Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: May 2017

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

May 2017

Celebrating our 14th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

High season is here! Based on the weather you might still think it's early April but the plants at the nursery are saying that it's May. So much is coming ready from our production houses and these plants are ready to get going. All they need is a bunch of gardeners to come take them home!

Lots is happening over the next month: a Free Lily for Mothers on Mothers' Day Weekend, the Palm Club Sale on the Saturday of the long weekend, and an Art Show the first weekend of June plus tons of workshops and seminars. It's time to come down and have some fun with us.

When it comes to our workshops don't miss Cocktail Gardening with David Wolowidnyk of the new Botanist restaurant this weekend, or Containers to Die For, Edible Containers to Die For, or Success with Tomatoes.

We are keeping hellebores on sale at 30% off for one more weekend. Take advantage. The sale continues until Sunday.

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'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 an article on New Versions of Old Classics orignally sent to subscribers of our Hot New Plant Alert. 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!.

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?

Last Chance
to Pre-Order Citrus
Take advantage to lock in your favourite citrus plants for 2017!

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Free Lily for Moms on Mothers' Day Weekend -- Moms need beautiful things. Come get your lily!
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. Hardy Citrus and Friends Pre-Order -- Five to possibly seven citrus which are hardy outdoors plus lots of their friends.
6. From the Alerts -- New Versions of Classic Plants
7. 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
May 13-14 Mothers' Day Weekend Free Lily for Moms
May 16th Gary speaking tot he Vancouver Rose Society on "Avoiding the Summer Doldrums"
May 20th Palm Club Plant Sale at Phoenix Perennials, 9am-5pm
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 |

 

Pacific Northwest Palm and Exotic Plant Society Annual Plant Sale
at Phoenix Perennials
Saturday May 20th, 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.

 

Hellebores 30% Off!
You can never have too many hellebores!

Ok. We admit it. We have too many hellebores! And we're hoping you don't yet have enough!

Now through to May 14th hellebores are 30% off for on site customers.

 

 

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.

Mothers' Day Free* Lily
Saturday and Sunday May 13th and 14th, 2017
Mom's need beautiful things and Phoenix Perennials is here for Moms on Mothers' Day. On Mothers' Day weekend come on down, show us that you're a Mom or Grand Mom by bringing your kids (pets count too) or a picture of them and we'll give you a free lily as a thank you for raising the next generation of gardeners. You are teaching them to garden, aren't you?

*With purchase over $10, while supplies last.

 


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

 

May

CONTAINER SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Edible Containers to Die For: Ornamental Displays that Taste Great | Kate | Sat May 13, 10am-12pm | $14 | This is a fun hands-on workshop for gardeners who want to grow edibles in containers that are beautiful and productive all at the same time. After some discussion of different edibles and some practical and design instruction, each participant will plant up and take home their own fabulous edible 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.

   
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Cocktail Gardening: Mix Drinks with Ingredients from Your Garden | David Wolowidnyk, Botanist Restaurant with Gary | Sat May 13, 2-4pm | $14 | Join award-winning bartender and mixologist David Wolowidnyk formerly of West and CinCin Restaurants and now with the exciting new restaurant Botanist. David will teach you 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!
   

CONTAINER SERIES | Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets to Fabulous Pots Then Make Your Own | Kate | Sun May 14, 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. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their 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. If you do not have a container we will have various options available for you at the workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use.

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.

   
GARDENING 101 SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Success with Tomatoes | Gary | Sun May 14, 1-2pm | FREE* | Tomatoes are the most beloved of all garden edibles because no tomato tastes better than one grown in your own garden. Come have all your tomato questions answered such as modern vs. heirlooms, grafted vs ungrafted, the best cultivars for our climate, and how to successfully grow tons of delicious tomatoes in pots and the garden.
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Succulent Installations: Chicks and Chicken Wire | Kate | Sat May 20, 10am-12pm | $14 | Are you ready to get really creative with succulents? This workshop will have you creating your own "container" or "planting pillow" out of chicken wire. It could be a hanging cone or a free form shape to place on your stairs or along a wall or on a tree or any shape you can imagine. Then you'll get to plant your "planter" up with your choice of cool succulents. Before you come, think about where you'd like to install your succulent installation and, if you can, take a picture of and measure the spot and bring those details with you.

 
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Success with Succulents | Gary | Sat May 20, 1-2pm | FREE* | Gary, the head Phoenician, has hundreds of succulents in his personal collection and is the guy to chat with about caring for your own succulents. This session will focus on borderline hardy and non-hardy succulents including Echeveria, Agave, Dyckia, Kalanchoe, Senecio, Euphorbia, and more. Gary will introduce these different types of succulents and chat about caring for these beautiful plants throughout the year.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Save the Pollinators!: Support Bees, Butterflies, & Hummingbirds | Jo | Sun May 21, 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.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Architectural Plants for Drama, Drama, Drama | Jo | Sun May 21, 12-1pm | 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.
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Make Your Own Hypertufa Container or Trough | Kate | Sun May 28, 10am-12pm (Make container) & Sun June 11, 10-11am (Optional plant up)  | $45 | 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.

 

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.

A Very Sweet Pre-Order

We are very excited about our 2017 pre-orders. Place your orders now to lock in for some the hottest and most desired plants of the season.

Our pre-orders are a convenient way to acquire the plants that you desire in advance from the comfort of your own home and to be able to better plan your garden. For us at Phoenix Perennials it really helps us to gauge interest and adjust our growing and our orders up or down so we have the right number of plants on hand to meet your gardening wants and needs. Cheers!

The Great Hardy Citrus (& Friends)
Pre-Order

Grow your own citrus outside in coastal BC plus grow an even wider selection with a little winter protection.

Choose from 31 different Citrus including 5 that you can grow outside year round like the 'Owari' satsuma.

More Info and Order

 


6.

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.

 


7.

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. Astilbe 'Chocolate Shogun' - False Spiraea- Astilbe 'Chocolate Shogun' has the darkest foliage of any on the market. The chocolate burgundy leaves emerge in spring and keep this rich colouration throughout the season. In summer it produces plume-like flower stalks covered in pink flowers. It can grow in full sun conditions as long as the soil remains moist.
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! 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.
Diphylleia grayi - Asian Umbrella Leaf - This Japanese woodland perennial has big umbrella-like leaves and is related to Podophyllum, the mayapples. It has pretty white flowers that bloom above the leaves followed by blue fruit. Best in cool, rich, moist humusy soil, medium to heavy shade. Rare. Gillenia trifoliata - Bowman's Root - This graceful perennial is strangely absent from most gardens. The leaves are arranged in threes along wiry stems, topped by loose panicles of white flowers emerging from tubular wine-coloured sepals. Think of it as a butterfly gaura for the shade garden. Gillenia is native to eastern North America and was traditionally used for medicinal purposes. Part sun to light shade in average to moist well-drained soil. Good fall colour.
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.
Pulmonaria 'Trevi Fountain' - Lungwort - 'Trevi Fountain' has has superb silver-spotted lungwort foliage with profuse clusters of large cobalt-blue flowers. One of our favourite Pulmonaria. Mildew resistant. 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'.
Viola chaerophylloides 'Benizuru' - Violet - Viola chaerophylloides 'Benizuru' is a choice form of a rare violet species with unusual, dissected and serrated, maple-like leaves. The beautifully fragrant flowers are a glowing magenta with a white glow at the centre and dark detailing held on dramatic deep red stems. This would be so cute in a little pot or planted somewhere special where you could enjoy both the foliage and flowers. Dicentra spectabilis 'Gold Heart' - Bleeding Heart - Bred by fellow Canadians Sandra and Nori Pope during their tenure at Hadspen Garden in the UK, Dicentra 'Gold Heart' is the classic bleeding heart with chartreuse to gold foliage to back up the rose-pink and white flowers. It’s shocking, it’s audacious, it’s electric, it’s fabulous. Great for illuminating a dark corner of the shade garden. May go dormant in summer if soils are dry.
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."

Beesia deltophylla - Beesia - I’m excited to offer one of my favourite shade plants, the handsome Beesia deltophylla with glossy, deep green, evergreen, heart-shaped leaves tinged in purple when new that form dense rosettes up to 12 inches across. Sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? Spires of small white flowers rise up to 20 inches above the foliage in mid to late spring repeating later in the season. Excellent in well-drained yet evenly moist soil in full or partial shade.

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.

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.

Salvia 'Hot Lips' - Baby Sage - Very cool and an all time Phoenix Perennials bestseller. Salvia 'Hot Lips' is a fast-growing wild selection of a Mexican sage which is adorned with stunning bicolour flowers -- white flowers with red lips -- from May until frost. But the expression of colour is temperature sensitive. In spring the flowers are usually all red, later bicoloured/hot lipped and in the heat of the summer all white, then returning to bicoloured and then red again in the fall. Will produce thousands of flowers in a season. Well-drained soil in full sun. Hard prune each spring. Even worth it as an annual in colder climates.

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. Podophyllum delavayi - Mayapple - This Chinese mayapple is one of most exciting shade perennials. Fuzzy umbrellas emerge with dark snakeskin markings, often on a red background, changing to patterned green. Flowers can be red, pink, or white and are followed by apricot coloured fruit. Also called P. veitchii or Dysosma veitchii.
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.

 


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