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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Bulbs

Is it possible that Christmas comes again in March? Every year, new summer blooming bulb varieties are introduced in March. This year's lineup includes a number of gorgeous Dahlias, Lilies and a number of other treasures like Cobra Lilies, Canna Lilies and Daylilies. Enjoy!

New bulbs for 2017

Canadian Celebration Dahlia

Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday this summer by growing Canadian Celebration (Fire and Ice) Dahlia. It promises continuous flowers July through October. It’s a gorgeous and vibrant semi-double dahlia with true red and white petals surrounding a striking golden yellow centre that lends a friendly daisy-like appearance. Simply fun and eye-catching, this dahlia is ready to bring on the colour and patriotic spirit wherever it is grown. Whether your garden is large or small, this dahlia is ideal for borders, beds, and containers on balconies and patios. Easy to grow in well-draining soil and full sun, Canadian Celebration Dahlia reaches 40 cm (16”) in height. Flowers are 8-10 cm (3-4”) across, and the more you cut them for bouquets the more they’ll bloom.

Painted Madame Dahlia

The Painted Madame dahlia has light orange petals with speckled and striped red painted on like details. With its many layered petals and light green stem, this flower brings a vibrant and unique aspect to your garden. This bulb flowers July to October and grows 40-44 inches high. This exotic flower originating from Mexico and Guatemala’s Inca kings are one of the easiest to grow. It provides a wonderful source for cut flowers in mid-summer until the first frost.

Wizard of Oz - Pompom Dahlia

The Wizard of Oz Dahlia is a pompom like flower head with ball-shaped blooms that have an ombre-like tone under the petals. This textured and layered flower grows 3 inches wide and flowers mid-late summer. They enjoy full sun and are wonderful, long lasting cut flowers. This flower is a perfect add to your garden when looking for a pop of fun and liveliness.

New bulbs for 2017

Blackberry Ripple Giant- Dinnerplate Cactus Dahlia

The Blackberry Ripple Cactus Dahlia usually blooms in mid/late summer to early fall. Each bloom is uniquely colored typically pink or purple and has narrowly pointed petals which give it a cactus spidery look. This flower needs full sun and they are susceptible to the cold so be careful not to plant them too early and be sure to dig them up before the frost comes. The flower originates from Guatemala and Mexico. Cactus Dahlia’s can grow to 44 inches (110cm) tall.

Myrtle’s Folly - Giant Dinnerplate Dahlia

The Myrth’s Folly Dahlia is an impressive flower. Huge in size measuring up to 8 inches across and 36 inches high (90cm). This flower requires full sun and usually starts to blossom from mid summer to early fall. These Dahlias are easy to grow in the garden and usually have pink and red color petals with a mix of gold. These flowers don’t like the cold so you want to dig them up before he frost comes and store them in the winter before replanting them in the spring. Store them in a box covered with moistened sand and keep at (7-10 degrees Celsius).

Sylvia Ball Dahlia

The Sylvia ball dahlias have fresh orange-like blooms that bring a vibrant aspect to your flower beds. This layered flower creates a globe shape. These vibrant orange flowers are perfect for your mid-summer to first frost bouquets. These dahlias grow up to 40 inches. Although they are hardy they are susceptible to the cold.

New bulbs for 2017

Double Jill Dahlia

The Double Jill dahlia is a white and yellow glob shaped flower with an orange and red centre. Both the layered petals and lemon-vanilla shades gives the flower depth. Dahlias are amongst the easiest to grow and are an abundant source for cut flowers. They grow 40 inches high and strive in full sun making it perfect for those with no shade in their garden.

Sweet Violets - Novelty Pompom Dahlia

This Sweet violet has layered petals forming the flower head into a spherical shape. It grows 40 inches tall and is easy to grow. Sweet Violet dahlias are beautiful cut flowers and are very unique compared to other cut flowers thus usually making it the star of the bouquet.

Brigitta Alida - Giant Dinnerplate Dahlia

The Brigitta Alida dahlia is a large intense flower with a burgundy centre and lighter outer petals. This plant is deer resistant and with a single stem you can make a flower arrangement! They bloom from mid-summer to the first frost and enjoy full sun. There height ranges from 40 inches and this dahlia is quite hardy.

New bulbs for 2017

Mignus Randy - Giant Dinnerplate Dahlia

The Mingus Randy dahlia has a dinnerplate size flower head and is a great cut flower. It had a lavender colour centre and edges and in the between is a creamy white. Its pointed, thin petals give the flower a unique spunky look and are unlike most flowers. It grows up to 40 inches high and is fairly hardy, other than not liking the cold.

Penhill Watermelon Giant Dinnerplate Dahlia

Penhill Watermelon is a Giant Dinnerplate Dahlia variety in shades of luscious pink, peach and yellow. Flowers can measure up to 11 inches across!. Great cut flower. Provides nearly continuous blooms from summer through until first frost. Grows up to 60 inches in height

Apricot Fudge- Double Asiatic Lily

These elegant lilies have a rose like form. They are a soft peach in color and they are very strong flowers, resistant to disease and viruses which make them exceptional flowers for the gardens, containers as well as cut flowers. This Lily requires full sun and partial shade. They bloom double flowers off the stem in late spring, early summer and grow 25 to 36 inches. These Lilies multiply annually and have a beautiful fragrance that butterflies love.

New bulbs for 2017

Outback Trumpet Lily

The Outback Trumpet Lily has a creamy yellow colour with medium to dark coloured leaves. This superb flower that reaches 3 to 4 feet makes it perfect for a mid-garden setting. Since these flowers can grow tall, we suggest you plant them where they are protected from strong winds. They flower mid to late July and grow in full sun to partial shade. Furthermore its soft yellow petals and significant size also carry a strong fragrance. They make great cut flowers when planted in groups.

Campfire Dance Montbretia

This new Colourful Companions pack features 20 assorted Crocosmia corms that produce flowers in shades of yellow, orange and red. Also known as Montbretia, these intriguing flowers bloom in summer and are hummingbird magnets. Grows best in full sun. Reaches 24 inches in height.

Mercedes - Calla Lily

The Mercedes Calla lily is an upscale, posh flower like its name. Its intense green foliage and sleek pointed tips make this flower very different from others. It loves full sun and grows up to 2 feet. Its peachy and red tone highlights create an intense, stunning flower perfect for any occasion. This bulb is also perfect for containers as it has narrow foliage.

New bulbs for 2017

Vanilla Cream - Greenleaf Canna

The Vanilla Cream Greenleaf Canna flower has a unique shape with creamy white flowers and classic green foliage. It blooms mid-summer to late summer and strives in full sun. Its height rages from 24 inches- 60 inches thus requiring protection from strong winds. Other attributes include being deer resistant as well as gracing your kitchen dining table as cut flowers.

Arisaema speciousum- Giant Cobra Lily

Arisaema speciousum, also known as the Cobra Lily is a perennial which originates from India and requires part sun to mostly shade. In late spring to early summer usually three dark green textured leaves will appear with red edging. The plant will flower usually in May and will have a dark wine purple color with white pinkish stripes. The flower will hold a spadix which starts off thick and sturdy then turns to a crumpled red thread. This plant can grow anywhere from 30-34 inches high (76-86cm). The Giant Cobra Lily enjoys a mist well drained soil. This plant contains calcium oxalate crystals which can irritate the mouth and esophagus.

Here Lies Butch - Hemerocallis

This daylily has thick white and purple petals with lime trimmings. This plant produces 5 inch flowers across on 22 inch stems. The bloom season is typically from mid-late summer. This plant needs full sun and partial shade. All parts of the plant is edible, bee friendly and fragrant.

Most of these items are available at Art's for spring 2017, between February and the End of April. You can also shop for these in our webstore. As always, please call 604.882.1201 to confirm availability if you are making a special trip as quantities may be limited for some varieties.


Friday, October 7, 2016
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Bulbs

The other day our bulb grower mentioned that they had a number of exceptionally unique and rare bulbs available this fall. Being B.C's plant specialists, we snapped them up right away. Here are 7 unique, if not rare bulbs for Fall 2016

Rare Bulbs Fall 2016

Silver Chimes Narcissi

Silver Chimes is a fragrant, multi-headed triandrus Narcissi. Each stem will produce six plus flowers per stem. Flowers are pure white with a small yellow cup. An excellent choice for cut flower displays. Great for naturalizing. Grows to a height of 12 inches. Prefers full to part sun. Flowers in late spring, usually April through May. Deer resistant.

Diskcissel Narcissus jonquilla

Dickcissel Daffodil produces beautiful lemon yellow trumpet shaped flowers with white throats and centers at the end of its stems. Flowers are fragrant and bloom in mid to late spring. Very attractive when planted in groups. Leaves are grass-like and remain dark green in colour. Grows to a height 10 inches. Prefers full to part sun. Great for naturalizing and deer resistant.

Jenny Narcissus cyclamineus

Jenny Narcissus Cyclamineus produces elegant milky-white petals and a lemon trumpet that fades to creamy white. Flowers emerge in March to April and are very distinctive in appearance. Windswept petals are accented by long trumpets. Flowers stand up well to wind and rain making it ideal for west coast. Ideal for naturalizing too. Grows to a height of 12 inches. Prefers full to part sun.

Diamond Ring Narcissi bulbocodium

Diamond Ring is a very floriferous Dutch selection of Narcissi bulbocodium. Cute, small, bright hellow hoop-shaped flowers are accented by thin green foliage in mid spring, typically, late March. Grows to a height of 6 inches. Prefers full to part sun. Great for naturalizing and Deer resistant

Rare Bulbs Fall 2016

Tommansinianus Snow Crocus

Beautiful pale lavender to deep reddish purple flowers grow on this Heirloom Snow Crocus bulb from 1847. Silvery or creamy accents may appear on the outside of the flower. It naturalizes beautiful and claims to be squirrel resistant as well. Grows to a height of 3 inches. Prefers full to part sun. Flowers in early spring.

G.P. Baker Corydalis

G.P. Baker is a much sought after spectacular dark pink, almost red Corydalis. An excellent perennial variety for creating an unusual splash of colour in a woodland setting. Flowers in late Spring. Grows to a height of 6 inches. Great for naturalizing. Deer resistant. Plant in full to part sun.

Allium Red Mohican

Red Mohican is a flowering allium (onion) with an unusual Bordeaux red colour and a white crest. It’s a form of Allium amethystinus that Flowers in late Spring. Stems are bent when they first appear but gradually straighten out before the flower develops. Grows to a height of 40 inches. An excellent garden plant to attract bees and butterflies as well as being a wonderful cut flower that can last up to 3 weeks. Prefers full to part sun and well drained fertile soil. It is great for naturalizing and is also Deer resistant.

We hope you enjoy these wonderful selections as much as we do! If you are making a special trip, please call ahead 604.882.1201, to confirm availability, as they may sell out quickly.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Bulbs

Canadian Celebration Tulip

Ok, ok its hard to get too excited about bulbs. Well... this Fall we have a treat for you! As you may or may not know, Canada celebrates its 150th Birthday in 2017. It’s time to show our pride for this beautiful, generous, and kind nation of many cultures. What better way than to plant spring flowering bulbs in patriotic colours?

Tulip Canadian Celebration (syn. Tulip Happy Generation) is both regal and festive for the occasion. Each petal of these enormous, long lasting ivory white blossoms are emblazoned with flames that resemble maple leaves – Canada’s national emblem.

Arising from a hint of yellow at the tulip’s base, the flames turn scarlet red. Silvery white edging on the leaves adds to the visual impact, especially when planted in groups of 5-7 bulbs or more.

Canadian Celebration blooms mid-spring, grows to 50 cm (20”) tall, and its sturdy stems hold blossoms upright to withstand wind and rain. It will perform best in full sun, rich and fertile, well-draining soils. Plant in garden beds, borders, or containers. Canadian Celebration will look gorgeous and begin the festivities in your neighbourhood!

Order Canadian Celebration Tulips online, or hurry in and grab yours in-store!


Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Bulbs

Every Fall our bulb growers deliver the Colouful Companions Bulb Combinations that will be available to us for the year. The combinations this year are particularly striking. Many of them hot, bright colours like red, orange and yellow to grab attention, while others like the Flowering Alliums are in the more reserved cool white, blue and purple tones. These Colourful companions make bulb planting even easier than it already is. Simply plant and go - the designers have done all the work for us... enjoy!

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Joyful Hearts Tulips Colourful Companions

Surround yourself with the beauty of Joyful Hearts. This Colourful Companion features a duet of double early tulips in unique soft coppery shades and warm lavender pink. The magnificent flowers, filled with layer upon layer of fragrant petals, look more like peonies than tulips. Ideal for containers in a prominent location. Makes a good cut flower too! Blooms in mid-spring. Grows to 45 cm (18”). Buy Joyful Hearts Tulips online

Coral Reef Hyacinths & Tulips Colourful Companions

Coral Reef is a lovely combination of salmon pink hyacinths, white petalled narcissus with an orange cup and soft orange tulips. Great for containers. Blooms in mid-spring. Grows to 18 inches in height. Buy Coral Reef Colouful Companions Online

Happy Together Tulips Colourful Companions

Beautiful blend of yellow and pink tulips. Great for containers. Blooms in mid-spring. Fragrant. Grows to 12 inches in height. Buy Happy Together Tulips online.

Hollywood Nights Tulips Colourful Companions

Striking combination of tulips in shades of yellow, red & burgundy. Ideal for cut flowers. Mid-spring to late spring blooms. Grows to a height of 20 inches. Buy Hollywood Nights Colourful Companions online.

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Seabreeze Hyacinths Colourful Companions

Gorgeous combination of fragrant hyacinths in shades of white, blue and light blue. Great for containers. Blooms in mid-spring. Grows to a height of 10 inches.

Under the Stars Tulips Colourful Companions

Attractive combination of tulips in shades of white and variegated white and red. Great for cut flowers. Blooms in mid-spring. Grows to a height of 18 inches. Buy Under The Stars Tulips online

Hello Spring Narcissus Colourful Companions

A wonderful collection of fragrant daffodils in shades orange, yellow and creamy white. Blooms in mid-spring. Average height of 18 inches. Prefers full to part sun. 12 Bulbs Per Pack. Deer resistant. Buy Hello Spring Colourful Companions Online

Allium Double Bubble

Colourful Companions Double Bubble bulbs grow to be a soft lavender and white allium. They are great for cut flower arrangements and bloom in the late spring to summer. Fragrant as well as deer repellant. 4 bulbs per pack. Buy Double Bubble Alliums online

Sun Shower Tulips & Narcissus Colourful Companions

Sun Showers Colourful Companions is a combination of yellow and orange daffodils with orange and yellow tulips. Fragrant. Flowers in mid-spring. Average height 16 inches. 16 bulbs per pack. Buy Sun Shower Colourful Companions Online

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Feathered Fascination Tulips Colourful Companions

This colourful companion pack containers 2 types of tulips. A feathered purple and a lavender fringed-white tulips is sure to please gardeners looking for tulips in a cool colour palette. This new combination is ideal for cut flowers when it blooms in late spring. Grows to a height of 22 inches. Prefers to be grown in full to part sun. 14 bulbs per pack.

Charisma Tulips & Narcissus Colourful Companions

Charisma is a colourful combination of tulips and narcissus in shades of white, orange and peach. They are great for naturalizing and flower in mid spring. Average height of 18 inches. Prefers to be grown in full to part sun. 16 bulbs per pack. Buy Charisma Colourful Companions Online

Best bulb selection is from September through late October, Hurry in for best selection of place your orders online!


Thursday, October 15, 2015
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Bulbs

I have to say, no plant gets me as close to feeling like a kid in a candy store as bulbs do!! The enticingly colourful packages sing out the promise of Spring!!! While the plain coloured bulbs inside look mysterious. With shrubs or perennials I hum and haw take for-just-about-ever to pick one. With bulbs I get to take that leap of faith…and I have to say, I am seldom disappointed!

Here are some new selections that I have my eye on and in fact, some may be coming home to my garden…how to choose…

New Narcissus Varieties for 2015

Green Eyes Narcissus

The first on my list is the elegantly fragrant and aptly named Green Eyes Narcissus. It has lovely snow white petals with a short slightly ruffled cup and a deep shamrock green eye. This Narcissus will grow to approx. 16” in height.

White Lion Double Narcissus

White Lion is a fully double Narcissus with longer white petals and shorter buttercup yellow petals making it look like it’s lit up from the centre. This Narcissus will grow to approx. 16 inches in height.

Galactic Star Trumpet Narcissus

Galactic Star is a long lasting, fragrant, bicolour trumpet Narcissus with slightly backward curved yellow petals with white towards the centre. The longer ruffled trumpet starts out soft yellow and then brightens to white making this a Narcissus that will most definitely turn heads!! This height on this one is 16 inches.

Can't make it to our store? You can Shop Online for Narcissus

New Tulip Varieties for 2015

Apricot Delight Tulips

Apricot Delight Tulips are a soft pinky apricot with golden apricot edging on the petals. They grow to 14 inches in height and hold up beautifully as cut flowers.

Suncatcher Triumph Tulip

If you want a bit of early heat try the Suncatcher Triumph Tulip. This one grows about 16 inches high and looks like a reverse flame with sunshine yellow petals with bright ember red edges.

Tender Whisper Triumph Tulip

I can picture this elegantly feminine Tender Whisper Triumph Tulip in my patio planter underplanted with some simple white groundcover like an Iberis (Candytuft) or even an Alyssum depending on the timing of my bulbs as I often put them in a bit later after Christmas. This beauty grows to 18 inches high.

If you can't make it to our store, you can also  Shop For Tulips Online

More New Tulip Varieties for 2015

Pretty Princess Tulips

Pretty Princess Tulip is a strain of the very famous Princess Irene Tulip from the Netherlands. This eyecatcher is dark pink along the veins with a softer pink edging. It is a lower growing tulip to 12 inches in height.

Tulip Humilis Alba Coreulea Oculata

Humilis alba coreulea oculata is a beautifully naturalizing botanical tulip reaching a demure 4 inches in height. I am pretty excited it looks like the bloom time will match perfectly with the Rembrandt. This lovely little tulip has soft white petals with deep purple petals and what is even more attractive to me is the fact that they hold their lovely little faces open.

Disneyland Paris Double Fosteriana Tulips

Disneyland Paris Fosteriana Tulip bulbs produce striking flowers in shades of orange with a light green stripe on the outside. As a Fosteriana, it is early blooming and features wide petals on strong stems. Great for cut flowers. Best planted in full to part sun. Grows to 16 inches in height. 6 bulbs per pack.

These tulip varieties are also available online

New Hyacinth Varieties for 2015

Rembrandt Hyacinth

Rembrandt Hyacinth is a very fragrant striking bicolour Hyacinth with bold deep purple florets with white edging. This grows to 10 inches in height. I am going to try a pairing of Rembrandt Hyacinth with my next bulb on the list…Humilis alba coreulea oculata.

Dark Dimension Hyacinth

For those that love the dark and mysterious, we have the Dark Dimension Hyacinth. A very fragrant deep dark purple almost reaching a velvety black in colour. This hyacinth grows to 10 inches in height and would be spectacular mixed in with some solid white or even hot pink hyacinths.

Can't make it to our store to get your Hyacinths? Shop for Hyacinth Bulbs Online

Choosing just a few of these is going to be difficult. Like that kid in the candy store I want them all!! Happy planting and good luck with YOUR choices! The best selection is available from September through Early November. It is a great time to plant in fall as soon as the rains start to fall ... which they have!

Cheers ... Laurelle!


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