Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: May 2015

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

May 2015

Celebrating our 12th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

It's May! How exciting. It's PEAK gardening season and the nursery is looking smashing. We are packed with gorgeousness and inspiration everywhere! You've got to come visit and hopefully you'll bring some new people to Phoenix Perennials such as friends, neighbours and family. We need to recruit new people into the glorious hobby of gardening. Check out my article below on this very subject.

Speaking of recruitment we've had a ton of new Chinese customers since an article came out on Phoenix Perennials last Saturday in the Ming Pao Magazine. Check out the article below. But be warned, it's all in Chinese! Share it with your Chinese friends, neighbours and family! And maybe someone can tell me what it says!

Don't miss our exciting 2015 Spring Workshops. There are lots of cutting edge hands-on sessions and hot topics plus our free Gardening 101 series for beginner and intermediate gardeners and our new Young Sprouts Kids Club with four free workshops this spring!

Two of our edible pre-sales have closed and the plants are now available. We also have lots of extras available if you missed ordering. The dwarf Pixie Grapes and the new grafted tomato/potato called 'Ketchup 'n' Fries' plus the Mighty Matos are pretty exciting stuff.

Mothers' Day weekend is this weekend. If you're a Mom make sure to come in and get your FREE lily. Details below. We also have a bunch of Charity Shopping Weekends coming up in May so you can justify your plant purchases by supporting a charity. This weekend we support the BCSPCA.

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 Now 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!

Pixie Grapes
In Stock Now!

Free Lily for Mom on Mothers' Day Weekend*

Details Below

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Recruit! Recruit! Recruit!: More Gardeners Needed -- The hobby of gardening is at an interesting, some might say challenging, place right now – perhaps even a crossroads. Though gardening presents enormous benefits to individuals and society as a whole, nurseries and garden centres continue to close...

2. Phoenix Perennials in Chinese! -- Check out this article from last Saturday's Ming Pao Magazine by reporter Liang Feng!

3. Free Lily for Moms on Mothers' Day Weekend -- Moms need beautiful things. We're here to help with that.
4. Workshops 2015: Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful: One of our most exciting workshop schedules ever.
5. Pixie Grapes In Stock Now -- The new Pixie Grapes are a new series of dwarf grape vines for containers that will produce fruit in their first year and forever more after that.

6. Tomato Season is On! We are fully stocked ! -- 50+ heirloom and cool modern tomato starts, Mighty Matos and 'Ketchup 'n' Fries'!

7. Charity Shopping Weekends -- Shop for plants and support local charities at the same time...
Shop
For
Charity
8. Fabulous at Phoenix -- Gary's Picks of what's new and fabulous at the Phoenix Candy Store

 


Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

The Phoenix Perennials Calendar
There's so much going on at the nursery all the time. Here's your resource to keep track.
Date
Event Description
May 9-10
Mothers' Day Free* Lily
Saturday and Sunday May 9th and 10th, 2015
May 16 The Pacific Northwest Palm and Exotic Plant Society Sale | Saturday May 17th at Phoenix Perennials - This is a great opportunity to pick up some exciting subtropical plants. More Info
June 10
Avoiding the Summer Doldrums: Great plants for summer and fall | Nanoose Bay Garden Club in association with the Eaglecrest Garden Club | Contact Debbie for more info: djmitchhome at gmail.com

 

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

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

For more information visit the South Africa Tour Page.

 

Pacific Northwest Palm and Exotic Plant Society Annual Plant Sale
at Phoenix Perennials
Saturday May 16th, 9am-5pm, www.hardypalm.org

On the Saturday of the long weekend the "Palm Club" will be at the nursery for their annual plant sale. Get to the nursery early to scoop up the best plants. There are always lots of rare and unusual subtropicals to be had.

 

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.

Recruit! Recruit! Recruit!
The World Needs More Gardeners
Phoenix Perennials Needs More Gardeners

The hobby of gardening is at an interesting, some might say challenging, place right now – perhaps even a crossroads. Though gardening presents enormous benefits to individuals and society as a whole, nurseries and garden centres continue to close. The ones that are left have to work harder and harder to build interest in gardening and inspire new customers. Gardening magazines, such as Gardens West and Gardenwise, have been shutting down. And has anyone noticed that the “G” has disappeared from HGTV?

The current problem for gardening in Vancouver as well as in other cities comes down to demographics and economics. Throw in some challenging weather years recently (2015 not included, thank goodness!) and it’s been a tough go for the green industry, including Phoenix Perennials, in recent times.

Demographics is one of the most challenging factors creating a customer crunch right now for garden centres. The baby boomer generation, traditionally the core customer base for plants and gardening products, is currently downsizing from their traditional single-family detached homes with large gardens into condos and town homes with small gardens or just a balcony. Many of the boomers who remain in their homes are trying to simplify their gardens as they retire, get older, and focus on traveling, grandchildren and other pursuits.

The result is that droves of boomers who used to buy cartloads of plants every year are now coming in to pick up a few plants for the front door of their new condo. I’ve been hearing this story from countless regular customers over the past three years, a story which sends a shiver of foreboding down my spine.

The other part of the customer crunch is a story of economics. Some might say that the younger generations – generations X and Y who are currently in their 20s, 30s and 40s – are not interested in gardening. I don’t think this is quite the case. Humans have an innate need for plants and gardening and these younger generations are no different, especially generation Y, also known as the millennials, who are the environmental generation. But the clincher for an inspiration to garden is having a space of one’s own. Some who have a balcony in a rented apartment might show some interest in container gardening but it’s really not until one can own their own condo or house that a real gardening bug bites.

I’ve seen that inspiration hit many times. People who never thought they would be interested in gardening or even people who have always thought they hated gardening because their mom or dad made them weed the family garden when they were children are all of a sudden interested in gardening once they have their own space. But with current sky high real estate prices, we all know that owning property is more difficult than ever. The younger generations, especially generation X, are only now finding ways to join the property ownership game though some never will. This all means that new generations of gardeners are not being created quickly enough to replace all the downsizing boomers

Another interesting component of the gardening crunch is the immigration of people from different cultures that don’t have strong traditions of hobby gardening, at least not in the sense of the European gardening traditions. Yet because of the style and design of western cities with lots of private and public greenspace, an appreciation of the importance of gardening to the health and beauty of our cities is important. While people of different cultures contribute greatly to the diverse fabric of the city and enhance our diversity and international outlook, gardening for pleasure and aesthetics can be very foreign to them culturally. We talk about educating and encouraging younger people to garden but we should also be talking about educating and encouraging people of other ethnicities to beautify the spaces around their houses with gardens and to engage with the inspiration and well-being that gardening can provide.

Gardening presents so many benefits that it really is a shame to think that the hobby of gardening could be decreasing in our cities. Gardening provides exercise, stress-relief, beautification and enjoyment, increased property values, appreciation and respect for the natural world, it adds oxygen to the air and reduces pollution, and it creates healthy food, and encourages children to be active outside and eat more diverse diets. With a list like this everyone should be gardening, don’t you agree?

I am always incredibly optimistic (what gardener isn’t?) and I think it’s still possible to have a diverse and exciting gardening scene in Vancouver. But we need your help both to gain new customers for Phoenix and to get more people beautifying our cities with plants. Here’s what you can do!:

Recruit, Recruit, Recruit!: We need to create more gardeners as well as Phoenix Perennials customers. If you’re a downsizing baby boomer consider mentoring potential new gardeners, be they family members, friends or neighbours. We need gardening ambassadors who are always looking for opportunities to promote the benefits and joys of gardening and to share their gardening knowledge. Bring your new recruits to Phoenix Perennials to show them around or, better yet, attend one of our workshops with them so they start to feel more confident. Our Gardening 101 series is designed for beginners and intermediates. Remember that edible plants are the “gateway drug” for the younger generations. A little success with some herbs or veggies and we could have them hooked on gardening for life!

Get children involved in gardening: Gardening has so many benefits for children they really will become happier, healthier, better people if gardening is in their lives. Do some gardening projects with the children in your life. You can also bring them to our Young Sprouts Kids Club with different workshops throughout the season. Or stop in from time to time to surround them in plants. We’ll show them peanut butter plants, chocolate cosmos, and carnivorous plants to get them intrigued and engaged.

Beautify your front yard or other public areas of your home: All it takes is for your neighbours to see the beauty that can be created around a home for them to want to have that too. When a gardener moves into a neighbourhood or takes a renewed interest in the public areas of their yard they can be a catalyst for encouraging more beauty in the whole block or townhouse development.

Give plants or gift certificates as presents instead of normal fallbacks: Perennials, trees, vines and shrubs can last for years and years and get bigger and more beautiful each year. What better present than something with so much longevity that adds beauty to another person’s life?

Tell all your friends and family across Canada that Phoenix Perennials now ships mail order across the country. Our Phoenix Perennials Mail Order site is packed with our best plants and sure to excite and inspire.

With your help Phoenix Perennials and the hobby of gardening itself will have a bright and colourful future. Thank you for your efforts past and future!

 


2.

Phoenix Perennials in Chinese!

This article appeared last weekend in the Ming Pao Saturday Magazine. Thanks to reporter Liang Feng for featuring us! Hopefully it says lots of good things because it's all Chinese to me! Click on the image to see the full article.

View the Full Article in PDF

 


3.

Mothers' Day Free* Lily
Saturday and Sunday May 9th and 10th, 2015
Mom's need beautiful things and Phoenix Perennials is here for Moms on Mothers' Day. On Mothers' Day weekend come on down, show us that you're a Mom or Grand Mom by bringing your kids (pets count too) or a picture of them and we'll give you a free lily as a thank you for raising the next generation of gardeners.


*With purchase over $10, while supplies last.

 


4.

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

CONTAINER SERIES | Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets to Fabulous Pots Then Make Your Own | Instructor: Shelley | Sat May 9th, 10am-12pm | $14 | This is a fun hands-on workshop for gardeners of all levels who are interested in learning how to successfully create gorgeous perennial containers...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Edible Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets of Growing Edibles in Pots Then Plant Your Own | Instructor: Shelley | Sat May 9th, 2-4pm | $14 | This is a fun hands-on workshop for gardeners who want to grow edibles in containers that are beautiful and productive...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Master the Basics of Shrubs and Small Trees for Beauty and Privacy | Instructor: Jo | Sun May 10th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Shrubs, small trees and bamboo are integral parts of the garden...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Success with Tomatoes | Instructor: Gary | Sun May 10th, 1-2pm | FREE* | Tomatoes are the most beloved of all garden edibles because no tomato tastes better than one grown in your own garden...
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
Or use:
MULTIPLE CLASS REGISTRATION
to register for more than one Gardening 101 session at a time.

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

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

 

June

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

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

 

Fall and Winter Workshops

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

 


5.

Pixie Grapes Are In!

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

Our plants are available now and are perfect for a unique Mothers' Day gift.

 


6.

Tomato Season is On!
We are fully stocked!

We are now fully stocked with 50+ varieties of heirloom and cool modern tomatoes, 20+ varities of Mighty Matos grafted tomatoes and this year's earth shatering new introduction the 'Ketchup 'n' Fries' "TomTato"! Get yourself down to Phoenix and get your tomatoes on!

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

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


7.

Charity Shopping Weekends
Help Local Charities by Shopping for Plants at Phoenix!

What is a Charity Shopping Weekend?: Charity Shopping Weekends are a way for Phoenix Perennials to support local community organizations and initiatives while helping to introduce gardeners to our nursery. On a few weekends each gardening season a charity or group of charities is selected to participate in a Weekend. During that Friday, 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 we have raised over $14,000 for local charities and institutions.

Upcoming Charity Shopping Weekends
May 1st-3rd

The Scholarship Fund of the Scandinavian Business Club of BC

 

Daniel Woodward Elementary School
May 8th-10th Vancouver BC SPCA
May 22nd-24th Jeremy's Memorial Foundation Against Domestic Violence

 


8.

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

There is SO much I could highlight here. You just have to come down to see it all. The nursery is very exciting right now and packed with botanical wonder and beauty.

Hydrangea 'Peppermint Swirl' -- Hydrangea -- This incredible new hydrangea can be blue with deep purple-blue flecks or pink with deep pink flecks. There's nothing else like it in hydrangeas!

 

 

Clivia miniata - Fire Lily - Not quite hardy but fantastic as a patio and houseplant, C. miniata has been a favourite of plantlovers since Victorian times. The dark green, strap-like foliage shows off the beautiful clusters of glowing orange and yellow flowers in late spring or summer. The resulting large fruit lasts for two years, first green then brilliant red which is fantastic against the foliage. Minimum two degrees Celsius.

We also have the yellow version!

Cypripedium 'Victoria' - Hardy Lady's Slipper - 'Victoria' has huge flowers with a yellow lip and twisted, yellow tepals striped with burgundy. The lip alone is almost the size of a chicken egg! The imposing plant with its broad leaves grows to 60 cm (23 in.) high -- a real eye-catcher in the shaded garden! Blooms in the second half of May. Grown from seed. Plants will resemble the image but may not be identical. A cross of the North American C. parviflorum var. pubescens and the Asian C. fasciolatum. Lady's slipper hybrids are much more vigorous and easy to grow than species. Blooming size.
Digiplexis Illumination 'Berry Canary' - Hybrid Foxglove - The Illumination series offers intergeneric hybrids between foxglove (Digitalis) and its Canary Island relative Isoplexis. 'Berry Canary' has spikes of hot pink flowers with creamy yellow, burgundy speckled throats over the rosettes of glossy, dark green leaves. It is a long bloomer from late spring to frost. Digiplexis Illumination 'Flame' - Hybrid Foxglove - The Illumination series offers intergeneric hybrids between foxglove (Digitalis) and its Canary Island relative Isoplexis. 'Flame' sports spectacular tubular flowers that are bright reddish-magenta with orange-yellow throats. It looks like a foxglove crossed with a Hawaiian shirt. The flowers are densely packed on tall black stems with attractive foliage. Side branching and its sterile nature give an extended bloom time.
Digiplexis Illumination 'Raspberry' - Hybrid Foxglove - The Illumination series offers intergeneric hybrids between foxglove (Digitalis) and its Canary Island relative Isoplexis. 'Berry Canary' has spikes of hot pink flowers with creamy yellow, burgundy speckled throats over the rosettes of glossy, dark green leaves. It is a long bloomer from late spring to frost.

Brunnera macrophylla - Siberian Bugloss - Large, mid to dark green, heart-shaped leaves are topped with long-lasting, vivid blue, forget-me-not flowers in spring. A beauty for the shade garden or woodland walk.

We also have lots of cool foliage forms such as 'King's Ransom', 'Diane's Gold', 'Sea Heart', and more.

Daphne ordora 'Zuiko Nishiki - Winter Daphne - 'Zuiko Nishiki' is a Japanese selection of Daphne odora with lush green foliage and a vigorous nature. It may also be hardier than the species. The buds are vibrant, deep pink and open to pale pink or white flowers. The fragrance is ravishing - a mix of intoxicating citrus, sweetness and baby powder. Daphne x transatlantica 'Summer Ice' - Daphne - This daphne has some great qualities not before seen in the genus: an incredibly long bloom period and it’s easy to grow. ‘Summer Ice’ forms a mounded shrub with beautifully fragrant (like sweet baby powder) white flowers with an apple blossom flush that bloom from early April until November. As if that weren’t enough the leaves sport a crisp white trim. Semi-evergreen in average winters. Deciduous in hard winters. Rich, well-drained soil in sun. Do not move after planting.
Paeonia lutea var. ludlowii - Tibetan Tree Peony - A superb, vigorous shrub species from Asia with large, deeply cut leaves and beautiful, large, golden-yellow, saucer-shaped flowers with exteriors often marked with red. The large, medium green pinnate leaves turn rich shades of yellow and orange with splashes of pink in the fall. Aeonium 'Zwartkop' - Aeonium - The Itoh peonies are intersectional hybrids between the tree peony (P. suffruticosa) and the garden peony (P. lactiflora). The result is an outstanding group of perennial herbaceous peonies with huge flowers in a wide range of unusual colours such as yellows, coppers, apricots, pinks, magentas and bicolours. The foliage emerges rich red and gradually turns to green. A mature plant can have over 50 blooms! We have lots of different cultivars right now!
Antirrhinum 'Snap Daddy Yellow' - Snap Dragon - Go retro chic with this variegated snapdragon! This hardy cultivar can handle zone 7. The lemon-yellow blooms have light yellow highlights and are held in fat spikes above green and white, variegated foliage. The plants are bushy and compact and happy to flower over a long period from summer until frost! Antirrhinum 'Snap Daddy Pink' - Snap Dragon - Go retro chic with this variegated snapdragon! This hardy cultivar can handle zone 7. The pink blooms are held in fat spikes above green and white, variegated foliage. The plants are bushy and compact and happy to flower over a long period from summer until frost!

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.

Lavandula 'Platinum Blonde' - Lavender - This lavender has blue blooms on long stems with variegated foliage in creamy yellow and green. Shear lavenders lightly in early spring just as they begin growth and again after flowering to keep tidy.

Paeonia Itoh Hybrids - Itoh Peonies - The Itoh peonies are intersectional hybrids between the tree peony (P. suffruticosa) and the garden peony (P. lactiflora). The result is an outstanding group of perennial herbaceous peonies with huge flowers in a wide range of unusual colours such as yellows, coppers, apricots, pinks, magentas and bicolours. The foliage emerges rich red and gradually turns to green. A mature plant can have over 50 blooms! Passiflora 'Jeanette' - 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.
Coreopsis Li'l Bang 'Starlight' - Tickseed - A dwarf selection from breeder Darrel Probst with very large, creamy flowers with burgundy centres turning to a rosy pink colour in cooler temperatures. The foliage is dense and wiry. Long blooming. Great in pots or the front of the border. Coreopsis Li'l Bang 'Daybreak' - Tickseed - Single red flowers with a vibrant golden yellow edge on dark green foliage. Blooms all summer long. Great at the front of the border or in containers.
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! Meconopsis betonicifolia - Himalayan Blue Poppy - One of the holy grails of the botanical world, the Himalayan Blue Poppy. Count yourself lucky to live in one of the few places in the world with a suitable climate for growing these fabulous plants. M. betonicifolia is the best species for the garden. The flowers are from three to five inches across in pale to deep sky blue. Prefers peaty, well-drained soil that is kept evenly moist in summer and bright but indirect light.
Anigozanthos 'Bush Tango' - Kangaroo Paw - Kangaroo paws have some of the most distinctive flowers in the botanical world with clusters of fuzzy tubular flowers that look like a kangaroo's paw and that bloom for months! 'Bush Tango' has flowers in shades of orange, apricot and red on stems up to three feet tall above iris-like mid-green foliage. Tolerant of some freezing but safest to bring plants inside to a greenhouse or as a houseplant in winter. Anigozanthos 'Bush Gold' - Kangaroo Paw - Kangaroo paws have some of the most distinctive flowers in the botanical world with clusters of fuzzy tubular flowers that look like a kangaroo's paw and that bloom for months! 'Bush Gold' has golden yellow flowers on red stems to two feet above iris-like mid-green foliage. Though tolerant of some freezing it would be safest to bring plants inside to a greenhouse or as a houseplant in winter.
Erysimum 'Winter Orchid' - Wallflower - This shrub-like perennial offers elegant grey-green mounds of foliage and fragrant, orange-red flowers that age to a deep orchid purple creating a great bicolour effect. Long-blooming 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. Erysimum 'Winter Orchid' - 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.

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!

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

We also have in stock two other hardy gardenia: 'Frostproof', 'Chuck Hayes' and 'Summer Snow'.

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.
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. 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.
Arisaema griffithii var. pradhanii - Cobra Lily - Variety pradhanii is the rare Sikkim form of this species. It is the choicest (yes, that is a word in horticulture!) and most beautiful form with a stunning contrast between the dark chocolate-purple background and the yellowish-green markings of the spathe which is up to eight inches across! A. griffithii resents summer heat and moisture. Plant it in a dry, partly-shaded position or at the base of a shrub or large tree. 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.
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. 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.On
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. Penstemon digitalis 'Pocahontas' - Beard Tongue - This improvement over 'Husker Red' was developed by Brent Horvath at Intrinsic Perennials. In comparison, 'Pocahontas' has much darker foliage that emerges wine purple and keeps its colour much better through the summer heat. The flowers are lavender-pink rather than white and the stems are burgundy-red.

 


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