Category: Garden Tips

Hyacinths

By , 2017/10/02

October 2nd, 2017

Enjoy the sweet fragrance of Hyacinths!

Hyacinths are one of the most fragrant spring bulbs you can plant in your garden. They have a beautifully sweet scent, are deer resistant, and are easy to grow You can choose from white, red, pink, and blue flowers. Continue reading 'Hyacinths'»

Crocus

By , 2017/09/30

September 30th, 2017

Plant a sea of colour with Crocus bulbs!

Crocus are one of the most popular spring flowering bulbs to plant in your garden. The most common colours are purple, yellow, and white but they also come in several bi-colour or stripped varieties. These little beauties grow to be about 4 to 6 inches tall and produce an abundance of flowers in early spring. If you leave Crocus bulbs in the ground they can grow and bloom again the next year. This is called naturalizing. You can plant them in masses in your garden, or even plant them in your lawn. Just wait until after they have stored enough energy for next year before you mow them down.

Snowdrops

By , 2017/09/25

September 25th, 2017

Get the drop on spring with Snowdrops!

Snowdrop bulbs (botanical name Galanthus) are the first bulbs to bloom every spring. Many of them will even push through a layer of snow to flower in your garden. They are one of the best bulbs to plant in your garden, or even your lawn, because they multiply more and more every year. If you start with 20 or 30 bulbs you will almost double the number of bulbs every year. Eventually you can have a carpet of white flowers blooming in your garden every spring.

Fall Trees

By , 2017/09/15

September 15th, 2017

Fall is when trees show their best colours!

Most of the time we take the trees in our garden for granted. We enjoy the shade and the privacy they provide. Fall is when many of those trees show their best colours. The range of red and orange colours seems limitless. If you are looking around your yard and wondering where you can add a bit of colour look up and see if you have space for a tree.

Some of the best trees for fall colour include the Maples, both Japanese and European types. Even the green leaf varieties turn to beautiful yellow, orange and red tones. Other great choices include the Katsura Tree (Cercidiphyllum japonica), or the Sourwood (Oxydendron).

Cyclamen

By , 2017/09/08

September 8th, 2017

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.

Garlic

By , 2017/09/07

September 7th, 2017

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.

Hibiscus

By , 2017/07/24

July 24th, 2017

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’

Crocosmia

By , 2017/07/15

July 15th, 2017

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.

Echinacea

By , 2017/07/06

July 6th, 2017

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.

Hydrangea

By , 2017/06/26

June 26th, 2017

Hydrangeas give you summer colour the lasts!

If you are looking for a shrub that will give you colour all summer that lasts into the fall then look no further than Hydrangeas. These deciduous shrubs provide the perfect backdrop to your perennial or annuals gardens and have beautiful flowers that last from mid summer to late fall. Click here for our information brochure on how to grow Hydrangeas.

Some of the varieties that you can choose from include:

  • Annabelle
  • Blushing Bride
  • Bloomstruck
  • Endless Summer
  • Incrediball
  • Limelight
  • Little Lime
  • Little Quick Fire
  • Nikko Blue
  • Pee Gee (Paniculata Grandiflora)
  • Pia
  • Strawberry Sundae
  • Twist-N-Shout
  • Vanilla Strawberry

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