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Friday, May 9, 2014
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Feature Products

So many plants, so little time. During the craziness of spring at a garden centre, it's sometimes hard to go out and find a few plants that stand out and above the others. Here are six wonderful and diverse plants worth your attention and your garden space.

Digiplexis Illumination Flame

Digiplexis Illumination 'Flame'

This is an exciting new Foxglove family hybrid that has set gardeners hearts aflutter worldwide. Spikes of rose and soft orange make a bold and lasting statement in the garden, in containers and beds. Flowers continuously from early summer. R old flower spikes to encourage rebloom. Loved by hummingbirds and great as a cut flower. Best in full sun. Water and fertilize regularly. Grows 24 inches tall and 15 inches wide.

Fargesia nitida Juizhaigou | Red Clumping Bamboo

Red Clumping Bamboo

Fargesia nitida ‘Juizhaigou’

Fun to say, ("Joe -zye - go") and even better in the garden. This are and hard to find bamboo is a highly ornamental, non-invasive clumping bamboo with fine textured foliage and striking red canes that age to yellow. An excellent, cold-hardy specimen bamboo for the garden or in a container. Its upright habit makes it very suitable for hedges and privacy screens. Somewhat slow growing, but worth the wait. Clumps grow 8-12ft in height and 4-6ft wide. Best in full to part sun. Hardy in USDA zones 5-9.

Weigela Fine Wine

Weigela ‘Fine Wine’

Deciduous shrubs don’t often make my list, but this one is truly striking. Deep dark wine coloured foliage on a compact plant with abundant hot pink, tubular flowers in spring and early summer. What more could you ask for? Fine Wine is smaller than other varieties, growing on 2-4ft tall and 2-3 ft wide, with a neat habit. Prefers moist, but well drained soil in the sun. Deer resistant and adaptable for use as a foundation planting or in a border.

Euonymous Paloma Blanca

Paloma Blanca Euonymous

Euonymous japonicus ‘Paloma Blanca’

This evergreen foliage plant features upright growing pure white, beautiful growth in the spring turning green with age. Flowers in summer. Best when planted in full sun. Hardy to zone 6. Grows 2-3ft tall in height and 2-3ft wide. Limited quantities available.

Red n Pretty Hydrangea

Red n Pretty Hydrangea

While most people want a traditional blue mop-head hydrangea. This one is worth doing a double-take over. It is a superb deciduous shrub for use as an accent, a specimen or in the border. It prefers part shade and delivers a fabulous show with its splendid, abundant, showy red flower clusters. Handsome green foliage provides a additional interest. Grows a boldly branched, rounded form to 4-6ft high and 3-4ft wide.

Dianthus Kahori Pink

Dianthus ‘Kahori Pink’

Dianthus Kahori is a lovely evergreen perennial plant with attractive, light green, grass-like foliage and lovely small hot pink, fragrant flowers. It flowers continuously through the summer until the first hard frost. Shear the plants back lightly after blooming to maintain a tight, compact habit. Best in areas with good drainage and an excellent choice for hot,dry sites or gravelly soil. Also perfect for patios and containers. Prefers ful sun and grows 6 inches high and 12 inches wide. Hardy in zones 3-9.

As always, please call ahead, 604.882.1201,  to confirm availability as quantities may be limited and our selection is always changing. Hope to see you all soon!


Sunday, September 8, 2013
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Feature Products

I have a number of favorite plants around the nursery and if you ask any one of our garden crazy staff each has a number of very different favorite plants. We can however agree on the coolness factor of the following plants:

Toad Lily

Toad Lily

Tricyrtis hirta

This autumn blooming wonder for the shade garden is probably the closest you can come to planting a hardy orchid in your garden. The flowers are quite frankly breathtaking and well worth displaying in your house. Most are hardy to zone 7, some varieties even hardier and require shockingly little care though they do love a good moist humic soil. They make a lovely little vignette when planted with golden leaved hostas, Ajuga ‘Black Scallop’ and some Maiden Hair Ferns.

Gas Plant

Dictamnus albus

This plant is so amazing cool, even your kids will give you grudging admiration for having it. The flowers on this perennial which occur around midsummer, produce a gas which, on a still day can be ignited with a lighter at the bottom of the flower spike. The gas will quickly burn up the flower spike without burning the flower. Be patient with this plant as it takes a little time to get established and sulks (actually mine outright died) when you try to move it when you want to make a pathway…sigh. A full sun position in well drained average soil is best for this perennial and treat it like a peony…put it somewhere where you don’t have to move it!

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gunnera

Dinosaur Plant / Gunnera

Gunnera

Now this is a refreshingly huge plant that has been around since the dinosaurs. There are some days, after I’ve been asked for the thousandth time to point out plants dwarfish, slenderish and very slow plants for the small garden that I just want to bust loose and suggest one of these puppies. There is nothing slender, small or slow growing about these plants with leaves as big as a person. A partially shady or full sun boggy ditch or pondside is a good place for this behemoth and if you don’t have either you can give it some space…well a lot of space in your garden and really really keep it well watered to get the size, otherwise you get something only slightly larger than a Rhubarb when it has the potential to grow to about 8 feet tall by 12 feet wide over the course of the summer, hence the water requirement. In winter a bit of protection in the form of its giant leaves help ensure its longevity.

Giant Miscanthus Grass

Giant Maiden Grass

Miscanthus giganteum

For the same reason I love the Gunnera, the Miscanthus giganteum always makes me smile. A definite back of the border plant in sun in a well drained, humic soil with plenty of available moisture when needed will make this grass shoot for the sky. I can get to about 12 feet plus tall in one season. Pair it with some Russian Giant sunflowers and you will feel like you are an extra in Honey I’ve Shrunk the Gardener. Give it a corner to spread a bit as it is a very strong grower. Some areas are even harvesting it as an alternative fuel. Miscanthus giganteum is hardy to zone 5-6.

black stem bamboo

Black Stem Bamboo

Phyllostachys nigra

Ok, maybe this isn’t the most unusual of my choices, I thought about putting the Cryptomeria jindai sugi in here instead but well, black stem bamboo is actually quite cool. It needs well drained humic soil in a sunny to part sun spot. It is hardy to zone 7 and can grow up to 20 plus feet tall. The culms start off olive green and as they age they start to become speckled with black until they are a solid ebony. It is a more sedate grower than the rest of its bamboo family…I actually wished it was a bit faster believe it or not. It is more of a clump former, though you should still watch for runners. If you do get a runner you can dig it up and give it to a friend…or me.

These plants are typically available at Art's Nursery. As always, please call to confirm availability if you are making a special trip as stock and selection changes frequently. If you have any questions about these plants, please feel free to call us at 604.882.1201 or visit us in person.


Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Bamboo

Fargesia is genus of clumping bamboo which generally prefers color climates as opposed to tropical ones. They are ideally suited for gardens and containers and are excellent as specimens, evergreen screens and shorter privacy barriers. Their well-behaved root systems (rhizomes) do not require containment or or anxiety about taking over the garden.

Fargesia Clumping Bamboo  Sunset Glow Bamboo

As members of the grass family, Fargesias benefit greatly from high nitrogen fertilizers (a high first number). Like other grasses, a regular deep watering is also beneficial. Bamboos will indicate their thirst by curling their leaves during the heat of the day. Water if you notice this happening. There are many different varieties of Fargesia but the following are some of our favourites:

Sunset Glow Bamboo

Sunset Glow Bamboo

Fargesia 'rufa'

This well behaved, densely foliaged bamboo is the staple for clumping bamboo plantings. Green culms (Stems) have orange-red sheaths at each node. Sunset Glow is an ideal specimen for smaller gardens and courtyards. Leaves do not curl in the full sun as with some bamboos. Evergreen. Very cold hardy compared to other bamboos. Best in part sun to sun. Stems will ultimately reach 8ft in height. Vigorous, yet only expands a few inches a year. Hardy in zones 6-9

Blue Fountain Bamboo

Blue Fountain Bamboo

Fargesia nitida

Blue Fountain Bamboo has outward arching, slender branches that are exceptionally cold resistant. Dark purplish canes are covered with a  blue-white powder when young. Tight clump is vase shaped. Will grow to an ultimate height of 10-12ft with canes reaching half  inch in diameter. Grows best in part to full sun in moist but well drained soils.

Umbrella Bamboo

Umbrella Bamboo

Fargesia murieliae

Umbrella Bamboo merits high ratings and popularity for its soft pea-green foliage and graceful habit. Leaves are small and thin giving it a very delicate look. Grows to 12ft in height with canes a half inch in diameter. Best in shade to part shade.

Red Fountain Bamboo

Red Fountain Bamboo

Fargesia nitida ‘Jiuzhaigou’

Red Fountain Bamboo has tiny delicate leaves and soft green canes that turn deep burgundy red. Eventually canes turn yellow. For best can colour, plant in a bright but shaded location. A rare and unusual specimen bamboo. Slow growing to start but worth the wait. Grows to 10ft in height with canes approximately a quarter inch in diameter. Best when grown in part shade in moist, but well drained soils.

Wolong Bamboo

Wolong Bamboo

Fargesia robusta ‘Wolong’

‘Wolong’ is a clumping bamboo from the mountain regions of Sichuan China. A larger than normal leaf attracts even more attention to the creamy white cane sheaths that cover the new canes as they emerge. Foliage is emerald green. Can be grown in sun or shade. Does not roll its foliage in sun as most other Fargesias do. Grows to 11-16ft in height with canes up to 1 inch in diameter.

Scabrida Bamboo

Scabrida Bamboo

Fargesia sp. ‘Scabrida’

With larger than average canes ‘Scabrida’ is sure to please. Reddish-orange culm sheaths are accented by rich emerald green leaves. Foliage is longer and thinner than both F. robusta and ‘Rufa’ lending itself to a more open appearance. In cool climates new shoots may take on a blue/purple colour. Mature height is approximately 12-16ft tall with canes nearly an inch in diameter. Can be grown in sun or part sun.

Ping Wu Bamboo

Ping Wu Bamboo

Fargesia robusta ‘Ping Wu’

This robusta Fargesia is shorter than other selections of Fargesia. It will typically reach only 8ft in height and 2ft in spread. Upright arching stems spread out forming an elegant specimen planting. Best grown in part sun to light shade in moist, but well drained soils. Hardy in zones 7-9.

Wenchuan Clumping Bamboo

Wenchaun Bamboo

Fargesia robusta 'Wenchuan'

'Wenchuan' features reddish-brown sheaths that are arched at their base, stay a long time and provide a nice contrast against the canes. Larger leaves create a more tropical appearance. Best grown in part sun to part shade in moist, but well drained soils.  Excellent specimen plant. Has a slightly more open growing habit. It's a vigorous grower, but not quite invasive.

How to Grow Clumping Bamboo

Plant fargesia in full to part sun in moist, but well drained soils. Water regularly and fertilize with a high nitrogen fertilizer in spring and perhaps again in early summer. Do not over water. Each year trim away some of the smallest weakest canes at the base, but no more than 1/3 of the total number of canes. For a more tidy appearance, remove foliage from the bottom of the plant to reveal the beauty of the canes.

Arts Nursery carries a large and diverse selection of bamboo including running and clumping varieties. As always call to confirm availability if you are making a special trip as our selection changes frequently. For more information, visit us in person or call 604.882.1201.

 


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