Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: Mid September 2016

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

Mid September 2016

Celebrating our 13th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

Fall is here and we are now in one of the best planting seasons of the year - perhaps even better than the spring with nice warm soils and fall rains already beginning. It's time to do another garden project before the year is out, don't you think? We've included an article on just this subject outlining why you should take advantage of the fall season for garden renovations and new plantings.

Bulb season is here! Our conventional bulb selection is now in stock. We have tons of beautiful bulbs and bulb blends ready for you to choose from now. We highlight some of our selection below.

Our Rare Bulbs are still on their way. If you've already ordered, we'll be emailing when it's time to pick up. If you haven't ordered yet, you still have time! Follow the links below to see our amazing selection.

We have sent out some exciting Alerts lately on Cool Rhodos and Hot New Succulents. We repost them here for our full audience. Wait until you see the amazing rhodo colours and the cool new succulents we've grown.

In mid October the Cypripedium Hardy Lady's Slipper Orchids will be arriving. Check them out below. Once again, these plants are available for pre-order. Fall is the best time to plant them. Order early, some are already sold out.

Our contest for the magnificent Japanese pruning ladder runs until the end of the month. It gleams, it glistens, it won't collapse under you! Check it out and enter the contest!

Our fall workshop season is underway. Fall Colour and Terrariums are this weekend and Winter Containers to Die for is coming soon. Don't miss the fun!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

 

FALL & WINTER WORKSHOPS!

Plants for Fall Colour
Terrariums
Winter Containers
Preparing for Winter
Fall Wreaths
Hellebore in a Handbag
Christmas Wreaths
Christmas Bird's Nest Wreaths
Christmas Centrepieces
Christmas Containers

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Rare Spring Bulbs & Cyps
Choose from 135 Different Rare Bulbs & 31 Different Lady's Slippers to Make Your Garden Extraordinary


Bulbs: Pick-up or Shipping in LATE September.
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Cyps: Pick-up or Shipping in MID October.
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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. RENOVATE YOUR GARDEN: Fall is the Best Time to Plant -- Find out why fall is perhaps the best time of the year to renovate and plant new plants.
2. Spring Bulbs Are Here! -- Our conventional bulb selection is now in! Lots of beautiful bulbs and bulb blends!

3. Cypripedium Hardy Lady's Slipper Orchids Pre-Order -- Fill your garden with the exquisite beauty of hardy orchids. Pre-Order Now.

4. Fall Workshops and Seminars 2016 -- Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful. Welcome to our fall workshops and one of the most exciting line-ups we've ever offered.
5. From the Alerts -- Check out the great content that has come out recently in some of our Alerts.
6. Fabulous at Phoenix -- Gary's picks of new, notable and luscious plants at the Phoenix "Candy Store".

 


Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

The Phoenix Perennials Calendar
There's so much going on at the nursery all the time. Here's your resource to keep track. Also don't miss our Workshop Schedule.
Date
Event Description
Sept 26 Sizzling Succulents presented by Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis to the Sechelt Garden Club.
Oct 30 Hot New Plants presented by Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis to the Vancouver Island Master Gardeners in Nanaimo.
Dec 2-4 The Christmas Hurrah! | Friday to Sunday December 2nd to 4th, 2016 | 10am - 3pm | Celebrate the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other seasonal delights with winter blooms and exciting workshops. | Register for Our Christmas Rose Workshops

 

CONTEST
Win The Most Amazing Ladder Ever!


When Susanne Osmond, one of our favourite garden designers and landscapers, told me she was importing "amazing" tripod ladders from Japan I thought to myself "How different can a ladder be? My step ladders work just fine." Now that I have been to the top of one of her Hasegawa 8 foot platform tripods I realize there is no comparison between the rickety ladders I've been climbing up and down all my life and this magnificent, shining creation from Japan. We have it on display right now at the nursery so you can come and see it.

AND! You can enter a contest right now to win it!


Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis and our friend Susanne Osmond, the importer of these amazing Hasegawa ladders.

Hasegawa Platform Ladders

Description: Specialty pruning ladder, made by Hasegawa from Japan, well known throughout Japan for the safety, stability and practicality of the tripod design. Ask any gardener or nurseryman in Japan which ladders they use and they all say the same thing: Hasegawa.

And the weblink for all the info about the platform model.
http://susanneosmond.com/garden/products/platform-tripod/

Value: $376

To Enter the Contest:
1. Visit Susanne's Main Ladders Page: http://susanneosmond.com/garden/ladders/
2. Find the answer to the two part skill-testing question: In what famous garden did Susanne first discover the Hasegawa ladder and how many people were fighting over it every day?
3. Email us at phoenixperennials at shaw.ca (Yes you have to put the @ sign in there.) with your Name, City, Phone Number, and your answer to the skill testing question. Put "Ladder Contest" in the subject line.

Good Luck! One entry per person but feel free to tell all your friends. If one of them wins you can borrow the ladder from them! We will draw the contest winner September 30th and announce the winner in the October E-Newsletter. Contest entrants will also receive one email from us notifying you of the contest winner.

 

Canadian Mail Order Catalogue 2016!
Rare Bulb and Cypripedium Hardy Lady's Slipper Orchids Now Booking for Fall Shipping plus lots of perennials available!


 

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.

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!

 


2.

Spring Bulbs Are Here!
Take the Time Now
to Inspire Your Future Self this Spring

[NOTE: Our conventional fall buls are all in now. Our Rare Bulb Pre-Order bulbs are arriving late this month and we'll email when they are ready to be picked up.]

It's time to plant spring bulbs! On your mark, get set, go! Our full selection of conventional spring bulbs has arrived. We have all kinds of beautiful bulbs and bulb blends to inspire you and make your future self very happy this upcoming spring. What better way to let your future self know that you are loved by your fall self than by seeing bulbs popping up everywhere in spring?

Bulb Inspiration from my Trip to Holland a Few Years Ago
Photo Albums
YouTube Videos

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
Best Red Tulip Blend
Purple Passion Tulip Blend Mysterious 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! Come down to take a look!

And if you want some really rare and unusual bulbs you can still pre-order from our Rare Bulb Selection available late this month:

Pre-Order
Rare Spring Bulbs
Choose from 135 Different Rare Bulbs to Make Your Garden Extraordinary

Visit the Rare Bulb Pre-Order on our Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Site to see our full selection of 135 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. Please order early to secure your favourites.

Our selection of rare bulbs will ship or be ready for pick-up 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) and to have your Cypripedium ship later in October.

Please Note: Because we must pay our suppliers in advance, we will process payment of Rare Bulb orders at the time of ordering.

Also note that we do not expect to receive about 10-15% of the bulbs we are hoping to get. These bulbs are rare for many reasons but mostly because they are slower to bulk up than bulbs that are more commonly available. For this reason, supplies at harvest time can be less than expected and we are usually shorted on some varieties. Please be understanding if we contact you in the fall that some of the bulbs you ordered are not available.

Should a cultivar not be available at the time of shipping/pick-up, we will give you the choice of substituting a different cultivar, receiving a refund, or having a credit applied to your account for a future order.

Ordering: Visit Rare Bulb Pre-Order on our Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Site 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. Have fun!

 


3.

Pre-Order
Cypripedium Lady's Slippers
31 Different Hardy Orchids for Canadian Gardens

We are excited to offer our largest selection ever of hardy lady's slipper 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 beautiful 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.

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

We are currently offering 31 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 2016. All are top quality, blooming size, many with multiple eyes, 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. A winter mulch of fallen leaves or conifer boughs or needles can be helpful in the first winter. We'll provide you with detailed instructions when you receive your plants.

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

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

Please note: Because we must pay our suppliers in advance, we will process payment of Cypripedium orders at the time of ordering. Should a cultivar not be available at the time of shipping/pick-up we will give you the choice of substituting a different cultivar, receiving a refund, or having a credit applied to your account for a future order.

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

 


4.

Fall Workshops & Seminars 2016

Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful.

Welcome to our Fall 2016 workshops and one of the most exciting line-ups we've ever offered including our FREE Gardening 101 Series designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners and our FREE Young Sprouts Kids Club. Join us to fill in your knowledge and create beautiful things.

 

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

September

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Plants for Fall Colour | Jo | Sun Sept 25, 11am-12pm | FREE* | 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!

 

   

CONTAINER SERIES | Terrariums to Bring the Outdoors In | Kate | Sun Sept 25, 1-3pm | $20 | 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!

 

 

October

CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets of Fabulous Pots Then Make Your Own | Kate | Sat Oct 1, 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. 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.

   

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Preparing the Garden for Winter | Jo | Sun Oct 2, 1-2pm | FREE* | 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.

 

 

CONTAINER SERIES | Fall Wreaths | Kate | Sat Oct 8, 10am-12pm | $45 | 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.

 

December

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Do-It-Yourself Indoor Christmas Rose Container | Fri Dec 2nd-Sun December 4th, 10am-3pm | $30 + tax (Includes one budded/blooming hellebore and all the fixings.) | 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.

   
THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Hellebore in a Handbag | Kate | Fri Dec 2nd, 1-3pm | $45 (Includes purse and hellebore) | It's come to this, fellow gardeners. We're going to Hellebore in a Handbag for Christmas! With this unique project we'll plant up a Christmas rose in a moss purse with some friends & add festive winter greens. Last year I wasn't sure how our many (female) attendees were going to be able to fit any additional plants into their purses with such a large gorgeous hellebore. Somehow I underestimated everyone's ability to stuff their purses full of all manner of necessities!
   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 3, 10am-12pm | $60 | Decorate your home for the holiday season with your very own Christmas Rose wreath! Kate will teach you how to design and build a festive, florist-quality wreath with unique greenery and dried pods and cones. She will then teach you to incorporate Christmas roses into your wreath keeping it colourful & dynamic!

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

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

 

   

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

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

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Centerpiece Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 4, 10am-12pm | $75 (Includes hellebore.) | Here's another way to bring a hellebore inside for Christmas cheer - as a centrepiece for your Christmas table. You'll create a beautiful ring of winter foliage centred with a beautiful hellebore that you can plant in your garden in winter or spring. You can also use this centrepiece as a decoration for an outdoor table where it will bloom for months, often well into April!

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

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop | Kate | Sun Dec 4, 1-3pm | $20 | Wow your Christmas guests as soon as they arrive at your front door or enliven your patio with a fantastic outdoor winter container centred with a glistening Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other great perennials and shrubs that offer winter interest. Kate will lead you in the design, planting and final decoration of your planter with winter twigs and greens.

 

Register Now!

We hope to see you this fall in our workshops!

 


5.

From the Alerts
Check out some of our recent subject-based Alerts. Are you getting them? Make sure to sign up to all your favourite subjects! Some of them we include later in our e-newsletter, others only the Alert subscribers receive!

 

New Alerts!

Rare Plant Alert -- Are you a sophisticated gardener? Always looking for the rare and unusual? This occasional Alert is for you! 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 and satiate your plant lust.

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.

Add One or Both of Our New Alerts and Change Your Preferences
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6.

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

Tricyrtis 'Golden Festival' - Toad Lily - Tricyrtis ‘Golden Festival’ forms compact plants with attractive yellow orchid-like flowers with bronze dots. 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. Tricyrtis 'Shikin' - Toad Lily - Large white flowers with warm purple spots that are very dense along the petal edges. Easy to grow. 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.
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. Tricyrtis 'Momoyama' - Toad Lily - This unique toad lily has delicate pink orchid-like flowers with only a hint of spotting near the base of the petals. 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.
Tricyrtis 'Seiryu' - Toad Lily - Tricyrtis 'Seiryu' has light purple flowers with dark purple spots and intricate centres. 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. Tricyrtis 'Niitaka' - Toad Lily - Large white flowers with warm purple spots and lavender stamens. Easy to grow. 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.
Tricyrtis 'Tojen' - Toad Lily - Tricyrtis 'Tojen' is unique among the toad lilies in having clear, unspotted petals that are white and edged in purple and pink. 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. Tricyrtis 'Fairy' - Toad Lily - Tricyrtis 'Fairy' produces large, white, unspotted flowers with red to warm purple tips. Toad lilies are wonderful plants for the late summer and fall shade garden. Most toad lilies grow on elegant arching stems often with lightly mottled foliage.
Anemone japonica 'Fantasy Cinderella' - Japanese Anemone - 'Cinderella' is a compact-growing anemone, this variety has beautiful pink single flowers with yellow stamens, and blooms abundantly. Anemone hupehensis 'Pretty Lady Maria' - Japanese Anemone - The Pretty Lady series of anemone feature compact habits growing to only 15 inches tall. 'Maria' has single white flowers over two inches (five cm) wide. Use at the front of the border or in containers. These long-lived garden plants are great for mixing with other fall-blooming perennials. Prefers average to evenly moist soils and will not tolerate long periods of dryness.
Begonia grandis ssp evansiana - Hardy Begonia - This beautiful hardy begonia has light green, nicely textured foliage with dramatically red-veined reverses. In fall it is topped with bright candy pink flowers which last almost until frost. A great plant in combination with ferns and hostas and for colour in the fall shade garden. Corydalis cheilanthifolia - Fern-Leaved Corydalis - Corydalis cheilanthifolia is a unique and unusual species with light green to bluish green, finely-dissected, fern-like foliage that emerges flushed with bronzy orange, a colour that can also be maintained with some summer sun. The foliage can also remain evergreen in mild winter climates. Butter yellow dragon-like flowers appear on spikes above the foliage from spring into summer. Choice and rare.
Acanthus mollis 'Whitewater' - Bear's Breeches - 'Whitewater' is a vigorous, variegated Acanthus with 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! Rosmarinus officinalis 'Arp' - Rosemary - Rosmarinus ‘Arp’ has a strong, upright habit with fragrant, grey-green to bluish green foliage. It is best known for having especially excellent winter hardiness in comparison to other cultivars of rosemary. The best flavour and plant longevity will be in hot dry spots with poor soil.
Musa sikkimensis 'Bengal Tiger' - Hardy Banana - 'Bengal Tiger' is a beautiful selection of hardy banana with much more burgundy than the species with burgundy stripes on top of the leaves and a burgundy flush underneath. Some claim this species is hardier than Musa basjoo but I’ve found the opposite. Even well-wrapped the stems of my plant have died to the ground every winter since about 2001. Still, with good mulching it has been ground hardy like a herbaceous perennial and returns to a height of eight feet every season with its gorgeous leaves. Well worth it. Tricyrtis 'Fuji no Niji' - Toad Lily - Tricyrtis ‘Fuji no Niji’ has loose cymes of amazing, white orchid-like flowers with multitudes of lavender purple spots and yellow tints toward the centre. Toad lilies produces tall, upright stems with semi-clasping, slightly hairy, dark green, oval leaves.
Canna 'Australia' - Canna Lily - 'Australia' has striking maroon foliage that is the darkest among Canna. The large ruffled flowers are red with a hint of orange. Blooms in late summer. Mature height of 4 to 6 feet. 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. All our Canna are virus indexed and clean. Please be careful when buying plants elsewhere as a high proportion of plants available from nurseries are virused. Canna 'African Sunset - Canna Lily - FINALLY! A virus-free version of Tropicanna which seems universally infected everywhere in horticulture. 'African Sunset' has the same fantastic tropical foliage striped with red, yellow, orange, and gold and topped with firey orange flowers in summer. It is great for adding that subtropical look to your garden. All our Canna are virus indexed and clean. Please be careful when buying plants elsewhere as a high proportion of plants available from nurseries are virused.
Crocosmia 'Okavango' - Montbretia - Crocosmia ‘Okavango’ has tall stems with pleated, spiked, green leaves and upward-facing, large, bright, apricot-orange flowers on arching stems from mid to late summer. Easy and tough and provides lots of colour. A hummingbird favourite. Crocosmia 'Okavango' - Montbretia - Crocosmia 'Gerbe D'Or' forms medium-sized plants with masses of warm orange-yellow flowers and bronze-green foliage. The large, lily-shaped flowers of Crocosmia appear along arching stems that rise through clumped, sword-shaped foliage. Attracts hummingbirds. Excellent for cutting. Full to part sun in average to moist well-drained soil. Clumping.
Andropogon gerardii 'Red October' - Big Bluestem - Big bluestem is a long-lived grass that forms a tall, strictly upright clump of green foliage. The foliage of Andropogon 'Red October' will transition to bright red then smoky purple beginning in midsummer. Deep purple flowers with bright red-orange pollen top this colorful and statuesque display. Panicum virgatum 'Hot Rod' - Switch Grass- Panicum 'Hot Rod' is a medium-sized switch grass with strongly upright blue-green foliage that quickly turns to burgundy-red as the sun heats up. Colours deepen earlier than other cultivars.
Aconitum arendsii 'Cloudy' - Monkshood - Aconitum 'Cloudy' is aunique and gorgeous monkshood with large, soft blue and white flowers with dark green shiny foliage. Blooms in mid-summer. Plant in sun to part shade. All parts of the plant are poisonous so don’t use it in salads. Monkshoods are great from sun to part shade and offer a great way to get vertical spikes into shadier positions. Agastache 'Tango' - Hummingbird Mint - 'Tango' has dense spikes of bright orange blossoms. It is a compact cultivar growing from 15 to 18 inches tall and 15 inches wide. 'Tango' is great for all summer and fall colour at the front of the border and is compact enough for patio pots. Agastache are popular with hummingbirds. They have fragrant foliage.
Geranium 'Rise and Shine' - Cranesbill - Echibeckia is a unique cross between two classic perennials: Echinacea and Rudbeckia. The Summerina hybrids are fast-growing and disease resistant. The flowers are large at over three inches in diametre. Plants bloom for 2-3 months or more. Eucomis 'Glow Sticks' - Pineapple Lily - Eucomis 'Glow Sticks' is a dwarf pineapple lily with coppery gold new foliage aging to a light green gold. White pineapple-like flower heads. Looks fantastic planted with burgundy foliage such as Ajuga 'Black Scallop' or Sedum 'Voodoo'. Very easy to grow and tolerates a wide range of garden conditions. Full sun for best foliage colour. Grow in containers or the ground.
Aster lateriflorus 'Lady in Black' - Calico Aster - Aster 'Lady in Black' forms three foot tall arching stems rise up like fireworks covered in rich deep purple foliage and exploding with thousands of small, white, pink-tinged, star-shaped flowers. Sound good? ‘Lady in Black' is a great addition to borders and large floral arrangements alike! It also sports burgundy foliage through the season so offers much interest even when not in bloom. Aster x frikartii 'Monch' - Aster - 'Monch' is one of the best asters for the garden. It is the first aster to begin blooming and often the last aster to finish. The flowers are clear beautiful lavender and the foliage is broad, bluish and fuzzy. An all around stunning performer.
Eryngium planum 'Jade Frost' - Sea Holly - Eryngium are intriguing members of the carrot family and garden favourites for their true blue thimble like inflorescences held above equally blue thistly bracts. Now add some variegation to this sea holly picture. 'Jade Frost' has green leaves with white to creamy white variegation that is pink in cool temperatures. A must have for those who love blue flowers and variegation. 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.

Begonia Cool Breeze 'Glacier' - Hardy Begonia - Cool Breeze 'Glacier' is a hardy begonia offering palmate leaves with green and silver white fronts and red backs. It has a mounding, upright habit and flowers in late summer with small, single, pink flowers. Hardy to zone 8. In colder climates grow outdoors in summer and as a houseplant in winter.

Sarracenia flava - Yellow Pitcher Plant - Sarracenia flava is native to the southeastern US. It is one of the most dramatic of pitcher plants with tall, lime green pitchers often to two feet tall. Some plants will have red venation. The flowers are golden yellow and resemble flying saucers. They appear in spring before the new pitchers. By the end of each season the tall pitchers will be filled to the brim with dead flies and other insects. Yum! Yum!
Kniphofia 'Poco Orange' - Red Hot Poker - Hot spikes of orange flowers rise continuously from summer into fall. The short grassy foliage looks neat all summer. A terrific drought tolerant garden plant. Great in the mid-border. The Kniphofia Poco Series is shorter than the Popsicle Series. Kniphofia 'Fire Glow' - Red Hot Poker - Kniphofia 'Fire Glow' is an all-summer bloomer which has a very short compact habit. A prolific bloomer with spikes of flowers the rich red orange colour. Charming, grass-like foliage looks neat all summer! Great for small gardens or in a container.
Drimys lanceolata - Mountain Pepper - A true aristocrat of the garden, this refined, evergreen shrub is a great specimen for mild climate gardens. Creamy yellow-green perfumed blossoms result in glistening black fruit in autumn. The distinctive foliage, oval in shape and a deep green, is held along beautiful red young stems. Crocosmia 'Nova Dragonfire' - Montbretia - 'Nova Dragonfire' is a cute little, compact Crocosmia perfect for small gardens or the front of the border. It blooms with deep red flowers held on stems to two feet. Dark green, linear, lance-shaped leaves. Clumping. Popular with hummingbirds.
Hedychium greenii - Hardy Ginger - This highly ornamental species has leaves that are deep maroon on the undersides, colour that also infuses the stem. This species blooms in early October in Vancouver with a small, tight inflorescence of relatively large, dark orange, unscented flowers. Full sun in rich soil with abundant moisture during the growing season. Mulch with fallen leaves in winter. In colder regions grow in a pot or store in dry peat moss and keep above zero. Hedychium 'Pink V' - Hardy Ginger - 'Pink V' is a hardy ginger that will produce large peachy-apricot flowers in late summer and fall with a light fragrance. Before that the subtropical foliage adds a certain exotica to the garden. Hedychium are related to the culinary ginger Zingiber officinale. Though the rhizomes look similar it's best to just eat the culinary species. Makes a good container specimen in colder climates.
Hedychium 'Tahitian Flame' - Hardy Ginger - 'Tahitian Flame' is a hardy ginger that produces large apricot flowers during in late summer with a strong, sweet fragrance. It has a good upright habit and beautiful variegated foliage with varying striations of creamy white in each leaf. Hedychium are related to the culinary ginger Zingiber officinale. Though the rhizomes look similar it's best to just eat the culinary species. Makes a good container specimen in colder climates. Hedychium 'Disney' - Hardy Ginger - ‘Disney’ produces racemes of fragrant, red-orange flowers in late summer with tropical-looking foliage that provides interest all season long. Mulch with fallen leaves in winter. In colder regions grow in a pot or store in dry peat moss and keep above zero.
Anemone hupehensis 'Pretty Lady Emily' - Japanese Anemone - The Pretty Lady series of anemone features compact habits growing to only 15 inches tall and long-blooming. 'Emily' has double light pink flowers over two inches (five cm) wide. Use at the front of the border or in containers. These long-lived garden plants are great for mixing with other fall-blooming perennials. Prefers average to evenly moist soils and will not tolerate long periods of dryness. Anemone x hybrida 'Crispa' - Japanese Anemone - 'Crispa' is 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.

 


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