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Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Winter Gardens

November can be a tough month for gardens. In our case, we've just been pummelled by nearly 30 days of continuous rain, but extremely mild temperatures. Plants are still growing and not everything has gone dormant, but they are taking swimming lessons in order to survive! Normally, this is a month where not too many things are left flowering, so most garden colour comes from foliage, stems, berries and bark. That's what this collection of a few of my favourite November plants has to offer.

Skimmia japonica Rubella

Rubella Japanese Skimmia

Skimmia japonica ‘Rubella’

Skimmias are workhorse evergreen shrubs ideal for part sun to part shade. Rubella offers red winter buds that open into white flowers in early Spring. It’s fragrant too! This male form is an excellent pollinator for female skimmia in order to produce red attractive berries on those plants. Rubella Skimmia can be used both in the garden or in containers when given a little winter protection. Hardy to zone 6

Wintergreen | Gaultheria procumbens

Wintergreen

Gaultheria procumbens

Wintergreen is a cool season favourite in the Pacific Northwest. It is a North American native with glossy deep green leaves that acquire red tints in the winter. Pink bell-shaped summer flowers blooming are followed by bright red, edible berries in fall and winter. Berries and foliage have a strong wintergreen scent. Grows to 6 inches tall and 8-12 inches wide. A great companion for Rhododendrons, Azaleas or in woodland or wildflower gardens. Best grown in part shade to part sun in right, acidic, moist, but well drained soil. Water regularly in summer. Hardy in zones 3-7

Camellia Yuletide

Yuletide Camellia

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’ is an extremely popular red flowering camellia shrub that typically blooms in November or December in our climate. Large red flowers with a golden stamens make an elegant statement in the winter garden. Great as a foundation shrub or espalier. Glossy, dark green, evergreen foliage can also be used to create a handsome natural hedge. Provide some protection from rain, snow and ice to maximize the flower show. Yuletide Camellia is a moderate grower reaching 8-10ft in height and width. Best in part sun to part shade, but will tolerate full sun in cooler climates like ours.

Holly Scallywag

Scallywag Holly

Ilex x meservae ‘MonNieves’

Scallywag Holly is an exciting discovery. It’s a sport of Little Rascal Holly, but is more upright growing while still keeping a dense rounded form. Shiny dark green foliage takes on an attractive purple-burgundy tone in fall and winter. It’s a wonderful foundation shrub with improved disease resistance too! While it is a male form, and will not produce berries, plant it near female varieties for use as a pollinator. Evergreen. Hardy in USDA zones 5-9. Prefers to be grown in full sun with moderate water. Slow growing, but will ultimately reach 4ft tall and up to 3ft wide.

Red Beauty Holly

Red Beauty Holly

Our second Holly this time around, Red Beauty provides abundant bright red berries combined with dense dark green, evergreen foliage. It’s a a wonderful shrub to frame an entrance or driveway. Excellent when clipped or made into an informal hedge. Dense conical form requires little pruning to maintain. For best berry display, plant a male Holly variety nearby as a pollinator. Hollies are lovely when combined with Pieris, Kalmia and Rhododendrons.

Arctic Fire Red Twig Dogwood

Arctic Fire Red Twig Dogwood

Cornus stolonifera ‘Farrow' Arctic Fire Dogwood is a Proven Winners variety of red twig dogwood with dark red winter stems that are great for cutting. Green leaves provide seasonal interest too! It’s cousins are native to many parts of B.C. and it does particularly well in well drained to even boggy soil. A great selection for mass plantings, cutting gardens and is generally considered to be deer resistant. For best stems, prune a third of the branches to the ground in late winter or early spring. Grows 3-5ft tall and equally as wide.

Wilmas Goldcrest Cypress

Wilma Goldcrest Cypress

Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Wilma Goldcrest’

This fantastic bright golden-lime yellow cypress is always a winter favourite for gardens and pots. While it is not terribly hardy, what it lacks in longevity is made up for with good looks. It also delivers a nice lemony fragrance when brushed or bruised. For best results, plant it in a sheltered location and as long as we don’t get too cold you should have reasonable success with it. Prefers full sun. Hardy in zones 7-10

Carstens Winter Gold Mugo Pine

Carsten’s Wintergold Mugo Pine

Grown by Monrovia, ‘Carstens Winter Gold’ Mugo Pine, is one of the finest of the gold-hued dwarf pines. Short densely arranged needles are an attractive deep green in spring and summer, turning a rich gold tone as cold weather arrives. Colour is most intense in colder climates. It’s an outstanding specimen in smaller gardens, or plant in groupings to make a bold statement in larger landscapes. Great in combination with Japanese Maples, Holly and Switch Grass (Panicum).

Silberlock Korean Fir

Silberlocke Korean Fir

Abies koreana 'Silberlocke'

One of my personal favourites! Silberlocke Korean Fir, or Abies koreana 'Silberlocke' is a smallish conifer with shiny dark green needles that twist to show the silvery white underside. Stately brown conifers grow upwards amongst the foliage for added interest. Very unique looking specimen for the garden. Like most conifers, it prefers full sun and moist, but well drained soil. Fairly slow growing, but can ultimately reach 30ft tall and 20ft wide. Hardy to zones 5-6

Silberschmelze Winter Heather

Silberschmelze Winter Heather

Erica x darlyensis 'Silberschmelze'

Yup, another 'Silber', this time its one of the most popular white heathers. Erica x darleyensis 'Silberschmelze' is an attractive plant with dark green, almost conifer like foliage and creamy young growths in spring. White bell-shaped flowers are produced in abundance fromearly winter until late spring. Like most heathers, this one like full sun and moist, but well drained acidic soils. Most of our soils are naturally acidic, but if in doubt, mix in some peat moss into your soil or use an acidifying fertilizer like our Garden Pro Azalea / Rhododendron food. Silverschmelze Heather grows to 20 inches in height and up to 28 inches wide. Prune it lightly in spring after the flowers have finished to keep it looking neat and tidy. Hardy in zones 6-8.

As always, call ahead 604.882.1201 to confirm availability of these or any other plants as our selection is always changing.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Winter Gardens

As February begins, many people begin to experience a common malady called 'Gardenus addictus'. This somewhat uncommon condition afflicts more people than you would otherwise assume. Subtle symptoms begin to manifest as visits to gardening websites, hours spent pouring over seed catalogs and wandering aimlessly around empty garden beds. More extreme symptoms lead to days spent on Pinterest, visits to local garden centres in the pouring rain, seemingly random plunging of hands into cold, muddy soil, caressing weeds, and even performing tool maintenance on tools you cleaned last week. In order to provide some relief, we've taken the time to put together a small list of plants that will add interest to otherwise desolate gardens and landscapes. Enjoy!

6 winter shrubs for your garden

Rubinetta Japanese Skimmia

Skimmia japonica ‘Rubinetta’

This lovely evergreen shrub is a small to medium sized plant ideal for shade and part shade. Showy red winter flower buds open to small white flowers in early spring. Has a nice light fragrance. Male variety. Plant female skimmia nearby to produce striking red berries on those plants. Grows 2-3ft in height and spread.

Midwinter Fire Shrub Dogwood

Cornus sericea ‘Midwinter Fire’

Midwinter Fire is a striking shrub dogwood variety that produces clusters of white flowers in late spring and early summer followed by blue-black fruit. Darker green leaves turn yellow in winter before they fall. In winter the bare stems turn brilliant shades of orange, red and white. Best in full sun and moist , but well drained soils. Grows up to 8-10ft tall. Prune frequently to improve and manage shape. Extremely hardy to zone 2.

Double Play Winter Heather

Double Play is a lovely landscape plant that combines two varieties of winter heather in one pot. Blooms in winter through early spring in shades of lovely pink and striking white. Plant in groups for instant winter interest. Plant heathers in full sun and moist, but well drained acidic soils. Improve the acidity of your soil with peat, pine needles or with garden amendments.

Fragrant Sweetbox (Sarcococca)

Sarcoccoca ruscifolia

Sweetbox is another gorgeous, yet underused, evergreen shrub for shady locations. Upright growth habit and medium to dark green foliage is accented by masses of late winter blooming, delicate white, star-shaped flowers. Amazing fragrance will waft to fill the entire planting area. Red berries follow the blooms. An elegant addition to the garden border and can also be used as a hedge. Plant it somewhere you can enjoy the fragrance in winter. For example, near the front door, patio or along a frequently used walkway.

Witchhazel | Hamamelis varieties

Witchhazel

Hamamelis x intermedia

One of our favourite deciduous small trees or large shrubs is the Witchhazel. They bloom in late winter producing masses of crinkled, paperty, spidery looking flowers in shades of yellow, orange and red depending on the variety. Shown at the top of the article is a relatively new variety called ‘Angelly’. Other more common varieties are shown immediately above . Witchhazels carry rippled green leaves that also offer nice autumn colour before they fall. Grow in sun to part shade. Great vase shape and small size makes it ideal for even smaller homes and landscapes.

Winter Jasmine

Jasminum nudiflorum

This early blooming scrambling vine is a reliable and tough as nails plant ideal for adding vertical interest. Long, thin, arching green, cord-like stems with small leaves should be trained on trellises, arbors or fances. Bright yellow blooms in late winter. Grow in sun to part shade. Unlike other Jasmines it has no fragrance, but does add a lot of colour to otherwise drab winter gardens.

If you are interested in any of these wonderful plants, drop by and visit us at Art's Nursery or give us a call at 604.882.1201. As always, check ahead to confirm availability as our selection is always changing.


Saturday, November 12, 2011
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Gardening

himalayan white birch

We get more rain this month than any other, so with that in mind here is the list!

Take your vitamin C and vitamin D.

Wash your hands often.

Get a good amount of sleep – studies have found that lack of sleep not only causes a decrease in cognitive function: In a study of six graders, those who got 1 hour less in sleep scored two grades lower at the cognitive level of a 4th grader (Bronson and Merryman, Nurture Shock); but even more intriguing, negative stimuli are stored in the brain by the amygdala while positive stimuli are taken care of by the hippocampus an area of the brain more profoundly affected by sleep deprivation .

So, now that you are healthy, smart and in possession of all of your fond memories you are ready for the West Coast Winter…and the rest of the list:

brownpottery

Inspect your containers for cracks and ensure there is adequate drainage…you’ll need it.  Bring them up close to the house or under the deck.  Wrap all those that need wrapping with underlay, bubble wrap etc.  Or insulate with bags of leaves, or bales of hay etc.  for the more tender plants.  Be on the lookout for fallen evergreen boughs to spruce up your empty pots. 

red twig dogwood

 If you are lucky enough to have red twig dogwood or a contorted filbert now is the moment you’ve been waiting for to decorate your pots!!  If you don’t have greens and twigs handy you can come in to visit us, we have bunches.

If you don’t have a red twig dogwood or contorted filbert, now is a good time to get one.  You can still plant trees and hardy shrubs as long as the ground is not frozen.  

rake up leaves

Rake up and bag apple leaves and rose leaves and those leaves that were affected badly by pest and disease.  The others you can compost and use as mulch in your garden.

canna

You can still divide up hardy perennials.

Lift and store Dahlia’s, Cannas as well as other non hardy tubers.  Make sure to check and turn them often and mist as necessary.  Remember Cinnamon is a great fungicide; you can sprinkle your tubers with Cinnamon.

plant bulbs

You can plant your bulbs, garlic too, if you haven’t already and you can find a dry day.

Remember it takes approximately 9 months to grow garlic and the fall is the best time to plant it.

Blow out irrigation systems before the hard freezes come. My hubby  did the trailer yesterday.

Clean and put away your tools.  Drain the gas from your mower.  I think I’ll take the trampoline down too.  Lawn furniture is nicely tucked away.

shelter

Weed if it’s dry.  Weeding when the ground is mucky will cause soil compaction.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Don’t be too tidy with your clean up.  Beneficial insects and pollinators overwinter in hollow stems and under leaves and branches.  Lucky for me.

Don’t forget those pebble trays with water to humidify those house plants.  A mister works well too. If you're not sure, come on in and well show you what you need to do.

Take care of yourselves this winter, tuck into a good book and stay warm! 

Cheers,  Laurelle


Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Posted By: Lyle Courtice A.H. in Gardening

Fall, autumn… the final season before winter sets in once again.  It can be rather depressing as the garden is finishing up its summer splendor and plants are returning to the earth to sleep away the winter months.  But is it a time to be down or can it be one last kick at the can before the snow flies.


Autumn is a wonderful time with all its blazing glory of colour, many plants put out one last big splash before taking a much needed rest and some plants like Arum even begin their growing cycle now, sprouting from the ground with their tropical-like foliage and holding through the cold wet months adding that much needed foliar element to the winter white.
skimmia flower budsA host of plants do their flowering at this time of the year and some like Skimmia japonica even produce flower bud clusters reminiscent of tiny red berries that will hold through winter ready to bust open with their wonderfully fragrant flowers at the first sign of spring’s warmth.
Cones come into their own now too showing us another way plants express themselves in interesting and attractive ways.  What would those Thanksgiving and Christmas displays be without pine cones.

This is prime time for many plants to produce fruit, such abundant and colourful displays add both a fantastic addition to our fallscapes and offer much needed food for birds and other wildlife, keeping them fed through the lean months.

Autumn is a time when we can reap the bounty of our veggie gardens, pumpkins are ripe for harvest and transformation into pies, potatoes, onions, garlic, carrots, squash all fresh, delicious and grown in your own back yard (or pot!) can be enjoyed now.  Autumn is a time for celebration, a toast to the great spring and summer that it follows.Heuchera foliage collage

Grasses with their seed heads swaying in the breeze gently usher us into winter letting us know it is time for planting our spring flowering bulbs and winter veggies.

Heuchera and its relatives Heucherella and Tiarella, all evergreen perennials, have a wardrobe change before the winter season giving us more intense and vibrant leaf colour and markings.
But least we forget the fall colours that many plants display for our amazement.  Even some conifers give us a splash of gold and amber before retiring.

The kings of fall colour are of course the maples with their staggering array of yellows, ambers, orange, red and burgundy they are simply stunning in their glory making the fall season a wonderland of colour.

Interesting Plants With Attractive Fall and Winter Interest


Flowers For Late Summer

Flowers From Late Summer Into Fall
  • Buddleia
  • Calluna
  • Caryopteris (fragrant)
  • Cimicifuga (fragrant)
  • Clethra (fragrant)
  • Hibiscus
  • Roscoe
  • Zingiber


Flowers for Winter

Flowers - Fall to Winter
  • Hamamelis - Witchhazel
  • Camellia sasanqua
  • Daphne x transatlantica 'Eternal Fragrance'


Cotoneaster Berries

Plants With Attractive Fruit
  • Aronia
  • Callicarpa
  • Cotoneaster
  • Daphne tangutica
  • Nandina
  • Panax
  • Pyracantha
  • Skimmia
  • Vaccinium
  • Viburnum


Conifers With Fall Colour

Conifers With Fall Colour
  • Larix - Larch
  • Metasequoia
  • Pseudolarix
  • Taxodium


Oakleaf Hydrangea Fall Colour

Shrubs with Fall Colour
  • Acer palmatum
  • Aronia
  • Berberis
  • Clethra
  • Cornus
  • Cotinus
  • Enkianthus
  • Euonymus
  • Hydrangea quercifolia
  • Rhus
  • Vaccinium
  • Viburnum


Maples The Kings of Autumn

Trees with Attractive Fall Colour
  • Acer - Maples
  • Cercidiphyllum - Katsura
  • Cornus - Dogwood
  • Fagus - Beech
  • Ginkgo
  • Gleditsia
  • Nyssa
  • Oxydendron - Sourwood
  • Pyrus - Flowering Pear
  • Quercus - Oak

If you would like more information about which of these plants would work well in your garden, please don't hesitate to call 604.882.1201 or visit Art's Nursery in person. We'd be happy to assist in any way possible

Lyle Courtice Lyle Courtice, A.H.

 Lyle is a certified Horticultural Technician (Niagara College), Landscape Designer, Nurseryman and the proprietor of HarkAway Botanicals.

Since 1980 Lyle has worked in both the retail and wholesale sectors of the horticultural trade; he operates his own wholesale nursery, which focuses on an eclectic mix of rare and choice plant material from Asia, Europe and North America.

Lyle has appeared on The Canadian Gardener and is a contributing author to A Grower’s Choice (Raincoast books 2001).  His horticultural expertise makes him sought after as a consultant, lecturer, photographer, instructor and writer.  An industry veteran, Lyle is esteemed within the horticultural community for his passionate and often humorous enthusiasm for plants.

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