Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: September 2012

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
September 2012

 

Hello from Phoenix Perennials!

I always find it a surprise when September rolls around. The summer always seems so short!

As summer wanes and vacations end we turn back to more industrious pursuits like school, work and our various commitments. As we rev back to full velocity, let us not forget the garden. Which is to say let's not forget the simple things in life about which the garden is so good at reminding us: the warm fall sunlight and crisp air, the taste of a tomato eaten right off the vine, the late season flowers just coming into bloom, the laughs and camaraderie of friends and family sharing a last warm afternoon on the patio.

As you get busy this fall don't forget to take the time to step back into the garden and do a little gardening - renovate an area that's not working, plant a new bed about which you've been daydreaming, do some pruning that you've been meaning to get around to. This is a great time of year for garden projects and perhaps even a better planting time than the spring! Really. In this issue you'll find an article on the case for fall planting.

As we rev back into our busy lives the nursery also revs up. We just held our second annual Heirloom Tomato Festival. In this issue you'll find an article on the event as well as a reminder that you can still have a tomato experience (or continue your tomato experience, as the case may be) and Order Tomatoes for pick up this weekend at the nursery.

We have a number of exciting Upcoming Workshops including Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden, our bulb workshop Jewels of the Spring Garden, and Winter Containers to Die For. You can also sign up for our Christmas Rose Wreath Making workshop and our Christmas Rose Outdoor Container workshop at the Christmas Hurrah! in December.

The Desert Plant Society of Vancouver will bring some succulent excitement to the nursery this month when they hold their Fall Sale at the nursery.

Our bulbs will also be creating some excitement as gardeners plan their spring displays. Come check out our beautiful Bulb Blends. They make planting bulbs so easy as does the Dig.Drop.Done website. Information is below. Last but not least in this issue is Fabulous at Phoenix. If you want to plant a great garden this selection of plants is the perfect place to start.

Also exciting is that we're make some big changes at the nursery. Our shade structure is gone and in the next few weeks will be replaced by a new retail greenhouse that will house our shade section. Oh la la! Have a look at the pictures on Facebook and come down to see this big open space for yourself. Everyone's wondering where we put all the shade plants. As always at Phoenix Perennials, we got creative.

See you soon at the nursery.

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

Book Your Tomatoes
For This Weekend!

We are currently taking bookings for pick up on Sat. and Sun. Sept. 15th/16th at the nursery.You can now book 3-4 pounds Party Mixes of delicious heirloom and cool modern tomatoes for $16 each.

Book Tomatoes Online

Spring Bulbs
are Here!

It's time to plant spring magic.

Come down to the nursery to view our great selection.

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Fall is Planting Time!: Fall conditions are great for new perennial plantings
2. Spring Bulbs are Here: It's time to plant spring magic
3. Bulbs: Dig.Drop.Done. Now that was easy!
4. The Second Annual Heirloom Tomato Festival
5. Come Learn with Us: Workshops 2012
6. Fabulous at Phoenix


Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

Plant Sale of the Desert Plant Society of Vancouver
at Phoenix Perennials

Saturday September 22nd, 2012, 10am-4pm

Do you love succulents?

Here's a chance to get some choice and unusual specimens that you likely would never find at nurseries including our own!

On Saturday September 22nd the members of the Desert Plant Society of Vancouver will set up at the nursery for their Fall Sale.

The sale is open to the public.

On this weekend Phoenix will be releasing a selection of rare seed-grown agave and we'll also be selecting certain succulents to go on SALE. Come down to see the deals!

For more information check out http://www.desertplantsocietyofvancouver.com.

 

The Phoenix Perennials Calendar
There's so much going on at the nursery all the time. Here's your resource to keep track.
Date
Event Description
Sat
Sept 15
POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Fall and Winter | Instructor: Shelley | Sat Sept 15th, 10am-12pm | $12 | Register Online!
Thurs
Sept 20
CANWEST HORT SHOW | Hot New Plants: Cutting Edge Plants for Cutting Edge Retail and Design | Thurs. Sept 20, 12:30-2pm | Vancouver Convention Centre, West | If you work in the horticultural or landscaping industry I'll be speaking at the Canwest Horticultural Show. Register online at http://www.canwesthortshow.com/.
Sat
Sept 22
CONTAINER SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for Spring Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Sept 22nd, 10am-12pm | $14 | Register Online!
Sat
Sept 22
Plant Sale of the Desert Plant Society of Vancouver at Phoenix Perennials | 10-4pm | Do you love succulents? Here's a chance to get some choice and unusual specimens! | http://www.desertplantsocietyofvancouver.com
Sat
Sept 29
CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Sept 29th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Register Online!
Fri - Sun
Dec 1-3
The Christmas Hurrah!
Celebrate the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other seasonal delights. The nursery will reopen for one weekend at the start of December for sales of the amazing Christmas rose and other members of the Helleborus Gold Collection plus other winter blooming plants. We'll be offering two workshops: a Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop and a Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop plus a DIY project to doll up a Christmas Rose to bring it inside for holiday decoration. View images from last year's Christmas Hurrah!
Sat Dec 1
SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Instructor: Diane Levings, Full Bloom Flowers | Sat Dec 1st, 10am-12pm | $55 Includes all materials. | Register Online!
Sat Dec 1
SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Dec 1st, 1-3pm | $18 (Includes soil and the twigs and greens) | Register Online!

 

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1.

Fall is Planting Time!
Fall conditions are great for new perennial plantings

I'm told that back in the day fall used to be a much bigger planting time. Of course, spring can never be beaten in terms of the excitement for gardening. But gardeners knew that fall was also a great time to plant. And so each September gardeners would pop back into the nurseries and garden centres to pick up some plants for their last projects of the year.

Somehow it feels as if this knowledge is being lost and with it opportunities to create those perfect garden spaces in which to live our lives. Why are we forgetting about this great time of year in the garden? Perhaps our lives are just busier than they used to be. Perhaps we've gotten used to the spring frenzy as our cue to get moving in the garden. In the spring, in addition to the inherent excitement about leaving winter behind, there are reminders to garden everywhere as every big box and supermarket and department store and corner store set up their little seasonal garden areas. There aren't so many reminders in the fall. And perhaps it's the fault of real garden centres and nurseries that we're not educating the garden public well enough about the opportunities of the fall. Well, here I am to do my part!

Fall isn't just for bulbs it's also an excellent time of year to plant perennials, shrubs and trees. In fact, it is in many ways a better time than the spring! Here's why:

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 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.

The Successes and Failures of this Year's Garden are Fresh in Your Mind: Is there an area that's been bothering you all season? A certain spot that just doesn't work? Don't wait until spring when you might forget about the great ideas you have now. Now's the time to tear it apart and renovate. You can remove existing perennials and move them elsewhere in the garden. Then you can purchase some new plants to get the look you really want.

Caveat for Less Hardy Plants: The only exception to the above discussion is less hardy zone 8 or 9 plants that flirt with hardiness in our zone. Even if the plant is a strong zone 8 and quite hardy here, it is still usually best to plant it in the spring so it can establish a full root system before winter. A full root system will make any plant much hardier. If you still want to plant zone 8 or 9 plants at this time of year make sure to mulch well - collect leaves that fall into your yard and pack them around or on top of your new plant to a depth of about one foot.

And just to show you that I practice what I preach, here's a new bed that Phoenician Patricia and I planted at my house on Sunday. We completed the plantings of the larger shrubs, perennials and grasses and this week I'll do one more run through to put in some groundcovers up front. I'm really excited about it.

It's an area where there used to be an old eight foot wide western red cedar hedge. We removed the hedge last year and replaced it with a narrow 'Smaragd' cedar hedge which left me with lots of planting space in a long, hot, sunny strip along the sidewalk.

I've been dreaming about getting to this planting all year but couldn't find the time in our busy spring and summer. As it turns out, fall is definitely the best time to plant this bed. If I had planted in the spring I would have spent all spring and summer trying to keep it watered. We don't have irrigation in this area so I would have been hauling the hose and sprinkler out a couple times a week. Because the soil is thin, the location so hot and my schedule so busy in spring and summer the plants likely would have suffered.

Now that I've planted in the fall I'll just have to water a few times through September and then Mother Nature will take care of the plants from there. With the fall to settle in a good root system these plants are going to take off next spring and look fantastic very early on. They'll be well-established and able to mostly fend for themselves water-wise once the heat sets in next summer.

So exciting!

 

Do your beds need some renovation?

Or how about planting a new area?

Don't wait until spring.

Do it this fall!

You'll be so happy that you did!

 

 


2.

Spring Bulbs Are Here!
It's time to plant spring magic

Our spring bulbs have arrived. If you didn't have a chance to look at my photo albums and videos from Tulip Time in Holland here they are to inspire you.

Bulb Inspiration
Photo Albums of Bulb Displays from Holland
YouTube Videos from Holland

Keukenhof Gardens Photo Album


Tulip and Bulb Fields in Holland Photo Album

Keukenhof Gardens (Video 1): The Wilhelm-Alexander Pavilion
Keukenhof Gardens (Video 2): Visit one small but impressive area of the gardens
Keukenhof Gardens (Video 3): Bulb Plantings Near the Lake
Keukenhof Gardens (Video 4): Zocher Garden Area
Keukenhof Gardens (Video 5): One of my favourite displays

Bulb Blends

Bulb blends are a relatively new phenomenon for fall planting. They are specially designed for the busy gardener who doesn't have much time to plan out their displays or for the beginner or intermediate gardener who gets a bit overwhelmed standing in front of masses of different tulips trying to create a display that will bloom at the same time and make a great colour display.

Our bulb blends are designed by the experts in Holland. They have planned out for you the timing of bloom as well as a whole bunch of amazing colour combinations to suit every gardener. You're guaranteed that each bulb in each blend will bloom at the same time. You're also guaranteed to have an amazing display of flower colour and form.

Come down and pick up some of these amazing bulb blends. Here is a selection of some of the amazing blends that we now have in stock.

Plum Pudding Tulip Blend White Tulip Blend
Easter Basket Tulip Blend Red Tulip Blend
Purple Passion Tulip Blend Mysterious Tulip Blend
Magic Carpet Muscari Blend Magic Carpet Tulip Blend
Delft Blue Iris Mix Early Spring Bulb Collection
White on White Daffodil Blend
60 Days of Daffodils Blend
Apricot Peach tulip Blend
Sunshine Blue Mix
Tropical Punch Blend
Purple Passion Blend
Pink Passion Blend

Plant now for Spring Magic.

UPCOMING WORKSHOP | CONTAINER SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for Spring Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Sept 22nd, 10am-12pm | $14 | Meet the spring blooming wonders that you can include in your garden and in pots including a number of uncommon but exciting possibilities. You will also receive instruction on designing with bulbs and planting them in layers for knock out displays. Each participant will then plant up and take home their own container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use. Register Online!


3.

Bulbs: Dig.Drop.Done.
Now that was easy!

Fall is just around the corner and with it Phoenix Perennials will be packed with a great selection of bulbs for fall planting and glorious spring displays.

The Dig Drop Done Program and Website has been designed to teach new and experienced gardeners alike about the ease of planting and caring for flowering bulbs. The website has lots of information on the practical and creative uses of bulbs in your garden.

It also has three hilarious ladies, bulb ambassadors you might say, who speak enthusiastically about bulbs each from their own perspective. Evelyn is my favourite! Which one do you love?

Have a look at their videos here (click the brackets in the bottom right hand corner of each video to go Full Screen) or click the title of each video and link directly to the full YouTube version.

     

Meet Evelyn: Gardener

Meet Evelyn: Pesky Neighbors

Meet Juliana: On Trend

Meet Juliana: Surprise Party

Meet Marcy: Color Coding

Meet Marcy: Science Project

 


4.

The Second Annual
Heirloom Tomato Festival
With tomato tastings, tomato fruit displays and heirloom tomato fruit for sale!

On Saturday September 8th, 2012 we held our second annual Heirloom Tomato Festival. In all we sold over 800 pounds of tomatoes, with 136 people attending our tomato tastings, 28 people coming in to pick up pre-booked Party Mixes and everyone enjoying our beautiful tomato display. Thank you to everyone for attending. We had a great time and hope you did too. Watch for a bigger and better Heirloom Tomato Festival next year!

If you missed the festival or if you made it but need more tomatoes you can order Party Mixes for pick-up this weekend. See below for details or click here to order online.

Tomato Tasting Sessions

"I had a wonderful time at the Tomato Tasting on Saturday! It far surpassed my expectations, all of the tomatoes were delicious, my table mates were fun and lively. Gary you were chock full of unusual and interesting facts on everything tomato. Thanks again! -- Pauline T. from Richmond

Our tomato tastings are the most popular workshop we've ever run! We had 136 people attend our tastings over seven different sessions throughout the day. The groups were excited and intrigued by the variety of tomatoes.

Our Tomato Tastings are a sit down affair with sessions running 45-50 minutes with groups of up to 25 people at a time. Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis first tells stories about the world of tomatoes including the botany and history of the tomato as well as the definition and fascinating stories of heirloom tomatoes.

Then it is time to taste. Each person is presented with a plate filled with a rainbow of tomato slices. This year we tasted 19 different heirloom and cool modern tomatoes one by one and all in a particular order just like a wine tasting. Gary introduced each tomato variety, talked about the type of cultivar, its history and origins, its flavour profile and its uses in the kitchen. The group had the chance to discuss their own impressions of each variety, to take notes on their tasting sheet and to vote for their favourite tomatoes. Then everyone got to choose a Party Mix of tomatoes to take home with them! Yum.

Everyone loved the tomatoes which are of the highest quality and are grown organically in open fields by Red Barn Plants at their farm in Cawston, BC. These are some of the best tomatoes around!

Want to see more photos? Have a look at these images and photo albums:

The Heirloom Tomato Festival 2012

Gary and a lot of Tomatoes!

Tasting Tomatoes at the Tomato Fest

Tomatoes ready for tasting!
Tasters ready to taste.
Gary, the tomato instructor.
Tomato Slicers: Shelley and Kate.

Pre-Bookings and On-Site Purchases of Tomato Fruit

For those who couldn't make it to a Tasting Session or for those in the sessions who just needed more tomatoes we offered pre-bookings of tomatoes for pick up at the Festival. We also, luckily, had extra fruit this year that people could buy without booking in advance. Last year there was no extra fruit owing to the cool growing conditions but this year Red Barn's Cawston fields were filled with a bounty of tomatoes.

Everyone was so excited to come and pick up their Party Mixes! The only dilemma is: which Party Mix to choose!

 

Displays of Tomato Fruit

At the Heirloom Tomato Festival we put together a display of 43 different heirloom and cool modern tomato varieties displayed on platters set on a white tablecloth. Each tomato was labelled with its name, its type and whether it was an heirloom or a modern cultivar. It was a feast for the eyes as much as the tastings were a feast for the palate!

 

Here are two photo albums with pictures of the tomato displays:

43 Tomato Varieties at the Heirloom Tomato Festival 2012

The Heirloom Tomato Festival 2012

 

Do You Need (More) Heirloom Tomatoes?
Book Tomatoes for Pick Up This Weekend
Sat or Sun Sept 15th and 16th

We have a second shipment of tomatoes coming in for this weekend. You can order online to secure you, your family and friends an heirloom tomato experience for this weekend. Pick up is Saturday or Sunday September 15th or 16th at the nursery.

Book Tomatoes Online

The tomatoes are grown by the farm of Red Barn Plants in Cawston, BC. Red Barn is the source of most of the tomato plants that we sell in the spring. Though Red Barn has not applied for organic certification all of their vegetables are grown with fully organic methods and all inputs are OMRI certified. So they are organic in everything but the gold seal.

Here's what you can do with your tomatoes:

Dinner Party Tomato Tasting (Photo Album)

Dinner Party Tomato Tasting (YouTube Video)

Mark your Calendars:
The next Heirloom Tomato Festival will be on Saturday September 7th, 2013!

 

 


5.

Come Learn With Us
Upcoming Workshops

September

POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Fall and Winter | Instructor: Shelley | Sat Sept 15th, 10am-12pm | $12 | Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for fall and winter? Shelley will introduce you to a selection of top plant performers for West Coast gardens that provide great seasonal interest. She will also provide seasonal maintenance tips. This course could be the most important step you take to transform your garden from ordinary to extraordinary! For a full year of top plants sign up for the two other sessions: Spring and Summer. Register Online!

CONTAINER SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for Spring Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Sept 22nd, 10am-12pm | $14 | Meet the spring blooming wonders that you can include in your garden and in pots including a number of uncommon but exciting possibilities. You will also receive instruction on designing with bulbs and planting them in layers for knock out displays. Each participant will then plant up and take home their own container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use. Register Online!

CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Sept 29th, 10am-12pm | $14 | This is a fun hands-on workshop for gardeners of all levels who are interested in learning how to successfully create gorgeous perennial containers that will provide months of winter interest and an antidote against the dark, cold days of the year. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use. Register Online!

December

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Instructor: Diane Levings, Full Bloom Flowers | Sat Dec 1st, 10am-12pm | $55 Includes all materials. | Wreaths were the first way flowers and foliage were used for decoration. Diane Levings of Full Bloom Flowers will teach you about the history of wreaths and their design as you build your very own festive wreath with unique greenery and dried pods and cones. She will then show you how to use Christmas roses, Helleborus niger, and other fresh flowers in your wreath! Bring a friend to maximize your fun. You may bring greenery or twigs from your own garden to use in your wreath if you like. Register Online!

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Dec 1st, 1-3pm | $18 (Includes soil and the twigs and greens) | 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.
Shelley will lead you in the design, planting and final decoration of your planter with winter twigs and greens. It does not include the plants you choose to pot up. Register Online!

View the Complete List of Workshops for 2012

 

Booking Workshops Spaces are limited. Please book in advance. Online Registration: Registration for our workshops is now available online 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. If you wish to register by other methods you will need to call the nursery at 604-270-4133. Each workshop requires a minimum of 8 people and a maximum of 15-25 depending on the workshop. If the minimum is not met we may not be able to run the workshop in which case we will contact you a few days before the scheduled date of the workshop and give you a credit towards another class, a credit at the nursery, or a refund. If you are unable to attend a workshop you have already signed up for please give us 3 days notice. We would be happy to give you a credit towards another class or a credit at the nursery. We cannot offer credits, however, unless you let us know 3 days in advance of your workshop that you cannot attend.


6.

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

Summer is the best time to visit us at Phoenix Perennials. Summer is when we have the most availability of our thousands of plants that we offer each year and when so many of them are in bloom. The nursery looks like a giant garden. Come on down for a stroll.

Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler' -- Coral Honeysuckle -- ‘Major Wheeler’ is one of the best selections of Lonicera sempervirens and stands out above all other red-flowered cultivars for clean foliage and pure flower power. This selection is covered in red trumpet flowers in late spring and keeps churning them out all summer long, especially with a post-bloom trim. The hummingbirds will find it from miles around.
Spiranthes cernua 'Chadd's Ford' -- Lady's Tresses -- This hardy eastern US native orchid is similar to our BC native S. romanzoffiana. It is easy to grow and adaptable for garden and landscape use. Silvery-green ground-hugging rosettes slowly form colonies in moist soils, bogs or swamps. Fragrant white flowers spiral upward in August and September. Can also be used as a marginal plant for water gardens.
Agapanthus 'Midnight Cascade' -- Lily-of-the-Nile -- 'Midnight Cascade' has incredibly dark, rich purple flowers that emerge from near black buds. Some flowers in each head will remain pendulous producing an interesting effect. They flower heads are held on three foot tall stems above bold green strap-like foliage. Deciduous. Mulch in winter.
Acanthus 'Whitewater' -- Bear's Breeches -- This vigorous, variegated Acanthus has striking, bold leaves with white margins and splashing. Makes a large clump with 4 to 5 foot tall ornamental flower stalks of pink and cream in summer. This was bred with A. 'Summer Beauty' for vigour, more hardiness, and heat and humidity tolerance. The result is a much stronger cultivar than ‘Tasmanian Angel’. A mature clump of this would be downright stunning -- I think I’m starting to lust for this plant!.
Cyclamen hederifolium 'Sweetheart Sparkle' - Ivy-Leaved Hardy Cyclamen - 'Sweetheart Sparkle' has kaleidoscope-marked leaves with a dramatic shape and colors of silver and green. Lovely pink flowers on cinnamon-coloured scapes from August through November. C. hederifolium is summer dormant coming into leaf and bloom between August and October. Remains evergreen throughout winter. Grow in light, well-drained soil in shade or part shade. Plant en masse for a superb woodland effect. Widely distributed along the Mediterranean from France to Turkey. Crocosmia 'Burnt Umber' - Montbretia - A fast growing, clumping form that has mid green linear-lance shaped leaves and boasts burnt orange-bronze funnel shaped flowers. Popular with hummingbirds.

Nandina domestica 'Plum Passion' -- Heavenly Bamboo -- Perhaps the most spectacular and certainly the most unique of the nandinas, ‘Plum Passion’ is deep purplish red when in new growth, deep green in summer and rich reddish-purple in fall and winter. Clusters of small white summer flowers give way to bright orange-red winter fruit. Not a bamboo at all but a non-invasive relative of Mahonia, the Oregon grape. Nandinas are incredibly versatile and useful evergreen shrubs with great interest from foliage texture and colours. Full shade right up to full sun! Cistus x hybridus 'McGuire's Gold' -- Rock Rose -- 'McGuire's Gold' is the first all gold leaf Cistus x hybridus! It has a low, mounding habit and is evergreen. Use to create contrast or as an accent in the sun garden. Charming white flowers dot the foliage in May and June. Foliage is lush and plant is naturally well branched. Drought resistant once established. A serious attention getter and focal point for a hot sunny spot.
Farfugium japonicum 'Aureomaculatum -- Leopard Plant -- This unusual foliage plant has glossy green leaves with yellow spots. Attractive yellow flower clusters rise above the foliage in summer. Forms a dense clump with upright arching foliage to one to two feet tall. Use beside pools or bogs. Excellent plant to use as a mass in front of a tall bed or in the back of a small bed. Use also as a specimen or in a large container with other plants. Aster cordifolius 'Avondale' -- Wood Aster -- This selection of the eastern North American native wood aster is a prolific bloomer and carpets the shade garden with light blue in early fall, when little else blooms and the hostas are in decline. Beautiful and long-lasting as a filler in autumn flower arrangements!
Rhododenron arboreum ssp. arboreum -- Rhododendron -- These plants have a distinctly different, almost primeval quality. R. arboreum ssp. arboreum has red flowers (occasionally white or pink) and elliptic leaves up to seven and a half inches long. The leaves have a silvery white fuzzy indumentum on the undersides. Grows to six feet in 10 years. Blooms in early spring. From India, Nepal and Bhutan. Clematis I Am Lady Q -- This lovely bicolour clematis has mid pink petals with pure white centres all surrounding a purple and yellow centre. Flowers are two to three inches across. A member of the Viticella group of clematis, this is a vigourous and floriferous modern cultivar blooming from July to September. Pruning group: 3/C - Hard prune in early spring to about one foot from the ground.
   
Ornamental Onions Available Now as Dry Bulbs

Allium caeruleum -- Ornamental Onion -- Ornamental onions offer intriguing spherical or egg-shaped inflorescences comprised of hundreds of tiny flowers. This royal blue flowered species hails from central Asia, western Siberia and China. The leaves wither by the time the flowering begins so plant some low growing perennials just in front of or on top of the bulbs to mask the foliage. Available in spring as potted plants and in fall as dry bulbs.

Allium 'Globemaster' -- Ornamental Onion -- Ornamental onions offer intriguing spherical or egg-shaped inflorescences comprised of hundreds of tiny flowers. ‘Globemaster’ is absolutely one of the best alliums -- sparkling silvery pinkish purple softball to volleyball sized flowers that produce secondary florets which extend the bloom time. Blooms with the bearded irises. Available in spring as potted plants and in fall as dry bulbs.

Allium 'Ivory Queen' - Ornamental Onion - Ornamental onions offer intriguing spherical or egg-shaped inflorescences comprised of hundreds of tiny flowers. Two to three broad bluish-green leaves subtend a large sphere of sparkling white flowers. Great for the front of the border. Available in spring as potted plants and in fall as dry bulbs. Allium 'Mount Everest' - Ornamental Onion - Ornamental onions offer intriguing spherical or egg-shaped inflorescences comprised of hundreds of tiny flowers. This vigorous, long-lasting cultivar has baseball sized white inflorescences atop two to three foot tall straight stems. Available in spring as potted plants and in fall as dry bulbs.
Allium 'Purple Sensation' - Ornamental Onion - Ornamental onions offer intriguing spherical or egg-shaped inflorescences comprised of hundreds of tiny flowers. The flowers of this tall, bold cultivar are deep rosy purple comprising spheres about three inches across. Available in spring as potted plants and in fall as dry bulbs. Allium sphaerochephalon - Drumstick Onion - Ornamental onions offer intriguing spherical or egg-shaped inflorescences comprised of hundreds of tiny flowers. Two inch wide oval flower heads, green in bud, slowly turn a deep maroon as they mature, giving a wonderful two-tone effect to the flower head. From western Europe. Available in spring as potted plants and in fall as dry bulbs.
   
Echinacea 'Secret Pride' -- Coneflower -- Charming, fragrant, double, white flowers on well-branched, compact plants with dark green foliage which makes a perfect foil for the gleaming white flowers. Flowers may be single in cool weather but fill out when the mercury moves up. Use en masse for the border, in a mixed bed, and as a cut flower. Part of the new Secret Series of mid-size double-flowered coneflowers. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering.

Echinacea Cone-fections 'Hot Papaya' - Not-So-Purple Coneflower - Sizzling, red orange, double cones with falling tails heat up the sun border in summer. Contrasting dark burgundy, sturdy stems. Upright, with lance-shaped leaves. From the Cone-fections Series which offers reliably hardy, very floriferous, stocky plants with strong sturdy stems. Wonderful planted en masse and superb as a cut flower. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens.

Schizostylis coccinea - Crimson Flag - Ignored all spring and summer at the nursery, this hardy South African native comes into its own in the fall and blooms continuously well into winter (and sometimes into the new year!). Fine-textured iris-like leaves and deep peach gladiolus-like flowers on 1-2’ tall spikes. Really a must-have for the fall garden.

Echinacea purpurea 'Amazing Dream' - Purple Coneflower - Bred with E. tennesseensis for floriferousness, 'Amazing Dream' is a dream in the landscape with its compact habit, amazing number of blooms and well-branched plants, and long season of bloom. Flowers are deep pink. A great landscape plant for a long show of colour. The Dream Series of echinacea are strong plants for great performance in the landscape. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering.
Heuchera 'Blackout' - Coralbells - 'Blackout' has very dark, almost black, glossy leaves with rounded lobes which are said to be darker than the industry standard in dark-leaved heucheras, ‘Obsidian’. Cream flowers top the clump in late spring or summer. Heuchera 'Fire Alarm' - Coralbells - A five alarm version of the immensely popular Heuchera ‘Autumn Leaves’. Super vigorous, thick, leathery, glossy, red leaves pile up into a delightful mound of bold foliage that you can't miss! ‘Fire Alarm’ changes colours throughout the season. ‘Fire Alarm’ complements almost every section of the colour palette and can stand on its own without question. The reddest foliage of any Heuchera!
Heuchera 'Georgia Plum' -- Coralbells -- An eye-catching new form of 'Georgia Peach', tough, with amazing year round rose purple leaves, pink to silver overlay, and purple pink flowers. A tighter habit with smaller leaves and shorter flowers than 'Georgia Peach'. Heat and humidity resistant. Great year round purple leaves, but these leaves are rose purple - a different shade and less glossy than 'Plum Royale', the other year round purple. Heuchera 'Paprika' - Coralbells - The brightest orange heuchera on the market with large, warm, glowing cherry-coral foliage. The colour changes from a bright rose orange in the early spring to orange in the summer with a white veil to burgundy with a white veil in the winter. Larger leaves due to H. villosa breeding.

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Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.
One of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials in the Lower Mainland.
Specializing in distinct perennials, fragrant shrubs, hardy subtropicals and the botanically intriguing.3380 No. 6 Road, Richmond (Between Bridgeport and Cambie)
604-270-4133
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