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We've just created our new "Kids and Husbands" section at the nursery to keep these particular loved ones entertained while mothers and wives try to get a little shopping done. Plus these plants are a great way to get kids interested in gardening or to intrigue reticent husbands into better supporting your gardening habits.

The "Kids and Husbands" section is now stocked with all kinds of fun and intriguing plants. Come on down and have a look! We've highlighted 12 of our favourites below.


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12 Hot Plants for Kids, Husbands and Cool Gardeners

Dionaea muscipula - Venus Flytrap - The Venus flytrap is every child's favourite carnivorous plant. Husbands can also be entertained for hours. Venus flytraps are cute little bog denizens that grow in nutrient poor soils. They have evolved the ability to acquire the nutrients they need by capturing insects with their quickly closing, claw-like pads which are modified leaves. Grow in full sun sitting in a dish of water. Can be grown as a houseplant as well. Photo courtesy: Wikipedia. Drosera capensis - Octopus Plant, Sundew - Drosera capensis, also known as Cape sundew, is a small, canivorous plant native to the Cape of South Africa. It forms a rosette of strap-like green leaves that end in long paddles covered in red glandular hairs that secrete a sticky mucilage that traps and digests insects. The tentacles will also curl up to enclose the the bug! Grow outdoors in the summer and indoors in winter. Great for trapping fruit flies!
Artemisia arbrotanum - Coca Cola Plant - Southernwood is a totally-forgotten ancient garden herb with superb fine-textured aromatic foliage that provides excellent texture all year long PLUS a fruity camphor-like fragrance to the leaves that is reminiscent of Coca Cola! Trim hard in late winter to maintain a bushy habit. Yellowish insignificant flowers can be removed or left on the plant. Melianthus major - Peanut Butter Plant - This intriguing plant has beautiful rippled and dissected pinnate, powdery blue foliage on stems between three and six feet. It is shy to flower in our climate though I have seen the intriguing red spikes on a few occasions in Vancouver and Victoria. The most interesting aspect of this plant is the fragrance of the foliage which is very close to that of peanut butter. Plant with chocolate cosmos, Cosmos atrosanguineus, to turn your border into a peanut butter cup!
Solanum 'Ketchup 'n' Fries' - TomTato - The revolutionary new "TomTato" 'Ketchup 'n' Fries' 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 hundreds of the sweetest cherry tomatoes you've ever tasted. (Really! They are amazing.) Then, below ground, it produces a few pounds of yummy, buttery potatoes. Starting in 2016, an improved grafting method should ensure much larger crops of potatoes than in 2015.

Polemonium caeruleum 'Bressingham Purple' - Grape Hubba Bubba Jacob's Ladder - Polemonium 'Bressingham Purple' is a beautiful Jacob's ladder with smokey purple foliage topped with purple flowers that smell like grape Hubba Bubba bubblegum! Nothing takes you back to your childhood like the smell of bubblegum. Sun to part-shade.


Selaginella lepidophylla - Resurrection Plant - It's not dead. Just add water and the resurrection plant will unfurl and come alive! Acmella oleracea - Electric Daisy, Toothache Plant - This crazy, petal-less daisy hails from Brazil and packs some extra excitement in its little flower heads. Chew some of the flower and your mouth and tongue will tingle like you've just eaten that fizzy, popping candy. Or like a little numbing, electrical current is zinging in your mouth. We've taste tested it at the nursery and it's fun! The sensation lasts for about 5 minutes. Great for kids and dinner party guests. Secretly put it in a salad and see which guest mentions the sensation first!
Succulents - We have tons of different kinds of succulents including grafted cactus, Echeveria, Agave, Dyckia, Puya, Euphorbia (firesticks), Aloe, and much more! Kalanchoe thyrsiflora - Flapjacks,, Paddle Plant - This beautiful, bold and intriguing Kalanchoe looks kind of like green and red pancakes, hence the common name "flapjacks". It's perfect for setting on stunning succulent combinations.
Pumpkin 'Dill's Atlantic Giant' - They don't get much bigger than this! Grow your own giant pumpkin! Whether for the largest jack-o-lantern in the world or for a Cinderella carriage or bragging to your buddies, this is one crazy pumpkin. Crazy Squash and Weird Pumpkins - We have all kinds of cool and unusual squash and pumpkins in stock. Come have a look at all the diverse possibilities.

It doesn't get much cooler than this! All these plants are in stock now. Come on down and pick up a few to enliven your 2016 gardening experience.


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