Hello Cutting Edge Gardeners!

We'll have hundreds of new plants in 2017 and a number of them are contained in our eight different Pre-Orders. This e-newsletter has been sent to draw your attention to all of the hot new plants that they contain.

First we'll tell you about the Pre-Orders:

The Frostkiss Hellebore Pre-Order contains eight hellebores that are at the absolute cutting edge of hellebore breeding.

The Great Citrus Pre-Order includes 36 different Citrus, five of which are hardy outdoors in coastal BC plus 3 cold tolerant avocado.

The Clematis Conundrum Pre-Order includes 136 different Clematis, 11 passion flowers, and 22 rare vines.

The Gourmet Potato and Mushroom Pre-Order brings you 10 delicious and uncommon potato varieties and 4 different kinds of mushrooms you can grow yourself from kits.

The BrazelBerry Pre-Order offers great options in dwarf berry bushes for small spaces including five blueberries, one raspberry and now the new dwarf, thornless blackberry 'Baby Cakes'.

The Mighty Mato, 'Ketchup 'n' Fries' and Mighty Veggie Pre-Order includes two hot new items: a tomato that produces fruit in just 42 days and the reveal of THE top secret tomato that everyone has been raving about that forms the upper half of 'Ketchup 'n' Fries': 'Sweet Aperitif'. This is the sweetest cherry tomato you'll ever taste!

The Grow Your Own Tea Pre-Order has four different kinds of hardy tea camellia so you can grow, harvest and drink your very own tea right from your garden or patio.

The Magnificent Magnolia Pre-Order includes eight uncommon and hard to find cultivars with exquisite colours.

Hot New Plant Alert
Now that you've been introduced to the Pre-Orders, scroll down to each one and look for this box to learn about all the hot new plants coming up for 2017!

Give the Gift of Plants: You can also give all of these pre-order plants as gifts. For each pre-order we have created an attractive downloadable certificate to give to that lucky gardener in your life. They can use the certificate to pick up their plants in the spring.

Have a look below and peruse our pre-orders. Enjoy!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

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The world of hellebores doesn't stand still and never ceases to amaze. New complex and rare hybrids are offering forms for the garden that hellebore enthusiasts only dreamed about just a few years ago. These hellebores from the Frostkiss Series are at the cutting edge of hellebores and destined to become garden classics. Order now to secure these beauties for your 2017 garden.

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The Frostkiss Series has the most complex breeding of any group of hellebores. 'Anna's Red' is certainly the most popular and has been out for a couple years. More recent introductions have been 'Pippa's Purple' and 'Molly's White'. Brand new in 2017 will be 'White Tutu' a white anemone-centred Lenten rose. Anemone centres are the rarest of all hellebore forms and have a unique and intricate beauty.

'Anna's Red' and 'Penny's Pink'

Foliage of 'Anna's Red' and 'Penny's Pink'

'Pippa's Purple' and 'Molly's White'

'Angel Glow'
and 'Pirouette'

'Tutu' and 'White Tutu'

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The Great Citrus Pre-Order
("Hardy 'Owari' Satsuma and Friends")

Grow your own citrus outside in coastal BC plus grow an even wider selection with a little winter protection.

Last year our 'Owari' Satsuma Pre-Order was a resounding success. There are now many plants settled into BC gardens about to spend their first winter. Once they have a year or two of maturity, it will be at this time of year that proud gardeners are harvesting their own satsuma mandarin oranges at this time of year.

The ‘Owari’ satsuma is just one of a number of hardy citrus that can be grown outdoors in coastal BC. There is the Citrumelo hardy grapefruit, the 'Nagami' kumquat and, highly sought after for culinary pursuits, the Yuzu and Suchachi ichandrins which are hardy to zone 7!

We also have on offer another 31 different Citrus and 3 cold tolerant avocados if you have a place where you can keep them above freezing (zone 9 plants) and above about 5-8 degrees Celsius (zone 10 plants) in a greenhouse, sunroom, or inside the house. The plants from this pre-order will be available for pick-up in mid May.

Hot New Plant Alert
We've doubled our selection of Citrus for 2017 to 36 different cultivars so there are lots of plants that aren't necessarily new but are new to Phoenix and many that have been rarely offered in Canada. Some that are quite new and perhaps seeing their debut in Canada are the 'Genoa' lemon,'Santa Teresa' feminello lemon, the 'Kuno Wase' and 'Miho Wase' satsuma, the 'Vaniglia Sanguigno' blood orange, and the 'Centennial' variegated kumquat. Citrus fans from across the country are jumping at them. Plus we've got three cold tolerant avocado! How cool is that?

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The Clematis Conundrum
2017 Pre-Order

No garden or patio is complete without the Queen of the Vines. But how do you select between the best cultivars? How do you find the one clematis you've been looking for for years? Or maybe you want to discover a cultivar you never knew you needed until now! It can be a real CONUNDRUM!
Hot New Plant Alert
We've added more than 50 Clematis to our Clematis Conundrum Pre-Order bringing the total to 136 different cultivars. There are a number that are brand new for 2017. From the Evison series don't miss 'Daiyu', 'Kitty', 'Nubia', 'Yuan', 'Charmaine' and 'Luiza' plus the return of 'Vienetta'. From the Vancouver series the new introduction for 2017 is 'Plum Gorgeous'. Also don't miss relatively new introductions to the world of Clematis: 'Sweet Summer Love' and 'Tie Dye'. In passionflowers brand new for 2017 are 'Damsel's Delight', 'Justine Lyons' and 'Party Animal'. In rare vines we are very pleased to have the new pink form of star jasmine 'Pink Showers'.

We have a huge selection of the best and most unique Clematis, passionflowers, and rare vines available through our Clematis Conundrum Pre-Order for pick-up at the nursery in late April 2017! Now you can find that perfect clematis (or vine) all in one place and with ease!

You can also give these vines as Christmas gifts. We've prepared an attractive form for you to download and give to that lucky gardener in your life!

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Gourmet Potatoes and Mushrooms Pre-Order

We are pleased to bring you two new exciting developments in home-grown edibles: gourmet potatoes and gourmet mushrooms. With this pre-order you can explore your different culinary options and choose the most exciting edibles for your 2017 gardening and cooking pleasure.

Hot New Plant Alert
The Earth Apples gourmet potatoes are all new for 2017. This line brings together 10 intriguing and delicious hard to find potato cultivars to enhance your culinary pursuits.


Earth Apples Gourmet Seed Potatoes

EarthApples gourmet seed potatoes are the new, fun way to plant potatoes. We bring you 10 different colourful, versatile potato varieties and make them super-easy to grow. Each variety has different sizes, colours, textures, flavours, and different uses in the kitchen. Mashed potatoes, roast potatoes, boiled potatoes, potato salads, french fries, baked potatoes, hashbrown potatoes, scalloped potatoes: there's a perfect variety for all these delicious dishes. Plant EarthApples in a garden bed or in containers on your balcony or patio. They are easy to grow if you follow the simple instructions: Growing Instructions

Meet the EarthApples varieties:











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Champignons Maison Gourmet Mushrooms

The new "Chia Pet" for the Foodie Revolution

Champignons Maison Gourmet Mushrooms are kits for growing your own organic mushrooms at home in your kitchen. It's easy and all you need is a little counter space. All you do is soak your block of mushroom culture over night then place on your counter and mist 2-3 times per day. In about two weeks you'll have mushrooms sprouting right on your kitchen counter that you can harvest and cook much to the amazement of you, your family and your friends! It's a great, novel project to learn about and be amazed by fungus that ends in a delicious food to prepare in the kitchen.

Hot New Plant Alert
We are excited to be able to bring you these cool mushroom growing kits for the first time. They work too! I have a sample kit growing on my kitchen counter right now. Pictures to follow.

Meet the mushroom varieties:


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Mighty Mato, 'Ketchup 'n' Fries' and Grafted Veggie Pre-Order

Welcome to our exciting grafted vegetable pre-order where you can pre-plan your 2017 edible bounty from the comfort of your own home with the most cutting edge edibles available. Pre-orders allow you to secure the exact plants you desire and allow us at Phoenix Perennials to make sure we have exactly what you want. If you're planning on growing these grafted veggies in 2017 please pre-order. Last year we had a number of people who missed out on some of the most popular varieties and said "we should have booked in advance."

Hot New Plant Alert
There are two big stories here. First is the introduction of the cherry tomato 'Sweet Aperitif'. This has now been revealed as the tomato that is grafted onto 'Ketchup 'n' Fries' that everyone raves about. Now you can get it in Mighty Mato format. The second new intro is a tomato that produces in 42 days and they call it '42 Days'. Ok. Not so original in name but perfect for our cool summer climate and also for gardeners that don't have full sun.

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The Revolutionary, New "TomTato" is a hand-grafted plant that brings together tomatoes and potatoes, two close relatives, that together give us one of life's great pleasures: 'Ketchup 'n' Fries'. It produces the sweetest cherry tomatoes you've ever tasted by the hundreds. In 2016 an improved grafting method lead to much better crops of potatoes than in 2015 with a few pounds per plant.

'Ketchup 'n' Fries' Tomtato (Improved) -- Hundreds of delicious, super sweet cherry tomatoes on top and a few pounds of yummy potatoes just below the soil! This year an improved grafting process should ensure more reliable and larger crops of potatoes than in 2015. Tomatoes and potatoes are closely related. They are grafted by hand and grow happily together as the revolutionary 'Ketchup 'n' Fries'. Double your production of edibles from the same space. Great for veggie gardens, small spaces, and large containers. 1g pot, 24.99 + GST


Mighty Mato Grafted Tomatoes consist of desirable heirloom and cool modern varieties hand-grafted onto super strong tomato rootstock that confers greater disease resistance, greater cold tolerance, and greater vigour resulting in up to 2-3 times more tomatoes per plant than ungrafted plants! Heirloom tomatoes that are sometimes shy in their yields produce like never before. Cool modern varieties also produce extra large yields.

NEW! Mighty Mato ‘42 Days’ NEW! Mighty Mato ‘Sweet Aperitif’
Mighty Mato ‘Amish Paste’ Mighty Mato ‘Beefsteak’
Mighty Mato ‘Big Beef’ Mighty Mato ‘Big Zac’
Mighty Mato ‘Black Krim’ Mighty Mato ‘Brandywine’ (Sudduth’s)
Mighty Mato ‘Bumble Bee Purple’ Mighty Mato ‘Cherokee Purple’
Mighty Mato ‘Early Girl’ Mighty Mato ‘Mortgage Lifter’ (Estler’s)
Mighty Mato ‘Pineapple’ Mighty Mato 'San Marzano' (Redorta)
Mighty Mato ‘Stupice’ Mighty Mato ‘Sun Sugar’
Mighty Mato ‘Sweet Million’


Mighty Melons and Mighty Veggies consist of desirable heirloom and cool modern varieties that are grafted onto super strong rootstock that, like the Mighty Matos, confers greater disease resistance, greater cold tolerance, and greater vigour resulting in extra large crops of fruit and vegetables. The grafting can make a particularly positive difference in our cool summer climates with melons, peppers and eggplants that all require hot seasons to produce good crops.

Mighty Melons 'Ambrosia' Cantaloupe Mighty Melons 'Swan Lake' Honeydew
Mighty Melons 'Sugar Baby' Watermelon Mighty Veggies 'Coolcumber' (Khassib) Cucumber
Mighty Veggies 'Gigabite' Cucumber Mighty Veggies 'Epic' (Dusky) Eggplant
Mighty Veggies 'Anaheim' Pepper Mighty Veggies 'Golden Bell' Pepper
Mighty Veggies 'Jalapeno' Pepper Mighty Veggies 'Orange Bell' Pepper
Mighty Veggies 'Red Bell' (King Arthur) Pepper

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Brazelberry Pre-Order

Brazelberries are one of the hottest edible items for gardens and patios. They are dwarf berry bushes (five blueberries, one raspberry, and the new dwarf, thornless blackberry 'Baby Cakes') that can be grown in pots on your patio or in the garden. They are attractive plants that produce tons of fruit. What could be better than fresh blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries right from your own garden on beautiful plants that make your garden look great year-round? Pre-order now for pick-up in mid April (exact date yet to be determined). We will email you closer to the pick-up date to let you know exactly when you can get your hands on your new berry bushes!

Hot New Plant Alert
The BrazelBerries berry bushes have brought us lots of great introductions over the years. Brand new for 2017 is a great addition to the clan: a dwarf, thornless blackberry called 'Baby Cakes'. This will be a hot item for the upcoming gardening season.


NEW! Rubus 'Baby Cakes' -- Blackberry -- 'Baby Cakes' 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.

You can also order six other BrazelBerries:

'Peach Sorbet'
'Jelly Bean'
'Blueberry Glaze'
'Pink Icing'
'Raspberry Shortcake'

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Grow Your Own Tea Pre-Order

Camellia sinensis is an evergreen, broadleaf shrub famous as the source of all types of tea including black, green, oolong and other styles. Tea camellia is hardy to at least zone 7 (maybe 6) and grows well outdoors year-round in coastal BC. Grow a single plant or grow a hedge then harvest and cure the leaves to make your own delicious teas!

Hot New Plant Alert
We've had small numbers of tea plants for the past couple of years but few people realize you can grow your own tea outdoors in coastal BC. It's a new phenomemon for garden accent or hedges!

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Here are the different varieties of tea we have available:

Camellia sinensis Sochi Tea Seedling - Tea - This hardy tea plant (Camellia sinensis) is from the area around Sochi, Russia where they produce the most northerly tea in the world. Tea from these plants is very aromatic and flavourful. he plant has bright green, dense, ornamental foliage. The flowers are white to creamy white. Zone 7. Camellia sinensis Korean Tea Seedling - Tea - This hardy tea plant (Camellia sinensis) is from the area the Boseong region of Korea, famous for its annual Green Tea Festival each September. This selection is hardy and productive with good flavour. The plant has bright green, dense, ornamental foliage. The flowers are white to creamy white. Zone 7.
Camellia sinensis 'Tea Breeze' - Tea - 'Tea Breeze' is a selection of tea from the Kunming Botanical Garden. It is a hardy ornamental shrub or small tree with dense, glossy, dark-green leaves used for making tea. Single, white, fragrant, nodding flowers bloom from September-November. Leaves and roots are used in traditional Chinese medicine. Zone 6. Camellia sinensis 'Blushing Maiden' - Tea - This hardier selection of 'Rosea' is similar to 'Tea Breeze' but with pink flowers. It is a hardy ornamental shrub or small tree with dense, glossy, dark-green leaves used for making tea. Single, pink, fragrant, nodding flowers bloom from September-November. Leaves and roots are used in traditional Chinese medicine. Zone 6.

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Magnificent Magnolia Pre-Order

There is hardly anything more breathtaking in the world of spring-flowering trees than the large, dramatic, almost tropical-looking flowers of Magnolias bursting forth in shades of white, pink, fucshia, and yellow. We are pleased to offer a special selection of rare and unusual Magnolia cultivars, seven in starter sizes allowing gardeners with a little patience to acquire some magnificent plants at a great price and one in a larger size.

Hot New Plant Alert
We are excited to offer this colourful selection of uncommon and hard to find Magnolia including some amazing pink forms plus two superlative yellows. Who wants one of each?


'Black Tulip' 'Blushing Belle' 'Cameo'

'Judy Zuk' 'Genie' 'Sunsation'

'Cleopatra' 'Vulcan'

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Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.
One of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials in Canada.
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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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February 24th to October 29th, 2017

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