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E-Newsletter: Mid May 2016

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

Mid May 2016

Celebrating our 13th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

We are now at peak availability with our largest selection of the entire year. Most of our production is now out and available. It's so exciting with so much to see. It's time for you to make another trip. Really. Get down here!

It's time for tea at Phoenix Perennials. Did you know you can grow your own tea? Yep. You sure can. And you can grow various flavourings for that tea. Check out our article and photo montage below of what we have available now for tea time!

This weekend we have some cool workshops for kids and adults on encouraging wildlife in the garden especially bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. We also have a cool new workshop on making your own tufa container or trough. Don't just plant up a pot. Make the pot first. Then plant it up! Details are below.

We've included the content of three of our Alerts in this issue. Have a look at what subscribers to the Living Sculpture, Hardy Subtropical, and Hot Plant Alerts have been receiving recently in their inboxes. These occasional Alerts come out only when we have something cool to tell you so make sure to sign up to the ones you're interested in to be the first to know about developments in these 15 different subject areas. AND, we've just launched a new Small Space Alert. So if you garden on a balcony, patio or in a small garden, you'll want to sign up for this one.

And last but not least, we announce the winner of the Clair's B&B contest who will get a night at this beautiful bed and breakfast plus a $50 gift certificate at Phoenix.

Oh. And don't forget Fabulous at Phoenix highlighting some of the most exciting plants at the nursery right now.

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

 

'Ketchup 'n' Fries' and Mighty Matos Are In!

It's the height of edible season with all the warm season edibles in now: tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash, basil and tons more. Plus how can you resist 'Ketchup 'n' Fries'? Have you planted your veggie garden yet?

Workshops with Food!

Cocktail Gardening
Learn how to mix cocktails with ingredients from your garden!

Tomato Tastings
Just like a wine tasting we'll taste 15-20 different tomatoes in order and discuss!

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Grow Your Own Tea -- Few people realize that tea comes from a Camellia that is perfectly hardy in coastal BC. Learn more about growing tea in your own backyard.

2. From the Alerts: Hot Plants, Living Sculptures, Hardy Subtropicals -- Check out the great content that has come out recently in some of our Alerts.

3. Workshops and Seminars 2016 -- Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful. Welcome to our 2016 workshops and one of the most exciting line-ups we've ever offered with 51 different sessions! Don't miss the Early Bird Registration Discount!
4. 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. Also don't miss our Workshop Schedule.
Date
Event Description
May 30 Hot New Plants presented by Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis to the Pacific Northwest Palm and Exotic Plant Society
June 22 Sizzling Succulents presented by Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis to the Saltspring Island Garden Club.
July 15-17 The Summer Sizzle | Friday to Sunday July 15th to 17th, 2016 | 10am-5pm | Celebrate the botanical glories of high summer with specially priced plants and other surprises.
Sept 10 The Heirloom Tomato Festival | Saturday September 10th, 2016 | 10am-5pm | With tomato tastings, heirloom tomato fruit for sale and a display of heirloom tomatoes! | Sign up early for our Tomato Tastings. | Register for Tomato Tastings
Sept 26 Sizzling Succulents presented by Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis to the Sechelt Garden Club.
Nov 5 Presentation to be determined presented by Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis to the Vancouver Island Master Gardeners.
Dec 2-4 The Christmas Hurrah! | Friday to Sunday December 2nd to 4th, 2016 | 10am - 3pm | Celebrate the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other seasonal delights with winter blooms and exciting workshops. | Register for Our Christmas Rose Workshops

 

 

CONTEST
And the Winner of a Night at Clair's B&B and a
$50 Phoenix Perennials Gift Certificate is:

Dominique B. from Victoria!

Thank you everyone for entering!

Clair's B&B is located in a beautiful heritage home accentuated by beautiful plants.

 

 

Garden Tour
Gardens of New Zealand
January 22-February 2, 2017

Join alumni UBC and tour leaders Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis and Gardening 101 Radio Show host Jeff de Jong to see the gardens, flora, scenery and culture of New Zealand.

ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT!

More Info

 

Canadian Mail Order Catalogue 2016!
800 Amazing Garden Plants for Canadian Gardeners


 

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.

Grow Your Own Tea with a Tea Plantation in Your Own Backyard!

Few people realize that tea, whether black, green or oolong, is produced from the leaves of a Camellia. Camellia sinensis to be exact. This is a relative of the beloved ornamental C. japonica with its large spring flowers in shades of red, pink and white that blooms throughout coastal BC in February and March. C. sinensis blooms in fall with small white (or sometimes pink) flowers. It is the leaves that are its claim to fame which are harvested when young, supple and just emerging. The leaves of this one species are used to make different kinds of teas (such as black and green) using different curing processes.

C. sinensis is hardy to zone 6 or 7 depending on cultivar making it easily hardy in coastal BC. It is an evergreen woody plant that can be grown as a shrub or even as an attractive edible hedge.

Last year I visited a number of tea plantations high in the mountains of Sri Lanka where we we walked amongst the tea plants and saw the workers picking the leaves in the fields. The mountain slopes are lined with row upon row of closely clipped hedges of C. sinensis. The pickers select just the new growth when it is emerging. Old leaves are not used. The harvested leaves are then taken to the processing plant where they are air dried and cured and then chopped up to make tea. Pretty simple and easy to do at home.


Tea plantation workers in Sri Lanka.

We have various types of tea plants in stock now at the nursery. We also have a special rugosa rose called 'Jubilee' with extra large and delicious rose hips perfect for teas and other culinary purposes and sweet osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans) which is used as an herbal tea or to flavour green and black teas in China. AND, we have the citrus known as bergamot whose peel is used to flavour Earl Grey teas. As you can see, we have you covered for all your tea time needs at Phoenix Perennials!

Here's some more information on the plants we have in stock now at the nursery:

Camellia sinensis Sochi Tea Seedling - Tea - This hardy tea plant (Camellia sinensis) is from the area around Sochi, Russia where they produce the most northerly tea in the world. Tea from these plants is very aromatic and flavourful. The plant has bright green, dense, ornamental foliage. The flowers are white to creamy white. Zone 7. Camellia sinensis Korean Tea Seedling - Tea - This hardy tea plant (Camellia sinensis) is from the area the Boseong region of Korea, famous for its annual Green Tea Festival each September. This selection is hardy and productive with good flavour. The plant has bright green, dense, ornamental foliage. The flowers are white to creamy white. Zone 7.
Camellia sinensis 'Tea Breeze' - Tea - 'Tea Breeze' is a selection of tea from the Kunming Botanical Garden. It is a hardy ornamental shrub or small tree with dense, glossy, dark-green leaves used for making tea. Single, white, fragrant, nodding flowers bloom from September-November. Leaves and roots are used in traditional Chinese medicine. Zone 6. Camellia sinensis 'Blushing Maiden' - Tea - This hardier selection of 'Rosea' is similar to 'Tea Breeze' but with pink flowers. It is a hardy ornamental shrub or small tree with dense, glossy, dark-green leaves used for making tea. Single, pink, fragrant, nodding flowers bloom from September-November. Leaves and roots are used in traditional Chinese medicine. Zone 6.
Rosa rugosa 'Jubilee' - Fruiting Rose - ‘Jubilee’ has fragrant, purplish-red flowers and produces large, red rose hips that are high in vitamin C and tasty. The rose hips may be eaten fresh, dried for tea or made into delicious jelly. Rugosa roses are generally bomb proof when it comes to diseases that affect other roses so you shouldn't see any black spot or powdery mildew. Osmanthus fragrans 'Thunbergii' - Sweet Olive - A great evergreen shrub or small tree for the late winter/early spring garden. Orange-yellow, extremely fragrant flowers with bright red new growth. Plant in a protected location. The dried flowers are used as an herbal tea or as an addition to black or green teas. They are also used to make jams, cakes, dumplings, and liquor. Osmanthus is known in China as 桂花, guìhuā, and 木樨, mùxī. Zone 8.
Citrus bergamia - Bergamot - Bergamot fruit resembles an orange in shape, but is green or yellow like a lemon. Sweeter than a lemon, it is prized for its fragrant and delicious juice, which also makes highly regarded marmalade. The peel is also famously used as the flavouring for Earl Grey tea.

All of these plants are available now. We also have chamomile, peppermints, and other herbs that can be used for teas. You'll be so relaxed and so healthy once you start growing ingredients for your own teas in your own garden!

 


2.

From the Alerts
Check out some of our recent subject-based Alerts. Are you getting them? Make sure to sign up to all your favourite subjects! Some of them we include later in our e-newsletter, others only the Alert subscribers receive!

 

NEW! We've created a new Alert for small space gardeners. As soon as we get enough subscriptions we'll start creating content.

The Small Space Alert - Do you garden on a balcony, patio or postage stamp backyard? Subscribe to this occasional Alert to learn about plants, pots, and other paraphernalia that would be perfect to maximize your small space.

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Hardy Subtropical Alert
from Phoenix Perennials

Subtropical Weekend!: 30 Cool Hardy Subtropicals

Celebrating our 13th Anniversary Season!

30 Cool Hardy Subtropicals

Plants with bold foliage and form are evocative and dramatic subjects for the garden. Hardy subtropicals are some of the most exciting plants to make for this purpose. Here we highlight 30 of our favourites. Most of the plants below are hardy in our gardens if sited correctly and, in some cases, provided with some winter protection. Want your back yard to look like your Hawaiian vacation? These plants are exactly what you need! And we have them now at Phoenix!

Trachycarpus fortunei - Windmill Palm - Windmill palm is one of the hardiest palms available. It is the species that you see gracing English Bay and gardens throughout the Lower Mainland. The City of Whiterock has even planted it as a street tree! Windmill palms will grow at least a foot a year once established -- in seven years our once tiny palms have grown to 10-12’. Pick up your palm today and do your part in creating the Canadian Riviera! Phormium (Various Cultivars) - New Zealand Flax - Phormiums have cornered the market on structure and drama, which is likely why they’re so popular. The erect or arching strap-like leaves come in diverse colours of pink, red, burgundy, chocolate, green and cream and are indispensable on the West Coast. Phormiums usually sail through our winters. However, the burgundy cultivars are generally hardier than the variegated ones. We stock 20+ cultivars each year.
Canna 'Pretoria'/'Bengal Tiger' - Canna Lily - 'Pretoria'/'Bengal Tiger' has fantastic tropical foliage striped with green and gold and topped with firey orange flowers in summer. Great for adding that subtropical look to your garden. Hardy to zone 7 if planted in well-drained soil and given a little mulch. All our Canna are virus indexed and clean. Please be careful when buying plants elsewhere as a high proportion of plants available from nurseries are virused. Canna 'African Sunset' - Canna Lily - FINALLY! A virus-free version of Tropicanna which seems universally infected everywhere in horticulture. 'African Sunset' has the same fantastic tropical foliage striped with red, yellow, orange, and gold and topped with firey orange flowers in summer. It is great for adding that subtropical look to your garden. All our Canna are virus indexed and clean. Please be careful when buying plants elsewhere as a high proportion of plants available from nurseries are virused.
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! Aeonium haworthii 'Kiwi' - Aeonium - Aeonium haworthii is endemic to the island of Tenerife forms small branching shrubs of succulent rosettes with fleshy, spoon-shaped leaves. 'Kiwi' has brilliantly coloured leaves centred with bright yellow with salmon-red to pink highlights. Leaves slowly change to green. Yellow flowers bloom in the summer. Grow in fullest sun for best colour. Bring indoors to a bright windowsill in winter for a striking houseplant.
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! 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.
Asimina triloba (Various Cultivars) - Paw Paw - Paw paw is an intriguing eastern North American (including southern Ontario) understorey tree with large, beautiful, subtropical foliage, red flowers and sweet, custardy fruits with a unique flavour like banana, mango and cantaloupe! All plants will produce fruit but you need two different seedlings or cultivars for cross pollination. Citrus x meyeri 'Improved' - Improved Meyer Lemon - The Meyer lemon is a cross between a true (tart) lemon and either a mandarin or an orange. The result is a fruit that resembles a lemon but is rounder with a skin that is darker yellow and fruit that is sweeter with less acidity. Basically, it's delicious. The flowers are sweetly fragrant. Meyer lemons can produce year-round. Grow outdoors in the warm months. Treat as a houseplant in winter. Watch for mites and scale indoors.
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. Musa basjoo - Hardy Japanese Fibre Banana - If the palm tree is the king of the subtropical garden then bananas must surely be the Queen. Musa basjoo, the hardy japanese fibre banana, adds subtropical flare and drama in spades! Reportedly ground hardy to zone 5 (but don’t tell anyone in Ontario!). Maintain height for next season by protecting the stems with an enclosure of leaves or bubble wrap. At the very worst after a cold winter your banana will resprout from the ground.
Opuntia imbricata - Tree Cholla - Opuntia imbricata is an extremely hardy and ornamental cholla cactus from the US and Mexico. The large, pink to purple flowers are 2.5” wide and will become a quick favourite of butterflies and hummingbirds. On the west coast, provide sharp drainage and protection from winter rain -- scree gardens or under overhangs of the house both work well. Elsewhere they can be planted out in the open but always in sharp drainage. Ensete ventricosum 'Maurellii' - Red Banana, Abyssinian Banana - This bold giant banana relative has six to eight foot long paddle-like green leaves infused with rich burgundy red at least along the edges but in good specimens in full sun throughout the foliage. Use in a large container or plant out each year for a dramatic display. NOT HARDY. Maintain above five degrees Celsius as a house plant, in the basement or in a greenhouse. Totally worth it if you love tropical drama.
Camellia sinensis Sochi Tea Seedling - Tea - This hardy tea plant (Camellia sinensis) is from the area around Sochi, Russia where they produce the most northerly tea in the world. Tea from these plants is very aromatic and flavourful. The plant has bright green, dense, ornamental foliage. The flowers are white to creamy white. Zone 7. Camellia sinensis Korean Tea Seedling - Tea - This hardy tea plant (Camellia sinensis) is from the area the Boseong region of Korea, famous for its annual Green Tea Festival each September. This selection is hardy and productive with good flavour. The plant has bright green, dense, ornamental foliage. The flowers are white to creamy white. Zone 7.
Camellia sinensis 'Tea Breeze' - Tea - 'Tea Breeze' is a selection of tea from the Kunming Botanical Garden. It is a hardy ornamental shrub or small tree with dense, glossy, dark-green leaves used for making tea. Single, white, fragrant, nodding flowers bloom from September-November. Leaves and roots are used in traditional Chinese medicine. Zone 6. Camellia sinensis 'Blushing Maiden' - Tea - This hardier selection of 'Rosea' is similar to 'Tea Breeze' but with pink flowers. It is a hardy ornamental shrub or small tree with dense, glossy, dark-green leaves used for making tea. Single, pink, fragrant, nodding flowers bloom from September-November. Leaves and roots are used in traditional Chinese medicine. Zone 6.
Citrus reticulata 'Owari' - Satsuma Mandarin - Citrus reticulata ‘Owari’ is a satsuma mandarin orange that is hardy outdoors in coastal BC! Plants form lush, tropical-looking, evergreen shrubs to 5-8 ft tall, bloom with white, incredibly fragrant flowers, and produce excellent crops of sweet, juicy, seedless fruit just like you buy in boxes at the supermarket but these you can pick off your very own tree at Christmas time! Plant against a warm wall. Provide overhead protection for the leaves and fruit in winter. Osmanthus fragrans 'Thunbergii' - Sweet Olive - A great evergreen shrub or small tree for the late winter/early spring garden. Orange-yellow, extremely fragrant flowers with bright red new growth. Plant in a protected location. The dried flowers are used as an herbal tea or as an addition to black or green teas. They are also used to make jams, cakes, dumplings, and liquor. Osmanthus is known in China as 桂花, guìhuā, and 木樨, mùxī. Zone 8.
Citrus bergamia - Bergamot - Bergamot fruit resembles an orange in shape, but is green or yellow like a lemon. Sweeter than a lemon, it is prized for its fragrant and delicious juice, which also makes highly regarded marmalade. The peel is also famously used as the flavouring for Earl Grey tea.

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.

Olea europaea 'Universal' - Olive - From the Nikita Botanic Garden in the Ukraine comes this valued olive prized for its large fruit and high oil content. A pollinator is likely required. Olea europaea 'Arbequina' - Olive - 'Arbequina' is one of the most popular Spanish olive varieties used for gourmet quality oil and olives. It forms attractive, small trees that are naturally compact. The flowers are self-fertile and the fruit is early-ripening and borne even on young plants.
Agave parryi - Parry's Agave - Dramatic bluish-grey succulent foliage from compact rosettes. One of the most widespread and hardy agave species, A. parryi can withstand minus 29 Celsius. In our region protect from winter rain with extremely sharp drainage or overhead cover. Plants bloom once -- around the age of 20 -- but produce lots of pups to keep your clump going! We also grow var. truncata and var. huachucensis. Agave montana 'Baccarat' - Century Plant - The current best chance for a hardy agave in Vancouver is this Yucca Do Nursery selection. Hailing from moist mountain sides at high elevations in northeast Mexico, A. montana commonly experiences mist, rain, frost and snow in the winter months. It grows to a two feet tall by three feet wide with broad, glaucous leaves, each ending in a large black spine. The stunning silvery bud imprints on the leaf backs are reminiscent of cut crystal. Provide good drainage. Larger plants will be hardier.
Agave potatorum 'Desert Diamond' - Butterfly Agave- Agave 'Desert Diamond' has green leaves with bright cream and prominent margins form a round rosette. The tiny cinnamon brown marginal and terminal spines emerge yellow, transition to light brown, and then finally age to cinnamon brown. This small agave is perfect for container culture and makes a great houseplant in the winter for a sunny windowsill. A sport of 'Kissho Kan'. Hedychium 'Tahitian Flame' - Hardy Ginger - 'Tahitian Flame' is a hardy ginger that produces large apricot flowers during in late summer with a strong, sweet fragrance. It has a good upright habit and beautiful variegated foliage with varying striations of creamy white in each leaf. Hedychium are related to the culinary ginger Zingiber officinale. Though the rhizomes look similar it's best to just eat the culinary species. Makes a good container specimen in colder climates.
Hedychium griffithianum - Hardy Ginger - A great subtropical accent in the perennial border. Tropical-looking foliage provides interest all season long. Tall 30-45 cm. tall cylindrical spikes of white fragrant flowers that are truly captivating. Newly introduced to horticulture and easy to grow. They are sub-temperate and grow to specimens without much effort. Plant in the sunniest hottest spot in the garden in rich soil and provide good water. Mulch with fallen leaves in winter. In colder regions grow in a pot or store in dry peat moss and keep above zero. Hedychium coccineum 'Disney' - Hardy Ginger - ‘Disney’ produces racemes of fragrant, red-orange flowers in late summer with tropical-looking foliage that provides interest all season long. Mulch with fallen leaves in winter. In colder regions grow in a pot or store in dry peat moss and keep above zero.

All of these plants are available now!

 

Living Sculpture Alert
from Phoenix Perennials

Succulents Everywhere!

Celebrating our 13th Anniversary Season!

Succulents Everywhere!

Between new shipments and new production we are now stocked with an amazing selection of succulents. From perfectly hardy species that can grow outdoors year-round to tropicals that will energize your patio before they come inside for the winter, we've got 'em. We received a comment from a gardener in Tuscon, Arizona that we have a much larger selection than any nurseries down there! Just call us the Succulent Centre of the Great White North!

 

Learn more about our selection of succulents in our recent Facebook Photo Album with 77 photos of many of the succulents we have in stock now. Here's a snapshot of part of the album.

There are more photos to see! Click here to see them all.

 


 

New Succulent Wall

We have planted and now raised our new succulent wall. It still has some growing in to do but it sure has potential! Come down and see it!

Succulents are naturals for vertical situations. Here we have used mostly multi-coloured Echeveria but on the bottom we have blue Kalanchoe which we hope will drip down in a waterfall of blue.

 

 


3.

Workshops & Seminars 2016

Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful.

Welcome to our 2016 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 with 51 different workshops and seminars including our FREE Gardening 101 Series designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners and our Young Sprouts Kids Club. Join us to fill in your knowledge and create beautiful things.

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.
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May

CONTAINER SERIES | Make Your Own Hypertufa Container or Trough | Kate | Sat May 28, 10am-12pm (Make container) & Sat June 11, 10-11am (Optional plant up)  | $40 | You've heard of container gardening. How about making your own container? This class will teach you how to make your own hypertufa container or trough. Now that's a sense of accomplishment to be enjoyed for years to come. Because hypertufa containers need time to dry and cure, you'll leave your container with us after the workshop then return to pick it up later. If you can make it two weeks later on June 11th Kate will lead you in a workshop to plant up your new container with treasures from the nursery.
YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | Wildlife in the Garden: Bees, Birds & Butterflies! | Kate | Sun May 29, 10-11am | FREE* | There's nothing more fun than experiencing nature in the garden, especially bees, birds and butterflies. We'll explore all the creatures than can make a home in the garden, how to encourage them with plants and habitat, and why they are important for the health of the garden. Then we'll get to make animal masks to take home.
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Support Bees, Butterflies, & Hummingbirds | Jo | Sun May 29, 12-1pm | FREE* | In this workshop you'll learn about how to attract butterflies, honeybees, native bees, hummingbirds, and beneficial insects into your garden and how to support them once they're there with food plants and habitat to keep them well fed and sheltered.

 

June

CONTAINER SERIES | Succulent Containers & Centrepieces to Die For | Kate | Sat June 4, 10am-12pm | $14 | Learn about the wide range of succulents available to you and then plant them up into a smashing combination to adorn your patio or as a centrepiece for your patio table.

Please bring your own pot if you have one in mind. Otherwise we will have some options on hand.

PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Cocktail Gardening: From Garden to Glass, Shaken not Stirred | Instructor: David Wolowidnyk, CinCin Restaurant with Gary | Sat June 4th, 1-3pm | $20 | Join award-winning bartender and mixologist David Wolowidnyk from the acclaimed CinCin Restaurant in Vancouver to learn how to make cocktails and libations with ingredients from your own garden. In 2012 David won the Bombay Sapphire World’s Most Imaginative Bartender Competition in Morocco. This guy knows how to mix a drink! Step up to David’s bar where he’ll show you how to muddle, mix, infuse, shake and stir your way to fancy and intriguing drinks for a relaxing night at home, a dinner party or a wild soiree in the garden all while telling you stories as only a bartender can. As you sample David’s creations Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis will present the different edibles used in the cocktail and discuss how to grow them in your garden. This is one workshop that you won’t want to miss!
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 focal points to draw your eye into the garden providing exclamation points of foliage and flower. Jo will introduce you to everything big and dramatic in the world of perennials and shrubs. Your garden will never be the same once you’ve included the big, bold forms of architectural plants.
GARDENING 101 SERIES | The Dynamic Garden: The Importance of Texture and Movement | Jo | Sun June 5, 2-3pm | FREE* | Discover two of the most important, yet lesser known, traits for gardens that can elevate them from beautiful to extraordinary. Foliage texture from grasses, ferns and other perennials plus the movement of these plants in the breeze can add incredible visual dynamism to containers and gardens. Take your garden to the next level!

 

September

PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Tomato Tastings at The Heirloom Tomato Festival | Gary | Sat Sept 10, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm | $30 (Includes a Party Mix of Tomatoes | If you love food and, in particular, if you love tomatoes you won't want to miss this event! At our popular Tomato Tastings at the the Heirloom Tomato Festival you'll get to experience a rainbow of 15+ tomato varieties all in a particular order just like a wine tasting. Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis will introduce you to each tomato variety, talk about the type of cultivar, its history and origins, its flavour profile and its uses in the kitchen. You’ll get to share your thoughts and take tasting notes for future tomato reference. At the end of the session you'll take home your very own Party Mix of three plus pounds of the highest quality heirloom tomatoes grown organically in open fields by Red Barn Plants at their farm in Cawston, BC - no tomato will taste as good as these tomatoes! The Heirloom Tomato Tastings are our most popular workshops. Please book early.
   

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

   

YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | Harvest Time! | Kate | Sun Sept 18, 10-11am | FREE* |Fall is a time of bountiful harvests when farmers and gardeners alike are bringing in their crops after the spring and summer growing season. Our Young Sprouts will explore this time of year, talk about where all these harvests came from, and how they are so important for our lives. Then they'll get to make their own veggie people!

   

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Discover the World of Bulbs | Jo | Sun Sept 18, 12-1pm | FREE* | By fall you might be ready for a rest from the garden but do yourself one little favour before winter comes: plant some bulbs. You’ll be glad you did come spring. In this workshop you’ll meet a diverse range of spring-blooming bulbs for the garden and containers including many uncommon but exciting possibilities. You will also receive instruction on designing with bulbs and planting them in layers for knock out displays in containers or small spaces.

   

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Plants for Fall Colour | Jo | Sun Sept 25, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Do you have a colourful fall garden? Or does it just turn to grey and yellow mush once the rains start? There are numerous perennials, shrubs and small trees that provide great fall foliage and flower colour. Include just a few of these plants in strategic locations in the garden and you could have a fall garden to remember and look forward to!

 

   

CONTAINER SERIES | Terrariums to Bring the Outdoors In | Kate | Sun Sept 25, 1-3pm | $20 | It's time to bring back terrariums! These miniature gardens inside glass vessels are perfect decorations for inside the house year round. We'll have a variety of succulents, ferns, air plants, venus fly traps, and sundews for you to combine with coloured mosses, stones, and glass pebbles. The rest is up to you! Kate will instruct you on the ins and outs of designing and caring for the miniature gardens inside your terrariums. Then you'll get to do up your own!

 

 

October

CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets of Fabulous Pots Then Make Your Own | Kate | Sat Oct 1, 10am-12pm | $14 | This is a fun hands-on workshop for gardeners of all levels who are interested in learning how to successfully create gorgeous perennial containers that will provide months of winter interest and an antidote against the dark, cold days of the year. You'll get to plant up and take home your own fabulous container.

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

   

YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | Why do leaves change colour? and other questions about fall | Kate | Sun Oct 2, 10-11am | FREE* | Fall is a fun time of year when leaves turn colour and fall. But why? We'll explore the changes we see in the garden and what that means for the plants, animals, birds, and insects that make the garden their home. Then we'll make a fun craft with colourful leaves to take home! Bring some pretty leaves with you or we'll provide some.

   

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Preparing the Garden for Winter | Jo | Sun Oct 2, 1-2pm | FREE* | Guarantee success next season by putting your garden to bed for winter just right. Jo will discuss plant life cycles and how to help them prepare for and survive winter dormancy. She will discuss microclimates, mulch, strategies for protecting less hardy plants, and maintaining winter habitat for pollinators.

 

 

CONTAINER SERIES | Fall Wreaths | Kate | Sat Oct 8, 10am-12pm | $45 | Wreaths aren't just for Christmas or summer succulents. They can also make for a gorgeous fall display to adorn your home and garden. In this workshop you'll be presented with a variety of dried berries and flowers, corn husks, greenery, gourds, miniature pumpkins and more. Then you'll create your very own just in time for Thanksgiving! If you like, you can bring some materials from your home garden to include in your wreath. Look for dried flowers, berries and other autumnal interest.

   

YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | The Magic of Bulbs | Kate | Sun Oct 16, 10-11am | FREE* | Inside the brown and white bulbs, corms and rhizomes available in fall are little plants with beautiful flowers ready to pop out in spring and give us a beautiful display. Why do some plants form these little structures and others not? Learn about the magic of bulbs then plant up your own pot of bulbs to take home for spring!

 

December

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Do-It-Yourself Indoor Christmas Rose Container | Fri Dec 2nd-Sun December 4th, 10am-3pm | $30 + tax (Includes one budded/blooming hellebore and all the fixings.) | Come any time during the weekend and set yourself up at our self-serve craft tables. Select your blooming Christmas rose reserved for you, choose a clay pot or a festive metal container and decorate it with organza, ribbon, moss and winter twigs. A trusty Phoenician will be nearby if you need help.

This quick do-it-yourself project is great for decorating your home at Christmas or for gifts for friends and family at Christmas parties and gatherings. You'll probably want to do a few of them and you'll probably want to bring a friend.

   
THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Hellebore in a Handbag | Kate | Fri Dec 2nd, 1-3pm | $45 (Includes purse and hellebore) | It's come to this, fellow gardeners. We're going to Hellebore in a Handbag for Christmas! With this unique project we'll plant up a Christmas rose in a moss purse with some friends & add festive winter greens. Last year I wasn't sure how our many (female) attendees were going to be able to fit any additional plants into their purses with such a large gorgeous hellebore. Somehow I underestimated everyone's ability to stuff their purses full of all manner of necessities!
   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 3, 10am-12pm | $60 | Decorate your home for the holiday season with your very own Christmas Rose wreath! Kate will teach you how to design and build a festive, florist-quality wreath with unique greenery and dried pods and cones. She will then teach you to incorporate Christmas roses into your wreath keeping it colourful & dynamic!

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

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

 

   

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

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

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Centerpiece Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 4, 10am-12pm | $75 (Includes hellebore.) | Here's another way to bring a hellebore inside for Christmas cheer - as a centrepiece for your Christmas table. You'll create a beautiful ring of winter foliage centred with a beautiful hellebore that you can plant in your garden in winter or spring. You can also use this centrepiece as a decoration for an outdoor table where it will bloom for months, often well into April!

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

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop | Kate | Sun Dec 4, 1-3pm | $20 | Wow your Christmas guests as soon as they arrive at your front door or enliven your patio with a fantastic outdoor winter container centred with a glistening Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other great perennials and shrubs that offer winter interest. Kate will lead you in the design, planting and final decoration of your planter with winter twigs and greens.

 

 


4.

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

It is the peak of availability now with most of our production now available. Get down here! It's gorgeous and there's so much to choose from!

Crocosmia 'Okavango' - Montbretia - Crocosmia ‘Okavango’ has tall stems with pleated, spiked, green leaves and upward-facing, large, bright, apricot-orange flowers on arching stems from mid to late summer. Easy and tough and provides lots of colour. A hummingbird favourite. Crocosmia 'Okavango' - Montbretia - Crocosmia 'Gerbe D'Or' forms medium-sized plants with masses of warm orange-yellow flowers and bronze-green foliage. The large, lily-shaped flowers of Crocosmia appear along arching stems that rise through clumped, sword-shaped foliage. Attracts hummingbirds. Excellent for cutting. Full to part sun in average to moist well-drained soil. Clumping.
Crocosmia 'Lucifer' - Montbretia - This is the classic montbretia cultivar in our region’s gardens. Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ has tall stems with pleated, spiked, green leaves and upward-facing, bright red flowers on arching stems from mid to late summer. Easy and tough and provides lots of colour. It is a close-up of the buds of ‘Lucifer’ that appears on all of our signage. A hummingbird favourite. Lobelia x speciosa 'Vulcan Red' - Cardinal Flower - Celebrate Leonard Nemoy and Mr Spock with this new cardinal flower. 'Vulcan Red' has full, well-branched and strong-stemmed habit with bronze foliage and dense, upright spikes with vivid scarlet flowers. Lobelia is an excellent border plant for average to moist locations and is a hummingbird and butterfly magnet.
Andropogon gerardii 'Red October' - Big Bluestem - Big bluestem is a long-lived grass that forms a tall, strictly upright clump of green foliage. The foliage of Andropogon 'Red October' will transition to bright red then smoky purple beginning in midsummer. Deep purple flowers with bright red-orange pollen top this colorful and statuesque display. Perovskia 'Lacey Blue' - Russian Sage - 'Lacey Blue' has grey-green foliage and airy lavender flowers atop stems to just 18 inches, less than half the height of the species. Does best with dry hot conditions forming a lovely haze of colour at the front to middle of the border. Also great for summer containers. The hotter the location, the happier the Perovskia.
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! Aeonium haworthii 'Kiwi' - Aeonium - Aeonium haworthii is endemic to the island of Tenerife forms small branching shrubs of succulent rosettes with fleshy, spoon-shaped leaves. 'Kiwi' has brilliantly coloured leaves centred with bright yellow with salmon-red to pink highlights. Leaves slowly change to green. Yellow flowers bloom in the summer. Grow in fullest sun for best colour. Bring indoors to a bright windowsill in winter for a striking houseplant.
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.
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.
Sedum 'Marina' - Stonecrop - Sedum 'Marina' is a large upright stonecrop with large, glaucous blue foliage and is one of the bluest of all stonecrops. Sedum 'Touchdown Teak' - Stonecrop -'Touchdown Teak' has glossy red-burgundy foliage, upright red stems and produces large pink flower heads. The compact habit makes this sedum useful for containers, edging walkways, green roofs, and the front of the border.
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. Aster divaricatus 'Eastern Star' - White Wood Aster - Aster divaricatus 'Eastern Star' was originally discovered in coastal Rhode Island. It is shorter than the standard species and has deep, dark, shining, mahogany stems. The small but numerous white flowers with yellow centers fade to subtle burgundy and rose-pink. A must for the shade garden and tolerant of dry shade which makes it a real bonus.
Iris ensata 'Mine Kurenai' - Japanese Iris - Iris ensata grow happily at the waterside, in pots sitting in water, or in average garden beds with reasonable moisture. They form vigorous clumps of upright, grassy-green leaves. 'Mine Kurenai' is a rare Japanese cultivar that produces large, delicious, glowing purple flowers.

Iris ensata 'Machi Musume' - Japanese Iris - Iris ensata grow happily at the waterside, in pots sitting in water, or in average garden beds with reasonable moisture. They form vigorous clumps of upright, grassy-green leaves. 'Machi Musume' blooms with large, white flowers with a faint flush of pink topped with small, dark purple standards.

 

Iris ensata 'Ehigasa' - Japanese Iris - Iris ensata grow happily at the waterside, in pots sitting in water, or in average garden beds with reasonable moisture. They form vigorous clumps of upright, grassy-green leaves. 'Ehigasa' is a rare Japanese cultivar that produces large flowers of magenta-purple petals with darker veins. Iris ensata 'Beni Warabe' - Japanese Iris - Iris ensata grow happily at the waterside, in pots sitting in water, or in average garden beds with reasonable moisture. They form vigorous clumps of upright, grassy-green leaves. 'Beni Warabe' is a rare Japanese cultivar that produces striking, large white flowers with bright purple edges.
Papaver orientale - 'Forncett Summer' - Papaver 'Forncett Summer' produces large, deeply fringed, salmon pink flowers on top of a dense, robust, dark green foliage. Oriental poppies are dramatic additions to the perennial border. They can go through a "dumb phase" after blooming so always plant a nice mound of foliage to one foot high in front of your poppy clumps. Papaver orientale - 'Royal Chocolate Distinction' - Papaver 'Royal Chocolate Distinction' produces large, deep, delicious, red flowers with maroon-chocolate shades on top of a dense, robust, dark green foliage. Oriental poppies are dramatic additions to the perennial border. They can go through a "dumb phase" after blooming so always plant a nice mound of foliage to one foot high in front of your poppy clumps.
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. Arisaema 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. Arisaema heterophyllum - Cobra Lily - Arisaema heterophyllum is a tall-growing cobra lily called "dancing crane" in Japan. It reaches about three feet tall sporting one leaf with at least 15 leaflets and a green flower held above the foliage with a long, yellow, whip-like spadix appendage licking upwards. Easy to grow.
Arisaema sikokianum 'Patterned Selection' - Cobra Lily - One of the most desirable of all cobra lilies with its incredible burgundy spathe, Arisaema sikokianum has a pure white interior and pure white knobbed spadix. Our plants are extra special for having silver-centred foliage! Plant in well-drained soil that is dryish in the winter such as on a slope or near or under evergreen shrubs or trees. Arisaema ternatipartitum - Cobra Lily - Arisaema ternatipartitum is a diminutive, very rare cobra lily with 3-lobed leaves and "ears" on the shiny, brown spathe. It sends out short rhizomes from the tuber and makes new tubers on the ends, forming colonies. Tubers are always small.
Sanguisorba hakusanensis 'Lilac Squirrel' - Burnet - A downright useful Japanese perennial for the intriguingly different pendulous bottlebrushes that dangle from the upright stems. Sanguisorba 'Lilac Squirrel' has graceful flowers in lilac-pink and bloom for a long period in the summer. The clumping foliage is gray-green with great texture of serrated edges and nice presence throughout the year. Hydrangea 'Miss Saori' - Hydrangea - 'Miss Saori' is a superlative new hydrangea that won the coveted Plant of the Year Award at the 2014 Chelsea Garden Show. She produces exquisite mopheads of double florets in white with perfect, glowing, rose-pink picotee edges on old and new wood from June until frost on 3x3 foot mounds perfect for gardens and containers. Foliage emerges burgundy-red in spring, turns to green, then back to burgundy-red in summer and fall. We are proud to likely be the first nursery in North America to offer this amazing plant in 2015.
Sanguisorba obtusa - Burnet - Sanguisorba obtusa and other species are uncommon in North America though they are used to great effect in British gardens. They are long-blooming with unusual flowers and easy to grow. This species forms low mounds of attractive grey-green pinately-compound leaves with serrated edges topped with arching, bottlebrush-like spikes of soft-pink flowers over a long period in summer. Average to moist soils. Eryngium planum 'Jade Frost' - Sea Holly - Eryngium are intriguing members of the carrot family and garden favourites for their true blue thimble like inflorescences held above equally blue thistly bracts. Now add some variegation to this sea holly picture. 'Jade Frost' has green leaves with white to creamy white variegation that is pink in cool temperatures. A must have for those who love blue flowers and variegation.

Rudbeckia triloba 'Prairie Glow' - Sweet Coneflower - Rudbeckia 'Prairie Glow' is an unusual black-eyed Susan relative with dark red to burnt orange petals with yellow tips and is stunning in a mass planting. Flower stems are burgundy and tall. Great cut flower.

Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' - Japanese Fatsia - Fatsia 'Spider's Web' is a beautiful Aralia relative that grows as a shrub or small tree with variably variegated leaves which change during the seasons. The variegation appears as speckles and pixilations and is strongest on young foliage but also becomes better developed on that young foliage as the plant gets older. Mature specimens are bold and intriguing. The flowers are white, are held in spheres, and appear in late fall as a late season honeybee bonanza. Tolerant of dry shade and dark corners.

Echinacea 'Supreme Cantaloupe' - Not-So-Purple Coneflower -Stately and elegant, 'Supreme Elegance' was the inspiration for the Supreme Series. A lovely, deep rose-red center that enriches as the flower ages. The ray petals are star-like and are a bright mauve pink that also deepen in colour. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering.

Echinacea 'Supreme Cantaloupe' - Not-So-Purple 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 daghestanica - Caucasus Sage - Caucasus sage (Salvia daghastanica) is an unusual and rare mat-forming, prostrate perennial with velvety, silver leaves forming tight basal rosettes up to 3-4 inches tall. The leaves are densely covered on both surfaces with silver-white hairs. The lavender-purple to purple-blue flowers are held in upright, 8-10 inch tall spikes.

Geranium sanguineum 'Elke' - Cranesbill - Attractive glossy green foliage makes the perfect backdrop for the eye-catching cranesbill blooms of 'Elke'. The flowers are dark pink with red veins all surrounded by a unique frosted white edge. Long-blooming from spring through early fall.
Kniphofia 'Poco Orange' - Red Hot Poker - Hot spikes of orange flowers rise continuously from summer into fall. The short grassy foliage looks neat all summer. A terrific drought tolerant garden plant. Great in the mid-border. The Kniphofia Poco Series is shorter than the Popsicle Series. Kniphofia 'Fire Glow' - Red Hot Poker - Kniphofia 'Fire Glow' is an all-summer bloomer which has a very short compact habit. A prolific bloomer with spikes of flowers the rich red orange colour. Charming, grass-like foliage looks neat all summer! Great for small gardens or in a container.
Sedum Sunsparkler 'Lime Twister' - Stonecrop - Sedum Sunsparkler 'Lime Twister' has bright green leaves with lime green edges and tints of pink highlights especially in cool weather. The flowers are bright pink. This stonecrop is sure to become a classic with its very compact habit suitable for small gardens and pots or the front of the border. Salvia 'Ember's Wish' - Sage - OK. This one is likely not going to be hardy for most people but the hummingbirds are begging for it. They really are! Large, bright coral-red flowers are produced all summer long atop scented foliage. Drought and heat tolerant so its blooms will not fade in the heat. Ornamental sages are useful for full to part sun locations. Grow in a protected location against the house or in a pot that can be protected in winter or treat as an annual. You and the hummingbirds are worth it!
Hosta 'Wheee!' - Plantain Lily - This distinctive hosta is unlike the vast majority of cultivars in this case sporting incredibly wavy leaf margins from leaf base to to leaf tip, even on young plants. 'Wheee!' is also variegated with cream margins and has lavender flowers in summer. Pteridophyllum racemosum - Pteridophyllum - This is not a deer fern. It’s a poppy. Or a buttercup. They’re not sure yet. Pteridophyllum racemosum is a strange and rare woodland perennial endemic to the mountains of Japan. The evergreen foliage looks like a clumping fern until the 10 inch scapes of white flowers bloom in summer. Rock garden or trough plant for well-drained humus-rich soil in shade. Best in cool summer areas and shaded conditions.
Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty' - Mayapple - Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty' is a spectacular hybrid of several Asian mayapples boasting large, vigorous, lobed umbrella-shaped leaves that emerge muted chartreuse green with dramatic chocolate-brown spotting throughout the spring. By summer the leaves are green with lightly spotted areas. Huge garnet-coloured flowers are found under the leaves in clusters of five or more. This form was selected for its colouring, improved late spring frost tolerance, vigour, and habit. Heucherella 'Sweet Tea' - Foamy Bells - Huge cinnamon stars at the centre of each leaf are surrounded by the loveliest orange tea coloured borders. 'Sweet Tea' is a new instant classic for containers and garden. Undeniably the most intensely coloured Heucherella ever! The big, palmately cut leaves darken in the summer and lighten up again in the fall. Its Heuchera villosa breeding gives it a big bold habit and heat and humidity tolerance.
Anemone hupehensis '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 x hybrida 'Crispa' - Japanese Anemone - 'Crispa' is a shorter and more compact Japanese anemone with intriguing ruffled and crinkled leaves with red-tinged edges that look like triple curled parsley or kale. The large single pink flowers are similar to the other fall-blooming anemones. Some confusion exists in the naming of this plant. This cultivar has been cited as not having the crinkled leaves but the plants that we offer do.
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. 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.

 


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