Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: Mid September 2014

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

Mid September 2014

Celebrating our 11th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

In this e-newsletter I'm excited to announce an upcoming botanical tour to South Africa that I'm leading on behalf of the UBC Alumni Association. Want to spend two weeks with me in August and September 2015 viewing botanical wonders of the world? You're invited! Check out the article below for more information.

Fall is renovation time. It's time to take stock of your garden, figure out what didn't work this year and fix it. Check out our article on this very subject including advice on fall renovating and why planting in the fall is the best time of the year!

Fall bulbs are now in stock. We have an exciting selection of bulb blends as well as a wide selection of cool and unusual bulbs. Check out our photo montage below highlighting some of the best blends and other bulbs available.

We are offering two exciting pre-sales right now: one for hardy lady's slipper orchids and another for winter-blooming hellebores including the classic Christmas roses. See below for full details and beautiful pictures.

Our fall workshop season is underway with upcoming workshops on bulbs, grasses, winter containers, fall colour, top plants for the fall garden and succulent jack-o-lanters! Bring a friend and join us for some fun projects and to learn more about the wonderful hobby of gardening.

We currently have on sale 40% Off vines, non-hardy succulents and hardy and non-hardy citrus. We are also offering 20% select hard goods including iPhone cases, pots and bird houses! Perhaps it's time for a little early Christmas shopping?

Don't miss the Canada Blooms contest. You could win a trip for two to Toronto to see Canada's largest flower and garden show in March 2015.

If you love special events and workshops we have just opened registration for the Christmas workshops at our Christmas Hurrah! Join us for wreathmaking, Christmas rose winter containers and a DIY project to bring a Christmas Rose into the house for the holiday season!

See you soon at the nursery!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Join me in South Africa: Namaqualand and the Cape Floristic Kingdom, Fall 2015 -- I'm excited to be leading a botanical tour to South Africa in late August 2015 for the UBC Alumni Association. Anyone can join...

2. Fall is Renovation Time -- Now that summer is winding down and you have spent most of the season with your garden you are now keenly aware of your triumphs and of the things that didn't go so well. Perhaps a handful of plants didn't perform and need to be moved to a different location.
3. Hardy Lady's Slipper Orchid PRESALE -- These Cypripedium possess hybrid vigour -- they have inherited the best traits of both parents -- and are much easier to grow than species orchids, have big flowers...
4. Spring Bulbs: Take the Time this Fall to Inspire Yourself in Spring -- The first of our spring bulbs are now in stock. More will be arriving at the end of the week and next week. Our first tulip blends just came in...
5. Hellebore Pre-Sale for Pick-Up at the Christmas Hurrah! - Plan now for holiday decorating indoors & out by pre-ordering your hellebores for pick-up at the Christmas Hurrah! December 5th-7th, 2014...
6. Upcoming Workshops: There are some exciting workshops coming up. Don't miss them!

Exciting
Upcoming
Workshops

7. Canada Blooms Contest: Win a Trip for Two to Canada Blooms in Toronto - Canada Blooms is the largest flower and garden festival in the country. You can enter to win a trip for two including travel with VIA Rail and 3 nights stay at the InterContinental Toronto plus entry to the show. CONTEST!
8. 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.
Date
Event Description
Sat
Sept 20
Garden Club Talk: Weird and Wonderful Plants of the World | Presented to the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, Portland, Oregon. | Contact Lucy for details at lucyflora at comcast.net.
Fri-Sun
Dec 5-7

The Christmas Hurrah!
Celebrate the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other seasonal delights with workshops and DIY projects. View images from last year's Christmas Hurrah!

 

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1.

Join me in South Africa!
Namaqualand and the Cape Floristic Kingdom
Botanical Tour
August 25 - Sept 8, 2015

I'm excited to be leading a 15 day botanical tour to South Africa in late August 2015 for the UBC Alumni Association. Anyone who is an alumni or a friend or family member of an alumni or a member of the community at large is welcome to join the trip. Since I'm a double alumni of UBC and since you, my customers, are all my friends, you are more than welcome to join me on this South African botanical odyssey.

This fantastic itinerary to the Cape of South Africa will take in THREE of my top botanical bucket list destinations: Namaqualand during its spring bloom, the Succulent Karoo, and the Cape Floral Kingdom. All three of these areas offer some of the most exciting floral adventures in the world including visual spectacle, biodiversity, and endemism.

Namaqualand is a semi-desert area in southern Namibia and northwest South Africa. It is famous for producing one of the great floral wonders of the world – a desert landscape carpeted with a kaleidoscope of flowers from horizon to horizon. This phenomenon takes place for just a few short weeks in spring. This marvel of the natural world will be a privilege to witness.

Though the annual flowers will be the primary spectacle they will be blooming amongst the matrix of the Succulent Karoo vegetation. This biome is a succulent lovers dream with the world’s richest flora of succulent plants representing one third of all known succulent species!

Then there’s the Cape Floristic Kingdom. Floristic kingdoms delineate the major regions within which the plants are similar. There are only six floristic kingdoms in the world and the Cape’s Mediterranean climate region is one of them with more than 9000 different plant species of which 70% are found nowhere else on Earth. Compare this to the largest floristic kingdom by area -- the entire northern hemisphere -- and you’ll understand why this southwestern tip of Africa is so special.

We'll also get to visit public and private gardens including world-renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden and see the splendour of Cape Town.

Whether you’re a nature lover, a gardener (many of our garden plants are native to South Africa) or an adventure traveller, this is one of those trips of a lifetime. I can’t wait to go and share it with you!

For more information visit the
Worldwide Quest Travel South Africa Tour Page
.

 


2.

Fall is Garden Renovation Time

Now that summer is winding down and you have spent most of the season with your garden you are now keenly aware of your triumphs and of the things that didn't go so well. Perhaps a handful of plants didn't perform and need to be moved to a different location. Or maybe a whole section of your garden just isn't working and hasn't been for years.

There is a time for caution and there is a time for action. Fall is a time for action. With temperatures cooling and the rains soon to come, fall is a great time to plant perennials, shrubs and trees. And since you can clearly see what is and isn't working right now in your garden-- as opposed to trying to remember next spring what you meant to change -- fall is the perfect time for a garden renovation while ideas are still fresh in your mind.

As it turns out, fall is not only one of the best times to move existing perennials it is also one of the best times of year to plant new plants in the garden, perhaps even better than spring. Here's why you should do some fall planting and renovating:

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3.

Hardy Lady's Slipper Orchids
PRESALE

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

We are currently offering 13 different lady's slipper hybrids via pre-sale for pick-up in early October, 2014, just one month away. They are priced between $69.99 and $99.99 depending on the hybrid. All are blooming size and should bloom in the spring.

We will be providing them to you bare root. All you need to do is take them home and plant them directly into a well-drained location in part shade or morning sun. We'll provide you with detailed instructions when you pick up your plants.

Ordering Instructions: We are taking orders through our Mail Order system. Simply add your lady's slippers to the shopping cart and when you check out choose "In store Pick-up" as your delivery method. Pre-order payment will be taken at the time of booking. We'll contact you by email closer to the date to let you know when you can pick up. If you're interested, please order early as we have limited quantities available.

More Info And Place An Order!

'Francis'
‘Frosch’s Mountain King’
'Gabriela'
'Gisela'
'Lucy Pinkepank'
'Kristi Lyn'
‘Philipp’
'Maria'
'Sabine'
'Pluto'
'Ventricosum'
'Schoko'
'Victoria'

More Info and Place An Order!


4.

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

The first of our spring bulbs are now in stock. More will be arriving at the end of the week and next week. Our first tulip blends just came in.

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

Keukenhof Gardens Photo Album

Tulip and Bulb Fields in Holland Photo Album

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

A Note on the Quality of Bulbs

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

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

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

Bulb Blends: These bulb blends make life easy. You don't have to plan colour and bloom time combinations. You just grab the colour blends that suit your style and off you go. The colours will all look good together and the bulbs will all bloom at the same time. Thank goodness for modern conveniences!
Calochortus and Dichelostemma Early Summer Blend
Plum Pudding Tulip Blend Delft Blue Iris Mix
Decadent Double Tulip Blend White Tulip Blend
Purple Passion Tulip Blend Mysterious Tulip Blend
Black Tie Affair Tulip Blend Early Spring Bulb Collection
Tropical Punch Tulip Blend
60 Days of Tulips Blend
Brilliant Blues Tulip Blend
Pink Passion Tulip Blend
Color Festival Muscari Blend Pure White Passion Narcissus Blend

 

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

And many more!


5.

Hellebore Pre-Sale for Pick-Up at the Christmas Hurrah!

Plan for Christmas: Plan now for holiday decorating indoors & out by pre-ordering your hellebores for pick-up at the Christmas Hurrah! December 5th-7th, 2014. The Christmas roses also make great gifts during the holiday season. You can purchase them à la carte or choose to doll them up with extra sparkle as part of our Do-It-Yourself Indoor Christmas Rose Container.

Plan for Winter: We're also offering other winter-blooming hellebores to keep your garden beautiful through January and February. The information below is organized by when each cultivar starts blooming*. Choose plants from each bloom period for a succession of blooms to keep your spirits bright from December through March!

While we will still have extra hellebores on hand at the Christmas Hurrah!, pre-ordering helps us get the numbers just right ensuring you get everything you desire! It also allows you to plan out your winter garden in advance!

More Info and Order Your Hellebores

Early December*
Helleborus niger 'HGC Joshua' - 4.5", 12.99
Helleborus niger 'HGC Jesko' - 1g, 21.99 NEW
Mid December*

Helleborus niger 'HGC Jasper' - 1g, 21.99 NEW
Helleborus niger 'HGC Jacob' - 1g, 21.99

Helleborus niger 'HGC Josef Lemper' - 1g, 21.99
Helleborus niger 'HGC Jonas' - 1g, 21.99
Early January*

Helleborus 'Anna's Red' - 1g, 24.99
Helleborus 'Penny's Pink' - 1g, 24.99

Helleborus x nigersmithii 'HGC Icebreaker Prelude' - 1g, 21.99
Helleborus argutifolius 'HGC Snow Fever' - 1g, 24.99

Helleborus x ericsmithii 'HGC Marlon' - 1g, 21.99
Helleborus x nigercors 'HGC Icebreaker Pico' - 1g, 21.99
Helleborus x ericsmithii 'HGC Monte Cristo' - 1g, 21.99
Mid January*

Helleborus x ericsmithii 'HGC Shooting Star' - 1g, 21.99
Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Maestro' - 1g, 21.99
Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Camelot' - 1g, 21.99
Early February*

Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Love Bug' - 1g, 21.99
Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Pink Frost' - 1g, 21.99

Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Merlin' - 1g, 21.99
Helleborus x ballardiae 'Mahogany Snow' - 1g, 21.99

Order Your Hellebores

*Bloom start times are based on experience in our region in average years. The actual start of bloom can vary from year to year depending on weather. They can also vary in different microclimates in your garden.


6.

Upcoming Fall Workshops

September

CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Kate | Sat Sept 27th, 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 for winter.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE
   
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Plants for Fall Colour | Instructor: Jo | Sun Sept 28th, 11am | FREE* | Do you have a colourful fall garden? Or does it just turn to grey and yellow mush once the rains start?
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

 

October

CONTAINER SERIES/KIDS SERIES | Succulent Jack-O-Lanterns | Instructor: Kate | Sat Oct 18th, 10am-12pm | $14 | Here’s a new twist on Halloween: carve yourself a jack-o-lantern but forget the candle. Instead plant it up with cool succulents and grasses for a spooky display that will get the attention of trick or treaters.
MORE INFO & REGISTER ONLINE

 

December

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Do-It-Yourself Christmas Rose Indoor Container Project | Fri Dec 5th to Sun Dec 7th, 10am-3pm | $30 + tax includes one hellebore, a festive container & all the fixings. | Drop in any time to plant up a fabulous container to bring indoors at Christmas. Register Online!
     
SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Instructor: Kate | Sat Dec 6th, 10am-12pm | $55 Includes all materials. | Decorate your home for the holiday season with your very own Christmas Rose wreath! Register Online!
   
SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Dec 6th, 1-3pm | $20 + tax (Includes soil and the twigs and greens) | Wow your Christmas guests as soon as they arrive at your front door with an amazing winter container.
Register Online!

 

 

NEW! SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Gardening 101: Growing the Christmas Rose, Helleborus niger | Instructor: Gary | Fri Dec 5th and 7th, 1-2pm | FREE* | Learn about this magical flower that blooms in the winter...

Register for December 5th
Register for December 7th

 

 

 


7.

Contest
Win a Trip for Two
to Canada Blooms in Toronto!

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

Directions for Entering the Contest: Enter your contact information. Your Garden Centre Code is MORNING GLORY. The code is two words and all capitals. After that select Phoenix Perennials. Finally, cross your fingers! Contest closes October 31st, 2014.

 


8.

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

Agave parryi var. truncata 'Lime Streak' - Parry's Agave - Dramatic bluish-grey succulent foliage with lighter green variegation in compact rosettes. One of the most widespread and hardy agave species, A. parryi can withstand minus 29 Celsius. In our region protect from winter rain with extremely sharp drainage or overhead cover. Plants bloom once -- around the age of 20 -- but produce lots of pups to keep your clump going! Agave potatorum 'Desert Diamond' - Century Plant - Green leaves with bright cream and prominent margins form a round rosette. The tiny cinnamon brown marginal and terminal spines emerge yellow, transition to light brown, and then finally age to cinnamon brown. This small agave is perfect for container culture and makes a great houseplant in the winter for a sunny windowsill.

Encore Azaleas -- These gorgeous evergreen azaleas bloom as you would expect in the spring but then they REBLOOM in August and September! Oh my. You get double the flower power in a full range of colours on 3-4 foot high plants with attractive year-round foliage.

I took this image at a recent trade show but we now have beautiful plants available at the nursery. Though they are still young many are putting out their fall bloom. Though they all bloomed in the spring, the others will need to get a bit older before they bloom in the fall -- likely next year.

Lonicera sempervirens 'Honey Coral' - Coral Honeysuckle - ‘Honey Coral’ is a new selection of the eastern North American native red-flowering honeysuckle. It produces masses of red to orange-red flowers over an extended bloom season from spring to fall. The hummingbirds will find it from miles around. 'Honey Coral' is shorter-growing than other cultivars.
Digiplexis 'Illumination Flame' - Hybrid Foxglove - 'Illumination Flame' is an intergeneric hybrid between foxglove (Digitalis) and its Canary Island relative Isoplexis. It sports spectacular tubular flowers that are bright reddish orange with yellow throats. The flowers are densely packed on tall black stems with attractive foliage. Side branching and its sterile nature give an extended bloom time. Helleborus argutifolius 'Snow Fever' - Corsican Hellebore - This variety has deep green foliage flecked with pink and white later fading to green with mint green markings. The pinkish buds open to green outward-facing flowers. The foliage is tough with spiny edges and makes a good evergreen presence in the garden. Deer resistant.
Calanthe reflexa - Hardy Calanthe Orchid -This is a rare calanthe that flowers in the autumn when the other species are becoming dormant. The flowers have light violet petals set around an elongated purple-violet lip. Virus-free plants from flasked seedlings. Vigorous blooming size plants. Calanthes are hardy terrestrial orchids for classic shade garden conditions. They are relatively easy to grow in rich, well-drained soils in part shade. Erigeron pulchellus 'Lynnhaven Carpet' - Robin's Plantain - This outstanding form of E. pulchellus was selected for its relatively large grey-green, pubescent foliage (4"), dense, mat-forming habit and astonishing ability to thrive in a wide range of challenging conditions. In early May, individual flower stalks give rise to lightly tinted lavender flowers with a yellow inner eye. Foliage remains less than 6" and forms a tight groundcover, while flowering stems top out at just over a foot tall.
Lavandula 'Silver Sands' - Lavender - This lavender has purple blooms on long stems making 'Silver Sands' perfect for bouquets as well as potpourri and sachets. The fragrance is intense and a little lemony. Silvery gray leaves. Shear lavenders lightly in early spring just as they begin growth and again after flowering to keep tidy. Romneya coulteri - California Tree Poppy - These upright blue-green foliaged poppies are deciduous subshrubs that prefer a hot, sunny space in well-drained, crummy soil. For this you will be rewarded with an almost continuous display of large, pure white, crinkled petals with prominent raised yellow stamens that appear on the ends of each stem and look like fried eggs sunny side up! Sometimes hard to establish and resents being moved - so choose the spot well! Cut back to the base in winter and mulch, if exposed.
Heuchera 'Bella Notte' - Coral Bells - A large flowering dark leaf heuchera. 'Bella Notte' has very dark leaves with a light silvery shadow. Lovely bicolour rose pink and light pink flowers. An elegant plant. Heat tolerant. Heuchera 'Black Taffeta' - Coral Bells - Silky, black foliage with great ruffles! These large, dark, dramatic leaves will add lust and intrigue to containers or borders. Can you handle the excitement?
Heuchera 'Delta Dawn' - Coral Bells - 'Delta Dawn' has magnificent, large, round leaves with red centers in the spring and fall; in summer its red veins run like rivers to the sea against a gorgeous gold to lime main leaf colour highlights the venation. Strong, vigorous habit. Perfect for a shade container or to add color to a dark area. Delivers the "look" that Heuchera 'Miracle' promised. Heuchera 'Fire Alarm' - Coral Bells - A five alarm version of the immensely popular Heuchera 'Autumn Leaves'. Super vigorous, thick, leathery, glossy, red leaves pile up into a delightful mound of bold foliage that you can't miss! 'Fire Alarm' changes colours throughout the season. 'Fire Alarm' complements almost every section of the colour palette and can stand on its own without question. The reddest foliage of any Heuchera!
Lavandula 'Platinum Blonde' - Lavender - This lavender has blue blooms on long stems with variegated foliage in creamy yellow and green. Shear lavenders lightly in early spring just as they begin growth and again after flowering to keep tidy. Nerine bowdenii - Guernsey Lily - This South African bulb is a welcome site in fall as the skies become overcast and the rain begins to fall. At this time the flowering stalks of Guernsey lily rise from the strap-like foliage and open into gorgeous spidery amaryllis-like flowers in a shade of improbable candy pink! Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.
Polypodium pseudoaureum - Virginia Blue Fern - This unique fern is blue in colour (green in the winter) and has mitt shaped fronds that are deeply lobed. It can reach 12 inches tall with evergreen leaves. Will brighten up a shady area in the garden or in a container. Hardy to zone 8, this species is still a bit of an adventure -- we are unaware of anyone trying this in BC so far. Let us know if you have. Makes a good houseplant. Adiantum hispidulum - Rosy Australian Maidenhair Fern - This 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.
Heucherella 'Solar Eclipse' - Foamy Bells - Leaves of red brown bordered in lime green combined with such a beautiful habit and broadly scalloped leaf edges. There is nothing else like it in the world of Heucherella or Heucher for that matter. Forming a vigorous mound of dense crowns, 'Solar Eclipse' has it all! Packera aurea - Golden Groundsel - Golden daisies are held over shiny green, toothed basal leaves in May. Blooms heavily even in the shade. A strong groundcover where happy and an excellent cut flower. Self seeds and naturalizes. Native to eastern North America. Syn: Senecio aureus.
Asclepias tuberosa - Butterfly Milkweed - This species erupts with brilliant orange flowers in midsummer followed by attractive green seed pods filled with silky "parachutes" that catch the autumn winds. Full sun, dry soil. Late to emerge in spring so be patient. Deer resistant. Hosta 'Flemish Sky' - Plantain Lily - 'Flemish Sky' is one of the bluest hostas available with powder blue foliage that is broad, lightly rippled and cupped and tapers to pointed tips. Pale lavender flowers in late summer. Good vigour and substance.
Carex oshimensis EverColor 'Everillo' - Weeping Sedge - A fantastic recent intro with evergreen blades emerging lime green, then turning golden yellow. Use in the border or in containers for dramatic textural and colour contrast. Bred by Fitzgerald Nurseries who works with mutations of Carex 'Evergold'. Useful in the border, near a water feature, in mass plantings, and in containers! Though recommended for average to moist sites this species is tolerant of dry shade. Carex oshimensis EverColor 'Everlime' - Weeping Sedge - The newest intro to the EverColor series with evergreen foliage edged in lime green. Use in the border or in containers for dramatic textural and colour contrast. Bred by Fitzgerald Nurseries who works with mutations of Carex 'Evergold'. Useful in the border, near a water feature, in mass plantings, and in containers! Though recommended for average to moist sites this species is tolerant of dry shade.
Hosta 'Alligator Alley' - Plantain Lily - 'Alligator Alley' is a medium to large sized hosta that forms a mound of thick, leathery, puckered, heart-shaped to round, triclour leaves. The leaves have wide blue-green margins with chartreuse centres that become yellow in summer and jets of light green between the two. The flowers are white or light lilac. Hosta 'Church Mouse' - Plantain Lily - 'Church Mouse' is like a frazzled version of 'Blue Mouse Ears'. It is a unique miniature with wavy blue-green leaves. It has attractive purple flowers. Miniature hostas are great in shady containers or troughs, at the front of the border or along pathways. Dangerous for collectors who will want to have many more than just one!
Anemone '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 '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 - Windflower - A spectacular yet elegant hybrid with 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. Persicaria amplexicaulis'JS Caliente' - Red Bistort - 'JS Caliente' is a robust, upright, clump-forming perennial with large, ovate to lance-shaped, pointed, prominently-veined, mid-green leaves and long-stalked spikes of bell-shaped, red flowers from that last for ages from summer to early autumn.
Leucosceptrum stellipilum 'Variegatum' - Japanese Shrub Mint - The tri-colour leaves (lime green, yellow and green) of this selection light up the woodland garden all season long culminating in spikes of pink flowers in fall. A beautiful way of brightening up the shade garden. Light shade or morning sun. Adiantum x mairisii - Mairi's Hardy Maidenhair Fern - Mairis’s maidenhair produces lacy, bright green 15″ to 18″ fronds supported by brittle blackish stipes (stems). Individual fronds appear incredibly delicate and almost seem to float above the ground. While it is deciduous, it holds its fronds well into the fall season. This exciting woodlander spreads with ease through the landscape in light moist soil and filtered shade.

Echinacea 'Rosita' - Purple Coneflower - 'Rosita' has a dwarf habit and high bloom count with soft pink and white flowers that have a showy center cone and reflexed petals. A member of the Prairie Pixies Series. Great in containers or the front of the border. Echinacea in coastal BC should be planted in hot, dry, sunny spots with thin, average to poor soils for best overwintering.

Hedychium 'Taraissima' - Hardy Ginger - Bright orange, fragrant, tropical flowers on short plants to about three feet provide a tropical foliage look through spring and summer followed by the tropical flowers in late summer and fall. Mulch with fallen leaves in winter. In colder regions grow in a pot or store in dry peat moss and keep above zero.

Hosta 'Cool as a Cucumber' - Plantain Lily - 'Cool as a Cucumber' is a large sized, incredibly showy, tricolour hosta. Its white variegated foliage is notably upright in youth but quickly develops into a gracefull arching mound. The long, pointed leaves have mid green margins which jet into light green towards the clear white centre. The flowers are white or light lilac. Hosta 'Electrocution' - Plantain Lily - 'Electrocution' is a hosta that looks like it stuck its finger in the electrical socket!. It is a medium sized hosta that forms an upright mound of tightly rippled, twisted, long and narrow leaves. The leaves are green with yellow margins which lighten to creamy yellow in summer and are slightly shiny. In mature plants, the petioles may have red speckling.
Woodwardia orientalis - Oriental Chain Fern - This fern produces long, wide, leathery fronds which arch and sometimes lie flat on the ground. Plants can eventually grow to four feet tall and six feet wide. The new growth emerges copper orange. The glossy fronds when mature can produce small plantlets that can be propagated. This Asian native grows on moist hillsides. Bring indoors in cold winter areas. Silphium compositum 'Native Star' - Kidney Leaf Rosinweed - Though it has one of the clunkiest common names in horticulture this is a really cool plant. A native of the southeastern US it forms mounds of large, dramatic, lobed foliage (not kidney-shaped at all!) with red midveins. In summer the plants put forth 6-8 foot candelabras of small, yellow daisies popular with butterflies. Grow in sunny, dry spots. Tap rooted so do not move after plants are established.
Passiflora caerulea 'Select' - Hardy Blue Passionflower - This selection has markedly larger flowers with darker black centres and deeper blue petals than the form commonly in cultivation. P. caerulea is hardy for us in the Lower Mainland, especially against a south facing wall or fence. Plant in well-drained soil that is not too moist or too rich to promote more flowers and less greenery. Edible, but not the most tasty, yellow fruit are produced if pollinators visit. Trick them into visiting, and create a nice plant combination, by growing up an irresistible Buddleia. Gaura 'Belleza White Evolution' - Butterfly Gaura - This cultivar is compact, strong branching with green foliage and upright habit. The pure white flowers are held above the foliage and put on a spectacular flower show throughout the spring, summer and the early fall months. Well-drained soils in sunny positions. Tolerant of dry situations. Great in pots or the garden.
Nepeta x faassenii 'Limelight' - Catmint - Lovely lime-green foliage in low, spreading mounds topped by an almost continuous supply of purple flowers all summer long. The low-growing habit makes this a great groundcover or a spiller for containers. Nepeta can be sheared heavily and will reflush with new foliage and flowers. Brunnera 'Silver Heart' - Siberian Bugloss - 'Silver Heart' looks much like 'Looking Glass' but with some important differences: 'Silver Heart' has larger, thicker leaves, it has deeper blue flowers and it is more tolerant of heat and humidity. Brunneras are great garden plants for shade. 'Silver Heart' has even more silver in the heart-shaped leaves than 'Jack Frost' or 'Sea Heart'.
Hydrangea Everlasting Revolution - Hydrangea - Everlasting Revolution flowers on new and old wood which means flowers even in zone 5! The multi-coloured flowers are unique with combinations of deep pink, maroon and true blue with green highlights as they age. A dwarf three foot mound makes this perfect for containers and small spaces. Blooms on new and old wood. Hydrangea Everlasting Garnet - Hydrangea - Sturdy, mop head blooms on thick, upright stems emerge bright, reddish-pink. As the blooms mature, they change to lime green and develop pink picotee markings, but remain strong and sturdy as a cut flower. The final aging stage of this grand and stately beauty is total lime green. Blooms on new and old wood on three foot mounds.
Hydrangea Everlasting Noblesse - Hydrangea - Crisp, celery green flowers are brightened by white centers with complimentary purple eyes. As the blooms mature, the white is not as prominent, turning a more saturated green. A strong grower, with remarkable flower power, Noblesse is a lovely choice for a garden setting, while doubling as the perfect cut flower for weddings and other important events. Blooms on new and old wood. Hydrangea Everlasting Coral - Hydrangea - Everlasting Coral is covered in long lasting, saturated pink flowers that begin coral pink or blue, depending on the soil acidity, and over a few weeks mature to a near red with violet edges giving the plant lots of dimension and character. The final colour is lime green with white edges. A clever, colourful addition to any garden or container with flowers that last months. Blooms on new and old wood.
Cyperus albostriatus 'Variegatus' - Dwarf Umbrella Grass - The green leaves of this unusual plant are streaked with silver lines. Its dwarf-palm-tree habit makes it a useful plant for multiple applications. Thrives in containers, dry shade and as a groundcover as clumps will gradually expand over time. Dwarf umbrella grass was a popular houseplant in the 70s so go all retro and bring it into the house in colder climates. Panicum 'Northwind' - Switch Grass - 'Northwind' is a tall switch grass cultivar which features one of the best vertical and compact forms available. The leaves are olive-green to bluish-green, turning yellow-beige in fall to provide good winter interest. Perennial Plant of the Year 2014.
Tricyrtis 'Edo no Hana' - Toad Lily - This exciting toad lily has an arching habit and beautiful flowers with white petals, purple toward the tips and heavy warm purple spotting. 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 'Komon' - Toad Lily - The flowers are pure white with some very light purple tints toward the edges of the petals and dark purple spots. 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.

 


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