Category: Trees & Shrubs

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

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).

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’

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

California Lilac

By , 2017/06/01

June 1st, 2017

Ceanothus ‘Victoria Blue’

Ceanothus is more commonly know as the California Lilac. This beautiful shrub has masses of electric blue flowers in May and June. It prefers to grow in a location with full sun and well drained soil. One of the best features is the ability to attract bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators as they emerge for the summer.

You can easily grow the Ceanothus as a centerpiece in your garden or even make it into a hedge. You can prune Ceanothus vigorously every spring and it will still produce an abundance of blooms. If you are looking for a reliable summer flowering shrub look no further than the Ceanothus ‘Victoria’.

Hydrangea Endless Summer

By , 2017/05/01

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

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.

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