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Sunday, March 31, 2019
Posted By: Diane Scott in Roses
Rosa 'Diane Loomer'
This year we were lucky enough to acquire four very special roses from acclaimed local rose hybridizer, Brad Jalbert of Select Roses. While many of his varieties are now available around the globe, only a few local retail nurseries have been offered the honour of carrying Brad’s roses.
Rosa 'Diane Loomer' 
Among these exceptional bushes is the rose ‘Diane Loomer’. Named for the first woman to conduct the National Youth Choir of Canada, Diane Loomer was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 1999. This hybrid tea rose has an upright growth of 3-4 feet with large fragrant blooms (4-5 inches) that change from golden to apricot prink. This amazing rose is a continual bloomer from spring to fall.
Rosa 'Dylan'
Our second and newest Select rose is called ‘Dylan’. With blooms of the softest pink, this compact floribunda rose grows to about 3 feet tall. Easy to grow with foliage that has exceptional resistance to disease. Endless, long-lasting blooms on strong stems will enhance your garden all summer long. These would do well in all landscapes from mass plantings to a single container on your deck.
Rosa 'Our Anniversary'
Planted in Stanley Park and various parks in around Surrey, ‘Our Anniversary’ is truly a rose for the lower mainland. With blooms starting plum red deepening to a deep plum purple (weather dependent), this dense bushy floribunda has spectacular glossy green foliage and a light, sweet fragrance. Its disease resistance in all climates makes it popular around the world. Growing to approximately 2.5 feet tall, this rose would be great in containers.

The fourth offering is the ‘Vogue Anniversary’ rose. After looking at many options, Vogue magazine chose this bushy dwarf floribunda to honour its 125 anniversary. An English style rose with golden peach blooms and bright green foliage, it has great resistance to black spot and mildew. A fragrant compact rose, it would work well in a border garden, in smaller gardens or in a pot on the deck. 

Start feeding your roses this year with Select Roses plant food. We have both the Rose food and the Rose Starter food. Both are slow release. This means you can use them for your spring and summer rose feeding. Apply fertilizer in the spring when the soil, as well as the air, is warm, usually about mid April (this means temperatures stay above 10˚ C at night). Re-apply in mid June just after the first blooms. 
Rosa 'Dylan'
The rose food has an N-P-K ratio of 21-9-15, organic based with traces of micro nutrients for a perfectly balanced rose food. This one is preferred by the Vancouver Rose Society. The Rose Starter (N-P-K ratios of 1-3-15) is balanced for better root development and more blooms in the first year. It works well as an all purpose for your other plantings as well. We are offering both in the smaller container, the one with the hand grip for ease of use, at $14.98.

All four roses will be available in 3 gallon pots for pre-order on our website with pickup at the beginning of May.

For more information abour Brad Jalbert and his roses visit his website www.selectroses.ca


 

Thursday, July 18, 2013
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Perennials

Every time I walk by a patch of Garden Phlox, I am brought back to my grandparents backyard, where I am small again and holding an icy glass of milk while swinging my legs on the chair at the little umbrella table on a warm humid summer day, the air perfumed by a massed planting of pink and mauve Phlox. It always makes me a little wistful.

Smell can take you instantly to a time and place more than any other sense. It can cause you to reminisce and create emotions. The smell of Phlox, can take me back in time 40 years and across a continent and it can for a time give me an all too brief visit with my Grandparents.

Here are a few of my favorite fragrant perennials. Place them where you can enjoy them for a spell, close to a window, or a bench or a little umbrella table:

Phlox

Garden Phlox or Phlox paniculata

There are a number of varieties of this upright perennial. Phlox Davidii is a great one and mildew resistant though I always have a soft spot for the oldfashioned Pink and Mauve varieties of my childhood. Phlox can take full sun to part shade in a moist, humic well drained spot.

Lilium Hybrids

Lilium hybrids

They are glorious and exotic and one of my favorites is the tall white Trumpet Lily that always grows too tall in my garden and I always have to stake. But the fragrance is amazing. My Stargazer Lilies are both beautiful and fragrant. Choose your lilies wisely and you`ll have a lovely sweet tropical fragrance as well as a beautifully regal flower. Full sun is best for this perennial. Bulbs and plants can be purchased in Spring and Fall. Plant in well draining soil.

Agastache Apricot Nectar

Anise Hyssop – or Agastache varieties

Not only softly fragrant but a favorite of butterflies. Place it where you can brush against it or sit near it. The leaves and flowers smell so wonderfully of licorice. Sun to part shade is best in a very well drained spot.

Cimicifuga Hillside Black Beauty

Cimicifuga varieties - Bugbane

I have Cimicifuga racemosa `Brunette‘ with lovely chocolate burgundy leaves and spikes of white flowers which I`d have to say is the closest I`ve ever come to the Hawaiian Plumeria fragrance in my garden. Part shade is best for this perennial. I have it as a foil to a lovely golden hosta. Well drained, humic soil is best for this perennial.

Perennial Geranium

Gerranium macrorrhizum

I have both the Album and the Bevan`s Variety in my garden. This perennial has a lovely warm/sharp/earthy fragrance whenever the leaves are brushed. It is not your typically perfumy smell, but lovely nevertheless. I like to use this mounding evergreen perennial as a kind of living mulch around the feet of my fruit trees. Full sun or part shade is best for this perennial in a well drained, humic soil.

Lavender

Lavender

This evergreen perennial likely needs no introduction and is well known for its perfume. Both flowers and leaves are strongly fragrant and the flowers are long lasting and hold their colour when dried. It is a favorite to a large number of native pollinators. It has even been used in recipes. I’ve even tried it in a Lavender Lemonade, it’s not half bad! Lavender needs full sun and very well draining soil.

Monarda or Beebalm

Beebalm or Monarda

This is the original fragrance and flavoring of Earl Grey tea. Both leaves and blossoms are fragrant, though I find the leaves to be more so. Bees and butterflies love this plant and so do I. A full sun position is best for Beebalm in well drained average soil.

These are a few of my favorite perennials that will always have a place in my garden. If I am outside in my garden in the early evening when the heat is just beginning to lift you may find me somewhere near my favorite perennials and if you do see me lost in thought with a small smile near that patch of Phlox, don’t worry, I’m just visiting with my Grandparents for a tiny bit.


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