Category: Garden Tips

Fruit Trees Have Arrived

By , 2018/02/19

February 19th, 2018

Grow your own fresh fruit!

If you have been thinking about growing your own fruit now is a great time to plant fruit trees and other berries. You can choose from over 75 varieties of Apples, Apricots, Cherries, Peaches, Pears, Plums, and more. Please call the stores to check whether we have an item in stock as they sell out quickly. If you have a small space garden we have a selection of Dwarf fruit trees including apples, cherries, and peaches.

Please Note: Due to space limitations not all varieties are available at our Vancouver store but you can have any variety transferred to the Vancouver store from our Surrey store.

Click here to download our 2018 Fruit Tree List – Updated February 19th, 2018

Tuberous Begonias

By , 2018/02/06

February 6th, 2018

It is time to Start Your Tuberous Begonias!

Begonias come in two different types; tuberous or fibrous. Tuberous begonias are started from an established root called a tuber. Fibrous begonias are started from seed. Tuberous begonias are started indoors in February and March. You should start the tubers in sterile Potting Soil or Starter Mix rich in peat moss in pots or trays.

You can choose from a wide selection of Belgian hybrid tubers as well as many specialty and novelty varieties.

For more information about how to grow tuberous begonias download our information sheet here.


Our 2018 Seeds Have Arrived!

By , 2018/01/18

January 20th, 2018

Choose from a selection of fresh Seeds!

Our stores have received their 2018 seed racks. These fresh new seeds are ready to grow. Now is a great time to to start many of them in your home to be ready to plant in your garden when the warmer weather arrives in April and May. Most seeds can now be started indoors in a sunny window. Choose from seeds for Herbs, Vegetables, and Flowers.

If you are looking for Certified Organic Seeds several of our suppliers have a selection of Organic Seeds on their racks.

You can choose from the following seed companies:

Click here for our Seed Starting Brochure

Hamamelis

By , 2018/01/07

January 7th, 2018

Add colour and fragrance to your winter garden with Witch Hazel!

Witch hazels, also known as Hamamelis, are excellent deciduous shrubs to add to your winter garden. Known best for their colourful flowers and beautiful fragrance no garden would be complete without at least one variety of Witch Hazel. The flowers are beautiful during late winter and early spring from December to February.

The stems of this plant also add structure to your garden. During the summer the green leaves provide an excellent backdrop for other flowering shrubs or excellent shade for your hosta’s or other shade plants.

Witch hazels are hardy to zone 5 (-15 F, or -23 C) and most will grow to 8 to 12 feet high and 6 to 8 feet wide. They are easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. They flower best in a sunny location. They prefer moist, acidic, organically rich soils and can tolerate heavy clay soils.

As they grow it is important to remove sucker shoots that grow from the root system to prevent them from spreading. For general pruning give them a light pruning in spring after flowering to control shape and size.

The x intermedia hybrids (H. mollis x H. japonica) are large deciduous shrubs which typically grow 12-20′ tall and feature mid to late winter flowers.

You can choose from the following varieties:

  • Hamamelis intermedia ‘Arnold’s Promise’ - bright yellow flowers
  • Hamamelis intermedia ‘Jelena’ – vibrant yellow flower
  • Hamamelis intermedia ‘Sunburst’ – bright yellow

Helleborus

By , 2018/01/06

January 6th, 2018

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.

Primula

By , 2018/01/05

January 5th, 2018

Add colour to your winter garden with Primula!

If you are looking to add a little colour to your winter garden a fresh delivery of Primula have arrived. Also known as Primrose these hardy plants are great for adding colour to your pots, containers, and gardens. With a range of colours from Pink, Purple, Red, Yellow and White you can be sure to find the right colour for your garden. They make a great planting over your spring bulbs as they will not get in the way when your crocus, tulips, or daffodils grow through them. Be sure to stop by and check out the colours we have available for you.

Amaryllis

By , 2017/11/07

November 7th, 2017

Start your Amaryllis now for Christmas Blooms!

If you are looking for some beautiful flowers to bloom in your home for the holidays look no further than Amaryllis. These bulbs provide your with weeks of colour through the holiday season, often blooming well into January. Amaryllis normally take about 6 to 8 weeks from the time you plant them until they bloom. If you don’t have that much time you can grow several special varieties that will bloom in 4 to 6 weeks. They can produce multiple flowers stems with 3 to 6 blooms per stem.

For more information about “Forcing Bulbs” including growing Amaryllis and getting them to re-bloom next year click here.

You can choose from a number of varieties including:

  • Apple Blossom
  • Mont Blanc
  • Red Lion

 

Paperwhites

By , 2017/11/06

November 6th, 2017

It is time to Start your Paperwhites for Christmas Blooms!

Paperwhites is the name given to these easy-to-grow Daffodils (also known as Narcissus). Paperwhites grow and bloom indoors very easily. They require little care but reward you with a long period of fragrant indoor flowers. They are great near an entrance way to greet your guests or in your living or dining room to add a sweet fragrance.

Paperwhites can be grown in a pot with soil, but do just as well in rocks with water. To grow them in soil find a suitable pot and plant the bulb so that the top third of the bulb is visible above the soil. Water them until the soil is evenly moist. To grown them in water place an inch or two of rocks or glass beads in the bottom of a vase. Place the bulbs on top of the rocks an fill the vase with water until it touches the base of the bulb. Place the pot or vase in a bright sunny window to encourage the bulbs to grow. Regularly check the pot or vase adding water as needed. It is best if you plant the bulbs in the soil or rocks and place them in a cool room for 2 to 3 weeks to let them develop roots. Then move them indoors where it should take 4 to 6 weeks to bloom.

For more information about “Forcing Bulbs” and growing Papaerwhites click here.

 

 

Daffodils

By , 2017/10/23

October 23rd, 2017

Grow some Dazzling Daffodils!

Daffodil bulbs, also known as Narcissus, are one of the most spectacular bulb to plant in your garden. They have cheerful yellow blooms in spring, they are perfect to grow in pots or on your garden, and they are squirrel and rabbit resistant. A group of Daffodils can bloom repeatedly in your garden for months in the spring. If you plant them in a sunny location with well drained soil Daffodils will return to bloom again for many years. Our selection still includes over 30 varieties of Daffodils for you to choose from.

The most popular daffodil has to be the King Alfred Daffodil. This variety is indeed the King as it has one of the largest blooms. Growing to between 12 and 16 inches (30 to 40 cm) tall they will produce an abundant grouping of flowers in mid spring (March and April).

Tulips

By , 2017/10/16

October 16th, 2017

Take advantage off all that Tulips have to offer!

When it come to Spring Flowering Bulbs Tulips have the widest range of heights, sizes, colours, and bloom time.

There are the miniature botanical Tulips that only grow to 4 to 6 inches high like Pulchella Eastern Star, Praestans Unicum, or Chrysantha. There are the Triumph hybrids like Bastogne, Strong Gold, and White Dream that can go to 30-40 inches high.

There are double flowering varieties like Angelique, Abba, and Royal Acres.

The early blooming varieties like the Emperor series including Orange, Red, and Yellow Emperor bloom as early as March or April.

There are also late blooming varieties like the greigii types, including the largest flowering variety Casa Grande.

There are even “green” varieties like Spring Green and Flaming Spring Green. You can plant Tulips everywhere in your garden and enjoy colour from March to June.

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