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Your guide to top plants

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...

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...

10 heavenly hostas

Hadspen Blue Francee Patriot June Sum and Substance I love hostas. They look fantastic in the garden. But they also look terrific in containers. I grow too many of them. Scattered all over the garden. But I love seeing them displayed on their own as single specimens in a nice container. Blues are my favourite. I love Hadspen Blue and Halcyon, Krossa Regal and...

My 10 favourite trees

Styrax japonicus (Japanese snowbell tree) Looking for a superb, moderate-growing, small tree for your garden, you can do no better than to pick the graceful snowbell tree. This exceptionally handsome deciduous tree is an excellent pick for a small- or medium-sized garden. It is relatively slow-growing, reaching only 25 to 30 feet (7.5 to 9 m) with a loosely rounded...

My 10 favourite perennials

Alchemilla mollis Alchemilla mollis (Lady’s mantle) All the great cottage gardens of England have this old-fashioned favorite. It is loved for the way it displays raindrops like diamonds on its rough, hairy leaves. It is also valued for the lime green color and frothy texture of its effervescent sprays of flowers, which first appear in June and last for several weeks....

10 favourite shrubs

Buddleia davidii ‘Black Knight’ (butterfly bush) Walk into any garden and most of the plants you see come from other parts of the world. Buddleia, the butterfly bush, originates from the Sichuan and Hubei areas of China. It gets its name because it has the uncanny knack of attracting butterflies. ‘Black Knight’ is one of the most beautiful and reliable...

Six for success: Smart rules for gardeners.

Remember plants are living things. If you neglect them, don’t feed them, don’t care for them, force them to live in the dark when they need light or in the hot sun when they need shade, they will experience stress. They will either live out their life weak and failing, or get sick and die. First rule of good...

Six of the best vines

Actinidia kolomikta (super-hardy kiwi vine) The heart-shaped leaves of this vine are what make it so magical. In full sun the tips turn a strawberry pink or creamy white. Once the vine is well-established, the decorative effect of the variegated colour can be striking. Actinidia is a popular, useful, handsome climber and a lot more graceful and easy to accommodate...

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