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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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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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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Availability May 26, 2021

Sorry for the delay. We’ve been very busy in just getting plants put away and watered. At long last an updated availability. Please note that only the annuals (excluding hanging baskets) and bulbs have been updated to remove what has sold out.

There are, of course, lots more annuals, perennials, shrubs, etc yet to come. It’s looking like 4 trucks coming tomorrow (and likely showing up at the same time 🙂

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availability – May 2

New availabilities are up – hanging baskets are in, as well as a few annuals and some veggies. Lots more to come. The lists have gotten quite long already. Also included are bird feeders.

On the excel version, bird feeders and fertilizers are on the hardgoods tab at the bottom of the page.

On the PDF version, bird feeders and fertilizers are way down, after a large number of mostly blank pages (sorry, I haven’t figured out how to get rid of that, yet – but I’ll keep trying)

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Availability – April 24, 2021

Please find below the latest availabilities

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Availability – April 19, 2021

Although we don’t open until Friday, we are making bulbs (plus some fruit and veg) available for online ordering and pickup. We will start pulling orders tomorrow and call when everything is assembled. Lots of plants will be coming in for our opening on Friday, as well as pretty much daily for the next month.

I’ve started adding non-living things (known as hardgoods) to the order form. You will notice towards the bottom of the form, there is a tab called Hardgoods – Fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides are on at the moment. As new products (like furniture, pots, decor, etc) come in, I will add it here.

On the order form I’ve included frost cloth which we normally sell in the fall. Because of the considerably warmer weather we’ve had for the last month or so, a lot of plants have started breaking dormancy early. Some plants, depending on how far along they are, may get damaged, especially Wednesday night. I’m hoping not, but a number of my Japanese Maples have started their leaf buds and the sap is flowing inside. To protect this tender growth, I’m laying frost cloth over them, more to protect them from the -2 or -3 temperatures that will cause some plants to freeze. Pictured below is the one bed I have with a number of small, not so hardy Japanese maples looking like ghosts.

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