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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.


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

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


Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Posted By: Lyle Courtice A.H. in Feature Products

These aren't your Grandma's perennials! A new twist on some old garden favorites.

Jade Frost Sea Holly

Eryngium planum 'Jade Frost' - Sea Holly

Very architectural plant with tall stems of steel-blue, thistle-like flower heads surrounded by spiny bracts. Plants form attractive rosettes of blue green leaves with a creamy white margin; tinged rose in cooler weather. Flowers late spring into summer. Good as fresh cuts or in dried arrangements. Full sun in any well-drained soil. Height: 20-100cm (foliage/flowers) Spread: 30-40cm Zone: 5

Kniphofia Papaya Series

Kniphofia Popsicle Series* - Redhot Poker

A new breed of pokers with a more compact habit and attractive, narrow dark green grassy foliage that remains all season. The added bonus is they rebloom from summer into fall. Great plants for a hot dry location, they require full sun in any well-drained soil. Zone: 6

Kniphofia 'Papaya Popsicle'
Excellent compact habit with two-toned flowers of hot red-orange fading to light orange yellow. Height: 30-50cm Spread: 45cm

Kniphofia 'Redhot Popsicle'
Rich cinnamon red flowers on compact, grassy plant. Height: 40-50cm Spread: 40cm

Kniphofia 'Orange Vanilla Popsicle'
Beautiful two toned flowers opening red- orange fading to creamy white, yummy! Height: 40-50cm Spread: 40cm

Bridal Bouquet Shasta Daisy

Leucanthemum x superbum 'Bridal Bouquet'* - Shasta Daisy

Large, lightly ruffled flowers of white with a yellow center; bright yellow when first opening. Reblooms from early summer into fall on compact, bushy plants. Non scented! Height: 40cm Spread: 50-60cm Zone: 5

Rudbeckia f. var. s. 'Little Gold Star' - Black-Eyed Susan

Terrific introduction that forms a bushy, short clump of rich green leaves topped by numerous starburst-shaped flowers; golden yellow with a dark brown eye. Very floriferous blooming from midsummer into early fall. Fantastic in containers or planted en mass. Give full sun to light shade. Height: 40-50cm Spread: 50cm Zone: 4

Rudbeckia Little Henry

Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Little Henry'* - Black-Eyed Susan

Nice compact selection for the garden with a narrow, upright habit. Golden quill-type flowers with a brown eye bloom summer until frost. Makes a great cut flower. Height: 90-125cm Spread: 60cm Zone: 4

Photography courtesy of HarkAway Botanicals
*Photo's courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc.

These and many other interesting and unique perennials are available at Arts Nursery. Please call ahead to confirm availability.


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