Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: October 2012

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter
October 2012


Hello from Phoenix Perennials!

I hate to break it to you but it's October. You've been so busy enjoying the beautiful summer weather that you haven't bought your bulbs yet or done that little renovation in your garden that you've been meaning to get done this fall so you won't have to do it in the spring. I know you haven't done these things yet because you haven't been at the nursery. Almost no one has! We've been so lonely. (Poor us!)

Fear not, fellow gardener. There is still time and Phoenix Perennials is still here for you. October is the perfect time to plant bulbs, perennials, shrubs, trees and vines. And luckily, most of those things (excluding bulbs) are about to be on sale!

Our Fantastic Fall Sale is now on with 25% off trees, shrubs and vines right now. Perennials will join them next week and then for one crazy weekend it will all be on sale 2 for 1. If you're looking for something particular it's a gamble. You could buy it now for 25% off or you could risk the wait and try to get it 2 for 1 later this month. Oh the dilemma!

We also highlight our bulbs, some new accolades for Phoenix Perennials and our NEW retail greenhouse!

We have a number of exciting Upcoming Workshops coming in December including our Christmas Rose Wreath Making workshop and our Christmas Rose Outdoor Container workshop at the Christmas Hurrah!

Last but not least in this issue is Fabulous at Phoenix: The Bulb Edition . If you want to plant a great garden this selection of plants is the perfect place to start.

See you soon at the nursery.

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians


The Fantastic

October 3rd to 21st

25% Off and 2 for 1!

All dates and details are below!

Spring Bulbs
are Here!

It's time to plant spring magic.

Come down to the nursery to view our great selection.

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. The Fantastic Fall Sale
2. More Accolades for Phoenix Perennials from the BCLNA and Groupon

3. Spring Bulbs are Here: It's time to plant spring magic
4. A New Shade Structure Rises from the Ashes for Phoenix!
5. Come Learn with Us: Workshops 2012
6. Fabulous at Phoenix: The Bulb Edition

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

Gary on the Radio
The Thanksgiving Special
Sunday October 7th, 11am

Gardening 101 with Jeff DeJong
CFAX 1070AM Victoria

Jeff and I will be giving thanks for our favourite perennials. We'd love for you to call in as you're basting your turkey and let us know what perennials you give thanks for.

Listen on the radio or online at


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
Fri - Sun
Nov 30-Dec 2
The Christmas Hurrah!
Celebrate the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other seasonal delights. The nursery will reopen for one weekend at the start of December for sales of the amazing Christmas rose and other members of the Helleborus Gold Collection plus other winter blooming plants. We'll be offering two workshops: a Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop and a Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop plus a DIY project to doll up a Christmas Rose to bring it inside for holiday decoration. View images from last year's Christmas Hurrah!
Sat Dec 1
SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Instructor: Diane Levings, Full Bloom Flowers | Sat Dec 1st, 10am-12pm | $55 Includes all materials. | Register Online!
Sat Dec 1
SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Dec 1st, 1-3pm | $18 (Includes soil and the twigs and greens) | Register Online!



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The Fantastic Fall Sale

Wednesday October 3rd to Thursday October 11th
25% Off Trees, Shrubs and Vines*

Friday October 12th to Thursday October 18th
25% Off All Plants
including Perennials, Trees, Shrubs and Vines and anything else that grows!*

Friday October 19th to Sunday October 21st
2 For 1 Sale on All Plants
including Perennials, Trees, Shrubs and Vines and anything else that grows!*

Mark your Calendars! Oh Wait! Here's One Now!

October 2012








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25% Off Trees, Shrubs and Vines*








25% Off Trees, Shrubs and Vines*
25% Off All Plants*








25% Off All Plants*
2 For 1 Sale*








2 For 1*





Last Day



Phoenix Perennials will close for the season on Oct 31st. We will reopen for one special weekend Nov 30 to Dec 2 for our Christmas Hurrah!

The Fine Print

*Some small exceptions may apply on newly arrived product.

2 for 1 Sale: Buy 1 item at regular price and receive the next item of equal or lesser value for FREE.
If you do not wish to take a second item the first item will be 25% off. No exceptions.

During the sale no other offers, coupons or discounts apply including our Frequent Flyer Cards and social shopping vouchers. Remember that Auction Mart gift certificates are good only on regular priced merchandise and cannot be used to buy sale merchandise.

Spring bulbs remain at regular price through October.



More Accolades for Phoenix Perennials from the BCLNA and Groupon

It has been a nice year of recognition for us. Earlier in the spring we won third place in the Richmond Review's Best of Richmond Readers' Survey in two different categories: Best Garden Store and Best Customer Service (in all of Richmond!).

We were hoping to finally place in the Best Garden Store category and at least bump out Home Depot which we were able to accomplish. But we were extra gratified to place in the customer service category in the top three of all businesses in Richmond.

Thank you Richmond!

More recently our owner, Gary Lewis, was nominated for Garden Communicator of the Year from the BC Landscape and Nursery Association along with Steve Whysall, Brian Minter and other industry members who speak to and engage the public in the world of gardening.

Gary didn't win but there's always next year!

Just last week Phoenix Perennials was selected as "Vancouver's Finest" by Groupon who chose the 25 best businesses in Vancouver from the thousands of businesses that they worked with in 2011 and 2012. Their decision was based not just on the success of our deal, which sold 2751 vouchers, but also on customer satisfication. Each customer was polled after using their Groupon at Phoenix and asked if they would recommend our nursery to their friends. More than 1000 people responded and 92% of them said YES!

Thank you Grouponers and thanks to Groupon!



Spring Bulbs Are Here!
It's time to plant spring magic

Well, I've decided to keep this article in this issue once again to remind you about bulbs. I know you haven't bought your bulbs yet because we still have them at the nursery! We and the bulbs are waiting patiently for your visit!

Bulb Inspiration
Photo Albums of Bulb Displays from Holland
YouTube Videos from Holland

Keukenhof Gardens Photo Album

Tulip and Bulb Fields in Holland Photo Album

Keukenhof Gardens (Video 1): The Wilhelm-Alexander Pavilion
Keukenhof Gardens (Video 2): Visit one small but impressive area of the gardens
Keukenhof Gardens (Video 3): Bulb Plantings Near the Lake
Keukenhof Gardens (Video 4): Zocher Garden Area
Keukenhof Gardens (Video 5): One of my favourite displays

Bulb Blends

Bulb blends are a relatively new phenomenon for fall planting. They are specially designed for the busy gardener who doesn't have much time to plan out their displays or for the beginner or intermediate gardener who gets a bit overwhelmed standing in front of masses of different tulips trying to create a display that will bloom at the same time and make a great colour display.

Our bulb blends are designed by the experts in Holland. They have planned out for you the timing of bloom as well as a whole bunch of amazing colour combinations to suit every gardener. You're guaranteed that each bulb in each blend will bloom at the same time. You're also guaranteed to have an amazing display of flower colour and form.

Come down and pick up some of these amazing bulb blends. Here is a selection of some of the amazing blends that we now have in stock.

Plum Pudding Tulip Blend White Tulip Blend
Easter Basket Tulip Blend Red Tulip Blend
Purple Passion Tulip Blend Mysterious Tulip Blend
Magic Carpet Muscari Blend Magic Carpet Tulip Blend
Delft Blue Iris Mix Early Spring Bulb Collection
White on White Daffodil Blend
60 Days of Daffodils Blend
Apricot Peach tulip Blend
Sunshine Blue Mix
Tropical Punch Blend
Purple Passion Blend
Pink Passion Blend

Plant now for Spring Magic.



A New Shade Structure Rises From The Ashes for Phoenix!

We have been busy at Phoenix Perennials with an exciting new development that will greatly enhance your shopping experience for shade plants. We have dismantled our old retail shade structure and are putting up a brand new shiny greenhouse in its place.

Now you will have a comfortable space to peruse our shady denizens with a roof over your head to keep out of the rain. Imagine that! You can shop in the rain at Phoenix Perennials and stay dry. Our new shade house and its new irrigation system will also increase the health of our plants and provide a new home for the Hellebore Hurrah!

We'd love for you to come down and see our new shade greenhouse. And while you're at the nursery maybe you could buy a few plants to help us pay for it!

Larry and Patricia taking down the old shade structure.
Hmmm. Whose muscles are bigger?
Kathleen lending a helping hammer.
Gone! Looks weird doesn't it!
Putting in a new bed of gravel for the floor.
A clean slate waiting for its greenhouse.
Unloading the new greenhouse.
All the ribs laid out.
It's a greenhouse-raising!
Wow. It's big and tall.
Wow. Here's the view from our front display area. Are you impressed?
Wednesday Oct 3 and here comes the poly! You'll have to come down to see the finished house!

View the Entire Album of Construction Photos



Come Learn With Us
Upcoming Workshops


CONTAINER SERIES | Winter Containers to Die For: Plant Up a Container to Create Winter Interest | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Sept 29th, 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 that will provide months of winter interest and an antidote against the dark, cold days of the year. After some practical and design instruction each participant will plant up and take home their own 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. A large, black, seven gallon plastic pot can be provided at an additional cost of $7. Please order your pot when you book your workshop. The price of the workshop includes your potting mix but not the plants you use. Register Online!


SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Instructor: Diane Levings, Full Bloom Flowers | Sat Dec 1st, 10am-12pm | $55 Includes all materials. | Wreaths were the first way flowers and foliage were used for decoration. Diane Levings of Full Bloom Flowers will teach you about the history of wreaths and their design as you build your very own *florist quality* festive wreath with unique greenery and dried pods and cones. She will then show you how to use Christmas roses, Helleborus niger, and other fresh flowers in your wreath! Bring a friend to maximize your fun. You may bring greenery or twigs from your own garden to use in your wreath. Register Online!

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop | Instructor: Shelley Brignall | Sat Dec 1st, 1-3pm | $18 (Includes soil and the twigs and greens) | Wow your Christmas guests as soon as they arrive at your front door or enliven your patio with a fantastic outdoor winter container centred with a glistening Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other great perennials and shrubs that offer winter interest.
Shelley will lead you in the design, planting and final decoration of your planter with winter twigs and greens. It does not include the plants you choose to pot up. Register Online!

View the Complete List of Workshops for 2012


Booking Workshops Spaces are limited. Please book in advance. Online Registration: Registration for our workshops is now available online 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. If you wish to register by other methods you will need to call the nursery at 604-270-4133. Each workshop requires a minimum of 8 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. If you are unable to attend a workshop you have already signed up for please give us 3 days notice. We would be happy to give you a credit towards another class or a credit at the nursery. We cannot offer credits, however, unless you let us know 3 days in advance of your workshop that you cannot attend.



Fabulous at Phoenix
The Bulb Edition

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

Bulbs won't give you instant gratification. But bulbs give you something better, you just have to be patient. Bulbs give you enchantment when you need it the most. After a long winter of grey, rainy days, wind storms, snow and cold your soul will be shivering with the need for warmth and colour.

Then like a miracle right before your winter-weary eye snowdrops emerge from the cold earth followed by the winter aconites, then crocus and daffodils and early tulips, then hyacinths and the big hybrid tulips, then ornamental onions and iris.

All it takes for you to have this amazing experience in your garden is a little planning ahead right now.

We're waiting for you at the nursery with an amazing selection of spring enchantment. In addition to our amazing blends we have lots of other great bulbs. Here are just a few:

Tulipa 'Blue Parrot'
Tulipa 'Daydream'
Tulipa 'Evergreen'
Tulipa 'National Velvet'
Tulipa 'Fantasy'
Tulipa 'Queensland'
Iris 'Red Ember' (Dutch Iris)
Iris germanica 'Midnight Oil'
Iris germanica 'Bountiful Harvest'
Narcissus 'Golden Echo'
Narcissus 'Irene Copeland'
Narcissus 'Double Poets'
Crocus 'Orange Monarch'
Crocus 'Striped Beauty'

Allium caeruleum

Allium 'Globemaster'

Allium 'Ivory Queen'
Allium 'Mount Everest'
Allium 'Purple Sensation'
Allium sphaerochephalon
Oxalis versicolor
Eremurus bungei
Tulipa 'Tinka'
Fritillaria michailovskyi
Tulipa 'Red Hunter'
Tulipa humilis 'Alba Coerulea'
Tulipa 'Little Princess'
Tulipa dasystemon 'Tarda'
Allium schubertii
Anemone De Caen 'Bicolor'
Anemone De Caen 'Sylphide'
Anemone De Caen 'Blue Poppy'
Narcissus 'Green Pearl'
Tulipa 'Little Beauty'
Iris 'Lion King'
Camassia quamash
Allium 'Forelock'
Allium 'Summer Drummer'

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. We have tons of other great bulbs to grace your spring garden!


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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.

Opening Dates and Hours
February 24th through October 31st, 2012

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