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By admin, August 12, 2009

Spring is Here! It is time to get out in the Garden!

Rhododendron 'PJM'

Spring is everywhere in the gardens around the city now. The forsythia is blooming its beautiful yellow blooms. As are the Rhododendrons and Camellias. The spring flowering bulbs are continuing to bloom with Daffodils and Tulips coming into bloom now. The flowering cherries trees are now in full bloom creating a snow like feeling when the wind blows the blossoms down as you walk under them.

Tulip

If you have gardening projects on the go our store are open seven days a week. You can find everything you need to prepare your garden for the coming year. For our store hours click here.

If you forgot to plant spring flowering bulbs last fall we have Daffodils, and Tulips in pots already growing and flowering and ready to plant in your garden. If you are looking to add colour to your garden for the winter be sure to add Pansies, or Primula. These plants  bloom into May when it will be time to switch to summer annuals.

News & Events

Magnolia

April 10th, 2014

The Magnolias are Bursting into Bloom!

It must be April because the Magnolias are bursting into bloom and covering our streets with beautiful flower petals. There is nothing quite like the blooms of Magnolia trees and shrubs. The blooms emerge before they produce leaves allowing us to see all of the beautiful blooms that can cover the entire tree. Flowering can begin in late March and bloom through April. The latest blooming varieties are the Grandiflora or Evergreen Magnolia. These varieties bloom in May and June with large white fragrant flowers.

One of the most popular varieties is the Magnolia stellata or Star Magnolia. These small trees (or large shrubs) make an excellent focal point in a garden bed. In the spring they are covered with large white flowers that look like a star exploding in the sky.

Rhododendrons

April 7th, 2014

The Rhododendrons are coming into bloom!

Spring is bursting into bloom and the most florific plants here in greater Vancouver are the Rhododendrons. There are hundreds of varities available in a range of colours from white to purple, red to yellow. As you walk or drive around the city you see them everywhere. One of the first to bloom is Rhododendron ‘PJM’. This beautiful purple variety will light up a dark corner of your garden. It will grow 4 to 6 feet tall, likes acidic soil.

Flowering Cherries

April 4, 2014

The Flowering Cherries are Blooming!

There is no surer sign of spring than when the flowering cherry trees begin to bloom. There will be thousands of trees in bloom over the next month. The first to bloom are usually the Flowering Plums including ‘Pissardi Nigra’ and ‘Bliriana’. The rest will bloom over 6 to 8 weeks.

To celebrate the flowering cherries as they come into bloom The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival runs from April 3rd to 28th. For more information about the varieties you might find in bloom throughout greater Vancouver visit the Cherry Blossom Festival website here. At David Hunter Garden Centers we have many of these varieties trees to choose from including:

  • Flowering Plum ‘Pissardi Nigra’- pink flowers
  • Flowering Plum ‘Blireriana’ – pink flowers
  • Flowering Cherry ‘Kiku Shidare’ – double pink
  • Flowering Cherry ‘Kanzan’ (aka Kwanzan)- double pink
  • Flowering Cherry ‘Mount Fuji’ – double white
  • Flowering Cherry ‘Shirofugen’ – white
  • Flowering Cherry subhirtella ‘Pendula’ – weeping form, pink flowers
  • Flowering Cherry ‘Whitcombi’ – single pink

Camellia

March 24th, 2014

Camelia 'Chansonette'

Camellias are bursting into Bloom!

Camellias are one of the most beautiful spring flowering shrubs. The flowers come in a range of colours from reds, pinks, white, and some are even yellow. The flowers can be single, semi-double, or double. The double flowers resemble roses when in full bloom. They are evergreen shrubs which make an excellent backdrop to your flower garden. Varieties can range in height from 6 to 8 feet high or as tall as 10 to 12 feet. They are hardy to zone 6 (-20 C or -5 F).

Camelia 'Winter's Snowman'

If you are choosing a place for a Camellia in your garden they like to be in a location that gets partial sunshine. When Camellias are young they apprecaite being protected from cold winter winds so plant them against a wall or fence. If you plant one close to a house and it is under the eaves of your house do not forget to water it during the winters. If they go dry they are more likely to attract pests and diseases.

Forsythia

March 20th, 2014

When the Forsythia are in Bloom it is Time to Prune!

One of the first spring flowering shrubs to delight us with its blooms every spring are the Forsythia. These beautiful shrubs are filled with bright yellow flowers. They are also an excellent reminder that it is time to prune your tree and shrubs. Roses, Fruit Trees, Small Fruits (Blueberries and Raspberries), and summer flowering shrubs.

One of the best new varieties of Forsythia to be introduced in the past few years has been the Proven Winners variety called “Show Off’. This great dwarf variety grows only 2 to 3 feet high and wide and is covered every spring in beautiful golden yellow flowers. ‘Show Off’ is hardy to zone 4 (-34C or -25 F).

For more information visit Proven Winners website by clicking here.

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