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Monday, March 10, 2014
Posted By: Lyle Courtice A.H. in Shade Gardening

Probably my most favorite place in any garden is a cool shady woodland setting.

Such reprieves are needed to help calm the nerves and revitalize the spirit. Lush growth, abounding textures and intriguing flowers and fruit all combine to create a serene space where one can admire and contemplate - what better place to spend a lazy afternoon.

Here are just a few of the marvelous woodland gems available this season (late March through April 2014)  to help you create your own shady oasis.

actea pachypoda misty blue

Doll's Eyes

Actaea pachypoda ‘Misty Blue’

Supernal native woodland perennial from Eastern North America with a mounding habit and lacy blue-green foliage. Tall stems of fluffy white panicles in spring through early summer are followed in fall by striking pure white berries with contrasting red pedicels. Tolerates most soil types but requires even moisture in light to medium shade.
Height: 60-90cm Spread: 60-90cm Zone: 3

arisaema_silverfeathers1

Japanese Cobra Lily

Arisaema sikokianum “Silver Feathers”

A selection of A. sikokianum with dramatic silver feather patterns in the center of each leaflet. The flower is a purple-black pitcher with white stripes and a greenish inside, the spadix is large, white and mushroom-like. Partial shade with sharp drainage.
Height: 40-60cm Spread: 20-30cm Zone: 4

beesia calthifolia

Beesia calthifolia

A beautiful clumping evergreen perennial from China, having glossy heart-shaped green leaves with that gasoline sheen; new growth is bronze-red. Tall spikes of small white flowers through spring and summer. Superb, tidy groundcover for partial shade; prefers a humus rich, well drained soil. Tolerates dry shade. Slow to establish.
Height: 30cm Spread: 30cm+ Zone: 6

coptis dissecta

Coptis japonica var. dissecta

Little known evergreen perennial from Japan's mountainous woodlands, plants form tidy clumps of glossy, dark green parsley-like leaves. Tall dark spikes of starry white flowers in early spring followed by pin-wheel shaped seed pods. Deep purple winter colouring. Average soil in light to medium shade. Carefree groundcover.
Height: 15cm Spread: 30cm Zone: 5

epimedium yokihi

Japanese Barrenwort

Epimedium x ‘Yokihi’

A vigorous Japanese hybrid that forms a broad mound of dark green leaves; deciduous. Wiry flower stems dance with spider-like blooms that have golden yellow spurs backed by bright cherry red sepals - absolutely stunning! Flowers early spring repeating in summer. Partial shade in average to humus rich well drained soil.
Height: 30cm Spread: 50-60cm Zone: 4

pteridophyllum racemosum - poppy fern

Poppy Fern

Pteridophyllum racemosum

Unique perennial endemic to the mountains of Japan. Plants form rosettes of dark green, fern-like leaves which are topped by short (30cm) spikes of pendulous clean white flowers; spring into summer. Prefers moist, humus rich, well drained soil in cool shade. Makes and excellent woodland groundcover or a one-of-a-kind container specimen.
Height: 15-30cm Spread: 30cm+ Zone: 5 (4)

syneilesis palmata - Umbrella Plant

Umbrella Plant

Syneilesis palmate

Sturdy woodland perennial from Asia that produces silky umbrellas that open to rounded, palmate leaves of medium to dark green. Panicles of fuzzy white flowers from midsummer into fall. Prefers partial shade and good drainage in a cool woodland site. Easy to grow and maintenance free!
Height: 60-90cm Spread: 60-90cm Zone: 5 (4)

How To Order These New & Unique Plants

These unique and unusual woodland plants will be available at Art's Nursery by late March or early April 2014, depending on the weather. As they are somewhat rare, please call ahead, 604.882.1201, to confirm availability as quantities may be limited. Pre-orders are being accepted.


Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Posted By: Lyle Courtice A.H. in Shade Gardening

I have written about hosta (Plantain Lily) before but I cannot emphasize enough how wonderfully versatile these perennials can be.  A garden is not a garden without a hosta and even in these days of shrinking lots, decks and balconies the humble hosta comes to the rescue.

From tiny little dwarf forms like 'Blue Mouse Ears' to the titanic ....well "Titanic'!, there is a hosta to fit just about any location.  I have long grown hosta in containers as they are just about fool proof and so hardy they can be left out without fear of losing them over winter.  I even drove across Canada during one of the worst winter's in 66 years with several hosta in my trunk.  My stopover in Wawa Ontario got down to below -50, the hosta were fine but the antifreeze in the engine froze!!!

So before you pooh-pooh the hosta as being just a common perennial, stop and take a closer look - you just may be surprised at the diversity and selection there is available out there now.

Blue Ivory Hosta

Hosta ‘Blue Ivory’

WOW, an absolutely stunning hosta!  This sport of ‘Halcyon’ has ice blue leaves with a broad, clean ivory-white border.  Forms a medium size mound of thick, slug resistant leaves that hold well into fall.  Tall scapes (flower stalks) of lavender flowers appear in midsummer.

Height:  45cm  Spread:  75cm   Zone:  3

Blue Mouse Ears Hosta

 

Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’

Adorable miniature hosta with slightly cupped, round blue-green leaves resembling little mouse ears.  Lavender flowers in midsummer.  Plants have good substance and form perfect, tight little mounds.  ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ makes an excellent container or rockery specimen.

Height:  15-20cm  Spread:  30cm  Zone:  3

El Nino Hosta

 

Hosta ‘El Nino’

One of my absolute favorite hosta's, a sport of ‘Halcyon’ it retains the thick, ribbed chalky blue leaves but with an added pure white margin.  This “must have” hosta is simply stunning and forms an elegant mound with scapes of lavender blue flowers in midsummer, very slug resistant.

Height:  40-50cm  Spread:  60cm  Zone:  3

Fire Island Hosta

 

Hosta ‘Fire Island’

A bright and fresh looking hosta with round, pointed leaves that are a brilliant golden yellow in spring becoming chartreuse by summer, for added interest the leaf petioles and scapes are a contrasting purple-red.  The perfect specimen to bring some "living sunshine" into the shade garden; pale lavender flowers in summer.

Height:  30-40cm  Spread:  60-75cm  Zone:  3

Hosta ‘Great Expectations’

Stunning selection having broadly ovate leaves that are thick and puckered with a wide irregular blue green margin around a bold golden-yellow center which changes to creamy white by summer.  Very slow grower that may take several years to establish- but worth the wait.  Near white flowers in June.

Height:  50-70cm  Spread:  1-1.25m Zone:  3

Hosta ‘Hadspen Blue’

Powdery steel blue leaves that hold their colour all summer set this hosta apart as being one of the best blue forms ever.  Foliage is thick and cupped with heavy texture which = slug resistance.  Plants will form a nice rounded mound and sport tall scapes of pale lavender flowers midsummer.

Height:  40-50cm  Spread:  60-75cm Zone:  3

Hosta ‘Loyalist’

Reverse sport of ‘Patriot’ with leaves that have a deep green margin with a pure white center that is not prone to melting out.  Leaves have a heavy substance which affords them greater slug resistance.  Plants form a neat mound.  In summer creamy white scapes sport pale lavender flowers. Height:  40-50cm  Spread:  60-75cm Zone:  3

Stained Glass hosta Hosta

 

Hosta ‘Stained Glass’

Superb sun tolerant hosta that will form a mound of wavy, corrugated, heart-shaped, leaves.  Colour is chartreuse to golden yellow (some direct sun will bring out more gold) with an irregular dark green border.  Slightly fragrant pale mauve flowers, 2006 Hosta of the Year. Height:  50cm  Spread:  90-120cm  Zone:  3

Hosta ‘Touch of Class’

Specimen type hosta having very thick pointed leaves of powdery blue-green with a pale yellow center streak.  Plants are very sturdy and form low mounds, pale lavender flowers in July.  A sport of 'June' that is very classy indeed. Height:  40-60cm  Spread:  60-75cm Zone:  3

* Photography courtesy of HarkAway Botanicals

All of these Hostas and many others are generally available at Art's Nursery. As always, please call in advance to confirm availability as our stock changes frequently.


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


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