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Sunday, April 13, 2014
Posted By: Lyle Courtice A.H. in Shade Gardening

Polygonatum - hands down one of my favorite genus, they are hardy, maintenance free and certainly addictive! Perfect for any shady woodland setting they play especially well with ferns and broad leaf plants like hosta and Brunnera.

polygonatum - solomons seal

Their presence combines both visual impact and an architectural element which gives the garden a touch of sophistication.

These easy, no fuss perennials make for model container plants and are a must for any shade garden.

polygonatum silver streak

Polygonatum falcatum ‘Silver Streak’

Seldom seen species from East Asia which is more graceful and finer in texture than P. odoratum. Tall arching stems are clothed in long narrow leaves striped with silver down their center. Flowers in early spring with long, green tipped cream bells. Partial shade in loamy, well drained soil. Height: 40-60cm Spread: 30cm+ Zone: 4

polygonatum hookeri

Polygonatum hookeri

 

Very unusual, dwarf species from the Himalayas with small, spring blooming lilac-pink flowers held among the foliage. Slowly spreads to form short tufts of dark green leaves. Curious rock garden or container specimen. Prefers partial shade in loamy, well-drained soil. Slow to establish. Height: 10cm Spread: 20-30cm Zone: 4

polygonatum akajiku

Polygonatum odoratum ‘Akajiku’

A chance Japanese seedling named in reference to it's sturdy, bright red stems. This superb form is a garden gem with large, rounded, dark green leaves held on stiff arching stems; white bell-shaped flowers in early spring followed by black berries. Partial shade in well-drained, loamy soil. Height: 40-60cm Spread: 30cm+ Zone: 4

polygonatum dragons scale

Polygonatum odoratum ‘Dragon’s Scale’

Unique Japanese selection with a leaf form that alludes to a dragon's scale. The arching stems have dark green leaves with prominent ridges in the center, ridges become more pronounced on older plants. Pale green "bells" in spring. Wonderful textural accent in a woodland garden. Slow. Height: 60-90cm Spread: 30cm+ Zone: 4

polygonatum great yellow river

Polygonatum o. ‘Great Yellow River’

A "show stopper" in the garden, this superlative selection from Japan has tall arching stems with dark green leaves marked with varying amounts of bright golden-yellow. Pale cream flowers in spring. Very slow to establish. Partial shade in loamy, well drained soil. Height: 60-90cm Spread: 30cm+ Zone: 4

polygonatum white tiger

Polygonatum odoratum ‘White Tiger’

Exceedingly rare Japanese variety that forms beautiful arching clumps, leaves are variegated with the tip of the leaf being green and the part adjoining the stem white; colour is prominent on established plants only. Light shade in humus rich, well drained soil. Height: 60-90cm Spread: 30cm+ Zone: 4

polygonatum grace barker

Polygonatum x hybridum ‘Grace Barker’

An uncommon, slower growing, compact form of variegated Solomon's-seal with arching stems adorned with small, dark blue-green, crinkly, corrugated leaves. Foliage is streaked with and surrounded by an irregular white border. Grow in partial shade in humus rich, well drained soil. Height: 45-60cm Spread: 30cm+ Zone: 4

Special Order Items

Most of these Polygonatum varieties are special order only items and quantities are extremely limited. If you are interested in acquiring any of these plants, please give us a call at 604.882.1201 and we will add your name to the request list.


Saturday, April 13, 2013
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Shade Gardening

When it comes to Hostas, no quantity is too much. Some people collect stamps, others collect cars, and gardeners collect Hostas. There are Hostas for every shade garden; blue ones, yellow ones, green ones, striped ones, variegated ones, monsterous ones and even tiny little miniature ones. That’s today’s topic: Four petite little hostas that are sure to draw oohs and aahs.. These little treasures are ideal for use as an accent in the shade garden or as a treasure for your containers.

Like all hostas, these plants prefer shade to part shade in moist, but well drained soil. They don’t need too much food, but an application of balanced fertilizer in early spring will get them growing well. The toughest part of growing Hostas is protecting them from turning into salad for slugs and snails. There is no simple solution – this is a battle of attrition folks - use all available weapons! The list would include slug beer traps, slug bait, copper strips and even diatomaceous earth. Once you’ve steeled yourself to the harsh reality of growing hostas, here are four darling little hostas to try.

Miniature Hosta Collection

Hosta ‘Trifecta’

Trifecta is miniature hosta with foliage that is a couple of shades of light green with a white central blotch. Its pale-lavender flowers bloom in mid to late summer. Forms a low mound and is somewhat drought tolerant once established. Best in shade or part shade. Grows 6 inches high and up to 12 inches across.

Hosta ‘Harkaway Mini Gold’

This locally grown selection features elongated, rounded leaves in shades of golden yellow. Vigorous grower. Can be used in shade gardens, containers or even as a groundcover. Early summer produces dainty lavender flowers. Tolerates a fair degree of sun, although best in part shade. Grows 5-8 inches in height and 10-12 inches across. Hardy to zone 3.

Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’

This miniature little hosta has thick blue-green leaves. Foliage is vaguely round drawing a comparison to mouse ears. Grows 8-10 inches in height. Best grown in shade or part shade. Perfect for rock gardens and containers.

Hosta ‘Little Sunspot’

Little Sunspot Hosta forms a sturdt mound of foliage, topped with lily-like, pale lavender blooms in early to mid-summer. Foliage is golden yellow, boldly edged in deep green.  Excellent hosta for edging, mix containers and shade gardens. Grows 12-14 inches in height and 1-2 ft in spread.

Like all hostas, these varieties die back in the fall and winter, then they remerge the following spring. P.S: we have lots of slug solutions for you too! :)

If you have questions about these or any hostas, please feel free to drop by and visit us at Arts Nursery, or call 604.882.1201 during business hours. Always call ahead to confirm availability as our selection and stock is always changing


Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Ferns

Ferns are one of those plant groups that just gets no respect in the garden. While most people consider them dull and boring, the reality couldn't be any further away. While they lack flowers, ferns make up the difference with foliage colour, texture and form. These three beauties show exactly what I mean and why I like ferns so much.

Dyces Holly Fern

Dyce's Holly Fern

Polystichum x 'Dycei'

This large holly fern adds a bold and elegant look to woodlands and shaded gardens. Sturdy 30 inch long arching fronds with glossy dark green foliage emerge from a center crown to give a balanced symetrical appearance. In the fall, numerous plantlets are produced at the end of the fronds. Dyce's holly fern forms robust, deer resistant clumps that grow to 2ft in height a similar spread. Best when planted in full to part shade in rich, moist, but well drained soils. Hardy in USDA zones 6-8

Regal Red Japanese Painted Fern

Regal Red Japanese Painted Fern

Athyrium nipponicum pictum 'Regal Red'
Regal Red is a beautifully marked up version of the popular Japanese Painted Fern. Dark red-violet stems and interior fronds with silver edges grace this dynamic plant. Contrasts well with reddish purple and blue textured plants. A great plant for woodland gardens, containers and borders. Grows 18-24 inches tall and wide. Shade to part shade is ideal in moist, but well drained soils. Most Japanese Painted Ferns are slow to grow in spring so be patient. Hardy in zones 3-8.
Himalayan Maidenhair Fern

Adiantum venustum

Himalayan Maidenhair Fern

This species of Maidenhair Fern has a delicate appearance, with black stems holding very small leaves of soft green. It forms a low, slow-spreading patch. Adiantum venustum is great in containers or as a groundcover plant. It takes a couple of years to settle in, appreciating a rich soil that stays evenly moist. Not a good choice for dry shade under thirsty types of trees. Can be semi-evergreen in mild winter regions. Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit (1993). Grows 8-12 inches in height and 12-24 inches in spread. Hardy in USDA zones 5-9.

These ferns and many more are generally available at Art's Nursery. If you are making a special trip, we always ask that you call ahead to confirm availability.


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