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Friday, May 6, 2016
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Gardening

Hello Everyone!

We’ve been very busy here at Art’s and I hope you come by and see our new look!! We have changed things around a bit to make it easier for you to shop and be inspired! Mother nature has certainly given us some interesting weather to work with this spring but we are West Coast Gardeners…we can adapt our strategies! Ladies and gentlemen, here is your list:

Lawn Care

Lawns

Mow, Fertilize with a good slow release lawn food and over seed any worn areas. We have some handy dandelion pullers and some really therapeutic long handled weed torches for those problem areas. Remember, ideal growing conditions for lawn is a nice deep non-compacted, well-draining soil between 6-8 inches, 6 or more hours of sun and a neutral ph. A healthy lawn is able to outcompete just about any weed.

If you are having lawn issues, figure out which of the growing conditions are not being met and fix it. If you cannot fix the issue ie, only 1 or two hours of sun then perhaps turf grass is not for you. There are a number of options and we can help!! You can come in and talk to Dave our own Lawn Whisperer or any of our horticulturists.

Trees and Shrubs

Protect your trees with a cleared tree circle 2-3 feet, mulched with composted mulch or even a living groundcover mulch to prevent weed whacker damage. On new plantings and shrubs with soft growth such as roses watch for aphids at this time and spray them off with the hose. With the temperature fluctuations this spring powdery mildew is an issue on many plants, watch for it and remove affected leaves early or cut back affected branches on fast growing vines such as honeysuckle.

Tree Gators

There are also organic as well as non- organic control methods available. Now is also a great time to plant and mulch your garden beds. Treegators are a good investment if you are planting larger trees in your yard. They are quick to fill up and will slowly trickle water down into the plant roots. Now is also a good time to feed your plants, we have a good selection of organic fertilizers as well as fertilizers specific to your planting needs.

Hanging Baskets

Planter Pots and Hanging Baskets

Yes, I would say you could get cracking on these. Do be mindful of the evening temps though and if you’ve planted tender annuals be prepared to throw some Remay or newspaper over them if the evening temperature takes a dip. Our hanging baskets have just arrived and we do have a very good selection of basket stuffers.

We have a number of planter classes coming up if you need some inspiration, we also have our new Creation Station for you to come out and visit to help you get some Plantspiration! Consider straying from the norm and mix up your planters with Dwarf Conifers, Perennials, Herbs and a dab of Annuals. You can even incorporate a hard feature such as a decorative shovel, water bowl or concrete ornament to bling out your pots! Don’t forget to feed your plants every third time you water to get maximum impact!!

Veggie Starts

Veggie Gardens

We have some handy dandy growing charts so you can make sense of what you can plant now by seed and what you can plant out as starts. Even with the warm weather I am keeping my tomatoes and peppers in for a little bit. The daytime temps are good but the night time temps are still a little cool for the heat lovers like tomatoes, peppers and watermelon.

We have tons of seeds and veggie starts. We have a great selection of the colourful tomato cages which I like to use the tomato cages for tomatoes and peppers (I can cover with a clear plastic bag for an instant greenhouse), snap peas…I put the cages wide side down and bend in the legs as well as for some of my floppy perennials such as peonys!

Water Hycainths and Pond Plants

Water Gardens

Make sure everything is in working order, clean up any remaining debris. Feed your water lilies and add some marginals such as Marsh Marigold or some cool Equisetum. Add floating oxygenators such as Water Hyacinth and Frogbit. You want to achieve about 75% surface coverage to prevent algae blooms. Feed your fish as they become active once they run out of mosquito larvae to snap up!

That should be enough for now, don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers and even get out and go for a walk in your neighbourhood to see what’s in bloom!! A lot of plants are blooming early so don’t miss them!!

Happy Gardening! Laurelle


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!


Friday, May 9, 2014
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Gardening

I am aboard the Queen of New Westminster, the sky is blue and I have a London Fog in my thermos mug. Not a bad middle of the day! Mother nature has tossed a little of everything at us towards the end of April. I am dearly looking forward to may…and the arrival of new books being released in the Dresden Files series…yes, I am a book geek! I am also ready to push up my sleeves and start flogging the mayhem of my garden into shape. Thank goodness that new book comes in at the end of the month or this might be a short list!

Most important lesson for May…pace yourselves, or you won’t last past mid June!

Lawn Care

Fertilize with a good all purpose fertilizer. I like to use a slow release and mow, mow, mow! Great time to renovate your lawn or topdress and overseed if you need to. Art's Nursery sells grass seed as well as Turf

Paperbark Maple - Tree

Trees and Shrubs

Great time to fertilize trees and shrubs. Make sure you have mulched tree circles around your trees to prevent weedwhacker and mower damage. Your pruning should be done but you can still remove any dead, damaged or diseased branches. Avoid moving existing trees and shrubs, but you are still good for planting new.

Garden Beds

Fertilize, weed and topdress. Allow your bulbs to die down without cutting…they are building next years bloom right now. Weeding is an art and timing is everything. Even if you don’t have time for a full on weed, make sure you whack off the flowers of weeds, especially snap weeds, dandelions and black medic!! I speak from experience…I now have the next generation…thousands of them to deal with.

Save your back and shoulders…get the right tool for the right job and yes, it is worth walking back to the shed to grab some more tools. Better yet, load everything up plus a tarp into the wheelbarrow and have it with you. My favorite tool? My digging fork and Jorge my double headed hoe…and yes I named it, it’s that good. As will trees and shrubs it’s getting late to move perennials around but still good for planting.

hanging baskets

Hanging Baskets and Pots

Take your time and plan if you are making your own. We even have a couple of classes on it. Pinterest is an awesome resource as is Houzz. If you are buying one make sure you pinch back flowers and get your fertilizer ready! Ask questions, make sure you pick the right plants for the right place.

dahlias and summer bulbs

Summer Bulbs

As the ground warms up you can check drainage and plant. Make sure you stake where you’ve planted to remind you so you don’t weed them…also speaking from experience.

Veggie Gardens

A good practice is to visit your plot twice a day if it’s in your yard. Once every few days, if it’s at a community plot. This way you can knock back the weeds with a minimum of ground disturbance. Seed sparingly and then reseed some crops in two week intervals. Use row cover to get your little seedlings off to a safe start if it’s cold in your area.

floating plants

Water Gardens

you might want to add some floating coverage to keep the algae out of your pond while your water lilies take their sweet time coming up!! You will need about seventy five percent coverage to inhibit the growth of the hair algae. I like duckweed in my water gardens…yes you will have to skim some off if your goldfish don’t eat it all, but it also makes excellent compost.

That should do for now, I think you have a lot to do. Please don’t forget to sit back and enjoy all of your hard work. Spend some time outside just sitting…that means you Gayle and John and all of the rest of you crazy gardeners. You deserve it!! Those Adirondack chairs, hammocks and benches aren’t just there to add a colour contrast to the lilies and hostas, because at the end of the month…when my book comes from the bookstore…you know where I’ll be!


Thursday, May 30, 2013
Posted By: Lyle Courtice A.H. in Feature Products

With this wonderful spring weather, what better opportunity is there to visit Art's Nursery and scope out those choice additions.  There is always room for one more...

Yellow False Indigo

Yellow False Indigo

Baptisia x 'Carolina Moonlight'

A wonderful hybrid introduced from the North Carolina Botanical Garden. This perennial forms a bushy mound of blue-green foliage, spikes of creamy-yellow lupine like flowers arise above the foliage from late spring into summer. makes a good cut flower. Plant in average, well-drained soil in full sun. Height: 1.25m Spread: 1-1.25m Zone: 4

Albo Striata Lily Of The Valley

Lily Of The Valley

Convallaria majalis 'Albostriata' *

Highly prized by gardeners this coveted selection has dark green leaves that are vertically striped with pale gold. Slow to establish but well worth the wait. In early spring short scapes appear among the leaves and are clothed in tiny, fragrant white "bells". Makes a great cut flower with a scent that will take you back to your grandma's garden. Any solid green leaves that appear should be removed at the base as they are more vigorous and will eventually take over the clump. Plants tolerate most soil types (except wet) and like to have good drainage; shade to partial shade. Height: 15-20cm Spread: 30cm+ Zone: 3

Fairy Bells

Golden Emperor Fairy Bells

Disporum smilacinum 'Golden Emperor' *

What a dainty little treasure from Japan. The rounded leaves are dark green elegantly "painted" along the edges and tips in pure gold. Tiny white star-like flowers appear at the tips of stems in early spring. A robust and easy to grow Disporum that may take a few years to settle in. Makes a beautiful and unique container plant and is also a stunning foreground groundcover. Like humus rich, moist but well-draining soil in partial shade. Height: 10-15cm Spread: 30cm+ Zone: 4

Little Henry Sweet Coneflower

Little Henry Sweet Coneflower

Rudbeckia subtomentosum 'Little Henry' **

A more compact and upright growing form with attractive deep green foliage. Plants are topped by distinctive quill-type yellow flowers with a brown eye; late summer into early fall. Makes a great cut flower and is attractive to butterflies. Tolerant of most soil types and best when grown in full sun. Height: 90cm Spread: 60cm Zone: 4

Kowhai

Kowhai

Sophora prostrata 'Little Baby'

Very unique, dwarf growing broadleaf evergreen shrub with wiry, interlacing zigzagging stems and tiny grey-green leaves. A curious, slow growing gem often used in bonsai or as a container specimen. Small yellow-orange, beak-like flowers appear sporadically in May. Grow in full sun to light shade in well draining soil and select a location that shelters the plant from winter winds and exposure. Height: 1-2m Spread: 60-90cm Zone: 7

Japanese Hakon Grass / Japanese Forest Grass

Hakonechloa macra

Elegant and sophisticated these versatile shade grasses make a wonderful accent with their cascading, mounding habit and swaying movement in the wind.  They are the best grasses for shade, make superb container plants and are perfectly suited for planting near the water's edge or on a gentle slope.  Airy flower panicles in summer add that little extra touch of interest.  Best in partial shade with ample drainage.

Albo Striata Japanese Forest Grass

Hakonechloa macra 'Albostriata' *

This grass has wide green blades finely striped with creamy white. Height: 60cm Spread: 60-90cm Zone: 5

Beni-kaze Japanese Forest Grass

Hakonechloa macra 'Beni-kaze' *

Slower growing selection that forms a neat mound of green blades flushed burgundy-red at the tips with the entire plant being infused with burgundy and red in the fall. Plants give best colour when grown in more sun. Height: 45cm Spread: 60-90cm Zone: 5

* Photography courtesy of HarkAway Botanicals
** Photograph courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries

Several other varieties of Japanese Forest Grass are also available.

Drop by Arts Nursery or give us a call at 604.882.1201 and we'll be happy to give you more information about this great plant selection. As always, please confirm availability in advance if you are making a special trip. Our stock and selection is always changing.


Sunday, May 19, 2013
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Feature Products

One of a kind. Unique. Different. These words describe my 11 top 10 plant picks for this month. Each of these specimen plants offers something just a little bit different from the norm. If you’re tired of the boring plant palette available at big-box stores, drop by Art’s Nursery today and add a couple of these to your garden.

Beaked Stewartia

Beaked Stewartia

Stewartia rostrata

This small deciduous tree has 5cm wide white flowers with pink marking the petals and yellow stamens. Flower bracts are red. Prefers part sun and adequate moisture. Grows 3-8 metres high. Excellent as a specimen tree, street tree or as a garden accent. Originally from eastern china. Hardy to zone 6.

Eskimo Sunset Sycamore Maple

Eskimo Sunset Sycamore Maple

Acer pseudoplatanus ‘Eskimo Sunset’

This deciduous tree has variegated leaves as if splashed with marvelous shades of green, cream, white and tan. Colours vary widely depending on sun exposure. Prefers sun to part shade in moist, but well drained soil. Grows to 10ft in 10 years. Hardy to zone 4.

Colossus Magnolia

Colossus Magnolia

Magnolia sieboldii ‘Colossus’

‘Colossus’ is a small deciduous tree or shrub with large green leaves. Large fragrant flowers with 10-17 ivory white petals and carmine red stamens. Typically flowers in May. Best when planted in well drained soils in the full sun. Grows 2-4 metres in height. Hardy to zone 5

Variegata Kiwi Vine

Variegated Kiwi Vine

Actinidia pilosula

This rare and hard to find vine with edible fruit is deciduous with 12-15cm long narrow leaves tipped with pink and white colouring. Fragrant pink flowers appear in spring. These are followed by yellow-green edible fruits in the fall. Grows best in full sun and well drained soils. Originally from China. Grows 5-8 metres in size. Hardy to zone 6.

Dwarf Pomegrante

Dwarf Pomegranate

Punicum granata ‘Nana’

This showy dense dwarf shrub displays attractive orange-red single flowers at an early age. Blooms appear in late spring and early summer. These are followed by colourful fruit. Excellent for containers or for use in the garden. Also makes an effective bonsai plant. Deciduous. Hardy in USDA zones 7-11 so may need a little winter protection in our climate. Will grow to 3ft tall and wide. Best in full sun.

Miss Molly Summer Lilac - Buddleia

Miss Molly Summer Lilac

Buddleia x ‘Miss Molly’

If you thought that ‘Miss Ruby’ has awesome flower colour – this plant pushes the colour spectrum with blooms boasting rich hues of dark sangria red. Flowers appear from July until frost. A great treat for hummingbirds. Nice and neat growth habit with compact branching. Will not produce unwanted seedlings. Red colour may be more pronounced in warmer climates. Best when planted in full sun in well drained, fertile soils. Tolerates drought once established. Hardy in USDA zones 5-9. Grows 4-5 ft tall and 3-4ft wide.

Sonic Bloom Reblooming Weigela

Sonic Bloom Reblooming Weigela

Weigela florida ‘Bokrasopin’

Create an explosion of colour with this fantastic new re-blooming weigela. Loads of hot pink flowers in spring are followed by waves of blooms until frost. Mounded growth habit with deep green, deer resistance foliage. Reblooms without dead heading. Provides season long colour in foundation plantings and borders. Attracts hummingbirds. Deciduous. Best when grown in full sun in moist, but well drained soils. Will reach 4-5ft in height and width. Hardy in USDA zones 4-8.

Double Play Gold Spirea

Double Play Gold Spirea

Spiraea ‘Double Play Gold’

This deciduous shrub is grown for its striking golden foliage that is accented by hot pink summer blooming flowers. It’s deer resistant, low maintenance and long blooming. Will grow 1-2ft tall and wide over time. Hardy in USDA zones 4-9.

Variegated Shell Ginger

Variegated Shell Ginger

Alpinia zerumbet ‘Variegata’

If you love the tropics, you’ll love the Variegated Shell Ginger. This lovely tropical plant has leafy, arching stems that create a lush effect with boldly striped foliage. Large drooping clusters of white and pink shell-like flowers are sweetly fragrant and bloom in spring. Can also be used as an indoor specimen. Best when planted in full sun and brought indoors in the winter. Grows 4-7ft tall and 4ft wide. Hardy in USDA zones 7-11.

Lets Dance Starlight Reblooming Hydrangea

Let’s Dance Starlight Bigleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea ‘Lets Dance’ Starlight

This is the first re-blooming lace-cap hydrangea. Starlight has elegant summer flowers held upright on strong stems. Blooms on both old and new wood. Superior to other re-bloomers on the market with heavier blooms, excellent flower colour and thicker, glossier leaves. Not to mention the excellent cold tolerance. Soil pH affects blossom colour, blue in highly acidic soils and pink in alkaline soils. Best when grown in part shade to full sun in moist, but well drained soils. Will reach 2-3ft tall and wide. Hardy in USDA zones 5-9.

Variegated Dalmation Iris

Variegated Dalmation Iris

Iris pallida ‘Aureavariegata’

To round out this month’s top ten, we bring out one of our favourite Irises, The variegated Dalmation Iris. This incredible pale lavender coloured Iris has a unique scent, almost like Grape Crush Fanta soda. It typically blooms in late May through July and is best grown in full sun and moist, well drained soils. The plants sword-like leaves will reach just over 2ft in height. Extremely hardy down to zone 2.

Many of these plants are seasonally available at Art’s Nursery and some may be special orders. Always call 604.882.1201 to confirm availability if you are making a special trip out to see us.


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