Spring Water Gardens

By , 2017/05/01

Water Plants Have Arrived!

Our water plants have arrived for 2017. You can choose from a selection of plants for your pond. There are marginal plants that live near the water edge, Water Lilies which live at the bottom of your pond, and floaters like Water Hyacinths and other oxygenators.

Spring is the time to start planning for summer by seeing which plants have survived the winter and which may need to be replaced. Clean out any debris left from the winter and ensure that the water is clean.

Water Lilies

Water Lilies

Hydrangea Endless Summer

May 1st, 2017

Welcome Summer to your garden with the Endless Summer Hydrangea!

If you have ever had a Hydrangea that did not flower and did not understand why, then this is the variety for you. The Original ‘Endless Summer’ Hydrangea is a mophead hydrangea that can bloom on both old and new wood. So no matter how you prune them they flower every year. There are now four varieties in the Endless Summer Collection to choose from:

The repeat blooms of the Endless Summer® Collection truly offer gardeners an endless summer of incredible colour. These hardy plants are perfect for everything from foundation planting to container gardening. They even make an ideal floral arrangement or table setting as cut flowers.

The colour of the Original Endless Summer can be altered from pink to blue. For more information visit www.endlesssummerblooms.com.

For our information brochure about growing Hydrangeas click here.

Dogwood Trees

By , 2017/04/27

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

By , 2017/04/24

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

By , 2017/04/07

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

By , 2017/04/06

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.

April Shrubs

By , 2017/04/03

April 3rd, 2017

April Blooming Shrubs

Spring brings out the colour in a wide variety of shrubs. The many Azaleas and Rhododendrons begin to bloom. There are so many colours and sizes to choose from you are sure to find a variety that will make an excellent addition to your garden.

Forsythia

By , 2017/03/27

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.

Dahlias

By , 2017/03/15

March 15th, 2017

Our Dahlias, Lilies, and Other Perennials Have Arrived!

You can choose from a great selection of spring bulbs and other perennials that can be planted now to fill your garden with colour this summer. This includes varieties of Anemones, Begonias, Canna Lilies, Calla Lilies, Dahlias, Gladiolus, Lilies, and many other varieties of perennials.

We have over 100 varieties of Dahlias to choose from including a great selection of specialty Dahlias from Ferncliff Gardens.

Click here to download our information brochure on how to grow Dahlias.

Spring Blooming Heather

By , 2017/03/07

March 7th, 2017

Add a touch of Spring to Your Garden with Spring Blooming Heather!

One of the most prolific flowering Perennials for the early spring is Heather. There are many types of Heather but the most beautiful are the Spring Blooming varieties belong to the Erica genus. Often classified as winter blooming varieties the Erica varieties will start blooming in late December and will often bloom until April or May. You can choose from a number of different varieties. Most have either white, pink, or red flowers.

You can also choose from the “Spring Tip” varieties that produce beautiful colours on the new foliage that grows in the spring. They belong to the genus Calluna and later in the summer these varieties will bloom giving you several seasons of colour.

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