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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Summer Garden

The Summer Garden

Posted By: Marian Vaughan in Gardening

There is a myth, probably born in heat & nurtured in the longing for shade & leisure, that there “isn’t much to do” in the garden in the heat of summer. There is another, born more respectably of summer’s flat light, that the garden itself is dull.

Alas (in one case) and fortunately (in another) both are myths: the summer garden has much to offer in way of work and beauty. Let’s start with chores. Do them early in the day, promising yourself some time in the shade, with your beverage of choice to follow as a reward for your hard work.


Generally, you have still got to keep weeding, but it’s time to stop feeding. By the end of the month, you don’t want to encourage new sappy growth. Winter is not coming soon, but it is coming. You want all your plants to be aware of this change: allow berries to form, allow growth to harden. In each department specifically:

Trees

Keep well hydrated, but intelligently. When you water a plant that has good drainage, and it has dried out 4 inches below the surface, water it well around the dripline and you will be carrying oxygen to the roots along with water. If drainage is bad, the roots sit in water and the plant drowns.  If you water too briefly, the plant maintains a shallow root system and the need for water is increased.  Trees with shallow roots are also more vulnerable to wind.  So, in sum: ensure good drainage from the beginning, then water infrequently but deeply (at least 8-12" into the ground).

Mid Summer is also a good time to prune several fruit and ornamental trees.  There is a kind of secondary dormancy that sets in during the heat, and difficult trees like Japanese maples can be thinned and shaped without difficulty as long as the temperature is not above 27C.  

Shrubs

In the shrub garden, roses should be pruned for the last time in August to encourage new growth.  After this pruning, you must leave them alone to form hips. Rosehips are nature's way of saying to the plant: winter is coming, enough with the new growth. A rose hardened off in this way will survive much better than one that keeps trying to throw out sappy growth.


Hydrangeas will be performing their yearly colour change. Some people like to nip the top flowers to encourage more shoots from the sides on the “repeat” varieties. On the other hand, the maturation of that flower urges the plant to form strong growth for the coming year.


In general, it is better to leave shrubs alone at this time, the urge to be too tidy can lead to winter death.

However, yew and boxwood hedges should be trimmed now to encourage the formation of dense growth. It is also a good idea to do a good shearing of cedar hedges at this time.

Perennials

In the perennial garden, it is time to divide iris and peonies to share.  They too enter a dormant period in July and August, and it is not difficult to lift them and break off pieces of rhizome or root to create new plants for your friends. Broken roots of poppies will also regenerate surprisingly quickly if planted at one.

It is also a good thing to deadhead or shear back perennials. You will often get a small rebloom in the summer, but don't go crazy, cutting them back to nothing: remember here too that sappy growth is dangerous when the cold comes in fall.  Luckily here in the lower mainland, the real cold doesn't typically arrive until December and January, so these cautions only apply in October or so.

Bulbs

It is the time when many bulbs come on sale at local nurseries. Plants such as daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, crocus and many more. Try to get to them, and get them planted, as soon as possible. Some bulbs (notoriously snowdrops) really loathe being dried out, and the sooner you can get them in the ground, the better.

Lawn

In drought & heat, reserve water for gardens. Lawns cope with heat by going brown & rebound as soon as rains start. Heaven knows we have a LOT of rain.  Once it starts, you can mow, but leave lawn clippings on surface to nourish the growing grass.

 

On the bright side - Hardy fuchsias are still going strong, hibiscus & buddleia are holding their own, and of course, there are roses, whose wonderful fragrance we can enjoy. It is a long time before autumn will start to turn the colour of the leaves and lay a frigid hand on the garden.  

Having done your self-assigned chores in the morning, you now have a chance to sit on the deck, gaze upon with pleasure and enjoy the fruits of your labour.


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.

 


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Heavenly Heucheras 2015

How To Grow Heucheras

Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Perennials

Heucheras are a perennial plant grown most often for their striking, long lasting, colourful foliage. Also known as Coral Bells or Alum Root, they are an excellent addition to the garden or container. Heucheras are available in many colours ranging from near-purple black to stunning lemon-gold. There are a 40+ species, all of which are native to the Americas. In this post, we'll introduce you to the basics of growing heucheras as well as showcase 9 of our favourites for 2015.

How to Grow Heucheras

Heucheras are a perennial plant predominantly hardy in zones 4-9. They generally prefer shade to part shade, but some varieties will tolerate full sun. Too much sun will cause leaf scorch or colour fade. All appreciate moist, but well drained soils.

Most Heucheras bloom on tall spikes in late spring or summer, but the flowers are somewhat insignificant. Some gardeners prefer to cut back the flowers, but they are known to attract hummingbirds to the garden. Cutting back the flowers will redirect more energy into leaf production, so it’s your call! Heucheras can be divided every 3-5 years to keep them looking fresh and to avoid them dying out in the center. While they are hardy in our area, a layer of protective mulch will help them survive any extreme weather conditions. Prune away dead or withered leaves in early spring.

So without further ado… here are our 9 Heavenly Heucheras for Fall 2015.

9 Heavenly Heucheras for 2015

Dolce Key Lime Pie Coral Bells

Heuchera Dolce ‘Key Lime Pie’

Key Lime Pie is part of the Dolce series of Heucheras and offers attention getting lime-green foliage. Works best as a contrast to darker toned plants. Insignificant flowers are borne in spring and early summer. Flowers can be trimmed to maintain appearance. Use at the front of beds, as edging or in containers. Grows to 14 inches in spread. Excellent when combined with Hostas, Athyriums and Impatiens. Best grown in shade to part shade. Hardy in USDA zones 4-9

Grape Soda Coral Bells

Heuchera ‘Grape Soda’

Grape Soda Heuchera features rose pink leaves followed by lovely purple pink flowers. Summer leaves are purple burnished with silver. Delivers wonderful vigor and crown. Grows to 12 inches in height and 15 inches in spread. Tolerates sun but best in part shade. Hardy to USDA zones 4-9

Paprika Coral Bells

Heuchera ‘Paprika’

Heuchera ‘Paprika’ is an outstanding selection with gently-lobed, paprika red coloured leaves with stems of white bell-shaped flower sprays that appear in spring. They are wonderful in the front of the border, in rock gardens and in mixed containers. Originally introduced by Terra Nova Nurseries in 2012. Prefers part shade but will tolerate the sun. Grows 6-8 inches in height and 12-16 inches across. Hardy in USDA zones 4-9.

Hercules Coral Bells

Heuchera ‘Hercules’

Hercules offers eye catching variegated foliage in mottled shades of green and white. Mounded growth habit grows to a maximum height of 8-10 inches. Best grown in shade to part shade. Hardy in USDA zones 4-9.

Vulcano Coral Bells

Heuchera ‘Vulcano’

Vulcano Heuchera has beautiful amber coloured leaves with a silver overlay and dark border. Sprays of pink bell shaped flowers appear in summer. Excellent in the border, for edging and in tubs and mixed containers. Tidy up in spring by removing any withered or tired looking leaves. Grows 81- inchesin height and 10-16 inches across. Best grown in moist, but well drained soil in the shade to part shade. Hardy in USDA zones 4-9

Berry Smoothie Coral Bells

Heuchera ‘Berry Smoothie’

Berry Smoothie is a big bold plant with rose-pink spring foliage turning burgundy for the rest of the year. It’s a delicious hybrid blend of heat loving Heuchera villosa and cold tolerant Heuchera Americana. Grows to 18 inches in height and 20 inches in spread. Best when planted in part shade to shade. Hardy in USDA zones 4-9

Champagne Coral Bells

Heuchera ‘Champagne’

Heuchera ‘Champagne’ is a stunning perennial plant with medium sized leaves changing from peach to gold to champagne-gold with a strong white veil overall. Free-flowering maroon stems with light peach flowers are visible most of the season. Best in shade to part shade and grown in moist, but well drained soil. Excellent in gardens and containers. Grows to a height of 11 inches and up to 14 inches across. Hardy in USDA zones 4-9

Red Lightning Coral Bells

Heuchera ‘Red Lightning’

Red Lightning Heuchera is a villosa hybrid with large, gold leaves and long-lasting dark red veins. It draws your attention from across the garden and works well in borders and mixed containers. Best grown in moist, but well drained soils in the shade to part shade. Grows to a height of 11 inches and up to 16 inches across. Hardy in USDA zones 4-9

If you are interested in adding these Heucheras to your garden or planters, drop by Art's Nursery and we'll help you make the best selections. As always, call ahead to confirm availability if you are making a special trip out to see us.


Friday, August 21, 2015
Posted By: Lyle Courtice A.H. in Perennials

The latest wave in the hosta craze, miniatures, make the perfect addition to your Victorian Fairy Garden and for the smaller modern garden. they are just the right fit, never outgrowing their space. These little gems are sure to delight, so cute and no cheese required!

Blue Mouse Ears Hosta

Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears'

Blue Mouse Ears is an adorable miniature hosta with thick, rounded blue to gray green leaves that form a perfect mound. Short scapes of lavender flowers appear in mid-summer. Flower beds swell like balloons before opening. It is a perfect plant for a rock garden, container or shaded small garden. Prefers shade to part shade in well drained soil. Height: 15-20cm Spread: 30-50cm. Zone 3

Frosted Mouse Ears Hosta

Hosta 'Frosted Mouse Ears'

Frosted Mouse Ears is another in the mouse series. It is a sport of 'Royal Mouse Ears' with very thick, round blue-green leaves with a wide frosted green margin that ages to creamy white later in the season. Lavender flowers appear on short scapes. A slow grower that is ideally suited for a trough or small container. Height: 15-20cm, Spread: 30-50cm. Hardy to Zone 3.

Mighty Mouse Hosta

Hosta 'Mighty Mouse'

Might Mouse Hosta is a variegated sport of 'Blue Mouse Ears' with very stiff, rounded leaves. Its foliage is slightly blue-green with pale yellow margins aging to creamy white by summer. Its perfectly proportioned scapes hold purple flowers. First introduced by Walters Gardens in 2009. Best grown in part shade in average, to well drained soil. Grows 15-20cm hight and 30-50cm across. Hardy to Zone 3.

Funny Mouse Hosta

Hosta 'Funny Mouse'

Funny Mouse is a charming sport of 'Blue Mouse Ears' having ovate leaves of blue-green with wide white edges that turn to creamy white and finally pale green. Very cute! Short scapes of lavender flowers appear in summer. It is a reverse variegation of 'Snow Mouse'. Great in part shade in average, well drained soil. Grows 15-20cm in height and 30-50cm across. Hardy to Zone 3.

Holy Mouse Ears

Hosta 'Holy Mouse Ears'

Holy Mouse Ears is a slow grower with very thick, round, blue-green leaves with yellow-green centres that become more creamy white by summer. A real little cutie!. This one has short scapes of purple flowers borne in dense clusters. It is considered one of the best, white-centered forms. Best grown in part shade in average, well drained soil. Grows to 15-20cm in height and 30-50cm across. Hardy in Zone 3.

Giantland Sunny Mouse Ears Hosta

Hosta 'Giantland Sunny Mouse Ears'

Giantland Sunny Mouse Ears is the first, gold-leaved hybrid in the mouse series with very thick, rounded leaves, golden yellow to chartreuse colours. Slowly forms a neat, rounded mound. Develops short scapes of lavender flowers in mid-summer. Its heritage is a hybrid between 'Blue Mouse Ears' and 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd'. Best grown in part shade in average, well drained soil. Grows 15-20cm in height and 30-50cm across. Hardy to zone 3.

Gold Chip Hosta

Hosta 'Gold Chip'

Wihle 'Gold Chip' is not a member of the Mouse series it is a small, slow growing cultivar with bright gold, heart shaped, slightly wavy leaves of thick substance. This Tardiana type has a dense mounding habit and good colouration throughout the season. Tall 60cm scapes bear dense clusters of near-white flowers in July. Best grown in partial shade. Foliage grows 25-30cm in height and spreads 75-100cm across. Hardy to Zone 3.

Harkaway Mini Gold Hosta

Hosta ' Harkaways Mini Gold'

This superb dwarf hosta is zippy and vigorous with narrow, ovate, slightly wavy, golden yellow leaves. A sun tolerant hosta that has best colouring when grown in half-day sun. Masses of ultramarine violet flowers appear in July. A Harkaway Botanicals introduction registered with AHS in 2011. Grows 15-20cm in height and 45-60cm across. Hardy to Zone 3.

As always, call Arts Nursery in advance to confirm availability. Our selection is always changing and quantities may be limited. If you have any questions about miniature hostas or hostas in general, drop by in person or give us a call at 604.882.1201

 


Friday, August 21, 2015
Posted By: in Gardening

As we enter the 'dog-days' of summer our gardens are smothered by heat, shorted on water and deprived of nutrients. What looked fantastic in May looks a wee-bit tired by late summer. One of the lessons of garden design is to visit your garden centres throughout the year. That way you can see what looks good in the different seasons. Use these seven plants to brighten up and re-invigorate the garden, containers and landscapes in August.

Sedum Sun Sparkler Firecracker

Sun Sparkler Firecracker Sedum

Sedum 'Firecracker'

Sun Sparkler Firecracker is a brilliant burgundy-red Sedum with clusters of soft pink flowers in late summer. Its perfect for shallow containers or tucked into rockery or a green wall, where it will gently cascade. An excellent groundcover or accent for borders and rock gardens. Great low water, low maintenance plant. Grows 6-8 inches tall and wide. Hardy in USDA zones 4-10. Prefers full sun

Anemone Fantasy Cinderella

Anemone Fantasy Cinderella

Anemone x hybrida 'Cinderella'

This heavy blooming, single, rose-pink anemone has a very compact growth habit. Good for beds, borders and patio pots. It is very versatile and easy to grow. Tolerates a range of soil types and prefers full sun to part shade. Blooms in late summer through fall. Grows 12-18 inches tall and up to 24 inches wide.

Fireworks Pennisetum

Fireworks Pennisetum

Pennisetum setaceum 'Fireworks'

This gorgeous annual pennisetum is a show stopper in the garden. It's a colour, upright growing grass with variegated stripes of white, green, burgundy and hot pink running the length of the blade. Purple tassles appear in summer. Unlike the species, this cultivar does not reseed. Plant as a specimen or in mass for a stunning display of color. A great addition to containers and beds near your patio or deck. Grow in full sun in rich, moist, fertile soil. Likes regular watering. Excellent in containers, borders and flower beds. Grows 36-48 inches tall and 24-36 inches wide.

Now Cheesier Coneflower

Now Cheesier Coneflower

Echinacea 'Now Cheesier'

This bright and showy selection is a vigorous, new and improved version of 'Mac and Cheese' Coneflower. Large flowers open a deep orange-gold and age to a lighter gold in summer through fall. Perfect for perennial borders, mixed borders and wildlife gardens. Grows 24-26 inches tall and 18-24 inches wide. Prefers full to part sun and moderate watering. Hardy in zones 4-9.

Sombrero Salsa Red Coneflower

Sombrero Salsa Red Coneflower

Echinacea x 'Balsomsed'

Sombrero Salsa Red is a striking echinacea with big, bright red blooms excellent for an easy, colourful summer border. A must-have for the butterfly or cutting garden. Its a drought tolerant perennial that was bred for cold hardiness and compact form with prolific flowering over an exceptionally long season. Flowers from late spring through summer and reaches a height of 24-26 inches tall and 16 to 22 inches wide. Prefers full sun. Hardy in zones 4-9

Red Heart Hibiscus

Red Heart Rose of Sharon

Hibiscus syriacus 'Red Heart'

Red Heart Hibiscus is a deciduous shrub with single white blooms with a red centre in late summer on a medium sized shrub. Grows 4-6ft tall and 6-8 ft high. Prefers full sun to part shade. In general, hibiscus are heavy feeders, if you notice yellowing leaves, feed it with a balanced fertilizer and ensure that it is not being over-watered. Hardy in zones 5-9

rhapsody in pink crape myrtle

Rhapsody in Pink Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit VIII'

Rhapsody in Pink is a wonderful large deciduous shrub or small tree very common in warmer drier climates. It features brilliant pink flowers in summer through fall which is accented by attractive purplish, deer resistant foliage. Prefers full sun and moist, but well drained soils. Fertilize in spring. In our temperate climate, the shrub is usually hardy but often does not get enough summer warmth to deliver the beautiful flowers in abundance. Hardy in zones 7-9.

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Berry Smoothie Coral Bells

Heuchera 'Berry Smoothie'

Perennial Heucheras are fantastic source of colour when summer blooms have faded. Berry Smoothie features large, gently-lobed, metallic rose-pink leaves in spring that darken to bronze-red by summer. It is tolerate of summer heat too. It adds brilliant colour and contrast to mixed containers and woodland plants. It is well suited to containers. Tall flower spikes are apparent but not always showy. Best grown in part sun with moderate watering. Grows 18-25 inches tall and 12-18 inches wide. Hardy in zones 4-8.

As always, call Arts Nursery ahead of time to confirm availability as our selection is constantly changing. If you have any questions about these or other plants, drop by in person or call 604.882.1201.

 


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