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Thursday, March 16, 2017
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Perennials

Hellebores are one of our favourite flowers for the later winter and early Spring. Given our never ending winter, we had the opportunity to grab a few photos and showcase some of our favourites, some new and some old. If you haven't planted at least one of these, your garden is missing out!
Hellebores

Royal Heritage Lenten Rose

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Royal Heritage’

A strain of hybrids with long-lasting cup shaped flowers in a range of colours including purple, pink, green, white, near black all with contrasting yellow stamens. Some flowers are spotted or brushed with a contrasting colour. Each blossom has overlapping petals forming a cup-shape. Flowers in late winter. Dark green leaves are leathery and serrated. Grows 18-24 inches in height.

Pink Marble Hellebore

Helleborus lividus ‘Pink Marble’

Pink Marble is shorter than many other Hellebores. It blooms in late February with rich pink buds and soft pink blooms on rosy-pink stems. Foliage is bluish-green and oval shaped with silvery veins. Excellent in a container as it only grows 10-12 inches in height. Deer resistant too!

Pennys Pink Hellebore

Helleborus ‘Pennys Pink’

Pennys Pink Hellebore is one of our favourites this year. This variety features large, cup-shaped flowers that emerge mauce-pink, maturing to deeper pink. Leaves are blue green, evergreen and leathery with silver green veining. Prune off old leaves in winter. Grows 18-24 inches in height.
 

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Spring Party Lenten Rose

Helleborus x hybridus ballardeae

Spring Party Hellebores feature creamy white flowers on rosy stems. Green, gray and white marbled leaves. These blooms appear late winter to early spring and make a great addition to a shady high profile area where they can be enjoyed peeping out early in the season. Grows 10-14 inches in height

Champion Hellebore

Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘Champion’

Champion Hellebore features large creamy white flowers with a dark pink reverse. Handsome, evergreen foliage. Deer resistant. Grows 8-12 inches in height.

Merlin Hellebore

Helleborus ‘Merlin’

Merlin Hellebore features outward-facing, light pink to pink flowers that mature to a deep cranberry. Very dark foliage with dark stems. Deer resistant. Grows 12-15 inches tall.

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Annas Red Lenten Rose

Helleborus ‘Annas Red’

Plants produce bushy clumps of thick, leathery evergreen leaves with large cup-shaped flowers. This selection features single burgundy-red flowers on red stems over marbled evergreen foliage. Prune off old leaves late winter before the buds emerge. Grows to a height of 18-24 inches

Spring Sweetie Lenten Rose

Helleborus orientalis Spring ‘Sweetie’

Large double, rose coloured flowers with purple dots. Bushy clump of evergreen leaves. Grows to 12-24 inches in height.

Spring Darling Lenten Rose

Helleborus orientalis Spring ‘Darling’

Plants produce a bushy clump of thick, leathery evergreen leaves. Flowers appear in a wide range of soft pastel shades. Features large, upward facing, single flowers in antique rose-pink with faint white veins and a central green flare. Great in containers. Grows 14-16 inches in height.

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Spring Diamond Hellebore

Helleborus orientalis Spring ‘Diamond’

Flowers on this stunning variety are large in a wide range of soft pastel shades. This one is double in white to pale pink highlighted in green, each petal edged in rose. Plants produce a bushy clump of thick, leathery evergreen leaves. Grows 14-16 inches in height.

Peppermint Ice Winter Jewels Hellebore

Helleborus Winter Jewels ‘Peppermint Ice’

Peppermint Ice Hellebore forms a mound of leathery, evergreen foliage bearing upright stems of large, saucer-shaped blooms from late winter through spring. Features double blooms in shades of white and rose-red with a rim of darker pink edging. Deer resistant. Grows 15-18 inches tall.

Spring Velvet Lenten Rose

Helleborus orientalis Spring ‘Velvet’

Spring Velvet is a rare and unusual variety. Plants produce a bushy clump of thick, leathery, evergreen foliage. Flowers are large, upfacing, single and violet in colour with darker violet dots. Early flowering. Grows to 8-12 inches in height.
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Double Fantasy Christmas Rose (Winter Dreams Series)

Helleborus niger ‘Double Fantasy’

Double Fantasy is a member of Winter Dreams Series of Hellebores. It produces beautiful, semi-double outward facing blooms with ruffled white petals and a golden stamens arranged in a circle. Stems are tall and are accented with handsome dark green leaves in compact clumps. Deer and rabbit resistant. Perfect in shaded woodland, native or shade gardens. Evergreen. Reaches 8-12 inches tall.

Cotton Candy Hellebore

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Cotton Candy’

Cotton Candy Hellebore features large, double fluffy pink nodding flowers in shades of light pink.Dark green foliage is deer resistant. An ideal variety in beds and borders. Grows 12-24 inches in height. Created by One of the world's top hybridizers, Marietta O'Byrne

Sparkling Diamond Hellebore

Helleborus ‘Sparkling Diamond’

Sparkling Diamond is a member of the Winter Jewels series of double hellebores. This variety produces a profusion of double, pure white blooms. A delight in the winter garden. Shade tolerant and deer resistant. Grows to a height of 12-14 inches.
Hellebore foetidus foliage

Stinking Hellebore

Helleborus foetidus

Rounding out this collection is the classic Stinking Hellebore. It is an evergreen perennial noted for its deeply divided dark green foliage and late winter to early spring bloom. Clusters of drooping, bell-shaped, greenish-white flowers start in February. Grows 12-24 inches in height.

How to Grow Hellebores

Helleborus are evergreen perennials that thrive in shade or part shade, usually around 3-6 hours of sunlight per day. They prefer moist, but well drained woodland soils. They benefit from regular watering, weekly or more often in extreme heat. Somewhat drought tolerant once established. Enrich soil with leaf mold or compost for better growth. Mulch for winter. They typically bloom from late winter through early spring and most are hardy from zones 4-9. Remove old leaves as new spring growth begins. Hellebores are often used in the border, in the cutting garden, as a groundcover, a mass planting or in the woodland garden.

 


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Heavenly Heucheras 2015

How To Grow Heucheras

Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Perennials

Heucheras are a perennial plant grown most often for their striking, long lasting, colourful foliage. Also known as Coral Bells or Alum Root, they are an excellent addition to the garden or container. Heucheras are available in many colours ranging from near-purple black to stunning lemon-gold. There are a 40+ species, all of which are native to the Americas. In this post, we'll introduce you to the basics of growing heucheras as well as showcase 9 of our favourites for 2015.

How to Grow Heucheras

Heucheras are a perennial plant predominantly hardy in zones 4-9. They generally prefer shade to part shade, but some varieties will tolerate full sun. Too much sun will cause leaf scorch or colour fade. All appreciate moist, but well drained soils.

Most Heucheras bloom on tall spikes in late spring or summer, but the flowers are somewhat insignificant. Some gardeners prefer to cut back the flowers, but they are known to attract hummingbirds to the garden. Cutting back the flowers will redirect more energy into leaf production, so it’s your call! Heucheras can be divided every 3-5 years to keep them looking fresh and to avoid them dying out in the center. While they are hardy in our area, a layer of protective mulch will help them survive any extreme weather conditions. Prune away dead or withered leaves in early spring.

So without further ado… here are our 9 Heavenly Heucheras for Fall 2015.

9 Heavenly Heucheras for 2015

Dolce Key Lime Pie Coral Bells

Heuchera Dolce ‘Key Lime Pie’

Key Lime Pie is part of the Dolce series of Heucheras and offers attention getting lime-green foliage. Works best as a contrast to darker toned plants. Insignificant flowers are borne in spring and early summer. Flowers can be trimmed to maintain appearance. Use at the front of beds, as edging or in containers. Grows to 14 inches in spread. Excellent when combined with Hostas, Athyriums and Impatiens. Best grown in shade to part shade. Hardy in USDA zones 4-9

Grape Soda Coral Bells

Heuchera ‘Grape Soda’

Grape Soda Heuchera features rose pink leaves followed by lovely purple pink flowers. Summer leaves are purple burnished with silver. Delivers wonderful vigor and crown. Grows to 12 inches in height and 15 inches in spread. Tolerates sun but best in part shade. Hardy to USDA zones 4-9

Paprika Coral Bells

Heuchera ‘Paprika’

Heuchera ‘Paprika’ is an outstanding selection with gently-lobed, paprika red coloured leaves with stems of white bell-shaped flower sprays that appear in spring. They are wonderful in the front of the border, in rock gardens and in mixed containers. Originally introduced by Terra Nova Nurseries in 2012. Prefers part shade but will tolerate the sun. Grows 6-8 inches in height and 12-16 inches across. Hardy in USDA zones 4-9.

Hercules Coral Bells

Heuchera ‘Hercules’

Hercules offers eye catching variegated foliage in mottled shades of green and white. Mounded growth habit grows to a maximum height of 8-10 inches. Best grown in shade to part shade. Hardy in USDA zones 4-9.

Vulcano Coral Bells

Heuchera ‘Vulcano’

Vulcano Heuchera has beautiful amber coloured leaves with a silver overlay and dark border. Sprays of pink bell shaped flowers appear in summer. Excellent in the border, for edging and in tubs and mixed containers. Tidy up in spring by removing any withered or tired looking leaves. Grows 81- inchesin height and 10-16 inches across. Best grown in moist, but well drained soil in the shade to part shade. Hardy in USDA zones 4-9

Berry Smoothie Coral Bells

Heuchera ‘Berry Smoothie’

Berry Smoothie is a big bold plant with rose-pink spring foliage turning burgundy for the rest of the year. It’s a delicious hybrid blend of heat loving Heuchera villosa and cold tolerant Heuchera Americana. Grows to 18 inches in height and 20 inches in spread. Best when planted in part shade to shade. Hardy in USDA zones 4-9

Champagne Coral Bells

Heuchera ‘Champagne’

Heuchera ‘Champagne’ is a stunning perennial plant with medium sized leaves changing from peach to gold to champagne-gold with a strong white veil overall. Free-flowering maroon stems with light peach flowers are visible most of the season. Best in shade to part shade and grown in moist, but well drained soil. Excellent in gardens and containers. Grows to a height of 11 inches and up to 14 inches across. Hardy in USDA zones 4-9

Red Lightning Coral Bells

Heuchera ‘Red Lightning’

Red Lightning Heuchera is a villosa hybrid with large, gold leaves and long-lasting dark red veins. It draws your attention from across the garden and works well in borders and mixed containers. Best grown in moist, but well drained soils in the shade to part shade. Grows to a height of 11 inches and up to 16 inches across. Hardy in USDA zones 4-9

If you are interested in adding these Heucheras to your garden or planters, drop by Art's Nursery and we'll help you make the best selections. As always, call ahead to confirm availability if you are making a special trip out to see us.


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.

heuchera_berrysmoothie

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.

 


Friday, August 21, 2015
Posted By: Lyle Courtice A.H. in Perennials

The latest wave in the hosta craze, miniatures, make the perfect addition to your Victorian Fairy Garden and for the smaller modern garden. they are just the right fit, never outgrowing their space. These little gems are sure to delight, so cute and no cheese required!

Blue Mouse Ears Hosta

Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears'

Blue Mouse Ears is an adorable miniature hosta with thick, rounded blue to gray green leaves that form a perfect mound. Short scapes of lavender flowers appear in mid-summer. Flower beds swell like balloons before opening. It is a perfect plant for a rock garden, container or shaded small garden. Prefers shade to part shade in well drained soil. Height: 15-20cm Spread: 30-50cm. Zone 3

Frosted Mouse Ears Hosta

Hosta 'Frosted Mouse Ears'

Frosted Mouse Ears is another in the mouse series. It is a sport of 'Royal Mouse Ears' with very thick, round blue-green leaves with a wide frosted green margin that ages to creamy white later in the season. Lavender flowers appear on short scapes. A slow grower that is ideally suited for a trough or small container. Height: 15-20cm, Spread: 30-50cm. Hardy to Zone 3.

Mighty Mouse Hosta

Hosta 'Mighty Mouse'

Might Mouse Hosta is a variegated sport of 'Blue Mouse Ears' with very stiff, rounded leaves. Its foliage is slightly blue-green with pale yellow margins aging to creamy white by summer. Its perfectly proportioned scapes hold purple flowers. First introduced by Walters Gardens in 2009. Best grown in part shade in average, to well drained soil. Grows 15-20cm hight and 30-50cm across. Hardy to Zone 3.

Funny Mouse Hosta

Hosta 'Funny Mouse'

Funny Mouse is a charming sport of 'Blue Mouse Ears' having ovate leaves of blue-green with wide white edges that turn to creamy white and finally pale green. Very cute! Short scapes of lavender flowers appear in summer. It is a reverse variegation of 'Snow Mouse'. Great in part shade in average, well drained soil. Grows 15-20cm in height and 30-50cm across. Hardy to Zone 3.

Holy Mouse Ears

Hosta 'Holy Mouse Ears'

Holy Mouse Ears is a slow grower with very thick, round, blue-green leaves with yellow-green centres that become more creamy white by summer. A real little cutie!. This one has short scapes of purple flowers borne in dense clusters. It is considered one of the best, white-centered forms. Best grown in part shade in average, well drained soil. Grows to 15-20cm in height and 30-50cm across. Hardy in Zone 3.

Giantland Sunny Mouse Ears Hosta

Hosta 'Giantland Sunny Mouse Ears'

Giantland Sunny Mouse Ears is the first, gold-leaved hybrid in the mouse series with very thick, rounded leaves, golden yellow to chartreuse colours. Slowly forms a neat, rounded mound. Develops short scapes of lavender flowers in mid-summer. Its heritage is a hybrid between 'Blue Mouse Ears' and 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd'. Best grown in part shade in average, well drained soil. Grows 15-20cm in height and 30-50cm across. Hardy to zone 3.

Gold Chip Hosta

Hosta 'Gold Chip'

Wihle 'Gold Chip' is not a member of the Mouse series it is a small, slow growing cultivar with bright gold, heart shaped, slightly wavy leaves of thick substance. This Tardiana type has a dense mounding habit and good colouration throughout the season. Tall 60cm scapes bear dense clusters of near-white flowers in July. Best grown in partial shade. Foliage grows 25-30cm in height and spreads 75-100cm across. Hardy to Zone 3.

Harkaway Mini Gold Hosta

Hosta ' Harkaways Mini Gold'

This superb dwarf hosta is zippy and vigorous with narrow, ovate, slightly wavy, golden yellow leaves. A sun tolerant hosta that has best colouring when grown in half-day sun. Masses of ultramarine violet flowers appear in July. A Harkaway Botanicals introduction registered with AHS in 2011. Grows 15-20cm in height and 45-60cm across. Hardy to Zone 3.

As always, call Arts Nursery in advance to confirm availability. Our selection is always changing and quantities may be limited. If you have any questions about miniature hostas or hostas in general, drop by in person or give us a call at 604.882.1201

 


Thursday, July 9, 2015
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Gardening

Weeks without rain, smaller than average winter snow packs, higher than normal summer temperatures and more people than ever before have put an undue strain on Metro Vancouver’s water supply.

We all have to do what we can to preserve our water resources. Lawn watering is one of the biggest consumers of fresh water and that’s why summer watering restrictions have become the norm. At time of writing, Metro Vancouver is at Stage 2, meaning you can only water your lawn once per week, and only in the morning. You are still allowed to hand water your flower beds, vegetable gardens and containers as necessary. With that said, it is important to plan our gardens to minimize our water use. The easiest way to do this is by making sure we simply put the right plant in the right place. You can also water effectively. Check out this Youtube Video on Summer Watering Techniques

While many plants are drought tolerant once established, they still need ample moisture until their roots grow and become established. The plants mentioned in this post need less water than others. So without further ado, here is a collection of great drought tolerant plants for your garden.

Drought Tolerant Perennials

Sedums

Sedum

An often underused perennial group, Sedums are a succulent that stores water in its leaves. They available in upright and spreading varieties in a number of different colours. Flowers appear in late summer in shades of white, yellow, pink or near red depending on the variety. Tough and dependable. Prefers full sun and well drained soil. Growth can be up to 1-2ft in height and spread.

Lavender | Lavandula

Lavender

Lavandula

Lavender is one of the most popular perennials for the summer garden. Thin green-gray stems give way to violet-lavender coloured blooms. Both foliage and flowers are fragrant. Great drought tolerance make it ideal for hot and dry areas. It can also be used as a cut flower. Full sun and well drained soils are recommended. Use as a specimen, an informal low edge, in rock gardens or in containers.

Echincea | Coneflower

Coneflower

Echinacea

Echinaceas or Coneflowers are popular summer blooming perennials that grow in attractive clumps. Growers have spent countless hours hybridizing Echinaceas to create dozens of new varieties. The classic Echinacea is light pink to purple in colour. Newer varieties are available in a multitude of colours including yellow, orange, red, white and even green. These drought tolerant perennials prefer full sun and well drained soils.

Kniphofia | Red Hot Poker Plant

Red Hot Poker

Kniphofia

Red Hot Poker plants have grass-like green foliage and tall flower spikes in shades of yellow, orange and red. Flowers are often described as ‘torch-like’. Prefers sun and well drained soil.

Euphorbia

Euphorbia

A large group of semi-evergreen perennials originally from the Mediterranean. Euphorbias feature vertical or arching stems that are borne from a single crown. Stems tend to be bare at the base and leafy near the top. Flower heads are attractively unique and eye-catching. May need the occasional hard prune to keep it looking nice. Available in many varieties and colours. Gives a great hot climate look to the garden. Prefers full sun and well drained soils. Size and spread differ by variety.

Perovskia | Russian Sage

Russian Sage

Perovskia atriplicifolia

Long upright light coloured stems and flowers in shades of purplish blue give Russian Sage a boost in the drought tolerant garden. This attractive, yet tough plant tolerates cold, poor soil and drought! Needs full sun and a well drained soil.

Artemisia

Tough, hardy and reliable Artemisia is a great perennial for the drought tolerant garden. White to silvery gray foliage gives a clue to its drought tolerance. Foliage can be either finely delicate to coarse. A trouble free, low maintenance plant for the full sun and well drained soil.

Catmint

Nepeta x faassenii

A perfect perennial for rock gardens, containers and borders. Aromatic foliage and flowers attract butterflies and bees. Catmint blooms from early summer to early fall. Grows 1-3ft high and wide, depending on the variety.

Rosemary | Rosmarinus

Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis

This popular edible is often used as a kitchen herb more than an ornamental plant. Pine needle-like foliage is highly aromatic and can grow up to 5ft tall depending on variety. Needs full sun and well drained soil. Can be grown in the garden or in a pot. Harvest as needed for the kitchen! May need some winter protection if the temperatures get low or too wet.

Sempervivum | Hens and Chicks

Hens n Chicks

Sempervivum

Low growing, rosette forming evergreen perennials ideal for use as groundcovers, in rock gardens on vertical walls. Single hens give birth to chicks allowing the plant to grow into clumps 1-2ft wide over time. Plant in groups for great effect. Likes full sun and well drained soils.

Drought Tolerant Ornamental Grasses

While many ornamental grasses are low maintenance and waterwise, these four are some of our favourites.

Mexican Feather Grass | Stipa | Nassella

Mexican Feather Grass

Stipa tenuissima

Wispy thin green blades give way to golden tan, almost blonde summer flower heads. This lovely warm season grass forms clumps 1-2ft tall and wide. Very drought tolerant and beautiful when planted in groups.

Helictotrichon | Blue Oat Grass

Blue Oat Grass

Helictotrichon sempervirens

Blue Oat Grass is an upright growing, clump forming grass with stiff blue-gray blades. Blonde flower clusters form above the foliage. Clumps can grow 2-3ft tall and wide. Very commonly used in boulevards and low maintenance landscapes. Prefers full sun and well drained soils.

Festuca | Fescue

Fescue

Festuca

Fescues are a large group of low growing, clumping forming, drought tolerant grasses with silvery, blue-gray foliage. Great when planted in groups in rock gardens or when used as an accent plant. As a warm season grass, it can be cut back in spring. Tolerates sun or part sun.

Pampas Grass | Cortaderia

Pampas Grass

Cortaderia selloana

An ever popular clump forming plant, Pampas Grass is a native of South America and features stiff, sharp blades with clumps of feathery white to pink flowers held on top of tall spikes. Grows quickly and can reach 8ft tall depending on variety. Prefers sun to part shade and well drained soil.

Other Drought Tolerant Plants

California Lilac | Ceanothus

California Lilac

Ceanothus thyrsiflorus

This attractive and popular evergreen features glossy, dark green foliage and blue bottle-brush like flowers in late spring through early summer. Loves the sun and well drained soil. Needs very little water once established. Grows to form a mid-sized shrub 6-12ft tall and wide. Looks good all year round and does well in seaside locations too. May need from winter protection if it gets cold. A sheltered location away from wind and wet weather is ideal.

Juniper | Juniperus

Junipers

Juniperus

While we can’t honestly say they are our favourite conifers, Junipers are particularly well suited to dry environments. They are available in many types, ranging from large upright growing trees to ground-hugging, spreading varieties. Colour is typically green to blue-gray depending on the variety

Yucca

Yuccas

These desert plants have spiky, pointed leaves and do well with very little water. They grow a long taproot and can usually find the water they need on their own. Large white flower spikes add interest when they bloom in early summer. Several varieties are commonly available including ones with variegated foliage. Full sun and well-drained soil are necessary. While they can tolerate our winter temperatures, it is often too wet for them – make sure they do not sit in wet soil during the cooler months.

Agave

Agave

Another plant from the desert, Agaves are succulents with beautiful, structural shapes that make them ideal for modern gardens. Wicked spikes and thorns force people and pets to keep their distance from these plants. Needs exceptionally well drained soils in our climate. It’s probably best planted in containers that can be protected during the winter. Many varieties and sizes of Agave are available.

Bougainvillea Vine

Bougainvillea

This vibrant, twining vine has beautifully coloured, papery flowers in summer. Flower colour ranges peachy-yellow through red , all the way to purple. Nasty thorns on the vine make it an ideal barrier plant. Needs full sun and dry, well drained soil. Does exceptionally well in desert locations. We find that it thrives on neglect and may survive our mild winters when given shelter and good drainage.

While there are many other drought tolerant plants available at Art’s Nursery, these selections give you a sense of the variety and options that are available for your garden. If you have any questions about being water-wise, give us a call or drop by and visit us in person. As always, call ahead to confirm availability as our selection is always changing.


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