part shade that will stop garden visitors in their tracks. It has taken years for us to bulk up our stock plants and we are pleased to finally offer it. Trillium grandiflorum 'Plenum' - Clematis - This is the spectacular, very rare, fully double form of the eastern North American snow trillium which resembles a delicate white rose or camellia sitting on top of the tripartite foliage. Stunning! Flowers open pure white gradually fading to pale pink. Double flowered forms of trilliums, since they don’t have any reproductive structures and thus don’t get pollinated, often bloom for a longer period than regular trilliums. Large, blooming size rhizomes.
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. Kirengoshoma palmata - Korean Waxbells - A tall stately herbaceous plant from the Hydrangea family for the shade garden with wonderful serrated maple-like leaves and elegant creamy yellow bell flowers in summer and fall. A must for the woodland and shade gardens especially since it offers a tall vertical element that is less available from other shade denizens. Looks great with ferns, cobralilies and hydrangea

 

FRAGRANCE ALERT
10 Plants for Olfactory Bliss

Zaluzianskya ovata - Nighty Phlox - This intriguing little South African native forms mounds of fuzzy leaves that produce deep pink buds opening to charming, white, fragrant flowers. During the days the flowers put forth a strange fragrance but at night they increase their olfactory output becoming a sweet, heady fragrance. Hardier in leaner, thinner soils. Hydrangea angustipetala 'Golden Crane' - Hydrangea - Large, fragrant lacecaps of white sterile florets around gold to chartreuse lacey reproductive florets. This cultivar is the earliest of hydrangea to bloom and smells sweetly of honey which will fill the entire garden. Narrow textured leaves complete the show on this handsome shrub. Introduced by Dan Hinkley from his collections from southern Sichuan, China.
Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata' - Winter Daphne - [This one doesn't bloom in summer but we just got it in and it has extra fabulous foliage colour.] This extra variegated version of winter daphne is an improvement on ‘Aureomarginata’ in terms of foliage. It 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 due to sensitive roots. 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.
Gardenia 'Summer Snow' - Hardy Gardenia - 'Summer Snow' is a hardy hybrid gardenia hand selected after 10 years of development and test studies. ‘Summer Snow’ has beautiful pure white double flowers that are sweetly fragrant. The foliage is evergreen, rich and glossy. Hardy to zone 6 with reportedly some of the best cold hardiness of the hardy gardenias. Gardenia 'Frostproof' - Hardy Gardenia - The rose-like double flowers have an intense and intoxicating fragrance and appear most profusely in early summer and sporadically thereafter. Resilient in cool springs or cool spring/summer climates and will still produce copious flowers. Full sun to light shade. Blooms best where walls or patios provide extra night time warmth in spring and summer. Plant in a protected location just to be safe. Evergreen.
Actaea 'Atropurpurea' - Bugbane - The greenish-purple dissected foliage of this perennial provides great textural interest to the garden while we await the arrival of arching spires of fragrant white bottlebrush flowers in late summer. The sweet fragrance will fill the whole yard! Though tolerant of a full range of light conditions, Actaea (formerly Cimicifuga) are a great way to add fragrance to the shadier garden. Combine with variegated or golden foliage. We also have various other cultivars in stock. Clematis 'Sweet Summer Love' - Clematis - Small, multicoloured flowers of purple and fuchsia are sweetly fragrant and produced by the hundreds in summer and fall.
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! Clematis recta 'Purpurea Select' - Purple-Leaved Clematis - 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.

CLEMATIS AND VINE ALERT
10 Rare Vines to Meet Your Vertical Challenges

Lonicera reticulata 'Kintzley's Ghost - Honeysuckle - This marvelous and crazy honeysuckle will give you a vertical display like nothing else in the garden. It has tight yellow flower clusters surrounded by a large circular silvery-white bract. The showy white bracts persist through fall and cup the red berries. The foliage is pale blue-green. The flowers are lightly fragrant. A hybrid of L. reticulata and L. prolifera. Passiflora incarnata - Maypop - Hardly is there a flower that evokes a sense of the tropical more than the passion flowers. P. incarnata is native to the eastern US where it grows as a herbaceous vine. Maypop has incredibly, intricate purple and lavender flowers that are followed by greenish yellow, delicious and tanging passionfruits. Often freezes to the ground and comes back in the spring. Zone 5!
Passiflora 'Jeanette' - Hardy Passion Flower - 'Jeanette' is a hybrid between the hardy blue passion flower and 'Amethyst'. It has deep mauve flowers with a blush of white striping and coronoa filaments with wine purple and blue colouration. Has proven reliably hardy in zone 7. Bury the stem 6 inches deep to improve winter hardiness. Blooms over a long period throughout summer. Passiflora caerulea 'Select' - Hardy Blue Passion Flower - This floriferous selection has markedly larger flowers with darker black centres and deeper blue petals than the form commonly in cultivation (see photo). P. caerulea is hardy in coastal BC, especially against a south facing wall or fence. Bury the stem four inches deep to improve hardiness in well-drained soil that is not too moist or too rich to promote more flowers and less greenery. Edible, but not the most tasty, yellow fruit are produced if pollinators visit.
Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' - Chilean Potato Vine - The Chilean potato vine has exotic, potato-like flowers, each with lilac petals around a pointed yellow centre which appear continuously from spring to mid-autumn. Great for a sunny wall. Needs support and a little tying up. The semi-evergreen leaves will remain on the plant in all but bad winters. Actinidia tetramera var. maloides - Rosy Crabapple Kiwi - This rare kiwi has luscious foliage that is burgundy when young and later deep green tipped with white. Very useful for brightening part shade areas. In spring the stems are adorned with rose-pink, saucer-shaped flowers. This is a male clone so no fruit is produced. A fast-growing vine, it will reach 10-25 feet in a few years so give it a little space or grow it up a large hedge or into a tree.
Actinidia arguta 'Hardy Red' - Hardy Kiwi - Actinidia arguta produces fragrant greenish white flowers followed by small, grape-sized fruit with smooth skin with a taste similar to but often sweeter than the large, fuzzy kiwis found in grocery stores of Actinidia deliciosa. 'Hardy Red' has amazing cranberry-red fruit with red flesh and great flavour. Produces 100+ pounds per year once mature. Harvest in fall. Requires 'Hardy Male' as a pollinator'. Clematis 'Sweet Summer Love' - Clematis - Small, multicoloured flowers of purple and fuchsia are sweetly fragrant and produced by the hundreds in summer and fall.
Akebia quinata 'Shiro Bana' - Chocolate Vine - A decorative, twining climber with attractive leaves and flowers. The leaves are divided into five leaflets. The white flowers appear in clusters and smell like chocolate. Clematis recta 'Purpurea Select' - Purple-Leaved Clematis - 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.

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Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.
One of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials in Canada.

3380 No. 6 Road (Between Bridgeport and Cambie)
Richmond, BC | 604-270-4133 | www.phoenixperennials.com

Opening Dates and Hours
February 27th to November 1st, 2015
10am-5pm


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