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E-Newsletter: April 2016

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

April 2016

Celebrating our 13th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

What a spring so far! We are a few weeks ahead and we already have new production emerging from our greenhouses. Plus we have great plants arriving from our favourite suppliers up and down the west coast. It's an exciting year.

In this issue we bring you some multimedia with a podcast and plant catalogue from my recent radio interview with Jeff de Jong on CFAX 1070 AM's Gardening 101 focusing on the "Top 10 Plants for a Fragrant Good Time". We also highlight new peonies including the Patio Peonies for containers and the gorgeous Itoh Peonies. We also bring you this year's first installment of Fabulous at Phoenix featuring hot plants at the nursery right now.

We are excited to be getting great registrations for many of our workshops this seaosn. We have 51 different sessions in 2016. Plus don't miss our free Gardening 101 seminars and our equally free Young Sprouts Kids Club workshops. It's always more fun with a friend or family member. You know what else is fun? Saving money. Until April 30th we're offering an early bird registration discount of 10% on our Cocktail Gardening and our Tomato Tastings.

If edibles are your thing, we've got you covered on the hottest items this year including grafted edibles including 'Ketchup 'n' Fries' and Mighty Matos, plus BrazelBerries, Pixie Grapes, and the hardy 'Owari' satsuma mandarin orange.

Or if you like vines don't miss the Clematis Conundrum Pre-Sale of 80 of the best and most distinctive clematis varieties plus three new hardy passion flowers.

And last but not least: everyone loves a good contest. Don't miss entering the Clair's B&B contest to win a night at her beautiful bed and breakfast plus a $50 gift certificate. Details below.

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians



Awesome Edible

'Ketchup 'n' Fries'
Mighty Matos
Mighty Melons
Mighty Veggies
Pixie Grapes
'Owari' Satsumas

More Info

10% Off Early Bird Discount

Cocktail Gardening

Tomato Tastings

Until April 30th get 10% off these very popular workshops!

The Clematis Conundrum

Select from 80 Different Clematis
and 3 Hardy Passion Flowers!

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Top 10 Plants for a Fragrant Good Time -- Listen to the podcast and check out the catalogue from Gary's recent interview on Gardening 101 with Jeff de Jong.

2. Workshops and Seminars 2016 -- Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful. Welcome to our 2016 workshops and one of the most exciting line-ups we've ever offered with 51 different sessions! Don't miss the Early Bird Registration Discount!
3. New Peonies -- Learn more about the new dwarf Patio Peonies and the incredible Itoh peonies.
4. Awesome Edible Pre-Sales for 2016: Grafted Tomatoes & Veggies, Pixie Grapes, BrazelBerries, 'Owari' Satsuma - It's time to organize your edible growing season with some of the hottest edibles availabe now by pre-sale.
5. The Clematis Conundrum Pre-Sale -- So many clematis, so little time and space! Peruse our huge selection of clematis and pre-order your favourites.
6. Fabulous at Phoenix -- Gary's picks of new, notable and luscious plants at the Phoenix "candy store".


Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

The Phoenix Perennials Calendar
There's so much going on at the nursery all the time. Here's your resource to keep track. Also don't miss our Workshop Schedule.
Event Description
April 21 Hot New Plants presented by Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis to the Vancouver Rhododendron Society.
April 29 - May 1

May Maple Mania | Friday through Sunday April 29th to May 1st, 2016 | Featuring an incredible selection of Japanese and other maples. |

May 7-8 Mothers' Day Free* Lily | Saturday and Sunday May 7th and 8th, 2016 | On Mothers' Day weekend come on down, show us that you're a Mom or Grand Mom by bringing your kids (pets count too) or a picture of them and we'll give you a free lily as a thank you for raising the next generation of gardeners. *With purchase over $10, while supplies last.
May 24 Avoiding the Summer Doldrums presented by Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis to the Dunbar Garden Club.
June 22 Sizzling Succulents presented by Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis to the Saltspring Island Garden Club.
July 15-17 The Summer Sizzle | Friday to Sunday July 15th to 17th, 2016 | 10am-5pm | Celebrate the botanical glories of high summer with specially priced plants and other surprises.
Sept 10 The Heirloom Tomato Festival | Saturday September 10th, 2016 | 10am-5pm | With tomato tastings, heirloom tomato fruit for sale and a display of heirloom tomatoes! | Sign up early for our Tomato Tastings. | Register for Tomato Tastings
Sept 26 Sizzling Succulents presented by Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis to the Sechelt Garden Club.
Nov 5 Presentation to be determined presented by Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis to the Vancouver Island Master Gardeners.
Dec 2-4 The Christmas Hurrah! | Friday to Sunday December 2nd to 4th, 2016 | 10am - 3pm | Celebrate the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other seasonal delights with winter blooms and exciting workshops. | Register for Our Christmas Rose Workshops


Win a Night at Clair's B&B and a
$50 Phoenix Perennials Gift Certificate!

We know our customers come from far and wide to visit us and shop at Phoenix Perennials. Whether you live in Greater Vancouver or come from afar, we've got a fun contest for you for a little staycation within the city or to make your trip into the big city from further afield that much more memorable.

Enter our contest and win a one night stay in a deluxe suite at Clair's Bed and Breakfast located in a lovely heritage home in picturesque Ladner Village just across the river from Richmond valued at $200 plus a $50 Phoenix Perennials Gift Certificate.

To enter send an email to: phoenixperennials [at] (Yes. You have to put the @ sign in there.) Give us your full name, city, province, and phone number and answer this skill testing question: In what year was Clair's beautiful Art Deco house built? Visit Clair's Bed and Breakfast Website to find out!

Clair's B&B is located in a beautiful heritage home accentuated by beautiful plants.

Fine Print:
Contest closes Sunday May 15th at midnight. A winner will be drawn at random.
One entry per person.
B&B stay and gift certificate are valid for one year. Gift certificate is valid for in-person purchases at the nursery only and not for mail order purchases. It is also valid for regular priced items only.
B&B stay is subject to availability of rooms at time of booking. Please book early.
Blackout period between Christmas and New Year's.


Garden Tour
Gardens of New Zealand
January 22-February 2, 2017

Join alumni UBC and tour leaders Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis and Gardening 101 Radio Show host Jeff de Jong to see the gardens, flora, scenery and culture of New Zealand.


More Info


Canadian Mail Order Catalogue Launched for 2016!
800 Amazing Garden Plants for Canadian Gardeners


Volunteer at Phoenix Perennials with our Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program

Our Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program is for interested gardeners who want to set up a regular schedule with us to come to the nursery and help us with plant care, propagation, weeding, watering and other nursery tasks. You can do any number of hours you like on any day. We just ask that you make it a regular schedule. In addition to our gratitude we will also give you plants!

Contact Patricia by phone (604-270-4133) or email (info at for more information and to start volunteering!


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Gary on the Radio

Top 10 Plants for a Fragrant Good Time

This season I'll be doing a monthly series of "Top 10" lists on a variety of topics with Jeff de Jong on CFAX AM 1070's Gardening 101. Just this past Sunday we focused on fragrant plants. Listen to the podcast and have a look at the descriptive catalogue to learn more about chocolate cosmos, Echinacea, fragrant hosta, 'Bressingham Purple' Jacob's ladder, hardy citrus, Daphne, fragrant Clematis, honeysuckle, and wisteria.

Listen to the Podcast

Download the Catalogue


And if you missed it check out our Hellebore Interview from late February:

"Hellebores", Gary Lewis with Jeff De Jong, Gardening 101, CFAX AM 1070, Victoria, BC | Listen to the Podcast | Download Catalogue



Workshops & Seminars 2016

Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful.

Welcome to our 2016 workshops and one of the most exciting line-ups we've ever offered! We will be offering one of the largest workshop schedules in our region with 51 different workshops and seminars including our FREE Gardening 101 Series designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners and our Young Sprouts Kids Club. Join us to fill in your knowledge and create beautiful things.


Online Registration: We use online registration so you can book workshops 24 hours a day seven days a week. Registration is through two of the most trusted names on the internet: Constant Contact and Paypal. Both use secure servers so you can feel safe paying online. You do not need a PayPal account to pay. They will simply process your Visa or MC on our behalf. If you wish to register by other methods please call the nursery at 604-270-4133 or visit us in person.


GARDENING 101 SERIES | Clematis and Vines for All Seasons | Belinda | Sat April 16, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Belinda will introduce you to all kinds of great vines for colour and fragrance all season long. She’ll talk about the huge variety of different clematis and how to care for them as well as other vines like honeysuckle, jasmine, deciduous and evergreen climbing hydrangea, passionflowers, kiwis and more.
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Fragrance for Garden & Patio | Belinda | Sat April 16, 1-2pm | FREE* | Belinda is our Queen of Fragrance. She will introduce you to all of her favourites for delicious aromas all year long for garden and patio.
YOUNG SPROUTSKIDS CLUB | Seeds! | Kate | Sun April 17, 10-11am | FREE* | Explore the magical miracles of seeds. We'll learn all about what a seed is, the anatomy of a seed, and how a seed germinates and grows into a plant that will in turn produce more seeds. There will be drawing, planting of seeds, and little pots to take home to watch your seeds grow. Don't miss out on the fun!
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Master the Basics of Perennials | Jo | Sun April 17, 12-1pm | FREE* | If you’re a beginner who is keen to get gardening or an intermediate gardener who wants to fill in your knowledge, this workshop will be a great confidence builder. We’ll cover all the basics to guarantee your success including basic botany, the “right plant, right place” mantra including considerations for soil type and moisture, light and hardiness, and how to select, plant and care for your perennials through the year. We’ll also introduce you to some of the major groups of tried and true perennials and discuss how to use them in the garden. You’ll be well on your way to confidently achieve the gardening success you’ve always dreamed of!
GARDENING 101 SERIES | The Urban Oasis: Strategies to Create Your Gorgeous Balcony or Small Space Garden | Kate | Sun April 17, 2-3pm | FREE* | Do you have a small outdoor space that you want to turn into your sanctuary from the busy urban world? With some strategic planning to maximize the use of your space, some creative design ideas to make your space beautiful and a selection of the best multi-season interest plants including plants for privacy, you can have the get-away of your dreams.
CONTAINER SERIES | Painting with Succulents: Plant a Shadowbox Planter for a Living Wall Masterpiece | Belinda | Sat April 23, 10am-12pm | $54 (Includes shadowbox.) | Discover your inner artiste as you create a unique shadowbox "painting" using succulents such as hens and chicks, echeveria and sedums as your "paint" colours. This living wall can be hung on your sunny patio, balcony, gate or fence. Your friends will marvel at your creative talents! View images from last year. We will have various custom-made shadowbox options available for you to plant up and create your masterpiece. The plants you decide to use are not included in the price of your workshop.
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Waterwise Gardening: Drought Tolerant Plants and Water-Saving Techniques | Jo | Sun April 24, 11am-12pm | FREE* | With climate change our summers are supposed to get warmer and drier. What does that mean for your garden? Jo will introduce you to all kinds of perennials and shrubs that will thrive in hot, dry conditions as well as water-saving gardening techniques.
Sensational Simplified Gardens: Save Time and Energy with these Planting Strategies | Jo | Sun April 24th, 1-3pm | $14 | Do you want the beauty and serenity of a garden but need to keep the care and maintenance of this space at a manageable level? This workshop will introduce you to strategies for creating a lower maintenance garden and patio through the careful and strategic selection of easy-care perennials, shrubs and groundcovers that deliver multiple seasons of interest. Jo will discuss how to renovate existing areas to simplify their care and create beautiful new spaces that won’t take up all of your valuable leisure time.

CONTAINER SERIES | Perennial Hanging Baskets | Kate | Sat April 30, 10am-12pm | $20 (Incl. basket) | Take perennials into the unknown and plant them in hanging baskets. You’ll learn about perennials that are suitable for growing in hanging baskets in both sun and shade and then you’ll get a chance to plant up your own to take home with you! Perennials in hanging baskets will often perform for many years. When they outgrow their space you can plant them in the garden. You'll save tons of money versus annual hanging baskets. Cost includes potting mix, moss, and a wire hanging basket.
GARDENING 101 SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Citrus & Other Subtropical Fruit for Coastal Gardens | Larry | Sat April 30, 1-2pm | FREE* | Did you know that you can grow citrus outside in Vancouver AND harvest fruit to eat??? Join our resident expert on everything subtropical, unusual and edible for local gardens. From hardy olives to hardy citrus, goji berries to tea, honey berries to Asian pepper, kiwis to pomegranates plus figs, bananas, kumquats and much more, Larry will fill you in on the exciting world of rare and unusual shrubs that will inspire you and your taste buds and impress cocktail party guests.
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Pruning Maples for Dummies at May Maple Mania | Patricia | Sat April 30, 1-2pm | FREE* | To prune or not to prune and, if you do, how do you do it? Join our resident pruning guru, Patricia, for a hands on chat and demonstration on what to do when you stand in front of your Japanese maple and channel your inner zen master with a set of secateurs in hand.



YOUNG SPROUTSKIDS CLUB | Soil! - Creepy Crawlies and All | Kate | Sun May 1, 10-11am | FREE* | Soil is integral to the lives of plants feeding them with the nutrients they need to grow. Soil is also alive with tons of worms, insects and microorganisms that makes soil a dynamic and exciting place for exploring. We'll discuss the role of soils in healthy gardens and then each child will make a soil mobile to take home.
Succulent Bouquets and Corsages | Kate | Sun May 1, 1-3pm | $14 (Succulents not included.) | Succulents can seemingly go anywhere and do anything. So why not make them into a bouquet? Or how about a corsage? Just one week before Mothers' Day, this workshop is perfectly timed for you to create a perfect present for that special woman in your life.

CONTAINER SERIES | Containers to Die For: Learn the Secrets to Fabulous Pots Then Make Your Own | Instructor: Kate | Sat May 7, 10am-12pm | $14 | This is a fun hands-on workshop for gardeners of all levels who are interested in learning how to successfully create gorgeous perennial containers. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own fabulous container. Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. If you do not have a container we will have various options available for you at the workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use.

Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. We will have a range of options available if you don't have your own pot. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use.

CONTAINER SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Edible Containers to Die For: Ornamental Displays that Taste Great | Kate | Sat May 7, 1-3pm | $14 | This is a fun hands-on workshop for gardeners who want to grow edibles in containers that are beautiful and productive all at the same time. After some discussion of different edibles and some practical and design instruction, each participant will plant up and take home their own fabulous edible container.

Please bring your own large pot (minimum 12-14 inches in diametre) with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. We will have a range of options available if you don't have your own pot. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use.

GARDENING 101 SERIES | Master the Basics of Shrubs and Small Trees for Beauty and Privacy | Jo | Sun May 8, 11am-12pm | FREE* | Shrubs, small trees and bamboo are integral parts of the garden. If you’re a beginner who is keen to get gardening or an intermediate gardener who wants to fill in your knowledge about these useful plants, this workshop is for you. We’ll cover all the basics to guarantee your success. We will present the best shrubs, small trees and bamboos for city gardens and patios, emphasize multi-season interest, and highlight the best plants for different times of year plus the best strategies for using these woody plants for privacy. We’ll also discuss their selection, planting and ongoing care. With a combination of theory, demonstrations and hands on learning you’ll be well on your way to achieving the gardening success you’ve always dreamed of!
GARDENING 101 SERIES/PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Success with Tomatoes | Gary | Sun May 8, 1-2pm | FREE* | Tomatoes are the most beloved of all garden edibles because no tomato tastes better than one grown in your own garden. Come have all your tomato questions answered such as modern vs. heirlooms, grafted vs ungrafted, the best cultivars for our climate, and how to successfully grow tons of delicious tomatoes in pots and the garden.
CONTAINER SERIES | Kokedama: Japanese String Gardens | Kate | Sat May 14, 10am-12pm | $20 | Kokedama is the Japanese art of bundling the roots of a plant into an ornamental mossy ball, wrapping it with string, and hanging it up for decoration in the house, patio or garden. These intriguing botanical spheres can transform an area with beauty and whimsy. Kate will discuss perennials and shrubs that are suitable for Japanese string gardens as well as how to care for them. Then you'll select your own plants and make up your own! The plants you choose to use are not included. All other materials are included in the price of the workshop.
YOUNG SPROUTSKIDS CLUB | Fun with Edible Plants | Kate | Sun May 15, 10-11am | FREE* | Kids who grow their own food have been shown in various studies to eat a wider variety of healthy foods, to be more active, and to lead healthier lives as adults. We know you want that for your children. Obviously then one of the best things you can do as a parent is get into a garden with them to grow edibles. In this workshop, Kate will introduce them to the exciting world of edible plants and teach them the basics of growing their own. Then they'll get to plant up a veggie to take home with them. You might want to listen in!
GARDENING 101 SERIES | The Best of the Best for the West Coast Garden: Spring and Summer | Kate | Sun May 15, 1-2pm | FREE* | Do you want to know what the best performing perennials are for spring and summer? Kate will introduce you to a selection of top plant performers for West Coast gardens that provide great seasonal interest. She will also provide seasonal maintenance tips. This course could be the most important step you take to transform your garden from ordinary to extraordinary! For a full year of top plants sign up for our second session: Fall and Winter.
CONTAINER SERIES | Subtropical Containers to Die For | Gary | Sat May 21, 10am-12pm | $14 | There's nothing like hardy subtropicals to add "wow" factor to any garden. Now how about concentrating it into one smashingly dramatic container for a big impact in the garden? Gary will introduce a wide range of hardy subtropicals, chat about their care, and then discuss how to use them in containers. You'll then get to plant up your subtropical masterpiece to take home with you!
CONTAINER SERIES | Make Your Own Hypertufa Container or Trough | Kate | Sat May 28, 10am-12pm (Make container) & Sat June 11, 10-11am (Optional plant up)  | $40 | You've heard of container gardening. How about making your own container? This class will teach you how to make your own hypertufa container or trough. Now that's a sense of accomplishment to be enjoyed for years to come. Because hypertufa containers need time to dry and cure, you'll leave your container with us after the workshop then return to pick it up later. If you can make it two weeks later on June 11th Kate will lead you in a workshop to plant up your new container with treasures from the nursery.
YOUNG SPROUTS KIDS CLUB | Wildlife in the Garden: Bees, Birds & Butterflies! | Kate | Sun May 29, 10-11am | FREE* | There's nothing more fun than experiencing nature in the garden, especially bees, birds and butterflies. We'll explore all the creatures than can make a home in the garden, how to encourage them with plants and habitat, and why they are important for the health of the garden. Then we'll get to make animal masks to take home.
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Support Bees, Butterflies, & Hummingbirds | Jo | Sun May 29, 12-1pm | FREE* | In this workshop you'll learn about how to attract butterflies, honeybees, native bees, hummingbirds, and beneficial insects into your garden and how to support them once they're there with food plants and habitat to keep them well fed and sheltered.



CONTAINER SERIES | Succulent Containers & Centrepieces to Die For | Kate | Sat June 4, 10am-12pm | $14 | Learn about the wide range of succulents available to you and then plant them up into a smashing combination to adorn your patio or as a centrepiece for your patio table.

Please bring your own pot if you have one in mind. Otherwise we will have some options on hand.

PHOENIX FRESH EDIBLES SERIES | Cocktail Gardening: From Garden to Glass, Shaken not Stirred | Instructor: David Wolowidnyk, CinCin Restaurant with Gary | Sat June 4th, 1-3pm | $20 | Join award-winning bartender and mixologist David Wolowidnyk from the acclaimed CinCin Restaurant in Vancouver to learn how to make cocktails and libations with ingredients from your own garden. In 2012 David won the Bombay Sapphire World’s Most Imaginative Bartender Competition in Morocco. This guy knows how to mix a drink! Step up to David’s bar where he’ll show you how to muddle, mix, infuse, shake and stir your way to fancy and intriguing drinks for a relaxing night at home, a dinner party or a wild soiree in the garden all while telling you stories as only a bartender can. As you sample David’s creations Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis will present the different edibles used in the cocktail and discuss how to grow them in your garden. This is one workshop that you won’t want to miss!
GARDENING 101 SERIES | Architectural Plants for Drama, Drama, Drama | Jo | Sun June 14th, 11am-12pm | FREE* | This is the “go big or go home” workshop. Dramatic architectural plants are integral to the garden and containers. They act as focal points to draw your eye into the garden providing exclamation points of foliage and flower. Jo will introduce you to everything big and dramatic in the world of perennials and shrubs. Your garden will never be the same once you’ve included the big, bold forms of architectural plants.
GARDENING 101 SERIES | The Dynamic Garden: The Importance of Texture and Movement | Jo | Sun June 5, 2-3pm | FREE* | Discover two of the most important, yet lesser known, traits for gardens that can elevate them from beautiful to extraordinary. Foliage texture from grasses, ferns and other perennials plus the movement of these plants in the breeze can add incredible visual dynamism to containers and gardens. Take your garden to the next level!


Fall and Winter Workshops - Visit our workshop page for full listings.



New Peonies

In stock now we have the dwarf Patio Peonies and our largest range ever of Itoh Peony cultivars which are crosses between tree peonies and garden peonies. Learn more about each of these groups below.

Though we're not highlighting them here we also have a full range of colours available now in tree peonies which are all currently in bud and bloom at the nursery.

All these different types of peonies present so many options in the garden that you could literally have peonies at the front, middle and back of the border! And now with the patio peonies you can easily grow garden peonies in pots! (Though if you have really big pots you can also grow Itoh and tree peonies in containers as well.)


Patio Peonies

Patio Peonies are a brand new introduction to the world of garden peonies. These dwarf plants grow, on average, to about 2 feet tall and do well in containers on a patio or in the garden. Use them on a patio if you love peonies but don't have ground to plant them in. Or if you have a small garden, Patio Peonies will be at the perfect scale for your space and leave you room to still plant other things. Or, if you have lots of space, use the Patio Peonies at the front or in the middle of the border. There are lots of possibilities for this new series.

Patio Peonies come in a range of colours with all the cultivars named after European cities: 'Oslo', 'Rome', 'Madrid', 'Moscow', 'Kiev', 'Athens', 'Dublin'. We have the full range in stock now!


Itoh Peonies

Itoh peonies, sometimes referred to as intersectional peonies, are crosses between garden peonies and tree peonies. They are herbaceous plants (non-woody) with gorgeous foliage like a tree peony that flushes red when young. They have huge flowers in unusual colours like tree peonies with shades of yellow, apricot, pink, red, and white. The flowers can be as big as your face and a mature plant, which grows to about 3 feet tall and wide, can have 30-50 blooms per plant. Itoh peonies have the hardiness of a garden peony and will grow in regions all the way down to zone 3! Now how's that for a hot plant in exotic colours that can be grown across most of Canada?

Itoh peonies were quite recently very expensive. A small division of 'Bartzella' would go for $300! Thanks to the pioneering efforts of a tissue culture lab in Quebec, we now have Itoh peonies available for a much lower price. This one lab is the only one to figure out how to produce Itoh peonies from tissue culture and now supplies them to the world so these crosses are also a Canadian story.

We are pleased to offer more than 20 different cultivars this year. Check them out below! These plants are in 15cm pots and are almost blooming size. We also have 5 gallon pots of a few cultivars that are in bud and represent a great value for the size of the plants.

Are you in love with them? We are. Wait until you see them in real life!



Awesome Edible Pre-Orders for 2016

'Ketchup 'n' Fries', Mighty Mato, Mighty Melon & Mighty Veggie Pre-Order

Welcome to our exciting grafted vegetable pre-sale where you can pre-plan your 2016 edible bounty from the comfort of your own home with the most cutting edge edibles available.

Full Descriptions and Ordering


Pixie Grape Pre-Order

The Pixie Grapes are a new series of dwarf grape vines for containers and small spaces developed in the Niagara region of Ontario that will often produce fruit in their first year and forever more after that.

'Pinot Meunier Purple'
One of the famous Champagne grapes.
'Cabernet Franc'
A fabled variety from Bordeaux and the Loire.
Most varied white from the Mosel of Germany.

More Information and Ordering



Brazelberry Pre-Order 2016

Brazelberries are one of the hottest items for gardens and patios. They are dwarf berry bushes (four blueberries and one raspberry) that can be grown in pots on your patio or in the garden.

More Information and Ordering



'Owari' Satsuma Mandarin Hardy Citrus Pre-Order

Grow your own satsuma mandarins outside in coastal BC and harvest your delicious fruit at Christmas time!

More Info and Order



Select from 80 Different Clematis
and 3 Hardy Passion Flowers!

We have a huge selection of the best and most unique Clematis available through our Clematis Conundrum Pre-Sale for pick-up at the nursery in late April 2016!


Fabulous at Phoenix
Gary's Picks of New, Notable and Luscious Plants Available Right Now at the Phoenix Candy Store

The season is early and the nursery is brimming with all kinds of options for your garden!

Trillium kamtschaticum - Kamtschatka Trillium - This lovely white trillium is similar to the west coast's T. ovatum and eastern North America's T. grandiflorum. It is native to Japan and adjacent areas of Asia. Though they are similar, the "look" of this rare Asian species is different than its North American counterparts with slightly shorter more rounded petals. It is vigorous and well worth growing. Cypripedium 'Victoria' - Hardy Lady's Slipper - 'Victoria' has huge flowers with a yellow lip and twisted, yellow tepals striped with burgundy. The lip alone is almost the size of a chicken egg! The imposing plant with its broad leaves grows to 60 cm (23 in.) high -- a real eye-catcher in the shaded garden! Blooms in the second half of May. Grown from seed. Plants will resemble the image but may not be identical. A cross of the North American C. parviflorum var. pubescens and the Asian C. fasciolatum. Lady's slipper hybrids are much more vigorous and easy to grow than species. Blooming size. WE HAVE MANY MORE CULTIVARS IN STOCK COMING INTO BUD AND BLOOM!
Digiplexis Illumination 'Berry Canary' - Hybrid Foxglove - The Illumination series offers intergeneric hybrids between foxglove (Digitalis) and its Canary Island relative Isoplexis. 'Berry Canary' has spikes of hot pink flowers with creamy yellow, burgundy speckled throats over the rosettes of glossy, dark green leaves. It is a long bloomer from late spring to frost. Digiplexis Illumination 'Flame' - Hybrid Foxglove - The Illumination series offers intergeneric hybrids between foxglove (Digitalis) and its Canary Island relative Isoplexis. 'Flame' sports spectacular tubular flowers that are bright reddish-magenta with orange-yellow throats. It looks like a foxglove crossed with a Hawaiian shirt. The flowers are densely packed on tall black stems with attractive foliage. Side branching and its sterile nature give an extended bloom time.
Digiplexis Illumination 'Raspberry' - Hybrid Foxglove - The Illumination series offers intergeneric hybrids between foxglove (Digitalis) and its Canary Island relative Isoplexis. 'Berry Canary' has spikes of hot pink flowers with creamy yellow, burgundy speckled throats over the rosettes of glossy, dark green leaves. It is a long bloomer from late spring to frost.

Brunnera macrophylla - Siberian Bugloss - Large, mid to dark green, heart-shaped leaves are topped with long-lasting, vivid blue, forget-me-not flowers in spring. A beauty for the shade garden or woodland walk.


Daphne ordora 'Zuiko Nishiki - Winter Daphne - 'Zuiko Nishiki' is a Japanese selection of Daphne odora with lush green foliage and a vigorous nature. It may also be hardier than the species. The buds are vibrant, deep pink and open to pale pink or white flowers. The fragrance is ravishing - a mix of intoxicating citrus, sweetness and baby powder. Daphne x transatlantica 'Summer Ice' - Daphne - This daphne has some great qualities not before seen in the genus: an incredibly long bloom period and it’s easy to grow. ‘Summer Ice’ forms a mounded shrub with beautifully fragrant (like sweet baby powder) white flowers with an apple blossom flush that bloom from early April until November. As if that weren’t enough the leaves sport a crisp white trim. Semi-evergreen in average winters. Deciduous in hard winters. Rich, well-drained soil in sun. Do not move after planting.
Daphne x medfordensis 'Lawrence Crocker - Daphne - 'Lawrence Crocker' is a diminutive evergreen Daphne hybrid (S. arbuscula x D. collina) which typically grows in a mound to 12 inches tall and as wide. It is a dense, slow-growing shrub which features narrow, thickly-textured, dark green, evergreen leaves and fragrant deep pink flowers which bloom from late spring into summer. From the garden of Lawrence Crocker, one of the founders of the Siskiyou Rare Plant Nursery in Medford, Oregon. Do not move after planting. Daphne x transatlantica 'Eternal Fragrance' - Daphne - This hybrid forms a neat, mounded, evergreen shrub two to three feet high and three feet wide. The dark green leaves make a pleasing backdrop for the pink buds and white flowers which are intensely fragrant like sweet baby powder. ‘Eternal Fragrance’ flowers generously on the previous season’s wood in April and May and from June until autumn on new growth provided good moisture and nutrients. Rich, well-drained soil in sun. Do not move after planting. Photo courtesy of Great Plant Picks.
Paeonia suffruticosa cultivars - Tree Peony - Tree peonies are spectacular though slow-growing garden shrubs with magnificent blooms. They are worth every effort and a little patience. They come in a range of colours including white, pink, purple red, yellow and orange. Paeonia Itoh Hybrids - Itoh Hybrid Peony - The Itoh peonies are intersectional hybrids between the tree peony (P. suffruticosa) and the garden peony (P. lactiflora). The result is an outstanding group of perennial herbaceous peonies with huge flowers in a wide range of unusual colours such as yellows, coppers, apricots, pinks, magentas and bicolours. The foliage emerges rich red and gradually turns to green. A mature plant can have over 50 blooms! We have lots of different cultivars right now!
Arisaema nepenthoides - Cobra Lily - A handsome Himalayan species with a striped and spotted purple and white spathe. The junction between the spathe-limb and the spathe-tube is deeply auricled (eared) presenting a most intriguing inflorescence. The short, stubby spadix is white and the foliage deep glossy green and heavily textured. Arisaema nepenthoides is a tall species to at least four feet and is one of the earliest to emerge, usually in March. The stems are orange with purple mottles. Arisaema heterophyllum - Cobra Lily - Arisaema heterophyllum is a tall-growing cobra lily called "dancing crane" in Japan. It reaches about three feet tall sporting one leaf with at least 15 leaflets and a green flower held above the foliage with a long, yellow, whip-like spadix appendage licking upwards. Easy to grow.
Anemonella thalictroides 'Shiozaki' - Rue Anemone - Anemonella 'Shiozaki' is a double-flowered form of the eastern North American native rue anemone with exquisite, fully double, shell pink flowers that are larger than 'Shoaf's Double Pink' and a lighter pink. One of the most beautiful spring flowers - a little jewel in the spring garden. Bloom time can last for months -- since the reproductive structures have become petals the flowers cannot be pollinated. Without pollination there is no signal for flowering to stop and petals to fall. That's convenient! Easy to grow in gritty, well-drained soil. Dicentra spectabilis 'Gold Heart' - Bleeding Heart - Bred by fellow Canadians Sandra and Nori Pope during their tenure at Hadspen Garden in the UK, Dicentra 'Gold Heart' is the classic bleeding heart with chartreuse to gold foliage to back up the rose-pink and white flowers. It’s shocking, it’s audacious, it’s electric, it’s fabulous. Great for illuminating a dark corner of the shade garden. May go dormant in summer if soils are dry.
Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler' - Honeysuckle - ‘Major Wheeler’ is one of the best selections of Lonicera sempervirens and stands out above all other red-flowered cultivars for clean foliage and pure flower power. This selection is covered in red trumpet flowers in late spring and keeps churning them out all summer long, especially with a post-bloom trim. The hummingbirds will find it from miles around. Hydrangea 'Miss Saori' - Hydrangea - 'Miss Saori' is a superlative new hydrangea that won the coveted Plant of the Year Award at the 2014 Chelsea Garden Show. She produces exquisite mopheads of double florets in white with perfect, glowing, rose-pink picotee edges on old and new wood from June until frost on 3x3 foot mounds perfect for gardens and containers. Foliage emerges burgundy-red in spring, turns to green, then back to burgundy-red in summer and fall. We are proud to likely be the first nursery in North America to offer this amazing plant in 2015.
Lonicera sempervirens 'John Clayton' - Honeysuckle - Lonicera 'John Clayton' has lovely, pale yellow flowers that explode from the vining stems from June until November and grabs the attention of hummingbirds, butterflies, and humans alike. Bright orange-red fruits in late summer and fall. Selected by the Virginia Native Plant Society for its yellow rather than red flowers, excellent repeat bloom, clean foliage, and compact form. Named for a colonial botanist, it was found on the grounds of a 17th century Abington church in Glouchester, Virginia. Eryngium planum 'Jade Frost' - Sea Holly - Eryngium are intriguing members of the carrot family and garden favourites for their true blue thimble like inflorescences held above equally blue thistly bracts. Now add some variegation to this sea holly picture. 'Jade Frost' has green leaves with white to creamy white variegation that is pink in cool temperatures. A must have for those who love blue flowers and variegation.

Beesia deltophylla - Beesia - I’m excited to offer one of my favourite shade plants, the handsome Beesia deltophylla with glossy, deep green, evergreen, heart-shaped leaves tinged in purple when new that form dense rosettes up to 12 inches across. Sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? Spires of small white flowers rise up to 20 inches above the foliage in mid to late spring repeating later in the season. Excellent in well-drained yet evenly moist soil in full or partial shade.

Gardenia 'Kleim's Hardy' - Hardy Gardenia - Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus! This is a HARDY gardenia! The star-like single flowers have an intense and intoxicating fragrance and appear most profusely in early summer and sporadically thereafter. This extremely hardy selection has survived minus 18 degrees Celsius! Prefers full sun to light shade and will bloom best where walls or patios provide extra night time warmth in spring and summer. Plant in a protected location just to be safe. Evergreen.

Gardenia 'Frostproof' - Hardy Gardenia - The rose-like double flowers of Gardenia 'Frostproof' have an intense and intoxicating fragrance and appear most profusely in early summer and sporadically thereafter. Resilient in cool springs or cool spring/summer climates and will still produce copious flowers. Full sun to light shade. Blooms best where walls or patios provide extra night time warmth in spring and summer. Plant in a protected location just to be safe. Evergreen.

Gardenia 'Summer Snow' - Hardy Gardenia - 'Summer Snow' is a hardy hybrid gardenia hand selected after 10 years of development and test studies. ‘Summer Snow’ has beautiful pure white double flowers that are sweetly fragrant. The foliage is evergreen, rich and glossy. Reportedly hardy to zone 6 which would make it the hardiest of the hardy gardenias.

Nerine bowdenii - Guernesey Lily - This South African bulb is a welcome site in fall as the skies become overcast and the rain begins to fall. At this time the flowering stalks of Guernsey lily rise from the strap-like foliage and open into gorgeous spidery amaryllis-like flowers in a shade of improbable candy pink! Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears' - Plantain Lily - 'Blue Mouse Ears' has small round bluish-green leaves comprised of a substance so thick you have to feel it to believe it. Lavender flowers on short scapes proportionate to the clump top it in midsummer. A must-have mini hosta for the collector and rock garden enthusiast. 2008 Hosta of the Year! Miniature hostas are great in shady containers or troughs, at the front of the border or along pathways. Dangerous for collectors who will want to have many more than just one!
Hosta 'Praying Hands' - Plantain Lily - 'Praying Hands' is the most un-hosta looking hosta to ever hit the market. Each small, 18" wide clump is composed of strangely folded, dark green crinkled leaves, each with a narrow cream border resembling a multitude of hands folded in prayer. The upright clumps are topped with 18 inch spikes of light lavender flowers in late summer. Hosta 'Wheee!' - Plantain Lily - This distinctive hosta is unlike the vast majority of cultivars in this case sporting incredibly wavy leaf margins from leaf base to to leaf tip, even on young plants. 'Wheee!' is also variegated with cream margins and has lavender flowers in summer.
Hosta 'White Feather' - Plantain Lily - Hosta 'White Feather' emerges with leaves ghostly white creating a striking spring display. As the leaves mature they warm a little into creamy yellow and then develop streaks of green amongst the white for a continuation of the unique foliage show. By summer the leaves go completely green. The show starts again the next spring! Lavender flowers. Note: The foliage of young plants can be thin and susceptible to a little damage from frost or drying winds but established plants get sturdier and grow out of this problem. Salvia 'Ember's Wish' - Sage - OK. This one is likely not going to be hardy for most people but the hummingbirds are begging for it. They really are! Large, bright coral-red flowers are produced all summer long atop scented foliage. Drought and heat tolerant so its blooms will not fade in the heat. Ornamental sages are useful for full to part sun locations. Grow in a protected location against the house or in a pot that can be protected in winter or treat as an annual. You and the hummingbirds are worth it!
Delphinium New Millenium 'Pagan Purples' - Delphinium - 'Pagan Purples' blooms with dark bluish-purple flowers. Removing spent flower spikes will result in another round of blooms on secondary spikes in late summer and fall. However, its large, coarsely textured leaves make this plant attractive even when it's not in bloom. Selected in New Zealand, the New Millennium delphinium strains outperform all other tall types. The stems are strong and the plants are generally longer lived than other tall delphiniums. Photo courtesy of Dowdeswell's Delphiniums Ltd. WE HAVE MANY OTHER COLOURS AVAILABLE. Pteridophyllum racemosum - Pteridophyllum - This is not a deer fern. It’s a poppy. Or a buttercup. They’re not sure yet. Pteridophyllum racemosum is a strange and rare woodland perennial endemic to the mountains of Japan. The evergreen foliage looks like a clumping fern until the 10 inch scapes of white flowers bloom in summer. Rock garden or trough plant for well-drained humus-rich soil in shade. Best in cool summer areas and shaded conditions.
Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty' - Mayapple - Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty' is a spectacular hybrid of several Asian mayapples boasting large, vigorous, lobed umbrella-shaped leaves that emerge muted chartreuse green with dramatic chocolate-brown spotting throughout the spring. By summer the leaves are green with lightly spotted areas. Huge garnet-coloured flowers are found under the leaves in clusters of five or more. This form was selected for its colouring, improved late spring frost tolerance, vigour, and habit. Podophyllum delavayi - Mayapple - This Chinese mayapple is one of most exciting shade perennials. Fuzzy umbrellas emerge with dark snakeskin markings, often on a red background, changing to patterned green. Flowers can be red, pink, or white and are followed by apricot coloured fruit. Also called P. veitchii or Dysosma veitchii.


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