Hello Clematis and Vine Lovers!

In this Alert we highlight some really cool cutting edge and rare vines that you really shouldn't live without. Go vertical into trees and shrubs or up trellises with these amazing plants.

And remember that you can plant multiple vines in the same location so that they can intertwine and give you continuous interest throughout the season.

Yours in vines,

Gary and the Phoenicians

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Lonicera reticulata 'Kintzley's Ghost - Honeysuckle - This marvelous and crazy honeysuckle will give you a vertical display like nothing else in the garden. It has tight yellow flower clusters surrounded by a large circular silvery-white bract. The showy white bracts persist through fall and cup the red berries. The foliage is pale blue-green. The flowers are lightly fragrant. A hybrid of L. reticulata and L. prolifera. Passiflora incarnata - Maypop - Hardly is there a flower that evokes a sense of the tropical more than the passion flowers. P. incarnata is native to the eastern US where it grows as a herbaceous vine. Maypop has incredibly, intricate purple and lavender flowers that are followed by greenish yellow, delicious and tanging passionfruits. Often freezes to the ground and comes back in the spring. Zone 5!
Passiflora 'Jeanette' - Hardy Passion Flower - 'Jeanette' is a hybrid between the hardy blue passion flower and 'Amethyst'. It has deep mauve flowers with a blush of white striping and coronoa filaments with wine purple and blue colouration. Has proven reliably hardy in zone 7. Bury the stem 6 inches deep to improve winter hardiness. Blooms over a long period throughout summer. Passiflora caerulea 'Select' - Hardy Blue Passion Flower - This floriferous selection has markedly larger flowers with darker black centres and deeper blue petals than the form commonly in cultivation (see photo). P. caerulea is hardy in coastal BC, especially against a south facing wall or fence. Bury the stem four inches deep to improve hardiness 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.
Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' - Chilean Potato Vine - The Chilean potato vine has exotic, potato-like flowers, each with lilac petals around a pointed yellow centre which appear continuously from spring to mid-autumn. Great for a sunny wall. Needs support and a little tying up. The semi-evergreen leaves will remain on the plant in all but bad winters. Actinidia tetramera var. maloides - Rosy Crabapple Kiwi - This rare kiwi has luscious foliage that is burgundy when young and later deep green tipped with white. Very useful for brightening part shade areas. In spring the stems are adorned with rose-pink, saucer-shaped flowers. This is a male clone so no fruit is produced. A fast-growing vine, it will reach 10-25 feet in a few years so give it a little space or grow it up a large hedge or into a tree.
Actinidia arguta 'Hardy Red' - Hardy Kiwi - Actinidia arguta produces fragrant greenish white flowers followed by small, grape-sized fruit with smooth skin with a taste similar to but often sweeter than the large, fuzzy kiwis found in grocery stores of Actinidia deliciosa. 'Hardy Red' has amazing cranberry-red fruit with red flesh and great flavour. Produces 100+ pounds per year once mature. Harvest in fall. Requires 'Hardy Male' as a pollinator'. Clematis 'Sweet Summer Love' - Clematis - Small, multicoloured flowers of purple and fuchsia are sweetly fragrant and produced by the hundreds in summer and fall.
Akebia quinata 'Shiro Bana' - Chocolate Vine - A decorative, twining climber with attractive leaves and flowers. The leaves are divided into five leaflets. The white flowers appear in clusters and smell like chocolate. Clematis recta 'Purpurea Select' - Purple-Leaved Clematis - This uncommon clematis is a non-climbing clump former that is grown primarily for its beautiful leaves and stems which are at first rich burgundy gradually maturing to a grey-green. The flowers are white, vanilla-scented and quite small but appear in nice clusters by the hundreds. This is a good clematis to grow in the perennial border up through other perennials or shrubs. Cut back after blooming for a new flush of burgundy foliage.


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Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.
One of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials in the Lower Mainland.
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