Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: Mid May 2017

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

Mid May 2017

Celebrating our 14th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

It's an exciting time at Phoenix Perennials. We are at peak availability of edibles and ornamentals as all of our production of garden treasures comes ready. This is THE time to come for a visit to the nursery to shop from the widest possible selection. Plus with everything growing in the nursery is starting to look like a giant garden.

We are excited to reveal our two Canada150 installations: the Canada150 Canoe and the Canada150 Succulent Living Wall. They are now installed at he nursery to celebrate our country's 150th birthday. Come and see them!

Another thing you're going to want to come see is an Art Show at Phoenix featuring paintings and sculptures by some very talented artists, two of whom are Phoenicians. This will be taking place on the first weekend of June. Details are below.

It's full on edible season with tomatoes in stock now plus basil and a full range of other herbs and veggies. Also, citrus will be coming in a few weeks so make sure to get your orders in. We have some edibles on sale: seedling tomatoes and gourmet Earth Apple potatoes. Details are below.

We're excited to launch a new Cistus Nursery group import after a hiatus of a couple years. Want to get some cool plants from our friends at Cistus? Read on, plant lustful gardener, for all the details.

In this issue we include installments from our Alerts on the new Chick Charms Sempervivum and Cool New Hosta. We also have an exciting installment of Fabulous at Phoenix. There is so much to highlight and this is only the tip of the iceberg.

See you soon at Phoenix!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

 

'Ketchup 'n' Fries' and Mighty Matos Are In!
Plus starter tomatoes and tons of other edibles!

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?

In Stock Now!
Tons of cool Citrus available now at Phoenix!

 

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Phoenix Perennials has been designated as a Canada 150 Garden Experience as one of the top garden experiences in the country on the occasion of Canada's 150th birthday.

 


In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Phoenix Perennials Celebrates Canada 150! -- Check our our Canada150 Canoe and our Canada150 Succulent Living Wall.
2. ART SHOW: "The Sense of a Garden" by Gwen Dirks with Sculptures by Kate Herring and Janice Reiling -- Join us for art in the nursery on this very special weekend.
3. Cistus Nursery Import By Phoenix Perennials -- Want to get some cool plants from our friends at Cistus Nursery in Portland? We'll organize it for you.
4. Workshops 2017 -- Get confident. Have fun. Make life beautiful.
5. From the Alerts -- Cool Hosta and Chick Charms.
6. Fabulous at Phoenix -- Gary's pics of hot 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
June 3-4 "The Sense of a Garden" - Art Show by Gwen Dirks at Phoenix
June 23-25 Phoenix Perennials selling plants at the Hardy Plant Group Study Weekend in Victoria
August 23-24 Gary speaking at the FarWest trade show in Portland, Oregon on "Hot New Plants" and "Groupon or Coupon"
September 6th Gary speaking to the Seed to Sky Garden Club on "Weird and Wonderful Plants of the World"
December 1-3 The Christmas Hurrah! | Friday to Sunday December 1-3 | 10am - 3pm |

 

Edibles on Sale

Buy 4 Tomato Seedling Starts and Get 1 Free!

Buy 1 Box of Gourmet Earth Apple Potatoes and Get 1 Free!

Until supplies last.

 

 

Phoenix Perennials Mail Order
Making Canadian Gardeners Happy from Coast to Coast to Coast!

We are proud to launch our fifth year of Mail Order across Canada with our largest selection ever: 850+ amazing garden plants including many rare and cutting edge plants you'd be hard pressed to find anywhere else.

Help Us Get the Word Out: We need your help to get the word out across this great (and very large) country of ours. Please forward this email to all your friends and family across the country to let them know that cool garden plants are just a few clicks away!


 

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.

Phoenix Perennials
Celebrates Canada 150!


At Phoenix Perennials we love a party so it's no surprise that we're excited about Canada's 150th birthday. We've even been designated as a Canada 150 Garden Experience as one of the top garden experiences in the country on this occasion of Canada's 150th birthday.

To celebrate Canada150 we've created two installations at the nursery: the Canada150 Canoe and the Canada150 Succulent Living Wall.

We chose a canoe - and a red one at that! - because of its significance to the history of Canada and its ongoing importance in the national psyche and in outdoor recreation.

We've planted it with a red Japanese maple to symbolize the red maple leaf of our flag. Below these arching branches we've planted plants from every continent in the world to represent the multicultural nature of our country.

At the bow of the boat there is rough water but as our Canada 150 Canoe cuts through these choppy seas there is smooth blue sailing (Sedums) after that - we may have challenges but working together in our canoe, we can overcome them.

Just for good measure, we've added a Canada flag at the stern.

Thank you to Phoenician Kate Herring for planting up the canoe!

Our Canada150 Succulent Living Wall is pretty straightforward in its significance with its "150" spelled out in colourful Echeveria. We look forward to watching it grow in through the summer.

Celebrate with us and come for a visit to Phoenix Perennials to see our Canada150 installations. Please share them on social media and tell your friends that it's time to have a big party!

 


2.

ART SHOW
"The Sense of a Garden"
New Paintings by Gwen Dirks
with Garden Bride Sculptures by Kate Herring
and Leaf Sculptures by Janice Reiling

Sat. and Sun. June 3rd & 4th at Phoenix Perennials
Part of Doors Open Richmond

We are excited to show off the superlative talents of two of our Phoenicians and a friend of Phoenix Perennials.


Hellebores by Gwen Dirks

Discover art in the garden and meet the artists on site. Begin your tour of the natural galleries with Gwen Dirks’ new painting series, “The Sense of a Garden.” Gwen’s canvases are colour-rich deconstructed garden scenes and large floral paintings depicting hellebores, clematis, and other perennials you can see at the nursery. Kate Herring’s life-sized garden brides are displayed floating throughout this natural setting. Janice Reiling’s dramatic leaf sculptures make this visit magical.


Garden Bride by Kate Herring


3.


Cistus Nursery Import by Phoenix Perennials 2017

Cistus Nursery (www.cistus.com) is located near Portland, Oregon and specializes in hardy subtropicals, Mediterranean climate plants, plants from the southern hemisphere and other intriguing plants from around the world. Though Cistus will ship to individuals in Canada, the process can be costly and confusing for home gardeners. At Phoenix Perennials we have considerable experience importing plants from around the world and are teaming up with our friends at Cistus to make their plants more easily accessible north of the border.

Phoenix Perennials is organizing a group importation from Cistus Nursery. All plant costs and a small fee for phytosanitary inspection will be payable directly to Cistus in US dollars before your plants are shipped. A charge to cover all taxes, shipping, brokerage and border fees will be payable directly to Phoenix Perennials in Canadian dollars when you pick up your plants. The shipping costs are less than if you ordered the plants on your own and comparable to rates charged by Cistus for shipping within the US. We also offer you security and peace of mind as we shepherd your plants across the border and help them become Canadian citizens. An additional benefit is that plants will be shipped in open flats and not packed in boxes or barerooted so they will arrive in great condition. Your plants will experience none of the potential damage associated with packing.

If you are interested in acquiring some intriguing plants for your garden, please read on to find out more about the process, the deadline for placing orders, the estimated pick up date at Phoenix Perennials and the costs involved.

As you are ordering your plants you might want to compare your order with our Phoenix Perennials Online Encyclopedia and our Mail Order Site. Though Cistus has many, many plants not offered by Phoenix, we do overlap on some items. Last time a few people bought plants from Cistus that they could have gotten much more easily and cheaply from Phoenix thus saving their Cistus budget to buy different plants from south of the border.

MORE INFO

Have fun putting your order together!


4.

Workshops and Seminars 2017

Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful.

Welcome to our 2017 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 39 different workshops and seminars including our FREE Gardening 101 Series designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners plus lots of exciting hands on projects. 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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Our workshops are grouped thematically into series to keep them organized and help you make your selections.

GARDENING 101 SERIES - Our FREE series is designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners with a wide range of topics to develop your gardening knowledge and build your confidence in the garden.
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES- This series focuses on all the amazing things you can grow in and eat from your garden.
CONTAINER SERIES
- We've got the hottest container ideas for you with workshops that will help you achieve cool installations to grace your patio and garden.

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions
Instructor Biographies
Booking Workshops

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions

June

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Best Plants for Summer Colour | Kate | Sun June 4, 11am-12pm | 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 Spring session and our Fall and Winter session.

 

Fall and Winter Workshops

September

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Best Plants for Fall & Winter | Kate | Sun Sept 10, 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 Spring and Summer sessions.

   

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Discover the World of Bulbs | Jo | Sun Sept 17, 11am-12pm | 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 | Best Plants for Fall Colour | Jo | Sun Sept 24, 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 24, 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! This workshop includes your soil, stones, and decorative glass but does not include the container or the plants you'll include. We'll have lots of containers and plants on hand to choose from.

 

 

October

CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets of Fabulous Pots Then Make Your Own | Kate | Sun 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.

 

December

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Centerpiece Workshop | Kate | Fri Dec 1, 1-3pm | $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 Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 2, 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 2, 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 Picture Frame Wreaths | Kate | Sun Dec 3, 10am-12pm | $60 (Includes frame. All frames will be different and may not resemble the one pictured.) | Christmas time is about memories. Picture frames are about holding and celebrating memories. We'll combine this idea of the picture frame with the techniques of wreath making to make a beautiful and unique Christmas decoration for your garden or home for the holiday season. |

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop | Kate | Sun Dec 3, 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.

 

 

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.
REGISTER NOW

 

Instructor Biographies

Visit our Workshop page for biographies.

 

Booking Workshops

Visit our Workshop page for booking info or click the link above.

 


5.

From the Alerts

Check out some of the recent subject-based Alerts we've sent out. Are you getting them? Some we include here in the E-Newsletter and others only Alert subscribers receive.

NEW! We've created two new Alerts for small space gardeners and rare plant enthusiasts.

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.

The Rare Plant Alert - Are you a sophisticated gardener? Always looking for the rare and unusual? You'll be the first (and perhaps only) one to know about rare plants (often available only in small quantities) so you can get them first!

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

 

Cool and Unusual Hosta
Foliage Forms and Colours Like Never Before for the Shade Garden

'Diana Remembered' - Whereas most of species plantaginea aren’t variegated this special cultivar named after the late Princess Diana is. Hosta ‘Diana Remembered’ has medium-sized blue green leaves with creamy white margins. It offers good sun and heat tolerance compared with other plantagineas. The white flowers are elegant, large, and extremely fragrant. 'Blue Mouse Ears' - '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!
'Praying Hands' - '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. 'Wheee!' - 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.
'Pure Heart' - This beautiful cultivar has the reverse variegation of 'Mighty Mouse' with small rounded leaves edged in blue green and centred with creamy yellow or creamy white. Lavender flowers in summer. Great for edging or in mass plantings. 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! 'Cool as a Cucumber' - 'Cool as a Cucumber' is a large sized, incredibly showy, tricolour hosta. Its white variegated foliage is notably upright in youth but quickly develops into a gracefull arching mound. The long, pointed leaves have mid green margins which jet into light green towards the clear white centre. The flowers are white or light lilac. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
'Island Breeze' - 'Island Breeze' is a sport of 'Paradise Island' with more impressive variegation due to its wider margins, thicker leaf substance and a stronger growth rate. The leaves have wide, dark green margins standing in sharp contrast to the bright yellow centers and are held on red speckled petioles that bleed up into the leaves. The flowers are dark lavender and held on red scapes. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc. 'Curly Fries' - Would you like fries with that? 'Curly Fries' is a small sized hosta that forms an arching, wiggly clump of extremely rippled, narrow, chartreuse leaves. The flowers are lavender. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
'Mini Skirt' - This petite and flirty hosta forms a miniature mound of very wavy, thick, blue-green leaves with creamy yellow margins in spring. In summer, the centre turns more green and the edge lightens to creamy white. Pale lavender flowers with deeper purple stripes appear closely packed together on short, very proportionately sized scapes. A real collectors item. 'Kiwi Spearmint' - Hosta 'Kiwi Spearmint' is a small to medium hosta with rippled leaves that are white in the middle surrounded by dark green and lime green streaks. Lavender flowers.
'First Blush' - 'First Blush' is a breakthrough in the Hosta world from breeder Bob Solberg. It is the first burgundy-leaved Hosta. Not only does it have red petioles (leaf stems), a red edge to the leaves, and red in the lower veins but the foliage is also flushed with burgundy across most of the leaf blade! New foliage emerges green quickly turning to burgundy. In cool summer climates like the West Coast the burgundy can remain all summer into fall. In hot summer climates the burgundy can fade to green when temperatures reach the low 30s Celsius. Be the first to own this amazing Hosta. We acquired our plants at great expense and have set the retail price only a bit higher than our actual cost. Plant lust ain't cheap but we're trying to keep the cost down for you. 'Forbidden Fruit' - Hosta 'Forbidden Fruit' is a bold addition to any garden with brilliant golden orange-yellow centres surrounded by a wide blue green margin. The foliage colour holds well straight through summer without fading making a great contrast for the lavender flowers. This tetraploid form of 'Orange Marmalade' is a vigorous grower with thick slug-resistant leaves.
'Sweet Innocence' - Hosta 'Sweet Innocence' is the tetraploid form of 'Fragrant Bouquet'. It is a medium sized cultivar with heart-shaped, apple green leaves but with a much wider creamy leaf margin. On mature plants, the leaves are dome-shaped rather than flat. Near white, fragrant flowers appear in late summer. 'Munchkin Fire' - Hosta 'Munchkin Fire' is a vigorous, new, yellow, miniature cultivar. It has short, narrow, lance-shaped leaves that hold their bright yellow colour all season long. Perfect for troughs, miniature gardens, small pots, and fairy gardens. Lavender flowers in summer.
'Hans' - Hosta 'Hans' has similar traits to its sibling 'Andrew' but it has much more vigour. 'Hans' has corrugated, puckered, and folded leaves with ruffling at the base forming large mounds. The glaucous blue-green edges turn to mid green and then to creamy white at the centre making this a tricolour Hosta. 'Joy Ride' - Hosta 'Joy Ride' forms a wriggly, broadly mounding mass of very wavy, blue-green leaves accented with upright folded edges. Widely flared, tubular, light lavender flowers are produced in mid-summer. Grows to about 16 inches tall and three feet wide.

These Hosta are available now at Phoenix!

 


6.

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

There are so many cool plants now I can barely scratch the surface in the space I have here. It's time to come to the nursery to see it all for yourself!

Ligularia dentata 'Garden Confetti' - Leopard Plant - 'Garden Confetti' has large, heart-shaped, creamy green coloured foliage in bold mounds that is liberally sprinkled with lime, pine green, and pink and held together with magenta coloured veins. As summer progresses, the creamy background changes to gold and then to burgundy with green mottling. Use Ligularia as a an easy, bold focal point in the shady border or by a pond. Dactylorhiza x foliorella - Hybrid Marsh Orchid - Dactylorhiza x foliorella is a famous marsh orchid hybrid between D. foliosa and D. purpurella. The attractive, mid green, clasping leaves produce a spectacular spike up to 32 inches tall covered in glowing magenta orchid flowers with deeper magenta markings along at least 12 inches of stalk. This hybrid is also famous for its vigour and bulks up fast in the garden. Despite its marshy natural habitat this orchid does well in evenly moist garden soils.
Agastache 'Morello' - Hummingbird Mint - Agastache 'Morello' is a dramatic hummingbird mint with huge, dense infloresences of deep burgundy rose flowers on stems to almost three feet high. It blooms over a long period from mid June through September. The attractive, dark foliage smells like mint. Wasabia japonica 'Daruma' - Wasabi - The wasabi served in Japanese restaurants is not wasabi at all. It is made of horseradish, mustard, and green food colouring. Wasabia japonica is the real deal and is a very different culinary experience with a sweet heat and intensity that is more subtle and delicate than the fake stuff which can overpower you. 'Daruma' is a popular and vigorous variety with excellent green colour, size, and crisp flavour. After grating, allow to sit for a few minutes before eating for flavours to develop. Grow in moist to wet soils.
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.
Calanthe 'Yellow Lipsticks' - Hardy Calanthe Orchid - Calanthe 'Yellow Lipsticks' is a vigorous hybrid with bold, banana yellow flowers with rose-red to burgundy-red lips held on ten inch spikes. Attractive, lush, light green pleated leaves. Virus-free plants from flasked seedlings. Vigorous blooming size plants. Calanthe are hardy terrestrial orchids for classic shade garden conditions. They are relatively easy to grow in rich, well-drained soils in part shade. Calanthe 'Pink Lipsticks' - Hardy Calanthe Orchid - Calanthe 'Pink Lipsticks' is a vigorous hybrid with lovely pale pink to pink flowers with rose-red to deep pink lips held on ten inch spikes. Attractive, lush, light green pleated leaves. Virus-free plants from flasked seedlings. Vigorous blooming size plants. Calanthe are hardy terrestrial orchids for classic shade garden conditions. They are relatively easy to grow in rich, well-drained soils in part shade.
Calanthe 'Kojima Orange Selections' - Hardy Calanthe Orchid - The Kojima Orange Selections are vigorous hybrids producing ten inch spikes of highly fragrant bright orange flowers with variable detailing of yellow, yellow-orange, white, and red. Every plant will have different flowers and different fragrance. Watch out collectors! The pleated foliage is also quite attractive. Virus-free plants from flasked seedlings. Vigorous blooming size plants. Calanthe are hardy terrestrial orchids for classic shade garden conditions. They are relatively easy to grow in rich, well-drained soils in part shade. Deinanthe caerulea - False Hydrangea - From China comes this uncommon herbaceous hydrangea relative, Deinanthe caerulea, with intriguing purple-blue flowers held above clumps of beautifully textured foliage. Blooms in early to mid summer. Slowly spreading rhizomes eventually form a mounded three foot wide clump. A wonderful addition to the shade garden.
Tanacetum coccineum Radiant Light Pink - Painted Daisy - The very cold hardy, old-fashioned painted daisy (Tanacetum coccineum) gets an update with the Radiant Collection with plants that are more compact, blooming to just two feet tall over a longer period, and that stay strongly upright without flopping. Radiant Light Pink has glowing light pink flowers with bright yellow centres. An excellent, long-lasting cut flower. The lush, green foliage is finely divided and fern-like. Tanacetum coccineum Radiant Deep Pink - Painted Daisy - The very cold hardy, old-fashioned painted daisy (Tanacetum coccineum) gets an update with the Radiant Collection with plants that are more compact, blooming to just two feet tall over a longer period, and that stay strongly upright without flopping. Radiant Deep Pink has glowing magenta flowers with bright yellow centres. An excellent, long-lasting cut flower. The lush, green foliage is finely divided and fern-like.
Hydrangea macrophylla '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 have been the first nursery in North America to offer this plant in 2015. Hydrangea macrophylla 'Spike' - Hydrangea - Hydrangea 'Spike' offers a whole new look in mophead hydrangeas with heavily ruffled florets that give the mopheads a dynamic, frilly quality. Flower colour can range from true blue to pink depending on soil pH.
Dierama 'Plantworld Jewels' - Angel's Fishing Rod - The Dierama Plantworld Jewels are hybrids between D. pauciflorum, D. dracomontanum, and D. igneum that bloom 2-3 weeks earlier than most other angel's fishing rods. They produce wiry grass-like stems with dangling branches holding showers of perfectly formed bells in shades of white, lavender, purple, burgundy, and rose-red. Beautiful on the edge, corner or possibly at a turning point in a path so you can stop and stare! Likes a sunny spot with good drainage and extra summer moisture. Hydrangea macrophylla 'Love' - Hydrangea - Hydrangea 'Love' has mopheads of double florets that are a perfect little girl pink with lovely rounded petals. This beauty comes from the same breeder as the famed 'Miss Saori'.
Lithodora diffusa Gold 'n' Sapphires - Lithodora - Lithodora Gold 'N' Sapphires is the first gold foliage form of this extremely valuable groundcover which looks incredible topped with the deep blue flowers in spring. It has excellent vigour and holds its colour all summer even in the sun. Use it at the front of the border, on banks, spilling over walls or in rock gardens. Filipendula 'Red Umbrellas' - Meadowsweet - For those who love foliage, here is a great meadowsweet with maple-like, serrated foliage with distinct veining on olive green leaves flushed with red in the veins and at the centre of each leaf. 'Red Umbrellas' also has umbles of pink flowers in summer an great hardiness to zone 3! An exciting hybrid of Filipendula multijuga and F. palmatum. Clump-forming topping off at about 30 inches tall.
Ficus 'Petite Negra' - Fig - 'Petite Nigra' is a super dwarf fig tree that happily produces in small containers. The leaves have a unique growth habit. The fruit appears early, it is dark purple, and is medium in size. This is the perfect fig to grow outdoors in warmer zones or to use as a winter houseplant and summer outdoor patio plant in colder zones. Let's grow figs right across Canada! Ficus 'Petite Negra' - Fig - Ficus 'Yellow Long Neck' produces excellent crops of honey-sweet yellow-green figs with long necks. It is a medium-sized fig growing to 6-8 feet tall which can be grown in the ground or in a large container. It is said to be able to produce fruit in the same year that the wood has been killed to the ground by a hard winter. Now that's called "making a come back."

Heucherella 'Plum Cascade' - Foamy Bells - Heucherella 'Plum Cascade' is an elegant trailing foamy bells with attractive, deeply cut, plum-purple foliage with a silver veil. Delicate, light-pink flowers are held just above the foliage from late spring through early fall. Ideal in hanging baskets or as a ground cover.

Heucherella Northern Exposure Lime - Coral Bells - Heuchera Northern Exposure Lime is a vigorous, long-lived cultivar with lime-green leaves that keep their colour well into the season. It forms a dense, rounded, rust-resistant mound and has narrow spikes of rust-red and green flowers. The Northern Exposure series is bred with Heuchera richardsonii which grows in zone 3 and beyond even up into the Northwest Territories. This series may do better in colder regions of Canada.

Gardenia 'Frostproof' - Hardy Gardenia - The rose-like double flowers of Gardenia 'Frostproof' have an intense and intoxicating fragrance and appear most profusely in early summer and sporadically thereafter. Resilient in cool springs or cool spring/summer climates and will still produce copious flowers. Full sun to light shade. Blooms best where walls or patios provide extra night time warmth in spring and summer. Plant in a protected location just to be safe. Evergreen.

Heucherella Northern Exposure Amber - Coral Bells - Heuchera Northern Exposure Amber has ruffled, amber-yellow to amber-orange foliage that looks better and better as the season progresses. It forms a dense, medium sized plant with great rust resistance and longevity. The Northern Exposure series is bred with Heuchera richardsonii which grows in zone 3 and beyond even up into the Northwest Territories. This series may do better in colder regions of Canada.

Delphinium New Millenium 'Pagan Purples' - Delphinium - 'Pagan Purples' blooms with dark bluish-purple flowers. Removing spent flower spikes will result in another round of blooms on secondary spikes in late summer and fall. However, its large, coarsely textured leaves make this plant attractive even when it's not in bloom. Selected in New Zealand, the New Millennium delphinium strains outperform all other tall types. The stems are strong and the plants are generally longer lived than other tall delphiniums. Photo courtesy of Dowdeswell's Delphiniums Ltd. WE HAVE MANY OTHER COLOURS AVAILABLE. Salvia pachyphylla - Mojave Sage - Salvia pachyphylla is a large-growing shrubby sage reaching three feet tall and nearly as wide with silver foliage that is evergreen with a pungent fragrance. The mounds are topped with broad, two-toned spikes consisting of lavender-purple flowers emerging from warm purple bracts all summer long. Prune in the fall after flowering. Plant in full sun, in dry, thin soils. Good winter drainage is essential.
Lysimachia atropurpurea 'Beaujolais' - Loosestrife - 'Beaujolais' has silver blue-green clumped foliage that prefers a consistently moist soil. It produces fascinating dark plum spikes that last and last and are followed by attractive seed heads. Doesn’t run like other Lysimachia. Echinacea Kismet Intense Orange - Coneflower - Echinacea Kismet Intense Orange is a compact, upright coneflower producing a bounty of orange blooms that age through all the tones from atomic orange, to pumpkin, to light orange. It blooms over an extended period of time from early summer to frost. Plant in full sun in average (not overly rich), well-drained soils. Avoid soils that are overly moist in winter.
Echinacea Cara Mia Rose - Coneflower - Echinacea Cara Mia Rose is a compact coneflower to just 16 inches high with an exceptional crown count making it a blooming machine. It is an early bloomer putting forth double flowers in a rich raspberry red to raspberry pink from early summer until frost. Plant in full sun in average (not overly rich), well-drained soils. Avoid soils that are overly moist in winter. Echinacea Kismet Raspberry - Coneflower - Echinacea Kismet Raspberry is a compact, upright coneflower that amazes with its long bloom time and sheer number of flowers from early summer until frost. The flowers are large, emerging glowing raspberry-pink and slowly lightening with age creating great multi-toned displays. Plant in full sun in average (not overly rich), well-drained soils. Avoid soils that are overly moist in winter.
Asclepias speciosa - Showy Milkweed - This western North American species has upright stems with oblong leaves topped with dense three inch globes of fragrant, pink, star-shaped flowers which attract butterflies. It is an important food source for Monarch and other butterflies. Showy milkweed spreads by underground rhizomes. Grow in a pot or sink a pot of it in the ground or allow it to spread in naturalized settings. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Alstroemeria Fabiana - Peruvian Lily - Alstroemeria Fabiana is a long-blooming Peruvian lily with yellow and creamy white flowers and dark detailing with a flush of pink on the reverse. It has the added attraction of variegated foliage with dark green leaves with streaky, creamy white margins. Fabiana thus looks great all spring up until bloom starts in summer continuing all the way to frost. Fabiana is mainly a clumping plant with mounds that will expand gradually with time.
Asclepias fascicularis - Narrow-leaf Milkweed - Asclepias fascicularis has a delicate appearance that belies its tough nature. The two foot stems have long, narrow leaves, with upward curled margins. The intricate flowers are pale pink and white and attract bees and butterflies. Narrow-leaf milkweed is a host plant for the western migration of the monarch butterfly. Plant them in your garden to encourage the monarchs to come to BC where they have been known to visit in warm summers. Asclepias incarnata 'Cinderella' - Swamp Milkweed - The species in this genus arose as a result of an evolutionary arms race with different butterfly species who drove the milkweeds to develop increasingly toxic poisons in their milky sap to fend off the butterfly’s ravenous caterpillars. So leave the chewing to the Monarchs! Asclepias incarnata 'Cinderella' has upright branching stems with oblong leaves topped with dense clusters of small rose pink and white vanilla-scented flowers which attract butterflies. Good in moist, wet and average soils. Deer resistant.
Hydrangea angustipetala 'Golden Crane' - Hydrangea - Large, fragrant lacecaps of white sterile florets around gold to chartreuse lacey reproductive florets. This cultivar is the earliest of hydrangea to bloom and smells sweetly of honey which will fill the entire garden. Narrow textured leaves complete the show on this handsome shrub. Introduced by Dan Hinkley from his collections from southern Sichuan, China. Penstemon 'Cha Cha Cherry' - Penstemon - '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.
Rheum alexandrae - Noble Rhubarb - This species of rhubarb has heart-shaped leaves with green tops and intense burgundy veins. Tall spires of yellow flowers reach skywards in early summer protected by distinctive and amazing yellow bracts. A truly dramatic focal point plant. Prefers a deep, humus-rich, moisture retentive yet well-drained soil in sun or semi-shade. Hibiscus Summerific 'Ballet Slippers' - Perennial Hibiscus - Hibiscus Summerific 'Ballet Slippers' is demure and delicate while packing a flower power punch. The large, seven inch wide flowers are pure white with overlapping petals like a pinwheel, a dark red centre, and blush pink edges. Attractive, healthy leaves are bright green with slightly serrated edges. Flowers are produced from the top of the plant to the bottom, rather than just at the top like some other cultivars.

 


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