Category: Now in Bloom


By Miles Hunter, April 10, 2014

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.


By Miles Hunter, April 7, 2014

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

By Miles Hunter, April 4, 2014

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


By Miles Hunter, March 24, 2014

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.


By Miles Hunter, March 20, 2014

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.

Pussy Willow

By Miles Hunter, February 17, 2014

February 17th, 2014

Pussy Willow Trees forecast the coming Spring!

There are a few sure signs that spring has arrives. The first snowdrops, cherry blossoms, or forsythia flowers. One of the more subtle, but beautiful, first flowers of spring are pussy willows. The flowers are actually “catkins” which are a cluster of small flowers. The flowers start as a soft white rabbits foot like bud and open into a pincushion like cluster of yellow flowers. They are an excellent source of pollen for the bees as they come out of hibernation.

Spring Bulbs

By Miles Hunter, February 3, 2014

February 3rd, 2014

Did you forget to plant bulbs last fall?

We have a great selection of spring flowering bulbs already growing and ready to be planted in your garden, planter boxes, or pots. We have a great selection of Crocus, Daffodils, Hyacinths, and Tulips to choose from.

Winter Flower Gardens

By Miles Hunter, January 1, 2014

January 1st, 2013

Winter Flowers Garden Tips

There are many beautiful plants that bloom in the winter months. Shrubs like Camellia, Mahonia, and Sarcoccocca can provide an abundance of flowers from January through March.

Winter is also an ideal time to:

  • Clean up garden beds
  • Dig over and mulch with manure or compost
  • Add lime to balance the Ph
  • Wrap up marginally hardy plants such as Bananas, Canna Lilies, and outdoor Palm trees with burlap to protect from frost
  • Plant Helleborus for winter blooms in your garden
  • Cut back perennials just above the ground level
  • Divide spring blooming perennials like Hostas


January 3rd, 2014

Add colour to your winter garden with Primula!

If you are looking to add a little colour to your winter garden a fresh delivery of Primula have arrived. Also known as Primrose these hardy plants are great for adding colour to your pots, containers, and gardens. With a range of colours from Pink, Purple, Red, Yellow and White you can be sure to find the right colour for your garden. They make a great planting over your spring bulbs as they will not get in the way when your crocus, tulips, or daffodils grow through them. Be sure to stop by and check out the colours we have available for you.


By Miles Hunter, November 8, 2013

November 8th, 2013

Start your Amaryllis now for Christmas Blooms!

If you are looking for some beautiful flowers to bloom in your home for the holidays look no further than Amaryllis. These bulbs provide your with weeks of colour through the holiday season, often blooming well into January. Amaryllis normally take about 6 to 8 weeks from the time you plant them until they bloom. If you don’t have that much time you can grow several special varieties that will bloom in 4 to 6 weeks. They can produce multiple flowers stems with 3 to 6 blooms per stem. You can choose from a number of varieties including:

  • Apple Blossom
  • Charisma
  • Minerva
  • Mont Blanc
  • Papillio
  • Red Lion

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