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By , 2014/06/30

Start Planting your Summer Garden!

Flowers, Herbs, and Vegetables are ready to plant

Spring is here so it is time to start getting out in the garden and preparing for the coming warmer weather. Your garden has likely taken a beating this winter with the snow and freezing temperatures so now is a good time to assess the damage and make plans for what you need to do to help it recover. You may need to prune some damaged trees or shrubs, or fertilize to help them recover.

Unlike many garden stores that close during the winter months our stores stay open all year. So if you need pruning supplies to do some winter cleanup be sure to stop by. Our stores are open 7 days a week. For our complete store hours click here.

News & Events

Dogwood Trees

April 27th, 2017

Show your Pride in BC with a Dogwood Tree

April brings many trees into bloom. BC’s provincial flower, the Dogwood, provide the most spectacular show during the early part of the month. There are many beautiful varieties of Dogwood that bloom including:

  • Cornus florida ‘Rubra’ – Pink Flowering Dogwood
  • Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’ – Satomi Dogwood
  • Cornus kousa chinensis – Korean Dogwood
  • Cornus nuttallii ‘Eddi’s White Wonder’ Dogwood

You can find a great selection of these varieties in our Nursery.

Rhododendrons

April 24th, 2017

The Rhododendrons are coming into bloom!

Spring is bursting into bloom and the most florific plants here in greater Vancouver are the Rhododendrons. There are hundreds of varities available in a range of colours from white to purple, red to yellow. As you walk or drive around the city you see them everywhere. One of the first to bloom is Rhododendron ‘PJM’. This beautiful purple variety will light up a dark corner of your garden. It will grow 4 to 6 feet tall, likes acidic soil.

Flowering Cherries

April 7, 2017

The Flowering Cherries are Blooming!

There is no surer sign of spring than when the flowering cherry trees begin to bloom. There will be thousands of trees in bloom over the next month. The first to bloom are usually the Flowering Plums including ‘Pissardi Nigra’ and ‘Bliriana’. The rest will bloom over 6 to 8 weeks.

To celebrate the flowering cherries as they come into bloom The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival runs from March 30th to April 23rd. For more information about the varieties you might find in bloom throughout greater Vancouver visit the Cherry Blossom Festival website here. At Hunters Garden Centre we have many of these varieties trees to choose from including:

  • Flowering Plum ‘Pissardi Nigra’- pink flowers
  • Flowering Plum ‘Blireriana’ – pink flowers
  • Flowering Cherry ‘Kiku Shidare’ – double pink
  • Flowering Cherry ‘Kanzan’ (aka Kwanzan)- double pink
  • Flowering Cherry ‘Mount Fuji’ (aka Shirotae) – double white
  • Flowering Cherry ‘Shirofugen’ – white
  • Flowering Cherry subhirtella ‘Pendula’ – weeping form, pink flowers

Strawberries

April 6th, 2017

Grow your own fresh fruit, start your Strawberries for Summer!

If you enjoy the taste of fresh Strawberries in the summer now is the time to plant them. Strawberries are very easy to grow. Strawberries can grow and produce for many years in your garden. They multiply themselves so you can continue to expand your strawberry patch every year. The hardest part about growing them is right after you plant them, you have to force yourself to remove their blooms so that the plant can become established before growing fruit.

For more information about growing Strawberries or to download our information brochure here.

Forsythia

March 27th, 2017

When the Forsythia are in Bloom it is Time to Prune!

One of the first spring flowering shrubs to delight us with its blooms every spring are the Forsythia but this year they are blooming very late. These beautiful shrubs are filled with bright yellow flowers for about a month every spring. They are also an excellent reminder that it is time to prune your tree and shrubs. Roses, Fruit Trees, Small Fruits (Blueberries and Raspberries), and summer flowering shrubs.

One of the best new varieties of Forsythia to be introduced in the past few years has been the Proven Winners variety called ‘Show Off’. This great dwarf variety grows only 4 to 5 feet high and wide and is covered every spring in beautiful golden yellow flowers. ‘Show Off’ is hardy to zone 4 (-34C or -25 F).

For more information visit Proven Winners website by clicking here.

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