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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.

 


Friday, May 6, 2016
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Gardening

Hello Everyone!

We’ve been very busy here at Art’s and I hope you come by and see our new look!! We have changed things around a bit to make it easier for you to shop and be inspired! Mother nature has certainly given us some interesting weather to work with this spring but we are West Coast Gardeners…we can adapt our strategies! Ladies and gentlemen, here is your list:

Lawn Care

Lawns

Mow, Fertilize with a good slow release lawn food and over seed any worn areas. We have some handy dandelion pullers and some really therapeutic long handled weed torches for those problem areas. Remember, ideal growing conditions for lawn is a nice deep non-compacted, well-draining soil between 6-8 inches, 6 or more hours of sun and a neutral ph. A healthy lawn is able to outcompete just about any weed.

If you are having lawn issues, figure out which of the growing conditions are not being met and fix it. If you cannot fix the issue ie, only 1 or two hours of sun then perhaps turf grass is not for you. There are a number of options and we can help!! You can come in and talk to Dave our own Lawn Whisperer or any of our horticulturists.

Trees and Shrubs

Protect your trees with a cleared tree circle 2-3 feet, mulched with composted mulch or even a living groundcover mulch to prevent weed whacker damage. On new plantings and shrubs with soft growth such as roses watch for aphids at this time and spray them off with the hose. With the temperature fluctuations this spring powdery mildew is an issue on many plants, watch for it and remove affected leaves early or cut back affected branches on fast growing vines such as honeysuckle.

Tree Gators

There are also organic as well as non- organic control methods available. Now is also a great time to plant and mulch your garden beds. Treegators are a good investment if you are planting larger trees in your yard. They are quick to fill up and will slowly trickle water down into the plant roots. Now is also a good time to feed your plants, we have a good selection of organic fertilizers as well as fertilizers specific to your planting needs.

Hanging Baskets

Planter Pots and Hanging Baskets

Yes, I would say you could get cracking on these. Do be mindful of the evening temps though and if you’ve planted tender annuals be prepared to throw some Remay or newspaper over them if the evening temperature takes a dip. Our hanging baskets have just arrived and we do have a very good selection of basket stuffers.

We have a number of planter classes coming up if you need some inspiration, we also have our new Creation Station for you to come out and visit to help you get some Plantspiration! Consider straying from the norm and mix up your planters with Dwarf Conifers, Perennials, Herbs and a dab of Annuals. You can even incorporate a hard feature such as a decorative shovel, water bowl or concrete ornament to bling out your pots! Don’t forget to feed your plants every third time you water to get maximum impact!!

Veggie Starts

Veggie Gardens

We have some handy dandy growing charts so you can make sense of what you can plant now by seed and what you can plant out as starts. Even with the warm weather I am keeping my tomatoes and peppers in for a little bit. The daytime temps are good but the night time temps are still a little cool for the heat lovers like tomatoes, peppers and watermelon.

We have tons of seeds and veggie starts. We have a great selection of the colourful tomato cages which I like to use the tomato cages for tomatoes and peppers (I can cover with a clear plastic bag for an instant greenhouse), snap peas…I put the cages wide side down and bend in the legs as well as for some of my floppy perennials such as peonys!

Water Hycainths and Pond Plants

Water Gardens

Make sure everything is in working order, clean up any remaining debris. Feed your water lilies and add some marginals such as Marsh Marigold or some cool Equisetum. Add floating oxygenators such as Water Hyacinth and Frogbit. You want to achieve about 75% surface coverage to prevent algae blooms. Feed your fish as they become active once they run out of mosquito larvae to snap up!

That should be enough for now, don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers and even get out and go for a walk in your neighbourhood to see what’s in bloom!! A lot of plants are blooming early so don’t miss them!!

Happy Gardening! Laurelle


Thursday, October 15, 2015
Posted By: Shelley Levis in Berries

In this video, Shelley Levis introduces you to four of her favourite shrubs that produce colourful berries in Fall. These include: Callicarpa, Aronia 'Autumn Magic', Spring Bouquet Viburnum and Victory Pyracantha

Spring Bouquet Viburnum

Spring Bouquet Viburnum

Viburnum tinus 'Spring Bouquet' (also called 'Compactum')

Spring Bouquet Viburnum is a beautiful evergreen shrub with lightly fragrant, pinkish white flowers. Flowers form striking metallic bluish-purple berries in fall. A dense, compact growth habit makes it a favourite choice for small hedges, screens and foundation plantings. Prefers full to partial sun in moist, but well drained soils. Grows moderately quick to 4-6ft tall and wide. Hardy in USDA zones 7-11

Autumn Magic Chokecherry / Chokeberry

Autumn Magic Chokeberry / Chokecherry

Aronia melanocarpa 'Autumn Magic'

Originally from the University of British Columbia, Autumn Magic Chokeberry is a compact, ornamental shrub with small clusters of white flowers in the spring, followed by purplish-black berries in the fall. The berries are somewhat edible, but quite tart. They are best suited for jams, jellies and baking when combined with other sweeter berries. Foliage turns a brilliant red in the fall. Needs full sun but tolerates extreme cold - it's hardy to zone 3!

Victory Pyracantha / Victory Firethorn

Victory Firethorn / Pyracantha

Pyracantha koidzumii  'Victory'

Victory Firethorn, or Pyracantha as it is also known is a great deer resistant barrier shrub for the garden. Masses of white spring flowers turn into colourful orange berries that attract birds in the fall. It is easy to grow and waterwise for added benefit. Prefers full sun and is hardy in zones 7-9. Grows 8-10ft tall and 6-8ft wide.

Profusion Beautyberry

Profusion Beauty Berry Shrub

Callicarpa bodinieri 'Profusion'

Beauty Berry gets its name from the masses of metallic purple berries that cover its foliage in fall and winter. It is a superb deciduous shrub with green foliage that has an exciting bronze tinge when new. Small purplish flowers appear in summer amongst the large green leaves. Prune in late winter to early spring to encourage new growth. Prefers full sun. Grows to 6-10ft high and wide. Hardy in USDA zones 5-8.

Two More Plants That Didn't Make The Video!

As we tried our best to keep the video short, these two plants were not included, but are still great fall berry producing plants.

Wintergreen

Wintergreen

Gaultheria procumbens

This groundcover evergreen plant forms low mounds of dark green foliage, often with a reddish hue.. White waxy, urn-shaped flowers are borne in the late spring to early summer and are followed by round red fruits. Fruits are 'somewhat' edible. they have a striking wintergreen - peppermint like flavour, but are very pithy and bland. Wintergreen is an excellent plant for acidic soils and partial sun or shade. Grows up to 12 inches in height and 3ft across.

Red Beauty Holly

Red Beauty Holly

Ilex x 'Rutzan'

Red Beauty Holly delivers abundant crops of bright red berries combined with dense, deep green, evergreen spiny foliage. Tiny white flowers emerge in spring. It is excellent as a specimen or in an informal hedge. Use for framing an entrance or lining a drive. Maintains a dense form with little or no pruning. Red Beauty forms a dense, upright conical form 7-10ft tall and 4-5ft wide. Needs full to part sun and regular watering. Hardy in USDA zones 6-10.

If you have any questions about these plants, or want to add them to your garden, drop by Art's Nursery, or give us a call at 604.882.1201. We'd be happy to assist you! As always, call ahead to confirm availability as our selection is always changing.


Friday, April 17, 2015
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Gardening

An excellent start to April thus far and as far as therapy’s go…weeding is an excellent calmative therapy after an hour spent with a learning driver, just saying. Timing is the name of the gardening game in Spring. Put things in too early and they might be chilled or washed away in the rain. Start things too late and you might not have the selection or size you are looking for.

Be prepared, spend time in the garden each day, even if it is just a walk through. April is where you really get down to work on the garden planning you began in the winter. Keep an eye on the weather and cover any new or tender plantings if Mother Nature throws us some challenges. Now let’s get cracking on the list!

Lawns

– Mowing…Yay! If it makes you feel better about it, put on the step counter or borrow one and see how many steps you log in one mow. Mid- month is a good time to fertilize if you’d really like to mow more. A good well rounded fertilizer with micronutrients is preferred. If you have a lot of moss in your lawn you can apply moss killer when the temperature is in the optimum range for application for the moss killer you are using which is usually around 10-15 degrees Celcius.

Moss Away Moss Control

If you have weeds that bother you, there are tools, weed torches and sprays you can use selectively on the weeds. Gone are the days when you dump weed n feed over your entire lawn. It is a waste of chemical and money. Selective weeding by hand or spray is better for you, your lawn and better for your wallet. Healthy, vigorous grass can outcompete most weeds. Remember the theme of spring…timing. This is key in lawn care.

Garden Beds

Weeding and fertilizing. Weed first…don’t feed your enemy! Timing is key…don’t weed when your garden is saturated with water, pull weeds out before they go to seed. Now is a great time to plant new shrubs and perennials. Once you’ve weeded, consider mulching to make your work a bit easier. Remember, mulch will draw nitrogen from the soil as it breaks down so adjust with a little extra fertilizer for your plants.

Trees

Now is a great time to plant new trees. Fertilize trees around the drip line and don’t forget to make a tree circle to protect your trees especially in the lawn. A tree circle is a 3 foot buffer circle that is mulched or planted with a living mulch such as Perennial Geranium. It helps to protect your tree from poor mower driving practices by teens trying to make some speedy allowance by rushing the mow job or by overly enthusiastic weed whacking …tree circles save lives…tree lives.

If you haven't checked out the Surrey Tree Voucher program - what are you waiting for? Its a fabulous offer for residents of Surrey!

Hanging Baskets

Planters and Hanging baskets

Plan your pots and select annuals and perennials as needed. Remember if you do plant up the annuals it is a bit cool for them at the beginning of the month and you will have to give them a little bit of shelter and warmth. Don’t be fooled into placing them out too early or you will be buying them twice.

Ponds and Water Plants

Clean up, trim and divide pond plants as needed. You can fertilize them once they start growing with a good slow release pond plant fertilizer. Expect a spring Algae bloom, it will subside once your plants start to actively grow and provide coverage. You can add floaters once it warms up towards the end of the month and into the beginning of May. Our water plants should be arriving later this week!

Veggie Gardens

Veggie Gardens

Some veggies can be planted directly into the ground at this time such as Beets, Carrots and Spinach. Some veggies can also still be started indoors. West Coast Seeds and Rene’s Garden websites are fantastic resources for the gardener. If you still have questions we offer workshops with our own crazy veggie lady Kayla, who is starting our very own Art’s Veggie garden at the back of our greenhouse. Stop by and see how our veggie garden is growing (coming soon!).


Monday, March 16, 2015
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Gardening

Happy almost Spring everyone!! The weather is warm, we’ve had sunshine and lots of it. A little bit of rain and then sunshine again. Maybe I’m just a cautious person but this weather has me looking over my shoulder waiting for Mother Nature’s sucker punch! I am prepared for a lot. I am seeding early but I have a roll of Remay in case of frost. I have my summer clothes bins ready but I’ve kept out my winter wear. This season my motto is ‘Roll with it’. Here is your ‘Honey Do’ list:

Lawn Care

Lawns

You can aerate if your soil is not soggy. You can top dress and lime as well. If the mild weather continues you could even think about fertilizing, moss killing and even seeding by next month.

Moss removal is a question we get all the time at the nursery. Here are 5 simple ways to deal with moss.

  • Make the area less shady
  • Improve the drainage or topdress with soil/said
  • Apply lime
  • Rake away or manually remove dead moss
  • If all else fails, apply a moss killer product

It is likely time to mow as well, be sure to call a friend or relative that lives back east and have them ‘Guess the sound’….no….not a snowblower….keep guessing though.

If you don’t have a friend or relative back east you are welcome to call one of mine, expect some spirited conversation…there might be expletives if there is another snowfall.

dolopril lime

Shrub Pruning

Trees and Shrubs

There is still a bit of time to prune but stick with small cuts and then wait to see if the sap is running. A lot of things are breaking dormancy early so try to go easy and stick with the 3 D’s…dead, damaged or diseased or hold off for summer pruning if you have fruit trees. For those of you that know me…improper pruning gives me a headache.

Check out www.treesaregood.com for more in depth advice on proper pruning. You can also call a certified Arborist. We have many awesome ones. After proper pruning has occurred, a tree or shrub should not actually look pruned or stubby but should look more open. There are some exceptions of course…some roses, apples, spirea or twig dogwood if you are coppicing them and a few others. If you mess up…I will find you. You will not like my mad-face. If you are enjoying heather, give it a trim once it is finished blooming.

Garden Beds

Weed and clean up the garden beds. Now is a great time to divide up perennials if you have an abundance. Share with your neighbours or start a plant swap. Be mindful of emerging pollinators and beneficial insects when you clean up your garden. Now is a good time to top dress your garden beds with mulch, manure or compost. If this weather is any indication…this summer might be a dry one so a good deep root system and a protective layer of much might just be an important asset.

Spring Planter

Planters

Freshen up your planters. If emptied of last years annuals, remove the old soil (or the top 8 -12 inches) and add some fresh. If you have perennials in your planters, tidy them up, top dress with compost and take a look at the drainage. If you have evergreens you can trim, root prune if you are trying to decrease size and make sure they are not outgrowing their pot.

Veggie Starting

Veggie Gardens

Some veggies can be direct sown at this time such as Arugula, Kale, Garlic, Peas and Spinach and some can still be started indoors like Broccoli, Cabbage, Lettuce and Tomatoes. If you are not sure where to start, we’ve got some seeding workshops coming up at the nursery. Come and join us for fun and some great tips!

Get ready for one heck of a spring and summer. Something tells me this is going to be an interesting year! Have an adventure and don’t be afraid to try something new!


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