Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: October 2018

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

October 2018

Celebrating our 15th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

The fall season is in full swing with bulbs everywhere and Cypripedium lady's slippers just arrived. Have you placed your orders yet for shipping or pick-up? Details are below.

If you are still waiting for your bulb order to ship or to be notified for pick-up, we hope to finalize this for you soon. It has been a tough harvest in Europe after a poor growing season and a number of bulbs are late arriving. We are waiting for one last shipment to arrive as early as this weekend or early next week. Then we will quickly be in touch to make arrangements. Thanks for your patience.

Not only is fall the time to plant bulbs but it is probably also the best time of the year to renovate, divide and plant new perennials, shrubs and trees. We include again our article below that lays out all the benefits of fall planting.

We also provide you with extra enticement with our 2 for 1 Sale that runs until this Sunday. Be there or be square! The nursery is still filled with colour and there are tons of amazing plants to be had. Our Fab at Phoenix installment is bursting at the seems as usual to give you some ideas.

Also, don't forget to enter our contest to win the brand new Gardening Under Lights book from one of my favourite people, Leslie Halleck.

See you soon at Phoenix!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Gary on TV: Houseplants that are Hard to Kill and Fall and Winter in the Garden -- Check out Gary's recent appearances on CityTV and CTV.
2. From the Alerts: Rare Bulb Highlights: Amaryllis and Relatives -- Dive in to some of the most exciting groups of bulbs we're offering now for ordering for fall pick-up or shipping.
3. Rare Bulb Pre-Order -- Choose from among 265 different rare bulbs, rhizomes, and corms, most of which are available nowhere else in Canada for September shipping or pick-up!
4. Cypripedium Hardy Lady's Slipper Orchid Pre-Order -- Choose from amongst 40 gorgeous lady's slipper orchids for October shipping or pick-up!
5. 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.
6. Workshops and Seminars 2018 -- 39 different workshops for gardeners of all levels. Join us for fun and information to help you get confident and be successful in your garden or on your patio.
7. Phoenix Perennials Mail Order 2018 -- Summer and Fall at Phoenix Perennials Mail Order includes tons of summer colour plus Rare Bulbs and Cypripedium Hardy Lady's Slipper Orchids!
8. Fab at Phoenix -- Gary's picks of what's new and exciting 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
  Check out our Workshop Schedule for upcoming workshops and seminars.

 

The Fantastic Fall Sale
October 5th-14th

2 for 1 Woody Plants
(Mix & Match Ornamental & Edible
Trees, Shrubs & Vines)

25% Off Everything Else*
50% Off Houseplants

Friday to Thursday October 5th-11th

2 For 1 Sale
on Everything*

75% Off Houseplants

Friday to Sunday October 12th-14th

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

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Phoenix Perennials will close for the season on Wed Oct 31st. We will reopen for one special weekend Nov 30-Dec 2 for our Christmas Hurrah! and then for the 2018 season on March 1st, 2019.

*Some Fine Print

In the first (orange) stage of the sale the "25% Off Everything Else" includes Perennials, Groundcovers, Edibles and Succulents plus Pots, Hard Goods, Fertilizers, Garden Art, and Soils and Soil Amendments.

2 for 1 Sales: 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 25% off. No exceptions.

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

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.

 

Contest!

Win a Copy of the Brand New Book
Gardening Under Lights
The Complete Guide for Indoor Growers
by Leslie F. Halleck

Gardening Under Lights details everything a gardener or hobbyist needs to know to garden indoors. Part One starts with the basics of photosynthesis, the science of light, and how to accurately measure how much light a plant needs. Part Two provides an overview of the most up-to-date tools and gear available. Parts Three and Four offer tips and techniques for growing popular ornamental plants (orchids, succulents, bonsai, and more) and edible plants (arugula, cannabis, oregano, tomatoes, and more) independent of the constraints of volatile outdoor conditions. Gardening Under Lights is a highly-detailed, accessible guide for seed starters, plant collectors, and anyone who wants to successfully garden indoors.

How To Enter: All you have to do is send an email to info at phoenixperennials.com (Yes. You have to put the @ sign in there.) with "Gardening Under Lights Contest" in the subject line. One entry per person. Open to anyone living in Canada. Entries accepted until October 15th, 2018. The winner will be selected randomly. If you win and you live in Greater Vancouver, the book will be available for pick-up. If you live outside Greater Vancouver, Phoenix Perennials will throw in free shipping to anywhere in Canada.

If you can't wait to get your hands on Leslie's book, it is available now from online book sellers including Chapters or you can ask your favourite local bookstore to order it in for you.

To engage with Leslie you can find her at www.lesliehalleck.com, at @lesliehalleck on Twitter and Instagram, and on the Gardening Under Lights Facebook group.

 

Changes to Discounts at Phoenix Perennials

After much consideration we have made the difficult decision to discontinue the 10% garden club discounts at Phoenix Perennials which includes discounts for garden club members and those who hold memberships to botanical gardens such as VanDusen, UBC Botanical Garden, and Dart's Hill. This change will take effect on September 1st, 2018.

The business landscape for retail nurseries is much different now than it was in the 80s and 90s when the concept of garden club discounts took hold. The cost of doing business - especially staff wages, property leases and taxes, shipping costs, and the cost of supplies - have all increased greatly over this time period while the traditional customer base has also changed dramatically. Additionally, at Phoenix we dedicate considerable resources to searching the world for new plants for you and this also has its additional costs.

Many other nurseries have closed down owing to these various cost and market pressures and others have already discontinued garden club discounts to help remain viable. At Phoenix Perennials we held on to these discounts for a long time but we want to be here for you for the long term so after careful consideration we have come to this decision. We hope you understand.

We will continue with our Frequent Flyer Program which gets you a free plant for every 10 purchased. Full details in store. Please ask for a card after September 1st. Until then you can still shop and receive the discount.

 

Botanical Tour
Wildflowers of
Southwestern Australia
September 2019
With your guide Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis
An alumni UBC tour open to everyone!

Half the trip is now sold! Only 8 spots left!

View Recorded Webinar
On March 15, 2018 I gave a 35 minute webinar on the tour and the flora of Western Australia. You can view the recording here:

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View the Itinerary and Tour Details
Wildflowers of Southwestern Australia Tour Info


 

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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!

 


1.

GARY ON TV

Gary's been making the rounds to the city's TV stations to share the gospel on gardening. Check out his most recent segments.


Gary on CityTV's
Breakfast Television
"Five Houseplants that are Hard to Kill"
Gary chats with Riaz Meghji

Check out the Video!

 


Gary on CTV Morning Live
"Fall in the Garden & Winter Garden Prep"
Gary chats with Keri Adams

Check out the Video!

 


2.

From the Alerts

Check out some of the recent subject-based Alerts we've sent out. Are you getting them? Some we include here in the E-Newsletter and others only Alert subscribers receive.

NEW! We've created three new Alerts for bulb lovers, small space gardeners, and rare plant enthusiasts.

The Bulb Alert - Are you a lover of geophytes? Through each season and especially each fall we offer a crazy cool selection of rare and unusual bulbs. Be the first to know about everything related to bulbs, rhizomes, and corms by subscribing to this Alert.

The Small Space Alert - Do you garden on a balcony, patio or postage stamp backyard? Subscribe to this occasional Alert to learn about plants, pots, and other paraphernalia that would be perfect to maximize your small space.

The Rare Plant Alert - Are you a sophisticated gardener? Always looking for the rare and unusual? You'll be the first (and perhaps only) one to know about rare plants (often available only in small quantities) so you can get them first!

To subscribe as a new subscriber or to add Alerts to your existing profile, click on Update Profile at the bottom of this email.

 

 


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Pre-Order
Rare Spring Bulbs
Choose from 265 Different Rare Bulbs to Make Your Garden Extraordinary

Most Bulbs Are In Now and Selling Fast!
Place your orders now!

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 265 different rare and unusual bulbs, rhizomes and corms this fall up from 200 last year! There are many new treasures to be discovered!

Visit the Rare Bulb Pre-Order on our Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Site to see our full selection. Both mail order and local customers should place their orders through our mail order system. Local customers should select the pick-up option when checking out. Quantities are limited. Please order early to secure your favourites as many bulbs sold out in advance last year.

Our selection of rare bulbs will ship or be ready for pick-up in mid to late September, depending on when they arrive from Europe.

Local Customers: Choose "pick up" when you check out. We will send you an email when it's time to come in. Please place separate orders for bulbs and Cypripedium as this makes administering your orders easier. Please don't place orders for plants. They should all be ready now. You can always call or email first to enquire before you come in.

Mail Order Customers: Please do not place orders mixing plants, bulbs or Cypripedium, unless you're placing an order for mixed plants and bulbs after Sept 15 or mixed plants, bulbs, and/or Cypripedium after October 1st. Otherwise, each of these categories will ship separately to arrive to you as fresh as possible for immediate planting and best establishment before winter. In summer and fall, plants are already grown and can't be held for more than a short period. They must ship when orders are placed. Bulbs ship in mid to late September. Cypripedium ship in mid October. If you place an order mixing these categories, we will need to arrange multiple shipments and recalculate your shipping costs.

A Note on Shipping Costs: Unlike other mail order nurseries that ship fairly uniform products such as just bulbs or just bulbs and bareroot bagged perennials, we ship a very large range of products in a very large range of sizes. This makes it difficult to tweak our shopping cart system to give proper shipping cost estimates for all types of orders. We have left our system configured to estimate shipments containing plants which is the most costly type of item to ship and the most important for us to get right. However, this means that our system will sometimes over estimate the cost of shipping bulbs and Cypripedium. We will be re-evaluating all shipping costs for bulbs after shipping and adjust your shipping costs downwards should there be a discrepancy. Our goal is only to cover our costs in shipping, not to make money. Thanks for your understanding.

Ordering: Visit the Rare Bulb Pre-Order on our Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Site to start shopping! The minimum order value to place a pre-order for mail order or pick-up is $40. Have fun!

 


4.

Cypripedium Lady's Slipper Orchids
40 Different Hardy Orchids for Canadian Garden

Cyps have just arrived!
Place your orders now!

We are excited to offer a diverse selection of hardy lady's slipper orchids for Canadian gardens. The 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. In fact, in optimum conditions they should double in size every year! 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. Keep in mind though that species orchids are more exacting in their requirements and that you should do research on how to care for them.

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 as we are still learning about the hardiness of the different hybrids. Indeed, we have customers in Alberta and Saskatchewan who are growing these Cypripedium outdoors with great success.

We are currently offering 40 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. Here they are:

Ordering: Visit the Cypripedium Pre-Order to peruse and make your selections. All of our Cypripedium are top quality, blooming-size plants often with multiple eyes sourced from the best growers in Europe and provided to you bare root. October is the best time to buy and plant Cypripedium directly into the ground and the only time we will ship them. The largest rhizomes are selected to fill fall mail orders and pick-up orders. The remaining unsold rhizomes are potted up for spring sales on site at Phoenix.

Local Customers: Choose "pick up" when you check out. We will send you an email when it's time to come in. Please place separate orders for bulbs and Cypripedium as this makes administering your orders easier. Please don't place orders for plants. They should all be ready now. You can always call or email first to enquire before you come in. 
Mail Order Customers: Please do not place orders mixing plants, bulbs or Cypripedium, unless you're placing an order for mixed plants and bulbs after Sept 15 or mixed plants, bulbs, and/or Cypripedium after October 1st. Otherwise, each of these categories will ship separately to arrive to you as fresh as possible for immediate planting and best establishment before winter. In summer and fall, plants are already grown and can't be held for more than a short period. They must ship when orders are placed. Bulbs ship in mid to late September. Cypripedium ship in mid October. If you place an order mixing these categories, we will need to arrange multiple shipments and recalculate your shipping costs.

 


5.

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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Workshops and Seminars 2018

Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful.

Welcome to our 2018 workshops and one of the most exciting line-ups we've ever offered! We are proud to provide one of the largest workshop programs 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.

SPECIAL 10% OFF EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT
UNTIL FRIDAY APRIL 6th, 2018!
Use the Promo Code: LEARN2018.
Available for online registrations only.

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

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

 

Fall and Winter Workshops

 

December

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Advanced Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Fri Nov 30, 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 bird's 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 Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 1, 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! | Succulent Christmas Centerpieces | Kate | Sat Dec 1, 1-3pm | $60 (Includes everything.) | In this workshop we'll bring together succulents and seasonal greenery to create a modern take on the Christmas centrepiece. You can choose to make a centrepiece for an outdoor table with hardy succulents or one for indoors with non-hardy succulents.

Registration includes all materials and greenery plus succulents. 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 2, 10am-12pm | $60 (Includes everything.) | 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. Last year's participants made some really impressive creations!

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Containers to Die For | Kate | Sun Dec 2, 1-3pm | $20 | Impress 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.

 

 


7.

Phoenix Perennials Mail Order
Summer and Fall 2018

Our site is now updated with our Rare Bulb and Cypripedium offerings for fall shipping! We are very excited at this year's selection. Take a look!

Rare Bulbs Cypripedium

GET SHOPPING!
Are you local? If you're a local customer, we don't accept orders for plants for pick-up but feel free to peruse our mail order site and email or call to see if we have the plants currently available. Almost everything should be ready now!

Have fun!
Please tell everyone you know across Canada about
Phoenix Perennials Mail Order!
We need your help to get the word out.

 


8.

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

Everything seems to be blooming right now. There are are hundreds of items I could highlight here. You'll just have to come in to see them all!

Amarine Belladiva 'Anastasia' - Amarine - 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 Belladiva 'Aphrodite' - Amarine - 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 Belladiva 'Emanuelle' - Amarine - 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. Anemone japonica Fantasy 'Red Riding Hood' - Japanese Anemone - Anemone japonica 'Red Riding Hood' is a vigorous, clumping selection with thickly-petaled flowers in deep, rosy, magenta-pink. The flowers are held on strong, upright stems to 18 inches tall above compact foliage and bloom longer than most anemones from late July until October, then form attractive seed heads like small cotton balls adding interest until a hard frost. The Fantasy series also includes 'Pocahontas' and 'Cinderella.'
Anemone 'Dreaming Swan' - Hybrid Anemone - A spectacular yet elegant hybrid, Anemone 'Dreaming Swan' first produces single flowers followed by more typical large, semi-double flowers with lilac blue reverses from late June through October. It is non-running and 18 inches tall with compact, velvety green mounds of foliage. From Elizabeth MacGregor's Swan Series, hybrids bred in Scotland involving A. rupicola and up to 4-5 other parents! May prefer a bit more sun than 'Wild Swan.' Francoa sonchifolia 'Pink Bouquet' - Chilean Bridal Wreath - Francoa sonchifolia is a little-known species from Chile forming mounds of somewhat coarse, fuzzy, dark green, evergreen leaves which give rise to beautiful wands of orchid-like, pink and white flowers with a deep magenta blotch in summer and fall on stems up to about two feet tall that will sway in the breeze. 'Pink Bouquet' has blush pink and white flowers with a dark pink marking on each petal. Loves cool summer climates and even moisture in sun to part shade.
Gardenia jasminoides 'Frostproof' - Hardy Gardenia - The rose-like double flowers of Gardenia 'Frostproof' have an intense and intoxicating fragrance and appear most profusely in early summer and sporadically thereafter. Resilient in cool springs or cool spring/summer climates and will still produce copious flowers. Full sun to light shade. Blooms best where walls or patios provide extra night time warmth in spring and summer. Plant in a protected location just to be safe. Evergreen. Lobelia siphilitica - Great Blue Lobelia- Lobelia siphilitica was once used to treat syphilis now it is used to grace gardens. The beautiful blue spikes of great blue lobelia do remarkably well without staking in sun to part shade. The blue is stunning against its pale green leaves and is useful to create a delphinium-like effect in shadier parts of the garden. Enjoys a moist soil but will do well in average sites as well. Native to much of eastern North America.
Vernonia lettermannii 'Iron Butterfly' - Ironweed - 'Iron Butterfly' is a fantastic perennial with a great name and feathery foliage to three feet topped with clusters of warm purple flowers that are attractive to butterflies. A compact, well-branched and vigorous plant. Blooms in late summer. Found in rocky flood plains,Vernonia lettermannii is very tolerant of hot dry locations, yet can withstand brief periods of inundation. Vernonia crinita 'Mammuth' - Ironweed - Ironweed 'Mammuth' is a fantastic prairie plant with lance-shaped leaves on stems to six feet tall topped with clusters of warm purple flowers that are attractive to butterflies. A stately plant for the back of the border. Blooms in late summer. Found in rocky flood plains, Vernonia crinita is very tolerant of hot dry locations, yet can withstand brief periods of inundation.
Vernonia gigantea - Ironweed- Vernonia gigantea or giant ironweed makes an impressive specimen for the back of the border reaching as high as 8-10 feet tall with lance-shaped leaves and clusters of fluffy, warm purple flowers followed by rusty colored seeds. The flowers are irresistible to butterflies and bees. It is an eastern North American native. Rudbeckia triloba 'Prairie Glow' - Sweet Coneflower - Rudbeckia 'Prairie Glow' is an unusual black-eyed Susan relative with dark red to burnt orange petals with yellow tips and is stunning in a mass planting. Flower stems are burgundy and tall. Rudbeckia perform exceptionally well in dry summer garden conditions, blooming for an exceptionally long time during the late summer doldrums and remaining tidy looking with little care. Great cut flower.
Sedum SunSparkler 'Plum Dazzled' - Stonecrop - Sedum Sunsparkler 'Plum Dazzled' has small, succulent, dark purple foliage forming mounds up to eight inches high and 18 inches wide followed by large heads of cherry pink flowers from summer into autumn. The Sunsparkler Series are great for a dramatic touch of foliage and flower at the front of the border, as a groundcover, or trailing from pots and are popular with bees. 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.
Haworthia limifolia - Fairy Washboard - Haworthia limifolia is an attractive textural succulent forming grey-green rosettes about four inches across of triangular, lance-shaped leaves that are broad at the base and extend into a sharp point. The leaves have raised cross ridges in lighter green that look like a washboard. White flowers. Haworthia are easy to grow and cold tolerant. Haworthia venosa subsp. tessalata - Fairy Washboard - Haworthia venosa subsp. tessalata is a beautiful succulent with long, triangular leaves coming to sharp points whose surface is grey-green with a distinctive, white, squared netting. In full sun or with drought stress plants can become an attractive brown with white netting. Haworthia are easy to grow and quite cold tolerant.

Pycnanthemum muticum - Short-toothed Mountain Mint - Weird name. Cool plant. This uncommon, non-spreading mint has broad lustrous aromatic leaves with silvery flower bracts and very showy pinkish flowers on plants with a nice compact habit. This native is happiest at the wood's edge, so it is excellent for a naturalized border or woodland garden. Mountain Mint is one of the best nectar sources for native butterflies and bees. The leaves are loaded with pulegone, the same insect repellent found in pennyroyal. Rub it on the skin to repel mosquitoes!

Kalimeris incisa 'Blue Star' - Blue Japanese Aster - Kalimeris incisa 'Blue Star' is a tough daisy relative taking heat, humidity and drought in stride. It produces tons of one inch wide, pale blue, daisy-like flowers with yellow centres over a compact mound of foliage all summer long.
Silphium compositum 'Native Star' - Kidney Leaf Rosinweed - Silphium compositum 'Native Star' is a really cool plant. A native of the southeastern US it forms mounds of large, dramatic, lobed foliage (not kidney-shaped at all!) with red midveins. In summer the plants put forth 6-8 foot candelabras of small, yellow daisies popular with butterflies. Grow in sunny, dry spots. Tap rooted so do not move after plants are established. Hydrangea paniculata 'Le Vasterival' Great Star - Panicle Hydrangea - Canna Cannova 'Bronze Scarlet' has luscious black foliage on stems to about four feet tall topped with bright red flowers in summer. The Cannova Series are vigorous, early-blooming, seed-grown, F1 hybrids. Since the all too common Canna virus cannot be transferred through seeds, these plants are virus-free. They are also bred to require less heat and grow well in cool summer and northern climates. Hardy in coastal BC if protected from winter wet or grow in a pot and keep above freezing elsewhere. Provide rich soils, good fertilizer, and lots of water in full sun.
Olea europaea 'Leccino' - Olive - Olea 'Leccino' together with 'Frantoio' are the principal raw material for Italian olive oils from Tuscany. But due to 'Leccino's highly valued sweet flavour it has become increasingly popular to grow in other countries. It is one of the best cultivars adapted to cold growing conditions and is likely the hardiest of all olives. 'Leccino' requires a pollinator of another different olive. Grow in hot, sunny, sheltered positions. Olea europaea 'Arbequina' - Olive - Olea 'Arbequina' is one of the most popular Spanish olive varieties used for gourmet quality oil and olives. It forms attractive, small trees that are naturally compact. The flowers are self-fertile and the fruit is early-ripening and borne even on young plants. At the nursery it is the most reliable fruiting variety. It makes a good pollinator for 'Leccino'.

Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' - Japanese Fatsia - Fatsia 'Spider's Web' is a beautiful Aralia relative that grows as a shrub or small tree with variably variegated leaves which change during the seasons. The variegation appears as speckles and pixilations and is strongest on young foliage but also becomes better developed on that young foliage as the plant gets older. Mature specimens are bold and intriguing. The flowers are white, are held in spheres, and appear in late fall as a late season honeybee bonanza. Tolerant of dry shade and dark corners.

Eupatorium fortunei 'Pink Frost' - Joy-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.

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.
Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer' - Peruvian Lily - Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer' has flowers in sunset shades of coppery-orange and golden-yellow streaked and freckled with dark burgundy atop luscious burgundy-bronze, linear foliage. A vigorous, tropical-looking plant with flowers that are long lasting when cut and the capacity to produce loads of flowers over a long period from early summer well into fall. It forms a bushy, upright clump. Prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils.

Alstroemeria Inca Lucky - Peruvian Lily - Alstroemeria Inca Lucky has perfect magenta buds that open to clear white flowers with salmon pink throats and green tips. It forms a bushy, upright clump of linear, emerald green tropical looking leaves. The Inca Collection has remarkable vigour and capacity to produce loads of flowers over a long period from early summer well into fall. Flowers are long lasting in vases. Pull the stems instead of cutting them to encourage a quicker reflush.

We have LOTS of other Alstroemeria available now in a variety of colours.

Monarda Sugar Buzz 'Blue Moon' - Beebalm - Monarda Sugar Buzz 'Blue Moon' displays lavender blue flowers held by attractive purple bracts. The Sugar Buzz series offers short, compact plants for the front of the border that are smothered in long-lasting flowers. The flowers' sweet nectar attracts scores of hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees to the garden. The aromatic foliage smells like mint when crushed and can be used to make an herbal tea.

We have LOTS of other Monarda available now in a variety of colours.

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.
Salvia reptans Autumn Sapphire 'P017S' - Sage - Salvia reptans 'Autumn Sapphire' is a semi-dwarf form of the West Texas grass sage growing to just 2 feet tall. This late season bloomer provides late summer and fall flowers in a rich, glowing, cobalt blue with highlights of lighter blue and white that is a magnet for hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. The long stems are clothed in long, green, linear leaves. Grow in hot, sunny spots in well-drained, somewhat infertile soils. Salvia 'Little Kiss' - Sage - Salvia microphylla 'Little Kiss' is a compact and floriferous form of 'Hot Lips', one of Phoenix Perennials' all time best sellers. You can expect the same bicoloured white and red flowers of 'Hot Lips' but on plants just 18 inches tall and wide forming a mound with flowers from the ground up rather than an upright plant with flowers at the top of the stems. A top hummingbird magnet. Grow in full sun in moderately rich to lean soils but with excellent winter drainage.
Buddleia 'Dartmoor' - Butterfly Bush - This fantastic butterfly bush has giant clusters of warm purple flowers that dwarf all other cultivars. The plant that was to become Buddleia ‘Dartmoor’ was found in Devon in 1971 by Mr. Hayles, a retired gardener. Walking with his wife he spied an unusual buddleja flowering on the edge of a ravine. With his trustworthy wife clinging onto him, Hayles valiantly reached down to collect a few branches. ‘Dartmoor’ was released to the gardening public just a few years later. 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.
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. Sauromatum venosum - Voodoo Lily - Sauromatum venosum is a weird, otherworldly looking aroid. In spring the 3' tall, very narrow 1" wide flower stalk begins to unfurl, its inside patterned violet and yellow. A mottled green and black stem and leaves much like its arisaema relatives' follow. Also may be known as Sauromatum guttatum, Arum cornutum, Typhonium venosum. Choose a spot that will stay dry over winter. At the nursery we don't begin to water until after growth emerges.
Lagerstroemia Barista Collection 'Frappe Pink' - Crape Myrtle - 'Frappe Pink' is a dense, small shrub with dark green foliage and clusters of true pink flowers. 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. Lagerstroemia Barista Collection 'Cherry Mocha' - Crape Myrtle - 'Cherry Mocha' is a dense, small shrub with burgundy stems and semi-glossy burgundy foliage and late season cherry red flowers. 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.
Rudbeckia maxima - Great Coneflower - If you love big perennials with dramatic foliage, we'd like to make sure you know Rudbeckia maxima! Known as great coneflower or cabbage leaf coneflower, this species from eastern Texas and adjacent states has huge 18 inch long blue-green leaves topped in mid to late summer by yellow-petaled, black-coned flowers on stems up to seven feet tall. Loves moisture and heat but is also drought tolerant. Zantedeschia aethiopica 'White Giant' - Giant Calla Lily - 'White Giant' is a fantastic, imposing, giant selection of Zantedeschia aethiopica featuring five foot clumps of white-speckled, ruffled arrow-shaped leaves topped by seven foot tall flower stems carrying the classic white boot-shaped calla flower. For full sun and moist soils. Green until hard frosts. Mulch with fallen leaves - pack leaves around the perimetre and right into the centre of the plant to protect the crowns in winter. Calla lilies can be slow to bulk up in the garden so investing in a larger size is a good idea.
Sempervivum Chick Charms 'Gold Nugget' - Hen and Chicks - Sempervivum '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 hen and chicks available. Sempervivum are super hardy requiring only full sun and excellent, sharp drainage, especially in coastal BC. Grow them as an edger for pathways or borders or in pots. Sempervivum Chick Charms Berry Bomb - Hen and Chicks - Chick Charms Berry Bomb forms clusters of large rosettes glowing with deep burgundy red in spring and summer lightening to shades of pink, green and grey in fall and winter. The dangerously collectible Chick Charms series offers the boldest coloured and best-growing hen and chicks available. Sempervivum are super hardy requiring only full sun and excellent, sharp drainage, especially in coastal BC. Grow them as an edger for pathways or borders or in pots.
Sempervivum Chick Charms Chocolate Kiss- Hen and Chicks - Sempervivum Chocolate Kiss forms large rosettes in luscious tones of warm, reddish burgundy browns. The dangerously collectible Chick Charms series offers the boldest coloured and best-growing hen and chicks available. Sempervivum are super hardy requiring only full sun and excellent, sharp drainage, especially in coastal BC. Grow them as an edger for pathways or borders or in pots. Sempervivum Chick Charms Fringed Frosting - Hen and Chicks - Chick Charms Fringed Frosting produces large, vigorous colonies of small, encrusted, green rosettes laced with silver cob webs and flushed with red on older leaves. This will form a stunning specimen in a pot or a dramatic small groundcover in the garden. The dangerously collectible Chick Charms series offers the boldest coloured and best-growing hen and chicks available. Sempervivum are super hardy requiring only full sun and excellent, sharp drainage, especially in coastal BC. Grow them as an edger for pathways or borders or in pots.
Aster cordifolius 'Avondale' - Wood Aster - Aster cordifolius 'Avondale' is an eastern North American native wood aster that is a prolific bloomer carpeting the shade garden with light blue in early fall when little else blooms and the hostas are in decline. The small light blue to lavender blue flowers are produced in abundance creating a beautiful and long-lasting filler in the garden or in autumn flower arrangements! Disanthus cercidifolius - Redbud Hazel - If you’ve got shade you need this shrub. D. cercidifolius is one of the best shrubs for fall colour turning reliably deep red even in shaded conditions. Fall colours also include orange and gold. This species has small, unusual flowers that resemble little burgundy starfish. They appear as the leaves begin to fall. Their aroma is not sweet but medicinal. Spring and summer leaves are generally blue green and heart shaped. A large shrub with an open, horizontal habit.

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