July 2013

Celebrating our 10th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

The nursery is bursting at the seams with big, beautiful plants blooming their hearts out. If you haven't seen the nursery in its summer glory then you need to come back for a visit.

If beauty isn't enough to entice you then we also have The Summer Sizzle event running until this Sunday July 14th with 30% Off All Plants and Pots. Details are below.

To assure you that you can plant now we've included an article all about summer planting of perennials below. With a couple easy strategies you can plant all summer long.

Don't forget to pre-order your Brazelberries for August. Gardening never tasted so good.

See you soon at the nursery!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians


Until Sunday July 14th
Summer Sizzle
Fri July 5th to Sun July 14th

30% Off
All Plants and Pots

Pre-Order Now!
BrazelBerry Blueberries and Raspberry for August!

More Info and Ordering

Perennial Plant Association Symposium
Public Seminar Day

Sunday July 21st, 2013
Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver

Featuring Six Incredible Speakers from Vancouver and across North America.
More Info and Registration Online


Until Sunday July 14th!
Summer Sizzle
Friday July 5th to Sunday July 14th, 2013

The nursery is packed with colour and incredible plants in prime condition. This is a great time of year to visit and be inspired by beautiful plants and great savings. And with just a little bit of careful planting and some regular watering it is fine to plant new plantings all summer.

30% Off
All Plants and Pots

Now's a great time to get a little crazy and do some shopping and gardening!

Sale includes all trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, edibles, groundcovers, succulents, citrus and containers. Does not include fertilizers, soil, metal work, BrazelBerry Pre-Orders or mail order purchases.


You Can Plant Perennials All Summer
A few careful steps are all that is required to successfully plant new perennials in the summer

Many gardeners think that once July and August are here that it is too late to plant new perennials. Indeed, the best seasons for perennial planting are spring and fall. But you can also plant perennials in the summer.

This common misconception is likely due to confusion between the planting of new perennials and the transplanting of existing perennials.

Transplanting of existing perennials refers to moving plants already established in the garden which results in the uprooting and damaging of established root systems, especially the fine white tip roots that are the primary conduits for water and nutrients. Once transplanted into a new location the remaining roots will usually not have enough capacity to uptake water to support the foliage, even if you trim back the foliage by a third to a half.

While this type of garden work should be avoided in the summer months, the planting of new perennials can continue with great success. This is because new perennials can be planted with little to no damage to established root systems. Your new perennial goes into the ground with its roots intact and just like when it was in a pot, the only thing you have to do is keep it watered.

Here are a few secrets of success for summer planting:

  1. While still in the pot water your new perennial so that water flows freely out the bottom of the pot and the root ball is thoroughly saturated.
  2. Dig a generous hole. Once dug, fill it with water and allow the water to slowly drain into the surrounding garden bed. This helps moisten the soil around your planting hole.
  3. Remove your new plant from its pot and gently scuff up the edges of the root ball with your fingers. Just a little damage to the roots will encourage them to grow and branch out into their new home. Plant your new plant and fill the hole three quarters full with a mix of half existing soil and half new compost or Sea Soil. Now fill the hole again with water and allow it to slowly drain away as before. This will thoroughly moisten the soil immediately adjacent to the new plant’s root ball.
  4. Fill the remaining quarter of the planting hole with soil and gently tamp down the soil around the root ball of your new plant.
  5. Collect the excess soil left over from planting and build a rim or bowl around your perennial about six to 12 inches from the base of the plant. This will create a bowl for you to water guaranteeing that water will collect in the bowl and sink straight downwards into the root ball of your new plant.
  6. Water your new perennial two to three times a week during dry sunny periods by filling the bowl with water two or three times and allowing the water to sink straight down into the root ball.
  7. To encourage faster rooting use a transplant fertilizer. The product we carry has rooting hormone as well as kelp extract which makes roots grow crazy fast!

Voilà! You can plant a new plant or whole new garden beds and you don't have to wait until fall! Follow these easy steps and you can plant new perennials all summer long! Have fun!

PS. These steps are also great for success with spring and fall plantings too, especially if you're planting trees and shrubs which are slower to establish than perennials.





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Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.
One of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials in the Lower Mainland.
Specializing in distinct perennials, fragrant shrubs, hardy subtropicals and the botanically intriguing.3380 No. 6 Road, Richmond (Between Bridgeport and Cambie)
Please visit our web page for information on the nursery, driving directions and a map.
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.

Opening Dates and Hours
March 1st to November 3rd, 2013

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