Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: May 2011

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
May 2011

 

Hello from Phoenix Perennials!

Even though it feels like March it really is May, fellow gardeners. What a spring! I've been thinking for days what exactly to say in the introduction to the e-newsletter this month. Should I go for pumped up and positive or should I get depressed! Well, let me say that these cold springs can be depressing but Phoenix Perennials is currently filled with countless amazing plants to lighten the mood and inspire you. Come down to the nursery and discover the excitement of spring.

On a more serious note, these cold, quiet springs are a tough go for us small nurseries. When you head out to do your garden shopping, please remember to support the little independents who are working hard to spice up your gardening life!

May Maple Mania is this weekend featuring an incredible selection of Japanese and other maples and a special free lecture with Doug Justice, Associate Director of the UBC Botanical Garden.

On Mothers' Day Weekend we offer a free lily to mothers who bring their kids or show us pictures of their kids. Details below.

We are very excited to announce the advent of a new chapter for us at the nursery: MAIL ORDER! Oh my! Full details included below.

We have a special offer for our May and June workshops: Buy one spot and bring a friend for free! And don't forget about the rest of the season of exciting workshops including our KIDS SERIES with two workshops designed for kids and families.

Fabulous at Phoenix this month highlights a whole range of intriguing and exciting plants for your garden.

Also in this issue you'll find links to new videos I've been doing at the nursery including 10 segments of Raymond Evison at his recent workshop at Phoenix. Watch for more throughout the season. We have a new contest, a new t-shirt that has just arrived and two Charity Shopping Weekends this month to benefit the Canadian Parents for French Member Schools of the Lower Mainland and the Richmond Animal Protection Society. There's a lot going on!

See you soon at the nursery!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

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This Weekend
A Growing Affair - Plant Sale, Workshops and Demonstrations
Saturday May 7th, 10am-4pm

 

Special Offer
Buy a Spot in any May or June Workshop and Bring a Friend for Free!

Maples for the Garden and Containers
Succulent Wreaths
Containers to Die For
Phoenix Fresh Herbs 
Phoenix Fresh Veggies
Veggies for Kids
Beneficial Insects
The Fragrant Garden
Architectural Plants
Grasses that Captivate
Kool Plants for Kids
Sizzling Succulents
Colour Without Flowers?
Top Plant Performers for the West Coast

View our Workshop Schedule Below

 


In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. May Maple Mania: Featuring an incredible selection of Japanese and other maples
2. Introducing...[Drum Roll Please]... MAIL ORDER ACROSS CANADA!
3. Special Workshop Offer for Mayl
4. Charity Shopping Weekends 2011: CPF Schools and the Richmond Animal Protection Society
5. Fabulous at Phoenix


Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

 

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Recent Videos
Raymond Evison Clematis Lecture - One of the most famous Clematis breeders in the world spoke at the nursery at our Clematis Condundrum weekend!
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10

The Great Easter Plant Hunt - 100 people hunting for hidden eggs!
Kivistik Clematis Nursery Walkabout - Learn about the exciting Kivistik Series of Clematis that customers are reporting bloom all summer!

Go To Phoenix Perennials on YouTube

 

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 Type
Event Description
Details
Special Offer
Buy a Spot in any May or June Workshop and Bring a Friend for Free!
Sat
May 7
Workshop

Living Wreaths: Plant Up a Wreath with Fantastic Succulents | Instructor: Belinda | Two workshops at 10am and 2pm | $20 + $35 Wreath Frame = $55* |

Phoenix Perennials
Sat & Sun May 7-8
Special Event

FREE 'Entertainer' 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, while supplies last.

Phoenix Perennials
Fri-Sun
May 6-8
Special Event

May Maple Mania
Featuring an incredible selection of Japanese maples

Plus a free workshop by maple expert Doug Justice.

Phoenix Perennials
Sun
May 8
Special Event Workshop
Maples for the Garden and Containers | Instructor: Doug Justice, | 1pm-2:30 | FREE but book ahead
Phoenix Perennials
Sat-Sun
May 14-15
Charity Shopping Weekend
Charity Shopping Weekend to Benefit: French Immersion Schools of the Lower Mainland (Canadian Parents for French)
Phoenix Perennials
Sat
May 14
Workshop

Containers to Die For: Discover the Easy Secrets to Success with Perennial Containers | Instructor: Shelley | Two workshops at 10am and 2pm | $18 |

Phoenix Perennials
Sun
May 15
Workshop

Phoenix Fresh Herbs: Plant Up a Container with Great Culinary Herbs | Instructor: Shelley | 1-3pm | $18 |

Phoenix Perennials
Sat
May 21
Workshop

Phoenix Fresh Veggies: Plant Up a Container with Unusual  and Heirloom Varieties | Instructor: Shelley | 10am-12pm | $18 |

Phoenix Perennials
Sun
May 22
Workshop

Phoenix Fresh Veggies FOR KIDS!: Plant Up a Container with Fun and Funky Edibles | Instructor: Shelley | 1-3pm | $18 for one parent and one child, $5 per additional child | Parent participation required.

Phoenix Perennials
Sat-Sun
May 28-29
Charity Shopping Weekend
Charity Shopping Weekend to Benefit: The Richmond Animal Protection Society (RAPS)
Phoenix Perennials
Sat
May 28
Workshop

The Buzz of Beneficials: Plant a Pot to Attract Butterflies, Birds and Hummingbirds to your Garden | Instructor: JoAnn | 10am | $18

Phoenix Perennials
Sun
May 29
Workshop

The Fragrant Garden: Planning for Year-Round Olfactory Bliss | Instructor: Belinda | 1-3pm | $16 |

Phoenix Perennials
Sat
June 4
Workshop

Architectural Plants: Add Drama, Structure and Presence in the Garden | Instructor: JoAnn | 10am-12pm | $16 |

Phoenix Perennials
Sun
June 5
Workshop

Grasses that Captivate: The Transformative Powers of Ornamental Grasses in the Garden and Containers | Instructor: Shelley | 1-3pm | $18 |

Phoenix Perennials
Sat-Sun
June 11-12
Charity Shopping Weekend
Charity Shopping Weekend to Benefit: The South Van GoGo Grannies for the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign
Phoenix Perennials
Sat
June 11
Workshop

Kool Plants for Kids | Instructor: Gary | 10-11am | $10 |

Phoenix Perennials
Sun
June 12
Workshop

Colour Without Flowers?: Create a Technicolour Container with Fantastic Foliage | Instructor: Belinda | 10am-12pm | $18 |

Phoenix Perennials
Sat-Sun
June 18-19
Special Event
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.
Phoenix Perennials
Sat
June 18
Workshop

Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Summer | Instructor: Shelley | 10am-12pm | $16 |

Phoenix Perennials
Sun
June 19
Workshop

Sizzling Succulents: Drama, Structure and Intrigue with Succulent Foliage | Instructor: Gary | 1-3pm | $16 |

Phoenix Perennials
Sat-Sun
July 2-3
Charity Shopping Weekend
Charity Shopping Weekend to Benefit: The Richmond Schoolyard Society, the Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre and the Kitsilano Community Garden
Phoenix Perennials
Fri-Sun
July 8-10
Special Event and Workshops
The Summer Sizzle
Celebrating Summer with Free Workshops and Special Prices
Phoenix Perennials
Sat
Sept 3
Workshop

Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Fall and Winter | Instructor: Shelley | 10am-12pm | $16 |

Phoenix Perennials
Sat-Sun
Sept 17-18
Charity Shopping Weekend
Charity Shopping Weekend to Benefit: The Community Arts Council of Richmond and the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA)
Phoenix Perennials
Sat
Sept 17
Workshop

Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for Containers | Instructor: Shelley | 10am-12pm | $18 |

Phoenix Perennials
Sat
Sept 24
Workshop

Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Shelley | Two workshops at 10am and 2pm | $18 |

Phoenix Perennials

Mark your calendars! Or print this off for the fridge!


1.

Special Events in May

May Maple Mania

Friday through Sunday May 6th to 8th, 2011
Featuring an incredible selection of Japanese and other maples

'Geisha Gone Wild'
'Autumn Moon'
'Purple Ghost'

Of all the plant groups I can think of amongst perennials, shrubs and trees no other group seems to me to be so poorly represented in the nursery trade when considering the incredible diversity of forms and cultivars as are the Japanese Maples. No longer need you settle for one upright red one, one upright green one, one weeping green one and one weeping red one. We guarantee you'll be wowed and amazed by the world of Japanese Maples!

For collectors here is a partial list of what we will have available. We have also ordered a mix of maples specially selected by our supplier with the instructions "send us the cool and rare ones". These are not listed here! Please note that sizes will range from 4" liners to 7 gallon pots and not all varieties will be available in all sizes.

Acer palmatum: 'Amber Ghost', 'Aoyagi gawa', 'Aratama', 'Asahi zuru', 'Beni Schichihenge', 'Chantilly Lace', 'Corallinum', 'Coral Pink', 'Fairy Hair', 'Fireglow', 'Geisha Gone Wild', 'Hana Matoi', 'Japanese Sunrise', 'Kagiri Nishiki', Kasagi Yama', 'Kasen Nishiki', 'Kinky Krinkle', 'Komon Nishiki', 'Aoyagi Gawa', 'Geisha', 'Grandma Ghost', 'Hubb's Red Willow', 'Iijima Sunago', 'Kinshi', 'Koto No Ito', 'Mikawa Yatsubusa', 'Moonfire', 'Orange Dream', 'Orangeola', 'Oridono nishiki', 'Peaches and Cream', 'Pixie', 'Pung Kil', 'Purple Ghost', 'Red Blush', 'Red Cloud', 'Red Emperor', 'Ruby Stars', 'Ruslyn in the Pink', 'Ryu Sei', 'Sagara Nishiki', 'Sharp's Pygmy', 'Sherwood Elfin', 'Shu Shidare', 'Skeeters Broom', 'Spring Delight', 'Tiger Rose', 'Tiro Shidare', 'Tsumagoki', 'Ukigumo'

Other Species: campbellii 'Exuberance', campestre 'Carnival', circinatum 'Burgundy Jewel', circinatum 'Pacific Fire', conspicuum 'Phoenix', conspicuum 'Silver Vein', pseudoplatanus 'Eskimo Sunset', shirasawanum 'Aureum', shirasawanum 'Autumn Moon', shirasawanum 'Green Snowflake', shirasawanum 'Sensu',

Free Workshop

Maples for the Garden and Containers
With Doug Justice, Maple Expert and UBC Botanical Garden Associate Director

Sunday May 8th, 1-2:30pm

FREE but book ahead at 604-270-4133.

 

Mothers' Day Free* 'Entertainer' Lily | Saturday and Sunday May 7th and 8th, 2011 | 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 'Entertainer' lily as a thank you for raising the next generation of gardeners. *With purchase over $10, while supplies last.

 

Mark your calendars!


2.

Introducing
[Drum Roll Please]

MAIL ORDER ACROSS CANADA!

At Phoenix Perennials we are embarking on a new and exciting chapter for our nursery. We will now be shipping plants across Canada. This year we offer an old-fashioned mail order list. Next year we will launch full online ordering! We need your help. Please tell all of your gardening friends across Canada and help us get the word out!

All the information you need can be found on our new Mail Order Page.

The Mail Order List: Our mail order list includes over 580 different cutting edge perennials in 2011. Order these using our form for Phoenix Perennials Mail Order 2011. Download Mail Order List (PDF).
Download Order Form PDF | Word DOC .

The Special Request Form: For plants not included in our Mail Order List, such as plants highlighted in our e-newsletter, plants found in our Plant Library, or plants that would fulfill your wildest dreams, you can fill out our Special Request Form. We will let you know if and when these plants might be available, their size and price. Download Special Request Form PDF | Word DOC .

On your mark! Get set! MAIL ORDER!


3.

Special Workshop Offer for May & June

Buy a Spot in a May or June Workshop
and Bring a Friend for Free!

CONTAINER SERIES | Living Wreaths: Plant Up a Wreath with Fantastic Succulents | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Sat May 7th, Two workshops at 10am and 2pm | $20 + $35 Wreath Frame = $55* | And you thought wreaths were only for Christmas time! Belinda will introduce you to an intriguing idea in succulent gardening – planting up a wreath with sempervivums, echeverias, sedums 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! *Includes a high quality wreath frame, moss and potting mix. The plants you select are not included.

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT MAY MAPLE MANIA | Maples for the Garden and Containers | Instructor: Doug Justice, Associate Director, UBC Botanical Garden | Sun May 8th, 1pm-2:30 | FREE but book ahead | The Japanese maples commonly available to the gardening community, while lovely, poorly represent the astounding diversity and breathtaking beauty of this most useful group of small trees. Doug is an expert on maples. At this workshop he will wax poetic about the beauty and diversity of Japanese and related maples and then get practical and talk about growing them in the garden and containers.

CONTAINER SERIES | Containers to Die For: Discover the Easy Secrets to Success with Perennial Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat May 14th, Two workshops 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 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. 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.

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Phoenix Fresh Herbs: Plant Up a Container with Great Culinary Herbs | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sun May 15th, 1-3pm | $18 | In this workshop you will be introduced to a full range of both common and unusual annual and perennial culinary herbs. You will learn how to grow them in containers and garden beds. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own herb container perfect for a sunny spot near the kitchen door! This is an excellent companion workshop to Phoenix Fresh Veggies. 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.

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Phoenix Fresh Veggies: Plant Up a Container with Unusual and Heirloom Varieties | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat May 21st, 10am-12pm | $18 | You can’t eat much more locally than your own back yard! Shelley will introduce you to tons of cool, unusual and heirloom vegetables which could include purple or pink tomatoes, rainbow-coloured greens, squash and cucumbers that grow on bushes, spinach that grows on vines, blue squash and potatoes, white pumpkins, 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. This is an excellent companion workshop to Phoenix Fresh Herbs. 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.

KIDS SERIES | Phoenix Fresh Veggies FOR KIDS!: Plant Up a Container with Fun and Funky Edibles | Instructor: Shelley | Sun May 22nd, 1-3pm | $18 for one parent and one child, $5 per additional child/parent | Parent participation required. | There is nothing like growing your own vegetables as a child to encourage healthy eating, to build a strong relationship with living things, and to experience the joys and flavours of eating locally. That line was for the parents. This is for the kids: How would you like to grow your own crazy and fun veggies in your own backyard? In this workshop we'll show you purple, pink and yellow tomatoes, rainbow-coloured greens, squash and cucumbers that grow on bushes, spinach that grows on vines, blue squash and blue potatoes, white pumpkins, peas with blue pods, white eggplants, and much more. Then you'll get to plant up your own veggie container to grow at home! 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.

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | The Buzz of Beneficials: Plant Up a Container to Attract Butterflies, Birds and Hummingbirds to your Garden | Instructor: JoAnn Turner | Sat May 28th, 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. This is a kid-friendly workshop for older children 10 and up if a parent would like to attend with their child. 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.

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | The Fragrant Garden: Planning for Year-Round Olfactory Bliss | Instructor: Belinda Cardoso | Sun May 29th, 1-3pm | $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.

June

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Architectural Plants: Add Drama, Structure and Presence in the Garden | Instructor: JoAnn Turner | Sat June 4th, 10am-12pm | $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.

 

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Grasses that Captivate: The Transformative Powers of Ornamental Grasses | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sun June 5th, 1-3pm | $18 | The popularity of ornamental grasses continues to grow as gardeners discover their many virtues. Come to this informative talk and learn what grasses can do for you and your garden. You'll get tips on using them for best effect in your garden design and in containers. As well, you'll be introduced to several cultivars you might not have seen before. Participants will then have the opportunity to plant up their own container featuring grasses and other companion plants. P lease 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.

KIDS SERIES | Kool Plants for Kids | Instructor: Gary Lewis | Sat June 11th, 10-11am | $10 | Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis has been fascinated by the world of plants since he was a little boy. In this workshop participants will be introduced to all kinds of cool plants like carnivorous plants that eat bugs, plants that smell like chocolate or peanut butter, plants that are fun to touch and feel, and plants with cool names and fun stories. Each participant will go home with a free present from Gary to start their plant collections. Parents may listen in to the workshop or browse the nursery while their kids are having all the fun!

CONTAINER SERIES | Colour Without Flowers?: Create a Technicolour Container with Fantastic Foliage | Instructor: Belinda | Sun June 12th, 10am-12pm | $18 | Never before have there been so many options for amazing foliage plants. Belinda will introduce you to a wide range of plants with great foliage that add invaluable colour to the garden. She will also talk about artfully combining foliage for maximum impact in both the garden and containers. Participants will then have the opportunity to plant up their own container with fantastic foliage plants. 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.

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Summer | Instructor: Shelley | Sat June 18th, 10am-12pm | $16 | Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for summer? 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 Fall and Winter.

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Sizzling Succulents: Drama, Structure and Intrigue with Succulent Foliage | Instructor: Gary Lewis | Sun June 19th, 1-3pm | $16 | Sit down with Gary for an introduction to the fascinating world of succulents for the garden. Gary will focus on a variety of hardy and non-hardy plants including Agave, Echeveria, Aeonium, Yucca, Dasylirion, Sempervivum and Sedum. Few plants can offer such structure, drama and intrigue as succulents in the garden.

 

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.

Each workshop requires a minimum of 10 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.


4.

Charity Shopping Weekends 2011
Early May - Canadian Parents for French (CPF) Member Schools of the Lower Mainland

Canadian Parents for French is a parent-led, non-profit organization that has worked for more than 30 years to provide French-language educational, social, cultural and sporting activities for youth. Through our local chapters, CPF provides support, information and resources for parents with children studying French, whether through an immersion, intensive or basic French programme.

Proceeds from this Charity Shopping Weekend will be donated to each participating school for programs and priorities at each school.

Late May - Richmond Animal Protection Society (RAPS)

The Richmond Animal Protection Society (RAPS) is a registered charity that operates two shelters in the City of Richmond, British Columbia. Our first shelter, on No. 6 Road in Richmond, is North America's largest cat sanctuary. At this shelter homeless and abandoned cats and kittens are rescued and cared for.
Our second shelter is the City of Richmond Animal Shelter where RAPS cares for a wider variety of animals including dogs, cats, rabbits and other small domestic animals.

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 has been 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 $8800 for local charities and institutions.

May 14th & 15th, 2011 Canadian Parents for French (CPF) Member Schools of the Lower Mainland
May 28th & 29th, 2011 The Richmond Animal Protection Society (RAPS)
June 11th & 12th, 2011 The South Van GoGo Grannies for the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign
July 2nd & 3rd, 2011 The Richmond Schoolyard Society
The Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre
The Kitsilano Community Garden Community
Sept 17th & 18th, 2011 The Arts Council of Richmond
The Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA)

 


5.

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

It's May and the following selection is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. The nursery is chock full of all kinds of wonderful things to wow and excite you.

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.
Geranium 'Bob's Blunder' -- Cranesbill -- A delighful combination of felty pewter-bronze foliage and rounded pink and white flowers that bloom prolifically all summer and beyond. Good, strong plants for this foliage colour.
Geranium pratense 'Double Jewel' -- Cranesbill -- Hot on the heels of the double flowering ‘Summer Skies’ comes ‘Double Jewel’ with star-shaped double white flowers accented with a flare of pink-purple centres. Short and compact, ‘Double Jewel’ is great at the front of the border, along pathways and especially in patio containers.
Meconopsis betonicifolia -- Himalayan Blue Poppy -- One of the holy grails of the botanical world, the Himalayan Blue Poppy. Count yourself lucky to live in one of the few places in the world with a suitable climate for growing these fabulous plants. Prefers peaty, well-drained soil that is kept evenly moist in summer and bright but indirect light.
Cypripedium formosanum -- Formosa Lady's Slipper Orchid -- This exquisite hardy lady’s slipper is endemic to high altitude regions of Taiwan and blooms in our area in mid spring. The flowers have a large pale pink pouch with white or pale pink petals and sepals spotted with darker pink or red. The rounded, light green leaves are pleated like a fan and provide much interest after the flowers have faded. This species is very easy to cultivate in an average shade garden and a good first introduction to growing hardy ground orchids.
Cypripedium Hybrids from Frosch® - Lady's Slipper Orchids - These high quality blooming size and near-blooming size hardy ground orchids make an exquisite statement in the shade and part shade garden. Despite their delicate and beguiling appearance these are strong and robust hybrids that are easy to grow in classic woodland or shade garden soils with evenly moist but well drained, rich soils. Plant them with your ferns, your hostas and your other shade plants. They will grow quickly into sizeable and impressive clumps! These hybrids come from Frosch® in Germany, an excellent and reputable specialist grower.
Cypripedium 'Dietrich' Frosch®
Cypripedium ventricosum 'Pastel' Frosch®
Cypripedium 'Victoria' Frosch®
Phoenix Fresh Veggies -- It's veggie time. We have lots of herbs, beans, lettuces, potatoes, sunchokes, cabbage, collards. The heirloom tomatos will be arriving in a couple weeks when it warms up.

The Kivistik Clematis -- Bred behind the iron curtain in Estonia, these Clematis have only recently entered western horticulture. They are super hardy to zone 3, they grow to 6 feet tall, they are great in containers or in the ground, and they have flower power -- reports from customers are that they bloom all summer, either constantly or in multiple waves of colour!

We have about 12 different cultivars in a full range of colours from whites and light pinks through lavenders, purples and hot magentas as well as bicolours!

Dwarf Conifers -- We have a great selection of dwarf conifers now in stock including the plant at left, Picea glauca 'Daisy's White' which will grow only 2 feet tall in 10 years! Dwarf conifers are excellent for year round interest in containers or in the garden.
Beesia deltophylla -- Beesia -- One of my favourite shade plants, the handsome Beesia deltophylla has 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.
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.
Phoenix Fresh Berries and Fruit -- Our berries and fruit section is chock full of delicious plants to turn your garden into an edible paradise - blueberries, raspberries, gooseberries, jostaberries, loganberries, currants, grapes, black raspberries, thornlesss blackberries, cherries, pears, apples, honeyberries (haskaps) and more! Berry bushes are one of the easiest ways to grow food in your own garden.
Osmunda regalis var. purpurascens - Purple Royal Fern - A large, stately, beautiful fern with light green foliage and purple stems. The foliage also has a purple tinge when young. Great for a shaded garden and moist to average soils. Deciduous.
Daphne odora 'Mae Jima' - February Daphne - This extra variegated version of winter daphne is an improvement on ‘Aureomarginata’ in terms of foliage. It blooms in February and March with purple 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 medfordensis 'Laurence Crocker' - Daphne - 'Lawrence Crocker' is a diminutive evergreen daphne hybrid (S. arbuscula x D. collina) which typically grows in a mound to 12 inches tall and as wide. It is a dense, slow-growing shrub which features narrow, thickly-textured, dark green, evergreen leaves and fragrant deep pink flowers which bloom from late spring into summer. From the garden of Lawrence Crocker, one of the founders of the Siskiyou Rare Plant Nursery in Medford, Oregon. Do not move after planting.
Daphne genkwa Hackenberry Group - Lilac Daphne - This deciduous daphne is a sparsley branched shrub with a somewhat peculiar growth habit. It produces long, wiry, leafless growths in summer that the next spring will be covered in clusters of delicate, long-tubed, lilac-pink flowers at every node. After flowering these branches will produce leaves for the first time. Plant in a sheltered location in sun with good drainage and rich soil. Do not move after planting.

Daphne x transatlantica 'Eternal Fragrance' - Dahne - 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.

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.

Rhododendron sinogrande - Rhododendron - This amazing rhodo can have leaves up to THREE FEET LONG. As if that weren't enough the new foliage emerges a rich shiny copper that looks just like a hand made copper pot. Really! Flowers are yellow with a crimson blotch.

The picture at right is borrowed from the internet. I have no idea who the guy is but he is very useful for scale!

Rhododendron arboreum - Rhododendron - These plants have a distinctly different, almost primeval quality. R. arboreum ssp. arboreum has red flowers (occasionally white or pink) and elliptic leaves up to seven and a half inches long. The leaves have a silvery white fuzzy indumentum on the undersides. Grows to six feet in 10 years. Blooms in early spring. From India, Nepal and Bhutan.

 

We have many other species rhododendrons all with intriguing foliage.

 

 


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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)
604-270-4133
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