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By , October 5, 2015

October 5th, 2015

Plant a sea of colour with Crocus bulbs!

Crocus are one of the most popular spring flowering bulbs to plant in your garden. The most common colours are purple, yellow, and white but they also come in several bi-colour or stripped varieties. These little beauties grow to be about 4 to 6 inches tall and produce an abundance of flowers in early spring. If you leave Crocus bulbs in the ground they can grow and bloom again the next year. This is called naturalizing. You can plant them in masses in your garden, or even plant them in your lawn. Just wait until after they have stored enough energy for next year before you mow them down.


By , October 1, 2015

October 1st, 2015

Get the drop on spring with Snowdrops!

Snowdrop bulbs (botanical name Galanthus) are the first bulbs to bloom every spring. Many of them will even push through a layer of snow to flower in your garden. They are one of the best bulbs to plant in your garden, or even your lawn, because they multiply more and more every year. If you start with 20 or 30 bulbs you will almost double the number of bulbs every year. Eventually you can have a carpet of white flowers blooming in your garden every spring.


By , September 15, 2015

September 15th, 2015

Add Cyclamen to your Fall Garden!

If you are looking for something to replace your summer annuals for fall try the amazing blooms of Cyclamen. These beauties are started from seed in early spring and grow all summer just to produce an amazing show of fall colour. Some varieties of Cyclamen are hardy enough to survive our winters but most of the ones grown are annuals. But don’t let that stop you from planting them. You will find that the annual varieties produce a great show of colour all fall, even through frost.

Cyclamen flower in shades of white, pink, and red and can have simple green leaves or complex variegated leaves with intricate patterns of grey and silver. They are generally easy to grow as they grow best in all purpose potting soil and enjoy being slightly moist which is idea for our wet fall and mild winter. To keep them blooming feed them every week with a water soluble fertilizer like Miracle Gro or 20-20-20.

Fall Flowering Crocus

By , August 30, 2015

August 30th, 2015

Fall Flowering Crocus are Ready to Bloom!

Did you know that there were crocus bulbs that flower in the fall? In fact there are several varieties of the Fall Flowering Crocus that bloom in late September and early October. The most popular are the Colchicum varieties including ‘Album’ (White), ‘The Giant’ (Pink), and ‘Water Lily’ (Double Pink). There is also the Crocus sativus, also known as the Saffron Crocus, and the Crocus Zonatus.

Fall Flowering Crocus are easy to grow and flower profusely and reliably every fall. They naturalize very easily and every few years you can divide them and spread them throughout your garden. They grow best in well drained soil in a partially sunny location.

Fall Garden Mums

By , August 25, 2015

August 25th, 2015

Add Fall Colour to Your Garden with Mums!

Mums are a great addition to your garden for fall. They provide colour from August to October. They are a great combination plant with Pansies, Kale, or other fall perennials. They are excellent in the garden or in pots and containers. Mums are sold as annuals but they can be left in the garden to flower again next year, just cut them back in the winter and they come up again next spring.

Fall and Winter Vegetables

By , August 10, 2015

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.


By , July 20, 2015

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’


By , July 18, 2015

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.


By , July 1, 2015

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:


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.


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.

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