Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants


The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
August 2006

Hello from Phoenix Perennials!

It's the dog days of summer. I hope everyone is relaxing in their gardens and finding some time to make it to the beach.

At Phoenix the colour continues and the nursery looks great. In this issue of the newsletter you'll find a sneak peak into our first offering of fall bulbs, our regular Fabulous at Phoenix installment, info on an Echeveria sale and an announcement of two workshops in September: one on ornamental grasses to be held at the nursery and one on weird and wonderful plants that I'll be presenting at Van Dusen.

As well, I would like to get some more contributions to our Deer Proof Draw. Here's your chance to help other gardeners by sharing your experience and be entered for one of three chances to win a $50 gift certicate at the nursery. Please send in your entries!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians


In this Issue

1. Sneak Peak: Fall Bulbs at Phoenix
2. Got Deer?: The Phoenix Perennials Deer Proof Draw -- Deadline Extension
3. Upcoming Workshop: Grasses that Captivate
4. Weird and Wonderful Plants of the World: a lecture at VanDusen Botanical Gardens
5. Fabulous at Phoenix: New, Notable and Luscious Plants
6. Echeveria Sale: 2 for 1


Sneak Peak
Fall Bulbs at Phoenix!

In early September a new addition to the Phoenix Perennials line-up will be arriving at the nursery: Fall Bulbs. As you've come to expect we'll have on hand a selection of more uncommon and unusual bulbs such as botanical tulips, camassia, fritillaria, cyclamen, erythronium and much more. Here is a sneak peak of a few bulbs we'll have available.

Tulipa 'Little Beauty': Mini botanical tulips are smaller than your standard tulips but they're perennial unlike the big hybrids which are more or less annual. Botanical tulips are like little jewels perfect for the front of the border.


Fritillaria michailowskyi: This beautiful fritillaria has chocolatey red bells with bright yellow bases.


Hyacinthus 'Hollyhock': We sold this new double hyacinth as potted plants in the spring and boy were they stunning. The pink is so dark that it's almost red and the colour so saturated, so intense that you couldn't help but notice it right away when you walked into the nursery.


Erythronium 'Purple King' has beautiful mottled foliage topped with purple-pink downward-facing lily-like flowers in spring. This is an elegant woodland plant for dappled shade.


Hippeastrum 'Papillio': This uncommon amaryllis called 'Papillio' is my absolute favourite. The burgundy-red striping over the pale green petals is simply stunning.


Deadline Extension
Got Deer?

The Phoenix Perennials Deer Proof Draw

If you garden with deer here's your chance to benefit from all the trials and tribulations that you face in your gardening life. We want to hear from you about the plants that you've found to be deer "proof" as well as the plants you've found to be delectable deer delicacies. We'll compile a list of everyone's findings and publish it in the next email newsletter, on our website, and make this list available at the nursery for perplexed gardeners. As an added bonus everyone who contributes their findings will be entered in a draw for a chance to win:

One of Three Fabulous
Phoenix Perennials Gift Certificates

Short of eating venison every night for dinner, here's your chance to get back at Bambi, to share information with fellow gardeners, and to have a chance at actually benefitting from your experiences!

Instructions: To contribute and be entered for the draw simply email us with the following three items:

1. A List of Deer Proof Plants -- Plants you've found to be universally shunned by deer in your garden.
2. A List of Deer Favourites -- Plants that the deer love to munch in your garden.
3. The location of your garden. The name of your island, or nearest village, town or city will do.

Extended Deadline: Please email your lists by August 30th, 2006.

If you have friends who garden with deer, please forward this email on to them so that they can participate as well.



Upcoming Workshop at the Nursery
Grasses that Captivate
The transformative powers of ornamental grasses

A Season in the Garden: Fall Perennials

Cliff Thorbes

The popularity of ornamental grasses continues to grow as gardeners discover their many virtues. Don't get it yet? Come to this informative talk and learn what grasses can do for you and your garden. Already love ornamental grasses? You'll love this workshop too. You'll get tips on using them for best effect in your garden design. As well, you'll be introduced to cultivars you might not have seen before.

Saturday September 16th, 10am-12pm

Please book your space in advance by calling the nursery at 604-270-4133.
Payment is required at the time of booking.
For all workshops please dress for the day's weather. We will be either outside or in the greenhouse.


Other Workshops This Season with Cliff Thorbes

Winter Containers: Plant up a container to create winter interest plus A Season in the Garden: Fall and Winter Perennials | Saturday October 7th, 10am | $15 | At the container workshops, each participant will plant up and take home their own container. Please bring your own large pot with enough space for at least 3 to 5 one gallon perennials. Large black plastic pots can be provided on request.


VanDusen Botanical Gardens presents
Weird and Wonderful Plants of the World
Botanically Intriguing Options for Your Garden

Join Gary Lewis, owner of Phoenix Perennials, for a whirlwind trip around the world to discover a multitude of weird and wonderful plants to add botanical intrigue to your garden. In this colourful, image-rich and dynamic PowerPoint presentation you'll discover amazing plants from every continent (except Antarctica!) including Cobra Lilies from Asia, acacias and bottlebrushes from Australia, broadleaf poker from South Africa, bear grass from North America and much more.

Monday September 11th, 2006
Van Dusen Botanical Garden

Please visit the VanDusen website to register.


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

There are so many amazing plants available at the nursery right now that it's hard to decide what to highlight. Here is a simply photo essay of some of my top pics of the moment.

Eupatorium dubium 'Little Joe' -- Joe-Pye Weed -- Eupatorium dubium is a little known dwarf species of Joe-Pye weed native to moist soils of eastern North America. This selection has four foot tall stems clothed in whorls of green leaves and topped in midsummer with large, dome-shaped heads holding masses of lavender flowers...a real bonanza for keeping butterflies at eye level. If you don’t yet know the Joe-Pye weeds, here’s an excellent place to start. Tolerant of light shade.


Corylus avellana contorta 'Red Majestic' -- Corkscrew Hazlenut -- This stunning new selection has dramatic burgundy-red leaves that fade very slowly toward dark green.


Lilium nepalense -- Nepal Lily -- This beautiful, rare lily has large, lime-green to yellow, bell-shaped, downward-facing, fragrant blooms with a dramatic deep burgundy throat and dark pollen. The stoloniferous bulb can travel underground but is not invasive. Widespread across the Himalayas. The trick to growing this plant treasure in our climate is to protect it from fall and winter wet - grow it outdoors under an overhang or in a well-drained bed below coniferous branches. Part shade, slightly acid soil.


Clerodendron bungei 'Pink Diamond' -- Rose Glory Bower -- This luscious cultivar has leaves variegated with white and four shades of green on a branching, spreading shrub. The domed clusters of large rosy-red flowers are very fragrant, long blooming and attractive to butterflies. If mulched and protected ‘Pink Diamond’ will be hardy in zones colder than zone 8.


Miscanthus sinensis 'Gold Bar' -- Maiden Grass -- ‘Gold Bar’ has the boldest variegation you’ve yet seen in a miscanthus. In fact, there may be more gold than green in this cultivar. It also has a compact and upright habit to only four feet making it good for pots and small gardens. Burgundy flower plumes rise just above the foliage in fall. Great for winter interest since the decorative form, albeit straw-coloured, usually lasts until spring.


Echeveria Sale!

2 for the price of 1

Echeveria are great in pots on the patio and make good houseplants in the winter. Mix and match for a stunning combination of succulent foliage.

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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.

Seven Days a Week 10am-5pm
March 3rd through October 31st, 2006

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