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Friday, May 24, 2019
Posted By: Desiree MArkewich in Feature Products
This week were featuring Hop Organic Compost, Persimmon Trees, a Spinning Gum, a Ruffled Echeveria and a number of other very cool plants. Check out What's New for May 24 2019 at Arts Nursery
Hop Organic Compost

Hop Organic Compost

Hop uses patented technology to transform food scraps into Canada’s most nutrient-rich organic compost. Hop is a craft compost that nourishes soil with organic matter and macro-nutrients for sustained plant growth. Simply add a 1 inch top dressing of Hop to native soil. Contains 84% organic matter with a guaranteed analysis of 2.8-1.4-1.5. Hop is OMRI Listed for Certified Organic food growth in Canada

Fuyu Japanese Persimmon Tree

Fuyu Japanese Persimmon

Diospyros kaki 'Fuyu'

Fuyu Persimmon is an outstanding deciduous fruit tree. Fall foliage is a brilliant orange-red. Showy, bright orange-scarlet fruit ripens in late fall and remains on the bare stems well into winter. Non-astringent, firm-fleshed fruit is best if given time to soften slightly after harvesting from tree. Very late to leaf out and to produce fruit. Best grown in full sun. Can reach 30ft in height.

  Ruffles Echeveria

Echeveria Ruffles

Ruffles Echeveria is a stunning succulent with dramatically ruffled, fleshy gray-green rosettes and a soft red edging that is more intense in full sun. Red-orange flowers appear on tall stalks in late summer. Adds a wonderful texture to rock gardens, dry borders, and containers. A frost-tender evergreen. Must be brought inside before frost. Best in full sun

Baptisia Decadence Lemon Meringue

Baptisia Decadence Lemon Meringue

Lemon Meringue False Indigo

Baptisia Lemon Meringue is a North American native perennial with long, charcoal grey stems that carry cool lemon yellow flowers. Excellent floral display atop the compact, upright mound of blue-green foliage. Grows 30-36 inches in height and spread. Best in full to part sun. Hardy in zones 4-9

Joanna Marlene Itoh Peony

Joanna Marlene Itoh Peony

Paeonia Itoh Joanna Marlene

Joanna Marlene Itoh Peonies feature very large, semi-double yellow blooms with a rich golden center and a deep pink blush on the outer petals that develops into a peachy salmon color as they mature. The magnificent blooms are held on strong stems just above sturdy, compact plants with lush, dark green foliage. A wonderful addition to any spring bouquet. An herbaceous perennial. Hardy in USDA zones 4-9. Best grown in full to part sun. Can reach 30 inches in height and similar spread.

Spinning Gum Tree

Spinning Gum Tree

Eucalyptus perriniana 
In its native habitat of Australia, the Spinning Gum Tree is a fast growing evergreen tree with a spreading habit. Smooth bark flakes off in ribbons in colours of white, gray and green. Attractive scented foliage gives off a menthol-like aroma. Leaves begin begin rounded and mature to a lance-shape over time. Creamy white flowers emerge in spring in clusters. Awesome specimen tree, but not quite hardy enough in our climate. Zones 8-10. Can grow to 30ft in height and 15-20ft wide. Best grown in full sun in moist, but well drained soils. Mini Bonsai Azaleas

Mini Bonsai Azaleas

Red, Rose and Purple

These mini azaleas are perfect as outdoor table-top specimens or bonsai starts. Cool sizes and shapes. Three colours available. Red, Rose or Purple, Best grown in part to full sun. Blooms in spring.

If you're interested in any of these cool new plants or products, drop by the nursery or give us a call at 604.882.1201. As always, our selection is always changing and quantities may be limited. Please call ahead to reserve if you are making a special trip and we'd be happy to put a few of these treasures aside for you


Friday, May 10, 2013
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Perennials

Peonies are a bit like the hats worn by ladies attending the Royal Ascot or even the Kentucky Derby races.

Peony Flower

Glorious, large, definitely out there and yet absolutely marvelous!  The lush beauty of the peony graces the springtime garden and doesn’t just say spring but usually shouts it from the rooftops, with panache.  Peonies symbolize wealth, honor and romance and also bashfulness.  Peony is a plant steeped in tradition and myth and if that wasn’t enough, it’s beauty and often fragrance make it one of my ‘Must Haves’.

There are a large variety of these beauties and many are native to South Eastern Europe, China, Russia and Northern India and according to Wikipedia Western North America.  They are often found growing on rocky gravelly south facing slopes.  This is a good indicator of the main keys to peony growing success; well draining soil and sun!!

Peony Flore PlenoThough there are a few such as the Peonia tenufolia which may like a little protection from afternoon sun (and unfortunately no, I am not saying it likes shade for all of you out there with shade gardens) if you are in a hot area according to one grower.

Peonies like a sandy loam and prefer a neutral soil possibly even tipping to the alkaline side a tiny bit.  You can topdress the area each year with some well rotted manures or compost.  When peonies are moved or disturbed they often sulk for a bit.  Sometimes taking a few years to flower again.

Keep your peony flower bed clean.  Prune out and remove fall foliage and do not compost to prevent Botrytis – a disease that affects peonies in areas that might not have the best air circulation or drainage.

Peony plants do not attract ants, some peony flower buds however exude a sticky sap that ants like to eat.  Ants do not harm your peonies.  Some believe that ants may be a pollinator of the flowers or that they help them to open.  When they are in bud, I have ants on my peonies, they seem very industrious.  I have heard that ant-less peonies open just fine as well.  My only beef with the ants happens when I want to cut the blossoms and bring them in.  I usually do it the evening before, give the blossoms a shake, and then let them sit outside overnight.  The ants are generally gone by the time I put the bouquet on my table.  Gardens and insects come hand in hand.  Some help, some eat and some are just passing by.  Deal with it as my aunt says.

Most peonies fall into to the three main groups:

  • Herbaceous
  • Intersectional
  • Tree Peonies

Herbaceous peonies die back to the ground each winter.

Tree Peonies lose their leaves in the winter but have woody stems that remain.

Intersectional Peonies are a cross between the two with the tree peony style flowers and leaves but also die back mostly to the ground.  The Itoh's tend to keep some woody growth, but are deciduous. All peonies are long lived perennials some living 60-80 years or more.  Find the perfect site and leave them to do their job.

Peony collage

Here are my Favorites:

Sarah Bernhardt  Peony

Pink like a stick of cotton candy, about as fluffy and the fragrance!

Bowl of Beauty Peony

Pink outer petals and a center of cream, white and yellow.  Lovely and fragrant.

Keiko (Adored) Itoh Peony

A lovely almost two toned softer pink edges, deeper pink centres.  Double.  Very sniff worthy!

'Yumi' Itoh Peony

Large double yellow flower reaching 8 inches across. Very pleasant fragrance.

Takara (Treasure) Itoh Peony

Semi double, delicate looking soft pink with dusky pink centres.

Raspberry Sundae  Peony

How can I not love this?!  Double, fragrant, white with hot pink splashes.

Jan Van Leeuwen Garden Peony

Single, white, sunshine yellow centre, fragrant.  Delicate and elegant.

Peonia tenuifolia ‘Flore Pleno’

The double form of this spectacular fern leaved variety.

Tree Peony

Any of them.  Amazing, huge.  I have my eye on a bright yellow one.

We have a huge selection this year - drop by and have a look!

Enjoy and happy gardening!!


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