Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Selections for the Discerning Gardener

5 Great Plants to Try For Spring 2012

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The planting season has kicked off to a great start, so here are five of my favorites that you can try out in your garden this Spring.

beesia deltophylla plant

Beesia deltophylla

Ginger-Leaf False BugBane

A superb evergreen perennial from China with lustrous, heart-shaped, dark green leaves with an almost oil-like sheen; bronze-red new growth and winter colour.  Plants begin to bloom in April and will continue sporadically through fall with tall sprays of dainty star-like white flowers.  Beesia prefers a slightly moist, rich soil in shade and is quite tolerant of heavy shade.  Makes a great groundcover and works well in mixed planters.       

Height:  30cm  Spread:  30cm+  Zone:  6

Giant Himalayan Lily

Cardiocrinum cordatum var glehnii

Giant Himalayan Lily

A much rarer Japanese form of the more common Giant Himalayan Lily with large, glossy dark green hosta-like leaves; reddish-bronze in spring. This is a smaller growing form with flowering stalks to 2m, the large strongly fragrant trumpets are white with a greenish cast and dark reddish inner markings. Plant in humus enriched soil with good drainage in partial shade.

Height: 1.25-2m Spread: 30cm+ Zone: 6
hylomecon japonica , japanese poppt

Hylomecon japonica

Japanese Poppy

An uncommon woodland groundcover from Japan this vigorous (but not invasive) spreading perennial forms a neat mound of light green leaves. The clear, golden-yellow, single poppy-like flowers appear in early spring and can last for several weeks. Plant in a cool, moist shady location; plants may go dormant in high summer if it gets too hot and dry.

Height: 30cm Spread: 60-90cm Zone: 5
double stuff variegated solomons seal
Photo Courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries

Polygonatum odoratum var. pluriflorum 'Double Stuff'

Variegated Solomons Seal

An elegant woodland classic with arching reddish stems and dark green leaves with a broad clean white edge. In early spring you will find small clusters of white bell-like flowers hanging just below the leaves. Prefers partial shade to shade in a rich woodland soil. This superior selection is sure to be an eye-catcher that will brighten any dull site.

Height: 75cm Spread: 60cm Zone: 3
poppy fern picture
Photo Courtesy of Harkaway Botanicals

Pteridophyllum racemosum

Poppy Fern

Until a few years ago this plant was scarcely known to but a few of the most avid collectors, even Rebecca didn't know how to classify this one! A very unique perennial endemic to the mountains of Japan it forms an evergreen rosette of dark green, fern-like leaves (like a miniature Jurassic tree) which are topped by short spikes of pendulous clean white flowers; spring into summer. Prefers moist, humus rich, well drained soil in a cool shady site. Makes a great container specimen and conversation piece.

Height: 15-30cm Spread: 30cm+ Zone: 5

All of these plants are available at Arts Nursery, albeit in very limited quantities. Please call ahad to confirm availability.

Lyle Courtice A.H.

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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