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By , 2014/06/30

Fall is a great time to plant!

Fall Mums, Pansies, and more are ready to plant in your garden!

Fall is one of the best times to be a gardener. The fall rains allow us to cut back on watering our gardens. The summer annuals are still flowering but you can add colour with Garden Mums, Pansies, and Heather (Shown below). If you are starting to think about next year the fall is a great time to plant trees, shrubs, and perennials. Spring flowering bulbs like Crocus, Tulips, and Daffodils are arriving in our stores and are ready to plant.

Fruit trees like apples, cherries, pears, and plums are best planted in the fall so that the winter rains can help them grow roots and be stronger for next year. You may even get fruit next year! In your berry garden you can plant raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries and it will ensure a larger crop next year.

So don’t give up on your garden yet. There is still plenty of time to enjoy getting outside before winter arrives.

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News & Events

Garlic

September 19th, 2016

Grow your own Garlic!

Vampires beware it’s time to plant garlic. Fall is a great time to plant your garlic crop for next year and growing good garlic is easy. If you just plant the cloves in the ground anytime between September and March and it will probably grow. But if you want to grow large, healthy bulbs, there is more to it. Click here to download our Garlic Growing Tips Information Brochure.

This year you can choose from ten different varieties of garlic, including three varieties of certified organic garlic. They include:

  • Regular White – Common type of white garlic, has a mild flavor.
  • Elephant – Has large cloves but very mild flavor
  • Bogatyr -A hardneck variety known for its hot, strong taste. Excellent for roasting
  • Duganski – Fiery flavor that mellows when cooked. Sores well.
  • German Hardneck – A very nice strain for our northern climates. Great for roasting due to large cloves.
  • Legacy – A rocambole hardneck garlic that produces 4 to 6 very large cloves in a bulb. Has a strong, full flavour.
  • Metechi - Spicy hot flavor, said to grow like a weed and store like a rock!
  • Mexican Purple – This garlic has a hot flavour when raw, but becomes milder when baked
  • Music – Music is large beautiful and a well-formed porcelain garlic. Its flavor is very rich and musky, strong and robust and sticks around for a while.
  • Red – The standard of excellent flavor in rocambole hardneck garlic. This is a delightfully mild, full flavored, productive garlic that store very well, present a nice appearance and has an excellent raw flavor.
  • Russian Red – A rocambole hardneck garlic with a rich, musky flavour and is very hot when eaten raw. Grows great in the northwest.
  • Siberian - Large bulbs, spicy flavour that becomes milder with storage. Great grower, excellently stored.

Cyclamen

September 5th, 2016

Add Cyclamen to your Fall Garden!

If you are looking for something to replace your summer annuals for fall try the amazing blooms of Cyclamen. These beauties are started from seed in early spring and grow all summer just to produce an amazing show of fall colour. Some varieties of Cyclamen are hardy enough to survive our winters but most of the ones grown are annuals. But don’t let that stop you from planting them. You will find that the annual varieties produce a great show of colour all fall, even through frost.

Cyclamen flower in shades of white, pink, and red and can have simple green leaves or complex variegated leaves with intricate patterns of grey and silver. They are generally easy to grow as they grow best in all purpose potting soil and enjoy being slightly moist which is idea for our wet fall and mild winter. To keep them blooming feed them every week with a water soluble fertilizer like Miracle Gro or 20-20-20.

Fall Flowering Crocus

August 30th, 2015

Fall Flowering Crocus are Ready to Bloom!

Did you know that there were crocus bulbs that flower in the fall? In fact there are several varieties of the Fall Flowering Crocus that bloom in late September and early October. The most popular are the Colchicum varieties including ‘Album’ (White), ‘The Giant’ (Pink), and ‘Water Lily’ (Double Pink). There is also the Crocus sativus, also known as the Saffron Crocus, and the Crocus Zonatus.

Fall Flowering Crocus are easy to grow and flower profusely and reliably every fall. They naturalize very easily and every few years you can divide them and spread them throughout your garden. They grow best in well drained soil in a partially sunny location.

Rudbeckia

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.

Hibiscus

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’

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