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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.


Monday, September 30, 2013
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Feature Products

Some people plant geraniums and  heucheras, while others seek out the new, the unusual and the unique. This collection of rare and unique plants is sure to set the heart a flutter amongst plant nerds. Perhaps it's time to plant something different?

Ginseng Jade Dragon

Jade Dragon False Ginseng

Metapanax delavayi 'MonYuLong'

Collected by Dan Hinkley in China, this elegant and hardy selection offers unequaled texture to the garden. Its dense, rounded form is clad with long, fine textured, glossy green foliage. Flower clusters in mid to late summer lead to black berries, providing winter food for birds. Best in part to full sun. Rich, evenly moist, well drained soil is prefered. Shelter from harsh winter winds. Hardy in USDA zones 7-10.

Filamentosa Heavenly Bamboo

Filamentosa Heavenly Bamboo

Nandina domestica 'Filamentosa'

This evergreen to semi-evergreen shrub features fern-like, very finely dissected leaves in red-purple colours. Pinkish white flower clusters appear in late spring and summer. Prefers full sun and well drained soil. Gorws 3ft high by 3ft wide. Hardy to zone 5.

Pink Elf Saxifrage

Pink Elf Saxifrage

Saxifraga fortunei 'Pink Elf'

This excellent border plant will brighten up ap a shady garden providing a stunning display with sprays of pink flowers held on sense short stems above mounds of colourful foliage. Flowers bloom in late fall to early winter. The undersides of bronze tinged leaves are reddish-purple. Perfect for use in a lightly shaded rock garden or woodland setting, but also great in pots. Prefers full to part shade. Grows in clumps 6-10 inches tall and 8-12 inches wide. Hardy in USDA zones 7-9. Some winter protection may be needed.

Sprarkler Stachyrus

Sparkler Willow-Leaf Stachyrus

Stachyrus salicifolia 'MonEmeri Sparkler'

One of the finest late winter flowering shrubs for our temperate climate. Small gracefully arching stems are covered by narrow, bamboo-like evergreen leaves. Striking pendulous yellow catkins appear in spring. Flowers from late winter until early spring. Best when grown in part shade in moist, but well drained soil. Will reach 10-12ft tall. Hardy in USDA zones 7-10. Some winter protection may be needed in colder, more exposed areas.

Wild Swan Anemone

Wild Swan Anemone

Anemone x 'Macane001 Wild Swan'

Wild Swan is an exceptional new selection of Anemon offering prolific flowering from June until frost, surpassing that of the Japanese Hybrids. Pure white flowers with a yellow center are accented by a blue-violet reverse. Blooms are held high above deep green foliage. Does not re-seed. Perfect for massing in a woodland setting or spotting into rock gardens. Also makes an excellent cut flower. Best when planted in part sun to part shade in rich, moist but well drained soil. Grows to 18 inches tall and spreads to 24 inches wide. Hardy in USDA zones 6-8.

Grean Giant Fairy Bells

Chinese Fairy Bells

Disporum cantoniense 'Green Giant'

This magnificent perennial was found and named by noted plant explorer Dan Hinkley in Sichuan province, China. It's bamboo-like shoots emerge in shades of pink, white and green, maturing to deep green. Fragrant, creamy white flowers unfurl like nodding bells with the new growth each spring. Flowers are followed by glistening black fruit in fall. Best when planted in full to part shade. Grows fast to 6ft tall and3-4ft wide. Hardy in USDA zones 7-9. Some winter protection is recommended in colder, more exposed areas.

Plum Passion Hydrangea

Plum Passion Hydrangea

Hydrangea aspera 'Plum Passion'

This first ever purple leaved hydrangea is an exciting addition to North American gardens. Discovered in China, this unique shrub was brought to Monrovia by plant explorer Dan Hinkley. Foliage is dark purple on the upper side of the leaf and rosy purple on the underside. Wispy, mid-sized, summer-blooming flowers are somewhat insignificant in contrast with the dramatic, colourful foliage. Deciduous. Best when grown in full to part shade in moist soils. Will reach 5-6ft tall and wide. Hardy in USDA zones 7-10. Some winter protection is recommended.

Scarlet Ovation Evergreen Huckleberry

Scarlet Ovation Evergreen Huckleberry

Vaccinium ovatum 'Vacsid1'

Scarlet Ovation is an evergreen huckleberry with two notable improvements. New growth is brighter red and more consistent while growth is more compact. It has beautiful bright bronzy red foliage in spring and matures to green in early to mid-summer. Dark blue berries appear around August. Scarlet Ovation is a striking addition to any landscape and offers a showy display for months. Perfect for use as a specimen plant or in mass plantings. Best when grown in full sun to part shade in moist, but well drained soils. Grows to 36 inches tall and wide.

Cascade Dawn Flowering Maple

Cascade Dawn Flowering Maple

Abutilon x hybridum 'Cascade Dawn'

This frost tolerant selection of Flowering Maple is from renowned plantsman Dan Hinkley's Windcliff Garden' Reddish-orange lantern-like flowers appear continously for months. Looks great in the background border combined with light coloured flowers and foliage. Semi-evergreen. Best when planted in part to full sun. Fast growing to 6-8ft high and wide. Hardy in USDA zones 8-11. Winter protection is required.

Quantities of these items is limited and seasonal. Always call ahead to confirm availability as our stock is always changing. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 604.882.1201 or visit Art's Nursery in person.

Blueberry Glaze Brazel Berry

Blueberry Glaze Brazelberry - Coming Spring 2014

Vaccinium 'Blueberry Glaze'

Blueberry glaze is a blueberry treat unlike any other. Its foliage resembles boxwood with its compact stature and glossy emerald leaves. The white spring blossoms are a beautiful contrast to the dark foliage. Summer berries ripen into a rainbow event as berries turn from yellow, to light burgundy to dark blue. the aromatic fruit is almost black when ripe and is packed with anti-oxidants and intense flavour, much like wild blueberries. Great as a landscape plant or an edible. Like other Brazel Berries it is also ideal for patio containers. Grows 2-3ft tall and wide. Best when grown in full sun and moist, but well drained acidic soils. Available in Spring 2014 at Art's Nursery.

 


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