Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: July 2009


The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
July 2009

Hello from Phoenix Perennials!

Oh My! It's July! Hello to Summer!

Summer means that the nursery looks great and is filled with colour. It means it's time for our Summer Sizzle Weekend and our Summer Sale - we have our annual Great Plant Combination Contest display gardens (the winners are announced in this e-newsletter) and we have a great offering of FREE workshops this year including a chance to hang out and chat with Bill Terry, an international Himalayan blue poppy expert. Don't miss the opportunity to come learn with us.

It's also time to do some summer planting (there's an article below on how best to do it) and to fit some more hellebores in the garden (see below for a very special offer). It's time to drink wine at our wine workshop, to support the Richmond Centre of Disability at this month's Charity Shopping Weekend, to check out what our Paisley Garden looked like at the World Rose Festival and to salivate over the Fabulous at Phoenix offerings for this month.

Have You Been to the Nursery in July Yet?
If you've always visited us in April and May and never seen Phoenix Perennials in its summer glory, you must come see us. Even if you've been before in the summer months, come visit us again. We are so proud of how beautiful the nursery looks at this time of year with colourful flowers and full boisterous plants. The nursery looks like a giant half acre garden. And we just want everyone to see it!

See you soon at the nursery!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

Extended Summer Hours until the Summer Sizzle
Sunday to Wednesday 10am-5pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10am-6pm

(Until July 18th, 2009 when we go back to Seven Days a Week, 10am-5pm)

The search for B.C.’s best garden is on.

Enter yours for a chance to win a $3,500 prize package including a $500 Phoenix Perennials gift certificate!

Click here for more details


In this Issue

1. The Summer Sizzle and the Summer Sale
2. Summer Planting of Perennials: A few careful steps are all that is required to successfully plant new perennials in the summer
3. Hellebore Alert!
4. The Great Plant Combination Contest Winners
5. Upcoming Workshops
6. World Rose Festival Roundup
7. Charity Shopping Weekend to Benefit the Richmond Centre for Disability
8. Fabulous at Phoenix: Gary's Picks of New, Notable and Luscious Plants at the Phoenix Candy Store


The Summer Sizzle
including our Summer Sale!
Friday, Saturday and Sunday July 17th, 18th and 19th

At this year's Summer Sizzle there will be FREE workshops, an all day clinic with Meconopsis expert Bill Terry, special displays from the winners of our Fifth Annual Great Plant Combination Contest, and plants on SALE! Don't miss it.

20% off ALL PLANTS*

There are no exceptions to the above dates.
*Statuary are not on sale. Our already specially priced four inch hellebores and meconopsis are not included in the sale.
Certain other exceptions might be in effect.

Schedule of FREE Workshops


All Day - Meconopsis with Bill Terry | Bill Terry is one of the world's foremost experts on the Himalayan blue poppy. He is also the author of a stunning new book called Blue Heaven: Encounters with the Blue Poppy. Bill will have just returned from a month in China and Tibet hunting meconopsis. He will be on hand all day to sell and sign copies of his book and to answer your questions about this fabled plant and how to grow it. He will also be bringing with him our supply of blue poppies which he offers exclusively through Phoenix Perennials. Species and cultivars likely available will be 'Lingholm', betonicifolia, betonicifolia 'Alba', napaulensis, punicea, and grandis. Bill maintains these seed strains himself. These are among the best forms in the world, outshining pretty much everything you've ever seen or bought! This is a unique opportunity you won't want to miss.

[Special Notes: 1. Meconopsis will not be on sale this weekend. 2. Plants not sold on Saturday will remain at the nursery for future sales. 3. Bill is currently plant hunting and will return to Canada only days before the Summer Sizzle. If you are coming to the Sizzle specifically to see Bill or to buy blue poppies, please call us on Friday to confirm that Bill will be with us on Saturday. In case of extreme jet lag he might come Sunday.]

Time Title Instructor Description Length
10am Another Seedy Workshop: How to Grow your own Plants from Seed Belinda Cardoso Belinda will use demonstrations to show you how to plant and successfully germinate seeds. You can then use your newfound knowledge to plant your own veggies for summer and fall picking or to plan to grow some of your own perennials next year. 45 min.
11:30 am Daisies to the Rescue: How the Aster Family Saved the Summer Garden Gary Lewis, owner of Phoenix Perennials Learn about all of the great members of the daisy family that provide invaluable summer colour. 45 min.
1 pm Climbing to New Heights: Clematis and Other Vines for the Spring, Summer and Fall Garden Belinda Cardoso Belinda will introduce you to all kinds of great vines for colour and fragrance all season long. In particular, come see the Kivistik clematis, marvels from Estonia with great vigour and incredible flower power - they have been known to flower all summer long! 45 min.
2:30 pm Increasing your Flower Power: Grooming Perennials for More Blooms Diane Brown Learn how to coax more flowers from your perennials. Diane will show you how to deadhead and groom various different kinds of perennials to maximize the number of flowers and extend their bloom time. 30 min.



Time Title Instructor Description Length
11 am Architectural Plants: Add Drama, Structure and Presence in the Garden JoAnn Turner Jo will highlight all kinds of plants with great foliage and stature that you can use to rise out your amorphous plants to give structure, strength and intrigue to your borders. She will also chat about plants that die well providing great structure to the winter garden. 45 min.
12:30 pm Hellebores in the Garden: Secrets of Success with the Lenten Rose Shelley Brignall Take a tour of the various hellebores for the garden then learn about their soil, nutrient, light and water requirements, how to clean them up after the winter, how to dead head the flowers, take care of potential pests, how to divide and much more. 45 min.
2 pm Daisies to the Rescue: How the Aster Family Saved the Summer Garden Gary Lewis, owner of Phoenix Perennials Learn about all of the great members of the daisy family that provide invaluable summer colour. 45 min.
3:30 pm Fun Ferns for Fun Folk: A Multitude of Fronds for the Shade to Part Sun Gardens JoAnn Turner Come see the diversity of ferns you can use in your garden including some species that are tolerant of sunnier positions. 45 min.

This is going to be a great weekend.

You might want to write it down on your calendars right now!



Summer Planting of Perennials
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 circular dyke 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 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.

Voilà! You were able to plant new perennials and even a new garden bed and you didn'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.


Hellebore Alert!
(Oh my! Don't miss this one!)

We are offering an amazing opportunity to stock up on some of the best hellebores in the world from top breeder Marietta O'Byrne at an unbelievable price. The wonderful people at Terra Nova Nurseries had too many so they offered them to us at a special price but only if we got large quantities. So we have lots! These plants are in four inch pots. Many of them bloomed this past spring and many more will come into bloom in 2010 (just in time for your Olympics gardens!). At the usual gallon size these hellebores usually retail for $30-$40 so this is your chance to have the best display in your neighbourhood without breaking the bank!

$9.99 each!
Buy 6 at $8.99 each!
Buy 12 or more at $7.99 each!

Plants will arrive on July 10th. If you are coming the weekend of July 11th and 12th, please call first to confirm that our shipment has arrived.

This special offer cannot be combined with other sales, discounts, coupons or offers including the sale at the Summer Sizzle.

Regal Ruffles Strain - This double strain offers every colour imaginable with picotees, splashed forms, and the rich colours that are Marietta's trademark. 95% of plants will bloom with double flowers. 5% will be outstanding singles. Brushstrokes Strain - Brushstroke splashes, spots, and true, rich colours adorn the wide petals of this superior group of singles.
Carousel Strain - A strain with a high percentage of anemone-centred (semi-double) flowers in shades of pinks and whites. Anemone centres are more rare and difficult to breed for than doubles so try your luck to get one of these real gems. Splashdown Strain - A wonderful strain with yellow, cream or pure white flowers splashed liberally with spots, often so dense that they form a deep purple or red "thumb" print in the middle of each petal. Striking in the garden.
Mellow Yellow Strain - This wonderful group of single yellows will sometimes offer up the occasional apricot surprise. Some are splashed with spots and others have picotee edges. London Fog Strain - Deep, moody purples and blacks above new foliage infused with burgundy.



The Fifth Annual Phoenix Perennials
Great Plant Combination Contest

A great garden is not just great plants grown well. A great garden hinges on great plant combinations.

Thank you to everyone who entered our contest! We had lots of great entries this year, a number of which kept appearing right up until midnight of the deadline. All were considered.

There were lots of lovely and intriguing combinations showing great design and interesting ideas. We had a very difficult time deciding and wish we had many more prizes to offer. Overall we could tell that you love your gardens and recognize them as expressions of your own person style. Thank you to all of our entrants for sharing your very personal works of art with us, your gardens. The only unfortunate thing is that we had to select a limited number of people to receive the prizes. In selecting these few entries we were looking for great combinations that also offered that little extra touch or pizzaz or surprise.


Come See the Winning Combinations In Person!
The winning entries will be set up as display gardens at the nursery through the month of July and August. They will be ready for their first viewing at the Summer Sizzle weekend starting on July 17th!


This year the Great Plant Combination Contest Prizes go to:

1st Prize: $150 Gift Certificate at Phoenix
Cherry O. of Richmond

Her combination includes:
Sambucus nigra 'Black Beauty' - Elderberry
Euphorbia 'Glacier Blue' - Spurge
Hebe pinguifolia 'Pagei' - Hebe
Heuchera 'Midnight Rose' and 'Sashay' - Coral Bells
Artemisia schmidtiana 'Nana' - Wormwood
Geranium pratense 'Hocus Pocus' - Cranesbill
Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow' - Bugleweed
Carex buchanii - Sedge

Cherry's pot is a study in calm, cool and collected contasts - colour (purples, burgundy, pink, blue, green, silver, and brown) texture, leaf shape, leaf size, and with a subtle use of variegation. Note that there are almost no flowers! She has done it all with foliage. In her entry Cherry says the impetus for this pot was a "sewer cover that plagues my front yard." I think she has the problem figured out now. Beautiful!


2nd Prize: $100 Gift Certificate at Phoenix
Sally H. of North Vancouver

Her combination includes:
Verbascum phoeniceum 'Album' - Mullein
Penstemon 'Dark Towers' - Beardtongue
Iris sibirica 'Gull's Wings' - Siberian Iris
Papaver orientale 'Black and White' - Oriental Poppy
Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing' - Cow Parsley
Astrantia major 'Buckland' - Masterwort
Heuchera 'Plum Pudding' - Coral Bells

We first loved the collage that Sally made for us so we could picture her combination. Each of the flowers in the picture above were printed off on her computer, carefully cut out with delicate scissor work and lovingly pasted together to creat a beautiful vignette of her combination. Not only do we love her artistry with paper and glue but we love the combination of flowers and foliage. This is a great example of a great combination based on flowers - all different shapes of flowers. Just as different shapes and sizes of leaves make for an intriguing display, so too do different shapes and sizes of flowers. Sally has also included enough foliage interest with coral bells, spiky iris leaves, burgundy Anthriscus and penstemon to keep the garden interesting even when not in bloom but also to support the colours of the flowers. Note that the mullein has dark purple eyes which picks up on the tones in the foliage. Very nice!


3rd Prize: $50 Gift Certificate at Phoenix
Grant G. of Langley

His combination includes:
Gunnera manicata - Dinosaur Food
Zantedeschia 'White Giant' - White Giant Calla Lily
Lobelia cardinalis 'Elm Fire' - Lobelia
Juncus effusus 'Goldstrike' - Rush
Sarracenia alata and S. flava x purpurascens - Pitcher Plant
Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea' - Golden Creeping Jenny

Not only do we love Grant's combinations but we can't resist the descriptions he provides us. This combination he calls "We're Off to See the Wizard - To Oz, to Oz!" "Imagine:," he says, "the ruby slippers (red pitcher plant) on the yellow brick road (golden creeping jenny) past fanciful Munchkinland (tall yellow pitcher plants and red lobelia) through the scarecrow field (Juncus) to the land of Oz ('White Giant' calla and gunnera). This guy has a good imagination but also an eye for bold and intriguing plant combinations.


Honourable Mention: Fame but not Fortune but you do get a Phoenix Perennials T-Shirt!
Elizabeth J. of Langley

Her combination includes:
Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' - Japanese Forest Grass
Aucuba japonica 'Variegata' - Japanese Aucuba
Hosta cv. (gold edged) - Plantain Lily
Ligularia stenocephala 'The Rocket' - Ragwort
Berberis thunbergii 'Rose Glow' - Barberry
Astilbe 'Red Sentinel' - False Spiraea
Fuchsia magellanica - Hardy Fuchsia
Fatsia japonica - Japanese Fatsia

Elizabeth's garden bed is another great combination whose strength is in the foliage combinations. In this case she has used a gold theme to draw your eye into the bed by planting Hakonechloa, a gold edged hosta and Japanese aucuba. These golds contrast with lush greens and the burgundy foliage and stems provided by the barberry and the astilbe. She has also used great foliage contrast by choosing leaves with different textures, sizes, and shapes. In all this a pleasing, relaxing, yet intriguing plant combination.


Honourable Mention: Fame but not Fortune but you do get a Phoenix Perennials T-Shirt!
Connie B. of Coquitlam

Connie submitted two entries. The image on the left is from her Honourable Mention winning plant combination. The image on the right comes from her other entry. We couldn't resist showing you what can be done with a strawberry pot and some great contrasting sempervivums! Wow!

Her combination includes:
Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' - Black Mondo Grass
Lewisia - Lewisia
Sedum 'Angelina', 'Capo Blanco', divergens - Groundcover Stonecrops
Arenaria balearica - Corsican Sandwort
Sempervivum (Various Cultivars) - Hen and Chicks
Sarcoccoca humilis - Sweet Box
Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Crowborough' - Call Lily

Connie was faced with a difficult situation for a planting a garden bed - a high profile area right beside the front door with very thin soil that is dry, especially under the overhang of the house, and is both sunny and shady! What a challenge. We are pleased to see that her new planting from last July is taking off. She has put together an interesting combination of succulents and other complimentary plants. Once her plants grow in a bit more it will look quite cool with black mondo grass rising out of a mat of intriguing sempervivum, lewisia and sedums. The sarcoccocca give fragrance in late winter and early spring, the lewisia give sparks of hot pink throughout the season and the calla rises with its white spathes in early summer. We also like the nice rocks she has used to accent her beds and contribute to feeling of a dry garden.

Come See the Winning Combinations In Person!
The winning entries will be set up as display gardens at the nursery through the month of July and August. They will be ready for their first viewing at the Summer Sizzle weekend starting on July 17th!


Early Bird Entry Draw
Those people who sent in their entries before June 22nd were entered in a draw to win a $25 gift certificate!
The winner is: Jennifer C. from North Vancouver.



Upcoming Workshops

GARDEN LIVING SERIES | Summer Wines: Great Bottles for Patio and Garden | Instructor: Randy Rae | Saturday July 11th, 2pm (Date and Time Change) | $30 | In this wine tasting you will be introduced to a number of delicious and refreshing well-priced wines perfect for the summer patio and garden. From bubbles to whites and light reds, you will learn about and taste some great solutions for summer entertaining or for just kicking back in your garden and enjoying the fruits of your labours!



POWER OF PERENNIALS SERIES | Grasses that Captivate: The Transformative Powers of Ornamental Grasses | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday September 12th, 10am | $15 |

DOWN TO EARTH SERIES | Phoenix Fresh Winter Veggies: Plant Up a Container with Cool Season Edibles | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday September 19th, 10am | $15 |

CONTAINER SERIES | Jewels of the Spring Garden: Bulbs for Spring Containers | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Saturday September 26th, 10am | $15 |


CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Cliff Thorbes | Saturday October 3rd, two workshops starting at 10am and 2pm | $15 |

Booking Workshops

Spaces are limited. Please call (604-270-4133) or visit the nursery to book your space. Payment is required when booking. If you would like to take advantage of one of our special offers please let us know at the start of your booking.

Each workshop requires a minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 15-25 depending on the workshop. If the minimum is not met we may not be able to run the workshop in which case we will contact you a few days before the scheduled date of the workshop and give you a credit towards another class, a credit at the nursery, or a refund.

Workshop participants will receive a 15% discount on any purchases they wish to make the day of their workshop. We cannot give rainchecks on this discount so please plan for enough time to do some shopping after your workshop or head off for some lunch and then return in the afternoon.


Rose Show Round-Up
and our Paisley Garden

The World Rose Festival held June 19th-21st in the new convention centre was a great success with tonnes of roses and rose-themed displays, and lots of people that came to see them.

Visitors loved the Phoenix Perennials 'Paisley Garden', our 1000 square foot display garden. For the design of the garden I was inspired by a combination of two things: first, the work of the “new wave planting” designers, chief among them Piet Oudolf, who design their plantings in large naturalistic sweeps and swaths. The second bit of inspiration is…(wait for it)…paisley – yes the fabric pattern! Combine the two with some signature Phoenix Perennials botanical intrigue and you get our Paisley Garden.

Signature plants in the garden included Rosa chinensis 'Mutabilis which looks like multicoloured butterflies on burgundy foliage when in bloom, Salvia 'Hot Lips', a red and white bicoloured sage, Allium 'Forelock', a darkest purple ornamental onion, Arisaema tortuosum and A. ringens, two incredible cobra lilies, Oplopanax horridus, our native Devil's Club, and Eremurus or foxtail lilies which stole the show. In fact, I would wager that the most photographed plant in the whole rose festival was our foxtail lilies! There's a photo below.

The gardens were designed around a beautiful boardwalk and pavilion by one of my favourite landscapers Kevin Paetkau ( His clean, modern, West Coast styling in beautiful cedar was a perfect match for the unique garden design.

The pavilion was highlighted by big, beautiful ball of roses by one of Vancouver's most talented floral designers Diane Levings of Full Bloom Flowers on Commercial Drive (

The Paisley Garden: filled with arcs and curves and swirls and poka dots of plants the Paisley Garden wowed visitors with its design, the cool plants and with the beauty of the pavilion by Kevin Paetkau ( The pavilion have been moved and will soon be erected at the nursery to use for workshops and the In-Nursery Design Service.

Seen from above you can see the swirls, curls and paisleys in the Paisley Garden.

"Best in Show": The most photographed flower at the Rose Festival was a foxtail lily, Eremurus.



Phoenix Perennials Charity Shopping Weekend
to benefit the
Richmond Centre for Disability
Saturday and Sunday July 25th and 26th, 2009

Welcome to our upcoming Charity Shopping Weekend -- a fun way for Phoenix Perennials to give back to the community and for customers of Phoenix Perennials to feel less guilty about their plant buying habits.

What is the Richmond Centre for Disability?: The Richmond Centre for Disability (RCD) is a grass roots organization run by and for people with disabilities. We take a cross and multi-disability, self-directed and inclusive approach for service provision. Our mandate is to give people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in the community to the fullest extent of their ability and to improve their quality of life by working for Inclusion, Independence & Empowerment. Our mission is to empower people with disabilities to participate in the community to the level of their desires and abilities by providing information, resources, support and by increasing community awareness and accessibility.

For more information please visit:

How it Works: Gardeners who wish to support this month's charity can come shopping at Phoenix Perennials on the designated dates. When you pay for your plants, tell us that you have come to support this charity and we will donate 25% of the price of your plants to this worthy cause. But remember: you must tell us why you have come to the nursery on that day or we won't know to donate the proceeds from your sale. Other than that, it's pretty simple: all you have to do is shop!

Mark your Calendars! See you at the Charity Shopping Weekend!


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

It's a huge Fabulous at Phoenix installment this month, fellow gardeners. And this is just the very tip of the iceberg. We currently have thousands of different plants to choose from! Oh my!

Rosa rugosa 'Michel Trudeau' - Rugosa Rose - This brand new rugosa rose was bred by our own Robin Dening of Brentwood Bay Nurseries near Victoria to commemorate his nephew Michel Trudeau, the youngest sun of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Margaret Trudeau, who died in an avalanche in BC in 1998. A portion of the sale of each rose goes toward avalanche prevention and awareness.

Bloom Time: Repeat flowering from spring to fall
Exposure: Plant in fertile free-draining soil in full sun
Water: Mulch soil after planting & water 2-3 times per week until established
Height: Grows 4 ft (120 cm) high to 3 ft (90 cm) wide – bigger on West Coast
Description: Long pointed reddish-pink buds open to large, very fragrant, double deep pink flowers with yellow stamens and white splashed in the centre; silvery-pink undersides. Medium sized shrub with disease resistant, glaucous-green foliage and prickly stems. New growth has red veining and reddish stems. Spectacular plum-red fall foliage and large red hips, wonderful grown as a shrub in borders or as a hedge.
Zone 2-9.


The Kivistik Clematis - They are finally here! Originating in Estonia, the Kivistik clematis have a compact growth habit, copious blooms on the current season's growth, an unusually long bloom period, rich colours, great disease resistance, and hardiness to zone 3. Their compact size and long bloom time make them excellent in containers or in the garden. Customers who have bought these clematis from us over the last two years are reporting that their plants bloomed ALL summer without stop! Wow.


Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' - Japanese Forest Grass - ‘Aureola’ is a classic grass for shade and one I wouldn’t be without in my garden. The cascading foliage resembles falling water which makes it marvelous beside a pond or tumbling out of shade borders. Try combining with darker foliage like burgundy heucheras for a WOW! effect in your shade garden. Perennial Plant of the Year 2009.
Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears' - Hosta - Small round bluish-green leaves are 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!
Rhododendron cinnabarinum - Rhododendron - Campanulate, semi-pendant, yellow, orange, apricot or purple flowers. The leaves are broadly elliptic, four inches long and strongly fragrant like cinnamon when rubbed! Grows to five feet in 10 years. Blooms in mid to late spring. From India, Bhutan and Tibet.

Beesia deltophylla - Beesia - I’m excited to finally offer one of my favourite shade plants, the handsome Beesia deltophylla with glossy, deep green, evergreen, heart-shaped leaves tinged in purple 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.

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Queen' - Oakleaf Hydrangea - Elongated, conical clusters up to a foot long of mostly sterile, white flowers which slowly turn pinkish purple with age fom late spring to summer. The distinctive, deeply lobed, somewhat coarse, oak-like, deep green leaves of this hydrangea turn attractive shades of bronze, maroon or purple in autumn and often will remain on the plant through the winter.


Hydrangea quercifolia 'Little Honey' - Oakleaf Hydrangea - This new oakleaf hydrangea offers superlative foliage and great late season flowers. The leaves emerge brilliant gold in spring darkening to chartreuse and finally green just as the huge 6- to 8-inch white bloom trusses begin to bloom. Fall colour is brilliant scarlet. In milder climate zones such as Vancouver the leaves may remain on the plants right through winter!

Also available: the double flowered 'Snowflake' and the dwarf 'Pee Wee', both with normal green leaves.

Wisteria floribunda (longissima) 'Kyushaku' - Wisteria - When this Japanese wisteria is mature the fragrant racemes (dangling flowering spikes) can be six feet long. Yes SIX feet long! Oh my.
Phormium 'Black Rage' - New Zealand Flax - This brand new and uncommon New Zealand flax develops strongly upright dark sultry black foliage. Great for an unforgettable exclamation point in the garden. Nothing can do it like a phormium. Hardy in mild to normal winters, not so hardy in colder than average winters. Easily dug up and tossed in a shed or garage for the winter.

Heuchera 'Plum Royale' - 'Plum Royale' is the first Heuchera to have amazing, shiny purple leaves all summer! Winter foliage is silver with a purple tint. Wonderful as an accent or en masse. Pink-white flowers on dark peduncles, excellent vigour, and a mounding, compact habit. New in 2009! Heuchera 'Electra' - Shocking, blood-red veins electrify the golden leaves of this startling new Heuchera. The red venation stays while the leaf changes from shades of yellow in spring, to chartreuse in summer and fall, and tan in the winter. Short, dense cones of white flowers. This vigorous clumping H. villosa hybrid delivers what 'Tiramisu' promised. New in 2009!
Heuchera 'Southern Comfort'
Heuchera 'Mahogany'
Lilium 'Landini' - Asiatic Lily - This is the darkest lily available! Burgundy-black flowers open on sturdy stems of more than eight flowers each. This lily has created quite a stir at the nursery (selling out every year) and with visitors to my garden (asking with lust in their eyes if there are more at the nursery). If you love “black” flowers or bold, rich colours then you need ‘Landini’. Asiatic lilies are unscented and grace garden beds or pots with bright, diverse colours in June. Plant in groups of 3 to 5 for best effect.
Lilium regale - Trumpet Lily - The exquisite trumpets of this species trumpet lily arrive on the scene in mid to late July and provide dramatic height and fragrance. Regale is a white fragrant lily with a yellow throat and pink reverses to the petals. Elegant. Said to be one of the best plants to enter cultivation in the last 200 years!
Lilium 'Citronella' - Asiatic Lily - This unusual Asiatic lily has exquisite, downward facing, yellow turkscap flowers with black spots are borne in great profusion on these unusual specimens creating a candelabra of luminous summer colour. Up to 36 flowers per stem! Sun to part shade. Asiatic lilies are unscented and grace the garden with bright, diverse colours in June. Plant in groups of 3 to 5 for best effect.
Clematis 'Tie Dye' - Clematis - Be one of the first people in Canada to have this intriguing new clematis. 'Tie Dye' is a sport from 'Jackmanii' so you know it will be vigorous and floriferous. The flowers have diamond shaped petals in rich purple and are spotted and striped with white. The effect is down right unique. They are in bloom at the nursery now so come down to see them!

Mentha 'Mojito' - Mojito Mint - The true mojito mint is a unique Cuban mint that is rare and hard to find beyond the island nation that made the mojito such a famous drink. We now have the real thing (not some minty imposter) for the true taste of Cuba and one of the best drinks for the summer patio.

Mojito Recipe
- 1 1/2 oz light rum
- 1 tbs superfine sugar
- Lime wedges
- Club soda
- 4-6 mint leaves

Muddle mint leaves, superfine sugar and lime in a mixing glass. Add 1 1/2 oz light rum and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake. Strain the mixture into a tall glass and top with club soda. Garnish with fresh mint sprig. Sugarcane syrup can be used to replace superfine sugar.

If we had a liquor license we would serve you a Mojito at the nursery. Here's to Summer!

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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.

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February 27th through November 1st, 2009

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