Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: September 2015

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

September 2015

Celebrating our 12th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

Welcome to the fall season! Don't be melancholy about the end of summer and the coming change of seasons. Embrace it. Fall is one of the best gardening times of the year. In fact it's probably the best time of year to do garden renovations. Check out our article below to learn why.

Our Fall and Winter workshop schedule is now online and ready for you to peruse and register. We hope you'll join us for some workhops. Remember we have our free Gardening 101 series for beginner and intermediate gardeners and our Young Sprouts series for kids. If you know anyone who would be interested, please forward this email to them. We need your help to get the word out so we can keep converting civilians into gardeners. There are also lots of exciting project-based workshops so take a look bellow.

It is fall and we are at the start of bulb season. Our first shipments have arrived with more arriving every week. By mid September we should have most of our core selection in stock. We provide you with some highlights below. If you are looking for something in particular call first to make sure it has come in.

Also for fall is the first year of our Rare Bulb offerings. You can shop and order now from the comfort of your own home and pick-up or have your bulbs shipped in late September. Some of these bulbs are already close to selling out so please order early.

We also have an exciting pre-sale for lady's slipper orchids arriving in mid October. Full details are below.

We are extending our Plastic Recycling program until the end of September to make it easier for you to recycle your nursery plastics. Details below.

There is a new contest underway. You could win a trip to Canada Blooms in Toronto. Make sure to enter. I really want a Phoenix customer to win!

Last but not least Fab at Phoenix is packed with great plants available now though this is just the tip of the iceberg. It's time to come for a visit.

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

Rare Bulb Pre-Sale
For shipping or pick-up in Sept.

Learn More & Order

 

 

Cypripedium
Hardy Lady's Slipper Pre-Sale

For shipping or pick-up in Oct.

Learn More & Order

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Fall is Garden Renovation Time - The conditions in fall are perfect for garden renovations. Learn why...

2. Fall and Winter Workshops - Join us for a new season of fun and informative workshops.

3. Rare Bulbs Pre-Sale: Over 50 Incredible Bulbs for Canadian Gardeners - We are proud to offer an exciting selection of bulbs rarely available, if ever, to Canadian gardeners.

4. Cypripedium Lady's Slippers Pre-Sale: 21 Different Lady's Slippers for Canadian Gardens - These Cypripedium hybrids possess hybrid vigour -- they have inherited the best traits of both parents -- and are much easier to grow than species orchids, have big flowers in amazing colours, and clump up very quickly into amazing displays in the part shade garden.

5. Spring Bulbs Arriving: Take the time this fall to inspire yourself in spring - New bulbs are arriving every week!
6. Fabulous at Phoenix -- Gary's Picks of what's new and fabulous 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.
Date
Event Description
See Below for Fall Workshops

 


Win a Trip for Two
to Canada Blooms in Toronto!

March 11-20th, 2016

Canada Blooms is the largest flower and garden festival in the country. You can enter to win a trip for two including travel with VIA Rail and 3 nights stay at the InterContinental Toronto plus entry to the show. Let's send a Phoenix Perennials customer this year! Tell all your friends and family! If one of them wins they'll have take you! Click here to enter the contest.

Directions for Entering the Contest: Enter your contact information. Your Garden Centre Code is LAVENDER. After that select Phoenix Perennials. Finally, cross your fingers! Contest closes October 31st, 2015.

 

EXTENDED!
Phoenix Perennials
Plastics Recycling Month

July 3rd - September 27th, 2015
Please do NOT bring plastics before or after these dates.

EXTENDED!: So many of you are busy with summer and on vacation so we have extended our collection period until the end of September.

Over the past few years Phoenix Perennials has participated in the National Plastic Recycling Program and many of you have participated. This year the program has been cancelled but we're going to do our own version! Though many nursery plastics are recyclable in our blue box programs, many gardeners find that containers and flats are not picked up or some types of plastic are not accepted.

Bring your nursery plastics down to the nursery and deposit them in the designated bins during recycling month. Then you get to visit the nursery! It's a win-win situation.

Special Note: This year pots must be separated from flats and other types of plastics might need special treatment. Please pay attention to the signs when depositing your plastics. We participate in this program as volunteers to improve our environment. If everyone follows the directions then our staff won't have to do too much extra work.

 

We can only accept: We cannot accept:
  • Plastic garden pots
  • Plastic flats/trays
  • Plastic plant tags
  • Irrigation pipe
  • Greenhouse poly
  • Fertilizer bags
  • Soil bags
  • Clay
  • Metal
  • Wood
  • Edging
  • Hoses
  • Tools
  • Trash
  • Filled Containers
All plastics and containers must be empty of soil and plant material and they should be dry. Phoenix Perennials is volunteering our time and space for this important initiative. Please help us to keep everything organized and to keep non-recyclable items out of the bins.
We will not be accepting recyclables before or after the designated dates.

Please tell your gardening friends!

 

Volunteer at Phoenix Perennials with our 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.

Fall is Garden Renovation Time

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 soon to come, 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!


2.

Fall and Winter Workshops

Join us for an exciting line-up of workshops including our FREE Gardening 101 and Young Sprouts series. Please register in advance so we know that we will have enough people to run each workshop.

September

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Top Plant Performers for the West Coast Garden: Fall & Winter

Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for fall and winter? Kate 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 our other session on Spring and Summer.

Instructor: Kate | Sun Sept 13th, 11am-12pm | Free* |

MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

   

CONTAINER SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for Containers

By fall you might be ready for a rest from the garden but do yourself one little favour before winter comes: plant some bulbs. You’ll be glad you did come spring. In this workshop you’ll meet a diverse range spring blooming bulbs for the garden and containers including many uncommon but exciting possibilities. You will also receive instruction on designing with bulbs and planting them in layers for knock out displays in containers or small spaces. Each participant will then plant up and take home their own bulb container.

Instructor: Kate | Sat September 19th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Bulbs not included. |

MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

   

CONTAINER SERIES | Terrariums: Bring the Outdoors In

It's time to bring back terrariums! These miniature gardens inside glass vessels are perfect decorations for inside the house year round. We'll have a variety of succulents, ferns, air plants, venus fly traps, and sundews for you to combine with coloured mosses, stones, and glass pebbles. The rest is up to you! Kate will instruct you on the ins and outs of designing and caring for the miniature gardens inside your terrariums. Then you'll get to do up your own!

Instructor: Kate | Sat September 26th, 10am-12pm | $20 + tax | Moss, stone, pebbles and soil are included. The plants and container you choose are not included. |

MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

   

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Plants for Fall Colour

Do you have a colourful fall garden? Or does it just turn to grey and yellow mush once the rains start? There are numerous perennials, shrubs and small trees that provide great fall foliage and flower colour. Include just a few of these plants in strategic locations in the garden and you could have a fall garden to remember and look forward to!

Instructor: Jo | Sun Sept 27th, 11am-12pm | FREE* |

MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

   

YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | Harvest Time!

Fall is a time of bountiful harvests when farmers and gardeners alike are bringing in their crops after the spring and summer growing season. Our Young Sprouts will explore this time of year, talk about where all these harvests came from, and how they are so important for our lives. Then they'll get to make their own veggie people!

Instructore: Kate | Sun September 27th, 1-2pm | FREE*

MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

 

October

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Preparing the Garden for Winter

Guarantee success next season by putting your garden to bed for winter just right. Jo will discuss plant life cycles and how to help them prepare for and survive winter dormancy. She will discuss microclimates, mulch, strategies for protecting less hardy plants, and maintaining winter habitat for pollinators.

Instructor: Jo | Sun October 4th, 11am-12pm | Free* |

MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

   

CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets of Fabulous Pots Then Make Your Own

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. You'll get to plant up and take home your own fabulous container.

Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. We will have a range of options available if you don't have your own pot. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use.

Instructor: Kate | Sun October 4th, 1-3 pm | $14 + tax |

MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

   

CONTAINER SERIES | Fall Wreaths

Wreaths aren't just for Christmas or summer succulents. They can also make for a gorgeous fall display to adorn your home and garden. In this workshop you'll be presented with a variety of dried berries and flowers, corn husks, greenery, gourds, miniature pumpkins and more. Then you'll create your very own just in time for Thanksgiving! If you like, you can bring some materials from your home garden to include in your wreath. Look for dried flowers, berries and other autumnal interest.

Instructor: Kate | Sat October 10th, 10am-12pm | $35 + tax | All the materials that you'll need are included in the price of your workshop.

MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

   

YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | Why do leaves change colour and other questions about fall!

Fall is a fun time of year when leaves turn colour and fall. But why? We'll explore the changes we see in the garden and what that means for the plants, animals, birds, and insects that make the garden their home. Then we'll make a fun craft with colourful leaves to take home! Bring some pretty leaves with you or we'll provide some.

Instructore: Kate | Sun October 18th, 11am-12pm | FREE*

MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

   

YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | The Magic of Bulbs!

Inside the brown and white bulbs, corms and rhizomes available in fall are little plants with beautiful flowers ready to pop out in spring and give us a beautiful display. Why do some plants form these little structures and others not? Learn about the magic of bulbs then plant up your own pot of bulbs to take home for spring!

Instructore: Kate | Sun October 25th, 11am-12pm| FREE*

MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

 

 

December

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Do-It-Yourself Indoor Christmas Rose Container

Come any time during the weekend and set yourself up at our self-serve craft tables. Select your blooming Christmas rose reserved for you, choose a clay pot or a festive metal container and decorate it with organza, ribbon, moss and winter twigs. A trusty Phoenician will be nearby if you need help.

This quick do-it-yourself project is great for decorating your home at Christmas or for gifts for friends and family at Christmas parties and gatherings. You'll probably want to do a few of them and you'll probably want to bring a friend.

Fri Dec 4th-Sun December 6th, 10am-3pm | $30 + tax includes one budded/blooming hellebore in a 5 inch pot and all the fixings. As part of your registration you can book to do more than one container and/or bring a friend.

MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop

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.

Sat December 5th, 10am-12pm | $55 + tax (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.)

MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop

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.

Sun December 6th, 10am-12pm | $20 + tax. Cost includes soil and the twigs and greens. It does not include the plants you choose to pot up.

MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

 

Instructor Biographies

Kate Herring is a multi-talented woman with a love for perennials and design. Kate holds a Certificate in Garden Design from UBC and is a Master Gardener. In addition to her roles in retail sales and workshop instruction at Phoenix, Kate is also one of our in-house designers for our In-Nursery Design Service. Kate is an incredibly crafty person -- watch for more and more of her creations at the nursery and for new workshops in the coming years.

Jo Turner (Dip. Landscape Hort., Capilano College), is a Vancouver horticulturalist/gardener who has been associated with Phoenix on a part-time basis for several years. She also does design, consulting and maintenance in private gardens independently. Over the past few years Jo has offered workshops for adults and children at Phoenix on a variety of horticultural topics. Currently serving on the board of the Alpine Garden Club, she continues to be fascinated with garden design and history, garden writing and of course, plants and those who love them...

 

Booking Workshops

Spaces are limited. Please book in advance. Workshops cannot run without a minimum of 5 people so please book early and bring your friends.

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.

Each workshop requires a minimum of 5 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. To ensure your favourite workshops go ahead please tell all your friends and bring them along. You'll have more fun that way too. Workshops are a great way to spend time with family and friends.

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.

 


3.

Rare Bulbs Pre-Sale
Over 50 Incredible Bulbs for Canadian Gardeners

We are proud to offer an exciting selection of bulbs rarely available, if ever, to Canadian gardeners. From intriguing ornamental onions to Chilean blue crocus, wand flowers to dog-tooth violets, mariposa lilies to camas lilies, plus rare daffodils and iris, we have a selection to knock your socks off and turn your gardening friends green with envy! (We suppose you could tell them about us if you want to be a good gardening friend.)

Visit Phoenix Perennials Mail Order to see our full selection of over 50 rare bulbs. 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. Because this is the first year offering these fabulous yet esoteric bulbs we have not ordered large quantities. Please order early to secure your favourites.

Our selection of rare bulbs will ship (for mail order customers) or be ready for pick-up (for local gardeners) in late September. For mail order customers: if you combine bulbs and Cypripedium in the same order (which are not available until mid October) we will ship your bulbs and Cyps together in October. Please place separate orders if you want your bulbs to arrive as early as possible in the fall (Sept).

Please note: because we must pay our suppliers in advance, we will process payment of Cypripedium and Bulb orders at the time of ordering. Should something not be available at the time of shipping we will refund the money at that time.


4.

Cypripedium Lady's Slippers Pre-Sale
21 Different Hardy Orchids for Canadian Gardens

These Cypripedium hybrids possess hybrid vigour -- they have inherited the best traits of both parents -- and are much easier to grow than species orchids, have big flowers in amazing colours, and clump up very quickly into amazing displays in the part shade garden. They bloom in late April and May offering an exquisite show in the garden. All 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.

We are currently offering 21 different lady's slipper hybrids for shipping to our mail order customers and for pick-up at Phoenix by our local customers in mid October, 2015. All are top quality, blooming size and should flower in the spring. Here they are:

We will be providing them to you bare root. All you need to do is plant them directly into a well-drained location in part shade or morning sun. 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. Though we do offer them in growth in spring to our local customers, 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.

Please note: Because we must pay our suppliers in advance, we will process payment of Cypripedium and Bulb orders at the time of ordering. Should something not be available at the time of shipping we will refund the money at that time

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. Local customers can combine your Cyp and rare bulb orders together in the same order. We will contact you in late Sept for bulb pick up and mid Oct for Cyp pick up. Mail order customers should place two separate orders for rare bulbs and cyps if you want plants shipped to you as soon as they are available. If you want to save a little money on shipping you can place a combined order and we will ship your bulbs with your Cyps as soon as your Cyps are ready to ship in mid October.

 


5.

Spring Bulbs Arriving!
Take the Time this Fall to Inspire Yourself in Spring

It's just about time to plant spring bulbs. Over the next two weeks our full selection of bulbs is arriving. Some are already in stock, more are yet to come. Here's a preview below of some of our selection. If you're looking for someting in particular, call us first to make sure it has come in.

Bulb Inspiration
Photo Albums of
Bulb Displays from my
Trip to Holland
YouTube Videos from my Trip to 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

A Note on the Quality of Bulbs

What many home gardeners don't realize when shopping for spring bulbs is that bulbs are graded and sold at the wholesale level based on their size. Retailers can choose what grades to buy. The bigger the bulb, the more likely it will be to flower, the larger those flowers will be, and the more numerous those flowers will be. Top grades usually cost a little bit more but they are worth it for the performance that they offer. You don't want a wimpy little tulip flower. You want a big boisterous tulip flower.

Many big box stores and grocery stores will offer what seems like good deals on bulbs at this time of year but beware: they are usually smaller grades and they might disappoint come spring.

At Phoenix Perennials we carry only the top grades available from the best growers in the Netherlands. Plus we have a lot of cool bulbs and awesome blends to make your spring magical.

Bulb Blends: These bulb blends make life easy. You don't have to plan colour and bloom time combinations. You just grab the colour blends that suit your style and off you go. The colours will all look good together and the bulbs will all bloom at the same time. Thank goodness for modern conveniences!
Plum Pudding Tulip Blend Apricot and Peach Tulip Blend
Decadent Double Tulip Blend Best Red Tulip Blend
Purple Passion Tulip Blend Mysterious Tulip Blend
Baby Shower Tulip Muscari Blend Pastel Tulip Blend
Pure White Passion Narcissus Blend
Pink Passion Tulip Blend

 

Plus we have lots of other intriguing bulbs including foxtail lilies, botanical tulips, ornamental onions, anemones, hyacinths, fritllarias and more!
Allium 'Summer Drummer'
Eremurus bungei
Tulipa 'Tinka'
Narcissus 'Double Poets'
Allium 'Purple Sensation'
Anemone De Caen 'Bicolor'
Anemone 'Sylphide'
Allium schubertii
Anemone 'Blue Poppy'
Tulipa 'Little Beauty'
Iris 'Katherine Hodgkin'
Camassia quamash
Lilium 'Claude Shride'
Lilium 'Sunny Morning'

And many more!

 


6.

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

[Note: I'm currently travelling in South Africa leading an alumni UBC tour. You might notice that this section hasn't changed much from the last installment. The following plants are looking great but there are lots more in stock. Come down for a look!]

Passiflora 'Betty Myles Young' - 'Betty Myles Young' is a vigorous, very hardy passion flower that can be grown in containers or in the ground. It will remain evergreen down to - 8 Celsius. The blooms are up to 12 cm in diametre and lightly scented. The broad petals are pale to deep lilac with white central streaking that contrast perfectly with the maroon filaments. The fruits are large, decorative, and ripen to a yellow orange. Bury stems six inches deep to increase hardiness. Zone 8-11
Passiflora 'Silly Cow' - 'Silly Cow' is a vigorous, very hardy passion flower that can be grown in containers or planted in the ground. It is evergreen down to - 8 Celsius. The blooms are up to 12 cm in diametre. The broad petals have white to pale lilac centers and deep purple borders that contrast with the bright blue filaments. Rarely sets fruit. Bury stems six inches deep to increase hardiness. Zone 8-11
Passiflora 'Star of Surbiton' - 'Star of Surbiton' is a vigorous, very hardy passion flower that can be grown in containers or planted in the ground. It is evergreen down to - 8 Celsius. The blooms are up to 12 cm in diametre and lightly scented. The broad petals are pure white and contrast dramatically with the bright blue filaments and pale pink centres. The fruits are large, decorative, and ripen to a yellow orange. Bury stems six inches deep to increase hardiness. Zone (8)9-11

 

Canna 'Pretoria'/'Bengal Tiger' - Canna Lily - Fantastic tropical foliage striped with green and gold and topped with firey orange flowers in summer. Great for adding that subtropical look to your garden. Hardy to zone 7 if planted in well-drained soil and given a little mulch. Our plants are virus indexed and clean. Canna 'Intrigue' - Canna Lily - 'Intrigue' has peach coloured flowers with a hint of orange. The foliage is striking burgundy held on strong vertical stems. Virus indexed so these plants are clean and will produce beautiful foliage without the mottling and striations found in most other canna available in nurseries.
Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty' - Mayapple - At long last we are able to offer this amazing shade plant again! This brilliant hybrid of several Asian Mayapples boasts large, vigorous, lobed umbrella-shaped leaves. Leaves are chartreuse with dramatic and bizarre chocolate-brown spotting throughout the spring. Like nothing you’ve ever seen! In summer, the leaves are green with lightly spotted areas. Huge garnet-coloured flowers are found under the leaves in clusters of five or more. This form was selected for its colouring, improved late spring frost tolerance, vigour, and habit. Canna 'Intrigue' - Canna Lily - A fantastic canna with great design potential: purple leaves and blue-grey undersides surround medium pink flowers. This 6 foot tall slender beauty is self-cleaning and blooms all summer. Our plants are virus indexed and negative. Cannas offer great tropical foliage and are generally hardy to our temperatures but sensitive to winter wet. In the garden, plant in a well-drained sunny location and mulch with leaves. Cannas are also great in pots. Shelter these in a garage or shed for winter.
Lobelia x speciosa 'Starship Scarlet' - Cardinal Flower - ' Starship Scarlet' has compact, bronze foliage and dense, strictly upright spikes with vivid scarlet flowers. Lobelia is an excellent border plant for average to moist locations and is a hummingbird and butterfly magnet. Agastache 'Red Fortune' - Anise Hyssop- This is a long-blooming selection, featuring long spikes of bright magenta-red flowers. The plants form a compact bush of licorice-scented green leaves. Great for butterflies and hummingbirds.
Echinacea 'Supreme Flamingo' - Coneflower - Very rich, coral and shrimp pink colours combine for an unbelievable exclamation of colour in the summer garden. Fully double, fragrant coneflowers with complimentary ray petals of rosy copper. Show this colour off with with a bright yellow or tone it down with some brooding purple. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering. Echinacea 'Secret Glow' - Coneflower - 'Secret Glow' is a glowing school bus yellow. But it doesn't need a flashing stop sign to get your attention -- it stands out in a crowd for its unusual colour and its unusually high flower count, averaging 35 large flowers per plant in the first year! Fragrant. 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.
Hosta 'Wheee!' - Plantain Lily - This distinctive hosta is unlike the vast majority of cultivars in this case sporting incredibly wavy leaf margins from leaf base to to leaf tip, even on young plants. 'Wheee!' is also variegated with cream margins and has lavender flowers in summer. Hosta 'Rainbow's End' - Plantain Lily - 'Rainbow's End' has one of the most unusual variegations seen in years. Dark green leaves are possessed of broad, gold, irregular stripes. Every leaf is different. The overall effect is a mound of shiny green feathered with gold.
Colocasia 'Black Coral' - Taro - 'Black Magic' is a taro or elephant's ear cultivar with huge, dramatic, arrow-shaped, purplish-black leaves. It can be grown as a marginal plant in ponds or in pots or beds with evenly moist soil. Yellowish-white spathes and spadixes may appear in summer but are usually hidden by the foliage. Though potentially hardy they are best brought in as a houseplant.

Colocasia 'Mojito' - Taro - 'Mojito' is a taro or elephant's ear cultivar with huge, dramatic, arrow-shaped, speckled, black and green leaves. This colorful effect is matched with light green stems streaked with dark purple that fade to pink. .It can be grown as a marginal plant in ponds or in pots or beds with evenly moist soil. Yellowish-white spathes and spadixes may appear in summer but are usually hidden by the foliage. A houseplant in winter for most.

Hibiscus Summerific 'Summer Storm' - Perennial Hibiscus - This hybrid has the darkest wine purple, maple-like foliage ever seen on a perennial Hibiscus. This plant produces large 8-10 inch wide, pink flowers with rose veining and a deep magenta eye that radiates out onto the petals. It makes an amazing display in the summer and fall garden. Provide full sun and good moisture during the growing season. Disporum cantoniense 'Moonlight' - Chinese Fairy Bells - An exceptional new cultivar, compact in form with unique silvery white and green variegation radiating from each leaf blade, becoming suffused with purple-pink coloration as temperatures cool in the fall. Graceful, arching stems emerge in spring, followed by clusters of small flowers in late spring to summer. Adds an illuminating effect to any shade garden.
Hibiscus Summerific 'Cherry Cheesecake' - Perennial Hibiscus - Hibiscus Summerific 'Summer Storm' - Perennial Hibiscus - This hybrid has the darkest wine purple, maple-like foliage ever seen on a perennial Hibiscus. This plant produces large 8-10 inch wide, pink flowers with rose veining and a deep magenta eye that radiates out onto the petals. It makes an amazing display in the summer and fall garden. Provide full sun and good moisture during the growing season. Hibiscus Summerific 'Midnight Marvel' - Perennial Hibiscus - Hibiscus Summerific 'Summer Storm' - Perennial Hibiscus - This hybrid has the darkest wine purple, maple-like foliage ever seen on a perennial Hibiscus. This plant produces large 8-10 inch wide, pink flowers with rose veining and a deep magenta eye that radiates out onto the petals. It makes an amazing display in the summer and fall garden. Provide full sun and good moisture during the growing season.
Gardenia 'Summer Snow' - Hardy Gardenia - 'Summer Snow' is a hardy hybrid gardenia hand selected after 10 years of development and test studies. ‘Summer Snow’ has beautiful pure white double flowers that are sweetly fragrant. The foliage is evergreen, rich and glossy. Hardy to zone 6 with reportedly some of the best cold hardiness of the hardy gardenias. Tricyrtis 'Kohaku' - Toad Lily - This bold toad lily has an arching habit and very large cup-shaped flowers that are beautifully marked. A vigorous and very unusual hybrid originally bred for the cut flower trade in Japan at least 15 years ago. Toad lilies are wonderful plants for the late summer and fall shade garden. Most grow on elegant arching stems often with lightly mottled foliage. They produce multitudes of ornate orchid-like flowers that are usually white (sometimes yellow) with various degrees of purple spotting.
Agastache 'Black Adder' - Anise Hyssop - Spikes of tubular, smokey-lilac flowers open from dark purple buds for a striking effect. The licorice-scented foliage is edible and good in salads. Excellent planted en masse in the perennial border or in the herb garden. Drought tolerant once established. Blooms from summer until frost. A hybrid between the North American A. foeniculum and the Asian A. rugosa. Deadhead spent flowers to promote additional bloom. Anemone x hybrida 'Crispa' - Japanese Anemone - 'Crispa' a shorter and more compact Japanese anemone with intriguing ruffled and crinkled leaves with red-tinged edges that look like triple curled parsley or kale. The large single pink flowers are similar to the other fall-blooming anemones. Some confusion exists in the naming of this plant. This cultivar has been cited as not having the crinkled leaves but the plants that we offer do.
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!. Anemone japonica Fantasty 'Cinderella' - Japanese Anemone - A brand new introduction of compact growing anemone, this variety has beautiful pink single flowers with yellow stamens, and blooms abundantly.
Brunnera 'Alexander's Great' - Siberian Bugloss - This giant Brunnera looks just like the classic 'Jack Frost' except for it's size. It will grow nearly a foot and half tall and two and a half feet wide! It has dramatic silver foliage and the dainty blue forget-me-not flowers that we love from this genus. Discovered by plantsman Alexander Zukeivich in his Belarus garden. This is a plant for a big garden or a big pot! Hosta 'Irish Luck' - Plantain Lily - For those of you not keen on variegation here is a hosta designed for you. 'Irish Luck' is a vigourous grower with incredibly glossy, dark green leaves with pie crust rippled margins, deep veining and good substance. Due to the H. plantaginea parentage, 'Irish Luck' exhibits some sun tolerance and produces sweetly fragrant, lavender flowers. Who needs variegation?
Nandina domestica 'Filamentosa' - Heavenly Bamboo - ‘Filamentosa’ is a dwarf cultivar with a mounding habit. It has unusual, deeply cut, lacy, narrow foliage that is reddish when emerging, bright green at maturity and an intense purplish-red colour in the 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 foliage interest. Full shade right up to full sun! Arisaema consanguineum 'The Perfect Wave' - Himalayan Cobra Lily - A stunning cultivar bred by Ellen Hornig with breathtaking silver variegation on silver-blue, seductively undulating leaves. Considering that the normal form is mid green foliage this selection is pretty amazing. ‘The Perfect Wave’ will also grow to four to five feet with its dramatic umbrella of leaflets. Green flowers give way to green then red clusters of fruits.
Buddleia 'Bicolor' - Butterfly Bush - ‘Bicolor’ is the first buddleia ever to offer two completely different colours on the same inflorescence! Fragrant, lavender and butterscotch yellow flowers blend together for a fascinating bicolour effect. Panicles grow up to 10 inches long and show up well against the clean grey-green foliage. Compact growth habit. Buddleia 'Crown Jewels' - Butterfly Bush - This fantastic butterfly bush has beautiful gold to lime green foliage from spring through fall, and sharply contrasting, magenta purple flowers. A medium-sized butterfly bush. In colder climates it can behave as a herbaceous perennial dying back to the ground and returning into the spring.
Lonicera reticulata 'Kintzley's Ghost - Honeysuckle - This marvelous and crazy honeysuckle will give you a vertical display like nothing else in the garden. It has tight yellow flower clusters surrounded by a large circular silvery-white bract. The showy white bracts persist through fall and cup the red berries. The foliage is pale blue-green. The flowers are lightly fragrant. A hybrid of L. reticulata and L. prolifera. 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.
Lonicera sempervirens 'John Clayton' - Coral Honeysuckle - Lovely, pale yellow flowers explode from the vining stems from June until November and grabs the attention of hummingbirds, butterflies, and humans alike. Bright orange-red fruits in late summer and fall. Selected by the Virginia Native Plant Society for excellent repeat bloom, clean foliage and compact form. Named for a colonial botanist, it was found on the grounds of a 17th century Abington church in Glouchester, Virginia. Sedum Sunsparkler 'Firecracker' - Stonecrop - 'Firecracker' has luscious red foliage growing to six inches tall by 18 inches wide. In summer it produces large pink flower heads popular with bees. The compact habit makes this sedum useful for containers, edging walkways, green roofs, and the front of the border. The Sunsparkler sedums are remarkable for their multi-crown habit, ability to hold color all summer, and drought tolerance.
Heuchera 'Red Lightning' - Coral Bells - 'Red Lightning' has huge lime yellow to golden yellow leaves with striking red veins. The leaves are larger with bolder red markings than 'Delta Dawn'. You won't miss 'Red Lightning' in the garden. Use it where you need to grab some attention, especially in containers. Heuchera 'Grape Soda' - Coral Bells - 'Grape Soda' has rose pink leaves in the spring turning light purple with silver burnished into the summer.
Asclepias speciosa - Showy Milkweed - This western North American species has upright stems with oblong leaves topped with dense three inch globes of fragrant, pink, star-shaped flowers which attract butterflies. It is an important food source for Monarch and other butterflies. Showy milkweed spreads by underground rhizomes. Grow in a pot or sink a pot of it in the ground or allow it to spread in naturalized settings. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Asclepias incarnata - Swamp Milkweed - This species has upright branching stems with oblong leaves topped with dense clusters of small rose pink and white vanilla-scented flowers which attract butterflies. Good in moist, wet and average soils. Deer resistant.

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