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Thursday, October 15, 2015
Posted By: Shelley Levis in Berries

In this video, Shelley Levis introduces you to four of her favourite shrubs that produce colourful berries in Fall. These include: Callicarpa, Aronia 'Autumn Magic', Spring Bouquet Viburnum and Victory Pyracantha

Spring Bouquet Viburnum

Spring Bouquet Viburnum

Viburnum tinus 'Spring Bouquet' (also called 'Compactum')

Spring Bouquet Viburnum is a beautiful evergreen shrub with lightly fragrant, pinkish white flowers. Flowers form striking metallic bluish-purple berries in fall. A dense, compact growth habit makes it a favourite choice for small hedges, screens and foundation plantings. Prefers full to partial sun in moist, but well drained soils. Grows moderately quick to 4-6ft tall and wide. Hardy in USDA zones 7-11

Autumn Magic Chokecherry / Chokeberry

Autumn Magic Chokeberry / Chokecherry

Aronia melanocarpa 'Autumn Magic'

Originally from the University of British Columbia, Autumn Magic Chokeberry is a compact, ornamental shrub with small clusters of white flowers in the spring, followed by purplish-black berries in the fall. The berries are somewhat edible, but quite tart. They are best suited for jams, jellies and baking when combined with other sweeter berries. Foliage turns a brilliant red in the fall. Needs full sun but tolerates extreme cold - it's hardy to zone 3!

Victory Pyracantha / Victory Firethorn

Victory Firethorn / Pyracantha

Pyracantha koidzumii  'Victory'

Victory Firethorn, or Pyracantha as it is also known is a great deer resistant barrier shrub for the garden. Masses of white spring flowers turn into colourful orange berries that attract birds in the fall. It is easy to grow and waterwise for added benefit. Prefers full sun and is hardy in zones 7-9. Grows 8-10ft tall and 6-8ft wide.

Profusion Beautyberry

Profusion Beauty Berry Shrub

Callicarpa bodinieri 'Profusion'

Beauty Berry gets its name from the masses of metallic purple berries that cover its foliage in fall and winter. It is a superb deciduous shrub with green foliage that has an exciting bronze tinge when new. Small purplish flowers appear in summer amongst the large green leaves. Prune in late winter to early spring to encourage new growth. Prefers full sun. Grows to 6-10ft high and wide. Hardy in USDA zones 5-8.

Two More Plants That Didn't Make The Video!

As we tried our best to keep the video short, these two plants were not included, but are still great fall berry producing plants.

Wintergreen

Wintergreen

Gaultheria procumbens

This groundcover evergreen plant forms low mounds of dark green foliage, often with a reddish hue.. White waxy, urn-shaped flowers are borne in the late spring to early summer and are followed by round red fruits. Fruits are 'somewhat' edible. they have a striking wintergreen - peppermint like flavour, but are very pithy and bland. Wintergreen is an excellent plant for acidic soils and partial sun or shade. Grows up to 12 inches in height and 3ft across.

Red Beauty Holly

Red Beauty Holly

Ilex x 'Rutzan'

Red Beauty Holly delivers abundant crops of bright red berries combined with dense, deep green, evergreen spiny foliage. Tiny white flowers emerge in spring. It is excellent as a specimen or in an informal hedge. Use for framing an entrance or lining a drive. Maintains a dense form with little or no pruning. Red Beauty forms a dense, upright conical form 7-10ft tall and 4-5ft wide. Needs full to part sun and regular watering. Hardy in USDA zones 6-10.

If you have any questions about these plants, or want to add them to your garden, drop by Art's Nursery, or give us a call at 604.882.1201. We'd be happy to assist you! As always, call ahead to confirm availability as our selection is always changing.


Thursday, April 16, 2015
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Edibles

When it comes to gardening, nothing has been more popular in the past several years than edibles. While vegetables, fruit trees and herbs have always been hot, new varieties have taken over centre stage. Check out these 8 new and unusual edibles for 2015

Brazelberry Pink Icing Blueberry

Brazelberry Pink Icing Blueberry

One of the newest additions to the Brazelberry lineup is ‘Pink Icing’ Blueberry. It features breathtaking spring and fall foliage colours. Springs new growth has varying shades of pink mixed with blue and deeper greens. In the fall and into winter, in mild climates, Pink icing foliage takes on stunning iridescent turquoise blue hues. Very impressive when planted en masse. It is an excellent blueberry for decorative patio pots or for planting into the landscape. Berries are large, sweet and have a robust blueberry flavor.

Pink Icing prefers to be grown in full sun and moist, but well drained acidic soils. Fertilize each spring with a fruit and berry or rhododendron type fertilizer. This variety produces new canes each spring and fruits on the previous years canes. Once fruiting is complete, prune canes that have fruited leaving new canes to fruit the following season. Annual pruning promotes plant growth and berry production. Grows 3-4ft in height with a mounded, slightly spreading habit.

Brazelberry Blueberry Glaze Blueberry

Brazelberry Blueberry Glaze Blueberry

Blueberry Glaze plants are unlike any other blueberries. They have a small stature and incredibly glossy, dark green leaves. They are similar in appearance to boxwood and can also be sheared as such. White with pink spring flowers beautifully contrast the deep green foliage colour. Small dark blue, almost black berries are present in little bundles in mid-summer. Berries have an intense, almost wild blueberry flavor that is packed with anti-oxidants. Super aromatic too! Blueberry Glaze is an interspecific hybrid that is hardy to Zone 5. Add it to your landscape as an accent planting or prune it into an informal hedge. It is also perfect for patio planting in decorative containers.

Blueberry Glaze prefers full sun in moist, but well drained acidic soil. Fertilize each spring with a fruit and berry or rhododendron type fertilizer. Prune the same way as Pink Icing. Grows 2-3ft tall in a compact, bushy mound.

Aloha Berry, Pineberry

Aloha Berry Strawberry / Pineberry

Fragaria ‘Aloha Berry’

The Aloha Berry is a strawberry variety with white-skinned fruit and red seeds.Not only is it interesting looking, it tastes and smells like a cross between pineapples and strawberries! It is also known as a ‘Pineberry’. This variety is self-fertile, ever-bearing and produces fruit from June through the summer.

Grow Aloha berries in the full sun in average to moist soils. Available at Art’s Nursery in mid-to late May.

Goji Berry / Wolfberry

Goji Berry

Goji berries or Wolfberries is the fruit of Lycium barbatum, a plant related to potato, tomato, eggplant and chilli peppers. It is a deciduous, woody, perennial plant that was first cultivated in parts of China up to 600 years ago. More recently discovered in North America by the masses, it has rapidly garnered attention for its nutrient value and anti-oxidant content. Flowers are bright, violet coloured while fruit is bright red an oval in shape. Grows 3-10ft tall and wide. Prefers full sun and moist, but well drained soils. Fertilize in spring before new growth begins. Prune to remove broken of damaged limbs. Extremely cold hardy to zone 3.

Fuyu Persimmon Tree

Fuyu Persimmon Tree

Diospyros kaki 'Fuyu'

Persimmons are deciduous trees that bear large, reddish-yellow fruit with firm sweet flesh. This very ornamental tree has large oval, waxy dark green leaves that fall in autumn exposing attractive edible fruit. Self-fruitful non-astringent variety. Can be eaten fresh – many other varieties require being ripened before eating. Best grown in full sun and moist, but well drained, slightly acidic soil. Grows to 30ft tall and 20ft wide. Harvest in October to November. While hardy in the Pacific Northwest, Persimmons will benefit from some winter protection from cold winds and extreme temperatures.

Ketchup and Fries Grafted Vegetable Plant

Ketchup & Fries Plant

An incredible innovation in vegetable growing. Originally from Thompson & Morgan in the UK, this unique grafted vegetable produces cherry tomatoes on top and potatoes underground. Tomatoes for snacking, salads, sauces or ketchup. Potatoes can be baked, boiled, mashed, roasted or cut for chips or fries. All natural, non-GMO. Grow it in a patio container or in your garden.

It is expected to be available at Art’s Nursery in late May or early June depending on its growth rate.

Cathedral Gem Sausage Vine

Cathedral Gem Sausage Vine

Holboellia coriacea ‘Cathedral Gem’

This durable easy to grow vine has thick, glossy evergreen foliage (in warmer climates) and abundant clusters of white buds that emerge in late winter. They open to highly perfumed pendulous blossoms of cream to dusky mauve. Large pink sausage like edible fruit are displayed in summer. Ideally suited for an arbor or trellis near pathways, patios or garden entrances so the attractive flowers and intoxicating fragrance can be enjoyed up close. Best grown in full to partial shade. Grows vigorously with stems up to 25ft long. Needs winter protection. Hardy in USDA zones 7-10

Dwarf Pomegranate

Dwarf Pomegranate

Punica granatum ‘Nana’

Dwarf Pomegranates are a showy dense deciduous shrub that displays attractive orange-red single flowers at an early age followed by colourful fruit. Excellent for containers or for use in the garden. A wonderful bonsai plant. Needs full sun and moderate watering. Grows 3ft tall and wide. Needs winter protection in our climate. Treat as a tender tropical, hardy in USDA zones 7-11

As always, call ahead, 604.882.1201, to confirm availability, as our selection is always changing and quantities on some varieties may be limited.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Winter Gardens

When our flowers have faded and the leaves have fallen, its time for the workhorses of the garden to start performing. These include the evergreens, the conifers, and the plants with other points of interest, including attractive bark and sparkling, colourful berries. In this blog post, we'll show case some of the best plants with attractive berries for your fall and winter garden.

As we've also focused on Holly this month, we won't discuss those plants in this article even though they offer fantastic winter interest with their colourful evergreen foliage and their colourful red berries.

Gaultheria procumbens - Wintergreen

Wintergreen

Gaultheria procumbens

Wintergreen is a colourful, low growing groundcover shrub with bright red berries that appear in the late fall and winter. Gaultheria procumbens is an excellent groundcover for acidic soils. It produces a dense mat of glossy dark green leaves that brighten with a redish hue in the fall. White to Pale Pink flowers appear in June followed by bright red berries. While we would advise eating them, the berries have a distinct peppermint, wintergreen-fresh taste, but are rather pithy and inedible. Foliage is evergreen and retains its colour year round. It is best grown in part sun to part shade in semi-moist, but well drained soils. Mature plants will usually grow to 12 inches tall and up to 36 inches across.

Female Japanese Skimmia

Female Japanese Skimmia

Skimmia japonica Female

Skimmia are a classic evergreen shrub for fall and winter interest. Glossy green foliage is accented by white blooms in the spring and on female plants, red, holly-like berries appear in autumn and winter. Skimmia come in female and male varieties. The females will produce the berry as long as at least one male skimmia is planted in the area. It is a great plant for full to part sun and is an excellent plant for the seaside. Water regularly as needed. Grows up to 2-5ft wide and 3-6ft across. Hardy in zones 7-9.

Callicarpa Profusion, Beauty Berry

Profusion Beauty Berry

Callicarpa bodinieri 'Profusion'

Beauty Berry is a superb deciduous shrub valued for display of abundant clusters of long lasting violet berries along branches in fall. Berries are attractive to birds and can really add interest to an otherwise bare garden. New leaf growth has exciting bronze tinge. Small purplish pink flowers appear in summer amongst the large green leaves. Prune in late winter to early spring to encourage new growth. Ideal for use as a specimen, in a border or as a mass planting. Moderate growing to 6-8ft tall and wide. Best when planted in full sun. Hardy in USDA zones 5-8.

Brandywine Viburnum

Brandywine Viburnum

Viburnum nudum 'Bulk' / Witherod Viburnum

Brandywine Viburnum is a relative newcomer and provides a truly spectacular display of fall colour. Abundant green berries transform to vivid pink and blue, contrasting with the wine-coloured fall foliage. Deer resistant. Is an excellent addition to mixed borders. This viburnum prefers moist, but well drained soil. Prune after flowering if needed. Grows 5-6ft tall and wide at maturity. Hardy in USDA zones 5-9.

Scarlet Pearl Snowberry

Scarlet Pearl Snowberry

Symphoricarpos 'Scarlet Pearl'

This delightful pseudo-native plant features light pink blooms in summer followed by a vigorous crop of large pink fruit beginning in fall, becoming especially showy on otherwise bare branches in winter. Plant where berries can be enjoyed from the indoors. Cut fruiting stems can last up to 2 weeks in floral arrangements. Scarlet Pearl is a perfect plant for spicing up northern native plant landscapes and wild garden woodlands. Deciduous. Prefers to be planted in full to part sun in moist soils. Grows up to 4ft tall and wide and hardy in USDA zones 3-7.

As always, please call ahead, 604.882.1201, to confirm availability if you are making a special trip for one of these plants. Our selection is always changing and availability may be limited on some varieties.

Parneys Cotoneaster

Parney's Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster lacteus

This large evergreen shrub produces attractive balls of white flowers followed by showy red berries. It's an excellent plant the back of a border or in a garden setting. Leaves are large and dark green in colour. can be pruned as needed. Prefers to be planted in full sun and any moist, but well drained soils. Grows 6-12ft high and equally as wide. Hardy to zone 6.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Berry Nice To Meet You

7 Ornamental Berry Plants For the Fall & Winter

Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Berries

 As flowers fade and foliage drops, berries are a great way to add fall and winter interest. In this post, we'll share with you 6 of our favourite plants for fall and winter berries.

Gaultheria procumbens - Winter Green

Wintergreen

Gaultheria procumbens

Wintergreen, or Gaultheria procumbens is far and away the most popular berry plant in the fall and winter.  This low growing groundcover produces a dense mat of glossy dark green leaves that brighten with a redish hue in fall. White to pale pink flowers appear in June followed by red aromatic berries. Foliage is evergreen and retains its colour year round. Best when planted in part shade in acidic, moist, but well drained soils. Grows to 12 inches tall and 2-3ft wide. Hardy in zones 3-8.

Honey Maid Holly

Honey Maid Holly

Ilex x 'Honey Maid'

'Honey Maid' Holly features a uniquely patterned blue-green leaf with a creamy white leaf margin, complimented by red berries in winter. This evergreen shrub is great for the mixed border, as an irregular hedge or a foundation plant. Best in part to full sun. Hardy in USDA zones 6-9. Grows into a pyramidal shape 8ft tall and 5ft wide.

Beauty Berry

Beauty Berry

Callicarpa bodinieri 'Profusion'

Beauty Berry is one of those shrubs that everyone ignores 9 months of the year. However, in the mid-fall they come running to the nursery with a little clipping from a neighbors bush asking what is this plant and do you have any? Beauty Berry is a deciduous shrub with mid-green leaves and summer blooming, small, purplish-pink flowers. New growth has an exciting bronze tinge. In late Fall, striking, long lasting metallic violet-blue purple berries appear along branches. Attracts birds too! Prune it in later winter to early spring to encourage new growth. Best when planted in full sun in moist, but well drained soils. Grows 6ft tall and equally as wide. Hardy in USDA zones 5-8.

Red Beauty Holly

Red Beauty Holly

Ilex x 'Rutzan'

'Red Beauty' is the second holly on our list. It features abundant crops of bright red berries combined with dense, deep green foliage to create an annual show. Make a beautiful container plant, a specimen or even an irregular hedge. Red Beauty maintains its dense form with little or no pruning. Evergreen. Best when planted in full to part sun in moist, but well drained soils. Hardy in USDA zones 6-10. We find that hollies to benefit from some winter protection otherwise they may defoliate somewhat. Grows in a dense conical shape from 7-10ft tall and 4-5ft wide.

Streibs Finding Cotoneaster

Streibs Finding Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster dammeri 'Streibs Finding'

'Streibs Finding' is one of the lowest growing cotoneasters. Excellent, flat growing evergreen groundcover plant that features dense, tiny blue-green leaves, white flowers in spring, and masses of red berries in the fall. Use it on banks, berms and to cascade over walls. Fast growing to 6 inches tall and up to 8ft wide. Needs regular watering and is best planted in full sun. Hardy in USDA zones 6-8.

Lingon Berry

Lingon Berry

Vaccinium vitis-idaea

The Scandinavians love this one, and so should you! Also known as the Lingonberry, this lovel little groundcover features green leaves that turn bronze in the winter. In summer, pendant, bell-shaped pink flowers decorate the plant. Blooms are followed by edible red berries in the fall and winter. Yes, these are the same berries that flavour the drinks at Ikea :)

Lingonberry plants grow to 1ft in height and 3-4ft across. It's an excellent selection for mass planting. Prefers full sun to part shade in moist, but well drained soils. Extremely hardy to Zone 3. For best results, water well until established.

If you have any other questions about berry plants for your garden, call or visit us in person. As always, check in advance to confirm availability. Our plant selection is always changing depending on the season and availability. 604.882.1201


Friday, August 16, 2013
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Gardening

Thus far it has been a spectacular summer! My boot tan is coming along wonderfully as are the mosquito bites from my last camping endeavour. I think I’ll be ok if I don’t see another BBQ’d burger for a fairly long time and I’ve just finished putting 28 large Ziplock bags of blueberries away in the freezer.

Here is the list for August…and don’t feel bad if you have to hand this list over to your awesome neighbour to do while you are away camping…that’s what summer is for. Oh, one last note to the group of folks singing and playing the awesome blues slide guitar at Hicks Lake. You were amazing and the vocals pretty fantastic too. Thanks for the impromptu concert!

Here is the list:

Lawns

If you are allowing your lawn to go dormant (beige), make sure there is not much traffic on it as you will wear patches and then have to reseed in September. Thankfully we’ve had a bit of rain and some cooler weather to take a little pressure off of the watering.

dormant grass

As we get toward the end of August and beginning of September you can apply a bit of fall fertilizer if needed. This typically has higher middle and last numbers on the package. Make sure your lawn is green, not beige when your apply it. Dormant lawn won’t absorb much fertilizer.

Trees

You can get those cool watering bags from City of Surrey to use on your street trees free of charge. Check out City of Surrey webpage. I am not sure if the City of Langley or Vancouver does this but if you need something to give your young trees the best chance we also have some great tree watering bags.

You should be finishing off any light summer pruning of established fruit trees right about now. Nothing thicker than your finger and only a small amount. Summer pruning will slow growth, while winter/dormant pruning speeds it up.

Shrubs

Deadhead roses as needed. You can propagate some of your deciduous shrubs as well as some broadleaf evergreen shrubs by cuttings and layering. Water those that are showing drought stress.

Deadhead roses

 

Garden Beds

Water and deadhead and fertilize as needed. Continue to note any bare patches and take pictures to help adjust your garden design as needed. Contrary to popular belief, summer is a great time to plant - you just need to remember to water!

Fruit, Berries & Veg

It’s blackberry season!! Everybody has their own technique and protective gear for this. I favour just shorts and a t-shirt…less stuff for the thorns to get caught on.

It’s also early apple season, tomato season, and corn season to name a few things. The farmers markets are stuffed with good things right about now!

Pots and Hanging Baskets

Keep watering and fertilizing deadheading and trimming. If your hanging basket needs some tlc soak them in a shallow kiddie pool or some other container to reactivate the planting medium. Once they dry out it’s hard to get them to hold water if you water them as you regularly do, a good soak in a shallow container really helps.

summer hanging basket care

 

P.S. There is no rule that says you have to keep ugly looking baskets and planters until winter. Chuck out the ugly stuff and come by and get some beautiful new plants for the late summer and fall. Ornamental grasses and many perennials are looking gorgeous right now.

Ponds

Keep them tidy and remove fallen leaves. Make sure you have adequate coverage with floaters and oxygenators to prevent algae bloom. I believe you need about 75% surface coverage with at least part of it being with oxygenators.

pond plants

 

That should do for now. If you are so inclined, get together with your friends and make some pickles, or spicy green beans, or jams and jellies. It`s way more fun to do with friends and family.

I hear the farm God`s Little Acre has some great cucumbers for sale Friday`s and Saturdays. This farmer grows all of the produce for the food bank, the cucumbers he grows to help give him a bit of a wage. You can also go and help him pick the produce for an hour or two on Saturdays, call 604 375-1172 or email jassingh65@hotmail.com if you`d like to help out or order some cukes!


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