Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants

E-Newsletter: Mid October 2016

The Phoenix Perennials E-Newsletter

Mid October 2016

Celebrating our 13th Anniversary Season!

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

Our Fantastic Fall Sale is in high gear and extended until Sunday October 23rd so that you can take advantage through all this rain! Mix and Match any plants or other items (listed below). You don't need to get two of the same thing. In fact, you can just come shop up a storm and then we will combine your plants to maximize your savings. The best plants go first so we recommend donning your raincoats and rubber boots and getting down to the nursery ASAP. There are treasures all over the place waiting for keen gardeners to take advantage.

Bulb season is here! And you can plant well into November. Our conventional bulb and rare bulb selections are now in stock. We have tons of beautiful bulbs and bulb blends ready for you to choose from now. And remember that our bulbs are up front out of the rain. So when it's pouring you can still come and shop!

I keep getting around and this time it was in Fine Gardening Magazine writing about the best Hostas. Catch the article below and find out what my favourite giant and mini hostas are!

The Cypripedium Hardy Lady's Slipper Orchids have arrived. We now have them potted up for next year but you can take advantage and get yourself the best plants this fall for planting. But you have to ask us to take you to them. Learn more below.

We have a new contest for two tickets to attend the Vancouver Tea Festival. We'll be there selling tea plants and we'd love you to join us! Check it out and enter the contest!

For workshops we are now looking towards the Christmas Hurrah! Join us for this fun, festive time of year. These are some of our favourite workshops.

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians




Hellebore in a Handbag
Christmas Wreaths
Christmas Bird's Nest Wreaths
Christmas Centrepieces
Christmas Containers


Rare Spring Bulbs & Cyps
Choose from 135 Different Rare Bulbs & 31 Different Lady's Slippers to Make Your Garden Extraordinary

Available Now at Phoenix

Cyps: Available Now at Phoenix by Request

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In this Issue

Opening Notes: News, Tidbits and the Phoenix Calendar

1. The Fantastic Fall Sale 2 for 1 -- With this crazy wet weather our 2 for 1 Sale is underway and EXTENDED! The Fantastic Fall Sale
2. Spring Bulbs Are Here! -- Our conventional and rare bulb selections are now available! Lots of beautiful bulbs and bulb blends!
3. In the Media Spotlight -- Gary writes for Fine Gardening Magazine on the best Hosta.

4. Cypripedium Hardy Lady's Slipper Orchids -- Fill your garden with the exquisite beauty of hardy orchids. Pre-Order Now.

5. Winter Workshops and Seminars 2016 -- Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful. Welcome to our fall workshops and one of the most exciting line-ups we've ever offered.


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. Also don't miss our Workshop Schedule.
Event Description
Oct 30 Hot New Plants presented by Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis to the Vancouver Island Master Gardeners in Nanaimo.
Nov 2nd Hot New Plants and a talk on Marketing presented to the Saskatchewan Green Trades Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Dec 2-4 The Christmas Hurrah! | Friday to Sunday December 2nd to 4th, 2016 | 10am - 3pm | Celebrate the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other seasonal delights with winter blooms and exciting workshops. | Register for Our Christmas Rose Workshops


Win Tickets for Two to the
Vancouver Tea Festival

Saturday November 5th, 2016
Dr Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Phoenix Perennials will be at this year's Vancouver Tea Festival to sell tea plants (Camellia sinensis) that you can grow outside in your garden and harvest your own tea! We'd like two lucky customers to have the chance to join us there to take in the festivities, workshops, vendors, the beautiful garden, and, of course, the flavours of tea.

Value: $37.90

To Enter the Contest:
1. Visit the Vancouver Tea Festival site:
2. Find the answer to the two part skill-testing question: Which year will this be in this relatively new annual event?
3. Email us at phoenixperennials at (Yes you have to put the @ sign in there.) with your Name, City, Phone Number, and your answer to the skill testing question. Put "Tea Contest" in the subject line.
4. Deadline for entries is Sunday October 30th, 2016.

Good Luck! One entry per person but feel free to tell all your friends. If one of them wins they might take you with them. We will draw the contest winner on October 31st and announce the winner in the November E-Newsletter. Contest entrants will also receive one email from us notifying you of the contest winner.

Get Early Bird Tickets: If you are one of those people who never wins anything and you really want to go to the Tea Festival, you can purchase early bird tickets now at a reduced rate and save some money. If you win you can bring some friends.


New Alerts!

Rare Plant Alert -- Are you a sophisticated gardener? Always looking for the rare and unusual? This occasional Alert is for you! You'll be the first (and perhaps only) one to know about rare plants (often available only in small quantities) so you can get them first and satiate your plant lust.

Small Space Alert -- Do you garden on a balcony, patio or postage stamp backyard? Subscribe to this occasional Alert to learn about plants, pots, and other paraphernalia that would be perfect to maximize your small space.

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Canadian Mail Order Catalogue 2016!
Rare Bulb and Cypripedium Hardy Lady's Slipper Orchids Now Booking for Fall Shipping plus lots of perennials available!


Volunteer at Phoenix Perennials with our Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program

Our Hours for Flowers Volunteer Program is for interested gardeners who want to set up a regular schedule with us to come to the nursery and help us with plant care, propagation, weeding, watering and other nursery tasks. You can do any number of hours you like on any day. We just ask that you make it a regular schedule. In addition to our gratitude we will also give you plants!

Contact Patricia by phone (604-270-4133) or email (info at for more information and to start volunteering!


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The Fantastic Fall Sale

2 For 1 Sale*
Fri to Sun October 14th-23rd (EXTENDED DATES!)
All Plants including Perennials, Trees, Shrubs, Vines, Groundcovers, Houseplants, Edibles, Succulents plus Pots, Hard Goods, Fertilizers, and Soil*

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

October 2016



























2 for 1 Sale on Everything*








2 for 1 Sale on Everything*







Sale Ends

Oct 30


Phoenix Perennials will close for the season on Sun Oct 30th. We will reopen for one special weekend Dec 2nd-4th for our Christmas Hurrah! and then for the 2017 season at the end of February.
Last Day

*Some Fine Print*

*Some garden art such as driftwood statues and whirligigs are not on sale.

2 for 1 Sale: Mix and Match any items which include all plants (perennials, shrubs, trees, vines, succulents, houseplants, groundcovers, edibles, etc) plus pots, hard goods, fertilizers, and soil. Buy 1 item at regular price and receive the next item of equal or lesser value for FREE. You can mix and match different items. If you do not wish to take a second item, the first item will be 25% off. No exceptions.

These sales cannot be combined with other offers, deals, vouchers or discounts 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.

The fall sale is not available for mail order purchases.

Spring bulbs and newly arrived Cypripedium remain at regular price.


Spring Bulbs Are Here!
Our Conventional and Rare Bulbs
are All Available Now at Phoenix

It's time to plant spring bulbs! On your mark, get set, go! Our full selection of cool conventional spring bulbs and most of our rare spring bulbs have arrived. We have all kinds of beautiful bulbs and bulb blends to inspire you. Do yourself a favour and plant bulbs now to lift your spirits come spring after a long, grey, wet winter.

Bulb Inspiration from my Trip to Holland a Few Years Ago
Photo Albums
YouTube Videos

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

A Note on the Quality of Bulbs

What many home gardeners don't realize when shopping for spring bulbs is that bulbs are graded and sold at the wholesale level based on their size. Retailers can choose what grades to buy. The bigger the bulb, the more likely it will be to flower, the larger those flowers will be, and the more numerous those flowers will be. Top grades usually cost a little bit more but they are worth it for the performance that they offer. You don't want a wimpy little tulip flower. You want a big boisterous tulip flower.

Many big box stores and grocery stores will offer what seems like good deals on bulbs at this time of year but beware: they are usually smaller grades and they might disappoint come spring.

At Phoenix Perennials we carry only the top grades available from the best growers in the Netherlands. Plus we have a lot of cool bulbs and awesome blends to make your spring magical.



In the Media Spotlight
Gary Writes for Fine Gardening Magazine

I was really pleased to be asked to contribute to this ensemble piece on the best hostas in the October issue of Fine Gardening Magazine. (This is a great magazine and well worth subscribing to.) I was honoured to rub shoulders with various esteemed friends and colleagues from the North American horticultural world including Tony Avent, Kelly Norris, Troy Marden, Richie Steffen, Richard Hawke and others. I was also pleased that I got to write about two hostas and they all got one! ;-) And my subject was super fun: my favourite giant hosta and my favourite mini hosta! Any guesses what they might be? Click on the images or link below to view the full article in pdf. Enjoy!

The Best of the Best Hostas
Experts fill us in on their favorites of the thousands of varieties out there

Read the Full Article



Cypripedium Lady's Slippers
31 Different Hardy Orchids for Canadian Gardens

We are excited to offer our largest selection ever of hardy lady's slipper orchids for Canadian gardens. These Cypripedium hybrids possess hybrid vigour -- they have inherited the best traits of both parents -- and are much easier to grow than species orchids, have beautiful flowers in amazing colours, and clump up very quickly into amazing displays in the part shade garden. They bloom in late April and May offering an exquisite show in the garden.

Most are "officially" hardy to zone 4 while some are hardy to zone 3 and even zone 2! Even the zone 4 plants may be hardy in protected spots in zone 3 with mulch and good snow cover. Indeed, we have customers in Alberta and Saskatchewan who are growing Cypripedium outdoors with great success.

Our Cyps have now arrived and are potted up for 2017. But, if you want to scoop the best plants you can have them now. Just ask us to take you to them as we have them hidden away. All are top quality, blooming size, many with multiple eyes, and should flower in the spring. Here they are:

They are also still available for mail order shipping! We only ship them in their dormant state from October to early March so now is the time!

Mail Order Order: Visit Phoenix Perennials Mail Order for full details.



Winter Workshops 2016

Get Confident. Have Fun. Make Life Beautiful.

Welcome to our Fall 2016 workshops and one of the most exciting line-ups we've ever offered including our FREE Gardening 101 Series designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners and our FREE Young Sprouts Kids Club. Join us to fill in your knowledge and create beautiful things.


Online Registration: We use online registration so you can book workshops 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. You do not need a PayPal account to pay. They will simply process your Visa or MC on our behalf. If you wish to register by other methods please call the nursery at 604-270-4133 or visit us in person.



THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Do-It-Yourself Indoor Christmas Rose Container | Fri Dec 2nd-Sun December 4th, 10am-3pm | $30 + tax (Includes one budded/blooming hellebore and all the fixings.) | Come any time during the weekend and set yourself up at our self-serve craft tables. Select your blooming Christmas rose reserved for you, choose a clay pot or a festive metal container and decorate it with organza, ribbon, moss and winter twigs. A trusty Phoenician will be nearby if you need help.

This quick do-it-yourself project is great for decorating your home at Christmas or for gifts for friends and family at Christmas parties and gatherings. You'll probably want to do a few of them and you'll probably want to bring a friend.

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Hellebore in a Handbag | Kate | Fri Dec 2nd, 1-3pm | $45 (Includes purse and hellebore) | It's come to this, fellow gardeners. We're going to Hellebore in a Handbag for Christmas! With this unique project we'll plant up a Christmas rose in a moss purse with some friends & add festive winter greens. Last year I wasn't sure how our many (female) attendees were going to be able to fit any additional plants into their purses with such a large gorgeous hellebore. Somehow I underestimated everyone's ability to stuff their purses full of all manner of necessities!

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 3, 10am-12pm | $60 | Decorate your home for the holiday season with your very own Christmas Rose wreath! Kate will teach you how to design and build a festive, florist-quality wreath with unique greenery and dried pods and cones. She will then teach you to incorporate Christmas roses into your wreath keeping it colourful & dynamic!

Our popular wreath-making workshop is a great chance to spend quality time with friends and family while accomplishing a great project to lift your spirits through the short days of winter.

Registration includes all materials such as wreath frame and greenery. You may also bring greenery or twigs from your own garden to use in your wreath.



THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Bird's Nest Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 3, 1-3pm | $75 (Includes hellebore.) | This class for advanced wreath-makers or ambitious beginners takes what we normally do in the our original wreath making workshop and builds on it with more creativity including nesting a potted hellebore within your wreath that looks like an adorable birds nest with white birds (hellebore flowers) peaking out.

Registration includes all materials such as wreath frame and greenery plus a hellebore. You may also bring greenery or twigs from your own garden to use in your wreath.


THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Centerpiece Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 4, 10am-12pm | $75 (Includes hellebore.) | Here's another way to bring a hellebore inside for Christmas cheer - as a centrepiece for your Christmas table. You'll create a beautiful ring of winter foliage centred with a beautiful hellebore that you can plant in your garden in winter or spring. You can also use this centrepiece as a decoration for an outdoor table where it will bloom for months, often well into April!

Registration includes all materials and greenery plus a hellebore. You may also bring greenery or twigs from your own garden to use in your wreath.


THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop | Kate | Sun Dec 4, 1-3pm | $20 | 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. Kate will lead you in the design, planting and final decoration of your planter with winter twigs and greens.


Register Now!

We hope to see you this fall in our workshops!


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