Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: February 2016

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

February 2016

Celebrating our 13th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

We are excited to be well into February now with the gardening season starting in just a couple weeks! There are Phoenicians toiling away at Phoenix now getting ready for our big opening weekend, the Hellebore Hurrah! on Feb 26th-27th. In addition to the 100 or so different hellebores we'll have on hand you can also join us for our Hellebore Container to Die For Workshop and recreate some "contained" hellebore magic at home.

If you can't wait to shop for hellebores, we have some great pre-sales so you can book the hottest plants in advance. Check out three hellebore pre-sales for the Winter Jewels, Spring Series, and Next Generation hellebores. There are some really special hellebores available. I'm particularly excited about 'Pippa's Purple' and 'Mme Lemonnier' (pictured), two amazing new cultivars from the Next Generation pre-sale.

Helleborus 'Mme Lemonnier' taken a few days ago in a local garden. No other hellebore offers this quality of pink! And you could be one of the first people in the world to have it!

Our annual Photo Contest with $250 in prizes is still accepting entries with an extended cut off date of March 1st! Get your entries in! You have a great chance to win one of five $50 gift certificates. View the current entries on our Facebook Contest Album. You can also vote for them when you are there. And please enter. We'd love to see your photos!

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.

This season we are also re-launching our Clematis Conundrum as a pre-sale of 80 of the best and most distinctive clematis varieties plus three new hardy passion flowers. In this way you can carefully select your most desired vines for the garden. It might also allow you to track down that clematis you've always been looking for but could never come across.

The full dates and itinerary are now available for our upcoming trip to New Zealand in 2017 in partnership with alumni UBC and with co-leader Jeff de Jong of CFAX Radio's Gardening 101. Follow our link below to the information page where you can register to get the full, detailed itinerary! It's going to be one of those trips of a lifetime!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians



Awesome Edible

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

More Info

Three Hellebore Pre-Sales for the New Gardening Season

Order now to get the newest, hottest and best of the hellebore world.

More Info Below

The Clematis Conundrum

Select from 80 Different Clematis
and 3 Hardy Passion Flowers!

More Info

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. Plants that Shine in the Winter -- On the West Coast gardening and gardens continue year round, especially with the help of these magical winter plants.

2. The Phoenix Perennials Garden Photo Contest: Win One of Five $50 Gift Certificates -- We're looking for your most beautiful, inspiring, amusing or surprising photos of your garden or a garden you visited in the last year.
3. Hellebore Pre-Sales for the New Gardening Season - 2016 is just around the corner and we have you covered for the best and most beautiful hellebores for early season colour.
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. Garden Tour: Gardens of New Zealand - Dates and Itinerary Announced - Join co-leaders Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis and Gardening 101 Radio Show host Jeff de Jong on an unforgettable trip to a gardening paradise at the other end of the earth.


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.
Event Description
Feb 26-28th
The Hellebore Hurrah! - Celebrating Early Spring and All Things Hellebore!
Feb 27 Workshop: Hellebore Containers to Die For at The Hellebore Hurrah!


Opening Weekend 2016
The 12th Annual
Hellebore Hurrah!
Celebrating early spring and all things Hellebore

Friday-Sunday February 26th-28th, 2016


Hellebore Containers to Die For
Saturday Feb. 27th at the Hellebore Hurrah! at 1-3pm
Instructor: Kate Herring

More Info and Register


Phoenix Perennials is Hiring for 2016

We are looking for new Phoenicians to join the team. We are looking for full and part time staff to work on either our production or retail sides. In particular we are looking for:

Production Manager to oversee the growing of a few thousand different plants a year.

Production Workers to plant and care for plants on our production side.

Full Time and Part Time Retail Staff that are knowledgeable and passionate about plants and gardening and keen to share their enthusiasm with the public.

If you are interested in working with us, please send a cover letter and resume to phoenixperennials at


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Gary on the Radio (Podcast)
Plants that Shine in Winter

Gardening 101 on CFAX AM1070 with Jeff de Jong

Have a listen to this podcast from just before Christmas with Jeff and I chatting about great plants for winter interest. You can also follow along by downloading the catalogue of plants that we're talking about plus many more that we didn't have time for.

"Plants that Shine in Winter", Gary Lewis with Jeff De Jong, Gardening 101, C-Fax AM 1070, Victoria, BC
Listen to the Podcast | Download Catalogue (1.7 Mb)



The Third Annual
Phoenix Perennials Garden Photo Contest

Enter for your chance to win one of five $50 gift certificates!

We're looking for your most beautiful, inspiring, amusing or surprising photos of your garden or a garden you visited in the last year. The photos could be images of specific plants, of a container, a plant combination, a garden vignette or anything to do with plants or gardens. The photos will be posted on Facebook as soon as you send them in for voting by your friends, family and fellow gardeners. Whoever gets the most votes (likes, comments and shares) will win themselves one of five $50 gift certificates! It's so easy.

This photo is by Jackie H. from Victoria, one of last year's winners.

How to Enter
1. Send up to five of your best garden, plant or flower photos to phoenixperennials at Please send high resolution photos. You may need to send them in multiple emails if the files are large. Please put in the subject line: "Photo Contest". Also include your full name and city (only your first name, last initial, and city will be published) and a description of your photo(s). Entries will be accepted until March 1st, 2016 (EXTENDED from February 15th).
2. As soon as you send them in we'll put them up on our Phoenix Perennials Facebook page for everyone to see and vote for by clicking "Like", leaving a comment or sharing with their friends. Please note that if we receive a number of entries at a time we will queue you up and post one photographer's photos each day so it could take a few days to post your photos. We will email you once your photos have been posted.
3. Send your photos as soon as possible. The sooner you get them in, the sooner they will be online where your friends, family and fellow gardeners can start voting for them and the better the chance you have of winning a gift certificate.
4. Voting will run from when the first photos go up until March 15th, 2016 (EXTENDED from March 1st). The five photos with the largest combined number of likes, comments and shares will win the five gift certificates. Note that a single person can actually vote three times for a photo by liking, commenting on and sharing that photo! Please also note though that in order to spread the fun around any one person can only win one gift certificate, even if you have more than one photo in the top five.
5. The winning photos will be specially featured in the March e-newsletter guaranteeing each winner not just fortune but also fame!

We can't wait to see your photos!



Three Hellebore Pre-Sales
for the New Gardening Season

Save 10-15% when you order a collection!

The Winter Jewels Hellebores are the best available in North America. They come in double and single forms with bold, rich colours, large, symmetrical flowers and great vigour. They bloom from February through April. No garden is complete without hellebores and this special series is sure to add precious colour to your late winter and early spring garden. Order these starter and blooming-size plants now to save money and fill your garden with enchantment! You can order them a la carte or save when you order the collections.

More Info and Order



The Spring Series Hellebores are a diverse group of tissue cultured cultivars offering a variety of double and single flowers in a wide range of colours, many with intriguing patterning and spotting. Because they are tissue cultured you know that every plant will look just like its photo even if you don't see it in bloom. Order now to secure your plants for 2016.

More Info and Order



The world of hellebores doesn't stand still and never ceases to amaze. New complex and rare hybrids are offering forms for the garden that hellebore enthusiasts only dreamed about just a few years ago. These hellebores from the Frostkiss Series and the Gold Collection are at the cutting edge of hellebores and destined to become garden classics. Order now to secure these beauties for your 2016 garden.

'Mme. Lemonnier' comes from the same rare cross as 'Rosemary'

'Pippa's Purple' and 'Molly's White'

'Penny's PInk'

More Info and Order




Awesome Edible Pre-Sales for 2016

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

Our popular pre-sales allow you to shop from the comfort of your own home and secure the hottest and most beautiful new plants for your garden. Pre-sales also help us at Phoenix Perennials to plan in advance and provide the right number of plants for our valued customers and fellow gardeners so that everyone receives all of the garden bliss that they desire.

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

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. Pre-sales allow you to secure the exact plants you desire and allow us to make sure we have exactly what you want.

Full Descriptions and Ordering

'Ketchup 'n' Fries' - The Revolutionary, New "TomTato" is a hand-grafted plant that brings together tomatoes and potatoes, two close relatives, that together give us one of life's great pleasures: 'Ketchup 'n' Fries'. It produces the sweetest cherry tomatoes you've ever tasted by the hundreds. This year an improved grafting method should ensure much larger crops of potatoes than in 2015 with a few pounds per plant.



Mighty Mato and Mighty Mini Mato Grafted Tomatoes consist of desirable heirloom and cool modern varieties hand-grafted onto super strong tomato rootstock that confers greater disease resistance, greater cold tolerance, and greater vigour resulting in up to 2-3 times more tomatoes per plant than ungrafted plants! Heirloom tomatoes that are sometimes shy in their yields produce like never before. Cool modern varieties also produce extra large yields. The new Mighty Mini Matos are dwarf plants growing to just 3-4 feet tall. Though all Mighty Matos can be grown in large pots, these Mighty Minis will be right at home in containers and will stay compact so they won't overwhelm your small spaces.

Mighty Mato ‘Amish Paste’ Mighty Mato ‘Beefsteak’
Mighty Mato ‘Big Beef’ Mighty Mato ‘Big Zac’
Mighty Mato ‘Black Cherry’ Mighty Mato ‘Black Krim’
Mighty Mato ‘Brandywine’ (Sudduth’s) Mighty Mato ‘Bumble Bee Purple’
Mighty Mato ‘Celebrity’ Mighty Mato ‘Cherokee Purple’
Mighty Mato 'Chocolate Stripes' Mighty Mato 'Costoluto Genovese'
Mighty Mato ‘Early Girl’ Mighty Mato ‘Homestead 24’
Mighty Mato Indigo ‘Apple’ Mighty Mato ‘Mortgage Lifter’ (Estler’s)
Mighty Mato ‘Pineapple’ Mighty Mato 'San Marzano' (Redorta)
Mighty Mato ‘Stupice’ Mighty Mato ‘Sun Sugar’
Mighty Mato ‘Sweet Million’ Mighty Mini Mato 'Iditarod'
Mighty Mini Mato Indigo 'Dwarf Shadow Boxing' Mighty Mini Mato 'Tasmanian Chocolate'


Mighty Melons and Mighty Veggies consist of desirable heirloom and cool modern varieties that are grafted onto super strong rootstock that, like the Mighty Matos, confers greater disease resistance, greater cold tolerance, and greater vigour resulting in extra large crops of fruit and vegetables. The grafting can make a particularly positive difference in our cool summer climates with melons, peppers and eggplants that all require hot seasons to produce good crops.

Mighty Melons 'Ambrosia' Cantaloupe Mighty Melons 'Swan Lake' Honeydew
Mighty Melons 'Sugar Baby' Watermelon Mighty Veggies 'Coolcumber' (Khassib) Cucumber
Mighty Veggies 'Gigabite' Cucumber Mighty Veggies 'Epic' (Dusky) Eggplant
Mighty Veggies 'Anaheim' Pepper Mighty Veggies 'Golden Bell' Pepper
Mighty Veggies 'Jalapeno' Pepper Mighty Veggies 'Orange Bell' Pepper 9 + GST
Mighty Veggies 'Red Bell' (King Arthur) Pepper


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. They are perfect for small spaces and patios, conversation pieces, and as a gift for every wine lover you know. In 2015 the first Pixie Grape 'Pinot Meunier Purple' hit the scene. This year two new Pixie Grapes join it: 'Cabernet Franc' and 'Riesling'. Now you can really get your Pixie Vineyard going!

Pixie Grapes only grow to about 2+ feet tall and wide and get lots of bunches of grapes on its small frame over a long season. They require minimal pruning.

'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. They are attractive plants that produce tons of fruit. What could be better than fresh blueberries and raspberries right from your own garden on beautiful plants that make your garden look great year-round? Pre-order now for pick-up in mid April (exact date yet to be determined). We will email you closer to the pick-up date to let you know exactly when you can get your hands on your new berry bushes!

NEW! Vaccinium 'Perpetua' -- Blueberry
'Perpetua' is the newest BrazelBerry. It is a true double-cropping blueberry that sets one crop of fruit in mid-summer, and then flowers and fruits a second time to provide ripe fruit in the fall.

The leaves are dark green, somewhat shiny, and curly or twisted in the spring and summer, turning to deep reds and greens in the winter. The new canes are bright yellow and red in winter.

Perpetua has smallish berries that are mild and sweet.
1.5g pot. $24.99 + GST


You can also order five other BrazelBerries:

Blueberry 'Peach Sorbet'
'Jelly Bean'
Blueberry 'Blueberry Glaze'
Blueberry 'Pink Icing'
Raspberry 'Raspberry Shortcake'

More Information and Ordering



'Owari' Satsuma Mandarin Hardy Citrus Pre-Sale

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

Citrus reticulata ‘Owari’ is a satsuma mandarin orange that is hardy outdoors in coastal BC! Plants form lush, tropical-looking, evergreen shrubs to 5-8 ft tall, bloom with white, incredibly fragrant flowers, and produce excellent crops of sweet, juicy, seedless fruit just like you buy in boxes at the supermarket but these you can pick off your very own tree 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!

The Raymond Evison Collection
Raymond Evison is England's King of the Clematis and currently the world's most famous clematis breeder. His cultivars are among the best ever produced with huge flowers, unique colours, and long and repeat blooming.

Boulevard Series - Compact cultivars perfect for containers, patios, and small spaces.
Patio and Garden Series - Classic medium to large-growing clematis for the garden to grow on walls, archways, trellises, pergolas and into shrubs and trees.
Regal Series - Ornate double flowers perfect for containers or the garden.

Evison - Boulevard Series - 'Alaina' Evison - Boulevard Series - 'Cezanne'
Evison - Boulevard Series - 'Cherokee' Evison - Boulevard Series - 'Corinne'
Evison - Boulevard Series - 'Edda' Evison - Boulevard Series 'Fleuri'
Evison - Boulevard Series - 'Giselle' Evison - Boulevard Series - 'Picardy'
Evison - Garland Series - 'Tekla' Evison - Patio & Garden Series - 'Amethyst Beauty'
Evison - Patio & Garden Series - 'Chevalier' Evison - Patio & Garden Series - 'Countess of Wessex'
Evison - Patio & Garden Series - 'Diana's Delight' Evison - Patio & Garden Series - 'Kingfisher'
Evison - Patio & Garden Series - 'Rebecca' - The reddest of all clematis! Evison - Patio & Garden Series - 'Rosemoor'
Evison - Patio & Garden Series- 'Sally' Evison - Patio & Garden Series - 'Shimmer'
Evison - Regal Series - 'Crystal Fountain' Evison - Regal Series - 'Diamantina'
Evison - Regal Series - 'Empress' Evison - Regal Series - 'Josephine'


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




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Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.
One of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials in Canada.

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Richmond, BC | 604-270-4133 |

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February 26th to October 30th, 2016

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