Category: Trees & Shrubs

2021 Roses

By , 2021/03/01

March 1st, 2021

March is a Great time to plant Roses!

Our rose bushes have arrived and you can choose from more than 100 varieties and over 900 roses including: Clean ‘n’ Easy, David Austin, Easy Elegance, Climbing, Floribunda, Grandiflora, Groundcover, Hybrid Tea, Rugosa, Shrub roses, and Tree roses.

New hybrids of roses are becoming easier to care for as they are less susceptible to insects and diseases. Many varieties are resistant to black spot and mildew.

Click here to download our Rose Care Brochure

Click here to download a list of the Roses we have in stock at our Surrey store – Updated March 1st, 2021

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

Rose Hybrid Tea 'Fragrant Cloud'

Rose Hybrid Tea ‘Fragrant Cloud’

Rose David Austin 'Falstaff'

Rose David Austin ‘Falstaff’

Rose David Austin 'Teasing Georgia'

Rose David Austin ‘Teasing Georgia’

Rosa Floribunda 'Easy Does It'

Rosa Floribunda ‘Easy Does It’

Dormant Spray Kits Have Arrived!

By , 2020/12/22

December 22nd, 2020

It is time to treat your Roses, Fruit Trees, and other or other deciduous shrubs with a dormant spray!

A dormant spray kit contains Lime Sulphur and Horticultural Oil. The Lime sulphur helps to prevent the spread of fungal spores while the horticultural oil helps to kill the eggs of insects. The sulphur and oil can be combined and sprayed at the same time. You can use any type of sprayer including trigger sprayers, pressure sprayer, or tank sprayers.

Your Fruit Trees, Roses, and other ornamental shrubs can be sprayed on a clear day when the temperatures are above zero celcius for at least 6 hours.

Come in today to pick up your kit and have it ready for the next clear day.


By , 2020/07/08

July 8th, 2020

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’

Knock Out Roses

By , 2020/06/22

June 22nd, 2020

These Knock Out Roses pack a beautiful punch!

The original Knock Out® Rose was introduced 20 years ago and forever changed the way we think about roses. With additional colors and flower forms to choose from, plus the flower power and easy maintenance that you know and love, it’s easy to understand why Knock Out® Roses are the #1 rose brand in North America.

Our stores carry the Double Red and the Double Pink Knock out roses. These are durable, hardy, disease resistant roses worthy of any garden.

Rose Knock Out Pink Double

Rose Knock Out Pink Double


Hydrangea Endless Summer

By , 2020/05/15

May 15th, 2020

Welcome the new Endless Summer Hydrangea ‘Summer Crush’ to your garden!

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 was the first hydrangea to bloom on both old and new wood. So no matter how you prune them they flower every year. There are now five 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.


By , 2020/04/15

April 15th, 2020

Add colour to your garden with an Azalea!

Spring is easy to enjoy with Japanese Azaleas. These compact evergreen shrubs flowers reliably every spring. They are one of the easiest shrubs to plant and grow, requiring little to no pruning. They thrive in partial sun or partial shade in well drained soil. There are many varieties to choose from and most of them grow to be about 2 to 3 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide.

If you already have one of these great plants in your garden now is a great time to fertilize with a Rhododendron and Azalea fertilizer and top dress with a compost or mulch like Sea Soil.


By , 2020/04/13

April 13th, 2020

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 varieties 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.

Click here for our information brochure about how to plant and care for Rhododendrons.

Flowering Cherries

By , 2020/04/01

April 1st, 2020

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 April 3rd 29th. 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’- single pink flowers
  • Flowering Plum ‘Blireriana’ – single pink flowers
  • Flowering Cherry ‘Akebono’ – single pink flowers
  • Flowering Cherry ‘Amanagowa’ – semi-double 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 ‘Yoshino’ – single soft pink flowers
  • Flowering Cherry subhirtella ‘Pendula’ – weeping form, pink flowers
  • Flowering Cherry subhirtella ‘Snow Fountain’ – weeping form, white flowers
  • Flowering Cherry subhirtella ‘Whitcombii’ – weeping form single pink flowering


By , 2020/03/15

March 15th, 2020

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.

Flowering Currant

By , 2020/03/12

March 12th, 2020

Flowering Currants make great Food!

Flowering currant bushes are a great source of food for Hummingbirds as well as bees and other pollinators. Their striking red flowers can be seen for miles and will attract Hummingbirds that are looking for an early meal.

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