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Sunday, November 9, 2014
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Shrubs

“And as, when all the summer trees are seen So bright and green, The Holly leaves a sober hue display Less bright than they, But when the bare and wintry woods we see, What then so cheerful as the Holly-tree?” (Robert Southey, The Holly Tree).

Holly, Ilex Shrub

We have a new crop of stunningly lovely Holly trees or should I say shrubs! All the beauty in a more compact plant. Holly’s are lovely lush anchors to your garden, content to patiently wait in the background until BAM…the last late fall blast of wind blows the leaves off the deciduous trees and voila…a serene, sparkling, winter classic emerges. Glossy deep green leaves artistically arranged clusters of rich Christmas red berries what is not to love? Holly has oft been viewed as a larger estate tree, something for the back of the large border of property.

Female Hollies produce berries and you will need a male plant in the vicinity. The spines of many of varieties of Holly are a definite hazard!! Anyone that has had to garden under one gloves or not or has run barefoot by one can vouch for the reason. Add to that a slow but inexorable outward and upward growth like the Pillsbury Dough Boy in Ghostbusters and if you live in a small yard you have yourself a plant monster on your hands. Granted a super slow growing and festive monster, but a monster all the same. Not so with these little beauties! I thought I would have to wait until I had more property to eventually get a majestic Holly and then I laid eyes on these!! I’ve fallen in love. Move on over deciduous shrubs…Holly’s coming to town. The are a number of beliefs about Holly, in that it fends off lightning, promotes long life and good dreams and of course one of my favorites, is that if you plant a prickly leaved Holly by your house, the men of the household will have good fortune and be in charge. If you plant a smooth and variegated Holly the women of the household will have good fortune and be in charge. Having both plants signifies a balanced household.

Holly trees and shrubs adore a moist but well draining, humic soil. Most Hollies prefer full sun to part shade, while some of the variegated ones will give the best show with more sun. They can even take some sheltered container planting so if you wanted a small one in a pot for year round interest…and have a place against the house out of the wind we’ve got your Holly! Here are some of our newest nursery arrivals:

Castle Spire Holly

Ilex x meserveae ‘Hachfee’ or ‘Castle Spire’ Holly

Glossy smaller fresh glossy spinach green toothed leaves. This is a great columnar form to add to the shrub border or even for a container. This Holly grows to about 8 to 12 feet high by about 3-4 feet in width. Because Hollies are very slow growing and because I use it every winter, I will put it in a ½ oak barrel sized pot Centered by my entrance. It is hardy to about Zone 6. It is a female variety so you can plant with a male nearby to make berries.

Honey maid Holly

Ilex x ‘Honey Maid’ or ‘Honey Maid’ Holly

Is a glossy, lightly toothed, blue green holly with creamy white edging. The new growth emerges a soft burgundy. Absolutely stunning in berry! This is also a female variety and is hardy to about zone 6-7. It grows to about 8 feet high and 5 feet wide.

Red Beauty Holly

Ilex x ‘Rutzan’ or ‘Red Beauty’ Holly

Is a glossy fresh green tooth leaved female variety with blood red berries. New growth is brushed with burgundy. It has a tightly pyramidal to columnar form. A great anchor for the back of the garden or as a more formal clipped form. It is hardy to zone 6 and grows 7-10 feet tall and 4-6 feet wide.

Santas Delight Holly

Ilex aquifolium ‘Sadezan’ or ‘Santa’s Delight’ English Holly

Is a lovely variegated form with dark green toothed, glossy leaves with a wide creamy white margin which takes on a pink hue with the colder weather. With the bright red berries it is definitely and eye catcher and a very useful one in arrangements. This variety will grow 10-12 tall and 6 feet wide and is hardy to zone 6. A male English holly in the vicinity is preferred for best berry set.

Blue Girl, Blue Boy Holly, Berri Magic Holly

Ilex x meserveae ‘Blue Girl and Blue Boy’ or Berri-Magic Kids Holly

This solves the challenge of pollinator by planting both male and female plant together. Blue Girl and Blue Boy holly are glossy blue green toothed hollies with blood red berries and purple black stems. They are hardy to zone 6 and grow to about 6-8 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide.

Scallywag Holly

Ilex x ‘MonNieves’ or ‘Scallywag’ Holly is a lovely little compact male form with small, closely toothed oval leaves ranging in colour to deep glossy green to purple bronze and burgungy tones in colder weather. It is hardy to zone 6 and grows only 4 feet tall by 3 feet wide. A great way to solve the pollinating issue for many Hollies.

Pop by Art's Nursery to take a look at these new intro’s in person as well as many of our other varieties. They are a great plant, not without challenges but pretty darn useful as both a design anchor and as a cut green. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 604.882.1201


Thursday, November 14, 2013
Posted By: Lyle Courtice A.H. in Conifers

As a designer I have always been attracted to conifers as they offer an indispensible pallet of colour and texture to work with. When designing a garden conifers along with other year-round elements create the essential structural components or "bones" of the garden.

Below are just a few of the many conifers available, some are considered to be dwarf mainly due to their slower growth rates but like the Sciadopitys they can become stately trees in time. When planting consider the plants eventual size and adjust for it. Sizes given usually indicate a plant after about 10 years, but as we know plants do not stop growing so always allow for a bit more room so they can develop properly without being crowded out.

Many of the dwarf or slower growing forms also lend themselves perfectly to the rock garden or container.

Dwarf Balsam Fir

Dwarf Balsam Fir

Abies balsamea 'Nana'

Slow growing evergreen with a dense mounding habit. New growth is bright lime green maturing to an attractive dark green. Must have sharp drainage, best in full sun but tolerant of partial shade. Not a good selection for very hot or dry locations. Height: 60cm Spread: 1m+ Zone: 3

Chamaecyparis obtusa Nana Gracilis

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Gracilis'

Dwarf Hinoki Falsecypress

Still ranks as one of my favourite conifers. It makes a superb rock garden or container plant with a neat upright rounded form. The dense, crinkled fronds are a deep green and hold their colour well through the seasons. Full sun is best for maintaining a neat growth habit. Good drainage in average moist soil. Height: 1.25m Spread: 1-1.25m Zone: 5

Juniperus horizontalis 'Lime Glow'

Juniperus horizontalis 'Lime Glow'

Lime Glow Juniper

Slower growing form with a slightly upright spreading habit. The feathery foliage is bright yellow to lime-green changing to burnished bronze in winter. A durable evergreen tolerant of urban pollution, poor soils and hot dry locations (once well established). Full sun for best colouring. Height: 45cm Spread: 1m+ Zone: 3

Larix gmelinii 'Romberg Park'

Dahurian Larch

Larix gmelinii 'Romberg Park'

A deciduous conifer (drops needles in late fall) with dense branching that develops tufts of soft needles. Forms an undulating conical mound in time. New needles are a soft light green darkening by summer and turning a warm yellow in fall. Great in the rock garden. Full sun to light shade in moist, friable well-drained soil. Height: 1.25m Spread: 1.5m Zone: 2

Picea pungens 'The Blues'

Colorado Blue Spruce

Picea pungens 'The Blues'

Unique, slow growing specimen type conifer with no two being alike. Plants have an irregular spreading form with pendulous branching. Needles are a bright sliver-blue to steel blue at maturity which contrast nicely with yellow, green and burgundy foliage. Prefers full sun and is highly adaptable to almost any well-drained soil. Can be trained by staking to desired height and width*. Height: 2m* Spread: 2m* Zone: 3

Japanese Umbrella Pine

Japanese Umbrella Pine

Sciadopitys verticillata

Very slow growing tree with umbrella-like whorls of soft, dark green needles. Makes a handsome garden specimen with a dense conical habit in youth becoming more open with age. Grow in full sun to partial shade with some shelter from winter winds. Likes friable, well-drained moist soils; intolerant of hot dry locations. Will become a large specimen in time (10m+).Height: 3m+ Spread: 1m+ Zone: 5

Jeddeloh Hemlock

Dwarf Weeping Hemlock

Tsuga canadensis 'Jeddeloh'

Delightful, dwarf spreading conifer with a neat mounded form. New growth is bright green maturing to dark green with a soft texture. Ideal container plant. Tolerates shade quite well but is just as happy in full sun. Likes a cooler site with lightly moist, slightly acidic soil. Avoid hot dry locations. Height: 60-90cm Spread: 1-1.25m Zone: 4

Carstens Winter Gold Mugo Pine

Carsten's Winter Gold Mugo Pine

Pinus mugo 'Carstens Wintergold'

One of the finest of the gold-hued pines! Short, densely arranged needles are light green in spring and summer, turning to a rich gold tone in winter; colour will be most intense in colder climates like ours. Slow growing with a dwarf weeping form. Castens Wintergold is an outstanding specimen in smaller gardens, or as a plant for groupings to make a bold statement in larger landscapes. Best in full sun. Grows to 18 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Hardy in USDA zones 2-7.

Slowmound Mugo Pine
Slowmound Mugo Pine

Pinus mugo 'Slowmound'

Slowmound Mugo Pine is a hardy, durable pine that forms a low dense mound with an informal appearance. Slow growing - only 1-2 inches per year. Prefers to be planted in full sun, in moist but well drained soils. Grows to 2ft tall and 2-3ft wide at maturity.

 

Some more great selections:

  • Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Fastigiata'
  • Chamaecyparis l. 'Aureomarginata'
  • Picea abies 'Cupressina'
  • Picea abies 'Little Gem'
  • Picea glauca 'Conica'
  • Pinus mugo 'Jakobsen'
  • Pinus parviflora 'Blue Angel'
  • Thuja occidentalis 'Golden Tuffet'
  • Thuja occidentalis 'Goldstrike'

As always, please call ahead to confirm availability. Our selection of dwarf conifers is always changing! If you need help selecting a few for your garden as any one of our expert horticulturists or consider our Garden Coach Service


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.

 


Saturday, April 13, 2013
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Vines

One of the first vines to bloom in spring are the evergreen and early blooming deciduous clematis. These popular vines offer colourful, sometimes fragrant flowers (particularly Clematis armandii), vigorous growth habits and fairly low maintenance making them an excellent way to create a privacy screen or visual barrier. In this article, we’ll showcase five different clematis vines available this Spring.

Avalanche Clematis

Avalanche Evergreen Clematis

Clematis x cartmanii ‘Blaaval’

A profusion of pure white flowers cover the unique, deeply cut, leathery green leaves. Excellent for trailing down banks (like an avalanche of snow when in bloom!). Can also be used as a climbing vine or a groundcover. Flowers bloom in early to mid-spring. Stems will grow between 10-15ft in length/height. Evergreen. Hardy in USDA zones 7-9. Best when planted in full sun with shaded roots. Soil should be moist, but well drained.

Bluebird Clematis

‘Bluebird Clematis’

Bluebird Clematis is another beautiful deciduous vine with mauve blue, lantern like flowers in spring to late spring. Seed heads are also particularly pleasing. Thrives in sun to part sun in rich, well drained soils. Deciduous. Group 1. Will grow 8-12ft in length/height. Hardy to zone 3.

Pink a Boo Clematis

Pink-a-Boo Anemone Clematis

Clematis montana rubens ‘Monsichuan’

This superb clematis has deep plum coloured foliage and white flowers with a pink blush. Wonderful as a climbing vine or a groundcover. Blooms in early spring. Best in part to full sun with shaded roots. Stems can grow to 20ft in length/height. Hardy in USDA zones 6-9

Pauline Clematis

‘Pauline’ Clematis

Pauline is a unique clematis that features large lantern-like hanging flowers in shades of blue with white stamens. Blooms in mid-April to May. This is an unusual clematis that is sure to grab the attention of visitors to your garden. Stems grow approx. 10ft in height/spread. Best when grown in full to part sun with shaded roots. Prefers moist, but well drained, cool soils. Deciduous. Hardy to zone 3.

Markhams Pink Clematis

Clematis ‘Markhams Pink’

This extremely hardy, popular deciduous clematis vine features enchanting pink, lantern-like flowers in spring. Blooms appear on previous years growth and develop attractive seed heads. Ideal for covering walls or arbors. Can also be grown in containers. Prune as per group 1. Grows 8-12 ft tall and wide. Best when grown in full to part sun with shaded roots. Soil should be moist and well drained. Hardy in zones 3-9.

How to Grow Clematis

Clematis vines are fairly easy to plant and grow. Plant them in sunny or partly sunny location in moist, but well drained soils. Unlike a lot of other plants, it is ok to bury them a little deeper. This will encourage new stems to develop leading to a bushier plant over time. Ensure the roots are shaded. While they like sun, it is better if the roots are kept cool.

These and many other climbing vines are generally available at Art's Nursery. As always call ahead to confirm availability of specific varieties. If you have any questions about Clematis, please drop by and visit or give us a call at 604.882.1201 during busines hours.


Saturday, November 3, 2012
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Shrubs
camellia sasanqua

Camellia sasanqua or Christmas or Yuletide Camellia is a species of evergreen shrubs from the coastal forests of southern Japan and many other Asian islands as far south as Okinawa. The Japanese use the leaves of sasanqua to make tea, and the seeds are pressed into tea seed oil for use as a lubricant and in cooking and cosmetics.

It was first brought to the west in 1869 by Dutch traders who imported a few specimens into Europe. It subsequently made its way to Australia and the United States where it is now prized as a specimen evergreen shrub.

Sasanquas are the most robust and versatile of the camellia species and can be used as shrubs, as topiary or even espaliers. Tall varieties are often used as focal points in the garden or someplace where they can be enjoyed in the winter.

Sasanquas generally have smaller flowers than their cousins Camellia japonica, but do tend to grow faster.

In the garden, Camellia sasanqua is used for its handsome broadleaf, leathery evergreen foliage and fragrant flowers produced in fall through winter depending on the variety.

While the original plant features fragrant single white flowers, todays breeding programs have expanded the selection to include many colours including white, pink, and red as well as single, semi-double and double flowers.

Some of our favourite varieties for 2012 include:
Jean May Camellia

Jean May Camellia

Camellia sasanqua 'Jean May'
Fun and friendly evergreen shrub with profuse shell pink double blooms in late fall and winter. Deeper shades of pink appear towards the center. Perfect compliment to the glossy dark green foliage. Plant in full sun or part shade in moist, but well drained acidic soil. Benefits from a sheltered or woodland location. Grows 8-10ft in height and 5-6ft across.
Kumasaka Camellia

Kumasaka Camellia

Camellia sasanqua 'Kumasaka'
This camellia is an old favourite for north american gardens. Beautiful dark glossy green evergreen foliage is accented by spectacular double blooms of bright rose pink. An excellent accent for the shade or part shade or as a focal point in an asian or zen garden. Blooms late in the season, winter through early spring. Grows 6-8ft tall with a similar width. Hardiness zones 7-10.
Bob Hope Camellia

Bob Hope Camellia

Camellia sasanqua 'Bob Hope' This densely branched broadleaf evergreen shrub provides a massive display of large brilliant deep red semi-double flowers from fall through winter. Golden yellow stamens offer additional interest. Grows 8-10ft tall and 4-6ft wide.
white Doves Camellia

White Doves Camellia

Camellia sasanqua 'White Doves'
Camellia sasanqua 'Mine-No-Yuki'
This Sasanqua camellia delivers sparkling white, semi-double blooms with glossy, dark green evergreen foliage. It's a shorter plant, growing only 4-5ft tall with a slightly wider width. Excellent in smaller gardens. Can also be used as a colourful, informal hedge, espallier or a groundcover. White Dove flowers can also be used in flower arrangements. Blooms fall through winter. Hardy in zones 7-10.
Apple Blossom Camellia

Apple Blossom Camellia

Camellia sasanqua 'Apple Blossom'
This versatile camellia displays profuse white blooms edges with pink and accented by golden yellow stamens in the center. Its dense growth habit makes it ideal for a colourful hedge, screen or even as an espallier. Glossy dark green, evergreen foliage adds additional interest. Blooms from early fall through winter. Grows 8-10ft in height and just as wide. Hardy in zones 7-10.
Marge Miller Weeping Camellia

Marge Miller Camellia

Camellia sasanqua 'Marge Miller'
Marge Miller Camellia is grown for its full, soft pink flowers that appear in fall through winter. Deep green, glossy evergreen foliage is an excellent contrast. Originally from Australia, this is the first prostrate Camellia in the world. Makes a superb groundcover, spilling over walls, or even a hanging basket. Creates a lovely weeping shape. Grows to 1ft wide and 4ft tall, taller when staked or trained. Hardy in zones 7-10
Yuletide Camellia

Yuletide Camellia

Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide'
Yuletide is classic sasanqua Camellia grown for its single, brilliant, fiery red blooms accented with bright yellow stamens. Blooms stand out against the glossy, dark green evergreen foliage. An excellent choice for the winter garden, a colourful hedge, an espalier or as a specimen shrub. Blooms from fall through winter. Grows 8-10ft tall and wide. Hardy in zones 7-10.

How to Grow Camellia Sasanqua

Like all Camellias, and similar to Rhododendrons, sasanquas must have moist, but well drained acidic soil. Enhancing the soil with peat moss or manure is also beneficial. They are shallow rooted so avoid too much disturbance in the immediate area. While most camellias are generally at home in part shade, sasanquas will also tolerate more sun.

As they flower in the winter, a sheltered location away from rain storms, snow and ice will allow you to better enjoy the flowers. Under the eaves of a house or near a front door is ideal. Once Camellias do get established they tend to fire out long straggly shoots. Prune these back after flowering, but before mid-summer to ensure adequate blooms for next year.

If leaves start to turn yellow, apply a Rhododendron type fertilizer like Arts Garden Pro Rhodo and Azalea Food. This product is specially formulated for plants that prefer acidic soils. Fertilizer is best applied early in the year before new growth begins or after flowering has finished. Most sasanqua camellias are hardy in USDA zones 7-9. For us in the Pacific Northwest, this translates into 'should be hardy' in an average winter, but provide protection if exceptional cold or winter conditions are expected.

Camellias are excellent companions for rhododendrons, azaleas, pieris, skimmia, hellebores and early blooming bulbs like snowdrops and aconites.

Arts Nursery carries a large and diverse selection of Camellia sasanqua and other species. Best selection is available in late fall and early spring. If you have any questions about this plant or anything else, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 604.882.1201


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