Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
this time of year I bring out the old trumpet to herald
the arrival of toadlily (Tricyrtis) season, one
of my favourite groups of perennials for the late summer
and fall, but this year Steve Whysall beat me to it
by highlighting them in his Vancouver Sun column. He
also mentioned Phoenix as a sure bet to find a good
selection. After getting nearly cleaned out of toadlilies
last weekend, I'm happy to report we've just got some
more in! Here is a particularly gorgeous new cultivar
we've grown this year called 'Taipei Silk'. Note the
shades of purple, royal blue and navy blue with that
fabulous centre and light spotting for good measure.
At only one inch across this is a small flower but they
are borne in profusion, bloom for months (often until
the hard frosts) and up close they're a botanical marvel!
Tricyrtis 'Taipei Silk' -- Toadlily
more information on and images of toadlilies visit the
Learn Section of the website for last September's article
don't forget: Fall is a great time
to plant perennials. In fact, it's just as
good as the spring! The ground is warm, the fall rains
just about to begin and the cold air temperatures of
winter are still a long way off. This means that perennials
have a nice low stress time to settle into their new
homes with some good root growth before winter. Then
in the spring your new plantings will have a big head
start. The gardening season isn't over yet. You've still
got until November to get those new beds in!
this issue you'll find an article on botanical tulips,
an announcement of our new bulb offerings, the winners
of our Got Deer? Draw, info on our upcoming grass workshop
and my upcoming lecture at Van Dusen and info on our
continuing Echeveria sale.
and the Phoenicians
Botanical Tulips: Jewels of the Spring Garden
2. Fall Bulbs Are In!
3. Got Deer?: Winners of the Deer Proof
4. Upcoming Workshop: Grasses that
5. Weird and Wonderful Plants of the
World: a lecture at VanDusen Botanical Gardens
6. Echeveria Sale: 2 for 1
of the Spring Garden
Brief History of the Tulip: Once upon a time no
one in the western world had ever heard of a tulip.
The Turks knew all about them and grew them as early
as 1000 AD. So, unbeknownst to us, across the wilds
of central and western Asia and in Turkish gardens about
100 species of exceptional little bulbs would emerge
from their winter dormancy every spring to sparkle with
their vibrant, beguiling colours.
in and around the late 16th century tulips arrived in
Europe. They soon became de rigeur and a sign
of status in households both rich and poor. Botanists
began to hybridize them creating more and more exciting
forms. By late 1636 and early 1637 'Tulipmania' was
at its peak in Holland. The bulbs were so popular that
the most desirable varieties could cost more than a
house in Amsterdam at the time! The tulip craze lead
to a huge speculative market in tulips, one in which
ordinary men clammered to participate because of the
vast amounts of money being made. They sold their businesses,
family houses, farm animals, home furnishings and dowries
in order to buy bulbs that they had never seen. Eventually,
supply increased and the price of tulips plummeted.
The "Tulip Crash" sent many people into bankruptcy.
Others lost all of their savings. All because of the
tulip. The Dutch government then introduced special
trading restrictions in order to avoid further fits
of uncontrollable plant lust on the part of its population.
tulips are one of the most beloved of flowers and one
of the world's major commercial flower crops, both for
cut flowers and horticulture.
Botanical Tulips: Before the Dutch got to them,
before there were Darwin tulips, Triumph tulips, parrot
tulips and bouquet tulips, fringed and lily-flowering
tulips, peony-types and viridifloras, French and Kaufmanniana
tulips and all of the other large, bold and colourful
hybrids there were the species -- those small, beguiling
denizens of Asia with an allure and beauty all their
tulips are what tulips used to look like and still look
like in the wild. They are smaller in bulb size, height
and flower size than your standard spring tulips but
they are just as colourful and perhaps a little bit
more sophisticated looking more like a sparkling jewel
than a big brash boisterous flower.
tulips also offer something that the big hybrid tulips
don't: STAYING POWER. Whereas the hybrids will last
for a single year, maybe two, the botanical tulips are
perennial. They will return year after year and will
usually multiply with each passing season. Consequently,
they are great for naturalizing. They also work well
at the front of the border and in pots.
This year at Phoenix we are pleased to offer 20 different
species and varieties of botanical tulips. We hope you'll
be inspired to try some in your garden. Here is this
batalini 'Bright Gem'
T. 'Honky Tonk'
T. kaufmania 'Waterlily'
T. 'Lilac Wonder'
T. 'Little Beauty'
T. 'Little Princess'
T. 'Peppermint Stick'
T. praestans 'Tubergen Variety'
T. praestans 'Unicum'
T. pulchella 'Eastern Star'
T. clusiana 'Lady Jane'
T. clusiana 'Tinka'
T. humilis 'Persian Pearls'
T. 'Red Hunter'
Bulbs are In!
to our first foray into fall bulbs. We currently have
on hand an exciting selection of some of the more uncommon
and unusual bulbs such as botanical tulips, camassia,
fritillaria, cyclamen and erythronium, as well as some
striking new cultivars of hybrid tulips, hyacinths and
We hope you'll come have a look at what will become
a regular fall tradition at Phoenix.
Clockwise from top left: Allium schubertii, Tulipa
'Garant', Tulipa 'Peppermint Stick', Camassia
quamash, Erythronium 'White Beauty', Fritillaria
Winners of the Phoenix Perennials Deer
to our Deer Proof Draw had to list the plants that they've
found to be deer "proof" as well as the plants
they've found to be delectable deer delicacies. Their
lists will be used to develop an information sheet on
gardening with deer that will be available at the nursery
and that will be shared with you in a later e-newsletter.
The winners were chosen at random from the group of
entrants. So without further ado:
J. of Port Alberni
Joyce H. of Nanaimo
Barbara K. of Qualicum Beach
of you have won a $50 Phoenix Perennials Gift Certificate!
Workshop at the Nursery
Grasses that Captivate
The transformative powers
of ornamental grasses
A Season in the Garden: Fall Perennials
popularity of ornamental grasses continues to grow as
gardeners discover their many virtues. Don't get it
yet? Come to this informative talk and learn what grasses
can do for you and your garden. Already love ornamental
grasses? You'll love this workshop too. You'll get tips
on using them for best effect in your garden design.
As well, you'll be introduced to cultivars you might
not have seen before.
September 16th, 10am-12pm
book your space in advance by calling the nursery at
Payment is required at the time of booking.
For all workshops please dress for the day's weather.
We will be either outside or in the greenhouse.
Workshops This Season with Cliff Thorbes
Containers: Plant up a container to create winter interest
plus A Season in the Garden: Fall and Winter Perennials
| Saturday October 7th, 10am | $15 | At the container
workshops, each participant will plant up and take home
their own container. Please bring your own large pot
with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials.
Large black plastic pots can be provided on request.
Botanical Gardens presents
Weird and Wonderful
Plants of the World
Options for Your Garden
Gary Lewis, owner of Phoenix Perennials, for a whirlwind
trip around the world to discover a multitude of weird
and wonderful plants to add botanical intrigue to your
garden. In this colourful, image-rich and dynamic PowerPoint
presentation you'll discover amazing plants from every
continent (except Antarctica!) including Cobra Lilies
from Asia, acacias and bottlebrushes from Australia,
broadleaf poker from South Africa, bear grass from North
America and much more.
September 11th, 2006
Van Dusen Botanical Garden
visit the VanDusen
website to register.
for the price of 1
are great in pots on the patio and make good houseplants
in the winter. Mix and match for a stunning combination
of succulent foliage.
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One of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials
in the Lower Mainland
Specializing in distinct perennials, fragrant shrubs,
hardy subtropicals and the botanically intriguing
No. 6 Road, Richmond (Between Bridgeport and Cambie)
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We are near the south end of the Knight Street Bridge
and very easy to get to from all of the surrounding
municipalities and beyond.
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