Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants


The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
November 2007

Hello from Phoenix Perennials!

We are now closed for the winter season. (We are open by appointment if you are a landscaper.) We will reopen one week earlier than usual on February 22nd with our Hellebore Hurrah! which unbelievably looks like it will be even better than last year! Mark your calendars for what could arguably be the best selection of hellebores ever available in Canada! For further details you'll have to wait until the new year, though one of our new offerings happens to be contained in this newsletter!

In this issue I reprint part of the text from a Vancouver Sun article by Steve Whysall on new plants for next year in which Phoenix Perennials was highlighted. You'll also find information on Christmas Gift Certificates and an early Sneak Peak into the 2008 season to help get you through the gloom of November!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

In this Issue

1. Next Year's Blooms: Phoenix Perennials Highlighted in Vancouver Sun
2. Christmas Gift Certificates from Phoenix Perennials
3. Sneak Peak #1 into the 2008 Season


Next Year's Blooms
Growers are working hard to produce a wide variety of new plants

by Steve Whysall, Vancouver Sun, November 9th, 2007

Note: Earlier this month Steve Whysall highlighted in his column new plants for 2008 and the nurseries introducing them. Of the six different nurseries highlighted we were proud to be the only retail grower selected. The others are large wholesale nurseries. Here is the excerpt from the article:

From Phoenix Perennials of Richmond
Nursery owner Gary Lewis is always on the cutting edge with new plant introductions. For 2008 he will be adding Heuchera 'Midnight Rose' with mahogany to burgundy black leaves that are heavily speckled with hot pink in spring, and Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears', a dwarf hosta with small blue cupped leaves that resemble mouse ears.

Lewis has already cottoned on to the new Dutch echinacea, 'Coconut Lime' and he has already discovered his favourite blanket flower, Gaillardia 'Oranges and Lemons' which has apricot-orange flowers.

Two other plants Lewis is excited about for next year are Muhlenbergia capillaris, a native U.S. grass that produces "shimmering clouds of purple and pink airy flowers" and Helleborus "Mellow Yellow Strain" that flowers in beautiful shades of yellow.

Helleborus Mellow Yellow Strain

Heuchera 'Midnight Rose'

Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears'

Muhlenbergia capillaris, Pink Muhly Grass



Christmas Gift Certificates
Be a Hero this Holiday Season to the Gardener in your Life!

Our popular gift certificates are great for stocking stuffers or for under the tree. If you've got an avid gardener in your life not only will they get some great plants but they'll also get a few months of anticipation as they wait for the gardening season to begin. Imagine how much they'll love you each day as they pass by their gift certificate lovingly posted on the fridge or bulletin board! Then they'll love you for years as they watch their perennials grow!

If you're the most worthy recipient of a gift certificate that you can think of then forward this email to your loved ones. If they're slow to get the hint you can always purchase a gift certificate for yourself. We are happy to inscribe the gift certificate as being from any Christmas character you desire... Santa, Rudolph, Mrs. Claus, the Christmas Fairy... It won't be the first time we've done it!

Gift Certificate

Gift Certificate Enjoy

Our gift certificates can be ordered online via our secure server by clicking on the Gift Certificate link on the first page of our website You can also call the nursery at our winter number 604-202-0920 to order over the phone. If we are not there, leave a message and we will call you back as soon as possible.

Happy Holidays!



Sneak Peak #1 into the 2008 Season

In this sneak peak I highlight four Calla lilies that are sure to knock your socks off in 2008.

Zantedeschia aethiopica 'White Giant' -- Hardy Calla Lily -- 'White Giant' is a calla like you've never seen it before. The attractive white speckled foliage tops off at 3-5 feet in height while the huge flowers rise to a towering 7 feet! Vigorous and hardy in our region (it has sailed through the last two winters in Surrey), 'White Giant' also has the added bonus of offering non-stop flowering from late spring well into the fall -- at least 5 months of flowers!


Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Marshmallow' -- Hardy Calla Lily -- This beautiful calla has creamy pale pink flowers with deeper pink throats. It grows to 2-3 feet tall and is reportedly just as hardy as the normal white version that grows so well in our gardens.


Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Green Goddess' -- Hardy Calla Lily -- 'Green Goddess' is a large growing calla to 3-5 feet depending on conditions. The lush foliage gives rise to white flowers liberally dipped in the same emerald green as the leaves. The effect in the garden is decidely more subtle than the fully white flowers, but sometimes a little subtley is exactly what you want.


Zantedeschia 'Edge of Night' -- Calla Lily -- A dramatic deep burgundy-black calla with lush silver-speckled green foliage edged in the same burgundy as the flowers for a luscious colour echo! Reportedly hardy to zone 7 which means it should survive outside in our region, though most coloured callas don't prove to be as hardy as the white (or pale pink) types. Excellent in pots and easy as a houseplant if you don't want to chance it.


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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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March 2nd, 2007 through October 31st, 2007

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