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Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Feature Products
Dendroseris litoralis - Chilean Cabbage Tree

Chilean Cabbage Tree

Dendroseris litoralis

Rare and wonderful Chilean Cabbage Tree. Almost brought to extinction in the 1980’s. Down to 3 specimens in the wild. Now available through seed cultivation. Fantastic large foliage when mature. Unusual and different. Not reliably hardy, protect in winter. Unusual orange flowers. Height 3-7ft

Echium wildperti - Tower of Jewels

Tower of Jewels

Echium wildperti

A true garden event when in bloom, Erect, unbranched perennial that towers up to 15ft of red and pink flowers during the second season. Narrow, silvery hairy leaves. A honeybees delight. Biannual, needs mild winter or protection from rain and snow. Equally charming for its exotic foliage. Endemic to the Canary Islands. Seed grown. Can reach towering heights, but 3-6ft is common.

Senecio candicans 'Angel Wings'

Angel Wings Senecio

Senecio candicans 'Angel Wings'

Big silky leaves of dazzling matte silver / white with rippled edges are this plan’ts claim to fame. It’s a tender perennial that is not hardy in our climate. Only hardy in Zones 8-10 – treat it as an annual in the Pacific Northwest. A stunning accent for borders and mixed containers. Best grown in sun or part shade in well draining soil. Grows to 16-18 inches in height.

Salvia argentea - Silver Sage

Silver Sage

Salvia argentea

This herbaceous perennial features startling silver foliage and brilliant white flowers held on branching stems. Blooms early to late summer. Foliage is a rosette of silvery leaves. Suitable for borders, walls, gravel gardens. Best grown in sun on well drained soils. Grows 24-36 inches in height and 18 inches across.

Wonderful Fruiting Pomegranate

Wonderful Fruiting Pomegranate

Punica granatum 'Wonderful'

This dwarf waterwise fruiting tree features edible fruit and beautiful fall colour. In a warm climate, you may even get a crop of small pomegranates. Needs 6 hours of direct sunlight and plenty of warmth. Blooms in summer while fruit matures in fall. Can reach 10ft tall and wide. Hardy in zones 7-11

Silver Dollar Tree Eucalyptus

Silver Dollar Tree

Eucalyptus cinerea

This favourite from down-under is a highly sought after plant amongst foliage collectors. It’s a fast growing waterwise tree that ironically like plenty of water for best growth. Silvery, rounded foliage is held in unique forms on long branches. Can grow to 35-40ft in height in warm climates. Needs winter protection in ours as it is only hardy in zones 8-10

Hass Improved Manzanillo Fruiting Olive - Olea

Hass Improved Manzanillo Fruiting Olive

Olea europaea ‘Haas Improved Manzanillo’

This warm climate plant is capable of producing edible olives when given enough heat and light. Needs direct sun, 6+ hours of sun per day. Slow growing to 15-20ft tall and 10-15ft wide. Blooms in late spring. Hardy in zones 8-10

Twiggly Wiggly Tree Daisy

Twiggly Wiggly Tree Daisy

Olearia lineata ‘Dartonii’

This member of the Dan Hinkley Collection offers year round interest with showy flowers, interesting foliage and attractive branching. Blooms in summer. Needs full to part sun and will tolerate most soils, including wet ones. Can reach 6-8ft tall and 5-6ft wide. Hardy in zones 7-11

Lucky Lantern Red Flowering Maple

Lucky Lantern Red Flowering Maple

Abutilon hybrida ‘Nuabred’

This tender shrub features showy red, bell-shaped flowers appear on a compact deciduous plant from July to September. Foliage is dark green and maple-like in shape. Provide winter protection in cool climates. Very heat tolerant. Excellent for summer gardens or containers in the hot sun. Grows 12 inches tall and wide. Hardy in zones 8-10

St Elmos Fire Firecracker Plant

St Elmos Fire Firecracker Plant

Russelia x ‘St Elmos Fire’

Showy tubular red, long lasting flowers appear on mass on wispy, wiry looking foliage. Blooms spring through fall. It’s a tender perennial that prefers full to part sun and regular watering. Can reach 4-6ft tall and 6-8ft wide in the appropriate climate. Less in ours. Hardy in zones 8-11


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Dormant Oil Spray

Protect Your Fruit Trees from Insect Damage & Fungus

Spring is on its way, and now is the last chance to protect your trees by applying dormant oil spray and lime Sulphur BEFORE bud break. Combat disease and pesky insects such as scale, mites, and leafrollers in one easy step by using this spray kit on fruit trees, deciduous shrubs, and ornamentals. Do not spray on evergreens.

If you’re only going to apply one treatment this year to protect your fruit trees and keep your garden clean - this is it! To learn more about this product, continue reading below...

Dormant Oil Spray Kit


What is Dormant Oil Spray?
Dormant oil spray is available in a kit that contains a lime sulphur and horticultural oil that are combined together to kill over-wintering insects (such as scale, mites, and leafrollers) and control disease & fungus. The oil suffocates insects and their eggs nesting in branches. It’s the best preventative measure you can take by cutting off most of the insect population to protect your trees from damage.


When to Apply
Use dormant oil with lime sulphur any time during winter when temperatures are above freezing. Plants need to be dormant - apply before spring buds begin to open.
 
  • Use on fruit and other deciduous trees, shrubs, and ornamentals
  • DO NOT apply to evergreens, beeches, Japanese Maple trees, or Colorado Blue Spruce


How to Use
For proper mixing instructions and safety precautions, always follow the directions according to the package.
  • Once mixed, the easiest method to apply is by using a pressurized sprayer or a specific applicator that attaches to your garden hose.
  • Mix only what you can use, as you cannot save the prepared solution for later use. Always wear protective clothing and goggles when spraying any garden pesticide.
  • ONLY apply when the plant is completely dormant (no signs of growth)
  • Start spraying at the top of the plant until it just starts to bead off the branches, and then work your way down. Spray around the base of your tree or bush. The spray will be more efficient on a day without wind, and dry days are best.

Dormant oil spray is the best protective treatment to help kill over-wintering insects, eggs, and fungal spores from your deciduous trees, shrubs, and ornamentals. This is the most beneficial treatment to apply to your fruit trees, and NOW is the time to do it - before new spring growth starts to appear!

Thursday, November 9, 2017
Posted By: in Winter Gardens
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Winter is here and so are some spectacular colorful plants! Although it can be harder to find things for interest in your garden this time of year, don’t fret. There are still many great options out there for you to make your garden just as striking and full of color as it is in the spring time. These are my top 6 plants for colorful winter interest.

Globe Cedar 'Sienna Sunset'Globe CedarGlobe Cedar Sienna SunsetGlobe Cedar ‘Sienna Sunset’

The soft-looking foliage of this cedar sports shades of lime green, gold and orange developing into a deeper bronzy shade in the winter months. Not only does it have beautiful color but this cedar is hardy to a zone 3 and can withstand a heavy snowfall without losing its round shape. Due to its compact nature, it’s a great option for containers and small gardens.

Pro Tip: This cedar requires no pruning to maintain its globe shape.

Hellebore Love Bug BannerHellebore Love BugHellebores ‘Love Bug’

Hellebores are always a great addition to any winter garden. This compact growing variety is a newer addition similar to ‘Pink Frost.’ Pink flower buds sit atop brilliant red stems, opening to reveal a delicate cream flower dappled with a soft pink blush. Flowers contrast spectacularly with silvery evergreen foliage during ‘Love Bug's’ long blooming season.

Pro Tip:  Mulch in summer to maintain moisture.

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Leucothoe ‘Rainbow’

Leucothoe 'Rainbow' is true to its name, this evergreen shrub is full of colour! Foliage is a ever changing combination of cream, green, burgundy and pink. Colors are at their most vibrant in the winter months.

Pro Tip: Likes moist, well drained, acidic soil.

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Crabapple Red SentinelCrabapple 'Red Sentinel'

Red Sentinel has white flower blossoms in spring developing into a vibrant, deep red apple in late fall. Apples will last well into the winter months granting this specimen tree a long season of interest in your garden. Apples are small and berry-like, growing in abundance, which creates a very festive look. Right in time for Christmas! Easy care, requiring little to no pruning.

Pro Tip:  Use left over fruit to make a delicious jelly

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Skimmia Female Skimmia ‘Female’

This Skimmia has masses of green, fragrant winter buds opening to white blossoms in spring. This floriferous evergreen shrub will reward you with stunning, large red berries in winter if a male pollinator is present.

Pro Tip: One male is necessary for about every 5 plants

Viburnum Davidii BannerViburnum Davidii Viburnum 'Davidii'

Viburnum ‘Davidii’ is a low growing, compact evergreen shrub. Leathery dark green partly oval leaves give a strong contrast to the clusters of white flowers that appear in late June. Flowers are followed by very attractive, steely blue berries that last throughout the winter.

Pro Tip: Great for foundations and when grouped.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Amazing Amaryllis

How to Grow Amaryllis Indoors

Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Indoor Plants

What do Poinsettias, Prepared Hyacinths, Paperwhite Daffodils and Amaryllis have in common? They are all great ways to decorate your home for the Holidays.

White Amaryllis Flower

Amaryllis flowers come from a bulb, originally native to South America. In warmer climates, hardiness zones 9-11, they are a tender perennial. They will not survive outdoors in our area. They’re known by their botanical name Hippeastrum, which is derived from the Greek words for horse and star. In fact, in the Greek language, Amaryllis means ‘to sparkle’. Sparkle they do! In nature, they bloom outdoors in Spring and Summer, but we prepare them to bloom indoors for you, for the holidays.

They are low maintenance, easy to grow indoors and provide extremely attractive and reliable blooms. Amaryllis are extremely long lived. It can take up to 6 years for an immature bulb to reach flowering age and the bulb itself can live for up to 75 years. The older and larger the bulb, the more flowers it can produce. All of our bulbs are ready and able to bloom for you!

Flowers are predominantly available in shades of red, white, pink or orange. There are also unique varieties with stripes and or multiple colours. In fact, there are over 600 named, recognized varieties most of which are grown in Holland or South Africa and imported to Canada for the Holidays.
Amaryllis bulb

How To Grow Amaryllis

Newly purchased Amaryllis bulbs are usually extremely dry and benefit from soaking the roots in lukewarm water for a couple of hours. Afterwards, shake off the excess water and prepare your planting pot. The pot should be fairly heavy to prevent the tall stems from tipping over. A pot 1-2 inches wider than the bulb on all sides is ideal. We recommend using a lighter potting soil like Pro-Mix to allow for good drainage. Don’t use soil from the garden as it may have poor drainage or contain pests or disease. We recommend using fresh potting soil each year.

Also make sure the pot has a decent drainage hole. The bulbs will rot if left to sit in water. Spread the roots of the bulb into the soil and plant it pointy-side up with soil up to its neck. Pat down the soil firmly to set the bulb in place. 1/3 of the bulb should be visible above the soil

Position the bulb in a warm place in bright sunlight. Water occasionally until the stems and foliage appear. Water more regularly as the stem elongates and the flower bud begins to form. Turn the pot occasionally to keep the stem straight and strong. Taller varieties will benefit from a stake or a decorative Amaryllis support.

Flowers will develop when the stem is fully grown. This usually takes 6-8 weeks from planting. For Christmas blooms, this means potting up your Amaryllis blooms in late October through November depending on the variety.

Amaryllis flowers dislike intense sunlight. To prolong the blooms, keep the blooms out of direct sunlight. Bright, indirect light is best
Planted Amaryllis Bulb

Amaryllis Care

Amaryllis are long lasting bulbs and can be made to rebloom the next year.

Once the flowers have finished blooming, cut away the spent blooms. Once the foliage begins to sag, cut it back 1-2 inches from the top of the bulb. Feed and water regularly. Once all chance of frost has passed, you can move your bulbs outdoors. Allow the leaves to fully develop and grow. As it does, it stores energy in the bulb which will also enlarge over the season. The bulbs will also reproduce by creating smaller bulbs called ‘offsets’ that can be separated from the mother bulb. These may take up to 6 years to reach a flowering size. Larger bulbs are also capable of producing more flowers so there is a benefit to keeping your Amaryllis going year after year.

In mid summer, reduce the amount of water the plant receives. Continue to reduce the watering and allow the soil to dry out completely by late Summer. By early Fall, the bulb will go dormant and the leaves will turn yellow. Cut the foliage back to about 2 inches from the top of the bulb. Remove the bulb from the soil and clean it gently so the roots do not get damaged. Store the bulb in a cool, frost free location. Someplace where the temperature stays between 4-10 degrees Celsius is good. If you’re going to use a refrigerator, do not store it near apples, as they give off a gas that can sterilize the bulb. Keep the bulb cool for a minimum of 4-6 weeks. At that point, you should be able to pot the bulb into fresh soil and enjoy the blooms again for the Holidays.
Waxed Amaryllis Bulbs

What's With The Waxed Amaryllis?

The hottest indoor holiday plant these days are Waxed Amaryllis. No muss, no fuss, just beautiful blooms. Everything the plant needs to grow is in the bulb itself. Simply put the bulb in a decorative display and enjoy until after it flowers.

2017 Amaryllis Varieties

We carry a fantastic variety of Amaryllis bulbs that are available instore or online in our webstore 

A few varieties are already sold out and limited quantities are available on others. Hurry in for the best selection!
Amaryllis Bulb 2017 Selection

  • Amaryllis ‘Cupid’
  • Amaryllis ‘Elvas’
  • Amaryllis ‘Comet’
  • Amaryllis ‘Flamenco Queen’
  • Amaryllis ‘Dancer’
  • Amaryllis ‘Dasher’
  • Amaryllis ‘Blitzen’
  • Amaryllis ‘Prancer’
  • Amaryllis ‘Apple Blossom’
  • Amaryllis ‘Mount Blanc’
  • Amaryllis ‘Nymph’
  • Amaryllis ‘Red Lion’
  • Amaryllis ‘Picotee’
  • Amaryllis ‘Rudolph’
  • Amaryllis ‘Red Lion’
  • Amaryllis ‘ Vixen’

Friday, October 6, 2017
Posted By: Sheri Piccione in Grasses

If you’re looking for low maintenance plants that provide lovely texture and movement in your garden, ornamental grasses are your answer! They look fantastic when massed in the border or as a single accent when planted in a container. Leaves often change colour as the seasons progress, and their delicate plumes and tassels (called inflorescences) add graceful structure, and even sound, as they rustle in the breeze.

Plant ornamental grasses with perennials such as rudbeckia, echinacea, and asters, to name a few. Smaller varieties are great for edging and as groundcovers. Taller grasses provide a soft backdrop when planted at the back of your border. They provide a textural contrast when planted with evergreens.

Types of Grasses

There are hundreds of varieties of ornamental grasses available - some are shade tolerant while others prefer full sun. Grasses and grass-like plants are divided into cool season and warm season varieties. Many grasses are perennials, but some are tender and they’re treated as annuals.

Cool season grasses actively grow during the cool parts of the year, and may remain semi-evergreen during the winter, making them ideal for fall planters and early spring gardens. For semi-evergreen grasses, simply cut any brown or winter injured foliage in the spring.

Warm season grasses thrive during the warm summer months, and go dormant and turn brown when the weather cools down. Their dried, tanned foliage and seed heads provide interest in the winter, and food for the birds! Simply cut them back in late winter to spring, and they will grow back when the weather warms up.

Add a touch of colour, movement, and texture to your fall garden with these ornamental grasses that we’ve hand picked for you. Give them a try this season!

A Few of Our Favourites

Ornamental Grasses 1
Dwarf Fountain Grass
Pennisetum alopercuroides ‘Hameln’

This compact warm season perennial grass is ideal for smaller areas. A fountaining clump of dark green foliage turns a lovely amber in fall. Its silvery to pinkish-white flowers are soft and delicate, bringing a fine texture to the garden. Plant in full sun

Maiden Grass
Miscanthus gracillimus

A beautiful clump forming grass with fine-textured, silver-green blades, turning golden-bronze in winter. This spectacular grass has purple-flushed plumes in late summer, changing to a delicate silver, providing beautiful winter interest in your garden. Plant in full sun; grows to approx.. 6-8 feet tall and 3-5 feet wide.

Ornamental Grasses 2

Blood Brothers Red Switch Grass
Panicum virgatum ‘Blood Brothers’

This outstanding warm season perennial grass forms an upright, vase-shaped clump of blue-green leaves that turn a deep blood-red by midsummer that gets getter through the autumn. Fine, airy reddish flowers mature to tan seed heads in the fall, and remains sturdy and attractive well into the winter. Plant in full sun; grows to approx. 47-59in tall and 31-35in wide.

Ice Dance Japanese Sedge
Carex morrowii ‘Ice Dance’

A lovely sedge with attractive mounds of evergreen foliage with arching leaves margined with creamy white. It is a moderately spreading grass, ideally suited to the woodland garden, and useful for brightening dark garden areas. Plant in part shade to shade; grows to approx. 1’ tall and slowly spreads by rhizomes to form a carpet.
Ornamental Grasses 3

Little Red Gem Switch Grass
Panicum virgatum ‘Little Red Gem’

This warm season perennial grass forms a compact clump upright blue-green foliage, turning a striking wine-red by late summer. Tiny wine-red flowers rise just above the foliage, providing a wonderful winter interest. Plant in full; grows to approx. 30” tall and 18” wide.

Prairie Fire Sedge
Carex testacea ‘Indian Summer’

This striking cool season evergreen perennial is a clump-forming grass that provides year-round interest. Its gracefully arching, fine-textured leaves have bright undertones of bronzy-orange and green with subtle flowers the same colour as the foliage, turning into dark brown seedheads. Plant in full sun to part shade; grows to approx. 18-24” tall and wide.

Ornamental Grasses 4

Mexican Feather Grass
Stipa (syn Nasella tenuissima)

This lovely fine-textured cool season grass has delicate, graceful silvery-green leaves and airy flower heads that sway gently even in light breezes. Adds a beautiful soft texture to your garden, and looks stunning in mass plantings. Plant in full sun; grows to approx.. 20-24” tall and wide.

Graziella Japanese Silver Grass
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Graziella’

This refined warm season perennial grass forms a graceful, upright mound of narrow, arching, green leaves that turn a spectacular copper-red in fall. Its soft, silvery-white plumes appear in late summer and dry to a fluffy white rise on reed-like stems above the foliage, offering great winter interest. Plant in full sun; grows to 70-82” tall and 31-35” wide.

These are just a few of the many great ornamental grasses available at Art's Nursery. Visit us today to check them out! Our selection is always changing so call ahead, 604.882.1201, if you are looking for a specific variety.


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Unusual Plants for May 2018

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