Hello Sophisticated Gardeners,

Summer is on our doorstep so we want to make sure you're ready with enough botanical intrigue to keep things exciting through the summer months.

Here's a collection of rare oddballs and beauties that we think you might need to consider for your own space. I'm about to take them all home myself so you better be quick or there might not be any left if I get greedy. ;-)

See you soon!

Yours in cool plants,

Gary and the Phoenicians


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10 Rare & Unusual Plants
for Summer

There are tons of plants to give summer colour but only so many that can up the level of botanical intrigue in the garden. Here's a selection of oddball summer perennials available now at Phoenix to keep things exciting and unusual in the summer garden.

Roscoea purpurea 'Spice Island' - Roscoea - This hardy ginger relative has dark leaves with deep red backs. It forms clumps with showy thick, deep red stems. Roscoea ‘Spice Island' has lavender purple, orchid-like flowers on the top of the stalks in mid summer. It can be used as a tropical element or in mixed shade beds. A good container plant. Anthemis marschalliana - Marshall Chamomile - This low growing prostrate marguerite has finely dissected grey foliage topped with cheery yellow daisies for a long period in late spring and summer. Drought tolerant. From Turkey and the Caucasus.
Amarine tubergrenii Belladiva 'Anastasia - Amarine Lily - xAmarine tubergrenii is an intergeneric cross between Amaryllis belladonna and Nerine bowdenii. The flowers look like a Nerine but are larger with broader petals and held on taller stems to about 2.5 feet. They are hardy in coastal BC and bloom in the fall. In colder climates they make good pot specimens. Bring in as a houseplant in winter. The Belladiva series includes a full range of cultivars in varying shades of pink. 'Anastasia' has deep glowing pink flowers. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. We also have 'Aphrodite', 'Emmanuelle', and 'Smilla'. Pterocephalus depressus - Moraccan Pincushion Flower - Pterocephalus depressus is a peculiar, drought-tolerant relative of Scabiosa with year round interest. It forms an evergreen mat of grey-green, crinkled leaves to just two inches high spreading to 18 inches or more. In late spring through summer deep purple-red buds form just above the foliage opening to heads of silver-pink flowers turning to attractive silver seed heads. Tolerates light foot traffic. Works well as a groundcover at the front of the border or between patio stones. Provide good winter drainage.
Dymondia margaretae - Silver Carpet - Silver carpet (Dymondia margaretae) is a slowly spreading, evergreen, groundcover from the Western Cape of South Africa with 1-2 inch long narrow leaves that are grey-green on top and fuzzy silver beneath with upturned edges giving a two-toned foliage effect of green and silver. Small yellow daisy flowers appear in summer. Very drought tolerant but will grow more quickly with good irrigation. Only hardy to zone 9, this plant makes a great contrasting addition to succulent planters where it can grow as a low carpet around Agave, Echeveria, Aloe, and others.

Romneya coulteri - California Tree Poppy - Romneya coulteri is an upright, blue-green foliaged poppy relative that is a semi-evergreen subshrub preferring 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 large 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.

Digitalis obscura - Sunset Foxglove - A beautiful and unique foxglove species, Digitalis obscura has tubular flowers that are red on the outside and orange on the inside on stems to about two feet tall. It is a drought tolerant, perennial species best grown in hot, sunny spots with free-draining soils and may form a woody base. The evergreen leaves are long, narrow, leathery, and slightly shiny. Marrubium rotundifolium - Silver Edged Horehound - A dramatic, evergreen foliage groundcover for hot, sunny spots in poor soils, Marrubium rotundifolium has felted silver-green to grey-green leaves that are silver-white beneath. The felted white undersides curl up around the edges so from above the effect is of grey-green leaves illuminated with a white edge. Insignificant white flowers are produced in clusters like its relative Phlomis but these can be sheared off to maintain focus on the foliage. Plant in front of Penstemon, Agastache, and Gaura.
Kniphofia caulescens - Red Hot Poker - A broad-leaved evergreen poker with blue-grey foliage held on a short woody trunk. Coral buds open soft yellow in fall. The colourful Tony Avent says it is "like a blue octopus after rigor mortis has set in." You can imagine then that it is an interesting structural addition to the garden and useful as a focal point where you wish to draw the eye. Rheum alexandrae - Sikkim Rhubarb - This species of rhubarb has heart-shaped leaves with green tops and intense burgundy veins. Tall spires of yellow flowers reach skywards in early summer protected by distinctive and amazing yellow bracts. A truly dramatic focal point plant. Prefers a deep, humus-rich, moisture retentive yet well-drained soil in sun or semi-shade.

See you soon!


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