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E-Newsletter: May 2018

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

May 2018

Celebrating our 15th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

Peak season is here! Plants are pouring out of our production facilities and into our retail field. The nursery is changing every week, if not every day!

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.

It's Mothers' Day Weekend and we have lots in store for you to make it a memorable day for all Moms. In addition to all the cool plants, we also have lots of great workshops for you to attend with your Mom or for you to come and make for your Mom. Our schedule is below. Please register in advance. And we also have our annual tradition of giving away a free lily to Moms on Mothers' Day Weekend. Details are below.

To add inspiration to your day I have created a short article and photo essay of my recent trip to Frida Kahlo's Garden in Mexico City with her signature blue walls and a great plant pallet of serene yet dramatic plants. Enjoy!

We have two pre-orders still running - but not for a lot longer so make sure to order soon if you're interested:

  • The Hydrangea Hysteria Pre-Order featuring rare, unique and cutting edge cultivars. We are estimating pick up will be on schedule starting on May 18th.
  • The Great Citrus Pre-Order featuring hardy and non-hardy citrus. We are estimating pick up the for the last weekend of May. We will confirm exact dates as we know more.

See you soon at Phoenix plus mark your calendars for the upcoming Palm Club plant sale at the nursery on the Saturday of the Victoria Day long weekend!

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
Last Chance to Order!

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& Pre-Order

 

Great Citrus
Pre-Order
Last Chance to Order!


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& Pre-Order

 
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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Frida Kahlo's Garden -- Explore Frida Kahlo's beautiful Mexico City garden.
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. The Hydrangea Hysteria Pre-Order - Cutting edge and brand new cultivars. Plus be among the first few people in the world to get the brand new Princess Diana 'Wow Time'!
6. The Great Citrus Pre-Order -- 45 different citrus including 6 that are hardy in coastal BC and 2 that are possibly hardy!
9. 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
May 12-13 Mothers' Day Free Lily at Phoenix Perennials
May 8 Sizzling Succulents | White Rock and District Garden Club | 2pm
May 19 NW Palm and Exotic Plant Society Plant Sale at Phoenix Perennials 10am-5pm

 

Mothers' Day Free* Lily
Saturday and Sunday May 12th and 13th, 2018
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.

 

Pacific Northwest Palm and Exotic Plant Society Annual Plant Sale
at Phoenix Perennials
Saturday May 19th, 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.

 

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.

Frida Kahlo's Garden

The gardens within the courtyards of Frida Kahlo's La Casa Azul are a study in drama and serenity set against her stunning royal blue walls

In January I was lucky enough to spend a morning at the Frida Kahlo Museum or la Casa Azul, Frida Kahlo's historic house in the quaint and beautiful Coyoacan neighbourhood of Mexico City. Kahlo was born and grew up in this house and lived in it with her husband, Diego Rivera, where she lived, painted and entertained for many years before she died there in 1958.

From the street the house and garden walls present an attractive yet simple single storey edifice that is somewhat impenetrable to the passerby. Everything is painted in royal blue with red detailing. Inside though the compound offers an inner world of interconnected rooms, courtyards, patios, balconies, and gardens with all of the walls also painted in the same wonderful and distinctive blue which makes a dramatic backdrop for the gardens and potted plants.

The gardens are filled with subtropical plants that are at the same time dramatic yet serene. The plant pallet offers few flowers but much in the way of contrasting foliage texture, colour, shape, and size. Much of the garden is shaded by trees with some patios and terraces offering more sun. Plants include palms, Agave, Yucca, Begonia, Bergenia, cactus, ferns, ivy, Crinum, elephant ears (Colocasia), philodendron, and Aspidistra (cast iron plant).

The garden also includes numerous sculptures, decorations and even a pyramid.

The interconnected rooms of the house are filled with artwork, furniture, clothing, and artifacts which tell the story of the life of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera - of both their artistic and personal lives. The spaces are comfortable, rustic, and charming filled with the diverse colours and decorations of their beloved Mexico.

View more pictures of Frida Kahlo's Garden

 


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.
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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 | Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets to Fabulous Pots Then Make Your Own | Kate | Sat May 12, 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. This is a perfect workshop to attend with your Mom on Mothers' Day Weekend!

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.

 

   
CONTAINER SERIES | Succulent Hearts and Stars | Linda | Sat May 12, 2-3pm | $50 ($14 instruction + $36 heart or star planter (discounted from $50) = $50) | The hottest gardens these days are vertical and what could be cooler than a living wall planter in the shape of a heart or a star? Keep it for yourself or give it to your Mom for Mothers' Day. Our hearts and stars are hand-made from reclaimed fence boards providing a rustic frame in which you can plant a masterpiece of succulents including hen and chicks, stonecrops and Echeveria. Workshop includes all materials but not the plants you decide to use.
   

GARDENING 101 SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Small Space Edible Gardening | Kate | Sun May 13, 10-11am | FREE* | Half of homegrown edibles in North America are grown in pots. That's a lot of food coming out of small spaces. Whether you have a small plot of land or just a patio or balcony, you can grow your own food. There are so many options. Kate will introduce you to all kinds of cool edibles that are perfect for small spaces.

 

   
GARDENING 101 SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Success with Tomatoes | Gary | Sun May 13, 11:30am-12:30pm | 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 Purses and Pumps | Kate | Sun May 13, 2-3pm | $26 ($14 instruction + $12 for a purse or pump (discounted from $22)) | The hottest gardens these days use succulents in creative ways. When it comes to these versatile plants including hen and chicks, stonecrops and Echeveria you're limited only by your own imagination. Whether you a purse or a pump you'll leave this workshop even cooler than you already were. This is a great workshop to do with your Mom on Mothers' Day. Workshop does not include the plants you choose to include in your container.


 
CONTAINER SERIES | Succulent Wreaths | Gary | Sat May 19, 10am-12pm | $30 ($14 instruction plus $16 wreath (discounted from $22)) | And you thought wreaths were only for Christmas time! We'll introduce you to an intriguing idea in succulent gardening – planting up a wreath with sempervivums, echeverias, sedums, thyme and other interesting succulents and companion plants. You can hang them on your sunny door or gate or lay them on a table as a centrepiece. No matter how you use them you’ll be sure to wow everyone with this unique garden feature. After some general instruction, each participant will have the opportunity to design and plant up their own wreath! The plants you use are not included in the price of the workshop.
   
CONTAINER SERIES | Succulent Installations: Chicks and Chicken Wire | Kate | Sun May 20, 10am-12pm | $20 | 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 | Save the Pollinators!: Support Bees, Butterflies, & Hummingbirds | Jo | Sun May 20, 1-2pm | 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/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.

The Hydrangea Hysteria Pre-Order
You're going to go crazy for these 32 incredible cultivars!

Hysteria (noun): 1. A wild uncontrollable emotion or excitement exhibited in gardeners when a state of plant lust becomes uncontrollable. 2. a functional disturbance of the nervous system, of psychoneurotic origin, caused by the presentation of too many excruciatingly beautiful things, for example the Hydrangea Hysteria Pre-Order at Phoenix Perennials.

Pick-Up: These cultivars will be coming from many different sources including our own production facilities. We estimate pick-up will begin on Friday May 18th, 2018. We will email everyone to confirm the exact date. Our hydrangea are only available in the sizes listed.

Canadian Mail Order Customers: These plants are too big to ship being in 2-5 gallon pots. But, fear not. We are planning a very special and exciting selection of smaller format Hydrangea for our mail order catalogue for 2018 which will include many of these varieties and some you don't see here. Stay tuned to our Mail Order Alert for the big launch in early 2018.

More Info & Order

 


5.

The Great Citrus Pre-Order 2018
45 different citrus for Canadian gardeners including 6 that are hardy and 2 possibly hardy in coastal BC!

We are excited to offer our largest selection of citrus ever and likely one of the largest ever offered in Canada. Thanks for your interest in the exciting and rewarding world of citrus. Please let all of your friends know so we can keep presenting a wider and wider selection each year.

Beyond classic favourites like Meyer lemons, navel oranges, blood oranges, key limes, and Thai limes, we have been very excited in recent years to be able to offer a number of citrus hardy in zones 7 and 8 which can be grown outdoors year round in coastal BC. 

More Info & Order Now


6.

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!

Senecio candicans 'Angel Wings' - Senecio - Senecio candicans 'Angel Wings' is an arrestingly beautiful plant with large, silver-white, gently ruffled, velvety leaves with toothed edges forming dramatic mounds of eye-catching foliage. It has all the drama of a succulent while begging you to caress its soft, fuzzy leaves like it was your new pet. Easy to grow in the garden or containers, some reports are also suggesting it can be brought indoors as a houseplant in regions where it isn't hardy. Forms mounds up to 16 inches high and wide. Produces clusters of bright yellow, button-like flowers. 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.
Mertensia virginica - Virginia Bluebells - Mertensia virginica is an eastern North American woodland ephemeral that graces the shady garden in spring and goes dormant by mid summer - perfect for combining with late-emerging perennials like hosta and ferns or planting under deciduous shrubs. Virginia bluebells grows to about 1-2 feet tall with loose, terminal clusters of pink buds opening to blue, trumpet-shaped, downward-facing flowers. The foliage is lush and green to bluish green. Protect from slugs when emerging. 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.
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. Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' - Sea Holly - ‘Sapphire Blue’ is a hybrid cultivar with an intense, steel blue hue infusing its branched stems, leaves, and teasel-shaped flowers. The flower heads are huge and sit upon dramatic collar-like bracts. Leaves and stems are tinged with blue. This peculiar genus from the carrot family is found around the world but with its centre of diversity in South America. There are also a number of European species.
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 'Rascal' - Hardy Lady's Slipper - Cypripedium 'Rascal' (C. kentuckiense x C. parviflorum) has medium-sized flowers with warm yellow pouches that contrast boldly with highly twisted and rippled deep burgundy petals. One to two flowers per stem. Blooms in May/June. Taller and later blooming than 'Otto'. 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!
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.
Lycium barbarum 'Firecracker' - Goji Berry - Lycium barbarum 'Firecracker' is an early-fruiting variety ripening before 'Dynamite' and said to be hardier. Most gojis are classed as zone 5 but some reports suggest 'Firecracker' can grow in zone 3. The tiny purple flowers are fragrant and self-fertile followed by the bright red fruit held on mounding plants. Gojis are touted as a super food packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They can be eaten fresh or dried. Amsonia tabernaemontana 'Storm Cloud' - Blue Star - Amsonia 'Storm Cloud' is an exciting new variety of blue star. The new stems emerge near-black with leaves that are very dark green with silver veins. The stems stay dark throughout the spring to hold the masses of light periwinkle blue, star-shaped flowers. Though the main bloom is in late spring, 'Storm Cloud' often reblooms for many weeks afterward.
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.
Daphne odora 'Zuiko Nishiki - Winter Daphne - 'Zuiko Nishiki' is a Japanese selection of Daphne odora with lush green foliage and a vigorous nature. It may also be hardier than the species. The buds are vibrant, deep pink and open to pale pink or white flowers. The fragrance is ravishing - a mix of intoxicating citrus, sweetness and baby powder. Daphne x transatlantica 'Summer Ice' - Daphne - This daphne has some great qualities not before seen in the genus: an incredibly long bloom period and it’s easy to grow. ‘Summer Ice’ forms a mounded shrub with beautifully fragrant (like sweet baby powder) white flowers with an apple blossom flush that bloom from early April until November. As if that weren’t enough the leaves sport a crisp white trim. Semi-evergreen in average winters. Deciduous in hard winters. Rich, well-drained soil in sun. Do not move after planting.
Daphne odora 'Mae-Jima' - Winter Daphne - 'Mae-Jima' is an extra variegated version of Daphne ordora ‘Aureomarginata’ with much broader yellow margins. It blooms in February and March with purple-pink buds opening to white, lusciously fragrant flowers. Plant in part sun/part shade with morning or late afternoon sun (protect it from the hottest sun of the day) in rich, well-drained soil. Winter daphne should offer just the lift you need to get you through the end of winter and into the excitement of spring. Do not move after planting due to sensitive roots. Daphne x transatlantica 'Eternal Fragrance' - Daphne - This hybrid forms a neat, mounded, evergreen shrub two to three feet high and three feet wide. The dark green leaves make a pleasing backdrop for the pink buds and white flowers which are intensely fragrant like sweet baby powder. ‘Eternal Fragrance’ flowers generously on the previous season’s wood in April and May and from June until autumn on new growth provided good moisture and nutrients. Rich, well-drained soil in sun. Do not move after planting. Photo courtesy of Great Plant Picks.
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 'African Sunset' - Canna Lily - Finally! A virus-free version of Tropicanna which seems universally infected everywhere in horticulture. 'African Sunset' has the same fantastic tropical foliage striped with red, yellow, orange, and gold and topped with firey orange flowers in summer. It is great for adding that subtropical look to your garden. All our Canna are virus indexed and clean. Please be careful when buying plants elsewhere as a high proportion of plants available from nurseries are virused.
Anemonella thalictroides 'Shoaf's Double Pink' - Rue Anemone - 'Shoaf's Double Pink' is classic double-flowered form of the eastern North American native rue anemone (Anemonella) with exquisite, fully double, pink flowers. One of the most beautiful spring flowers - a little jewel in the spring garden. Bloom time can last for months -- since the reproductive structures have become petals the flowers cannot be pollinated. Without pollination there is no signal for flowering to stop and petals to fall. That's convenient! Easy to grow in gritty, well-drained soil. 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.

Nerine 'Mister John' - Guernsey Lily - Nerine 'Mister John' has flowering stalks that rise from the strap-like foliage in the fall with buds opening into glowing magenta pink, spidery amaryllis-like flowers. The Nerine hybrids are likely hardy to zone 8 but should be grown in excellent drainage in a raised bed and mulched heavily with fallen leaves in winter. Or they make easy and spectacular pot specimens that you can protect in winter.

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! Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty' - Mayapple - Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty' is a spectacular hybrid of several Asian mayapples boasting large, vigorous, lobed umbrella-shaped leaves that emerge muted chartreuse green with dramatic chocolate-brown spotting throughout the spring. By summer the leaves are green with lightly spotted areas. Huge garnet-coloured flowers are found under the leaves in clusters of five or more. This form was selected for its colouring, improved late spring frost tolerance, vigour, and habit.
Eryngium x zabelii 'Neptune's Gold' - Sea Holly - Eryngium 'Neptune's Gold' is the first sea holly with totally gold leaves. The small, egg shaped clusters of blue-violet flowers are subtended by variegated yellow and blue bracts and grow profusely on every stem (which are also blue) that are held aloft over the gold foliage. Gorgeous! 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. Echium amoenum - Red Feathers - Echium amoenum, often called red feathers, forms low-growing mounds of narrow dark green leathery foliage from which arise feathery flowering spikes covered in a multitude of russet-red florets. This long-blooming species will repeat bloom in summer and fall if properly deadheaded. Drought tolerant. Very popular with hummingbirds.
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 a few other colours available in blue and pink. 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.

Monarda Sugar Buzz 'Pink Frosting' - Beebalm - Monarda Sugar Buzz 'Pink Frosting' has pastel pink flowers held above the highly mildew resistant, dark green, upright foliage throughout summer. The Sugar Buzz series offers short, compact plants for the front of the border that are smothered in long-lasting flowers. The flowers' sweet nectar attracts scores of hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees to the garden. The aromatic foliage smells like mint when crushed and can be used to make an herbal tea.

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


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