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Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Posted By: Shelley Levis in Christmas

Are you trying to figure out what to get everyone on your list for Christmas? We know it can be challenging to come up with gift ideas that are as unique as the people receiving them. Our team put together 24 fantastic solutions that are sure to bring smiles Christmas morning and will help you check off a few boxes on your list!
Best Mom Eva

#1. Best Mom Eva!

Of course,we start with the most important woman on everyone's list! Our apparel section has the most beautiful (and super soft!) scarves, wraps and sweaters. Pair it up with a gorgeous bag and add a pretty accent necklace and you got your Mom covered this year.

The Salad Maker

#2 The Salad Maker

That co-worker / work friend that brings a salad for lunch (like every single day), will love growing their own fresh sprouts in this jar and sprouting seeds gift idea.

Gifts For The Yogi

#3 The Yogi

You don’t have to stretch yourself trying to come up with an idea for this person on your list. They will love receiving the energy you put into getting them any of these thoughtful gifts. Namaste.
Gifts For Teacher

#4 For Teacher

We have plenty of living gifts ideas for that person who spends their days encouraging young minds to grow. Check out our selection of perfect gifts for teacher.

Gifts For The Beer Master

#5 The Beer Master

He’ll get hopped up on these great décor accessories to add to his mini bar where he serves up his latest brew.

Gifts For The Dog Lover

#6 The Dog Lover

Everyone has that friend or family member that posts a pic of their pooch every. single. day! Follow their lead and get them something they’ll love to share with their fur-baby.
Gifts For The Deep Thinker

#7 The Deep Thinker

Any Bliss Bandit on your list will love these fabulous gift ideas. Our incense is made with all - natural spices and is perfect for getting into the zone.

Sucka For Success - Gifts for Succulent Collectors

#8 Sucka for Succas

You know the type, they seem to come home with a new cactus or succulent every week! We have a huge selection of plants and cool little pots perfect for giving this person who simply can’t get enough.

Gifts For The Indoor Grower

#9 The Indoor Grower

It might be cold outside, but growers be growing year - round with the book Countertop Gardens. Pair this manual on how to grow indoors with some growing supplies for the perfect gift for the budding gardener on your list.

Gifts For The Crazy Cat Lady

#10 Crazy Cat Lady

We all have one on our list! She’ll love any of these Purr-fect gift ideas.

Gifts For The Hockey Mom

#11 Hockey Mom

She’s your #1 fan and biggest cheerleader! Keep your Mom warm in the stands while she cheers on Canada’s favorite game.

Gifts For The Busy Bee

#12 The Busy Bee

They need a time out! We absolutely love these essential oils and these beautiful ceramic (that’s right, not plastic!) diffusers. This is a must for anyone that needs a break.

Gifts For The Outback Jack

#13 The Outback Jack

Not sure what to get that fella that just loves the outdoors? We havee a few gift ideas that will remind him of his favorite past time even if he’s at the office.

Gifts For The Book Worm

#14 The Book Worm

They love books, they love gardening. We have a great selection of books they can dig into and bury themselves in during the cold winter months.

Gifts For The Mood Maker

#15 The Mood Maker

Salt rock lamps are an excellent gift to give! Not only do they create a warm ambient glow, they also clean the air, reduce allergies and asthma symptoms and neutralize electromagnetic radiation. Every household should have one! We also have selenite and amethyst crystals in store.

Gifts For Tea Toters

#16 Tea Toting

Have you ever had Lavender Earl Grey Tea? It’s like a little bit of heaven in a mug! If you have a tea lover on your list, then you must get them this tea. 100% Satisfaction guarantee!

Gifts For The Road Warrior

#17 The Road Warrior

Some folks love road trips and discovering new places. These adorable car accessories will help them travel in style!

Gfts For The Houseplant Hoarder

#18 Houseplant Hoarder

Plants are like Pringles, you can never have just one! Not sure what to give someone? Give them a living gift that helps clean the air, creates a calm environment and brings green indoors!

Gifts For The BBQ King

#19 BBQ King

Have you ever tried Lavender with lamb? Your king of the grill will love trying out these lavender infused ingredients!

Gifts For The Shelfie Styler

#20 Shelfie Styler

Shelfies say something about who you are and what you love. We have those special something somethings that will make your shelfie express your selfie. (psst... don’t forget to add a plant!)

Hostess Gifts

#21 Hostess Gifts

On your way to a dinner party? Don’t forget to bring the wine and one of these wonderful gifty ideas for the host.

Gifts For Sister Style

#22 Sister Style

You don’t have to worry if it will fit if you buy your sister one of our gorgeous wraps! So soft and comfy, she’ll wear it everywhere.

Gifts For The Crazy Plant Lady

#23 The Crazy Plant Lady

Yes, they dwell among us and they simply cannot get enough! Feed their addiction by visiting our tropical department and be sure to grab them this bag. The will carry it with pride!

Stocking Stuffers

#24 Stocking Stuffer Ideas

It might be last minute, but it’s a little gift that gives a lot! Drop in and grab one of our gift cards to stuff into their stocking. Good for home décor, seed starting supplies, gorgeous containers and of course... PLANTS!


Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Fall Gardening

Happy November people!!! Scarecrow season was a Spooktacular success and thank you to all who came by to build their very own scarecrow or who just came by to check it out!! We were able to raise $$$ for our charities!! I also want to thank all of our in house and sponsor builders!! There were some really creative and possibly slightly twisted folks out there!!
scarecrow image

I think it might be time for some glasses as I’ve now asked 3 different scarecrows if they were finding the plants they needed. On my behalf, it was a long day and may have been raining and occurred before my afternoon caffeine uptake. Time to tuck away our scarecrow creations for this year…who knows what creatures will take form on the nursery September and October!!

The fall colours this season were really spectacular around the lower mainland on the days that Mother Nature isn’t trying to drown you from the sky - it is still well worth a walkabout in your local park or even around your neighbourhood. It will give you a welcomed rest from the decorating version of whiplash that is about to occur as we change over from orange, black and gold to red, green and white!!

Things to look for in the garden (and at Arts Nursery!):

Beauty Berry - Calicarpa bodineri ‘Profusion’

Love love love this shrub!! Fragrant little violet puffs of fragrant flowers mid spring and intriguing metallic purple berries that last well into winter.
callicarpa - beauty berry

Hens and Chicks - Sempervivum

These are fascinating little sun and drought tolerant rockery plants that look amazing in the morning dew and frost!! We even have one variety that looks like gold. It GROWS that way…seriously!!!
hens and chicks gold nugget

Ironwood tree – Parrotia persica

An often over looked small tree that just grows along, looking glossy and green and minds its own business and doesn’t cause problems and then WOW!!! Along comes fall and you realize that tidy little tree you’ve been overlooking all year is actually a DIVA!! The fall colours of Parrotia persica are bold and glorious and really kick flowers in the… well anyway, they look really great!!

Blueberry Plants!!

Not only do they pay rent with their tasty offerings, these beauties just glow in fall with burgundy, red, orange and gold leaves and then continue through the winter with their red branches. Seriously…this is a win-win situation here.
blueberry plant fall foliage

I do enjoy this time of year where some of the background plants really do step up like the Red Twig Dogwood. They are really starting to glow and take centre stage now that they are losing their leaves. Add a bit of frost and snow and they will awesome!!
red twig dogwood stems

Don’t forget when you are raking up those leaves to leave some in the garden beds as mulch (even better if you have a mulcher blade on your mower). Don’t be too tidy when you are cleaning up and trimming back your garden…remember many pollinators overwinter in the hollow stems of spent perennials. It’s also not too late at all to plant bulbs if you want a little early glimmer of spring colour!

You will probably be rushing out for that final mow of lawn too!! Don’t forget to clean, dry and winterize your lawnmower or you will have a rusty, reluctant starter on your hands for next spring. Well, I’m off to binge eat Ben and Jerry’s and left over Halloween candy and try to get revved up about bringing out my winter clothes…yes I’m a procrastinator and no…I am not currently excited about turtle-necks and peppermint everything!!! I’ll get there, but it might take some convincing. Talk to you next month…or when you come by to visit at the nursery, stay dry, take time for yourself and don’t forget your Poppy!

Cheers ... Laurelle


Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Posted By: Arts Nursery Staff in Conifers

Our world can change so quickly. We move into our first home with its tiny yard. We leave a larger home with a large yard that we have loved, for a smaller home with a smaller yard that we will love just as much. There just isn’t room for that 20’- 30’ tree or that large mugo pine. But, what hasn’t changed is our desire to enjoy our yards whether looking through a window, or enjoying a day outside.

It is often our sanctuary, no matter the size. It brings us joy, or perhaps provides us with quiet solitude. We create a lifetime of new memories in it. That is a tall order for a small yard, but one the nursery industry has recognized. The list of semi-dwarf and true dwarf evergreens and deciduous trees is growing at such a fast pace. The choices are absolutely amazing, but as the selection has grown, making the right choices has become difficult at times. No matter the size of your garden, it is still too easy to buy a plant because you just love it only to find that it outgrows its space, or just doesn’t fit. I am quite sure most of us can identify with this experience. So, I want to share with you a selection of my all-time favorites. Plants that I know stand the test of time and provide easy care for years.

Let’s start with three very different and equally beautiful deciduous trees. Let me assure you though, there are so many more to choose from at the nursery.

Full Moon Maple in Container

Acer japonicum 'Full Moon'

One of my favorites is Acer japonicum 'Full Moon'. Although this picture shows what an outstanding container plant it is, it does equally well in the garden. This is an award winning tree, and for good reason. The tree naturally has an upright, densely branched form. The leaves are strikingly shaped, having 7-11 lobes. It thrives in part shade to shade and will require little to no pruning due to its natural eye-catching form. It is a very slow growing tree, taking years to reach 8’-10’. Another important attribute is its incredible fall color, turning the most amazing shades of red with the display lasting for weeks as this treasure holds on to its leaves long into the fall.

Zone – Hardy to Zone 5

Water needs – Even moisture

Sun requirements – morning sun, afternoon shade, will tolerate full sun with enough moisture, but watch for leaf burn

Height and Width 10’. Given the decades it needs, it can reach a maximum of 20ft high and 12ft wide

Cornus Kousa Wolf Eyes
Cornus Kousa Wolf Eyes

Cornus kousa 'Wolf Eyes'

Cornus Kousa 'Wolf Eyes' has been growing in my garden now for at least 15 years. I have watched it survive, flooding, drought, freezing rain, snow load, extreme heat….the list goes on. It is a true champion and comes through everything nature can throw at it just as spectacularly as the year before. This is a reliable variegated form of Dogwood, now standing at 8 feet high and about six feet wide. I absolutely love this tree. While reversion to green for variegated plants can be an issue … not so with this beauty. Once it finishes flowering, the green leaves accented with ivory along their edges make this tree shine like a beacon in the summer. It handles morning sun and loves even moisture. It takes on a unique pink and scarlet fall color. Its wavy leaves show this tree to its maximum beauty year round.

Zone – Hardy to Zone 5

Water needs – even moisture

Sun requirements – morning sun and afternoon shade but tolerant of full sun

Height and Width to date (15 years) – 8ft high by 6ft wide

Plant with – picea abies pendula – one shaped to keep a low profile

Acer palmatum Twombleys Red Sentinel

Acer palmatum 'Twomblys Red Sentinel'

Acer palmatum Twombly’s Red Sentinel has quickly weaved its way into the hearts of not just the lovers of Japaneses Maples, but the public in general. Who would not love the look of those gorgeous larger red Japanese Maples in a compact, but equally stunning form? It has all the characteristics that you have come to expect from a maple . . . the rich burgundy foliage in the spring to the scarlet red foliage in the late fall and all the other expectations in between. While its overall size is much smaller, it will not make you wait long to be able to appreciate its addition to your garden.

Zone – Hardy to Zone 5

Water needs – Average moisture

Sun requirements – Part sun to full sun Size – 10ft -12ft high 5ft-6ft wide

Plant with – goes with almost every plant in your garden. Try weeping long needled white pines

Pinus mugo Carstens Winter Gold
Pinus mugo Carstens Winter Gold Fall Colour

Pinus mugo 'Carstens Wintergold'

Pinus mugo Carsten’s Wintergold – Pines have been a staple of gardens for decades and are a passion for me, as they are so varied in size, shape, and color. They seem to withstand almost any condition other than deep shade and are considered somewhat drought hardy once established. They are also not picky about soil, growing in almost any medium but very heavy wet clay. There is literally a pine for almost every corner of the garden, large or small. However, none stands out for versatility as much as this little gem. This shrub is considered by many to be one of the best winter gold pines available. If you are shopping in the late spring or summer look for a deep medium green shrub. If you are shopping in the fall, look for a butter yellow shrub with green hues deep in the center. It is almost magical to watch it warming into a butter yellow for the winter year after year. It is a true dwarf in that it puts on less that two inches of growth per year. The shrubs shown in these photos are 8 years old now and have never been pruned.

Zone – Hardy to Zone 2

Water needs – Average to light moisture once stablished

Sun requirements – Full sun for best color

Size – 18in-24in high 18in-24in wide

Plant with or near – picea procumbens glauca pendula
Chamaecyparis obtusa Nana Gracilis

Chamaecyparis obtusa nana gracilis

Chaemcyparis obtusa nana gracillis is another award winning plant pick. It has been gracing our gardens for over 150 years, adding a naturally sculpted look without a pruner ever touching it. It has dark green foliage with a fan-like layered look, putting on growth in an irregular but eye-catching manner. There is little to say about this treasure as it speaks for itself once you see it. There are several different cultivars that have varied applications for your garden. This is an easy choice for the smaller yard. Bu,t look for this plant in gold hues too – known as Chaemcyparis obtusa nana gracillis aurea.

Zone – Hardy to Zone 5

Water needs – Average to light moisture once stablished

Sun requirements – Full sun to part shade

Size –6ft high 4ft wide

Plant with – weeping burgundy Japanese maple

Nandina domestica Gulf Stream

Nandina domestica 'Gulf Stream'

Nandina domestica Gulf Stream is not what you typically think of when you mention evergreen shrubs, but it is in a class all its own. Also known as false bamboo, please do not let the nickname fool you. It is nothing like the running bamboos many of us picture. It isn’t even in the same family. It is only due to the look of the foliage that it has acquired this misnomer! This is truly one of the most versatile and beautiful evergreen shrubs to have in your garden, with leaf color ranging from bluish-greens, oranges, golds, to reds, and bronze. This is a tough little plant, going so far as to be planted en masse in city boulevards. But it is just at home in your garden. It also makes a great addition to your winter container planting.

Zone – Hardy to Zone 6
Water needs – Drought tolerant once established

Sun requirements – Full sun to light or open shade

Size –3ft high 3ft wide

Plant with – Juniper Bluestar or Pinus Slowmound

As always, call ahead if you are interested in any of these plants as our selection is always changing!


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