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E-Newsletter: October 2017

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

October 2017

Celebrating our 14th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

We are so lucky to be experiencing a beautiful, sunny, and warm October. This is perfect weather for garden renovations and planting of bulbs, perennials, trees, and shrubs. Take advantage! The rains will be here soon enough!

You can also take advantage of our Fantastic Fall Sale which begins tomorrow with 30% off and culminates two weekends from now with 2 for 1 on the whole nursery. You don't want to miss that. Details are below!

Bulb season is well underway at Phoenix Perennials. Though we are selling out of bulbs, we still have many unusual, rare, and beautiful options available. Don't miss coming down to have a look and take some treasures home with you. These bulbs are also still available for shipping across Canada.

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 Spring Ephemerals and Fritillaria and discuss their uses in the garden as well as introduce you to the cultivars available now at Phoenix. We also publish one more time (just to make sure you've read it) our seasonal article on Fall Renovations which outlines the benefits and opportunities of fall planting.

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

 

 

200+ Rare Bulbs for Fall Planting & Spring Beauty Available now at the nursery or place an order for shipping!

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

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. The Genius of Spring Ephemerals -- Add layers of spring colour to your existing garden without sacrificing any of your current plants. You can do it with spring ephemerals.
2. Funny Fritillaria -- These oddball bulbs create intrigue, drama, and sometimes quiet beautiful moments too.
3. Renovate Your Garden: Fall is the Best Time to Plant -- Learn why fall could be considered better than spring for garden renovation and new plantings.
4. Rare Bulb Pre-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.
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Event Description
December 1-3 The Christmas Hurrah! | Friday to Sunday December 1-3 | 10am - 3pm |

 

The Fantastic Fall Sale

30% Off Everything*
Friday to Thursday October 6th-12th

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Friday to Sunday October 13th-15th

Mark your Calendars! Oh Wait! Here's One Now!

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Phoenix Perennials will close for the season on Sun Oct 29th. We will reopen for one special weekend Dec 1st to 3rd for our Christmas Hurrah! and then for the 2018 season on February 23rd.

*Some Fine Print

The 30% and 2 for 1 sales are on all plants including Perennials, Trees, Shrubs, Vines, Groundcovers, Houseplants, Edibles, Succulents plus Pots, Hard Goods, Fertilizers, Garden Art, and Soil.

Spring bulbs, new Cypripedium rhizomes and Pilea peperomioides remain at regular price through October. Some other small exceptions may apply.

2 for 1 Sale: Buy 1 item at regular price and receive the next item of equal or lesser value for FREE. You can mix and match different items. If you do not wish to take a second item, the first item will be 30% off. No exceptions.

These sales cannot be combined with other offers, deals, vouchers or discounts including our Frequent Flyer Cards and social shopping vouchers. Remember that Like It, Buy It certificates are good only on regular priced merchandise and cannot be used to buy sale merchandise.

The Fantastic Fall Sale is not available for mail order purchases since the adminstration and packing of orders is too time consuming and costly to allow for shipping discounted plants.

 

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


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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.

 

Phoenix Perennials Fall Mail Order
Exciting Perennials, Rare Bulbs, & Lady's Slipper Orchids

We are pleased to offer a fall selection of 430 exciting perennials, 200+ rare bulbs, and 42 different hardy Cypripedium lady's slipper orchids to Canadian gardeners.

Help Us Get the Word Out: We need your help to get the word out across this great (and very large) country of ours. Please forward this email to all your friends and family across the country to let them know that cool garden plants are just a few clicks away!


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.

The Genius of Spring Ephemerals
Used strategically, Corydalis, Erythronium, Reticulate Iris and others can double your garden colour.

Spring ephemerals are species of plants that have evolved to take advantage of the conditions of spring which include warming temperatures, ample water, good nutrients, and good light since deciduous shrubs, trees and other perennials have not yet emerged. These ephemerals emerge from the ground in late winter or early spring, bloom beautifully over the course of a number of weeks, remain in green growth for a short time to produce theirs seeds, and then go completely dormant by late spring summer.


This beautiful mass of early spring white fawn lily will go completely dormant by late spring or early summer but the show will continue with the three green-leaved Heuchera or Tiarella you can see in this image as well as with other perennials planted nearby.

There are many spring ephemerals. In this article we'll talk about Corydalis, Erythronium and Iris reticulata but you could also use snowdrops, Crocus, Fritillaria, Trilium, Cardamine, grape hyacinths, Anemone nemorosa, Ranunculus ficaria, Spanish bluebells, Cyclamen, and more.


This early spring scene at Kew Gardens would be nothing but bare soil if not for the masses of white Anemone nemorosa and pink and purple Corydalis solida which are spreading into enchanting wafts in this bed. The other perennials which are just starting to emerge or haven't emerged yet will continue the show through spring and summer. Do you have areas of barren soil through winter and early spring that you'd much prefer have some colour and beauty?

You might be thinking that these plants sound intriguing and beautiful but are left wondering how you might use them in your garden beds. Afterall, they come and go and once they're gone you won't see them again until the next spring. This could leave holes in the garden where there is no colour.


At Kew Gardens in early spring this area is filled with beautiful wafts of spring ephemerals including Erythronium, Anemone, Corydalis, Fritillaria, Crocus, and early spring bulbs. You can see the wafts of colour as well as the later perennials begin to emerge. A garden that rises to the next level of beauty and sophistication will use the layered seasonal colours of spring ephemerals to this kind of impressive effect.

In actual fact the life cycle of spring ephemerals is extremely useful for layering in extra colour into existing shrub and perennial borders as well as adding more colour in early spring when the garden is barely waking up. No need to make space for spring ephemerals, just plant them in the spaces that already exist in your garden. Here are some strategies to integrate spring ephemerals and layer in extra colour where you thought you couldn't add any more

  1. Underplant all your groundcovers with spring ephemerals.
  2. Underplant areas under deciduous trees and shrubs that are too dark in the summer to grow plants. You can at least grow spring ephemerals since they will do their thing before the overhead leaves come out.
  3. Surround all your hellebores, Hosta, ferns, and other shade plants with spring ephemerals. Spring ephemerals will overlap in bloom with hellebores and give you colour in the shade when your other perennials are only just thinking about emerging.
  4. Plant spring ephemerals between perennials in your sunny borders or at the back of the border where they will provide colour before your sun perennials emerge.
  5. Insert spring ephemerals into your long term planted pots and containers where they can give extra early spring colour.

We hope you'll try some of these strategies with spring ephemerals. These ideas are a surefire way to get extra colour, interest, and beauty into your early spring garden. Here are some enchanting spring ephemerals available now for pre-ordering for pick-up or shipping in late September:

Corydalis solida 'Beth Evans' - An exquisite spring ephemeral for the shade garden, Corydalis solida emerges in early spring with delicate, green to bluish-green foliage followed by masses of tubular flowers that look like little dragons. 'Beth Evans' offers mid to glowing pink flowers. Will go dormant by summer. Plant around late emerging perennials such as hosta. Corydalis solida 'GP Baker' - An exquisite spring ephemeral for the shade garden, Corydalis solida emerges in early spring with delicate, green to bluish-green foliage followed by masses of tubular flowers that look like little dragons. 'G.P. Baker' offers deepest pink to near-red flowers. Will go dormant by summer. Plant around late emerging perennials such as hosta.
Corydalis solida 'Purple Bird' - An exquisite spring ephemeral for the shade garden, C. solida emerges in early spring with delicate, green to bluish-green foliage followed by masses of tubular flowers that look like little dragons. 'Purple Bird' offers warm purple flowers. Will go dormant by summer. Plant around late emerging perennials such as hosta. Corydalis solida 'Fire Bird' - Corydalis solida 'Firebird' is the best red cultivar producing sweetly fragrant flowers above finely dissected, fern-like foliage. This species makes a lovely spring ephemeral, preferring spring's moist, humus-rich, well-drained soil in the woodland or shade garden, where later emerging plants such as Hosta can take its place as it goes dormant by June.
Erythronium californicum 'White Beauty' - This easy to grow cultivar of species californicum hails from, as you might have guessed, California. Elegant and dainty clusters of pure white lily-like flowers centred with yellow arise over glossy, green-mottled foliage in early spring. Plant in a woodland setting or shade border with moisture retentive, fertile soil. Erythronium will go dormant before summer so plant them near late-emerging perennials like hostas and toadlilies that will take over the show for the rest of the season. Erythronium dens-canis 'Lilac Wonder' - Erythronium 'Lilac Wonder' has beautiful burgundy-mottled foliage that gives rise to red stems and nodding, lavender, lily-like flowers in spring. Very special. Plant in a woodland setting or shade border with moisture retentive, fertile soil. Erythroniums will go dormant before summer so plant them near late-emerging perennials like hostas and toadlilies.
Erythronium dens-canis - Erythronium dens-canis has beautiful burgundy-mottled foliage that gives rise to red stems and nodding, pink to lavender, lily-like flowers in spring. Very special. Plant in a woodland setting or shade border with moisture retentive, fertile soil. Erythroniums will go dormant before summer so plant them near late-emerging perennials like hostas and toadlilies. Erythronium dens-canis 'Snowflake' - Erythronium dens-canis 'Snowflake' has beautiful burgundy-mottled foliage that gives rise to red stems and nodding, white, lily-like flowers in spring. Very special. Plant in a woodland setting or shade border with moisture retentive, fertile soil. Erythroniums will go dormant before summer so plant them near late-emerging perennials like hostas and toadlilies.
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 '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 '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. Iris reticulata '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 spring ephemerals are available now at the nursery or can be ordered now for shipping.

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.

 


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Funny Fritillaria
What's life without some oddballs in the mix?

Fritillaria or fritillaries are one of those genera filled with lots of oddball species. They all have pendulous bell shaped flowers which sounds benign enough but they are frequently in shades of green and burgundy but also in orange, yellow, red, and purple.

The green and burgundy-flowered species tend to be somewhat demure and quiet perfect for subtle and sophisticated beauty. But at the other end of this oddball spectrum you have the mophologically goofy yet impressive crown imperials which consist of a naked stem rising out of the ground then clothed in whorls of strap like foliage, then naked stem, then pendulous yellow, orange or red elongated bells, and then topped with a tuft of bracts at the top like a crazy hairdo! Just look at the image below to get an idea of this unique structure.


The crown imperials have some of the oddest plant structure in the bulb world.

In between these two extremes there are certainly some lovely and unusual species like F. persica with its deep purple bells and F. pallidiflora with its pale yellow bells.

Fritillaria are relatively easy to grow in average, well-drained soils. Plant the bulbs on their side or at an angle so the open central area doesn't fill with water. Fritillaria bulbs have a skunky kind of fragrance. You'll notice it when you handle them. Furry garden creatures don't like the smell so they'll be safe from squirrels and raccoons. You can even plant your tulips and other tasty bulbs with Fritillaria as this could help deter hungry creatures from digging if they think they're just going to encounter a yucky, smelly fritillary.

We hope you'll try some of these cool and unusual oddballs in your spring garden. Here are the varieties that we are offering this fall:

Fritillaria davisii - Fritillaria davisii has two broad leaves and unusual nodding flowers, the tips of their petals upturned, mostly burgundy-brown on the outside and yellowish green inside. The name Fritillaria is derived from the Latin term for dice box, and probably refers to the checkered pattern of the flowers of species such as this one. Naturalizes well, and poisonous alkaloids in the bulbs deter rodents. Prefers moist soil where drainage is provided by a cover of trees and the root systems of other herbaceous plants. Provide extra protection in zone 6. Fritillaria elwesii - Fritillaria elwesii is for sophisticated gardeners who like unusual flowers and beautiful form. This rare species from southern Turkey has thin, grey-green leaves and upright stems to 16 inches that hold clusters of one to a few pendulous, long, green and burgundy bells. Provide good drainage in full sun.
Fritillaria hermonis ssp. amana - Fritillaria hermonis ssp. amana has bell-shaped blooms in an unusual and sophisticated yellow green with edges etched in red. Treat this one as an alpine, rock garden or pot plant and a gem to be appreciated up close. Prefers a well drained site, ideal for a rockery or raised bed. The name Fritillaria is derived from the Latin term for dice box, and probably refers to the checkered pattern of the flowers of species such as this one. Fritillaria imperialis 'Argenteovariegata' - The crown imperial (Fritillaria imperialis) is a dramatic yet structurally peculiar species. Vertical stems to 3 feet tall are covered in whorls of lance-shaped leaves on their lower halves, then naked for the top half before culminating in a tuft of leafy green bracts from which hang pendulous bell-like, yellow, orange or near-red flowers. 'Argenteovariegata' is a bold variegated cultivar with green and creamy yellow leaves and bracts, dark stems, and deep orange-red flowers. Plant bulbs on their sides to avoid water accumulation within the bulb cavity - yes, the bulbs are strange too! Mass plantings make an incredible display.
Fritillaria michailovskyi 'Multiflorum' - Fritillaria michailovskyi is a short species with pendulous burgundy bells with yellow, flared tips. Each stem holds 1-4 flowers. The cultivar 'Multiflorum' is a special selection with up to 15-20 flowers per stem. Full sun and good drainage. Fritillaria pallidiflora - The nodding lemon yellow flowers of Fritillaria pallidiflora are some of the last of the genus to bloom in May or June, 6 or 8 to a stem, each 1 3/4" long. Their name is derived from the Latin term for dice box, and probably refers to the checkered pattern of the flowers of species such as this one, yellow delicately penciled in red and brown. Often the stems flop over horizontally. Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and well suited to sunny or part shady situations with humus rich soil that remains moist.
Fritillaria persica 'Twin Towers Tribute' - The dark, elegant, architectural racemes of Fritillaria persica 'Twin Towers Tribute' offer larger flowers than the species and better blooming with two stems per mature bulb. A florist's favourite, they make cut flowers to be treasured. Plant the bulb sideways to prevent rotting and mix sand or grit into the planting hole. Winter mulch in cool zones or afternoon shade in warmer ones. Good for naturalizing, most fritillaries contain poisonous alkaloids that protect them from rodents.

These fritillaries are available now at the nursery or for online ordering and shipping.

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.


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RENOVATE YOUR GARDEN
Fall is the Best Time to Plant

Now that summer is winding down and you have spent most of the season with your garden you are now keenly aware of your triumphs and of the things that didn't go so well. Perhaps a handful of plants didn't perform and need to be moved to a different location. Or maybe a whole section of your garden just isn't working and hasn't been for years.

There is a time for caution and there is a time for action. Fall is a time for action. With temperatures cooling and the rains starting, fall is a great time to plant perennials, shrubs and trees. And since you can clearly see what is and isn't working right now in your garden-- as opposed to trying to remember next spring what you meant to change -- fall is the perfect time for a garden renovation while ideas are still fresh in your mind.

As it turns out, fall is not only one of the best times to move existing perennials it is also one of the best times of year to plant new plants in the garden, perhaps even better than spring. Here's why you should do some fall planting and renovating:

Big Plants: Plants purchased from our nursery in the fall have, for the most part, been growing for an entire season so they are big and full and ready to rumble! These same plants were just little babies in the spring. These big fall plants will establish very quickly in the garden owing to their size and to the favourable fall conditions.

Soil Temperatures: In spring the soil warms up much more slowly than the air. Cold spring soils can shock plants and set them back by weeks. In the fall the soil temperatures are warm and inviting for new plantings and their eager roots. Warm soil promotes fast, strong root growth allowing perennials to establish before winter.

Air Temperatures: The warm daytimes and cooler nighttimes offer moderate temperatures that do not stress plants allowing them to quickly overcome transplant shock and establish.

Precipitation: The gradual increase in precipitation through September and October into November results in soils with good available moisture for root establishment.

Length of Time for Establishment: Planting in September and October still gives plants a long time to get settled before the first hard frosts come, usually in December.

Insects and Garden Pests: Humans aren't the only ones thinking about hibernating at this time of year. Insects and other garden pests such as slugs are becoming less active and will soon die or go dormant for the season. Fall plantings reduce the risk of insect attack and plant damage.

Getting a Jump Start: Most people become a bit overwhelmed in the spring with all the planting and garden chores. By planting in the fall you can shorten your spring "to do" list.

Better Displays in the First Full Season: Because perennials, shrubs and trees establish so well in the fall, your plantings and their subsequent foliage and floral displays will be almost a FULL YEAR ahead of any plantings you make next spring just by planting 6 months earlier. You'll have bigger, fuller more smashing gardens sooner.

Here are some suggestions for going about your garden renovation this fall:

1. Take a walk around your garden and look for an area or areas that most bug you. Make sure the area you choose is a manageable size so you can complete your renovation in a weekend or two.

2. Ask yourself what is and isn't working in that area -- life is too short for plants that you don't love and for garden areas that are not beautiful. Dig out the plants that aren't working. If they are worth keeping, save them to plant in another area of the garden or give them to friends. With perennials, make sure to trim off a third to a half of the foliage to help minimize transplant shock. For shrubs whose shape you will not damage by trimming off some of the growth, dig up, trim and move. For shrubs and trees with architectural forms, wait until they are fully dormant or until November to move them and remove only minimal foliage.

3. Now look at the plants that are working in this area. Are they in the right place? Perhaps a plant looks great in this area but is so happy that it's growing taller than what you expected. If you need to shift some plants in the bed dig them out with as big of a root ball as possible and place them in a better location.

4. Now you're going to need some new plants. Look at your existing bed and decide what's missing in terms of height, foliage colour, flower colour, and bloom time. Make a list of your needs and come visit us at Phoenix. If you bring a picture of your garden bed renovation we could help you with some advice for the perfect plants to get this area of your garden spruced up and gorgeous for the upcoming year.

Have fun with your fall garden renovation and new plantings!

 


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

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.


The great wall of rare bulbs is packed with wonders and delights.


There could be many surprising finds.


Or downright alarming situations!

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. We recommend you place separate orders for plants, bulbs, and Cyps as each is ready at different times and we wish to ship when these products are at their freshest. If you place multiple separate orders, put a note to us when you check out about these orders and we will see if we can ship your items together though the default will be to ship separately. If you combine plants, bulbs, and Cypripedium in the same order we will assume you want everything shipped together and will wait until your order is complete, unless there are reasons why we might want to ship ASAP. Have fun!

For local and mail order customers we will email you when it is time to pick up or in advance of shipping.

 


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.
REGISTER NOW

 

Instructor Biographies

Visit our Workshop page for biographies.

 

Booking Workshops

Visit our Workshop page for booking info or click the link above.

 


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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One of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials in Canada.

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