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Friday, May 6, 2016
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Feature Products

This month, May 2016,  we are featuring ten new and unusual plants that are available at Art's Nursery. This collection is unique, varied and can be used in either sun or shade depending on the plant. So without further ado, here are 10 more beautiful plants to try in your garden.

California Glory Flannel Bush

California Glory Flannel Bush

Fremontodendron 'California Glory'

This beautiful evergreen hybrid Flannel Bush features rich, yellow, cup-shaped flowers that cover the shrub from May through August. It can grow to 20ft high and should be planted in the full sun. It is both fast growing and drought tolerant, but should be brought inside in the winter as it is only hardy to Zone 9.

Carolina AllSpice Bush

Carolina AllSpice Bush

Calycanthus floridus

This delightful plant produces maroon-brown flowers at the ends of leafy branches in late spring through early summer. The flowers are lightly scented with a strawberry-like fragrance. Blooms are followed by brownish, pear-shaped capsules that are fragrant when crushed. Deciduous. Carolina AllSpice prefers to be planted in full to part sun and likes moderate watering. It grows up to 10ft tall and up to 5-8ft wide. Hardy in USDA zones 5-9.

White Feather Hosta

White Feather Plantain Lily

Hosta 'White Feather'

This completely unique, new variety of hosta features attention getting creamy white foliage. As it is light coloured, it must have shade to part shade, otherwise the foliage may burn in the light and heat. It grows to a height of 14 inches and spreads up to 24 inches across. Hardy in USDA Zone 3. Available in June - pre-order using our special request form.

Perpetua Blueberry

Perpetua Blueberry

Vaccinium corymbosum x angustifolium 'Perpetua'

Perpetua is the first double cropping blueberry that sets one crop of fruit in mid-summer and then flowers and fruits a second time to provide ripe fruit in the fall. The berries themselves are smallish with mild and sweet flavour. The leaves are dark green, somewhat shiny and curly or twisted in the spring and summer. Semi-evergreen foliage turns deep red and green in the winter. New canes are bright yellow and red in winter offering unique interest for containers and gardens.

Southern Moon Yedda Hawthorn

Southern Moon Yedda Hawthorn

Rhaphiolepis umbellate 'RutRhaph I'

Southern Moon Rhaphiolepis is an exceptional, improved selection with proven strong disease resistance combined with a compact, mounding habit. In spring, a profusion of white flowers covers the shrub just prior to the new flush of foliage. Leaves are glossy, deep green with wavy margins. Excellent for foundation plantings. Evergreen. It prefers full to part sun and only occasional watering once established. Hardy in USDA zones 7-10

Crystal Fountain Clematis

Crystal Fountain Ray Evison Clematis

Clematis 'Crystal Fountain'

This striking clematis variety from noted breeder Ray Evison produces masses of amazing double flowers in late spring or early summer and again in late summer. Blooms are shades of purple, lavender, white and green. Its very compact, bushy habit makes it  ideal for the container on a patio or in a smaller garden. Grows only to a height of 6ft. This plant benefits from a light prune in early spring to keep it tidy and clean. Like all clematis it prefers full sun, but with its roots in the shade. Hardy in zones 4-9.

Riesling Pixie Grape

Riesling Pixie Grape Vine

Vitis vinifera Pixie Grapes 'Riesling'

The Riesling Pixie Grape is the worlds first line of dwarf grape vines. These small but precocious plants produce dozens of miniature grape clusters. They are easy to maintain, bit indoors and out. Perfect for the urban patio vineyard. The Riesling variety is a light-skinned aromatice grape originally from Germany. At full size, this plant will be 18-24 inches tall. It prefers full sun and moderate moisture. It is a heavy feeder so fertilizer 2-3 times per year minimum. If necessary, prune in late winter. Hardy to zone 3.

Spiders Web Fatsia

Spiders Web Variegated Japanese Aralia

Fatsia 'Spiders Web'

This desirable rare evergreen shrub has a fine white netting of variegation on the green foliage that changes with the seasons. It is an excellent plant to provide a tropical, lush appearance to an area of shade or part shade. Perfect near the pool or hot tub! It originally from Japan and is easy to grow in most soils. Grows to a height of 60 inches and spreads to 48 inches across. Hardy in USDA zones 7-9.

Dwarf Pomegranate

Dwarf Pomegranate

Punica granatum 'Nana'

Yes, you can grow your own Pomegranates in the Pacific Northwest! This dwarf shrub grows at a moderate pace to a height of 3ft tall with a similar spread. It blooms in late spring through summer with attractive orange-red blooms. Soon thereafter, the blooms transform into dwarf pomegranate fruit! It needs full sun and occasional watering - but increase the watering during bloom time. The plant also provides some deer resistance and offers attractive fall foliage colours. Hardy in USDA zones 7-11.

Wine and Roses Weigela

Wine and Roses Weigela

Weigela florida 'Alexandra'

Wine and Roses is a striking purple-leaved Weigela with abundant hot pink flowers in spring and colourful foliage all summer long. It often reblooms in late summer too! A great plant for a short hedge or mixed border. It prefers moist, but well drained soil in full to part sun. For best appearance, fertilize in spring and prune after flowering. Deer resistant. Grows 4-5ft tall and wide. Hardy in USDA zones 4-8

As always, call ahead to confirm availability as not all plants are in-stock all the time and quantity available may vary.

 

 

 


Friday, August 21, 2015
Posted By: in Gardening

As we enter the 'dog-days' of summer our gardens are smothered by heat, shorted on water and deprived of nutrients. What looked fantastic in May looks a wee-bit tired by late summer. One of the lessons of garden design is to visit your garden centres throughout the year. That way you can see what looks good in the different seasons. Use these seven plants to brighten up and re-invigorate the garden, containers and landscapes in August.

Sedum Sun Sparkler Firecracker

Sun Sparkler Firecracker Sedum

Sedum 'Firecracker'

Sun Sparkler Firecracker is a brilliant burgundy-red Sedum with clusters of soft pink flowers in late summer. Its perfect for shallow containers or tucked into rockery or a green wall, where it will gently cascade. An excellent groundcover or accent for borders and rock gardens. Great low water, low maintenance plant. Grows 6-8 inches tall and wide. Hardy in USDA zones 4-10. Prefers full sun

Anemone Fantasy Cinderella

Anemone Fantasy Cinderella

Anemone x hybrida 'Cinderella'

This heavy blooming, single, rose-pink anemone has a very compact growth habit. Good for beds, borders and patio pots. It is very versatile and easy to grow. Tolerates a range of soil types and prefers full sun to part shade. Blooms in late summer through fall. Grows 12-18 inches tall and up to 24 inches wide.

Fireworks Pennisetum

Fireworks Pennisetum

Pennisetum setaceum 'Fireworks'

This gorgeous annual pennisetum is a show stopper in the garden. It's a colour, upright growing grass with variegated stripes of white, green, burgundy and hot pink running the length of the blade. Purple tassles appear in summer. Unlike the species, this cultivar does not reseed. Plant as a specimen or in mass for a stunning display of color. A great addition to containers and beds near your patio or deck. Grow in full sun in rich, moist, fertile soil. Likes regular watering. Excellent in containers, borders and flower beds. Grows 36-48 inches tall and 24-36 inches wide.

Now Cheesier Coneflower

Now Cheesier Coneflower

Echinacea 'Now Cheesier'

This bright and showy selection is a vigorous, new and improved version of 'Mac and Cheese' Coneflower. Large flowers open a deep orange-gold and age to a lighter gold in summer through fall. Perfect for perennial borders, mixed borders and wildlife gardens. Grows 24-26 inches tall and 18-24 inches wide. Prefers full to part sun and moderate watering. Hardy in zones 4-9.

Sombrero Salsa Red Coneflower

Sombrero Salsa Red Coneflower

Echinacea x 'Balsomsed'

Sombrero Salsa Red is a striking echinacea with big, bright red blooms excellent for an easy, colourful summer border. A must-have for the butterfly or cutting garden. Its a drought tolerant perennial that was bred for cold hardiness and compact form with prolific flowering over an exceptionally long season. Flowers from late spring through summer and reaches a height of 24-26 inches tall and 16 to 22 inches wide. Prefers full sun. Hardy in zones 4-9

Red Heart Hibiscus

Red Heart Rose of Sharon

Hibiscus syriacus 'Red Heart'

Red Heart Hibiscus is a deciduous shrub with single white blooms with a red centre in late summer on a medium sized shrub. Grows 4-6ft tall and 6-8 ft high. Prefers full sun to part shade. In general, hibiscus are heavy feeders, if you notice yellowing leaves, feed it with a balanced fertilizer and ensure that it is not being over-watered. Hardy in zones 5-9

rhapsody in pink crape myrtle

Rhapsody in Pink Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit VIII'

Rhapsody in Pink is a wonderful large deciduous shrub or small tree very common in warmer drier climates. It features brilliant pink flowers in summer through fall which is accented by attractive purplish, deer resistant foliage. Prefers full sun and moist, but well drained soils. Fertilize in spring. In our temperate climate, the shrub is usually hardy but often does not get enough summer warmth to deliver the beautiful flowers in abundance. Hardy in zones 7-9.

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Berry Smoothie Coral Bells

Heuchera 'Berry Smoothie'

Perennial Heucheras are fantastic source of colour when summer blooms have faded. Berry Smoothie features large, gently-lobed, metallic rose-pink leaves in spring that darken to bronze-red by summer. It is tolerate of summer heat too. It adds brilliant colour and contrast to mixed containers and woodland plants. It is well suited to containers. Tall flower spikes are apparent but not always showy. Best grown in part sun with moderate watering. Grows 18-25 inches tall and 12-18 inches wide. Hardy in zones 4-8.

As always, call Arts Nursery ahead of time to confirm availability as our selection is constantly changing. If you have any questions about these or other plants, drop by in person or call 604.882.1201.

 


Thursday, June 12, 2014
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Feature Products

Now available at Art’s Nursery – HGTV’s HOME Plant Collection - Smart, stylish gardening solutions from the experts at HGTV.

Get inspired by the style, beauty and colour of the plants in this exciting plant collection, HGTV HOME Plants. Want to know more about choosing the right plants? How to care for them? Which plants go together? We take the guesswork out with KNOW HOW! — tips and advice from the experts at HGTV.

In stock now (June 2014):

Smart and Stylish Shrubs from the HGTV Collection

Hydrangea m. ‘Double Hot Pink’

Stunning mophead variety double bright pink blooms last from late spring to frost, adding brilliant colour to your landscape all season long. Hot, hot, hot!! Prefers full to part sun and regular watering. This is a repeat blooming variety.

Weigela ‘Burgundy Fire’

Fuschia flowers are amazing against the bronze foliage. Best grown in full sun with moist but well drained soil.

Blueberry Petite Butterfly Bush (Buddleia ‘Blueberry Petite’)

Nectar-licious! Attracts bees and butterflies. Irresistible blue coloured blooms all summer through frost. Sterile so is NOT invasive. Best when planted in full sun and given regular moisture. Grows 3.5-5ft tall and wide.

Hydrangea p. ‘Blonde Galaxy’

Lovely large strong white blooms. Tidy upright growth. Best in part sun / part shade with moist but well drained soil.

Licorice Stix Elderberry (Sambucus ‘Licorice Stix’)

Deep mysterious black burgundy leaves, columnar and compact growth, dramatic hot pink clusters of flowers open to white. Best when planted in full sun and watered regularly. A nice compact grower that will fit into tight spaces.

This is just the beginning of this great plant collection, more plants will be added and come available in time. To check out the whole collection and get some great tips on design and care, check out the HGTV website


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!

Image Courtesy of: Wikipedia

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.


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