Category: Perennials

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.

Lavender

By , 2017/05/15

May 15th, 2017

Enjoy the sweet scents of summer with Lavender!

Lavender (Lavandula) is a romantic flower and every gardener should have at least one variety in their garden. They love a sunny location with good drainage. Lavender is extremely drought tolerant once it is established, but it should be watered regularly when young.

Two of the hardiest and best know varieties are the English varieties (Lavendula angustifolia) ‘Hidcote’ and ‘Munstead’. These varieties of English Lavender produce wonderfully fragrant blue-lavender coloured flowers during the summer. You can also try several new varieties of English Lavender including one called ‘Felice’. This new variety produces beautiful blue flowers in late May and early June.

Another popular variety of Lavender is the Spanish Lavender (Lavendula stoechas) ‘Anouk’. This variety produces a consistent display of flowers from June through September. To encourage them to repeatedly bloom is it best to cut them back after they produce their first set of flowers to encourage the second bloom.

 

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.

Rudbeckia

By , 2016/07/25

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.

Delphinium

By , 2016/07/04

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.

Helleborus

By , 2016/01/05

January 5th, 2016

Heavenly Helleborus!

Helleborus, or Christmas Rose, are an easy to grow perennial that bloom continuously for many months. Some varieties start in early December and can bloom until March. They grow best in a dry shady location. They are fairly disease resistant, drought tolerant, and deer resistant. For more information about growing Helleborus click here.

Sedum

By , 2014/08/18

August 18th, 2014

Beat the Heat with Sedum!

The Sedum family has over 400 hundred varieties to choose from. These beautiful succulent plants are best in a hot dry sunny location. Which is why they are well suited for the hot dry weather in August and September here in the Pacific Northwest. There are creeping varieties of Sedum like ‘Cape Blanco’ or upright varieties like ‘Autumn Joy’. You can plant beautiful golden leaved varieties like ‘Angelina’ or dark leaved varieties like ‘Matrona’. A new variety for this year is the ‘Class Act’ with beautiful dark pink/red flowers. Try one of these varieties in your garden for their beauty and/or their drought tolerance.

Echibeckia

By , 2014/08/06

August 1st, 2014

Try the Newest Perennial – Echibeckia

If you are looking for something new for your garden try the new Echibeckia. It is a cross between two classic perennials Echinacea and Rudbeckia. Like its parents Echibeckia is a great summer flowering perennial that produces beautiful orange or yellow blooms. Echibeckias have the appearance and fast growth of Rudbeckia with the hardiness and disease tolerance of Echinacea. The “Summerina” flowers are huge at 3 inches in diameter and they can last 2-3 months. They start slowering mid summer and will bloom into the fall providing colour for months. Echibeckia is drought tolerant and a heat lover as well.

There are two great varieties for you to try Echibeckia ‘Summerina Orange’ and ‘Summerina Yellow’

Peonies

By , 2014/05/19

May 19th, 2014

Grow the “Perfect Peony”

Peonies (Paeonia sp.) are beautiful sun-loving  perennials which can be very long-lived in your garden. They are extremely hardy, easy to grow, and easy to maintain. They do their best when grown near the middle or back of full sun borders or beds. There are two main types of Peonies, herbaceous peonies and tree peonies. The more common herbaceous type die back to the ground every fall and come up again every spring. The tree type peonies leave a woody stem exposed during the winter months.

There are many beautiful varieties to choose from with a rainbow of colour choices. Come in today to see these beautiful plants in bloom.

 

 

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