Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: Mid October 2017

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

Mid October 2017

Celebrating our 14th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

We're in our last week before closing for the winter season. It's been a great year. Thank you! And it looks like the weather is going to be quite nice this week so perhaps you should do a bit more planting before the rains really set in!

We have one last nice surprise for you and that is 25% Off our Spring Bulbs. This will be our maximum discount for the season on bulbs and will run until Sunday Oct 29th. We still have many exciting species and cultivars available of rare and conventional bulbs to grace your spring and summer garden.

Our Cypripedium Lady's Slipper Orchids have arrived. You can still place an order online for pick-up or shipping. The rhizomes are very healthy this year and many have multi-eyes. Though lady's slippers can never be cheap as they take 5-7 years from seed to reach blooming size, these top quaility rhizomes are a great value.

In this issue we highlight Naked Ladies and their Amaryllid Friends, Hardy Glads and unusual Iris . If you like what you see, keep in mind that they are all on sale!

Our fall workshops are complete and now we look towards are fun seasonal workshops at the Christmas Hurrah! Join us for fun wreath workshops, container workshops and other fun and frolic on this festive weekend.

We are excited to announce a new courier service to deliver plants throughout Greater Vancouver. We are aware that sometimes it's difficult to come visit us with your busy life and with the traffic that frequently snarls our city's thoroughfares and bridges. Yet we know that you desire plants and might *need* them more frequently than you have time to visit us in person. Our new courier service is the solution for you. It is cost effective, will save you tons of time, and will connect you with more botanical beauty. Please see the details below.

Fabulous at Phoenix has made a change to autumn and you'll see highlighted all kinds of great ideas for your Sept, Oct and Nov garden. Enjoy!

See you soon at Phoenix!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

 

Spring Bulbs
25% Off!

Now until Sunday Oct 29 all bulbs are 25% Off. This will be our maximum discount for this season. Lots of cool bulbs still available.

This sale is just for on-site purchases and does not apply to mail order or pick-up orders placed through our online shopping cart.

Peruse our Bulbs Before Coming Down To Purchase

42 Lady's Slipper Orchids for October Pick-Up or Shipping

Full Details Below

WINTER WORKSHOPS!



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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Naked Ladies and Friends for the Fall Garden -- These deliciously pink amaryllids will grace your fall garden with bold displays.
2. Glad for Hardy Glads -- There's a whole group of gladiolus that don't have to be lifted in the fall and many are hardy to zone 5!
3. Rare and Cutting Edge Iris for the Spring Garden -- Discover members of the genus Iris you likely haven't seen before.
4. Rare Bulb Order -- Choose from more than 200 rare and unusual bulbs for fall planting and spring beauty.
5. Cypripedium Lady's Slipper Orchids For Canadian Gardeners -- Choose from 42 amazing hybrids and species!
6. Workshops 2017 -- Get confident. Have fun. Make life beautiful.
7. Fabulous at Phoenix -- Gary's pics of hot plants at the Phoenix Candy Store.

 


Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

The Phoenix Perennials Calendar
There's so much going on at the nursery all the time. Here's your resource to keep track. Also don't miss our Workshop Schedule.
Date
Event Description
December 1-3 The Christmas Hurrah! | Friday to Sunday December 1-3 | 10am - 3pm |

 

Spring Bulbs 25% Off!

Now until Sunday Oct 29 all bulbs are 25% off. This will be our maximum discount for this season. Lots of cool bulbs still available.

This sale is just for on-site purchases and does not apply to mail order or pick-up orders placed through our online shopping cart.

Peruse our Bulbs Before Coming Down To Purchase

 

Greater Vancouver Courier Service
Do you really want some plants but don't have time to drive to us in Richmond?
We have a new cost effective courier service to get you the plants you need.

We are excited to partner with Big Bear's Delivery Servies to help bring you the plants you need when you can't make it out to visit us in person at Phoenix. Big Bear will deliver within a geographical area from West Vancouver to Tsawwassen and out to Maple Ridge and Langley plus everything inbetween.

The costs consist of the base delivery fee outlined in the table below (click on the table to expand) plus a small charge per pot.

Pot Size Charge Per Pot
9cm, 11cm, 15cm, 1 gallon, 2 gallon $1
5 gallon, 7 gallon $5


Click on the table to expand.

Big Bear can deliver any size order that will fit into a van. Pot sizes larger than 7 gallon cannot usually not be shipped with Big Bear but please enquire. Other options are available. If a 2g pot contains a particularly tall plant it may cost the $5 per pot charge rather than the $1. Payment for delivery services are paid directly to Phoenix Perennials. Shipments are made during regular business hours Monday to Friday and can be arranged within this time period to fit your schedule. Deliveries can often be arranged for the same day if made in the morning or for the next day. We will only ship you healthy, happy plants. However, if you need to return or exchange a plant this will be the responsibility of the customer. You can use Big Bear's services or you can come in person.

 

 

For more information about Japanese beetle you can also view the CFIA information page here.

 

Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program

Our Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program is for interested gardeners who want to set up a regular schedule with us to come to the nursery and help us with plant care, propagation, weeding, watering and other nursery tasks. You can do any number of hours you like on any day. We just ask that you make it a regular schedule. In addition to our gratitude we will also give you plants!

Contact Patricia by phone (604-270-4133) or email (info at phoenixperennials.com) for more information and to start volunteering!

 

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1.

Naked Ladies and Friends for the Fall Garden

If you love pink then you're going to fall in love with the fall amaryllids. Two of the best for the autumn garden are naked ladies and guernsey lilies which are beautiful and can add a year tropical flare to the fall garden.

The naked ladies are a true Amaryllis with the species name belladonna that hail from southern Africa. What we call amaryllis and grow indoors in winter are actually Hippeastrum which come from South America. Amaryllis belladonna is in leaf in spring and summer but this foliage goes dormant by fall. Then the leafless bulbs send up naked stems topped with glowing pink, tubular flowers that look quite similar to its better-known Spanish-speaking cousins.

The Guernsey lily is Nerine bowdenii which is a smaller plant with thick,strap-like leaves that came remain on the plant or be dormant at the time of flowering. The spidery flowers with ruffled petals bloom in September and October in shades of pink.

A group of interesting intergeneric hybrids have recently been created by crossing these two species. The xAmarine are intermediate between their two parents with spidery flowers that are larger than Nerine atop extremely large bulbs similar to Amaryllis belladonna. These hybrids should also bloom in the fall. We're hoping to see some of them bloom this fall for the first time at Phoenix.

Amaryllis belladonna - Naked Ladies - Naked ladies emerge in late summer and fall with leafless reddish purple stems 2-3 feet high topped with 6-12 fragrant, glowing pink, trumpet-shaped flowers up to 3-4 inches long and wide. Foliage is produced in fall, winter, or early spring going dormant by summer. Loves dry, hot summers. Amaryllis belladonna is a true Amaryllis, the others grown during the holiday season being Hippeastrum. Nerine bowdenii - Guernsey Lily - Nerine bowdenii is a South African bulb that is a welcome sight in the fall as the skies become overcast and the rain begins to fall. At this time the flowering stalks of Guernsey lily rise from the strap-like foliage and open into gorgeous spidery amaryllis-like flowers in a shade of improbable candy pink! Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.
Amarine tubergenii Belladiva 'Anastasia' - xAmarine tubergrenii is an intergeneric cross between Amaryllis belladonna and Nerine bowdenii. The flowers look like a Nerine but are larger with broader petals and held on taller stems to about 2.5 feet. They are hardy in coastal BC and bloom in the fall. In colder climates they make good pot specimens. Bring in as a houseplant in winter. The Belladiva series includes a full range of cultivars in varying shades of pink. 'Anastasia' has deep glowing pink flowers. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. Amarine tubergenii Belladiva 'Aphrodite' - xAmarine tubergrenii is an intergeneric cross between Amaryllis belladonna and Nerine bowdenii. The flowers look like a Nerine but are larger with broader petals and held on taller stems to about 2.5 feet. They are hardy in coastal BC and bloom in the fall. In colder climates they make good pot specimens. Bring in as a houseplant in winter. The Belladiva series includes a full range of cultivars in varying shades of pink. 'Aphrodite' has rose pink flowers. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.
Amarine tubergenii Belladiva 'Emanuelle' - xAmarine tubergrenii is an intergeneric cross between Amaryllis belladonna and Nerine bowdenii. The flowers look like a Nerine but are larger with broader petals and held on taller stems to about 2.5 feet. They are hardy in coastal BC and bloom in the fall. In colder climates they make good pot specimens. Bring in as a houseplant in winter. The Belladiva series includes a full range of cultivars in varying shades of pink. 'Emanuelle' has light pink flowers. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. Amarine tubergenii Belladiva 'Smilla' - xAmarine tubergrenii is an intergeneric cross between Amaryllis belladonna and Nerine bowdenii. The flowers look like a Nerine but are larger with broader petals and held on taller stems to about 2.5 feet. They are hardy in coastal BC and bloom in the fall. In colder climates they make good pot specimens. Bring in as a houseplant in winter. The Belladiva series includes a full range of cultivars in varying shades of pink. 'Smilla' has mid pink flowers. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

These Amaryllids are available now for pre-ordering for pick-up or shipping in late Sept/early October.

 


2.

Glad for Hardy Glads

The wonderful thing about the world of plants is that there are always surprises. Though begonias and impatiens are mostly annuals, gardeners are surprised and delighted to discover that there are hardy versions, namely Begonia grandis and Impatiens omieana.

The same holds true for the Gladiolus. While most of the cultivars we are familiar with from this genus need to be lifted in the fall and stored in a cool, dry place, there are a variety of species, hybrids, and cultivars that are quite hardy, even down to zone 5 which makes hardy glads growable by a large number of Canadian gardeners. All they ask is that they be planted in a full sun location in a raised bed with free-draining somewhat thinner soils. They will then reward you with years of beautiful orchid-like flowers in summer bulking up over time to form sizeable and spectacular displays.

We are excited to offer a number of unique, rare and cutting edge cultivars and species of hardy glads for your gardening pleasure. And if you don't order them or come get them soon, Gary is going to take home all of the Gladiolus 'Atom' for himself!

Gladiolus nanus 'Halley' - Gladiolus nanus is a smaller, hardy gladiola native to Africa. 'Halley' has ivory florets with creamy centres. They have the benefit of a very long bloom period, taking little space to grow, such that they combine well with other plants, and make excellent cut flowers. Bulbs require good drainage. Leave the foliage to nourish the bulb after cutting back the flower stalk and mulch in winter. Zones 5-10. Gladiolus nanus 'Nymph' - Gladiolus nanus is a smaller, hardy gladiola native to Africa. 'Nymph' has orchid-like, white florets with pretty, hot pink markings on the lower petals. They have the benefit of a long bloom period, taking little space to grow such that they combine well with other plants, and make excellent cut flowers. Bulbs require good drainage. Leave the foliage to nourish the bulb after cutting back the flower stalk and mulch in winter. Zones 5-10.
Gladiolus italicus - Gladiolus italicus is a smaller, hardy wildflower native to Europe and North Africa. It's delicate magenta flowers, arching away from the stems, make it an antidote to heavy, cultivated gladiolus and an excellent choice for bright spring colour. It is easygoing and naturalizes well. Gladiolus take little space to grow, so they combine well with other sun loving plants. Bulbs require good drainage. Leave the foliage to nourish the bulb after the flower stalk is spent and mulch in winter. Zones 5-9. Gladiolus primulinus 'Atom' - Gladiolus primulinus 'Atom' is a 1946 hybrid with graceful, scarlet flowers with a white picotee edge. Hardy gladiola are an old garden favourite, offering contemporary gardens ease of care and interest for collectors of increasingly scarce heirloom varieties. Taking little space to grow, they combine well with other plants and make excellent cut flowers. Bulbs require good drainage. Leave the foliage to nourish the bulb after cutting back the flower stalk and mulch in winter. Zones 5-10.
Gladiolus recurvus hybrid 'Robinetta' - Gladiolus 'Robinetta'' is a 1958 hybrid notable for its blousy, magenta flowers streaked with white. Hardy gladiola are an old garden favourite offering contemporary gardens ease of care and interest for collectors of increasingly scarce heirloom varieties. Taking little space to grow, they combine well with other plants and make excellent cut flowers. Bulbs require good drainage. Leave the foliage to nourish the bulb after cutting back the flower stalk and mulch in winter. Zones 7-10, possibly hardy to zone 6b.

These Gladiolus are available now for pick-up or shipping.


3.

Rare and Cutting Edge Iris for the Spring Garden

We are excited to offer a number of unique, rare and cutting edge cultivars and species of Iris that can grace your early spring to mid spring gardens with singular beauty, colour and detail. The genus Iris is a large and diverse group with many subgenera and sections. Our Iris come from a variety of these subgenera and sections.


Iris 'Dardanus' is a Regelio-Cyclus species.

Iris 'Dardanus' comes from subgenus Iris which consists of bearded, rhizomatous irises. 'Dardanus' is a hybrid between Iris iberica from section Onocyclus and Iris korolkowii 'Concolor' from section Regelia. This hybrid is called a Regelio-cyclus Iris. It is a stunning plant with large flowers in shades of white and lavender with intricate, dark purple and burgundy-purple veins with a flush of burgundy-purple on the falls.

Iris (Regelio-cyclus) 'Dardanus' - 'Dardanus' is an exquisite Iris with lilac-purple standards and paler falls all etched with burgundy-purple veins. This Regelio-cyclus hybrid is a cross between species of the Regelia and Onocyclus sections of the genus Iris. Must have good drainage and full sun preferring dry, baking summers and to be either dry (in coastal BC) or frozen (elsewhere) during the winter.

 

The Juno irises are found in the subgenus and section Scorpiris (formerly Juno). They are smooth-bulbed bulbous irises that bloom in early to mid spring or mid to late spring. They are found naturally in central Asia across many of the countries ending in "stan". They have vertical stems with clasping leaves and extremely beautiful flowers often held in clusters. They appreciate hot, dry spots with excellent drainage. Here are the three cultivars we are offering this year:

Iris bucharica - Iris bucharica is a unique species of Juno iris with glossy, clasping, lance-shaped leaves and beautiful bicoloured flowers with creamy white standards and yellow falls. Each stem produces up to seven fragrant flowers in spring. One of the easiest Juno irises to grow in a sunny, well-drained border. Good drainage is important. Iris cycloglossa - Iris cycloglossa is a rare species of Juno iris from Afghanistan with very large, flouncy, clove-scented, rich blue-violet flowers with white and yellow detailing that somewhat resemble Dutch Iris. The leaves are grey-green and glossy with a thin white margin. Each stem produces up to three flowers in June, later than most other Junos. One of the easiest Juno irises to grow in a sunny, well-drained border though this species is tolerant of winter and spring moisture.
Iris graeberiana - Iris graeberiana is a unique species of Juno iris with glossy, clasping, lance-shaped leaves with a thin white edge and greyish undersides. The beautiful flowers are blue, pale blue and white sometimes with shades of mauve or violet. The falls have a wavy crest and boldly detailed veining. Each stem produces 4-6 fragrant flowers in late spring. One of the easiest Juno irises to grow in a sunny, well-drained border. Good drainage is important.

 

The subgenus and section Hermodactyloides brings us Iris histrioides and I. reticulata. These irises are reticulate-bulbed bulbous irises meaning that they have a netted sheath around each bulb. They are early-blooming Iris that start their show in February and March. They appreciate full sun and good drainage in a sunny position. They look fantastic in pots or at the front of a sunny border growing up through low groundcovers.

Iris histrioides 'Lady Beatrix Stanley' - A special lustrous, royal blue form of this easy-to-grow, fragrant Turkish species, Iris histrioides 'Lady Beatrix Stanley' will add incredible richness of colour to your February and March garden. Use at the front of the border or in rock or gravel gardens or other areas with good drainage. Iris reticulata 'Alida' - 'Alida' is a beautiful form of the fragrant Iris reticulata that is a study in all shades of blue from palest sky blue to glowing royal blue plus every shade in between. Resistance is futile if you love blue. These hardy dwarf iris prefer full sun in a position that is well-drained. They will go dormant by summer so plant them where they can grow up through perennial groundcovers.
Iris reticulata 'Halkis' - 'Halkis' is a special colour form of the fragrant Iris reticulata with mid blue petals tipped with purple as if each fall had been dipped in pink and then speckled with dark purple blue, yellow and white. These hardy dwarf iris prefer full sun in a position that is well-drained. They will go dormant by summer so plant them where they can grow up through perennial groundcovers. Iris reticulata 'Pauline' - 'Pauline' is a beautiful form of the fragrant Iris reticulata that is a rich royal purple with the tips of the falls dipped in purple-black and lit with yellow. These hardy dwarf iris prefer full sun in a position that is well-drained. They will go dormant by summer so plant them where they can grow up through perennial groundcovers.

 

For the second year we are very pleased to offer new and spectacular hybrids from Canada's own Alan McMurtrie from Toronto. For many years he has patiently made thousands of crosses to create new forms never before seen from Iris reticulata. His bulbs are now being grown en masse in the Netherlands and supplied to the world.

Iris reticulata histrioides 'Eye Catcher' - 'Eye Catcher' has dramatic white, deep cobalt blue and yellow flowers with blue speckling. It is the work of Alan McMurtrie, a Toronto breeder, who is creating colourful and striking new forms of Iris reticulata, a species that is sweetly fragrant with large flowers in relation to the size of the plant. These hardy dwarf Iris prefer full sun in a position that is well-drained. They will go dormant by summer so plant them where they can grow up through perennial groundcovers. Iris reticulata 'Sea Breeze' - 'Sea Breeze' has dramatic white, royal blue and yellow flowers with blue speckling. It is the work of Alan McMurtrie, a Toronto breeder, who is creating colourful and striking new forms of Iris reticulata, a species that is sweetly fragrant with large flowers in relation to the size of the plant. These hardy dwarf Iris prefer full sun in a position that is well-drained. They will go dormant by summer so plant them where they can grow up through perennial groundcovers.
Iris reticulata 'Spot On' - 'Spot On' has dramatic royal purple flowers with white highlighted falls dipped in purple-black. It is the work of Alan McMurtrie, a Toronto breeder, who is creating colourful and striking new forms of Iris reticulata, a species that is sweetly fragrant with large flowers in relation to the size of the plant. These hardy dwarf Iris prefer full sun in a position that is well-drained. They will go dormant by summer so plant them where they can grow up through perennial groundcovers.

These Iris are available now for pre-ordering for pick-up or shipping in late Sept/early October.

 


4.

Rare Spring Bulbs
Choose from over 200 Different Rare Bulbs to Make Your Garden Extraordinary

Spring Bulbs
25% Off!

Now until Sunday Oct 29 all bulbs are 25% Off. This will be our maximum discount for this season. Lots of cool bulbs still available.

This sale is just for on-site purchases and does not apply to mail order or pick-up orders placed through our online shopping cart.

Peruse our Bulbs Before Coming Down To Purchase

Bulbs represent an extraordinary opportunity to layer in extra colour, dynamism, and drama into your perennial borders and containers. They come in a diverse range of colours, shapes, and sizes and there is a bulb for nearly every garden situation. Bulbs are also very easy to care for. Just dig a hole and drop them in. You're done! Now prepare for years of beauty and colour.

We are very excited to offer over 200 different rare bulbs this fall up from 135 last year. There are many new treasures to be discovered!

Our rare bulbs are now in stock and we have begun pick-ups and shipping. We still have a great selection available. Visit the Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Site to see our full selection of over 200 rare bulbs. Mail order customers should place their orders through our mail order system. Local customers should come down to the nursery to select their bulbs in person. If you would like to pick up your bulbs but can't get to us right away you can also place a pick-up order through our mail order site.

 


5.

Just Arrived!
Cypripedium Lady's Slipper Orchids
42 Different Hardy Orchids for Canadian Gardens

Note: Our lady's slippers have just arrived. Pre-orders have been shipped out or people have now been contacted to pick up. We have lots left that we are about to pot up. You can still order them online for pick-up or shipping through the month of October.

We are excited to offer our largest selection ever of hardy lady's slipper orchids for Canadian gardens. These majority of our offerings are Cypripedium hybrids which possess hybrid vigour -- they have inherited the best traits of both parents -- and are much easier to grow than species orchids, have beautiful flowers in amazing colours, and clump up very quickly into amazing displays in the part shade garden. They come into bloom from late April through June offering an exquisite show in the garden.

This year we have added a selection of some of the best and most interesting Cypripedium species. Once you've gotten some practice growing the hybrids these plants are a wonderful way to continue your love affair with lady's slipper orchids. They should be relatively easy to grow provided good conditions.

Most of our hybrid Cypripedium are "officially" hardy to zone 4 while some are hardy to zone 3 and even zone 2! Even the zone 4 plants may be hardy in protected spots in zone 3 with mulch and good snow cover. Indeed, we have customers in Alberta and Saskatchewan who are growing these Cypripedium outdoors with great success.

We are currently offering 42 different lady's slipper orchids for shipping to our mail order customers and for pick-up at Phoenix by our local customers in mid October 2017. All are top quality, blooming size, many with multiple eyes, and should flower in the spring.

We will be providing the Cypripedium to you bare root. Fall is the best time to receive, plant and establish lady's slipper orchids. All you need to do is plant them directly into a well-drained location in part shade or morning sun. A winter mulch of fallen leaves or conifer boughs or needles can be helpful in the first winter. We'll provide you with detailed instructions when you receive your plants.

For mail order customers, October is the only time of year we ship Cypripedium lady's slipper orchids so please take advantage.

For our local customers, though we do offer Cyps in growth in spring on site at Phoenix, buying and planting them in fall ensures our local customers the widest possible selection and potentially greater and quicker success in establishment. They arrive bare root and super fresh. Planting them directly into the garden in fall is the best way to establish them even for local customers. Mulch with a pile of leaves after fall planting.

Ordering: Visit Phoenix Perennials Mail Order for full details. Mail order and local customers should both place your orders through our mail order system. When checking out, local customers should select the pick-up option. Mail order customers should select their preferred shipping method.

 


6.

Workshops and Seminars 2017

Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful.

Welcome to our 2017 workshops and one of the most exciting line-ups we've ever offered! We will be offering one of the largest workshop schedules in our region with 39 different workshops and seminars including our FREE Gardening 101 Series designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners plus lots of exciting hands on projects. Join us to fill in your knowledge and create beautiful things.

 

Online Registration: We use online registration so you can book workshops 24 hours a day seven days a week. Registration is through two of the most trusted names on the internet: Constant Contact and Paypal. Both use secure servers so you can feel safe paying online. You do not need a PayPal account to pay. They will simply process your Visa or MC on our behalf. If you wish to register by other methods please call the nursery at 604-270-4133 or visit us in person.
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Our workshops are grouped thematically into series to keep them organized and help you make your selections.

GARDENING 101 SERIES - Our FREE series is designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners with a wide range of topics to develop your gardening knowledge and build your confidence in the garden.
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES- This series focuses on all the amazing things you can grow in and eat from your garden.
CONTAINER SERIES
- We've got the hottest container ideas for you with workshops that will help you achieve cool installations to grace your patio and garden.

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions
Instructor Biographies
Booking Workshops

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions

Winter Workshops

December

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Centerpiece Workshop | Kate | Fri Dec 1, 1-3pm | $75 (Includes hellebore.) | Here's another way to bring a hellebore inside for Christmas cheer - as a centrepiece for your Christmas table. You'll create a beautiful ring of winter foliage centred with a beautiful hellebore that you can plant in your garden in winter or spring. You can also use this centrepiece as a decoration for an outdoor table where it will bloom for months, often well into April!

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

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 2, 10am-12pm | $60 | Decorate your home for the holiday season with your very own Christmas Rose wreath! Kate will teach you how to design and build a festive, florist-quality wreath with unique greenery and dried pods and cones. She will then teach you to incorporate Christmas roses into your wreath keeping it colourful & dynamic!

Our popular wreath-making workshop is a great chance to spend quality time with friends and family while accomplishing a great project to lift your spirits through the short days of winter.

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

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Bird's Nest Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 2, 1-3pm | $75 (Includes hellebore.) | This class for advanced wreath-makers or ambitious beginners takes what we normally do in the our original wreath making workshop and builds on it with more creativity including nesting a potted hellebore within your wreath that looks like an adorable birds nest with white birds (hellebore flowers) peaking out.

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

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Picture Frame Wreaths | Kate | Sun Dec 3, 10am-12pm | $60 (Includes frame. All frames will be different and may not resemble the one pictured.) | Christmas time is about memories. Picture frames are about holding and celebrating memories. We'll combine this idea of the picture frame with the techniques of wreath making to make a beautiful and unique Christmas decoration for your garden or home for the holiday season. |

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop | Kate | Sun Dec 3, 1-3pm | $20 | 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. Kate will lead you in the design, planting and final decoration of your planter with winter twigs and greens.

 

 

Online Registration: We use online registration so you can book workshops 24 hours a day seven days a week. Registration is through two of the most trusted names on the internet: Constant Contact and Paypal. Both use secure servers so you can feel safe paying online. You do not need a PayPal account to pay. They will simply process your Visa or MC on our behalf. If you wish to register by other methods please call the nursery at 604-270-4133 or visit us in person.
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Instructor Biographies

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Booking Workshops

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7.

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

We have tons of amazing plants ready for fall planting!

Sempervivum Chick Charms 'Gold Nugget' - Hen and Chicks - 'Gold Nugget' is the most stunning hen and chicks. It forms dramatic rosettes that are brilliant gold with red picotee edges from January to May turning to a bright Granny Smith apple green in summer then intense red in fall and then back to gold. The dangerously collectible Chick Charms series offers the boldest coloured and best-growing Sempervivum available. Eupatorium fortunei 'Pink Frost' - Joe-Pye Weed - Eupatorium 'Pink Frost' has beautiful serrated foliage with creamy edges on stems to four feet and topped with clusters of lavender-pink flowers in fall. The variegated foliage makes this late season bloomer a three season star for the garden through spring, summer and fall. Attracts butterflies.
Echeveria 'Dick's Pink' - Mexican Hen and Chicks - 'Dick's Pink' forms a solitary rosette of large, rippled, bluish to purple-grey leaves that have attractively contrasting red to pink, frilled leaf margins. The leaf colour changes through the season and is more purple in winter and more blue when in active growth in spring and summer. Stout flower stalks rise above the foliage bearing large light red flowers. Agastache cana Sonoran Sunset - Hummingbird Mint - A compact cultivar of Agastache cana, Sonoran Sunset forms short, full, stocky plants to 16 inches tall and wide boasting masses of raspberry purple flowers over a long period from mid June through September. Not only does the foliage smell of mint but the flowers smell like chewing gum. Also called mosquito plant in its native range where rubbing the leaves on the skin reportedly repels mosquitoes. Grow this hummingbird mint in hot, dry sunny spots with thin, rocky soils. Perfect for rock gardens, along driveways and sidewalks, and in other marginal spots where you never get around to spreading compost.
Eucomis 'Tugela Jade' - Pineapple Lily - Eucomis 'Tugela Jade' is a stately pineapple lily with glowing green foliage and tall spikes of white flowers that look like pineapples. The flowers smell pleasingly like coconut sunscreen. Very easy to grow and perfeclty hardy even to zone 6 with a good mulch. Full sun for best foliage colour. Grow in containers or the ground. Eucomis 'Tugela Jewel' - Pineapple Lily -Eucomis 'Tugela Jewel' is a stately pineapple lily with foliage emerging with a burgundy flush and slowly changing to green. The stunning inflorescences emerge on purple stems with purple buds opening to pale pink flowers that age to reddish-purple. Stunning! Very easy to grow and perfeclty hardy even to zone 6 with a good mulch. Full sun for best foliage colour and stature. Grow in containers or the ground.
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Arp' - Rosemary - Rosmarinus ‘Arp’ has a strong, upright habit with fragrant, grey-green to bluish green foliage. It is best known for having especially excellent winter hardiness in comparison to other cultivars of rosemary. The best flavour and plant longevity will be in hot dry spots with poor soil. Lagerstroemia Barista 'Spiced Plum' - Crape Myrtle - Lagerstoemia Barista 'Spiced Plum, is a dense, small shrub with semi-glossy deep green foliage and late season raspberry purple flowers. the dark red stem also hold deep green leaves with heavy olive highlights. Lagerstroemia are classic shrubs and trees of the US southeast. The Barista Collection of crape myrtles are hardy cultivars to zone 6. Where they have been tested in Michigan they die back to the ground in winter and bloom on new wood in late summer. On the west coast they will not die back but they will need to be planted in a hot spot to bring them into flower.
Begonia grandis ssp. evansiana - Hardy Begonia - Begonia grandis is a beautiful hardy begonia with light green, nicely textured foliage with dramatically red-veined reverses. In fall it is topped with bright candy pink flowers which last almost until frost. A great plant in combination with ferns and hostas and for colour in the fall shade garden. Begonia grandis 'Heron's Pirouette' - Hardy Begonia - This beautiful hardy begonia has light green, nicely textured foliage with green reverses. In late summer through the fall it is topped with masses of bright candy pink flowers which last almost until frost. 'Heron's Pirouette' is a Dan Hinkley collection from Heronswood with larger flower clusters than the species on tall plants. A great plant in combination with ferns and hostas and for colour in the fall shade garden.
Aralia cordata 'Sun King' - Golden Japanese Spikenard - Aralia 'Sun King' is a striking tropical-looking yet extremely hardy perennial with large and lush compound leaves held on red stems. In shadier conditions the foliage will be pale green. In sun choose a location with good moisture. Tiny white flowers appear in summer and produce black berries in fall. Deer resistant. Ficus 'Petite Negra' - Fig - 'Petite Nigra' is a super dwarf fig tree that happily produces in small containers. The leaves have a unique growth habit. The fruit appears early, it is dark purple, and is medium in size. This is the perfect fig to grow outdoors in warmer zones or to use as a winter houseplant and summer outdoor patio plant in colder zones. Let's grow figs right across Canada!

Calamagrostis brachytricha - Korean Feather Reed Grass - Calamagrostis brachytricha is a superlative, yet lesser known, clump forming grass with bright green leaves reaching about two feet tall. In late summer it shines with thick plumes of silver-pink on stems to three to four feet tall. The plumes fade to cream and then, along with the foliage, to straw colour, both remaining attractive through winter. A graceful addition for full sun down to, surprisingly, part shade!

Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Miss' - Miaden Grass - 'Little Miss' is a striking dwarf maiden grass with broad foliage striped with white midribs that grows to only 3 feet tall. In fall it takes on rich colours of burgundy and red which are much more pronounced than 'Purpurascens' and is topped by creamy pink flowers. Miscanthus are one of the best grasses for year-round beauty: new green shoots in the spring become tall linear leaves that form an elegant clump by midsummer. Attractive flowers emerge in fall. In winter the leaves turn straw colour.

Hakonechloa macra Sunflare - Japanese Forest Grass - Hakonechloa SunFlare is a sport of 'All Gold'. SunFlare has the same bright chartreuse foliage in shaded sites or golden foliage in sunnier sites as 'All Gold' but is said to develop tints of red throughout the foliage earlier in the season. The various cultivars of Japanese forest grass are among the best of all grasses and perhaps one of the most beautiful shade foliage plants that you can grow. Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Red Head' - Fountain Grass - Pennisetum 'Red Head' is a big and bold fountain grass beginning its smoky purple flower display in mid summer, earlier than other cultivars. The extra large plumes measure up to 10 inches long and three inches wide, have tones of smoky pink and purple, and are produced in quantity arching out from the broad, green, graceful mound of foliage. Leaves turn gold and orange in the fall then to join the flowers in buff tones for good winter interest.
Viola pedata var. lineariloba - Bird's-Foot Violet - Viola pedata var. lineariloba (bird's-foot violet) is a lovely little violet with very cool, dissected foliage that looks like... (wait for it)... a bird's foot. The flowers are usually light violet-blue or pink held on dark stems. Our plants are violet-blue and bloom twice a year with profuse shows over a good long period in spring and again in late summer/fall. This species prefers drier soil conditions in full sun to part shade. Avoid rich, organic soils and excess moisture. Native to much of the eastern US plus Ontario. Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Henry Eilers' - Sweet Coneflower - Basal leaves appear in early spring and flowering stalks begin their ascent in June, reaching five to six feet and full flower by August, often staying in bloom into September. 'Henry Eilers' has finely quilled flowers of true yellow, not gold, and is stunning in a mass planting. The leaves of Rudbeckia subtomentosa are sweetly scented with a subtle vanilla fragrance. Great cut flower with its unique appearance, sturdy straight stems and long vase life. Named after the man who discovered it.
Rubus BrazelBerry 'Baby Cakes' - Blackberry - 'Baby Cakes' from the BrazelBerry line is a dwarf, thornless blackberry producing large, delicious berries in midsummer and, in cool summer regions like the west coast, again in fall. Plants have a rounded growth habit reaching 3-4 feet tall and wide. They will grow perfectly in a large container or are the right scale for planting in small space gardens. Plants ripen fruit gradually over a long period with both ripe black and unripe red fruits on the plant at the same time creating an ornamental display. Pure white flowers are borne in spring. Veltheimia bracteata 'Lemon Flame' - Forest Lily - Forest lily is a South African bulb perfect as a pot specimen and easy houseplant. 'Lemon Flame' has mid to deep green, shiny and wavy foliage that is topped with naked stems rising into torches of greenish yellow tubular flowers. The foliage can be evergreen or summer dormant. Blooming takes place in fall and winter gracing your indoor windowsill or kitchen table.
Anemone japonica Fantasy 'Pocahontas' - Japanese Anemone - 'Pocahontas' is a compact-growing anemone, this variety has beautiful rose pink double flowers with yellow stamens, and blooms abundantly. Anemone japonica 'Pretty Lady Susan' - Japanese Anemone - The Pretty Lady series of anemone features compact habits growing to only 15 inches tall and long-blooming. 'Susan' has single dark-pink flowers over two inches (five cm) wide. Use at the front of the border or in containers. These long-lived garden plants are great for mixing with other fall-blooming perennials. Prefers average to evenly moist soils and will not tolerate long periods of dryness.
Anemone Wild Swan - Hybrid Anemone - A spectacular yet elegant hybrid, Anemone Wild Swan has nodding purple buds opening to large white flowers with light purple reverses. Flowers over an extended period from late spring into fall. Deep green mounds of foliage. A hybrid bred in Scotland and trialled for 10 years before release involving A. rupicola and up to 4-5 other parents! Winner of the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year Award. Does not spread. Helianthus salicifolius 'First Light' - Willowleaf Sunflower - Tall stems with narrow, fuzzy, linear leaves create an amazing textural effect in the middle or back of the border. The rising stems look like elongated fireworks shooting into the sky. In summer the plants are topped with an explosion of golden yellow daisy flowers. This is cultivar is more floriferous and shorter in height making it more manageable than this species from the south central US. Deer resistant.
Woodwardia unigemmata - Jeweled Chain Fern - Woodwardia unigemmata produces long, red fronds with a lustrous, metallic sheen that slowly turn to green with age. The large fronds are naturally arching and can cover a lot of ground with plants growing to at least 6 feet wide. Small baby ferns are produced at the leaf tips. Still experimental on the west coast though apparently hardy to Zone 8. Plant in a protected location and provide a winter mulch to be safe. Adiantum hispidulum - Rosy Australian Maidenhair Fern - Adiantum hispidulum is a distinctive maidenhair fern grows into a small, upright clump to about 17" high. The young fronds are rose-coloured contrasting with the dark green or green-bronze colours of the leathery mature foliage. It performs best in soils with high organic matter and plenty of moisture but will tolerate dry situations. Use among traditional woodland perennials beneath shade trees and in containers.

 


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