Hello Fellow Gardeners!

We've just added a whole bunch of new items to our July 2 for 1 Sale and as a subscriber of our Sale Alert, you're the first to know. PLUS we've added a WILD CARD so you can have a little fun and get something else of your choosing as part of the sale. Full details and instructions below.

We've also included our summer planting tips and information on Vancouver's current water restrictions. You still have to be waterwise and strategic about your plantings, but with these cooler temperatures and some more rain in the forecast, it's a good time to do some summer gardening.

We look forward to seeing you soon at Phoenix. The nursery looks like a giant garden. We think every Phoenix customer should come back for a visit in the summer!

Gary and the Phoenicians

'Miss Saori'

2014 Chelsea Garden Show Plant of the Year

More Info & Order


July 2 for 1 Sale
July 1st-31st, 2015


Buy 1, Get 1 Free Of Equal or Lesser Value
Mix and Match Any Plants from the Sale!
(You Don't Need to Get Two of the Same Thing.)

Sale only applies to purchases made in person at the nursery.
A few exceptions apply:
*Succulents from the Living Sculpture Section
**Does not include Arisaema 'The Perfect Wave' which is just emerging.


2 for 1 Wild Card!

Choose any two perennials from the nursery that aren't currently on sale and mention our Wild Card special offer.
Buy one and get the second of equal or lesser value for free!
This deal is only for customers who mention the Wild Card at the time of check-out BEFORE paying for your plants. This deal is good for o
ne free perennial per person per day.


Here's the full list of 2 for 1 items on sale until July 31st!:

What do you want to be on sale?
Wild Card



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, shrubs, trees and vines in the summer.


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

Transplanting of existing plants 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 in summer's hot, sunny conditions, 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 plants can continue with great success. This is because new plants can be planted with little to no damage to established root systems. Your new plant 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 plant 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 soak 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 space. Plant your new plant and fill the hole three quarters full with a mix a half and half mix of existing soil and 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.
  6. Water your new plant 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 and kelp extract which encourage fast root growth.

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.


A Look at Metro Vancouver
Water Restrictions

In the last week the GVWD raised our summer water restrictions to stage 2 reflecting the decreasing water levels held in our reservoirs. The only real change for gardeners is a reduction in lawn watering from three times a week to once a week. The watering of flower and vegetable gardens, decorative planters, shrubs, and trees remains unrestricted at this time. This means that gardeners may continue as per normal with caring for their non-lawn garden plants, albeit I hope with a bit more care for conservation of water.

We have only recently moved to stage 2 so an increase to stage 3 is unlikely for a while. Whether or not we move to stage 3 restrictions depends on rainfall levels and conservation by the public. If we move to stage 3 later in the summer this would mean that garden plants, trees, shrubs and vegetables would be limited to hand watering with hoses, watering cans and drip irrigation. Sprinklers and soaker hoses would be prohibited. If we do move to stage 3, gardeners should still be able to care for any new plantings made this year as well as other delicate or water thirsty plants such as veggies.


View the full pdf of Water Restrictions.
Please note I have talked to the GVRD and line 3 only applies to new lawns and not to trees, shrubs & flowers. For the full pdf please click here.

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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
February 27th to November 1st, 2015

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