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Friday, June 12, 2015
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Feature Products

Gardening is all about trying out the newest, the different and the unique. It’s about having plants in your garden you can’t buy at the grocery store. This month we’ll introduce you to 10 really cool plants worth trying in your garden. Some of these suffer from zone denial. In other words, they are tender and probably won’t survive our winter unless you bring them inside. Others are hardy and will come back year after year. Check them out and give these magnificent ten plants a try.

Indian Pink

Indian Pink

Spigelia marilandica

Spigelia is a neat, clump forming perennial with stiff stems clothed in glossy green, pointed leaves. In June, the stem tips produce cymes of bold, attractive flowers. Flowers are red and trumpet shaped opening to a yellow star. Best grown in shade to part shade. Keep moist if it is planted in a sunnier location. Prefers moist, organically rick, well drained soil. Grows 1-2ft in height with a similar spread. Hardy to zone 5.

St Elmos Fire Firecracker Plant

St Elmos Fire Firecracker Plant

Russelia x ‘St Elmos Fire’

This stunning hybrid selection of the Firecracker Plant is larger than the common species with a more open, airy look and showier, deeper red flowers. Grass-like foliage is accented bright firecracker red flowers. This is an easy care perennial that blooms continuously from Spring to Fall with the occasional pruning of spent flowers. It’s perfect for tall borders or large containers. Will reach 4-6ft tall and 6-8ft wide. Prefers full or part sun. Hardy to zone 8 – will need winter protection or consider bringing it inside.

Fireworks Pennisetum

Fireworks Pennisetum

Pennisetum x advena ‘Fireworks’

Staying with the pyrotechnic theme is Fireworks Pennisetum. This spectacular warm season tender perennial grass has narrow, arching leaves that are a kalaedoscope of hot pink, green, white and dark burgundy. Fluffy bottlebrush flowers are a deep burgundy and sway in the wind. It is deer resistant and makes a nice cut flower too. Drought tolerant once established. As an annual, it will not survive our winters unless brought inside. Prefers full sun, moist, but well drained soil and grows 1-2ft high and wide. Hardy in zones 9-11

Mojito Elephant Ear | Colocasia

Mojito Elephant Ear

Colocasia ‘Mojito’

For the water gardeners out there, we’ve brought in a unique Colocasia called ‘Mojito’. This tropical plant is well suited for the pondside or patio water feature or tropical garden. Its speckled and mottled green heart-shaped foliage with darker splotches is uniquely attractive. Prefers the heat of the sun but will tolerate part shade. Grows 3-4ft tall and 2-3ft wide. It should be kept moist or planted near a water feature where it can grab its own moisture

Midknight Blue Agapanthus

Midknight Blue Agapanthus

Agapanthus x ‘Monmid’

Midknight Blue is a striking new variety of Agapanthus with deep, violet-blue flowers held in tight clusters on tall stalks. Lush, strap-like foliage is bright green. A great plant for a tropical border, poolside or a container. Will attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Blooms mid to late spring. Prefers full sun. Needs regular watering when newly planted, but is water wise once established. Grows 3-4ft high. Will benefit from winter protection. Hardy to zone 7.

Golden Milkweed | Butterfly Weed

Golden Butterfly Weed / Milkweed

Asclepias curassavica ‘Silky Gold’

If you want butterflies in your garden – plant one of these! The Golden Butterfly weed, or Asclepias is a summer flowering perennial (annual in our climate) that butterflies just love. Especially the Monarchs!. Clusters of attractive buds open to gold and yellow flowers. It is a well behaved plant that requires little attention once established. Prefers full sun. Grows 3-4ft tall and 2-3ft wide. Hardy to zone 8 – treat it like an annual or bring it inside for the winter.

Berry Canary Tender Foxglove | Digiplexis

Berry Canary Tender Hybrid Foxglove

Digiplexis Berry Canary

This outstanding hybrid is the result of breeding between Digitalis (Foxglove) and a Digitalis relative from the Canary Islands, Isoplexis. Masses of beautiful, hot pink, tubular flowers have creamy yellow throats with burgundy speckling. Very large flower spikes appear over a long period, May to Frost, on tall stems. Very vigorous and definitely worth growing. Prefers full sun and a rich, moist, but well drained soil. Water well until established. Grows 1-2ft tall and almost as wide. Hardy to Zone 8.

Aeonium Zwartkop | Houseleek

Zwartkop Houseleek

Aeonium arboretum ‘Zwartkop’

This tender succulent is grown for its dark burgundy-black flattened rosettes. Yellow flowers appear above the foliage. Adds great colour and texture to dry borders, rock gardens, succulent planters and containers. Prefers full sun. Will turn more green if it does not receive enough sunlight. Grow in well drained and fertile soil. Can grow 2-3ft tall and up to 2ft wide. Hardy to zone 9. Bring indoors in the winter.

Tequila Sunrise Mirror Plant | Coprosma

Tequila Sunrise Mirror Plant

Coprosma ‘Tequila Sunrise’

Tequila Sunrise is an amazing cultivar of Coprosma that has jewel like foliage that is highly glossed and brightly coloured. In Spring, its new growth emerges emerald green with a gold margin, gradually becoming marbled with brilliant orange and gold hues. In the winter, the leaf colour intensifies to brilliant orange and red jewel tones. It is well suited for mild climates, we may be a little too cool for it as it is hardy to zone 8-9. Treat it as an annual or bring it inside for the winter. Tequila Sunrise Coprosma prefers full sun and looks best in group plantings and magnificent when combines with succulents. Has an upright pyramidal shape and can reach 5ft tall in the warmer climates.

Black Negligee Bugbane | Cimicifuga

Black Negligee Bugbane

Actaea simplex ‘Black Negligee’

Actaea used to be called Cimicifuga, and many gardeners still use the old name. This variety, ‘Black Negligee’ features lacy black foliage and lovely dark stems. Small white flowers on stems above the foliage have the scent of grape and jasmine. It’s a great accent plant for the mixed border or as a specimen on its own. When given lots of sun and water, it will keep its darkest colouration. Can grow up to 5-5ft tall and 1-2ft wide. Hardy to zone 6.

As always, please call Art’s Nursery in advance to confirm availability as our selection is always changing and these rare and unique plants may have limited availability.


Friday, April 11, 2014
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Feature Products

This month we're featuring a collection of interesting and unique plants that can grace any garden or plant collection.

rhododendron ebony pearl

Rhododendron ‘Ebony Pearl’

Ebony Pearl is a unique rhododendron with coppery green foliage that first emerges a deep, dark maroon. Broad, funnel shaped flowers open a soft mauve-pink and fade to white at edges with a ray of reddish-brown spots. Both foliage and flowers compete for best in show. Grows to a smaller size, 3ft by 3ft and like all Rhododendrons prefers a part shade location in moist, but well drained soils. Blooms in April and May

green giant fairy bells

Green Giant Fairy Bells

Disporum cantoniens Green Giant

This magnificent perennial was found and named by noted plant explorer, Dan Hinkley, in Sichuan province, china, Its bamboo -like shoots emerge in shades o pink, white and green, maturing to deep green. Fragrant, creamy-white flowers unfurl in nodding bells with the new growth each spring; flowers are followed by glistening black fruit in fall. Prefers full to part shade and grows quickly to 6ft tall and 3-4ft wide. Hardy in USDA zones 7-9 so may require some winter protection or a sheltered location.

leucocarpa heavenly bamboo

Leucocarpa Heavenly Bamboo

Nandina domestica Leucocarpa

It’s not often that a common evergreen shrub like Nandina gets revitalized with a new variety. This one made our horticulturists go WOW! Leucocarpa is an evergreen, upright shrub with bright green foliage during the year (as compared to most Nandinas that have green, orange, yellow & red foliage). Pannicles of white flowers appear in spring and are followed by cream coloured berries in fall. Grows 3-4ft in height and slightly larger spread. Hardy to zone 6.

curly red leucothoe

Leucothoe ‘Curly Red’

This special Leucothoe is an evergreen shrub with curling leaves in colours throughout the seasons. During Autumn, leaves are red and in early winter they become purple. As the plant is very hardy, the tick leathery leaves keep their color during the winter. ‘Curly Red’ is a good cover for shady banks and looks great in mass plantings. It is well suited as an undergrowth plant and mixes well with green foliage shrubs. A fantastic woody subject for mixed containers too! This plant prefers part shade but will tolerate full sun if kept moist. Soil should be moist, acidic and well drained. Stays short – grows to only 16 inches tall and about 18 inches wide. Hardy to zone 6-7

little twist flowering cherry tree

Little Twist Japanese Flowering Cherry

Prunus incisa ‘Little Twist’

This darling little flowering cherry tree features gorgeous double pink, rose-like flowers in large clusters in mid-spring. Branches are twisted and contorted offering off-season interest. Leaves are reddish, then green and turn yellow in the fall. Beautiful ornamental tree for small yards, Asian-inspired landscapes and feature gardens. Ornamental only – no fruit. Prefers to grow in full sun in moist, but well drained soils. Can reach 15ft+ in time.

kew green Japanese skimmia

Kew Green Skimmia

Skimmia japonica ‘Kew Green’

Another striking evergreen shrub. ‘Kew Gree’ has a compact habit and large clusters of fragrant white to pink flowers. Male variety – plant female skimmia nearby to produce colourful fruit. Prefers part shade and moist, but well drained soils. Hardy to zone 7.

cammelia costei

Camellia costei

This striking, white flowering camellia is originally from the forests of south China and produces single flowers in spring. Its elliptical evergreen leaves add great contrast to the blooms. Camellia costei is a great specimen plant or small evergreen tree in the garden. Grows to around 15ft in height and prefers sheltered, part sun locations. Hardy to zone 7.

bloom a thon pink double azalea

Bloom-a-Thon Pink Double Azalea

Unlike most Azaleas, the bloom-a-thon series allow you to enjoy months of flowers instead of just weeks. Double pink spring flowers rebloom in mid-summer, and continue to flower until the first hard frost. Prefers part sun and moist, but well drained, fertile, acidic soils. Prune to shape and fertilize after spring bloom. Grows 3-4ft tall and up to 3ft wide.

Russian tea plant

Russian Tea

This very hardy camellia species is used to produce tea in the plantations of southern Russia. It is a compact, attractive shrub and features fall blooming, white, fragrant flowers and dark evergreen foliage that can easily be made into green or black tea. Prefers full to part sun and well drained, acidic soils. Grows 4-6ft in height. Harvest leaves 2-3 years after planting.

If any other these wonderful plants catch your fancy, call us or drop by and visit us at Arts Nursery. As always, our selection is always changing. Call ahead 604.882.1201 to confirm availability if you are making a special trip to aquire one of these treasures!


Monday, March 18, 2013
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Feature Products

In every month and every season, a few plants arrive at the nursery that really catch my eye. Some are brand new, others, tried and true favourites. No matter what, these 5 plant picks for March 2013 are sure to delight!

purple stem sweetbox

Purple Stem Sweet Box

Sarcoccocca hookeriana var dignya ‘Purple Stem’

This lovely Sweet Box brings wonderful fragrance to the winter and early spring garden. Easy care, slowly spreading shrub has ornamental raspberry coloured stems bearing slender evergreen leaves. Masses of highly fragrant pink-tinged white flowers appear in late winter – followed by attractive round blue-black fruit. An ideal taller ground cover in a shady woodland garden. Beautiful when used as a low, informal hedge. Best when planted in full to part shade in moist, but well drained soil. Grows 3-5ft high and wide. Hardy in USDA zones 6-9.

Passion Frost Pieris

Passion Frost Pieris

Pieris japonica ‘Passion Frost’

This evergreen has deep purple influenced rosy-pink, bell -shaped blooms in great abundance that hang in 6 inch clusters over the shrub. Blooms appear in mid-to late spring. Long, pointed, variegated leaves really stand out with a thin white edge and central stripe. Best when planted in full sun to part shade in moist, but well drained acidic soils. Grows 4-5ft in height and 2-3ft wide. Hardy to zone 6.

Jelly Bean Blue Berry

Jelly Bean BlueBerry

Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Jelly Bean’

Jelly Bean is a charming little puffball of a plant producing a prolific crop of large, flavourful blueberries in mid-summer. Berries are medium to large size and have a sweet flavor like homemade jelly. The gorgeous foliage of Jelly Bean features uniquely elongated leaves that range from brilliant to darker greens with highlights of red in cooler climates. Excellent plant for the harvest or even as a mini-hedge along a pathway or in a container. Grows 1-2ft in height in a compact, spherical mound. Best when planted in full sun, in moist, but well drained acidic soils. Hardy in zones 4-8

Luwian Skimmia

Luwian Skimmia

Skimmia japonica ‘Luwian’

This charming, mounding,  evergreen shrub produces light green flower buds leading to flowers that open to cream in spring. Very fragrant. Male variety – can be used to pollinate female Skimmia. Grows 3ft x 3ft. Best in shade to part shade in moist, but well drained soils. Hardy to zone 7.

Kramers Red Heather

Kramer’s Red Heather/Heath

Erica x darleyensis ‘Kramers Red’

Also known as Kramer’s Rote. This woody evergreen groundcover produces masses of magenta flowers in late winter and early spring. Bell shaped flowers bloom on dark bronze foliage. Excellent plant for use in rock gardens, borders, on slopes or as an all-purpose groundcover. Grows 12-14 inches in height and 1-2ft wide. Best when planted in full sun to light shade in moist, but well drained lightly acidic soil. Do not over water or allow to dry out. Use a fertilizer intended for acidic loving plants like Arts GardenPro Rhododendron and Azalea food.

These and 10 more acres of plants are generally available at Art's Nursery. Drop by and have a look at these beauties, or call us at 604.882.1201 if you need more information. We're open 7 days a week to serve you.


Friday, September 16, 2011
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Feature Products

With so many plants available these days, its hard to bring attention to just a few. With that said, we think these are remarkable because their beauty comes not from their flowers, but from other attributes of interest.

Hosta Empress Wu Hosta 'Empress Wu'

This is the worlds largest Hosta. It reaches an astounding 4 1/2 feet tall, up to six feet wide with gigantic two-foot leaves. Foliage is deeply veined and of good substance. Blooms appear in early to mid summer, just above the foliage. An outstanding focal point. This plant is best in full to part shade in moist, but well drained soils. We have limited quantities available for Fall 2011, so if you want one of these specimens, call ahead or hurry in!

Giant Zebra Grass Giant Zebra Grass
Miscanthus giganteus 'Lottum'

This grass features large clumps of downward arching foliage with yellow banding. What make it special is its size. This monster will grow up to 9 feet high and 6 feet wide. It also extremely fast growing - reaching 2 metres in a season! Its an excellent plant for a screen, seasonal hedging or as a feature specimen in large containers. Giant Zebra grass is a warm season grass meaning it performs best in the warmer months, late spring, summer and early fall. Cut it back in early spring to give it a clean appearance. Hardy to zone 4.

Upright Japanese Plum Yew Upright Japanese Plum Yew
Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Fastigiata'

There is more to gardens than flowers. This attractive conifer features dark green, shiny, blunt-ended needlelike foliage. It is both heat and shade tolerant and will thrive in areas of morning sun and afternoon shade. It is ideally suited for temperate gardens and is known to its carefree upright growth habit. Fairly slow growing. forms a broad upright shrub up to 10 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide. Hardy to zone 7.

Bud Blooming Heathers Tri-Colour Bud Bloomers
Calluna vulgaris

These summer flowering heathers are truly a treat for the garden. Three different colour bud bloomer heathers in one pot. (A bud blooming variety has colourful flower buds, but no real flowers to speak of). They bloom prolifically from Late August through the fall, and do best in full sun to part shade. They prefer a moist, but well drained, peaty-acidic soil. For best appearance, trim them to the base of the flower spike after flowering. Grows up to 12 inches high and 1-2 feet wide.

Chinese Lantern Chinese Lanterns
Physalis alkekengi

Ok, we cheated, this very cool plant is renowned for its unique flowers. The Chinese Lantern or Physalis alkekengi features fall blooming brightly orange coloured papery pods that create a festive display on the front steps of patio. A very cool plant for Halloween too! Flowers can be cut and dried and used all through the winter as decorations. Grows 2-3 feet in height and does best in full to part sun. Hardy in zones 2-9.

If any of these interesting plants catch your attention, call or drop by Art's Nursery and we'll be happy to put one or more aside for you. If you have any questions or need help choosing the right plant for your garden, we're always here to help!


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