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Friday, June 12, 2015
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Feature Products

Gardening is all about trying out the newest, the different and the unique. It’s about having plants in your garden you can’t buy at the grocery store. This month we’ll introduce you to 10 really cool plants worth trying in your garden. Some of these suffer from zone denial. In other words, they are tender and probably won’t survive our winter unless you bring them inside. Others are hardy and will come back year after year. Check them out and give these magnificent ten plants a try.

Indian Pink

Indian Pink

Spigelia marilandica

Spigelia is a neat, clump forming perennial with stiff stems clothed in glossy green, pointed leaves. In June, the stem tips produce cymes of bold, attractive flowers. Flowers are red and trumpet shaped opening to a yellow star. Best grown in shade to part shade. Keep moist if it is planted in a sunnier location. Prefers moist, organically rick, well drained soil. Grows 1-2ft in height with a similar spread. Hardy to zone 5.

St Elmos Fire Firecracker Plant

St Elmos Fire Firecracker Plant

Russelia x ‘St Elmos Fire’

This stunning hybrid selection of the Firecracker Plant is larger than the common species with a more open, airy look and showier, deeper red flowers. Grass-like foliage is accented bright firecracker red flowers. This is an easy care perennial that blooms continuously from Spring to Fall with the occasional pruning of spent flowers. It’s perfect for tall borders or large containers. Will reach 4-6ft tall and 6-8ft wide. Prefers full or part sun. Hardy to zone 8 – will need winter protection or consider bringing it inside.

Fireworks Pennisetum

Fireworks Pennisetum

Pennisetum x advena ‘Fireworks’

Staying with the pyrotechnic theme is Fireworks Pennisetum. This spectacular warm season tender perennial grass has narrow, arching leaves that are a kalaedoscope of hot pink, green, white and dark burgundy. Fluffy bottlebrush flowers are a deep burgundy and sway in the wind. It is deer resistant and makes a nice cut flower too. Drought tolerant once established. As an annual, it will not survive our winters unless brought inside. Prefers full sun, moist, but well drained soil and grows 1-2ft high and wide. Hardy in zones 9-11

Mojito Elephant Ear | Colocasia

Mojito Elephant Ear

Colocasia ‘Mojito’

For the water gardeners out there, we’ve brought in a unique Colocasia called ‘Mojito’. This tropical plant is well suited for the pondside or patio water feature or tropical garden. Its speckled and mottled green heart-shaped foliage with darker splotches is uniquely attractive. Prefers the heat of the sun but will tolerate part shade. Grows 3-4ft tall and 2-3ft wide. It should be kept moist or planted near a water feature where it can grab its own moisture

Midknight Blue Agapanthus

Midknight Blue Agapanthus

Agapanthus x ‘Monmid’

Midknight Blue is a striking new variety of Agapanthus with deep, violet-blue flowers held in tight clusters on tall stalks. Lush, strap-like foliage is bright green. A great plant for a tropical border, poolside or a container. Will attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Blooms mid to late spring. Prefers full sun. Needs regular watering when newly planted, but is water wise once established. Grows 3-4ft high. Will benefit from winter protection. Hardy to zone 7.

Golden Milkweed | Butterfly Weed

Golden Butterfly Weed / Milkweed

Asclepias curassavica ‘Silky Gold’

If you want butterflies in your garden – plant one of these! The Golden Butterfly weed, or Asclepias is a summer flowering perennial (annual in our climate) that butterflies just love. Especially the Monarchs!. Clusters of attractive buds open to gold and yellow flowers. It is a well behaved plant that requires little attention once established. Prefers full sun. Grows 3-4ft tall and 2-3ft wide. Hardy to zone 8 – treat it like an annual or bring it inside for the winter.

Berry Canary Tender Foxglove | Digiplexis

Berry Canary Tender Hybrid Foxglove

Digiplexis Berry Canary

This outstanding hybrid is the result of breeding between Digitalis (Foxglove) and a Digitalis relative from the Canary Islands, Isoplexis. Masses of beautiful, hot pink, tubular flowers have creamy yellow throats with burgundy speckling. Very large flower spikes appear over a long period, May to Frost, on tall stems. Very vigorous and definitely worth growing. Prefers full sun and a rich, moist, but well drained soil. Water well until established. Grows 1-2ft tall and almost as wide. Hardy to Zone 8.

Aeonium Zwartkop | Houseleek

Zwartkop Houseleek

Aeonium arboretum ‘Zwartkop’

This tender succulent is grown for its dark burgundy-black flattened rosettes. Yellow flowers appear above the foliage. Adds great colour and texture to dry borders, rock gardens, succulent planters and containers. Prefers full sun. Will turn more green if it does not receive enough sunlight. Grow in well drained and fertile soil. Can grow 2-3ft tall and up to 2ft wide. Hardy to zone 9. Bring indoors in the winter.

Tequila Sunrise Mirror Plant | Coprosma

Tequila Sunrise Mirror Plant

Coprosma ‘Tequila Sunrise’

Tequila Sunrise is an amazing cultivar of Coprosma that has jewel like foliage that is highly glossed and brightly coloured. In Spring, its new growth emerges emerald green with a gold margin, gradually becoming marbled with brilliant orange and gold hues. In the winter, the leaf colour intensifies to brilliant orange and red jewel tones. It is well suited for mild climates, we may be a little too cool for it as it is hardy to zone 8-9. Treat it as an annual or bring it inside for the winter. Tequila Sunrise Coprosma prefers full sun and looks best in group plantings and magnificent when combines with succulents. Has an upright pyramidal shape and can reach 5ft tall in the warmer climates.

Black Negligee Bugbane | Cimicifuga

Black Negligee Bugbane

Actaea simplex ‘Black Negligee’

Actaea used to be called Cimicifuga, and many gardeners still use the old name. This variety, ‘Black Negligee’ features lacy black foliage and lovely dark stems. Small white flowers on stems above the foliage have the scent of grape and jasmine. It’s a great accent plant for the mixed border or as a specimen on its own. When given lots of sun and water, it will keep its darkest colouration. Can grow up to 5-5ft tall and 1-2ft wide. Hardy to zone 6.

As always, please call Art’s Nursery in advance to confirm availability as our selection is always changing and these rare and unique plants may have limited availability.


Monday, September 30, 2013
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Feature Products

Some people plant geraniums and  heucheras, while others seek out the new, the unusual and the unique. This collection of rare and unique plants is sure to set the heart a flutter amongst plant nerds. Perhaps it's time to plant something different?

Ginseng Jade Dragon

Jade Dragon False Ginseng

Metapanax delavayi 'MonYuLong'

Collected by Dan Hinkley in China, this elegant and hardy selection offers unequaled texture to the garden. Its dense, rounded form is clad with long, fine textured, glossy green foliage. Flower clusters in mid to late summer lead to black berries, providing winter food for birds. Best in part to full sun. Rich, evenly moist, well drained soil is prefered. Shelter from harsh winter winds. Hardy in USDA zones 7-10.

Filamentosa Heavenly Bamboo

Filamentosa Heavenly Bamboo

Nandina domestica 'Filamentosa'

This evergreen to semi-evergreen shrub features fern-like, very finely dissected leaves in red-purple colours. Pinkish white flower clusters appear in late spring and summer. Prefers full sun and well drained soil. Gorws 3ft high by 3ft wide. Hardy to zone 5.

Pink Elf Saxifrage

Pink Elf Saxifrage

Saxifraga fortunei 'Pink Elf'

This excellent border plant will brighten up ap a shady garden providing a stunning display with sprays of pink flowers held on sense short stems above mounds of colourful foliage. Flowers bloom in late fall to early winter. The undersides of bronze tinged leaves are reddish-purple. Perfect for use in a lightly shaded rock garden or woodland setting, but also great in pots. Prefers full to part shade. Grows in clumps 6-10 inches tall and 8-12 inches wide. Hardy in USDA zones 7-9. Some winter protection may be needed.

Sprarkler Stachyrus

Sparkler Willow-Leaf Stachyrus

Stachyrus salicifolia 'MonEmeri Sparkler'

One of the finest late winter flowering shrubs for our temperate climate. Small gracefully arching stems are covered by narrow, bamboo-like evergreen leaves. Striking pendulous yellow catkins appear in spring. Flowers from late winter until early spring. Best when grown in part shade in moist, but well drained soil. Will reach 10-12ft tall. Hardy in USDA zones 7-10. Some winter protection may be needed in colder, more exposed areas.

Wild Swan Anemone

Wild Swan Anemone

Anemone x 'Macane001 Wild Swan'

Wild Swan is an exceptional new selection of Anemon offering prolific flowering from June until frost, surpassing that of the Japanese Hybrids. Pure white flowers with a yellow center are accented by a blue-violet reverse. Blooms are held high above deep green foliage. Does not re-seed. Perfect for massing in a woodland setting or spotting into rock gardens. Also makes an excellent cut flower. Best when planted in part sun to part shade in rich, moist but well drained soil. Grows to 18 inches tall and spreads to 24 inches wide. Hardy in USDA zones 6-8.

Grean Giant Fairy Bells

Chinese Fairy Bells

Disporum cantoniense 'Green Giant'

This magnificent perennial was found and named by noted plant explorer Dan Hinkley in Sichuan province, China. It's bamboo-like shoots emerge in shades of pink, white and green, maturing to deep green. Fragrant, creamy white flowers unfurl like nodding bells with the new growth each spring. Flowers are followed by glistening black fruit in fall. Best when planted in full to part shade. Grows fast to 6ft tall and3-4ft wide. Hardy in USDA zones 7-9. Some winter protection is recommended in colder, more exposed areas.

Plum Passion Hydrangea

Plum Passion Hydrangea

Hydrangea aspera 'Plum Passion'

This first ever purple leaved hydrangea is an exciting addition to North American gardens. Discovered in China, this unique shrub was brought to Monrovia by plant explorer Dan Hinkley. Foliage is dark purple on the upper side of the leaf and rosy purple on the underside. Wispy, mid-sized, summer-blooming flowers are somewhat insignificant in contrast with the dramatic, colourful foliage. Deciduous. Best when grown in full to part shade in moist soils. Will reach 5-6ft tall and wide. Hardy in USDA zones 7-10. Some winter protection is recommended.

Scarlet Ovation Evergreen Huckleberry

Scarlet Ovation Evergreen Huckleberry

Vaccinium ovatum 'Vacsid1'

Scarlet Ovation is an evergreen huckleberry with two notable improvements. New growth is brighter red and more consistent while growth is more compact. It has beautiful bright bronzy red foliage in spring and matures to green in early to mid-summer. Dark blue berries appear around August. Scarlet Ovation is a striking addition to any landscape and offers a showy display for months. Perfect for use as a specimen plant or in mass plantings. Best when grown in full sun to part shade in moist, but well drained soils. Grows to 36 inches tall and wide.

Cascade Dawn Flowering Maple

Cascade Dawn Flowering Maple

Abutilon x hybridum 'Cascade Dawn'

This frost tolerant selection of Flowering Maple is from renowned plantsman Dan Hinkley's Windcliff Garden' Reddish-orange lantern-like flowers appear continously for months. Looks great in the background border combined with light coloured flowers and foliage. Semi-evergreen. Best when planted in part to full sun. Fast growing to 6-8ft high and wide. Hardy in USDA zones 8-11. Winter protection is required.

Quantities of these items is limited and seasonal. Always call ahead to confirm availability as our stock is always changing. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 604.882.1201 or visit Art's Nursery in person.

Blueberry Glaze Brazel Berry

Blueberry Glaze Brazelberry - Coming Spring 2014

Vaccinium 'Blueberry Glaze'

Blueberry glaze is a blueberry treat unlike any other. Its foliage resembles boxwood with its compact stature and glossy emerald leaves. The white spring blossoms are a beautiful contrast to the dark foliage. Summer berries ripen into a rainbow event as berries turn from yellow, to light burgundy to dark blue. the aromatic fruit is almost black when ripe and is packed with anti-oxidants and intense flavour, much like wild blueberries. Great as a landscape plant or an edible. Like other Brazel Berries it is also ideal for patio containers. Grows 2-3ft tall and wide. Best when grown in full sun and moist, but well drained acidic soils. Available in Spring 2014 at Art's Nursery.

 


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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