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Sunday, September 7, 2014
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Bulbs

Every year in September our fall planting, spring blooming flower bulbs arrive. Colourful tulips, delightful daffodils, fragrant hyacinths and dainty crocus are unpacked and made available for purchase. The best part of this task is discovering what the new varieties are for this year. So far, we've seen a nice selection of new tulips, a new daffodil, a handful of interesting crocus and even two new varieties of garlic. So without further ado, here are the new flower bulbs at Arts Nursery for 2014.

New Crocus Varieties

Orange Monarch Snow Crocus

Orange Monarch Snow Crocus

This super popular flaming orange crocus was originally available last year in limited quantities and is back again in larger numbers. Black streaks accent the orange flower colour. As a Snow Crocus, it is slightly smaller, growing to only 4 inches in height and flowers in early spring. Narrow green leaves have a silver stripe down the middle. Grow Orange Monarch in full sun and space the bulbs about 2 inches apart.

Yalta Crocus

Yalta Crocus

Yalta is a new variety of naturalizing crocus with flowers that are both white and purple. It sports some of the biggest crocus blooms available. Narrow green leaves have a slivery strip down the middle for added interest. Grows to 4 inches in height and should be planted in full sun. Blooms in early spring.

Sieberi Spring Beauty Snow Crocus

Sieberi Spring Beauty Snow Crocus

This hard to find variety of Snow Crocus is bi-coloured in shades of white, purple and even a hint of lavender. It is a variety that is good for naturalizing and like many of the others, features green narrow foliage with a silver stripe down the middle. Grow it in full sun and space the bulbs 2 inches apart. Grows to a height of 4 inches

New Tulip Varieties

Tender Whisper Tulip

Tender Whisper Triumph Tulip

Although it is a Triumph Tulip variety, Tender Whisper looks almost like a lily-flowered tulip. Flowers are unusually shaped and feature a white base blending towards pinkish red near the top. Strong stems make it an excellent cut flower too! Tender Whisper blooms in mid-spring and grows to a height of 18 inches. Plant in full sun and space bulbs 4 inches apart.

Delight Series Tulips

Delight Series Single Early Tulips

These four Single Early Tulips are available in 4 distinct varieties: Apricot Delight, Candy Apple Delight, Cherry Delight and Rosy Delight. Apricot Delight has flowers that are pink blushed to white. Cherry Delight has mid to dark shades of red. Rosy Delight is mostly pink while Candy Apple featured red, pink and creamy coloured margins. All four varieties are good cut flowers and will grow to a height of 14 inches. They bloom in mid-spring. Grow in full sun and space bulbs 4 inches apart.

Siesta Tulip

Siesta Fringed Tulips

Purple and pink petals edged white with lace-like fringes make Siesta a show stopper. Blooming in late spring, Siesta is a good cut flower reaching to 16 inches in height. Grow it in full sun and space bulbs 4 inches apart.

Boston Tulip

Boston Triumph Tulips

Boston is a new, attention grabbing two-toned red and yellow tulip that grows to 18 inches in height. An excellent cut flower, it blooms in mid-spring and will also attract bees and hummingbirds with its light fragrance. Like the other tulips, grow it in full sun and space bulbs 4 inches apart.

Prins Willem Alexander Tulip

Prins Willem Alexander Triumph Tulips

This attractive, orange-coloured Triumph Tulip is named to honour the new King of the Netherlands, Willem Alexander. Growing to 20 inches in height on strong stems also makes it suitable as a cut flower variety. Blooms in mid-spring and like the others should be planted in the full sun.

Miami Sunset Tulip

Miami Sunset

Miami Sunset is a gorgeous fringed tulip variety with vivid tropical colours ranging from red, through pink and orange and even a hint of yellow near the base. Distinctive fringed edges add even more interest. Miami Sunset blooms in late spring and will reach a height of 18 inches. Grow in full sun and space bulbs 4 inches apart.

Humilis Tete a Tete Tulip

Humilis Tete a Tete Multiflowering Tulip

Tete a Tete is the first ever double-petalled, multi-flowering tulip. They bloom in mid-spring and very short stems that will only reach 4 inches in height. Flowers are red in colour and can be used as a short cut flower. Each stem will produce 4-6 full sized flowers! They will make quite a display in beds, containers and borders. Grow in full sun and space bulbs 4 inches apart.

Praestans Shogun Tulip

Praestans Shogun Mini Botanical Tulip

This 10 inch high botanical tulip variety produces 3-4 brightly coloured yellow and orange blooms per stem in early to mid-spring. Praestans Shogun creates a woodland look and naturalizes well. It can even form a beautiful floral groundcover when planted close together. They are ideal for rock gardens, containers and borders. As an added bonus, their flowers are extremely long lasting, sometimes holding their flowers for several weeks! Plant in full to part sun and space bulbs 3 inches apart.

New Daffodil Varieties

Smiling Twin Narcissus / Daffodil

Smiling Twin Novelty Narcissus

Smiling Twin is a split-corona Narcissus (or Daffodil) with colours ranging from creamy yellow to lemon yellow near the center. It blooms in mid-spring with a nice fragrance and grows to a height of about 16 inches. Grow in full sun to light shade and space bulbs 6 inches apart. As an added benefit, narcissus are also deer resistant, naturalizing and can attract bees and hummingbirds to your garden.

New Garlic Varieties

Music Garlic

Music Garlic

This hardneck garlic variety has easily peeled cloves, a strong flavor and a luscious lasting after taste. Their cloves are often larger and have less of an outer wrapper. The flavour is pungent, sweet and good and can be quite hot if eaten raw, Like all garlics, Music should be grown in the full sun and spaced about 6 inches apart.

Siberian Garlic

Siberian Garlic

Siberian Garlic is attractive, flavourful and offers plenty of heat if eaten raw. The bulb is white with streaks of reddish purple. This hardneck variety produces larger, but fewer cloves than do the softneck varieties. Garlic is also deer resistant and will also help keep insects and fungal diseases in check. Plant in full sun and space 6 inches apart.

Bulb Planting & Care

The best time to plant bulbs is in the late summer and early fall, just as the autumn rains begin. Choose bulbs that are strong and solid, not mushy. When planting bulbs, dig a hole 2-3 times the height of the bulb and add bonemeal. Drop the bulb into the hole with the pointy side up. Not all bulbs have a pointy side, so do your best to figure out which side is the top. Fill the hole back up with soil and add Bulb Fertilizer on top for extra growth. Space bulbs close together, but not touching. For best effect, create large drifts or swatches of colour instead of planting one here and one there.

You can also plant bulbs in layers in either containers or the garden. It is a good idea to put labels or tags into the area so you remember what you planted! Once bulbs have finished blooming, allow their foliage to die back and yellow naturally. This allows the plant to put energy back into the bulb for next years display. Wait as long as you can before cutting back the foliage.

For best selection, drop by Art’s Nursery this September and choose your bulbs when the selection is at its peak! If you have any questions about these spring blooming bulbs, feel free to visit us in person or give us a call at 604.882.1201


Saturday, January 26, 2013
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Winter Gardens

snowdrop bulb

Nothing piques our interest more than seeing the first plants of the season emerge from dormancy and begin to deliver the much awaited blast of colour after another typically dreary fall and winter.

These six beautiful plants were the first ones that caught our eye as we toured the nursery building up our very lengthly spring cleaning to-do list. Enjoy the colour and consider adding these delights to your pots or containers.

donards gold monterey cypress

Donard Gold Golden Monterey Cypress

Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Donard Gold’

This conifer is a bright, eye-catching star for the garden with distinctive, two-tone yellow foliage. Chartreuse new growth surrounds radiant, lemon yellow inner foliage. Both stand out against reddish, cinnamon brown bark. Upright branches produce narrow form. Best when planted in full sun in moist, but well drained soils. Will reach 25ft tall at maturity. Can be a little tender in the  Pacific Northwest. Protect or shelter in the winter for best results

rubinetta japanese skimmia

Rubinetta Japanese Skimmia

Skimmia japonica ‘Rubinetta’

A compact evergreen flowering shrub with a low spreading habit. The leaves and petioles are flushed red in the winter. Predominantly grown for its bronze red buds that open to fragrant white flowers in late winter and early spring. Will grow 2-3ft in height and spread. Best when planted in part sun but will tolerate more sun if soil is kept a little moist. Well drained soils are best. Hardy to zone 7.

hgc jacob hellebous niger

HGC Jacob Christmas Rose

Helleborus niger ‘HGC Jacob’

This lightly fragrant, evergreen perennial features single white flowers that age to light green or blush pink in the cool weather. Glossy dark green leaves and burgundy stems add further interest. Blooms very early (Nov-Jan); can also be enjoyed indoors for the holidays and then brought out for planting. Relatively trouble free and long lived. Deer resistant. An excellent plant for shady borders, woodland gardens and naturalized settings. Jacob is best when planted in full to part shade in a cool area. Prefers moist, but well drained locations, but do not allow it to sit in stagnant water. Will grow to 1ft in height and similar spread.

jelena hamamelis

Jelena Witchhazel

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’

One of our favourite small trees.  ‘Jelena’ Witchhazel is a  vase shaped deciduous small tree that produces rich, coppery-orange flowers resembling wavy, crinkled paper. Blooms on bare branches in late winter through early spring. Adds blazing colour to the winter landscape. Plant near entry ways ad patios. Best when planted in the full sun. Will reach 15-20ft tall and 10-15ft wide. Hardy in USDA zones 5-8.

lunar glow bergenia

Lunar Glow Variegated Bergenia

Bergenia ‘Lunar Glow’

‘Lunar Glow’ is a new twist on a classic garden perennial. Bold, shiny new leaves are a showy gold in spring. Leaf colour goes to light green in summer to red in winter. Bright pink flowers are carried aloft.

 An excellent plant for winter containers or seaside gardens. Nice when used in mixed beds and borders. Prefers sun to part shade and moist, but well drained soils. Will grow 8 inches in height and 12 inches in spread.
acanthus whitewater

Whitewater Variegated Bears Breeches

Acanthus ‘Whitewater’

This vigorous, variegated Acanthus has striking bold leaves with deeply cut white margins and splashing. It forms a large clump with 4ft tall showy flower stalks with white and pink cream flowers in summer. Prefers part shade to shade and moist, but well drained soils. Will grow 2-3 ft in height and similar spread. Excellent in the garden and containers. Hardy in USDA zones 7-10, so may need some winter protection if colder than average season is predicted.

These plants and many others like them are usually available year round at Art's Nursery. If you are making a special trip, please call ahead (604.882.1201) to confirm availability.


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