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E-Newsletter: May 2010

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
May 2010

Hello from Phoenix Perennials!

The nursery is packed and ready to go for peak perennial season this May. We are gratified to be hearing from many of our customers that the nursery looks better than ever. Thank you. We're very proud of it. And the selection is as dangerous as ever for those of you who love plants! ;-) Our production side is now delivering tonnes of new plants every week to our retail side for your gardening enjoyment. The nursery literally changes every week. Visit us often through May and June to get the pick of the nursery! We now have extended hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays until 6pm.

Extended Hours Until July
Sun-Wed 10am-5pm
Thurs-Sat 10am-6pm

Thank you to everyone who came to our two new special events in April: The Clematis Conundrum... and May Maple Mania. At the Conundrum many of our customers took full advantage of over 100 different clematis and other vines plus a free workshop by Belinda, our resident vine and clematis expert. At May Maple Mania we had people all weekend with their Vertrees Maple encyclopedias - many of which were dog eared, bookmarked and post-it noted to mark each person's favourite and most sought-after maples. There were also lots of people who discovered the incredible world of Japanese maples for the first time. If you missed either of these weekends there is still a great selection of vines and maples at the nursery.

With the cool weather our workshops have not been filling up as we'd like to so we've extended our Bring-a-Friend-for-FREE offer to our May workshops. Here are the details along with a few other specials at the nursery.

Special May Workshop Offer
It's been cold and rainy and you're likely not thinking much about gardening and workshops. We want to get things rolling and get you and a friend to come have fun with us.
Buy one May workshop space and bring a friend for FREE!*
*Cannot be combined with other offers.

2 for 1 Packaged Bulbs
One last chance to get some cool bulbs before we pot them up and sell them to you for more later in the season!

Blue Tag Specials
Watch the front of the nursery for our ongoing blue tag specials buy 1 get 1 FREE of plants we have too many of!

Mothers' Day Weekend is this weekend. Show us that you're a Mom and get a free Mona Lisa Lily! Details below.

Our Charity Shopping Weekend this month will benefit the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Vancouver/Lower Mainland Chapter. More information below. In June we are doing one for the Richmond District Schools. Do you have children or grandchildren or know people who do in Richmond? If so, please spread the word about our Charity Shopping Weekend for Richmond District Schools in June and have each school call or email to sign up. All schools are invited to participate but we have had some difficulty contacting all of the Parent Advisory Council chairpersons.

The Pacific Northwest Palm and Exotic Plant Society will be holding their annual Plant Sale at the nursery on Saturday May 22nd 10am-5pm. This is your chance to get your hands on rare hardy subtropicals!

See you at the nursery soon!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

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In this Issue

1. FREE Mona Lisa Lily for Mothers on Mothers' Day
2. Massage Clinics at Phoenix Perennials with Laura Schroeder
3. Meet the Phoenicians
4. Workshops 2010: Come Learn with Us
5. Upcoming Speaking Engagements by Owner Gary Lewis
6. Charity Shopping Weekends 2010
7. Fabulous at Phoenix: Gary's Picks of New, Notable and Luscious Plants at the Phoenix Candy Store


1.

FREE Mona Lisa Lily
for Mothers on Mothers' Day Weekend!*

Bring your children, grandchildren or furry children (or a picture
of them) to show us that you're a Mom and get your free lily!*

*With purchase over $10 before taxes, Saturday and Sunday May 8th and 9th, while supplies last.


2.

Massage Clinics at Phoenix
Sundays May 16th and 23rd

Laura Schroeder, a registered massage therapist, will be coming to Phoenix Perennials on Sunday May 16th and Sunday May 23rd to give free 10 minute chair massages to our hard-working gardening customers. She will be promoting health and well-being by relaxing your stiff muscles and teaching us all effective stretching techniques so we can all garden safely. If you have any gardening aches or pains come down to the nursery for a massage and some information on how to take care of your gardening body and live ache and pain free. You might have to get in line behind me and the Phoenicians though!

Laura Schroeder is a Registered Massage Therapist in Vancouver and graduate of the acclaimed West Coast College of Massage Therapy. She strives to achieve balance in her life and brings this to her practice by helping her patients create balance in the body for optimal performance in whatever activities they may be doing. She is committed to working together with you to help you achieve your wellness goals. Laura is well-versed in a variety of massage techniques. Laura treats each client uniquely according to how their body best responds, comfortably, efficiently and safely.

 


3.

Meet the Phoenicians

They're not long lost people from the ancient world, they're my lovely and talented staff. When I took over at Phoenix five seasons ago I had two part time employees. Now there are a lot more - 14 plus an intern right now! Each one of them brings their unique personalities, talents, and enthusiasm to the nursery. Together they are working hard to bring you a fun, exciting, and inspiring nursery experience. Here they are, the Phoenicians:

Kathleen - Kathleen is the force that keeps things organized and attractive on the Retail Side of the nursery. As the Retail Manager she oversees her half of the nursery with enthusiasm, skill and always increasing plant knowledge. Kathleen is responsible for most of the displays at the nursery. She loves it when you tear them apart because then she knows that she's done a good job. Kathleen is a smart, common sense woman with a famously even-tempered personality perfect for helping to steer a big perennial ship. This is Kathleen's fifth year at Phoenix and her fourth as our Retail Manager.
Natascha - Natascha is our Production Manager. She oversees the growing of 30,000 pots each year made up of 1000s of different species and cultivars and she does it with energy and cheek. Her job is to make sure that everything I order grows and that it is kept all organized! Only sometimes does she threaten me when more plants pile into the nursery from another far flung corner of the globe! Natascha is an avid gardener and developed her passion alongside her equally colourful gardening mother. This is Natascha's fourth year at Phoenix and her third as our Production Manager.

Diane - After four years at Phoenix this will be Diane's last with us as she prepares to move to another town a bit beyond commuting distance. We're hoping that she'll miss us so much that she'll find a way to come back and spend some time with us each spring teaching workshops, helping customers, designing gardens as part of our In-Nursery Design Service, and sharing with us her love of gardening.

Her next workshop, The Buzz of Beneficials, is coming up in late May.

For more information on our In-Nursery Design Service visit the main page of our website at www.phoenixperennials.com.

Shelley - Shelley is a high energy woman with many talents when it comes to horticulture. She has great plant knowledge and gardening skills, she is a trained garden designer with a UBC Certificate in Garden Design, and she is a talented teacher who leads numerous workshops at the nursery. Shelley loves plants and you can tell when you start talking to her when you see her enthusiasm welling up.

For more information on her workhops, including her Herb workshop this weekend, see below.

For more information on our In-Nursery Design Service visit the main page of our website at www.phoenixperennials.com.

Monica - Monica is a great example of Swiss engineering and precision: she makes detailed lists, she knows exactly how many pots she can pot up in a day, she works hard to nail down our procedures and she does it all with her Swiss German accent which just makes her sound organized. Monica looks serious but she has a good sense of humour and a love of plants. She is the mother of two daughters, one of which, Laura, is a massage therapist who will be running two massage clinics at the nursery this month! This is Monica's third season at Phoenix.
Belinda - Belinda gardens with plants from the "mundane to the sublime." You'll appreciate her calm demeanour and her great plant knowledge, plus her ability to find plants that you just can't resist. She also speaks Cantonese and Hindi in case you'd like to talk plants in either of those languages. This is Belinda's fourth year at Phoenix.
Rika - Rika is our potting machine and on good days she even pots at light speed! I have found that light speed is best achieved when I crank the dial up on the guilt just before she leaves us in high potting season to travel to Japan to eat sushi and see the cherry blossoms in bloom as she did this past April! But who can begrudge her that kind of amazing botanical and cultural trip?! Rika accumulates other monikers which are usually related to the 500 pots of the same kind of plant that she just potted up. Her first was Queen of the Dahlia but since then there have been many more!

Diana - Our irreplaceable "cash girl" Diana keeps the line moving at the front of the nursery and helps you fill credit cards and empty bank accounts - in trade for fabulous plants of course! Diana gardens on a small balcony but that doesn't stop her or her irrepressible spirit from filling it with plants that she loves!

 

 

Larry - Larry began life as one of our Hours for Flowers volunteers. We quickly realized that we couldn't live without him and this year hired him as a full-fledged Phoenician. Larry brings to the nursery a masculine je ne sais quoi - handiness, efficiency and the ability to direct large semi trailers filled with plants into the perfect location in the parking lot for us to unload. He has a great can-do attitude and he also loves plants - especially if they are tree ferns, citrus or other hardy subtropicals.
Patricia - Patricia also started life as an Hours for Flowers volunteer but is now our official Amazon Woman (otherwise known as our gardener). She is now ripping apart and putting back together our garden beds at the nursery, a task we've found hard to get to over the past few years with the growth of the nursery. Patricia is a force of nature and is able to do the work of three men in half the time. We marvel every day as she emerges from the brush covered in dirt and triumphant!
Jo Ann - Jo Ann is our perpetual student but is nearing the completion of her degree at UBC. Jo Ann is cheerful and smiley with great plant knowledge and a zest for helping customers. She is also our resident bibliophile. If you want to talk gardening books and gardening writers, she's your gal.
Maureen - Our newest Phoenician, Maureen comes to us from a career in international trade and shipping but is ready for work that inspires her. A graduate of the UBC Certificate in Garden Design Program, Maureen is now flexing her gardening muscles while working hard to build her plant knowledge. She's a runner and marathoner but likely will get all her training now running around the nursery. Maureen is bright and cheerful and smart. She would also like you to know that I ambushed her in the sun shrub section to take this photo with no time to prepare for her close up.
Keenan - Keenan is this year's weekend warrior, a grade 12 highschool student with an interest in horticulture and landscaping. Next year he will enter the Landscaping Program at Kwantlen College. So far this year he's spent a lot of time filling pots with potting mix to speed up our production process which pleases all of the production staff, especially Monica. But he's also efficient at all kinds of other odd jobs around the nursery and we're getting used to having him around.
[Insert photo of diligent, hard-working young man here.]
Bill - This year we have an intern from London, Ontario's Fanshawe College. Bill has just completed the first year of his three year Landscape Design diploma at the top of his class. He is here to learn the ropes of the industry and to commit to memory every detail of the 4000 plants at the nursery. After his first few days at work he is already lamenting that every plant he sees that makes him gasp is hardy to zone 7 or 8, a few zones out from his native zone 5b. Eat your heart out Ontario!

Kim - Kim came to us just recently to help us get through potting up 30,000 pots on our production side. She is quiet and shy but she loves working with plants and has a delightful smile. She also has the most stylish sun hat of all the Phoenicians!

Gary - I'm Gary the head Phoenician and owner of Phoenix Perennials. We are now well into our seventh season and I'm having a great time being your personal shopper for exciting plants from all over the world. I'm a generalist when it comes to plants -- I love most everything (with the possible exception of snap weed) which is why the nursery is now filled with over 4000 different garden plants each season. I hope that you're enjoying your experiences at Phoenix Perennials!

 


4.

Workshops 2010
Come Learn with Us

In 2010 we will offer more workshops than ever before - a total of 22! We will offer popular old favourites and many new and exciting subjects. We are proud and excited to offer one of the most extensive and interesting workshop series in our region. Our workshops are grouped thematically into series. Feel free to take just one class in a series or all of them. We have special series offers if you choose the latter. We also have an overall special workshop offer. Sign up for five classes and receive 15% off. Details are below. And remember, please book in advance since spaces are limited and many of our classes sell out.

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions
Booking Workshops

Special May Workshop Offer
It's been cold and rainy and you're likely not thinking much about gardening and workshops. We want to get things rolling and get you and a friend to come have fun with us.
Buy one May workshop space and bring a friend for FREE!*
*Cannot be combined with other offers.

 

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions

May

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Phoenix Fresh Herbs: Plant Up a Container with Great Culinary Herbs | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday May 8th, 10am-12pm | $18 | In this companion workshop to Phoenix Fresh Veggies you will learn about growing annual and perennial culinary herbs in containers and garden beds. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own herb container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre). 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.

GARDEN LIVING SERIES | The Grill and the Grape: Great Wines for Barbecue Season | Instructor: Randy Rae | Saturday May 8th, 1:30pm-3:30pm | $30 | At this wine tasting you will be introduced to a number of big, bold and delicious well-priced wines perfect for pairing with barbecued meats, salmon, and vegetables. Be the wine pairing hero at your summer barbecues and WOW all your friends with your savvy sophistication. Though the theme remains the same this year, all the wines will be different from previous years. After the guided tasting there will be a reception with wine, cheese and nibblies and a chance to discuss the wines informally with your instructor and your fellow classmates!

CONTAINER SERIES | Living Wreaths: Plant Up a Wreath with Fantastic Succulents | Instructor: Felice Andersen | Sunday May 9th, 1pm-3pm | $18 + $35 Wreath Frame = $53* | And you thought wreaths were only for Christmas time! Felice will introduce you to an intriguing idea in succulent gardening – planting up a wreath with sempervivums, echeverias, sedums and other interesting succulents. 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! *Includes a high quality wreath frame, moss and potting mix. The plants you select are not included.

CONTAINER SERIES | Containers to Die For: Discover the Easy Secrets to Success with Perennial Containers | Instructor: Cliff Thorbes | Saturday May 15th, two workshops starting at 10am and 2pm | $18 | 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 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.

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | The Fragrant Garden: Planning for Year-Round Olfactory Bliss | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Sunday May 16th, 1pm-3pm | $16 | It is possible to have fragrance in the garden almost all year round. Join Belinda, Phoenix Perennials’ fragrance expert, for a tour of myriad enchanting perennials, shrubs and vines that, while offering beautiful foliage, form, and flowers, will also contribute the enchanting dimension of scent to your garden.

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Phoenix Fresh Veggies: Plant Up a Container with Unusual  and Heirloom Varieties | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday May 22nd, 10am-12pm | $18 | You can’t eat much more locally than your own back yard! Shelley will introduce you to a host of cool, unusual and heirloom vegetables including purple tomatoes, rainbow-coloured greens, squash and cucumbers that grow on bushes, spinach that grows on vines, peas with blue pods, and white eggplants. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own veggie container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre). 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.

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | One Good Fern Deserves Another: Ferns for Shade to Part Sun Gardens | Instructor: JoAnn Turner | Sunday May 23rd, 1pm-3pm | $16 | Ferns offer a delicate, subtle beauty of texture and form. They can be stately architectural plants or they can be used to weave together and unite the perennial border. Jo will introduce you to the incredible diversity of garden ferns and talk about how you can use them in your shade to part sun gardens.

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | The Buzz of Beneficials: Plant Up a Container to Attract Butterflies, Birds and Hummingbirds to your Garden | Instructor: Diane Brown | Saturday May 29th, 10am | $18 | In this workshop you'll learn how to attract butterflies, birds,  hummingbirds and beneficial insects to your garden beds and planters through the careful selection of beautiful plants loved by our favourite garden visitors. In the second half of the workshop participants will plant up a container to act as a bird and butterfly magnet for their gardens. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre). 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.

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Architectural Plants: Add Drama, Structure and Presence in the Garden | Instructor: JoAnn Turner | Sunday May 30th, 1pm-3pm | $16 | Jo will introduce you to a plethora of plants with great foliage, form and stature that you can use to rise out your amorphous plantings to give structure, strength and intrigue to your borders. She will also chat about plants that “die well” providing great structure and interest to the winter garden.

June

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Grasses that Captivate: The Transformative Powers of Ornamental Grasses | Instructor: Shelley Brignall |Saturday June 5th, 10am-12pm | $16 | The popularity of ornamental grasses continues to grow as gardeners discover their many virtues. Don't get it yet? Come to this informative talk and learn what grasses can do for you and your garden. Already enamoured with ornamental grasses? You'll love this workshop too. You'll get tips on using them for best effect in your garden design. As well, you'll be introduced to several cultivars you might not have seen before.

GARDEN LIVING SERIES | Summer Wines: Great Bottles for Patio and Garden |
In
structor: Randy Rae | Saturday June 5th, 1:30pm-3:30pm | $30 | At this wine tasting you will be introduced to a number of delicious and refreshing well-priced wines perfect for the summer patio and garden. From bubbles to whites and light reds, you will learn about and taste some great solutions for summer entertaining or for just kicking back in your garden and enjoying the fruits of your labours! Though the theme remains the same this year, all the wines will be different from previous years. After the guided tasting there will be a reception with wine, cheese and nibblies and a chance to discuss the wines informally with your instructor and your fellow classmates!

September

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Phoenix Fresh Winter Veggies: Plant Up a Container with Cool Season Edibles | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday September 11th, 10am-12pm | $18 | You can’t eat much more locally than your own back yard! Shelley will introduce you to a host of cool, unusual and heirloom vegetables that you can grow in the fall and winter. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own veggie container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre). 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.

CONTAINER SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for Spring Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday September 18th, 10am-12pm | $18 | 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). 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 cost of the bulbs that you choose to include in your container are not included in the cost of the workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix.

CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Cliff Thorbes | Saturday September 25th, two workshops starting at 10am and 2pm | $18 | 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.

Booking Workshops

Spaces are limited. Please call (604-270-4133) or visit the nursery to book your space. Payment is required when booking. If you would like to take advantage of one of our special offers please let us know at the start of your booking.

 


5.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements
by Phoenix Perennials Owner Gary Lewis

These talks are open to the public. There may be an entrance fee to these events and garden group meetings. It would be great to see you there!

Avoiding the Summer Doldrums: Great Plants for High Summer and Early Fall Does your garden look fabulous in the spring only to have its vibrant colours fade with the summer heat?  Gary offers advice on how to avoid these summer doldrums and recommends a host of great garden plants to keep colour in the garden through the hot months of the year. At the end Gary will “show and tell” a select group of plants from the talk.

Squamish Gardeners

Monday May 17th, 6:45pm West Coast Railway Heritage Museum, 39645 Government Road, Squamish


6.

Phoenix Perennials presents
Charity Shopping Weekends 2010
Shop for Plants and Support our Local Charities and Institutions

Welcome to our Charity Shopping Weekend Program for 2010 -- a fun way for Phoenix Perennials to give back to the community and for customers of Phoenix Perennials to feel less guilty about their insatiable plant buying habits.

How it Works: Every month we will hold a Charity Shopping Weekend to benefit a local charity or charities. Those who wish to support the month's charity can come shopping at Phoenix Perennials on the designated Saturday and Sunday. When you pay for your plants, tell us that you have come to support the charity and we will donate 25% of the price of your plants to this worthy cause. If there is more than one charity on the weekend be sure to tell us which charity you would like to support. But remember: you must tell us why you have come to the nursery on that day or we won't know to donate the proceeds from your sale. Other than that, it's pretty simple: all you have to do is shop!

Here is this year's list of charities and their dates:

This Month's Charity Shopping Weekend
Sat & Sun May 8th and 9th
The Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Vancouver/Lower Mainland Chapter - Working to fund cystic fibrosis research and care.
Sat & Sun June 12th and 13th

The Young Naturalists' Club of BC - A charity that works to reconnect children and nature through a unique program of volunteer-led nature clubs around the province.
Participating Richmond District Schools:

McRoberts Secondary
Alfred Dixon Elementary
R.C. Talmey Elementary
James Thompson Elementary
Walter Lee Elementary

Do you have or know school age children in Richmond? If so, please let their school know about our Charity Shopping Weekend for Richmond District Schools in June and have each school call or email to sign up. All schools are invited to participate but we have had some difficulty contacting all of the Parent Advisory Council chairpersons.

Sat & Sun June 26th and 27th CH.I.L.D Foundation - Working to find a cure through research efforts for children suffering from Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and liver disorders.
September This month is still available if there are any new charities that are interested in our program.

Mark your Calendars! See you at the Charity Shopping Weekend!

 


7.

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

May is a fantastically overwhelming month for perennials at Phoenix. Our new production of unique perennials are coming ready every day. As they do we move them over to our retail side. In Fabulous at Phoenix I can barely scratch the surface of all that is available! You might want to visit us a few times through May!

Coreopsis Big Bang 'Full Moon' - Tickseed - ‘Full Moon’ has large canary yellow flowers that are much larger and fuller than ‘Creme Brulee’ or ‘Moonbeam’. The plants are also big -- 30 inches tall and wide -- and great in the mid border or in larger containers. 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! Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens.
Euphorbia x martinii 'Ascot Rainbow' - Spurge - A new classic for the euphorbias! This stunning variegated foliage and flowers have colours of sage green, gold and lime, tinged reddish pink in cool weather. Compact and slightly spreading. Evergreen. E. x martinii is a naturally-occurring hybrid from southern France between E. characias and E. amygdaloides, two very garden-worthy species.
Camassia quamash - Camas Lily - This gorgeous true blue BC native has starry lily-like flowers on slender stems in spring from a tuft of grass like foliage. This species was an important food crop of the First Nations cultures that lived in and around the southern coastal parts of our province. The consistency when cooked is like a gummy potato.
Echinacea 'Maui Sunshine' - Not-So-Purple Coneflower - Large bright yellow flowers, sweetly scented and floriferous. Mature flowers are a soft yellow. Vigorous, well-branched stems are featured on this upright plant. Showy orange cones with green backgrounds (great for cutting and drying).
Echinacea 'Coral Reef' - Not-So-Purple Coneflower - 'Coral Reef' is characterized by amazing two-toned double flowers with dark orange to coral rays combined with a coral red cone. A show stopper. Great in combination with Agastaches and dark leaf foliage.
Echinacea 'Hot Papaya' - Not-So-Purple Coneflower - Sizzling, red orange, double cones with falling tails heat up the sun border in summer. Contrasting dark burgundy, sturdy stems. Upright, with lance-shaped leaves. From the Cone-fections Series which offers reliably hardy, very floriferous, stocky plants with strong sturdy stems. Wonderful planted en masse and superb as a cut flower. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens.
Echinacea 'Green Jewel' - Not-So-Purple Coneflower - This incredibly unique echinacea was discovered by Piet Oudolf. Light green ray petals surround the large, green cone of this sweetly fragrant coneflower. The plants have an upright habit and a height of just 20-24 inches, so no staking is required. Praised for their cheerful brightly coloured flowers, coneflowers are a mainstay in today's garden. The dried seed heads provide architectural interest in the winter and are a good food source for finches and other birds. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens.
Echinacea 'Tomato Soup' - Not-So-Purple Coneflower - Stunning warm, tomato-red flowers to five inches wide. A real treat on plants three feet tall and nearly as wide covered with flowers till frost. Plants are well branched and show excellent vigour. A natural pairing with Echinacea 'Mac 'n' Cheese'. Easy to grow in full sun with good drainage.
Echinacea 'Tiki Torch' - Not-So-Purple Coneflower - The gorgeous, large, bright, pumpkin orange flowers with red centres are one of the best orange echinaceas. This plant has strong, upright stems and excellent vigour. Plant in well-drained, not so rich soils.
Echinacea 'Hot Lava' - Not-So-Purple Coneflower - Wide petals of deep orange red tint to a deeper red at the orange cone. Extra petals give this plant a fuller look and the super-strong stems make it a natural for cut flowers.
Echinacea 'Tangerine Dream' - Not-So-Purple Coneflower - ‘Tangerine Dream’ has elegant four inch clear orange flowers with wide, overlapping petals. The rich colour holds better than most other coneflowers. The flowers also have a lovely honey scent. A great landscape plant due to its multiple, wide-branching strong stems. Great for cutting.

Echinacea 'Magnus' - Purple Coneflower - For those of you who love a classic there is ‘Magnus’, possibly the best performing purple coneflower. Beautiful rose-pink ray petals with a coppery-brown, spiky central cone comprise the huge, flat flower heads of 'Magnus'. Newer blooms are more intense in colour and fade to pale rose as they age, lending a bicolour effect to the clump of echinacea. Plant in full sun in average (not overly rich), well-drained soils. Avoid soils that are overly moist in winter. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens.

Buddleia x weyeriana 'Honeycomb' - Butterfly Bush - A unique colour departure for the butterfly bushes: ‘Honeycomb’ sports clusters of yellow flowers that deepen towards orange at the centres. Said to be one of the most fragrant cultivars. Blooms from June until November. Drought tolerant once established. This is a love child of B. globosa and B. davidii. The form is mostly that of B. davidii. B. globosa influences the flower spikes breaking them up into globular bunches in shades of orange.
Buddleia 'Asian Moon' - Butterfly Bush - While a new butterfly bush might initially alarm gardeners concerned with potentially invasive plants, Buddleia 'Asian Moon' from Dr. Jon Lindstrom at the University of Arkansas is sterile! Its inability to produce seed means this cultivar cannot complete its reproductive cycle and thus blooms over an extended flowering season. The flowers are light purple with orange throats. The foliage is light green with silvery undersides.
Sedum 'T-Rex' - Stonecrop - ‘T-Rex’ is a formidable beast for the garden: the green leaves are ferociously rippled and toothed, the plants grow to over two feet tall and they boast one of the most rigidly upright strong stems of any sedum - no tipping over for this top heavy dinosaur! In late summer, clusters of greenish cream buds cover the entire clump opening to light rose pink flowers similar to its parent, ‘Autumn Joy’. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens.
Beesia deltophylla - Beesia - I’m excited to offer one of my favourite shade plants, the handsome Beesia deltophylla with glossy, deep green, evergreen, heart-shaped leaves tinged in purple that form dense rosettes up to 12 inches across. Sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? Spires of small white flowers rise up to 20 inches above the foliage in mid to late spring repeating later in the season. Excellent in well-drained yet evenly moist soil in full or partial shade.
Hosta 'Dancing Queen' - Plantain Lily - Unlike other yellow hostas which emerge or turn chartreuse, ‘Dancing Queen’ emerges bright yellow and remains yellow all season long. The large leaves have a prominent pie crust edge, adding even more pizzazz to this colourful hosta. In mid to late summer, the foliage lightens to soft yellow and the clump is topped with pale lavender flowers. This one is a must-have! Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens.
Agave parryi 'Cream Spike' - Century Plant - This spectacular agave displays blue-green leaves surrounded by a dramatic creamy-white margin. The thick leaves comprising the 12 inch clump feature maroon-black leaf tips and teeth along the margins when mature. Leaf impressions from the reverse side of unfurling leaves are reminiscent of fossils. Hardy to about zone 7b to 9, or fantastic as a potted specimen.
Arisaema ringens - Cobra Lily - This common Asian species is one of the best for gardens. It has glorious three-parted foliage, gray-green and glossy, and a unique green-and purple, rather fist-shaped flower. A. ringens is an easy long-lived garden plant that forms large clumps with time. Worth growing as a handsome foliage plant with the bonus of very cool flowers. Always popular.

Achillea 'Pretty Belinda' - Yarrow - ‘Pretty Belinda’ is a member of the new generation of yarrows that have been bred for improved colour and habit. This cultivar offers a study in rich pinks with flowers of dark pink, pink, and pale pink all at the same time. The habit is slightly shorter than other yarrows and compact so the flowers do not flop but stay nice and upright. Good in containers.

We also have a whole range of new ladies: 'Laura' with ruby red flowers, 'Little Susie' with mid-pink flowers, 'Peggy Sue' with apricot-orange flowers, and 'Pretty Woman' with orange-red flowers. All of these ladies are strong and sturdy with non-fading blooms.

Hosta 'Rainforest Sunrise' - Plantain Lily - This exciting new sport of H. 'Maui Buttercups' is a small hosta with leaves a solid light green when they emerge but quickly developing dramatic dark green borders and radiant gold centres. The leaves are thick and glossy, holding up well all season, and are also slug resistant. Light lavender flowers are produced on 24 inch scapes in midsummer. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens.

Agapanthus 'Mood Indigo' - Lily-of-the-Nile - Who needs blue when you can have luscious royal purple? I could wax poetic even more but the picture speaks for itself!

 

Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy' - Pineapple Lily - This is among the best of all the pineapple lilies with dramatic purple foliage. The bold strap-like leaves form a rosette to two feet wide. In late summer, the clump produces a 20" tall bloom stalk resembling a miniature purple pineapple! Very easy to grow and tolerates a wide range of garden conditions. Full sun for best foliage colour. Combine with Geranium ‘Ballerina’ or Sedum ‘Angelina’.
Actaea (Cimicifuga) 'Chocoholic' - Bugbane - From midsummer through early fall, fragrant bottlebrush flowers dance above the deep purple foliage. They are a rich mauve-pink colour when they open and lighten to white as they age. This dwarf cultivar measures in at two to three feet tall. Actaea (formerly Cimicifuga) is a wonderfully lacy, airy backdrop in the garden. It is especially attractive when combined with variegated or golden foliage. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens.
Dicentra 'Burning Hearts' - Bleeding Heart - This richly romantic cultivar has luscious valentine red blossoms fetchingly edged with white. The flowers arch above the delicate blue gray leaves from early spring to late summer. The Hearts Series offers clusters of large flowers in rich colours set off by lush, fern-like foliage. Compact, mounding plants stay neat and tidy. Blooms for months with a summer rest period. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens.
Hedychium coccineum 'Tara' - Hardy Ginger - In mid-late August ‘Tara’ offers dramatic large firey orange and fragrant flower clusters. The most reliable bloomer for the West Coast climate and indispensable as a subtropical accent in the perennial border. Tropical-looking foliage provides interest all season long. Mulch with leaves in winter. In colder areas grow in a pot or lift and keep above zero in the pot or in peat moss.

 


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Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.
One of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials in the Lower Mainland.
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