Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: Mid May 2018

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

Mid May 2018

Celebrating our 15th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

Peak season is definitely here! Most of our production has come ready and has now been moved to our retail side in the last two weeks. It's time to come back and see all the treasures! There are many.

Our Fab at Phoenix installment this time around is almost completely different than last month. But there is so much more. We are growing 300+ new plants this year in our production greenhouses so there are so many new and exciting plants to discover. You'll have to come in to see them all. ;-)

Below you'll find links to two TV spots I've done recently on CityTV's Breakfast Television on The Art and Science of Plant Combinations and on CTV Morning Live on Small Space Gardens. There's lots of good information in these segments that apply to all gardeners. Click on the links to view them.

As we get to the end of May don't forget to plant your tomatoes, basil, and other edible herbs and veggies. We still have a good selection. This is still the perfect time to get your edibles in the ground or into your containers.

Also, don't forget to water all new plantings. We have had almost no rainfall through May and the soil is getting dry. New plantings are going to need your help.

Our last two pre-orders have completed. Here are the details:

  • The Hydrangea Hysteria Pre-Order is ready for pick-up.
  • The Great Citrus Pre-Order will be ready for pick-up on Friday. For those who have requested shipping, we will be fitting this into our shipping schedule as best we can. There will be a delay on shipping from Ontario east. The Victoria Day long weekend always creates a mail order backlog as we can't ship on this short week to the east and orders pile up that we then ship out over the two weeks following. Citrus orders to the east will go out in mid June.

We have some fun and informative workshops this weekend. Don't miss Larry's Citrus and Subtropical Fruits seminar or Kate's cool Kokedama workshop.

See you soon at Phoenix!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

Gourmet Potatoes in Stock Now!
Ten different kinds of gourmet potatoes
for planting in pots or the garden.

Grow your own for impressive dishes, personal satisf
action, and big bragging rights.

 

Hydrangea Hysteria
Pre-Order
Ready for Pick-Up Plus Extras Available

 

Great Citrus
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Ready for Pick-Up Starting Friday Plus Extras Available!


 
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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Gary on CityTV and CTV -- The Art and Science of Plant Combinations and Small Space Gardening Ideas and Strategies.
2. Workshops and Seminars 2018 -- 39 different workshops for gardeners of all levels. Join us for fun and information to help you get confident and be successful in your garden or on your patio.
3. Phoenix Perennials Mail Order 2018 -- Hundreds of new plants bring us up to 1000 different plants offered to Canadian gardeners this season through our mail order dividion.
4. Fab at Phoenix -- Gary's picks of what's new and exciting 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
  Check out our Workshop Schedule for upcoming workshops and seminars.

 

Botanical Tour
Wildflowers of
Southwestern Australia
September 2019
With your guide Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis
An alumni UBC tour open to everyone!

View Recorded Webinar
On March 15, 2018 I gave a 35 minute webinar on the tour and the flora of Western Australia. You can view the recording here:

View Webinar

View the Itinerary and Tour Details
Wildflowers of Southwestern Australia Tour Info


 

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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!

 


1.

GARY ON TV

Gary's been making the rounds to the city's TV stations to share the gospel on gardening. Check out The Art and Science of Plant Combinations on City TV's Breakfast Television and Small Space Gardening on CTV Morning Live.


Gary on CityTV's
Breakfast Television
The Art And Science of Plant Combinations
Gary chats with Riaz Meghji

Check out the Video!

 


Gary on CTV Morning Live
Small Space Gardening Ideas and Strategies for Creating Your Own Personal Oasis
Gary chats with Jason Pires

Check out the Video!

 


2.

Workshops and Seminars 2018

Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful.

Welcome to our 2018 workshops and one of the most exciting line-ups we've ever offered! We are proud to provide one of the largest workshop programs 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.

SPECIAL 10% OFF EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT
UNTIL FRIDAY APRIL 6th, 2018!
Use the Promo Code: LEARN2018.
Available for online registrations only.

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

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

GARDENING 101 SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Citrus & Other Subtropical Fruit for Coastal Gardens & Patios | Larry | Sat May 26, 10-11am | FREE* | Did you know that you can grow citrus outside in Vancouver AND harvest fruit to eat??? Join our resident expert on everything subtropical, unusual and edible for local gardens. From hardy olives to hardy citrus, goji berries to honey berries to Asian peppers, kiwis to pomegranates plus figs, bananas, kumquats and much more, Larry will fill you in on the exciting world of rare and unusual shrubs that will inspire you and your taste buds and impress cocktail party guests.
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Kokedama: Japanese String Gardens | Kate | Sun May 27, 11am-1pm | $20 (Includes all materials but not plants.) | 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! This workshop is also great value as we've seen Kokedama for sale in florist shops in Vancouver for $70-$80 for exactly what you'll make in this workshop! The plants you choose to use are not included. All other materials are included in the price of the workshop.

 

June

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Best Plants for Summer Colour | Linda | Sun June 3, 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 the Spring session and our Fall and Winter session of Best Plants.

 

Fall and Winter Workshops

September

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Best Plants for Fall & Winter | Linda | Sun Sept 9, 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 the Spring and Summer Best Plants sessions.

   
CONTAINER SERIES | Terrariums to Bring the Outdoors In | Kate | Sun Sept 16, 11am-1pm | $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 choose. We'll have lots of containers and plants on hand to choose from.
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Best Plants for Fall Colour | Jo | Sun Sept 23, 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!
   

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Discover the World of Bulbs | Jo | Sun Sept 30, 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.

   

CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets of Fabulous Pots Then Make Your Own | Kate | Sun Sept 30, 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 Advanced Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Fri Nov 30, 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 bird's nest with white birds (hellebore flowers) peaking out.

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

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 1, 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! | Succulent Christmas Centerpieces | Kate | Sat Dec 1, 1-3pm | $60 (Includes everything.) | In this workshop we'll bring together succulents and seasonal greenery to create a modern take on the Christmas centrepiece. You can choose to make a centrepiece for an outdoor table with hardy succulents or one for indoors with non-hardy succulents.

Registration includes all materials and greenery plus succulents. 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 2, 10am-12pm | $60 (Includes everything.) | 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. Last year's participants made some really impressive creations!

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Containers to Die For | Kate | Sun Dec 2, 1-3pm | $20 | Impress 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

 


3.

Phoenix Perennials Mail Order 2018

A New Look and More Plants Than Ever Before!

Let us introduce you to our new mail order site for 2018. It has taken us some extra time to launch it because we have added more new plants than ever before and we've also upgraded our shopping cart system to make it easier and more beautiful to shop. Taa-daa!

GET SHOPPING!
Are you local? If you're a local customer, we don't accept orders for pick-up but feel free to peruse our mail order site and email us a list of the plants you would like. We'll put you on the Wish List and let you know when they're ready.

Have fun!
Please tell everyone you know across Canada about
Phoenix Perennials Mail Order! We need your help to get the word out.

 


4.

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

Our selection is changing every day. There are are hundreds of items I could highlight here. You'll just have to come in to see them all!

Albuca spiralis 'Frizzle Sizzle' - Corkscrew Albuca - Albuca spiralis 'Frizzle Sizzle' is a zany South African zone 8 bulb that has got to have some of the most surprising foliage in the botanical world. The semi-succulent leaves seem like they're going to be normal but then they spiral into dizzying swirls of leafy wonder. This is a perfect addition to a succulent collection. The flowers grow on spikes and are yellow-green. Untried outdoors in coastal BC so likely best as a pot plant to be safe. Bulbs can go dormant for a period so don't fret. Crassula 'Buddha's Temple' - Crassula - Crassula 'Buddha's Temple' is a stunning succulent forming small, upright towers of tightly packed, succulent leaves in opposite pairs that curl upwards at the tip creating one of the most intriguing leaf patterns we've ever seen. It is a hybrid of C. pyramidalis and C. perfoliata var. minor. Water well when soil is dry but be cautious in winter as cold, wet soil will cause root rot.
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. Agastache 'Golden Jubilee' - Hummingbird Mint - As if an Agastache needed more going for it in addition to the long summer bloom period, the beautiful spires of blue-purple flowers, the licorice-mint scent of the foliage, and the bounty of pollen and nectar it provides to bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds but here we are with 'Golden Jubilee' which also has big, lush, gorgeous golden foliage. You can't beat this hyssop for a dramatic display in the summer garden.
Allium tanguticum 'Summer Beauty' - Ornamental Onion - Allium tanguticum 'Summer Beauty' is one of the non-bulbous ornamental onions that blooms in mid to late summer, in this case with numerous spheres of lavender-pink flowers popular with bees and butterflies atop strap-like, bright green foliage. 'Summer Beauty' blooms over an extended period due to having sterile flowers. Ornamental onions are also valuable for repelling insect pests from the garden. Plant them beside plants that bugs find delectable and let them be a botanical bodyguard. Average to dry soils. Amsonia 'Blue Ice' - Blue Star - Blue stars are North American natives with handsome glossy foliage and star-shaped blue flowers. 'Blue Ice' is one of the most beautiful flower forms with clusters of plump dark, navy blue buds opening to lighter, vivid periwinkle blue star-shaped flowers. The compact clump of bright green leaves turns an attractive yellow in fall. Deer resistant.
Cypripedium 'Eurasia' - Hardy Lady's Slipper - 'Eurasia' has huge flowers with a dark pink lip and twisted, pink tepals striped with white. The imposing plant with its broad leaves grows to 60 cm (23 in.) high. Blooms in the second half of May. Grown from seed. Plants will resemble the image but may not be identical. Lady's slipper hybrids are much more vigorous and easy to grow than species. Blooming size. WE HAVE MANY MORE CULTIVARS IN STOCK COMING INTO BUD AND BLOOM! Cypripedium kentuckiense - Kentucky Lady's Slipper - Cypripedium kentuckiense has the largest flowers of the lady’s slipper orchids with a large cream-coloured pouch and maroon sepals and petals. Stems can reach 80 cm (32 in.) tall with 1-2 flowers per stem. Blooms in May/June. It is the southern cousin of our C. parviflorum. Reportedly easy to grow in regular to slightly acidic woodland conditions. Blooming size. Seed grown. WE HAVE MANY MORE CULTIVARS IN STOCK COMING INTO BUD AND BLOOM!
Sedum Sunsparkler 'Dazzleberry' - Stonecrop - Sedum Sunsparkler 'Dazzleberry' has dark pink flowers atop blue-grey foliage and stems making for a great colour contrast. This plant has a very compact habit suitable for small gardens and pots or the front of the border. Popular with bees. Sedum Sunsparkler 'Lime Zinger' - Stonecrop - - Sedum Sunsparkler 'Lime Zinger' has bright green leaves with red picotee edges and dark pink flowers in late summer. This stonecrop has a very compact habit suitable for small gardens and pots or the front of the border.
Salvia greggii 'Furman's Red' - Autumn Sage - Salvia greggii 'Furman's Red' was introduced to cultivation in the 1970s and remains one of the best and most vigorous autumn sage cultivars. It grows 2-3 feet tall and wide with small semi-evergreen, aromatic leaves and masses of bright red flowers from black stamens all summer long. Prefers lean soils and hot, dry conditions or grow in containers. Every pollinator in your city will flock to an autumn sage in bloom.

Salvia greggii Mirage 'Deep Purple' - Autumn Sage - Salvia greggii Mirage 'Deep Purple' produces richly-coloured grape purple flowers with a hint of blue. The Mirage Series is a group of compact, mounding autumn sage in a range of flower colours growing to 12-14 inches tall wide that are long-blooming producing flowers from early summer until fall. Plant in full sun in hot dry spots with well-drained soils or in containers.

We have various other colours in this series.

Asimina triloba 'Maria's Joy' - Paw Paw - Asimina triloba 'Maria's Joy' is a cross between 'Davis' and 'Prolific' producing medium to large, kidney-shaped fruit with delicious yellow flesh that can weigh almost a pound. It was the winner of the Ohio Pawpaw festival's "Biggest Paw Paw Contest" in 2012. Paw paw is an intriguing eastern North American (including southern Ontario) understorey tree with large, beautiful, subtropical foliage, red flowers and sweet, custardy fruits with a unique flavour like banana, mango and cantaloupe! All plants will produce fruit but you need two different plants for cross pollination. We have lots of other cultivars in stock! 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.
Cistus Little Miss Sunshine - Rock Rose - Cistus x hybridus Little Miss Sunshine 'Dunnecis' forms low, evergreen mounds of crinkled green leaves with broad golden edges. Large, rose-like, single, white flowers with golden centres bloom from early summer. Full sun, lean, well drained soil. Drought tolerant. Dianthus Fruit Punch 'Raspberry Ruffles' - Pinks - Dianthus Fruit Punch 'Raspberry Ruffles' produces large, fully double, raspberry pink blossoms with serrated edges and a thin white to pale pink edge. 'Raspberry Ruffles' maintains its raspberry pink colour throughout its bloom season and does not fade. Blue-green foliage and sweet fragrance complete the performance. Plant at the front of the border, in containers, in rock gardens, and in other sunny sites. Shear after their spring bloom to encourage a fall rebloom.
Dianthus Fruit Punch 'Classic Coral' - Pinks - Dianthus Fruit Punch 'Classic Coral' produces masses of striking coral pink, semi-double flowers that glow as if lit from within. They are sweetly fragrant and sit atop attractive mats of blue-green foliage. Plant at the front of the border, in containers, in rock gardens, and in other sunny sites. Shear after their spring bloom to encourage a fall rebloom. Dianthus Fruit Punch 'Cherry Vanilla' - Pinks - Dianthus Fruit Punch 'Cherry Vanilla' has fully double, mini carnation-like, ruffled flowers in deep red wtih light pink picotee edges. Top it off with sweet fragrance and textural, blue-green foliage and you've got a great option for the front of the border, containers, rock gardens and other sunny sites. Shear after their spring bloom to encourage a fall rebloom.
Diospyros kaki 'Miss Kim' - Persimmon - Diospyros kaki 'Miss Kim' is early-ripening producing good crops of large, round, sweet and flavourful, reddish orange fruit that is ready to eat when soft and tender like a ripe tomato. It is also a very attractive compact tree with a weeping habit and long, tropical-looking foliage that turns deep red in fall. Persimmons are one of the most popular fruits in Asia and treasured for fresh eating or desserts. Self-fertile. We have lots of other cultivars in stock! Canna Cannova 'Bronze Scarlet' - Canna Lily - Canna Cannova 'Bronze Scarlet' has luscious black foliage on stems to about four feet tall topped with bright red flowers in summer. The Cannova Series are vigorous, early-blooming, seed-grown, F1 hybrids. Since the all too common Canna virus cannot be transferred through seeds, these plants are virus-free. They are also bred to require less heat and grow well in cool summer and northern climates. Hardy in coastal BC if protected from winter wet or grow in a pot and keep above freezing elsewhere. Provide rich soils, good fertilizer, and lots of water in full sun.
Primula vialii - Pagoda Primrose - This primrose is one of the most improbable in the genus, at least compared to the familiar flower forms. Primula vialii has unique spikes of scarlet red buds that open to lavender flowers. Plants clump quickly and can send up multiple flower spikes. Short-lived for most gardeners though at Dart's Hill Garden a clump has persisted in full sun in moist soil where an underground seep passes by. Try it in summer moisture but good winter drainage. Worth trying for the intrigue and fun. Actinidia arguta 'Hardy Red' - Female Hardy Kiwi - Actinidia arguta produces fragrant greenish white flowers followed by small, grape-sized fruit with smooth skin with a taste similar to but often sweeter than the large, fuzzy kiwis found in grocery stores of Actinidia deliciosa. 'Hardy Red' has amazing cranberry-red fruit with red flesh and great flavour. Produces 100+ pounds per year once mature. Harvest in fall. Requires 'Hardy Male' as a pollinator'. We have lots of other cultivars in stock!
Baptisia 'Pink Truffles' - False Indigo - Baptisia 'Pink Truffles' has lovely spires of lupine-like May flowers that lighten from dusky pink to light pink as they age followed by ornamental black seed pods. Baptisia are long-lived and will adapt to a wide range of soils from dry to marginal and salty but dislike being moved once established. Choose a place well and they will grow into a vase-shaped anchor plant, maturing to shrub size at 3' by 3'. Baptisia 'Pink Lemonade' - False Indigo - Baptisia 'Pink Lemonade' is an exciting hybrid with stalks of flowers that open yellow, morph to pink and then darken to mauve-lavender on bushy, charcoal-stemmed plants. Baptisia is long-lived, will thrive with little maintenance and adapt to soils that range from dry to marginal, but dislike being moved once established. They will grow into a vase-shaped anchor plant (4' by 4') in situations such as meadow plantings, a backdrop in borders, or as a specimen, and even helps feed your garden.

Asclepias speciosa - Showy Milkweed - Asclepias speciosa is a western North American species with 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.

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.

Nerine bowdenii 'Lipstick' - Guernsey Lily - Nerine bowdenii is a South African bulb that is a welcome sight in the 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 white with pale pink tips in the case of 'Lipstick'! Plant in full sun in well-drained soil or grow as a pot specimen and protect in winter.

Nerine bowdenii 'Isabel' - Guernsey Lily - Nerine bowdenii is a South African bulb that is a welcome sight in the 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 glowing magenta pink with a lighter pink central stripe in the case of 'Isabel'! Plant in full sun in well-drained soil or grow as a pot specimen and protect in winter.

Nerine bowdenii 'Edelweiss' - Guernsey Lily - Nerine bowdenii is a South African bulb that is a welcome sight in the 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 pure icy white in the case of 'Edelweiss'! Plant in full sun in well-drained soil or grow as a pot specimen and protect in winter. Schefflera delavayi - Hardy Umbrella Tree - Schefflera delavayi is a lush and tropical but totally hardy shrub or small tree from high elevation areas of China and Vietnam has broad umbrellas of green leaves that emerge covered in silver or copper indumentum. Like most members of the aralia family it blooms in fall. Numerous species from Asia are potentially hardy and some, like Schefflera delavayi have been bone hardy in the Pacific Northwest and BC through the armageddon winters of 2008/09 and 2010/2011.
Camellia sinensis 'Tea Breeze' - Tea Camellia - Camellia 'Tea Breeze' is a selection of tea from the Kunming Botanical Garden. It is a hardy ornamental shrub or small tree with dense, glossy, dark-green leaves used for making tea. Single, white, fragrant, nodding flowers bloom from September-November. Leaves are used to make tea. Leaves and roots are used in traditional Chinese medicine. We have lots of other cultivars in stock! Disporum smilacinum 'Kogane-tsuki' - Fairy Bells - Disporum smilacinum hails from the woodlands of Korea and Japan but you won’t find this form in the wild. ‘Kogane Tsuki’ has shockingly rich yellow foliage with green stripes and streaks merging at the end of each leaf. It only grows to about four inches tall but makes tight colonies. Each stem produces one or two drooping cup-shaped white flowers in mid to late spring.
Disporum smilacinum 'Ki-no-tsukasa' - Fairy Bells - 'Ki-no-tsukasa' is a selection of Disporum smilacinum with dark green leaves tipped and feathered with yellow variegation. The markings are clear and prominent. This is one of the showiest cultivars of the species. Easy in humus-rich woodland soil, light to moderate shade. It’s Japanese name means "yellow umbrella". Dahlia 'Bishop of Llandaff' - Dahlia - The classic 'Bishop of Llandaff' is the dahlia that started the current interest in burgundy-leaved dahlias. 'Llandaff' has rich red, peony-type flowers that are four inches across. They are held on black stems to about three feet with more finely dissected foliage than the other Bishops. Three options for winter starting with easiest and safest: 1. grow in a pot and move to a frost-free area, 2. lift tubers and store, 3. leave in the ground in well-drained, sunny beds under a mound of fallen leaves.
Dahlia 'Rebecca's World' - Dahlia - 'Rebecca's World' is a decorative-type dahlia that is a real phenomenon with flowers that start crimson to burgundy red and fade to white, others that start white and change to burgundy red to crimson, and still others that emerge bicoloured and remain as is - all on the SAME plant. Plus there are highlights of lavender-magenta. You know you have to see this for yourself! Dahlias are hardy to the winter temperatures of coastal BC but not to the winter wet. Grow outside in locations that are dry in winter or lift and store in a cool, dry location indoors like everyone else does.

Dahlia 'Creme de Cassis' - Dahlia - Dahlia 'Creme de Cassis' is a large dinner plate dahlia with impressive lavender-pink flowers with dark wine purple centres and reverses.

We have LOTS of other Dahlia available now.

Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer' - Peruvian Lily - Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer' has flowers in sunset shades of coppery-orange and golden-yellow streaked and freckled with dark burgundy atop luscious burgundy-bronze, linear foliage. A vigorous, tropical-looking plant with flowers that are long lasting when cut and the capacity to produce loads of flowers over a long period from early summer well into fall. It forms a bushy, upright clump. Prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils.

Alstroemeria Inca Lucky - Peruvian Lily - Alstroemeria Inca Lucky has perfect magenta buds that open to clear white flowers with salmon pink throats and green tips. It forms a bushy, upright clump of linear, emerald green tropical looking leaves. The Inca Collection has remarkable vigour and capacity to produce loads of flowers over a long period from early summer well into fall. Flowers are long lasting in vases. Pull the stems instead of cutting them to encourage a quicker reflush.

We have LOTS of other Alstroemeria available now in a variety of colours.

Alstroemeria Inca Noble - Peruvian Lily - Alstroemeria Inca Noble has tropical looking blooms in velvety, warm, royal purple. It is compact and forms a bushy, upright clump of linear, emerald green leaves. The Inca Collection has remarkable vigour and capacity to produce loads of flowers over a long period from early summer well into fall. Flowers are long lasting and in vases. Pull the stems instead of cutting them to encourage a quicker reflush.

We have LOTS of other Alstroemeria available now in a variety of colours.

Alstroemeria Inca Lucky - Peruvian Lily - Alstroemeria Inca Husky has masses of tropical looking, apricot coloured blossoms that glow with highlights of lemon and mahogany. It forms a bushy, upright clump of linear, emerald green leaves. The Inca collection has remarkable vigour and capacity to produce loads of flowers over a long period from early summer well into fall. Flowers are long lasting in vases. Pull the stems instead of cutting them to encourage a quicker reflush.

We have LOTS of other Alstroemeria available now in a variety of colours.

Hosta 'Sun Mouse' - Plantain Lily - This miniature Hosta hybridized by Tony Avent has a similar leaf shape and performance to 'Blue Mouse Ears' but with brilliant yellow leaves that hold their colour well into the summer. Hosta 'Sun Mouse' is perfect for brightening up shade gardens, for troughs, small pots, and for fairy gardens. Paris quadrifolia - Paris - Paris quadrifolia is a lovely Trillium relative from the Himalayas, Western China, and southeast Asia. The stem is circled by a whorl of four bright green leaves which is echoed by the flower with its own whorl of four green bracts subtending threadlike green petals, yellow stamens and a black ovary. The flower produces a single, long-lasting, blue berry that looks like a blueberry but is inedible. Plants are rhizomatous forming nice colonies fairly quickly.

Wisteria macrostachya 'Blue Moon' - Kentucky Wisteria - 'Blue Moon' is an extremely fast growing and super hardy Wisteria to zone 3 (Did you notice that prairie gardeners?!) that blooms up to three times a year if grown in full sun. It has beautiful lavender-blue flowers borne on foot-long racemes that are sweetly fragrant. Unlike other wisteria in cultivation, this one hails from North America rather than Asia.

Arisaema sikokianum - 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.

Verbascum 'Honey Dijon' - Mullein - Verbascum 'Honey Dijon' is a stocky, compact, vigorous mullein with large peach and gold flowers with plum purple eyes held on branching candelabras for months. Drought tolerant and loves full sun. Nice silvery-green foliage.

Sanguisorba obtusa - Japanese Bottlebrush - Sanguisorba obtusa and other species are uncommon in North America though they are used to great effect in British gardens. They are long-blooming with unusual flowers and easy to grow. This species forms low mounds of attractive grey-green pinately-compound leaves with serrated edges topped with arching, bottlebrush-like spikes of soft-pink flowers over a long period in summer. Average to moist soils.

Silene virginica - Virginia Catchfly - Silene virginica has bright, thin petalled red star-like flowers held above clean, dark green foliage. This great little plant is native to eastern North America. Short-lived, but reseeds freely. Commonly referred to as catchfly due to it's sticky stems and sepals. A hummingbird magnet! Super flexible in soil moisture requirements from dry to moist as long as conditions are well-drained and in light requirements from sun to part shade. Have fun. This plant can offer you firey red in almost any location in the garden. Geranium 'Ann Folkard' - Cranesbill - The spring foliage of Geranium 'Ann Folkard' is a shocking chartreuse which looks amazing with blue spring-flowering bulbs. With age the leaves turn to a vivid green. The long-blooming, bright magenta, black-centred flowers and trailing stems offer vibrant impact as they thread through nearby perennials and shrubs.

Monarda Sugar Buzz 'Blue Moon' - Beebalm - Monarda Sugar Buzz 'Blue Moon' displays lavender blue flowers held by attractive purple bracts. 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 can be used to make an herbal tea.

We have LOTS of other Monarda available now in a variety of colours.

Liriope muscari 'Okina' - Frosted Monkey Grass - Liriope 'Okina' forms a compact mound of broad strap-like foliage arises paper white in spring and later develops green tips against which the lilac-purple flower spikes are shown to great effect. A strikingly different type of variegated plant for part shade that will stop garden visitors in their tracks. It has taken years for us to bulk up our stock plants and we are pleased to finally offer it.


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