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By , 2014/06/30

Summer is Here!

Herbs, Vegetables, Fruits, and Summer Flowers!

Summer is here and now is a great time to fill your garden with colour. You can plant all of your herbs, vegetables, fruits and summer flowers now. It is time to plant summer flowers like Geraniums, Petunias, Begonias, and Fuchsias. It is the perfect time to start a herb garden with fresh rosemary, thyme, tarragon, and basil. If you want to start a fruit garden there is still time to plant apples, cherries, peaches, plums, and other fruit trees as well as small fruit plants like blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries.

If you have a lawn you need to know that watering restrictions are in effect now. They started on May 15th this year, which is two weeks earlier than previous years. The watering restrictions are now as follows:

Residential lawn sprinkling allowed:
Even-numbered addresses Monday, Wednesday, Saturday mornings 4 am to 9 am
Odd-numbered addresses Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday mornings 4 am to 9 am

Non-residential lawn sprinkling allowed:
Even-numbered addresses Monday, Wednesday mornings 1 am to 6 am
Odd-numbered addresses Tuesday, Thursday mornings 1 am to 6 am
All non-residential addresses Friday mornings, 4 am to 9 am

Our stores are open 7 days a week all summer long. For our complete store hours click here.

News & Events


July 25th, 2016

Add a golden touch to your garden with Rudbeckia!

If there is one perennial that is most commonly associated with summer and early fall is has to be Rudbeckia. Rudbeckia are among the best perennials available for a fall garden. The most popular variety is ‘Goldsturm’. Goldsturm is a variety of one of our native North American wildflowers. The ‘Goldsturm’ variety was the Perennial Plant of the Year in 1999. However there is a new addition to the Rudbeckia family that is giving Goldsturm a run for its money. The new variety is called ‘Little Gold Star’. Little Gold Star is a more compact dwarf variety. It still has the beautiful fall colour but in a more compact form. If you have limited space consider the ‘Little Gold Star for your garden.

In addition to their brilliant fall colour Rudbeckia seed heads have good winter interest. They make a terrific choice for mass planting, combining especially well with ornamental grasses. They are excellent as a cut flower in bouquets. By removing faded flowers when the flower petals start to fall lengthens the blooming time. Rudbeckia plants can be easily divided in early spring as they start to emerge from the ground. The flowers are attractive to butterflies and make a great centerpiece to any garden bed.


July 25th, 2016

Add a Tropical Touch to your garden with hardy Hibiscus!

Hibiscus come in many forms. If you have ever taken a Hawaiian vacation you have probably seen them used as hedges. However, if you live here in the greater Vancouver area there are varieties of Hibiscus that are hardy enough to survive our winters. The Hibiscus syriacus varieties, known as the Hardy Hibiscus or Rose of Sharon, are capable of surviving winters as cold as -20 C (-5 F). The most attractive feature of these plants is their blooms. They produce an abundance of blooms from July through September. Every garden should have a Hardy Hibiscus as they make an excellent back drop to your annual or perennial flower beds. There are several varieties to choose from including:

  • ‘Blushing Bride’
  • ‘Lavender Chiffon’
  • ‘Red Heart’
  • ‘White Chiffon’


July 18th, 2015

Add warmth to your garden with Echinacea!

Echinacea (or Coneflower) are one of the most popular perennials, they love full sun and lots of heat. They have large, showy flower heads, blooming from early to late summer. Many varieties bloom until frosts in the fall. Some varieties can be used for herbal or medicinal purposes. They work well at attracting butterflies to your garden. There are many varieties for you to choose from.


July 14th, 2016

Enjoy the devilishly beautiful blooms of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

Crocosmia are one of the best summer flowering perennials to have in your garden. They produce clumps of sword-shaped leaves. These leaves are topped with tall, arching spikes of tubular funnel-shaped blossoms in mid to late summer. There are several named varieties available, in a range of hot colours. The most popular variety is the ‘Lucifer’. Lucifer has brilliant flame-red flowers, and a tall habit. They attract butterflies and hummingbirds and make an outstanding cut flower in a bouquet. Every garden should have at least one variety of Crocosmia in it and Lucifer is by far the most popular variety. There is also ‘Emily McKenzie’ which is a bright Orange and ‘George Davidson’ which is a golden yellow.


July 4th, 2016

Welcome Summer to Your Garden with Delphiniums!

Delphiniums, or Larkspur, make a great addition to your summer Perennial garden. These towering beauties make an excellent backdrop in a garden bed or a stunning centerpiece for a summer planter. They can range in height from 12 inches to over 5 feet tall. They come in an array of blues, lavenders, pinks, and whites. The flower from late spring until late summer and if you remove the flowers that have finished blooming they may re-flower again in late summer early fall.

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