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By , June 30, 2014

Start your fall garden now!

Now is the time to start planting your fall garden

You summer annuals may be at their peak but believe it or not now is the time to start planning your fall garden. If you are looking to grow fall and winter vegetable you should be buying and starting seeds for things like carrots, kale, radishes, lettuce, and other fall crops. If your summer annuals are starting to finish you can replace them with fall garden mums, ornamental cabbag, kale, or swiss chard.

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Fall and Winter Vegetables

August 10th, 2015

It is time to start Your Winter Vegetable Garden!

As the summer begins to wind down you should be thinking about growing winter vegetables. There are many vegetable that you can grow during a west coast winter. You can start them from seed likeĀ lettuce, carrots, and radishes. You can also buy plants that are already growing like broccoli, cabbage, kale, and Swiss chard. You can even plant herbs like Sage and Thyme now for a fall or winter harvest.

Hydrangeas for Fall

August 10th, 2015

Heavenly Hydrangeas for Fall Colour!

If you thought that Hydrangeas only look good in the summer you would be missing out on one of the best shows of colour for the fall. There are many great Hydrangeas that bloom continuously right through until the snow falls in winter. Especially the Endless Summer varieties. Many other hydrangeas provide great winter interest when their flowers dry and add a nice look to your garden beds. The paniculata grandilfora types like Pee Gee, Tardiva, and Limelight are excellent varieties to leave their flowers on for the winter.

In addition to the great flowers hydrangeas have beautiful fall foliage colours. Even in the dead of winter varieties like Hydrangea nigra with their black stems can provide you with colour. If you choose the right hydrangeas for your garden you can enjoy hydrangeas all year long.

Hibiscus

July 20th, 2015

Add a Tropical Touch to your garden with hardy Hibiscus!

Hibiscus come in many forms. If you have ever taken a Hawaiian vacation you have probably seen them used as hedges. However, if you live here in the greater Vancouver area there are varieties of Hibiscus that are hardy enough to survive our winters. The Hibiscus syriacus varieties, known as the Hardy Hibiscus or Rose of Sharon, are capable of surviving winters as cold as -20 C (-5 F). The most attractive feature of these plants is their blooms. They produce an abundance of blooms from July through September. Every garden should have a Hardy Hibiscus as they make an excellent back drop to your annual or perennial flower beds. There are several varieties to choose from including:

  • ‘Blushing Bride’
  • ‘Lavender Chiffon’
  • ‘Red Heart’
  • ‘White Chiffon’

Grapes

July 18th, 2015

Grow your own Grapes!

Grapes can make an excellent addition to your garden. In addition to producing grapes they serve many purposes. They can be grown up an arbour to provide shade for your patio. Grapes can also be grown up a trellis to provide privacy from your neighbours. You can even use the leaves to make Dolmades.

There are two basic types; wine grapes or table grapes. For 2015 you can choose from the following varieties:

Wine Grapes

  • De Chaunac
  • Foch
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Reisling Type (GM318)
  • Sauvingnon Blanc

Table Grapes

  • Concord
  • Niagara
  • Valiant
  • Vanessa

For more information about growing grapes click here.

Echinacea

July 1st, 2015

Add warmth to your garden with Echinacea!

Echinacea (or Coneflower) are one of the most popular perennials, they love full sun and lots of heat. They have large, showy flower heads, blooming from early to late summer. Many varieties bloom until frosts in the fall. Some varieties can be used for herbal or medicinal purposes. They work well at attracting butterflies to your garden. There are many varieties for you to choose from including:

purpurea

This is the most common form of Echinacea which has large purple flowers and grows to 24 to 36 inches high. Click here for more information.

Cleopatra

A newer form that has a compact bushy habit with fluffy golden yellow flower petals surrounding a tight cone.

‘Pow Wow Wild Berry’

A medium sized variety with dark green leaves and magenta-pink flowers. Click here for more information.

Some photos courtesy of www.perennials.com.

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