Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: May 2016

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

May 2016

Celebrating our 13th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

It is peak gardening season and we are hitting our maximum availabilty at Phoenix. New plants are coming out of our production facilities every day and the nursery is beautiful. Now is definitely the time to visit.

This weekend we have some cool workshops including Kokedama: Japanese String Gardens and The Best of the Best for the West focusing on the best spring and summer performers. And coming up in two weekends we have Subtropical Containers to Die For which will take place the same day as the Pacific Northwest Palm and Exotic Plant Society's annual plant sale on site at Phoenix. Details are below.

Mothers' Day is always a special time of year in the gardening world since it falls during peak season and Moms love flowers. We did a special planter project with the kids from the Kivan Boys and Girls Club sponsored by Scotts Canada and broadcast on CityTV's Breakfast Television. Check out the photo album and video

And over the airwaves I was recently chatting with Jeff de Jong of CFAX AM 1070's show Gardening 101 on my Top Ten Unusual Edibles. You can listen to the podcast and download the catalogue below.

We've included the content of three of our Alerts in this issue. Have a look at what subscribers to the Clematis and Cool Vines, Fragrance, 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: everyone loves a good contest. Don't miss entering the Clair's B&B contest to win a night at her beautiful bed and breakfast plus a $50 gift certificate. Details below.

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. Mothers' Day Project on Breakfast Television with Gary and Scotts Canada -- We had so much fun with the kids from the Kivan Boys and Girls Club doing up a Mothers' Day planter project
2. Top Ten Unusual Edibles (Radio Podcast and Catalogue -- Want to grow some cool edibles in your garden? Look no further than my chat with Jeff de Jong on Gardening 101 to discover 10 cool possibilities!

3. From the Alerts: Shade, Fragrance and Hot Plants -- Check out the great content that has come out recently in some of our Alerts.

4. 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!
65. 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 24 Avoiding the Summer Doldrums presented by Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis to the Dunbar Garden Club.
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

 

Pacific Northwest Palm and Exotic Plant Society Annual Plant Sale
at Phoenix Perennials
Saturday May 21st, 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.

 

CONTEST
Win a Night at Clair's B&B and a
$50 Phoenix Perennials Gift Certificate!

We know our customers come from far and wide to visit us and shop at Phoenix Perennials. Whether you live in Greater Vancouver or come from afar, we've got a fun contest for you for a little staycation within the city or to make your trip into the big city from further afield that much more memorable.

Enter our contest and win a one night stay in a deluxe suite at Clair's Bed and Breakfast located in a lovely heritage home in picturesque Ladner Village just across the river from Richmond valued at $200 plus a $50 Phoenix Perennials Gift Certificate.

To enter send an email to: phoenixperennials [at] shaw.ca (Yes. You have to put the @ sign in there.) Give us your full name, city, province, and phone number and answer this skill testing question: In what year was Clair's beautiful Art Deco house built? Visit Clair's Bed and Breakfast Website to find out!

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

Fine Print:
Contest closes Sunday May 15th at midnight. A winner will be drawn at random.
One entry per person.
B&B stay and gift certificate are valid for one year. Gift certificate is valid for in-person purchases at the nursery only and not for mail order purchases. It is also valid for regular priced items only.
B&B stay is subject to availability of rooms at time of booking. Please book early.
Blackout period between Christmas and New Year's.

 

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.

Mothers' Day Project on Breakfast Television with Gary and Scotts Canada

We had so much fun with the kids from the Kivan Boys and Girls Club doing up a Mothers' Day planter project that we designed at Phoenix for them to take home to their Moms all sponsored by Scotts Canada. We filmed the kids doing up their very own containers for a spot on CityTV's Breakfast Television with Live-Eye host Dawn Chubai.

The planters included hen and chicks (Sempervivum, perfect for Mothers' Day), edible Violas, and golden Selaginella. We dolled them up with some red-dyed moss and a happy Mothers' Day sign on plastic outdoor paper that they each got to colour in themselves. There's nothing better than getting kids gardening! Enjoy the photos and view the broadcast here: http://www.btvancouver.ca/videos/4870528431001/.

Click on the photos to view the Full Album.

 

 


2.

Gary on the Radio
Top 10 Unusual Edibles

This season I'm doing a monthly series of "Top 10" lists on a variety of topics with Jeff de Jong on CFAX AM 1070's Gardening 101. In our last interview we focused on my pics of Top Ten Unusual Edibles. Listen to the podcast and have a look at the descriptive catalogue to learn more about all the cool things you can grow to excite your senses and brag about to your neighbours.

Listen to the Podcast

Download the Catalogue

And if you missed them, check our our previous interviews this year:

"Top Ten Plants for a Fragrant Good Time", Gary Lewis with Jeff De Jong, Gardening 101, CFAX AM 1070, Victoria, BC | Listen to the Podcast | Download the Catalogue

"Hellebores", Gary Lewis with Jeff De Jong, Gardening 101, CFAX AM 1070, Victoria, BC | Listen to the Podcast | Download Catalogue



3.

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!

 

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.

To subscribe as a new subscriber or to add Alerts to your existing profile, click on Update Profile at the bottom of this email.

 

Hot Plant Alert
from Phoenix Perennials

10 Colourful Plants New from Our Production

Celebrating our 13th Anniversary Season!

Hot Plants for Hummingbirds

Hardly is a garden moment more magical than when a hummingbird becomes part of the show. Attract our two west coast species, the rufous hummingbird and the Anna's hummingbird, to your garden by selecting plants that they will love. Here are some of our all time favourites that hummers go mad for at the nursery every year. We have lots of other possibilities as well but the following are some of the best.

Penstemon barbatus 'Riding Hood Red' - Beard Tongue - READY IN MID MAY - 'Riding Hood Red' has dramatic spikes of lipstick red, tubular flowers that bloom for most of the summer and send our hummingbirds into conniptions! Also a good cut flower. Beautiful foliage. If you've had trouble overwintering Penstemon in the past, try cultivars of this species P. barbatus. It tends to be a strong, long-lived plant overwintering in pots outdoors out our exposed nursery when others might fail under the stress. Penstemon 'Cha Cha Cherry' - Beard Tongue - 'Cha Cha Cherry' is a very showy Penstemon with numerous spikes of bright red, tubular flowers. Long-blooming from July to October. The plants have a bushy, compact habit and a very long bloom time. The dense foliage is a healthy blue-green and is a great contrast for this powerful garden performer. Great for hummingbirds and bees.
Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler' - Honeysuckle - ‘Major Wheeler’ is one of the best selections of Lonicera sempervirens and stands out above all other red-flowered cultivars for clean foliage and pure flower power. This selection is covered in red trumpet flowers in late spring and keeps churning them out all summer long, especially with a post-bloom trim. The hummingbirds will find it from miles around. Lonicera sempervirens 'John Clayton' - Honeysuckle - Lonicera 'John Clayton' has lovely, pale yellow flowers that explode from the vining stems from June until November and grabs the attention of hummingbirds, butterflies, and humans alike. Bright orange-red fruits in late summer and fall. Selected by the Virginia Native Plant Society for its yellow rather than red flowers, excellent repeat bloom, clean foliage, and compact form. Named for a colonial botanist, it was found on the grounds of a 17th century Abington church in Glouchester, Virginia.
Monarda didyma 'Leading Lady Plum' - Bergamont - 'Leading Lady Plum' grows small and compact and has magenta purple flowers with darker purple spots and good mildew resistance. Monarda is native to eastern North America, is easy to grow and multiplies quickly. The flowers' sweet nectar attracts scores of hummingbirds, butterflies and bees to the garden. The aromatic foliage smells like mint when crushed and is often used to flavour teas. Monarda didyma 'Leading Lady Lilac' - Bergamont - 'Leading Lady Lilac' grows small and compact and has lilac purple flowers with attractive spots and good mildew resistance. Monarda is native to eastern North America, is easy to grow and multiplies quickly. The flowers' sweet nectar attracts scores of hummingbirds, butterflies and bees to the garden. The aromatic foliage smells like mint when crushed and is often used to flavour teas.

Monarda Sugar Buzz 'Cotton Candy' - Bergamont - Monarda 'Cotton Candy' has light pink flowers held above the highly mildew resistant, dark green, upright foliage throughout summer. The Sugar Buzz series offers short, compact plants for the front of the border that are smothered in long-lasting flowers. The flowers' sweet nectar attracts scores of hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees to the garden. The aromatic foliage smells like mint when crushed and is often used to flavour teas.

Monarda Sugar Buzz 'Rockin Raspberry' - Bergamont - Monarda 'Rockin Raspberry' has bright magenta flowers are held above the highly mildew resistant, dark green, upright foliage throughout summer. The Sugar Buzz series offers short, compact plants for the front of the border that are smothered in long-lasting flowers. The flowers' sweet nectar attracts scores of hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees to the garden. The aromatic foliage smells like mint when crushed and is often used to flavour teas.

Echium amoenum - Red Feathers - Echium amoenum, often called red feathers, forms low-growing mounds of narrow dark green leathery foliage from which arise feathery flowering spikes covered in a multitude of russet-red florets. This long-blooming species will repeat bloom in summer and fall if properly deadheaded. Drought tolerant. Very popular with hummingbirds.

Monarda didyma 'Gardenview Scarlet' - Bergamont - 'Summer Snow' is a hardy hybrid gardenia hand selected after 10 years of development and test studies. ‘Summer Snow’ has beautiful pure white double flowers that are sweetly fragrant. The foliage is evergreen, rich and glossy. Reportedly hardy to zone 6 which would make it the hardiest of the hardy gardenias.

Salvia Heatwave 'Blast' - Meadow Sage - This hybrid is extreme drought and heat tolerant. It has a compact habit and salmon pink flower. 'Blast' will bloom constantly with hundreds of flowers from June to November. Makes a super easy and appealing container plant for the patio. Plant in full sun in hot dry spots with well-drained soils.

Salvia Heatwave 'Blaze' - Meadow Sage - Salvia Heatwave 'Blaze' is extremely drought and heat tolerant with a compact habit and crimson red flowers blooming constantly from June to November. Makes a super easy and appealing container plant for the patio or plant in full sun in hot dry spots with well-drained soils.
Salvia Heatwave 'Brilliance' - Meadow Sage - Salvia Heatwave 'Brilliance' is extremely drought and heat tolerant with a compact habit and magenta flowers blooming constantly from June to November. Makes a super easy and appealing container plant for the patio or plant in full sun in hot dry spots with well-drained soils. Salvia Heatwave 'Glimmer' - Meadow Sage - Salvia Heatwave 'Glimmer' is extremely drought and heat tolerant with a compact habit and pure white flowers with a faint hint of pink blooming constantly from June to November. Makes a super easy and appealing container plant for the patio or plant in full sun in hot dry spots with well-drained soils.
Salvia bulleyana 'Blue Lips' - Meadow Sage - Salvia 'Blue Lips' has aromatic, crinkly, dark green leaves topped with spikes festooned with two-lipped, open-mouthed, tubular, soft yellow flowers with purple-blue lips. An unusual colour combination for sunny sites. 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!
Salvia darcyi Vermillion Bluffs - Red Mountain Sage - Salvia darcyi Vermillion Bluffs is an extra hardy version of the species that makes a huge four feet tall by 3 feet wide clump of light green leaves topped in summer by spikes of bright orange-red flowers. A hummingbird magnet. Salvia guaranitica 'Black & Blue' - Anise-Scented Sage - Salvia 'Black and Blue' produces truly vibrant cobalt blue flowers with black sepals by the thousands all season long. Well-drained soil in full sun. Hard prune each spring. Even worth it as an annual in colder climates.
Salvia Windwalker Royal Red - Red Mountain Sage - Windwalker Royal Red is a hybrid between Salvia darcyi and S. microphylla hardy to zone 5. Windwalker Royal Red makes clumps 48" tall x 60" wide of light green leaves, topped in the summer by spikes of bright orange-red flowers. 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.
Agastache 'Summer Fiesta' - Hummingbird Mint - Agastache are incredibly useful for clouds of colour through the summer months. ‘Summer Fiesta’ has outstanding dense, spicy orange red spikes produced in masses. The Summer Series have sepals that remain in colour and do not brown like other agastache giving these cultivars a much longer season of interest. Even without a single flower there is still colour! Provide full sun and good drainage. WE HAVE MOST OF THE OTHER COLOURS IN THIS SERIES. Agastache Kudos 'Gold' - Hummingbird Mint - Kudos 'Gold' is a long blooming, dwarf cultivar of Agastache with golden yellow flowers in large compact spikes atop compact plants with fragrant foliage. The Kudos Series are naturally dwarf hybrids of hummingbird mint or hyssop with excellent branching and downy mildew resistance. They bloom from June until September. They are best grown in hot, sunny spots but are tolerant of the wet, cold soils of a coastal BC winter as well as areas as cold as zone 5. WE HAVE MOST OF THE OTHER COLOURS IN THIS SERIES.

Agastache 'Bolero' - Hummingbird Mint - Agastache 'Bolero' flushes in spring with beautiful purple-red, fragrant foliage that slowly turns to green but not before the warm rose-purple flowers with purple sepals form and attract every hummingbird from miles around. This beauty will give you great foliage interest and long-lasting flowers.

Agastache 'Blue Boa' - Hummingbird Mint - Luxurious, deep, violet blue flower spikes held over ultra green foliage. The flower spikes are long, wide and extremely showy. Great for summer colour. Compared to 'Blue Fortune', 'Blue Boa' has deeper violet blue flowers and wider flower spikes. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. The licorice-scented foliage is edible and good in salads. Excellent planted en masse in the perennial border or in the herb garden. Drought tolerant once established. Blooms from summer until frost.

Do it for the hummingbirds! These plants are all available now!

 

 

Clematis and Cool Vines Alert
from Phoenix Perennials

Celebrating our 13th Anniversary Season!

Three Incredible New Clematis

 


4.

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.

SAVE 10% ON COCKTAIL GARDENING AND TOMATO TASTINGS WHEN YOU REGISTER BEFORE APRIL 30TH, 2016!

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 | Kokedama: Japanese String Gardens | Kate | Sat May 14, 10am-12pm | $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 in the house, patio or garden. These intriguing botanical spheres can transform an area with beauty and whimsy. Kate will discuss perennials and shrubs that are suitable for Japanese string gardens as well as how to care for them. Then you'll select your own plants and make up your own! The plants you choose to use are not included. All other materials are included in the price of the workshop.
YOUNG SPROUTSKIDS CLUB | Fun with Edible Plants | Kate | Sun May 15, 10-11am | FREE* | Kids who grow their own food have been shown in various studies to eat a wider variety of healthy foods, to be more active, and to lead healthier lives as adults. We know you want that for your children. Obviously then one of the best things you can do as a parent is get into a garden with them to grow edibles. In this workshop, Kate will introduce them to the exciting world of edible plants and teach them the basics of growing their own. Then they'll get to plant up a veggie to take home with them. You might want to listen in!
GARDENING 101 SERIES | The Best of the Best for the West Coast Garden: Spring and Summer | Kate | Sun May 15, 1-2pm | FREE* | Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for spring and summer? Kate will introduce you to a selection of top plant performers for West Coast gardens that provide great seasonal interest. She will also provide seasonal maintenance tips. This course could be the most important step you take to transform your garden from ordinary to extraordinary! For a full year of top plants sign up for our second session: Fall and Winter.
CONTAINER SERIES | Subtropical Containers to Die For | Gary | Sat May 21, 10am-12pm | $14 | There's nothing like hardy subtropicals to add "wow" factor to any garden. Now how about concentrating it into one smashingly dramatic container for a big impact in the garden? Gary will introduce a wide range of hardy subtropicals, chat about their care, and then discuss how to use them in containers. You'll then get to plant up your subtropical masterpiece to take home with you!
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!

 

Fall and Winter Workshops - Visit our workshop page for full listings.

 


5.

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

We are reaching peak season for perennials. Come see all of the amazing plants we have grown for you!

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.
Agastache rupestris - Hummingbird Mint - Agastache rupestris has great foliage which is narrow and grey-green creating a textured, bushy mass from which arise the pale apricot-orange tubular flowers held by purple-pink sepals. The fragrant foliage also smells a little bit like root-beer! Beloved by hummingbirds. Allium 'Millenium' - Ornamental Onion - Allium 'Millenium' forms clumps of slender, flattened, linear, glossy green leaves in the spring followed in summer by showy two inch spherical umbels of glowing rose-purple florets. Ornamental onions provide a flower display unlike most other perennials and are thus useful for contrasting flower shapes in the garden.
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.
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.
Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler' - Honeysuckle - ‘Major Wheeler’ is one of the best selections of Lonicera sempervirens and stands out above all other red-flowered cultivars for clean foliage and pure flower power. This selection is covered in red trumpet flowers in late spring and keeps churning them out all summer long, especially with a post-bloom trim. The hummingbirds will find it from miles around. 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.
Lonicera sempervirens 'John Clayton' - Honeysuckle - Lonicera 'John Clayton' has lovely, pale yellow flowers that explode from the vining stems from June until November and grabs the attention of hummingbirds, butterflies, and humans alike. Bright orange-red fruits in late summer and fall. Selected by the Virginia Native Plant Society for its yellow rather than red flowers, excellent repeat bloom, clean foliage, and compact form. Named for a colonial botanist, it was found on the grounds of a 17th century Abington church in Glouchester, Virginia. 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.

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.

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.

Nerine bowdenii - Guernesey Lily - This South African bulb is a welcome site in fall as the skies become overcast and the rain begins to fall. At this time the flowering stalks of Guernsey lily rise from the strap-like foliage and open into gorgeous spidery amaryllis-like flowers in a shade of improbable candy pink! Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears' - Plantain Lily - 'Blue Mouse Ears' has small round bluish-green leaves comprised of a substance so thick you have to feel it to believe it. Lavender flowers on short scapes proportionate to the clump top it in midsummer. A must-have mini hosta for the collector and rock garden enthusiast. 2008 Hosta of the Year! Miniature hostas are great in shady containers or troughs, at the front of the border or along pathways. Dangerous for collectors who will want to have many more than just one!
Hosta 'Praying Hands' - Plantain Lily - 'Praying Hands' is the most un-hosta looking hosta to ever hit the market. Each small, 18" wide clump is composed of strangely folded, dark green crinkled leaves, each with a narrow cream border resembling a multitude of hands folded in prayer. The upright clumps are topped with 18 inch spikes of light lavender flowers in late summer. Hosta '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.
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!
Melittis melissiophyllum 'Royal Velvet Distinction' - Bastard Balm - Here's something you don't find every day. This unique species has white orchid-like flowers with a pink lip. 'Royal Velvet Distinction' offers a deep pink lip edged in white which is more ornamental than the species. The foliage is light green and slightly fuzzy. This native of the old world is found from the southern UK through central Europe and as far east as Turkey. The genus name Melittis refers to bees, an insect that loves to visit the flowers of this intriguing plant. 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. Zaluzianskya ovata - Night Phlox - This intriguing little South African native forms mounds of fuzzy leaves that produce deep pink buds opening to charming, white, fragrant flowers. During the days the flowers put forth a strange fragrance but at night they increase their olfactory output becoming a sweet, heady fragrance. Hardier in leaner, thinner soils.
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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