Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: Mid-May 2012

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
Mid-May 2012

 

Hello from Phoenix Perennials!

Yee Haw! Another great gardening weekend on the way. Mother Nature has seen the light.

It's peak season at the nursery and so much is changing every week. New plants are coming out of our production area every day. It's an exciting time and we hope you'll come visit. If you were at the nursery even two weeks ago you'll hardly recognize it now!

It's veggie season and that means tomatoes! We have lots of heirloom and great modern tomatoes in stock now. We are sold out of the Mighty 'Mato GRAFTED Tomatoes but have more coming in on June 1st. Basils are now in stock along with all kinds of other great edibles.

We have a fun Do-It-Yourself Project at the nursery. You can make your own Pizza Pot filled with a tomato plant and pizza herbs. Everything is ready for you. This project is great for gifts or just for yourself or your family.

We have brought together our BC native plants into a new section in our fern dell where you can explore the floral wonders that BC has to offer. Come have a look.

We also give you a heads up on our upcoming Charity Shopping Weekend.

And last but not least we have a rather large instalment of Fabulous at Phoenix filled with lots of delectable plants with which to enhance your garden and satiate your gardening desires.

See you soon at the nursery.

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

PS: In the June e-news watch for the next instalment from my trip to Holland on the Floriade world horticultural expo.

 

KIDS SERIES WORKSHOPS
Do you know any kids who are interested in veggies or attracting butterflies and hummingbirds or building their own princess garden or Yoda swamp?
Our Kids Series is new and we'd love your help to get the word out to your families or friends with school age kids. See our workshop entry below or use the link at the end of the e-newsletter to forward it on. Thanks!

The Heirloom Tomato Festival
Saturday September 8th, 2012 | 10am-5pm |
With tomato tastings, heirloom tomato fruit for sale and a display of heirloom tomatoes! | Sign up early for our Tomato Tastings. Last year they sold out with 100 people still on the wait list! View images from last year's event!

Please Share The E-News with your Friends and Neighbours
At the bottom of this email there is an option to "Forward Email". We'd love it if you could forward this email to as many of your neighbours and friends as possible, as long as you think they would appreciate it!

Recycle Your Plastic Pots!
National Plastic Recycling Event
June 22nd - July 1st, 2012

Save your pots till then when you can drop them off at Phoenix to be recycled.

Services at Phoenix Perennials
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Give the gift of perennials: the perfect gift for the gardener in your life!

 


In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Make Your Own Pizza Pot - DIY Project
2. BC Native Plants
3. Spring into Summer: Great Plants for Mid Spring and Early Summer
4. Come Learn with Us: Workshops 2012
5. Charity Shopping Weekends 2012: April - Health Around the World
6. Fabulous at Phoenix


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.
Date
Event Description
Sat
May 26
CONTAINER SERIES | Fantastic Foliage: Create a Technicolour Container That Doesn't Need Flowers | Instructor: Belinda | Sat May 26th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Register Online!
Sun
May 27
KIDS SERIES | Butterflies, Bees and Hummingbirds: Plant Up a Pot to Attract Winged Visitors | Instructor: JoAnn Turner | Sun May 27th, 1-3pm | $12 + tax for one parent and child. $5 + tax for each additional child. | Register Online!
Sat-Sun
May 26-27
Charity Shopping Weekend to Benefit: Fur and Feathers - The Richmond Animal Protection Society (RAPS), Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary
Sat
June 2
KIDS SERIES | Miniature Gardens FOR KIDS: Make Your Own Princess Garden or Yoda Swamp | Instructor: Kate Herring | Sat June 2nd, 10am-12pm | $30 + tax. Includes a pot, all plants and materials. | Register Online!
Sun
June 3
POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Architectural Plants: Add Drama, Structure and Presence in the Garden | Instructor: JoAnn Turner | Sun June 3rd, 1-3pm | $12 | Register Online!
Sat
June 9
POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Grasses that Captivate: The Transformative Powers of Ornamental Grasses | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat June 9th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Register Online!
Sun
June 10
POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Sizzling Succulents: Drama, Structure and Intrigue with Succulent Foliage | Instructor: Gary Lewis | Sun June 10th, 1-3pm | $12 | Register Online!
Sat-Sun
June
9-10
Charity Shopping Weekend to Benefit: Arts and Education - The Community Arts Council of Richmond, General Brock Elementary School, Dixon Elementary School
Sat-Sun
June
16-17
FREE "Guy-Lardia" for Fathers on Fathers' Day Weekend!*
Bring your children, grandchildren or furry children (or a picture of them) to show us that you're a Dad and get your free "guy-lardia" (gaillardia or blanket flower)! *With purchase over $10 before taxes, while supplies last.
Sat
June 16
POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Summer | Instructor: Shelley | Sat June 16th, 10am-12pm | $12 | Register Online!
Tues
June 19
Avoiding the Summer Doldrums: Great Garden Plants for Summer and Fall
Presented to the Evergreen Garden Club

Delta, BC, Contact Terry at tafindlay at dccnet.com
Wed
June 27
Avoiding the Summer Doldrums: Great Garden Plants for Summer and Fall
Presented to the Saltspring Island Garden Club

Saltspring Island, Contact Marcia at everlastingsummer at saltspring.com
July 4-10
Groupon or Coupon?: Using conventional and modern marketing strategies to build and maintain your customer base
Presented to the Perennial Plant Association at the 30th Annual Symposium, Boston, Massachusetts
Fri-Sun
July
13-15
The Summer Sizzle
Celebrating Summer with Free Workshops and Special Prices
Sat Sept 8
The Heirloom Tomato Festival
With tomato tastings, heirloom tomato fruit for sale and a display of heirloom tomatoes! | Sign up early for our Tomato Tastings. Last year they sold out with 100 people still on the wait list! View images from last year's event!
Sat
Sept 8

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE HEIRLOOM TOMATO FESTIVAL | Tomato Tastings | Instructor: Gary Lewis | Sat Sept 8th, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm | $12 + $16 included Party Mix = $28 | Register Online!

Sat
Sept 15
POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Fall and Winter | Instructor: Shelley | Sat Sept 15th, 10am-12pm | $12 | Register Online!
Sat
Sept 22
CONTAINER SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for Spring Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Sept 22nd, 10am-12pm | $14 | Register Online!
Sat
Sept 29
CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Sept 29th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Register Online!
Fri - Sun
Dec 1-3
The Christmas Hurrah!
Celebrate the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other seasonal delights. The nursery will reopen for one weekend at the start of December for sales of the amazing Christmas rose and other members of the Helleborus Gold Collection plus other winter blooming plants. We'll be offering two workshops: a Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop and a Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop plus a DIY project to doll up a Christmas Rose to bring it inside for holiday decoration. View images from last year's Christmas Hurrah!
Sat Dec 1
SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Instructor: Diane Levings, Full Bloom Flowers | Sat Dec 1st, 10am-12pm | $55 Includes all materials. | Register Online!
Sat Dec 1
SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Dec 1st, 1-3pm | $18 (Includes soil and the twigs and greens) | Register Online!

 

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1.

Do-It-Yourself Project
Make Your Own Pizza Pot

As Easy as 1-2-3

Are you looking for a special present for someone or something fun for yourself? This quick project is designed to take only 5-10 minutes. All of the materials are here. All you have to do is pot it up. Have Fun!

To plant your pizza pot you plant one tomato of your choice in the middle and then surround it with three herbs you want on your pizza such as basil, oregano, thyme or parsley.
It costs just $21.99.  

 


2.

BC Native Plants

British Columbia is blessed with numerous beautiful and useful native plants including some of the best garden ferns in the world and other intriguing plants that should be much more widely grown. Once you grow them you won’t be able to live without them!

We at Phoenix Perennials have long been dedicated to BC native plants but have now brought them all together into one section in our fern dell. Here you'll find both uncommon and common garden plants that call our fields, forests and mountain slopes home. And now you can make them a home in our own garden.

No garden should be without Vancouveria or false solomon's seal or maidenhair fern or camas! Then there is the darling twinflower or the beautiful evergreen huckleberry or the candelabra of orange that is our native tiger lily. Or there is the wonderful creeping Oregon grape Mahonia repens and the equally beauitful Mahonia nervosa. These are just some of the treasures you'll find in our new section.

Come down and see all the BC Natives have to offer!

If you are interested in BC Natives you will love perusing the web pages of E-Flora BC: An electronica atlas of the flora of BC.


3.

Spring into Summer
Great Plants for Mid-Spring and Early Summer

Last weekend I was a guest on Gardening 101 on CFAX AM 1070 (Victoria) with host Jeff DeJong. On the show we discussed the theme of "Spring into Summer". I highlighted a whole bunch of plants that are great for mid spring but that also bloom all the way through June and bridge the gap between spring and summer when the traditional summer-blooming plants take over the garden display.

For our discussion I prepared a catalogue with over 130 plants with which to spring into summer. This is a great resource if you're trying to figure out how to add colour to your garden through June and into early summer. Enjoy!

 

 

 


4.

Come Learn With Us
Upcoming Workshops

May

CONTAINER SERIES | Fantastic Foliage: Create a Technicolour Container That Doesn't Need Flowers | Instructor: Belinda | Sat May 26th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Never before have there been so many options for amazing foliage plants. You'll learn about a wide range of invaluable plants and how to artfully combine them for maximum foliar impact in both the garden and containers. You will then plant up your own fantastic container for a knock-out display in your garden.
Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use. Register Online!

KIDS SERIES | Butterflies, Bees and Hummingbirds: Plant Up a Pot to Attract Winged Visitors | Instructor: JoAnn Turner | Sun May 27th, 1-3pm | $12 + tax for one parent and child. $5 + tax for each additional child. | In this workshop you'll learn how to attract butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and beneficial insects to your garden through the careful selection of beautiful plants loved by our favourite garden visitors. Then you'll plant up a container designed to attract for favourite garden wildlife. 
Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use.
Recommended for children ages 4-10. A parent or guardian must accompany your child or children.
Register Online!

 

June

KIDS SERIES | Miniature Gardens FOR KIDS: Make Your Own Princess Garden or Yoda Swamp | Instructor: Kate Herring | Sat June 2nd, 10am-12pm | $30 + tax. Includes a pot, all plants and materials. | Calling all Princesses and Jedi warriors! In this workshop princesses will plant their own princess garden complete with pretty plants, a castle and a princess! Jedi warriors will plant their own Yoda swamp with weird plants and a "goo" pond with Yoda and Luke Skywalker! 
Recommended for children ages 4-10. A parent or guardian should be present with the younger children but are not necessary for the older children. Register Online!

 

September

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE HEIRLOOM TOMATO FESTIVAL | Tomato Tastings | Instructor: Gary Lewis | Sat Sept 8th, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm | $12 + $16 included Party Mix = $28 | If you love food and, in particular, if you love tomatoes you won't want to miss this event! At our popular Tomato Tastings at the The Heirloom Tomato Festival you'll sit down at a table with a rainbow of tomato slices before you. Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis will then lead you in a tasting of about 12-15 different tomatoes one by one and all in a particular order just like a wine tasting. He'll introduce each tomato variety to you, talk about the type of cultivar, its history and origins, its flavour profile and its uses in the kitchen. You'll then taste the tomato and discuss it as a group. You'll have a list of of the tomatoes in front of you so you can take notes for future reference. At the end of the session you'll take home your very own Party Mix of about four pounds of heirloom tomatoes that were grown organically in open fields by Red Barn Plants at their farm in Cawston, BC - no tomato will taste as good as these tomatoes!

Our Heirloom Tomato Tastings are hands down the most popular workshops we've ever done. Last year we sold out all seven sessions and had over 100 people on the wait list. So book early! Each session will last about 45-50 minutes. Register Online!

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Fall and Winter | Instructor: Shelley | Sat Sept 15th, 10am-12pm | $12 | Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for fall and winter? Shelley 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 two other sessions: Spring and Summer. Register Online!

CONTAINER SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for Spring Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Sept 22nd, 10am-12pm | $14 | Meet the spring blooming wonders that you can include in your garden and in pots including a number of uncommon but exciting possibilities. You will also receive instruction on designing with bulbs and planting them in layers for knock out displays. Each participant will then plant up and take home their own 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. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use. Register Online!

CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Sept 29th, 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. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own 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. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use. Register Online!

 

December

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Instructor: Diane Levings, Full Bloom Flowers | Sat Dec 1st, 10am-12pm | $55 Includes all materials. | Wreaths were the first way flowers and foliage were used for decoration. Diane Levings of Full Bloom Flowers will teach you about the history of wreaths and their design as you build your very own festive wreath with unique greenery and dried pods and cones. She will then show you how to use Christmas roses, Helleborus niger, and other fresh flowers in your wreath! Bring a friend to maximize your fun. You may bring greenery or twigs from your own garden to use in your wreath if you like. Register Online!

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Dec 1st, 1-3pm | $18 (Includes soil and the twigs and greens) | 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.
Shelley will lead you in the design, planting and final decoration of your planter with winter twigs and greens. It does not include the plants you choose to pot up.
Register Online!

View the Complete List of Workshops for 2012

 

Booking Workshops

Spaces are limited. Please book in advance.

Online Registration: Registration for our workshops is now available online 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. If you wish to register by other methods you will need to call the nursery at 604-270-4133.

Each workshop requires a minimum of 8 people and a maximum of 15-25 depending on the workshop. If the minimum is not met we may not be able to run the workshop in which case we will contact you a few days before the scheduled date of the workshop and give you a credit towards another class, a credit at the nursery, or a refund.

If you are unable to attend a workshop you have already signed up for please give us 3 days notice. We would be happy to give you a credit towards another class or a credit at the nursery. We cannot offer credits, however, unless you let us know 3 days in advance of your workshop that you cannot attend.

 


5.

Charity Shopping Weekends 2012
Late May - Fur and Feathers

This weekend we support two charities that helping out our furry and feathered friends.

The Richmond Animal Protection Society is a registered charity that operates two shelters in Richmond, British Columbia. Our first shelter, on No. 6 Road in Richmond, is North America's largest cat sanctuary. Our second shelter is the City of Richmond Animal Shelter, which we have operated since February 2007.

Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary is a non-profit society specializing in parrot rescue, refuge and adoptions whose purpose is to enhance the quality of life for companion birds through rehabilitation, compassion and the education of the general public in the care of exotic birds.

What is a Charity Shopping Weekend?: Charity Shopping Weekends are a way for Phoenix Perennials to give back to the community while helping to introduce gardeners to our nursery. Each month one charity or group of charities is selected to participate in a Weekend. During that Saturday and Sunday 25% of each purchase made by a customer who tells us they are there for that charity's Weekend will be donated to the charity. Since 2004 we have raised over $10,000 for local charities and institutions.

This Month's Charity Shopping Weekend
May 26th & 27th, 2012 Fur and Feathers
The Richmond Animal Protection Society (RAPS)
Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary
Upcoming Charity Shopping Weekends
June 9th & 10th, 2012 Arts and Education
The Community Arts Council of Richmond
General Brock Elementary School
Dixon Elementary School

 


6.

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

YOU GOTTA GET DOWN HERE! The nursery is packed with horticultural wonders and what you'll find below is just a tiny fraction of the excitement.

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' -- Sage -- Very cool and a bestseller. This is a fast-growing wild selection of a Mexican sage which is adorned with stunning bicolour flowers -- white flowers with red lips -- from May until frost. But the expression of colour is temperature sensitive. In spring the flowers are usually all red, later bicoloured/hot lipped and in the heat of the summer all white, then returning to bicoloured and then red again in the fall. Will produce thousands of flowers in a season. Well-drained soil in full sun. Hard prune each spring.
Salvia microphylla 'Wild Watermelon' - Sage - If you love ‘Hot Lips’ you’ll love ‘Wild Watermelon’. This fast growing selection with a unique fuchsia colour will bloom constantly with hundreds of flowers from June to November driving you, your garden visitors and butterflies wild with luscious colour (and nectar). Makes a super easy and appealing container plant for the patio, or combine with other deep purple, blue and white perennials in the garden. Plant in full sun in hot dry spots with well-drained soils.

Dahlia Dark Angels Series - Dahlia - The Dark Angel Series are a group of dwarf, burgundy-leaved dahlias named after popular movies. They have been selected for excellent, richly-coloured, single flowers, dark foliage and a compact size under 15 inches. 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.

Clockwise starting at below left: 'American Pie', 'Braveheart', 'Dracula', 'Dragon Ball', 'Pretty Woman', 'Pulp Fiction', 'Star Wars', and 'Taxi Driver'.

Erysimum 'Fragrant Star' -- Wall Flower -- 'Fragrant Star' is a lovely, variegated sport of the popular variety ‘Fragrant Sunshine’. Bright yellow, sweetly-scented blooms arise from chocolate-purple buds from March to July and into fall. Useful in containers, rock gardens and perennial borders.This shrub-like perennial offers months of interest with its long bloom period and evergreen foliage. Sheer lightly when flowering slows or when flower stems become too long. For long-lived, compact specimens plant in hot, dry, sunny spots.

Phoenix Fresh Veggies -- It's veggie time. We have lots of herbs, beans, lettuces, potatoes, sunchokes, cabbage, collards, heirloom tomatoes and much more.
Zaluzianskya ovata - Night Phlox - This hot little number is currently flying off the shelves at the nursery. From a cute fuzzy mound of evergreen foliage emerges magenta buds that open to darling white flowers that smell like chocolate at night. Excellent for centrepieces on patio tables. A half hardy perennial (zone 8), it's worth it as it blooms all summer long into fall.
Coreopsis Big Bang 'Cosmic Evolution' - Tickseed - White daisy flowers sport ever-changing purple markings: a basal purple spot on each petal, purple striations and a purple picotee edge can all be present (or not) at any given time. The Phoenicians loved this as a trial plant. The Big Bang Series is the culmination of extensive breeding work. Plants in this series are well-branched featuring daisy-like flowers that bloom continuously from midsummer into fall. The unique flower forms and colours are out of this world!

Euphorbia Blackbird - Spurge - The best thing to happen to euphorbias for some time: exceptionally dark, velvety purple foliage, bright red stems, and flower heads with dark purple bracts and contrasting yellow flowers. This new euphorbia is spectacular! Compact, bushy and useful for year-round colour in borders and containers. Darkest foliage tones in full sun.

Chelone obliqua 'Ieniemienie' - Turtlehead - This very short variety of turtlhead grows to only 10 inches which means you could even use it as a groundcover! Mid pink flowers will top the short stems from early summer to fall. Easy to grow. Performs best in evenly moist conditions with fertile loamy soil and abundant organic matter.
Coreopsis 'Ruby Frost' - Tickseed - Large, deep ruby flowers are fringed with a collar of frosty white. Truly a colour breakthrough in the world of Coreopsis. A great, low compact habit. All coreopsis require excellent drainage.
Lobelia 'Elm Fire' - Cardinal Flower - Deep beet root red leaves and incredibly vivid red flowers in mid to late summer. This is a stunning vertical accent plant in terms of both foliage and flower. This garden selection can be used as a marginal in ponds but also does very well in average garden soils. An improved form of the very popular ‘Queen Victoria’.
Geum 'Sangria' - Avens - From the Cocktails Series by Brent Horvath comes 'Sangria', a geum with bold, bright red single or semi-double flowers urgundy purple calyxes (sepals). The plants are compact with slightly hairy green foliage. Flowers are long-blooming because the plant is sterile. Easy and carefree. Deer resistant.
Polygonatum 'Double Stuff' - Solomon's Seal - This variegated Solomon's seal has double the white margin making a new classic beauty for the woodland or shade garden. Each arching red stem carries large leaves with broad white margins and green centres. The white flowers dangle below the leaves in spring. A clean and elegant, eye-catching plant. Much broader band of white than 'Variegatum', around the whole leaf. Compared to 'Double Wide' it is has narrower leaves, longer stems, and is taller.

Eremurus 'Cleopatra' - Foxtail Lily - Dramatic five foot spires of orange flowers from burnt-orange buds above bluish strap-like leaves in early summer. Each petal has a narrow red stripe along the midrib, a slender line reminiscent of Cleopatra's eyeliner. Eremurus create quite a stir when in flower as they did at the 2009 World Rose Festival (pictured along with E. stenophyllus) where they were the most photographed flower! Dry yet rich soil in a sunny location. Do not allow other perennials to overgrow their foliage.

We have many other species and cultivars in stock in whites, yellows, pinks and peaches that grow between 4 feet and 8 feet tall!

Vaccinium 'Pink Lemonade' - Pink Blueberry - Yep. It's a PINK blueberry. 'Pink Lemonade' offers four season interest. In spring the shrub sports pinkish-white showy bell-shaped flowers. The fruits are pale greenish at first, then dappled pink, and finally develop a deep pink colour indicating a ripened fruit. The leaves are smooth, glossy green, lanceolate, with serrated leaf margins. In fall, the leaves turn a bright orange fading to deep red. Wintertime twigs are dusky reddish-brown. Vigorous, reaching 4-5 feet in height and width.
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.

Iberis 'Golden Candy' - Candytuft - This zany version of the dependable candy tuft has bright golden yellow foliage topped with the classic masses of white flowers in spring. Use as a groundcover and for edging where it will provide that finish to the side of a path or rockery. Drought tolerant once established.

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.
Ensete ventricosum 'Maurellii' - Abysinnian Banana - This bold giant banana relative has six to eight foot long paddle-like green leaves infused with rich burgundy red at least along the edges but in good specimens in full sun throughout the foliage. Use in a large container or plant out each year for a dramatic display. NOT HARDY. Maintain above five degrees Celsius as a house plant, in the basement or in a greenhouse. Totally worth it if you love tropical drama.
Bletilla striata 'Junpaku' - Chinese Ground Orchid - Bletilla striata is one of the most beautiful hardy terrestrial orchids, normally with a magenta flower. This Japanese selection has a true albino flower with no trace of any other colour. This is much more beautiful than the white-flowered form commonly sold in western horticulture. The leaves are arching, broad and grass-like. This easy terrestrial orchid is native to China and Japan. Best in part shade in evenly moist, well-drained soil.
Bletilla striata 'Soryu'/'Blue Dragon'- Chinese Ground Orchid - This new selection is a blue flowered form found in Wakayama prefecture in Japan many years ago that has only recently become available. 'Soryu' means 'Blue Dragon' referring to the lavender-blue colour of the delicate orchid lowers. Propagated from seed but rhizomes have been bloomed and colours confirmed. The leaves are arching, broad and grass-like. This easy terrestrial orchid is native to China and Japan. Best in part shade in evenly moist, well-drained soil.
Bletilla striata 'Yellow Striped' - Chinese Ground Orchid - This selection has spectacular broad, arching, grass-like leaves striped with rich gold. The foliage is the perfect foil for the rich magenta flowers. This easy terrestrial orchid is native to China and Japan. Best in part shade in evenly moist, well-drained soil.
Centaurea montana 'Black Sprite' - Perennial Bachelor's Button - A new colour form of a classic old-time favourite. ‘Black Sprite’ has purple-black flowers in place of the regular royal blue. Try planting a clump of this regular blue form with ‘Black Sprite’ and the white-flowered ‘Amethyst in Snow’ for a trio of white, dark purple and blue. Nice. If plants get leggy, chop them hard to the ground and they will soon reflush.
Leonotis menthifolia 'Savannah Sunset' - Lion's Ear - Unique, bright orange, furry, tubular flowers arranged in whorls around the stem. Medium green, triangular leaves with textured edges. Freely branching and upright. Blooms in early summer unlike Leonotis leonurus which doesn't bloom in our climate until at least September. Apparently hardy to zone 8 but a protected situation, good drainage and a little trial and error might be required.
Trillium grandiflorum 'Plenum' - Double Snow Trillium - This is the spectacular, very rare, fully double form of the eastern North American snow trillium which resembles a delicate white rose or camellia sitting on top of the tripartite foliage. Stunning! Flowers open pure white gradually fading to pale pink. Double flowered forms of trilliums, since they don’t have any reproductive structures and thus don’t get pollinated, often bloom for a longer period than regular trilliums. Large, blooming size rhizomes.
Viola walteri 'Silver Gem' - Prostrate Blue Violet - This gorgeous trailing violet is native to eastern North America and comes from the gardens of the Mt Cuba Center. It has beautiful silver-streaked, heart-shaped foliage that forms a dense, tidy mat in shade and part shade. Lavender flowers appear in early spring and rebloom consistently until fall. Drought tolerant once established. Deer resistant.
Agastache 'Blue Boa' - Anise Hyssop - Luxurious, deep, violet blue flower spikes held over ultra green foliage. The flower spikes are long, wide and extremely showy. Great for summer colour. Compared to 'Blue Fortune', 'Blue Boa' has deeper violet blue flowers and wider flower spikes. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. The licorice-scented foliage is edible and good in salads. Excellent planted en masse in the perennial border or in the herb garden. Drought tolerant once established. Blooms from summer until frost.
Agastache 'Summer Fiesta' - Anise Hyssop - Agastache are incredibly useful for clouds of colour through the summer months. ‘Summer Fiesta’ has outstanding dense, spicy orange red spikes produced in masses. The Summer Series have sepals that remain in colour and do not brown like other agastache giving these cultivars a much longer season of interest. Even without a single flower there is still colour! Provide full sun and good drainage.
Agastache 'Summer Glow' - Anise Hyssop - Agastache are incredibly useful for clouds of colour through the summer months. ‘Summer Glow’ has massive numbers of densely clustered large lemon-custard yellow flowers with burnt orange sepals that bloom all summer into fall. Up to two feet tall with bright green, fragrant foliage. The Summer Series have sepals that remain in colour and do not brown like other agastache giving these cultivars a much longer season of interest. Even without a single flower there is still colour! Sun, dry soil.
Heucherella 'Redstone Falls' - Foamy Bells- This groundcover foamy bells is at first mounding then sends out trailing stems up to one and a half feet from the plant. Wonderful, warm autumnal tones interweave throughout the foliage. Broadly lobed leaves with dark veins that change colours with the seasons. An amazing plant to use spilling out of a container in sun or shade. Vigorous grower. A member of the Falls Series which includes 'Redstone Falls', 'Yellowstone Falls' and 'Sunrise Falls'.
Heuchera 'Delta Dawn' - Coralbells - 'Delta Dawn' has magnificent, large, round leaves with red centers in the spring and fall; in summer its red veins run like rivers to the sea against a gorgeous gold to lime main leaf colour highlights the venation. Strong, vigorous habit. Perfect for a shade container or to add color to a dark area. Delivers the "look" that Heuchera 'Miracle' promised.
Heuchera 'Peach Crisp' - Coralbells - 'Peach Crisp' has seriously crisped and rippled pink, orange and cinnamon-coloured leaves and white flowers. The Crisp Series features 'Blackberry Crisp', 'Apple Crisp', Pear Crisp' and 'Peach Crisp'. This series features cultivars in a range of colours with leaves that are highly dissected and rippled creating great textural effect.
Heuchera 'Havana' - Coralbells - Dense wands of cerise pink flowers glow, like the end of Fidel’s cigar. Swirling yellow-lime leaves veiled in white. 'Havana’s compact habit and reblooming nature make it an excellent pot plant.
Delosperma Firespinner - Ice Plant - This shockingly fabulous colour combination has firey orange petals morphing into hot magenta and then cooling down into icy white punctuated by the yellow stamens all against apple green foliage. Ice plants are long-blooming and carefree succulent mat-forming perennials similar to sedums that thrive in heat, drought and nearly any well-drained soil. Very hardy but should be protected from winter wet either with very well drained soil or in the rainshadow of a house or other structure. Deer resistant.
Canna 'Blueberry Sparkler' -- Canna Lily -- A fantastic canna with great design potential: purple leaves and blue-grey undersides surround medium pink flowers. This 6 foot tall slender beauty is self-cleaning and blooms all summer. Our plants are virus indexed and negative. Cannas offer great tropical foliage and are generally hardy to our temperatures but sensitive to winter wet. In the garden, plant in a well-drained sunny location and mulch with leaves. Cannas are also great in pots. Shelter these in a garage or shed for winter.

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Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.
One of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials in the Lower Mainland.
Specializing in distinct perennials, fragrant shrubs, hardy subtropicals and the botanically intriguing.3380 No. 6 Road, Richmond (Between Bridgeport and Cambie)
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