New availability: August 26

Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra) is a very beautiful ornamental grass that forms a cascading mound of bright green bamboo-like foliage that ripples in the slightest breeze. The species is very adaptable, long-lived and tough, resilient to pests and diseases, and does best in part shade, but also grows well in full sun and in full shade. It is one of the few grasses that will tolerate moist shade. It grows to 1.5-2 feet tall and 2 feet wide. In the fall, it changes to exquisite copper-orange shades. Amazing along a border, or planted under trees and large shrubs, or as an accent plant in a mixed bed.

Ajuga is a great, easy to grow, winter hardy groundcover that forms a dense mat of foliage, topped with spikes of blue flowers in the spring. Unlike many groundcovers, it’s easy to control and keep from spreading where you don’t want it to. This year, a brand new series, Feathered Friends, was introduced, adding colours not previously seen. There are yellows, multi-coloured mixes, and dark purple (almost black), in both narrow foliage and large foliage types. The colours are stunning! You can find out more about these new varieties here: https://gardensolutionsplants.com/brands/feathered-friends/

Dappled willows are fast growing large shrubs (8-10 feet tall and wide) that are wonderful as a stand-alone plant, at the edge of a wooded area, or as an informal hedge. The leaves are variegated white and green, with new growth in the spring coming out an opaque pink which, from a distance, looks as though it is in bloom. They are also available as grafted small trees, which can be kept quite small through regular pruning, or left to grow into a tree of about 15 feet (like the one planted in the sun section) They grow quite quickly in a moister spot (or with regular watering), but will adapt to dryer soils.

To round out this week’s sale, “hard goods” will also be on sale. This includes furniture, windchimes, statues (sorry, Yvan’s metal sculptures and beaded lizards are not included), stakes, terrariums, outdoor clocks, cushions, fountains, watering supplies, tools, gloves, brackets, sun hats, citronella candles, and wall art.
Japanese forest grass, Ajuga, dappled willlows and hard goods will be 30% off for the next week, from Friday August 27 through Thursday September 2, from 8:00 – 5:00.

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New Availability – August 13, 2021

Autumn Glow toad lily

For this week’s sale, we have all perennials at 25% off. Sale runs from today, Friday August 13, until Thursday, August 19.

hens and chicks Black

In addition, we are giving away all remaining annuals for free. We’d rather see them enjoyed than throw them out.

Delicious Candy coneflower

Please note that appointments are no longer required. We have returned to normal business hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 8:00 – 5:00.

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Feeding the Pollinators with Three Plants

A lot of people ask about plants to feed the pollinators and, truthfully, almost all of them will to some extent. But let’s face it. Most people don’t have enough space to plant a vast array of different plants so that they can have a constant food supply. You can, however, get pretty close with just three plants (I did have a longish list of honourable mentions). These three plants can bring you blooms over most of the season, keeping your pollinators happy, yet can fit into most gardens. As I scrolled up the pictures, I realized that they’d also make a great combo in the garden, and thrive in similar conditions. I’ve listed them in the order in which they bloom.

The other day I was finding a plant for someone and I got distracted by the Salvia in full bloom. It was literally teaming with life. There were a number of small butterflies, at least two species that I noticed, honey bees, bumble bees, and small carpenter bees – probably more that I didn’t notice. The effect was like the whole group of plants was moving around in different directions.

Salvia Caradonna

There are a vast number of varieties of Salvias, with flowers of pink, white, soft purple, dark purple, and bluish purples, and they can range in height from ten inches to two and a half feet. Salvias are quite drought tolerant once established, love full sun, and bloom from late spring/early summer into mid-late summer. They will also usually put on a second round of blooms in the fall. They are very easy to grow and put on an amazing show. As an added bonus, deer and bunnies don’t eat them.

Calamintha nepeta ssp nepeta is not overly well known, but it should be. There are plenty of people that think so, enough that it was voted Perennial of the Year for 2021 by the Perennial Plant Association. It blooms from early-mid summer until frost, covered with small white flowers with just a hint of blue. The overall appearance is like a cloud of white. When we have these plants in bloom at the garden centre, you can hear the honeybees from 15 feet away! Get closer, and you’ll see that it’s not just honeybees. All sorts of insects are busy getting nectar. And again, deer and bunnies don’t eat these. If you only have room for one plant in your garden and you want to help the beneficial pollinators, this is the plant for you. Hands down. It’s not even a contest.

Calamintha nepeta ssp nepeta

Sedums on the other hand are very well known plants for the garden. These succulents are a diverse group, with some hugging the ground, often with brightly coloured foliage, while others are upright. Traditionally, most of the upright forms grew to be about 2 feet tall, but there have been a number of introductions the past 4 or 5 years of upright forms that grow to be about a foot tall that look like a ball of flowers emerging from the ground in the fall. The upright forms are covered in flowers late in the season mostly shades of pink to almost red, although there are some white and yellow flowering varieties. I don’t think I’ve ever gone to photograph the upright sedums in bloom and not seen a bee (good kind lol)

Sedum Autumn Delight
Sedum Autumn Delight

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New Availability: Sept 30, 21

New availability/order form includes new sale, starting Friday October 1. All winter hardy plants (perennials, trees, shrubs, evergreens, Japanese maples, vines) are 40% off. Sale continues through Thursday October 6. There’s also new clearance prices on the houseplants (Mangaves and baby tears).

Royal Flush monkshood

The monkshood (Aconitum) are just starting to bloom. They’re like the garden’s last hurrah. And they don’t care about frost, or any other nasty weather that we won’t mention.

Pennisetum Foxtrot

An extreme closeup of the plumes on Foxtrot fountain grass, looking down the tip. This hardy fountain grass is easy to grow in full sun, but will also tolerate a fair bit of shade. It gets to be four feet tall and about three feet wide.

Hakonechloa macra

The Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra) is just started to get its fall colour. Check out my last post for more information about it.

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New Availability: September 9

Mums, Mum planters, Asters, Flowering Cabbage & Kale, Grasses and Pansies are in!

New sale on winter hardy plants (Perennials, Trees, Shrubs, Evergreens, & Vines) at 25% off.

Clearance on Tropicals/Houseplants

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Weekly Sale & Updated Availability – July 15

Butterfly weed, Russian sage, beebalm, and Echinacea are 25% off
Friday, July 16 through Thursday, July 22
Tropicals (mostly succulents) are 50% off

Mangave Silver Fox (tropical)

Asclepias (butterfly weed, milkweed) not only feed the butterflies with their flowers, they are the only food source for Monarch caterpillars. I leave the wild ones where they come up for the most part, but luckily there are also some very garden worthy species and varieties. The native Asclepias tuberosa has bright orange flowers and loves a sunny and dry location.

Asclepias Soulmate (butterfly weed)

Monarda (beebalm) is just a great perennial. It’s easy to grow and they have bright blooms that feed butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. It’s also not eaten by deer. Most of the newer varieties are shorter and stay in a clump, but my favourite is still the tall Jacob Cline with large true red flowers atop tall plants. When Jacob’s in bloom, I’ve had hummingbirds come right up beside me to get the nectar.

Monarda Panorama Red (beebalm)

Russian sage (Perovskia) is another great plant for butterflies and honey bees. I remember years ago, a beekeeper said it was one of the more important flowers to him because it flowered at a time when there was less food sources for them. It’s easy to grow in a well drained sunny location and newer varieties are more compact and upright than the species, but still deliver tons of flowers.

Perovskia Sage Advice (Russian sage)

Echinacea (coneflowers) need no introduction. These native perennials are easy to grow in full to part sun, bloom for a long time, have a wonderful honey fragrance that keep all of the pollinators coming back, and they came in a vast array of colours. When the reds and oranges first started coming out, they weren’t the best plants for our climate, but the newer introductions are hardy, more compact, and very reliable. Echinaceas are definitely among my top choices for must have perennials.

Echinacea Artisan Red Ombre

Tropicals, including the oval succulent planters and the collection of Mangaves, are now 50% off!

12″ Succulent bowl (oblong)
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Availability – July 9, 2021

Updated availability out now. New plants are in bold and highlighted. Includes new sale items effective July 9, 2021.

Tigereye Spider daylily

Daylilies are 25% off

Phlox Glamour Girl

Phlox are 25% off

Miss Violet butterfly bush

Butterfly bush are 25% off

Ligularia Bottle Rocket

Ligularia are 25% off

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Availability: June 24, 2021

Updated availability out now. New plants are in bold and highlighted. Includes new sale items effective June 25, 2021.

Lupin Desert Sun

Delphiniums and Lupins are 25% until July 1

Delphinium Diamonds Blue

Annuals in cell packs and 4″ pots are 40% off

Zinnia State Fair mix

Annuals in larger pots and hanging baskets are 25%off

12″ Urn Insert

Veggies & Herbs in cell packs and 4″ pots are 75% off

Summer Squash – Summer Surprise Mix

Tomatoes in Hanging Baskets & 12″ Patio Pots are 50% off

Tomato Hanging Basket – Heartbreaker Valley
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Availability: June 11, 2021

New availability, including sale on Veggies, Fruit, herbs, and other edibles, at 25% off!

Veggies include: tomatoes (cell packs, 4″ pots, 12″ patio pots, 12″ hanging baskets), peppers (hot and sweet), squash, cucumbers, zucchini, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, onions, kale, beets, broccolini, kohlrabi, fennel, cantaloup, eggplant, and spinach

Herbs include: basil, rosemary, chives, dill, cilantro, parsley, oregano, mints, and thyme

Fruit includes: strawberries, raspberries, currants, blackberries, blueberries, haskap berries, elderberries, sea berries, gooseberries, grapes, jostaberries, apple trees, pears, peaches

Just a pic of a baby woodpecker, who was only just learning to fly

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Availability – June 9, 2021

Lots (and lots and lots) of plants have come in since the last update. The annual aisle, as well as the perennial and shrubs sections, are full. More trucks coming this week.

With 22 varieties, this is the best selection of coleus that I think we’ve ever had. These versatile annuals will grow in sun or shade and are great on their own, in a mixed garden bed, or in containers 🙂

The veggie section is also quite full, with tomatoes (in cell packs, small pots, large pots, and hanging baskets), peppers, zucchini, squash, cucumbers, beets, leafy veggies, pumpkins, and lots more. Basil is selling fast, but we’ve got lots of plants so we shouldn’t run out any time soon.

The potted up Dahlias are just starting to come into bloom. The varieties in pots are the shorter ones, that will be covered in blooms from now until frost.

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