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E-Newsletter: Mid September 2017

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

Mid September 2017

Celebrating our 14th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

Though the weather has been hinting at a seasonal change for a few weeks now, it always feels like fall once the nursery is stocked with bulbs. And boy are we ever stocked with bulbs!

As many of you have probably noticed already an unofficial motto of Phoenix Perennials is "Go Big or Go Home". We have an amazing selection of a few hundred rare, unique and beautiful bulbs that are hardly ever available to Canadian gardeners. We hope you'll come down for a visit and take home some treasures for your patio and garden. Or, if you live far away, you can order bulbs online for shipping anywhere in Canada.

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

We have one workshop left for the fall season but it is a favourite: Winter Containers to Die For. Make sure to join us to do up a fabulous container for your home that will look good 365 days a year but particularly in winter. Speaking of winter, don't forget to sign up for workshops at the Christmas Hurrah!

If you're looking for other interesting activities, join us this Saturday at the Richmond Harvest Fest to celebrate the season. We'll have a booth there. Details are below.

Our Cypripedium Lady's Slipper Orchids will be arriving in a few short weeks. We are getting low on some in our pre-orders so please place your orders as soon as possible.

We have some lovely houseplants and succulents left in stock and we need to find homes for them before winter so we are offering them at 2 for 1. Details are below.

Fabulous at Phoenix has made a change to autumn and you'll see highlighted all kinds of great ideas for your Sept, Oct and Nov garden. Enjoy!

See you soon at Phoenix!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

 

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

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

Full Details Below

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. The Elegance and Ease of Narcissus -- Daffodils are easy to grow, bulk up quickly, and bloom for a long period in spring. Learn more about using them in the garden and get to know some cool and unusual varieties.
2. Luscious Lilies -- Excellent for inserting between existing perennials and shrubs, lilies can add an entire new layer of colour and beauty to the garden.
3. Renovate Your Garden: Fall is the Best Time to Plant -- Learn why fall could be considered better than spring for garden renovation and new plantings.
4. Rare Bulb Pre-Order -- Choose from more than 200 rare and unusual bulbs for fall planting and spring beauty.
5. Cypripedium Lady's Slipper Orchids For Canadian Gardeners -- Choose from 42 amazing hybrids and species!
6. Workshops 2017 -- Get confident. Have fun. Make life beautiful.
7. Fabulous at Phoenix -- Gary's pics of hot plants at the Phoenix Candy Store.

 


Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

The Phoenix Perennials Calendar
There's so much going on at the nursery all the time. Here's your resource to keep track. Also don't miss our Workshop Schedule.
Date
Event Description
August 23-24 Gary speaking at the FarWest trade show in Portland, Oregon on "Hot New Plants" and "Groupon or Coupon"
Sept 30 Phoenix Perennials at the Richmond Harvest Fest
October 4 Gary speaking to the Seed to Sky Garden Club on "Weird and Wonderful Plants of the World".
December 1-3 The Christmas Hurrah! | Friday to Sunday December 1-3 | 10am - 3pm |

 

2 for 1
Succulents and Houseplants!*

Winter is coming and we need good homes for some great plants.

*You can mix and match different plants. "Succulents" refers to those plants in our Living Sculpture section. Hardy succulents found elsewhere in the nursery are not on sale. "Houseplants" refers to the plants in our houseplant section"

 

Phoenix Perennials
at the Richmond Harvest Fest

Join us for a fun day celebrating Richmond's Growing Community

Phoenix Perennials will have a booth at the Richmond Harvest Fest this Saturday. Join us and other dynamic members of Richmond's agricultural community. For more information on the festival visit their webpage here.

 

 

For more information about Japanese beetle you can also view the CFIA information page here.

 

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

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

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


Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program

Our Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program is for interested gardeners who want to set up a regular schedule with us to come to the nursery and help us with plant care, propagation, weeding, watering and other nursery tasks. You can do any number of hours you like on any day. We just ask that you make it a regular schedule. In addition to our gratitude we will also give you plants!

Contact Patricia by phone (604-270-4133) or email (info at phoenixperennials.com) for more information and to start volunteering!

 

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1.

The Elegance and Ease of Narcissus
Daffodils are the perfect pest-resistant bulbs with vigour and toughness

Narcissus represent one of the most important components of the spring bulb garden. They do not offer the range of colours of the world's most popular bulb, the tulip, yet they have many other desirable and useful attributes.


Narcissus 'Raspberry Ring'

As for colours, the palette for the daffodils is somewhat limited to white, cream, all shades of yellow, green, pink, orange, and peach. Even with this limited colour range there are daffodils for many situations. The cultivars that offer pure white or pale yellow shades have a quiet elegance perfect for sophisticated or relaxing plantings. The cultivars in shades of pale yellow, pink and peach are great for combining with other pastel shades for a lush, warm and demure effect in the garden. The cultivars with bright orange and screaming yellow flowers are not for everyone but they are oh so good with brightly coloured tulips and will surely announce to the world that spring has definitely arrived.

Narcissus also come in varying heights with different sizes and shapes of flowers. Plant height can vary from short little alpines to boisterously tall garden trumpets. The central corona can be small and round, it can be elongated like a trumpet, or it can be large and flared. Some even have split coronas which give the flowers a full and ruffly double look.


Narcissus 'Bath's Flame'

The daffodils have other attributes going for them. They are deer, squirrel, raccoon, and rabbit resistant as these garden critters don't seem to care for them they way they do the delectable tulips. Daffodils are also extremely easy to grow in full or part sun. They will usually persist for years and years with clumps getting bigger and fuller with time.

Daffodils can also be grown in a range of garden situations. They love the front of the border or they can be planted in the middle or the back of the border between late-emerging perennials. They are also excellent candidates for containers where they can remain happy for years.

We are excited to offer a diverse range of rare and unusual Narcissus cultivars for you this year. Here they are:

Narcissus 'Bath's Flame' - Narcissus 'Bath's Flame' has primrose yellow flowers and a shallow cup edged in glowing orange. This pre-1913 hybrid of Rev. Engelheart was common at the height of the Cornish cut flower trade and shares with other historical daffodils an elegance and informal sensibility leading to a resurgence of interest in old cultivars. Daffodils are disease and pest resistant, and these have stood the test of time. Narcissus 'Dreamlight' - Narcissus 'Dreamlight' is an heirloom circa 1934 with broad, champagne white petals, a small yellow cup and green eye with a narrow band of orange at the rim. This 'Poeticus' look alike shares with other historical daffodils an elegance and informal sensibility leading to a resurgence of interest in old cultivars. Daffodils are disease and pest resistant, these have stood the test of time.
Narcissus 'Green Eyed Lady' - Narcissus 'Green Eyed Lady' is free-flowering with broad creamy petals that mature to clear white, small cups and a green eye. Lightly scented, this is a 2013 Brent Heath hybrid. Daffodils are easygoing, disease and pest resistant. Narcissus 'Jenny' - Narcissus 'Jenny' is an elegant Cyclamineus type daffodil with one foot tall stems bearing small flowers in early spring with white reflexed tepals blown backwards as if in a gale with long, narrow, yellow coronas that slowly fade to cream. The flowers are fragrant.
Narcissus 'Mrs Langtry' - Narcissus 'Mrs Langtry' has elegant, twisted white petals with pale, lemon yellow cups that can age to cream. It is an historical daffodil hybridized pre-1869 by W. Backhouse and shares with other historical daffodils an elegance and informal sensibility leading to a resurgence of interest in old cultivars. Like other daffodils in the large cupped group, it is vigorous. Daffodils are disease and pest resistant, and these have stood the test of time. Narcissus 'Raspberry Ring' - Narcissus 'Raspberry Ring' is a large cupped daffodil with lovely, white petals and yellow cups, green at the base, and rimmed in fantastic raspberry red. Like others in the large cupped group, they are showy and vigorous. Narcissus are disease and pest resistant.
Narcissus 'Sinopel' - Narcissus 'Sinopel' has flat, ivory flowers maturing to creamy yellow and a shallow cup that changes from yellow in cool weather to green as temperatures warm. This 1976 hybrid has a spicy fragrance. Daffodils are pest and disease resistant. Narcissus bulbocodium 'Diamond Ring' - Narcissus bulbocodium is a unique species with a lovely corona and small, much reduced tepals providing a distinctive look amongst daffodils. 'Diamond Ring' has rich yellow flowers in early to mid spring. Use it at the front of the border, in rock gardens and in containers. A native of the Iberian Peninsula and nearby areas of France.
Narcissus cantabricus - Narcissus cantabricus is a rare species classified in the section Bulbocodium and resembles the better-known N. bulbocodium into which it is sometimes placed as a variety. N. cantabricus is a winter or early spring bloomer with large, snow white, "hoop petticoat" flowers and is native to southern Spain, Morocco and Algeria. Plant where the early foliage and flowers have some overhead protection from frost. Narcissus cyclamineus 'Itzim' - This unique species has pendent flowers with long, narrow corona tubes and reflexed tepals providing a delicate and different look from other daffodils. Narcissus 'Itzim' has bright orange coronas and bright yellow tepals. Great for the front of the border, rock gardens, troughs, and other areas in need of small accents. From northwest Portugal and Spain.
Narcissus cyclamineus 'Mite' - Narcissus cyclamineus 'Mite' is a small daffodil with golden yellow flowers in early spring. It's a little bigger than the species, and notable for its lines, the long tube only slightly flared and petals strongly swept back. This unique species provides a delicate and different look from other daffodils. Great for the front of the border, rock gardens, troughs, and other areas in need of small accents. Narcissus jonquilla 'Lieke' - Narcissus jonquilla 'Lieke' is a floriferous miniature daffodil blooming in April with white flowers, a small primrose yellow cup and green centres. N. jonquilla is a species from Spain and Portugal that has been cultivated since the 1700s for its oil, still a component of many perfumes. It has narrow, rush-like leaves - jonquilla comes from juncus which means rush.
Narcissus jonquilla 'Blushing Lady' - Narcissus jonquilla 'Blushing Lady' has soft yellow flowers with pink cups, producing 2-3 strongly fragrant flowers per stem. The rosy colour of the cup will fade in full sun. N. jonquilla is a species from Spain and Portugal that has been cultivated since the 1700s for its oil, still a component of many perfumes. It has narrow, rush-like leaves - jonquilla comes from juncus which means rush. Narcissus jonquilla 'Dickcissel' - Narcissus jonquilla 'Dickcissel' is a floriferous miniature daffodil for late spring with a smallish white corona that bleeds white into the base of the yellow petals. N. jonquilla is a species from Spain and Portugal that has been cultivated since the 1700s for its oil, still a component of many perfumes. It has narrow, rush-like leaves - jonquilla comes from juncus which means rush.

These Narcissus are available now at the nursery or can be ordered for shipping.

Visit the Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Site to see our full selection of over 200 rare bulbs. Mail order customers should place their orders through our mail order system. Local customers should come down to the nursery to select their bulbs in person. If you would like to pick up your bulbs but can't get to us right away you can also place a pick-up order through our mail order site.

 


2.

Luscious Lilies
Insert lilies into the spaces between perennials and shrubs for an extra layer of colour!

Lilies are one of those classic groups of perennials for the garden. Yet over the last few years I've sensed that they have fallen out of favour to a certain degree. Many gardeners appreciate the beauty of lilies yet lament that their bloom time is usually around 2-3 weeks rather than 2-3 months like many other modern perennials.

Now I would be the first to champion the idea of ephemeral beauty - there is something so special about something that you can only experience for a short time that you must enjoy while it is here and then spend a year waiting for the experience to come around again. In the plant world cherry blossoms come to mind or the local strawberry season or trilliums in the shade garden. How sweet are these botanical events and how fraught with delicious longing is the time we spend waiting for them to come around again?

Have I convinced you yet that lilies - though their bloom time is measured in weeks and not months -are well worth growing?


Lilium martagon hybrid 'Arabian Knight'

If I haven't convinced you yet then here's another way to think about the utility of lilies: Lilies don't need much space. In fact you need not dedicate any space to them where you would otherwise put a different type of perennial. That's because lilies can be inserted into the spaces between your existing perennials and shrubs. Their bulbs will grow happily in these spaces and their stems and flowers will rise up between and above your other plantings.

If you're following me then you'll realize that lilies, like the Allium or ornamental onions, can be used to strategically introduce an entire extra layer of colour into the garden without sacrificing any space for your Geranium 'Rozanne', your Echinacea 'PowWow Wildberry' or your Agastache 'Kudos Ambrosia'. You can also insert certain lilies around your Hosta, ferns, and Brunnera. Martagon lilies and Lilium nepalense can be grown in part sun to part shade! So planting lilies in the garden can be a master stroke of design and you could be the one to do it! No need to thank me or to credit me. Take the idea and run with it.


Lilium martagon hybrid 'Manitoba Morning'

This fall we are excited to offer a cool line up of rare and unusual species, martagon and other unusual lilies for your gardening pleasure. Here they are:

Lilium 'Lady Alice' - Lilium 'Lady Alice' is an uncommon and special lily hybrid with large five inch wide down-turned flowers with reflexed petals in shades of glowing, tangerine orange and white with small, cinnamon-coloured spots. Lilies are perfect plants for layering in extra colour into perennial and shrub borders. Insert them between existing plantings and let them rise up between and above your existing plantings. Lilium 'Red Velvet' - The rich, dark red flowers of Lilium ‘Red Velvet’ are downward facing with recurved petals giving this cultivar a touch of the elegant quality of species lilies such as martagons. This lily is a triploid, making it tough as nails, and hummingbirds adore it. Asiatic lilies are unscented and grace garden beds or pots with bright, diverse colours in June. Plant in groups of 3 to 5 for best effect.
Lilium hansonii - Lilium hansonii is a fragrant species rare in cultivation, with thick, fleshy yellow flowers speckled brown. It prefers moist, dappled shade beneath deciduous trees and may vary widely in height depending on the winter. In Korea and Japan, it is known as "Gakeshima-Yuri". Known for hybridizing with Lilium martagon, it is a parent of the beloved 'Mrs RO Backhouse'. Lilium henryi - Lilium henryi has long lasting flowers in orange with maroon spotting and recurved petals. The flower stalks grow about four feet tall in the wild but may be more than 7 feet in cultivation. It is well suited to deciduous woodland conditions as the bulbs need good moisture year round. A parent to many important hybrids. The bulbs are edible for humans, but lilies are highly toxic to cats.
Lilium martagon hybrid 'Arabian Knight' - 'Arabian Knight' has graceful recurved petals of yellow, rusty orange, and deep red. Lilium martagon is a classic woodland lily with small, beautiful, pendant flowers and recurved petals. Great in a part shade or the woodland garden rising above Hosta, Arisaema and Brunnera. Some martagon lilies will take a "year off" especially in the year after being first planted. Dig down carefully to investigate before fretting. Lilium martagon hybrid 'Claude Shride' - The martagon is a classic woodland lily with small, delicate, pendant flowers with recurved petals.‘Claude Shride’ has dark red to burgundy flowers with golden orange centres and spots. Great in a part shade or the woodland garden rising above Hosta, Arisaema and Brunnera. Some martagon lilies will take a "year off" especially in the year after being first planted. Dig down carefully to investigate before fretting.
Lilium martagon hybrid 'Fairy Morning' - The martagon is a classic woodland lily with small, delicate, pendant flowers with recurved petals. ‘Fairy Morning’ has pink buds opening to flowers offering shades of pink, peach and tangerine overlain with burgundy spots. Great in a part shade or the woodland garden rising above Hosta, Arisaema and Brunnera. Some martagon lilies will take a "year off" especially in the year after being first planted. Dig down carefully to investigate before fretting. Lilium martagon hybrid 'Gaybird' - Lilium martagon is a classic woodland lily with small, delicate, pendant flowers with recurved petals.‘Gaybird’ has dark pink flowers with golden centres and spots. Great in a part shade or the woodland garden rising above Hosta, Arisaema and Brunnera. Some martagon lilies will take a "year off" especially in the year after being first planted. Dig down carefully to investigate before fretting.
Lilium martagon hybrid 'Guinea Gold' - 'Guinea Gold' has graceful yellow petals, flushed in places with orange and speckled in deep red. Lilium martagon is a classic woodland lily with small, beautiful, pendant flowers and recurved petals. Great in a part shade or the woodland garden rising above Hosta, Arisaema and Brunnera. Some martagon lilies will take a "year off" especially in the year after being first planted. Dig down carefully to investigate before fretting. Lilium martagon hybrid 'Manitoba Morning' - The martagon is a classic woodland lily with small, delicate, pendant flowers with recurved petals.‘Manitoba Morning’ has rich pink flowers with yellow and burgundy spots. Great in a part shade or the woodland garden rising above Hosta, Arisaema and Brunnera. Some martagon lilies will take a "year off" especially in the year after being first planted. Dig down carefully to investigate before fretting.
Lilium martagon hybrid 'Peppard Gold' - 'Peppard Gold' has pink buds opening to yellow with a red flush and red speckles adding an impression of apricot. Lilium martagon is a classic woodland lily with small, beautiful, pendant flowers and recurved petals. Great in a part shade or the woodland garden rising above Hosta, Arisaema and Brunnera. Some martagon lilies will take a "year off" especially in the year after being first planted. Dig down carefully to investigate before fretting. Lilium martagon hybrid 'Sunny Morning' - The martagon is a classic woodland lily with small, delicate, pendant flowers with recurved petals.‘Sunny Morning’ has light orange and deep orange flowers with a golden orange centre and spots. Great in a part shade or the woodland garden rising above Hosta, Arisaema and Brunnera. Some martagon lilies will take a "year off" especially in the year after being first planted. Dig down carefully to investigate before fretting.
Lilium martagon hybrid 'Terrace City' - 'Terrace City' has orange-yellow petals speckled with deep red and backed with pink, a sunny choice for the shade garden. Lilium martagon is a classic woodland lily with small, beautiful, pendant flowers and recurved petals. Great in a part shade or the woodland garden rising above Hosta, Arisaema and Brunnera. Some martagon lilies will take a "year off" especially in the year after being first planted. Dig down carefully to investigate before fretting. Lilium nepalense - Lilium nepalense is a beautiful, rare lily with large, lime-green to yellow, bell-shaped, downward-facing, fragrant blooms with a dramatic deep burgundy throat and dark pollen. The stoloniferous bulb can travel underground but is not invasive. Widespread across the Himalayas. The trick to growing this plant treasure in our climate is to protect it from fall and winter wet - grow it outdoors under an overhang or in a well-drained bed below coniferous branches. Part shade, slightly acid soil.

These lilies are available now at the nursery or can be ordered for shipping.

Visit the Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Site to see our full selection of over 200 rare bulbs. Mail order customers should place their orders through our mail order system. Local customers should come down to the nursery to select their bulbs in person. If you would like to pick up your bulbs but can't get to us right away you can also place a pick-up order through our mail order site.


3.

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!

 


4.

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

Bulbs represent an extraordinary opportunity to layer in extra colour, dynamism, and drama into your perennial borders and containers. They come in a diverse range of colours, shapes, and sizes and there is a bulb for nearly every garden situation. Bulbs are also very easy to care for. Just dig a hole and drop them in. You're done! Now prepare for years of beauty and colour.


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


There could be many surprising finds.


Or downright alarming situations!

We are very excited to offer over 200 different rare bulbs this fall up from 135 last year. There are many new treasures to be discovered!

Our rare bulbs are now in stock and we have begun pick-ups and shipping. We still have a great selection available. Visit the Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Site to see our full selection of over 200 rare bulbs. Mail order customers should place their orders through our mail order system. Local customers should come down to the nursery to select their bulbs in person. If you would like to pick up your bulbs but can't get to us right away you can also place a pick-up order through our mail order site.

 


5.

Pre-Order
Cypripedium Lady's Slipper Orchids
42 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 majority of our offerings are Cypripedium hybrids which possess hybrid vigour -- they have inherited the best traits of both parents -- and are much easier to grow than species orchids, have beautiful flowers in amazing colours, and clump up very quickly into amazing displays in the part shade garden. They come into bloom from late April through June offering an exquisite show in the garden.

This year we have added a selection of some of the best and most interesting Cypripedium species. Once you've gotten some practice growing the hybrids these plants are a wonderful way to continue your love affair with lady's slipper orchids. They should be relatively easy to grow provided good conditions.

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

We are currently offering 42 different lady's slipper orchids for shipping to our mail order customers and for pick-up at Phoenix by our local customers in mid October 2017. All are top quality, blooming size, many with multiple eyes, and should flower in the spring.

We will be providing the Cypripedium to you bare root. Fall is the best time to receive, plant and establish lady's slipper orchids. All you need to do is plant them directly into a well-drained location in part shade or morning sun. A winter mulch of fallen leaves or conifer boughs or needles can be helpful in the first winter. We'll provide you with detailed instructions when you receive your plants.

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

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

Ordering: Visit Phoenix Perennials Mail Order for full details. Mail order and local customers should both place your orders through our mail order system. When checking out, local customers should select the pick-up option. Mail order customers should select their preferred shipping method. We recommend you place separate orders for plants, bulbs, and Cyps as each is ready at different times and we wish to ship when these products are at their freshest. If you place multiple separate orders, put a note to us when you check out about these orders and we will see if we can ship your items together though the default will be to ship separately. If you combine plants, bulbs, and Cypripedium in the same order we will assume you want everything shipped together and will wait until your order is complete, unless there are reasons why we might want to ship ASAP. Have fun!

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

 


6.

Workshops and Seminars 2017

Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful.

Welcome to our 2017 workshops and one of the most exciting line-ups we've ever offered! We will be offering one of the largest workshop schedules in our region with 39 different workshops and seminars including our FREE Gardening 101 Series designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners plus lots of exciting hands on projects. Join us to fill in your knowledge and create beautiful things.

 

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

GARDENING 101 SERIES - Our FREE series is designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners with a wide range of topics to develop your gardening knowledge and build your confidence in the garden.
PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES- This series focuses on all the amazing things you can grow in and eat from your garden.
CONTAINER SERIES
- We've got the hottest container ideas for you with workshops that will help you achieve cool installations to grace your patio and garden.

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions
Instructor Biographies
Booking Workshops

Full Workshop Details and Descriptions

Fall and Winter Workshops

October

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

 

December

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Centerpiece Workshop | Kate | Fri Dec 1, 1-3pm | $75 (Includes hellebore.) | Here's another way to bring a hellebore inside for Christmas cheer - as a centrepiece for your Christmas table. You'll create a beautiful ring of winter foliage centred with a beautiful hellebore that you can plant in your garden in winter or spring. You can also use this centrepiece as a decoration for an outdoor table where it will bloom for months, often well into April!

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

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 2, 10am-12pm | $60 | Decorate your home for the holiday season with your very own Christmas Rose wreath! Kate will teach you how to design and build a festive, florist-quality wreath with unique greenery and dried pods and cones. She will then teach you to incorporate Christmas roses into your wreath keeping it colourful & dynamic!

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

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

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Bird's Nest Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 2, 1-3pm | $75 (Includes hellebore.) | This class for advanced wreath-makers or ambitious beginners takes what we normally do in the our original wreath making workshop and builds on it with more creativity including nesting a potted hellebore within your wreath that looks like an adorable birds nest with white birds (hellebore flowers) peaking out.

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

   

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Picture Frame Wreaths | Kate | Sun Dec 3, 10am-12pm | $60 (Includes frame. All frames will be different and may not resemble the one pictured.) | Christmas time is about memories. Picture frames are about holding and celebrating memories. We'll combine this idea of the picture frame with the techniques of wreath making to make a beautiful and unique Christmas decoration for your garden or home for the holiday season. |

   

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

 

 

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

 

Instructor Biographies

Visit our Workshop page for biographies.

 

Booking Workshops

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

 


7.

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

We have tons of amazing plants ready for fall planting!

Sempervivum Chick Charms 'Gold Nugget' - Hen and Chicks - 'Gold Nugget' is the most stunning hen and chicks. It forms dramatic rosettes that are brilliant gold with red picotee edges from January to May turning to a bright Granny Smith apple green in summer then intense red in fall and then back to gold. The dangerously collectible Chick Charms series offers the boldest coloured and best-growing Sempervivum available. Eupatorium fortunei 'Pink Frost' - Joe-Pye Weed - Eupatorium 'Pink Frost' has beautiful serrated foliage with creamy edges on stems to four feet and topped with clusters of lavender-pink flowers in fall. The variegated foliage makes this late season bloomer a three season star for the garden through spring, summer and fall. Attracts butterflies.
Echeveria 'Dick's Pink' - Mexican Hen and Chicks - 'Dick's Pink' forms a solitary rosette of large, rippled, bluish to purple-grey leaves that have attractively contrasting red to pink, frilled leaf margins. The leaf colour changes through the season and is more purple in winter and more blue when in active growth in spring and summer. Stout flower stalks rise above the foliage bearing large light red flowers. Agastache cana Sonoran Sunset - Hummingbird Mint - A compact cultivar of Agastache cana, Sonoran Sunset forms short, full, stocky plants to 16 inches tall and wide boasting masses of raspberry purple flowers over a long period from mid June through September. Not only does the foliage smell of mint but the flowers smell like chewing gum. Also called mosquito plant in its native range where rubbing the leaves on the skin reportedly repels mosquitoes. Grow this hummingbird mint in hot, dry sunny spots with thin, rocky soils. Perfect for rock gardens, along driveways and sidewalks, and in other marginal spots where you never get around to spreading compost.
Eucomis 'Tugela Jade' - Pineapple Lily - Eucomis 'Tugela Jade' is a stately pineapple lily with glowing green foliage and tall spikes of white flowers that look like pineapples. The flowers smell pleasingly like coconut sunscreen. Very easy to grow and perfeclty hardy even to zone 6 with a good mulch. Full sun for best foliage colour. Grow in containers or the ground. Eucomis 'Tugela Jewel' - Pineapple Lily -Eucomis 'Tugela Jewel' is a stately pineapple lily with foliage emerging with a burgundy flush and slowly changing to green. The stunning inflorescences emerge on purple stems with purple buds opening to pale pink flowers that age to reddish-purple. Stunning! Very easy to grow and perfeclty hardy even to zone 6 with a good mulch. Full sun for best foliage colour and stature. Grow in containers or the ground.
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Arp' - Rosemary - Rosmarinus ‘Arp’ has a strong, upright habit with fragrant, grey-green to bluish green foliage. It is best known for having especially excellent winter hardiness in comparison to other cultivars of rosemary. The best flavour and plant longevity will be in hot dry spots with poor soil. Lagerstroemia Barista 'Spiced Plum' - Crape Myrtle - Lagerstoemia Barista 'Spiced Plum, is a dense, small shrub with semi-glossy deep green foliage and late season raspberry purple flowers. the dark red stem also hold deep green leaves with heavy olive highlights. Lagerstroemia are classic shrubs and trees of the US southeast. The Barista Collection of crape myrtles are hardy cultivars to zone 6. Where they have been tested in Michigan they die back to the ground in winter and bloom on new wood in late summer. On the west coast they will not die back but they will need to be planted in a hot spot to bring them into flower.
Begonia grandis ssp. evansiana - Hardy Begonia - Begonia grandis is a beautiful hardy begonia with light green, nicely textured foliage with dramatically red-veined reverses. In fall it is topped with bright candy pink flowers which last almost until frost. A great plant in combination with ferns and hostas and for colour in the fall shade garden. Begonia grandis 'Heron's Pirouette' - Hardy Begonia - This beautiful hardy begonia has light green, nicely textured foliage with green reverses. In late summer through the fall it is topped with masses of bright candy pink flowers which last almost until frost. 'Heron's Pirouette' is a Dan Hinkley collection from Heronswood with larger flower clusters than the species on tall plants. A great plant in combination with ferns and hostas and for colour in the fall shade garden.
Aralia cordata 'Sun King' - Golden Japanese Spikenard - Aralia 'Sun King' is a striking tropical-looking yet extremely hardy perennial with large and lush compound leaves held on red stems. In shadier conditions the foliage will be pale green. In sun choose a location with good moisture. Tiny white flowers appear in summer and produce black berries in fall. Deer resistant. Ficus 'Petite Negra' - Fig - 'Petite Nigra' is a super dwarf fig tree that happily produces in small containers. The leaves have a unique growth habit. The fruit appears early, it is dark purple, and is medium in size. This is the perfect fig to grow outdoors in warmer zones or to use as a winter houseplant and summer outdoor patio plant in colder zones. Let's grow figs right across Canada!

Calamagrostis brachytricha - Korean Feather Reed Grass - Calamagrostis brachytricha is a superlative, yet lesser known, clump forming grass with bright green leaves reaching about two feet tall. In late summer it shines with thick plumes of silver-pink on stems to three to four feet tall. The plumes fade to cream and then, along with the foliage, to straw colour, both remaining attractive through winter. A graceful addition for full sun down to, surprisingly, part shade!

Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Miss' - Miaden Grass - 'Little Miss' is a striking dwarf maiden grass with broad foliage striped with white midribs that grows to only 3 feet tall. In fall it takes on rich colours of burgundy and red which are much more pronounced than 'Purpurascens' and is topped by creamy pink flowers. Miscanthus are one of the best grasses for year-round beauty: new green shoots in the spring become tall linear leaves that form an elegant clump by midsummer. Attractive flowers emerge in fall. In winter the leaves turn straw colour.

Hakonechloa macra Sunflare - Japanese Forest Grass - Hakonechloa SunFlare is a sport of 'All Gold'. SunFlare has the same bright chartreuse foliage in shaded sites or golden foliage in sunnier sites as 'All Gold' but is said to develop tints of red throughout the foliage earlier in the season. The various cultivars of Japanese forest grass are among the best of all grasses and perhaps one of the most beautiful shade foliage plants that you can grow. Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Red Head' - Fountain Grass - Pennisetum 'Red Head' is a big and bold fountain grass beginning its smoky purple flower display in mid summer, earlier than other cultivars. The extra large plumes measure up to 10 inches long and three inches wide, have tones of smoky pink and purple, and are produced in quantity arching out from the broad, green, graceful mound of foliage. Leaves turn gold and orange in the fall then to join the flowers in buff tones for good winter interest.
Viola pedata var. lineariloba - Bird's-Foot Violet - Viola pedata var. lineariloba (bird's-foot violet) is a lovely little violet with very cool, dissected foliage that looks like... (wait for it)... a bird's foot. The flowers are usually light violet-blue or pink held on dark stems. Our plants are violet-blue and bloom twice a year with profuse shows over a good long period in spring and again in late summer/fall. This species prefers drier soil conditions in full sun to part shade. Avoid rich, organic soils and excess moisture. Native to much of the eastern US plus Ontario. Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Henry Eilers' - Sweet Coneflower - Basal leaves appear in early spring and flowering stalks begin their ascent in June, reaching five to six feet and full flower by August, often staying in bloom into September. 'Henry Eilers' has finely quilled flowers of true yellow, not gold, and is stunning in a mass planting. The leaves of Rudbeckia subtomentosa are sweetly scented with a subtle vanilla fragrance. Great cut flower with its unique appearance, sturdy straight stems and long vase life. Named after the man who discovered it.
Rubus BrazelBerry 'Baby Cakes' - Blackberry - 'Baby Cakes' from the BrazelBerry line is a dwarf, thornless blackberry producing large, delicious berries in midsummer and, in cool summer regions like the west coast, again in fall. Plants have a rounded growth habit reaching 3-4 feet tall and wide. They will grow perfectly in a large container or are the right scale for planting in small space gardens. Plants ripen fruit gradually over a long period with both ripe black and unripe red fruits on the plant at the same time creating an ornamental display. Pure white flowers are borne in spring. Veltheimia bracteata 'Lemon Flame' - Forest Lily - Forest lily is a South African bulb perfect as a pot specimen and easy houseplant. 'Lemon Flame' has mid to deep green, shiny and wavy foliage that is topped with naked stems rising into torches of greenish yellow tubular flowers. The foliage can be evergreen or summer dormant. Blooming takes place in fall and winter gracing your indoor windowsill or kitchen table.
Anemone japonica Fantasy 'Pocahontas' - Japanese Anemone - 'Pocahontas' is a compact-growing anemone, this variety has beautiful rose pink double flowers with yellow stamens, and blooms abundantly. Anemone japonica 'Pretty Lady Susan' - Japanese Anemone - The Pretty Lady series of anemone features compact habits growing to only 15 inches tall and long-blooming. 'Susan' has single dark-pink flowers over two inches (five cm) wide. Use at the front of the border or in containers. These long-lived garden plants are great for mixing with other fall-blooming perennials. Prefers average to evenly moist soils and will not tolerate long periods of dryness.
Anemone Wild Swan - Hybrid Anemone - A spectacular yet elegant hybrid, Anemone Wild Swan has nodding purple buds opening to large white flowers with light purple reverses. Flowers over an extended period from late spring into fall. Deep green mounds of foliage. A hybrid bred in Scotland and trialled for 10 years before release involving A. rupicola and up to 4-5 other parents! Winner of the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year Award. Does not spread. Helianthus salicifolius 'First Light' - Willowleaf Sunflower - Tall stems with narrow, fuzzy, linear leaves create an amazing textural effect in the middle or back of the border. The rising stems look like elongated fireworks shooting into the sky. In summer the plants are topped with an explosion of golden yellow daisy flowers. This is cultivar is more floriferous and shorter in height making it more manageable than this species from the south central US. Deer resistant.
Woodwardia unigemmata - Jeweled Chain Fern - Woodwardia unigemmata produces long, red fronds with a lustrous, metallic sheen that slowly turn to green with age. The large fronds are naturally arching and can cover a lot of ground with plants growing to at least 6 feet wide. Small baby ferns are produced at the leaf tips. Still experimental on the west coast though apparently hardy to Zone 8. Plant in a protected location and provide a winter mulch to be safe. Adiantum hispidulum - Rosy Australian Maidenhair Fern - Adiantum hispidulum is a distinctive maidenhair fern grows into a small, upright clump to about 17" high. The young fronds are rose-coloured contrasting with the dark green or green-bronze colours of the leathery mature foliage. It performs best in soils with high organic matter and plenty of moisture but will tolerate dry situations. Use among traditional woodland perennials beneath shade trees and in containers.

 


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

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Richmond, BC | 604-270-4133 | www.phoenixperennials.com

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February 24th to October 29th, 2017
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