Hot new perennials for my sunny border

video
First thing this morning, I found room for a bunch of new perennials in a sunny spot already home to some ornamental grasses and weigela and burgundy and lime green ninebark. I put in six Coreopsis Uptick, considered the “kings of summer” and have the added appeal of being hybrids of a native North America species. The names of the ones I planted...

BC garden centres still hoping for big sales

It's been a crippling spring for garden centres in Metro Vancouver. Rain, rain and more rain has kept gardeners indoors. And exceptionally cold weather has put flowering times behind, some say by as much as a month. It is May, but it feels like early April. Garden centres have had the worst April sales in years. Last year, it was the opposite....

Goodbye The Vancouver Sun

video
April 21 was my last day at The Vancouver Sun, after 38 years, 26 of which were spent writing gardening stories. My last column was in the paper April 22. I am not forlorn, just sad that the decline of the newspaper resulted in such serious staff reductions. I still believe people here want a newspaper they can be proud of -...

Time to fall in love with rhododendrons

  Williamsianum Taurus Sappho PJM Ken Janeck Cinnabarium Impeditum Hotei Dora Amateis Augustinii 10 OF THE BEST FOR YOUR GARDEN AND WHERE TO GO TO SEE MORE April and May are prime months to see rhododendrons at their best. Since it has been such a cool, sunless spring, many rhododendrons have been slow to bloom. The good news is that the ones that did bloom were able to hold their flowers a little longer...

Hurrah for Garden Starters

video
I just received by shipment of "plug plants" packages from Garden Starters, the mail-out service provided by DeVry's Greenhouses, of Chilliwack. This is a new service that allows you to select annuals, herbs and vegetables and have them grown for you and delivered as baby "plug plants" to your door. It is an interesting way of buying plants online. The saving...

Exciting new plants for spring

Looking for some new plants to add to your garden this spring? Here are some new varieties being offered by Heritage Perennials, of Abbotsford, one of the prime suppliers of top notch perennials to garden centres across Canada. New varieties of Itoh peony. Paeonia - This new breed of peonies, offering the hardiness of garden types plus the exotic flower colour of...

Changing faces

video
During my 26 years as garden writer at The Vancouver Sun, I changed my logo quite a few times and also went through a number of different looks. Here's a fun look over my many changing faces over the years. swhysall@hotmail.com  

A little shocker for some summer fun

What’s the quirkiest plant on the shelves this spring? It could well be the “electric daisy” (Acmella oleracea), possibly the hottest novelty plant of 2017 that also is known as the toothache plant. This also goes by the botanical name Spilanthes acmella. It has glossy green  leaves and golden, bud-like flowers with a dark red eye. In Brazil, where it is an...

Two perfect plants for Canada’s 150th

Want to do a special planting for Canada Day this year? Here are a couple of plants that are being marketed this spring specifically to appeal to those gardeners who want to show their patriotism when it comes to celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1. Dahlia 'Canadian Celebration' is a striking white dahlia with red stripes that is expected to...

Upcoming England-Wales-Ireland Tour

Next month, I will be leading two back-to-back garden tours to England, North Wales, Ireland and then to the Chelsea Flower Show in London. Each day of these tours I will be posting stories and photographs here. You can follow along with us as we move. And you will get to see and hear about some of the fabulous gardens...

ITALY SPRING 2018

JAPAN FALL TOUR 2018

MOST POPULAR