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5 Fall & Winter interest plants

on November 5, 2019

Many plants and trees lose their leaves, colour and general attractive traits in the fall and winter. This is not the case for all, here are 5 fall & winter interest plants that will provide colour, texture and unique design elements through the dark and colder months.

1. Nerine bowdenii

Nerine bowdenii
Nerine bowdenii

Nerine bowdenii is a flowering plant in the Amarylidaceae family. Common names are: Cornish lily, Cape flower, Guernesy lily and Bowden lily.  Blooms in late summer & through fall, blooms best when bulbs are not crowded.

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2. Colchicum autumnale

Colchicum autumnale
Colchicum autumnale

Commonly known as autumn or fall crocus, meadow saffron or naked ladies, termed this due to the flowers breaking ground long before the leaves. Despite its beauty, this plant is toxic, especially for cats, if the fruit or leaves are ingested. As some of the common names suggest, blooms appear in autumn.

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3. Sedum Sunsparkler TM ‘Blue Pearl

Sedum SunSparkler Blue Pearl
Sedum SUNSPARKLER Blue Pearl

Perfect ground cover choice for edging a path or forming a border along a sunny stretch. This is a very versatile plant that will do well in a variety of situations: mass planted on a slope, works as part of a green roof, ground cover in sunny areas, excellent choice for containers. The bulk of the plant is low, compact mound of fleshy, non-fading leaves, blueish in colour. Flowers appear late summer, and early fall and are bright pink.

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4. Acorus ‘Oborozuki’

Acorus gramineus Oborozuki
Acorus gramineus Oborozuki

Commonly known as grassy-leaved sweet flag, this perennial grass is colourful and fragrant. Acorus ‘Oborzuki’ tolerates wet soil and can be used in a water or rain garden, including standing water 3-4″ deep. This stunning grass can tolerate full sun or part shade and is an appropriate choice for foliage accent.

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5. Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’

Echincea 'Cheyenne Spirit'
Echincea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’

Easy plant to care for that yields large, bright colourful flowers with great texture and form. Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ will attract butterflies and hummingbirds, blooming through mid and late summer into early fall.

Petals of flowers range in colour from deep pinks to orange, red or purple as well as yellow and white. Excellent for cutting, mass planting or growing in mixed containers.

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This is only 5 of MANY of our favourite fall & winter interest plants. Follow along on social and we will be sharing more interesting and unique plants and trees to suggest as additions to your client’s spaces to add colour, texture and accents through the fall and winter.

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2019 National Tree Day

on September 25, 2019

2019 National Tree Day

National Tree Day is the Wednesday of National Forest Week each year, this year it is Wednesday, September 25th. It is a day to celebrate trees and the many benefits they bring to our planet and immediately surrounding environments.

Cities coast to coast will be celebrating #NationalTreeDay with local events and tree plantings, here’s a couple taking place in Metro Vancouver :

Join Tree Canada to plant trees in North Vancouver.

Join the City of Surrey tree planting event later in National Forest Week on Saturday, September 28th.

National Forest Week West Coast Forest - mossy trees

National Forest Week invites all Canadians to learn about forests and raise awareness about this valuable and renewable resource. This national awareness week originated in 1920 as Forest Fire Prevention Week, to increase awareness towards Canada’s forests. At the time, while trees were not in short supply, forest fires posed the greatest threat and were generally started by humans. In 1967 the week was renamed National Forest Week and has evolved to generate awareness around all aspects of forests and trees.

Each year National Forest Week choses a theme related to trees and forests – this year’s theme is ‘Canada’s Forests: Diverse Outdoor Classrooms’.

The Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF) lists some great ways you can participate in celebrating National Tree Day:

  • Take a walk in the woods, and get to know your local forest
  • Arrange a tree planting event with Tree Canada
  • Care for a newly planted or neglected tree, and study its species
  • Identify all the things at home or school that are made of wood
  • Learn about organizations that demonstrate sustainable forest management
  • Tour a forest sector industry or processing site
  • Learn about the prevention of forest fires
  • Learn more about National Forest Week
  • Host an event with your business, in your community or school

Learn more about National Forest Week and National Tree Day.

Many Benefits of Trees

As many people know, trees clean the air that we breath every single day. Some are tall and majestic, others are shorter and delicate with flowers – but all are beneficial to our environment in a multitude of ways. Learn more about what trees do for our environment from Tree Canada.

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National Forest Week 2018

on September 28, 2018

It’s National Forest Week 2018

Sept. 23-29, 2018

Join us in celebrating the importance of trees this September during National Forest Week. Here’s a couple exceptional specimens we found in the nursery this week:

Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Crimson Queen’

Delicate arching branches that turn bright crimson red in the fall. This dwarf tree is extremely versatile because it won’t overgrow a small space.

Acer pal. diss. ‘Crimson Queen’

Morus alba ‘Pendula’

The leaves of this beautifully weeping specimen have been traditionally used in China for thousands of years to feed silk worms when making silk. Cool! It also produces tasty Mulberries.

Morus alba ‘Pendula’








Learn more about National Forest Week.

Other ways to participate:

Volunteer with a local tree planting organization like Tree Canada.

Choose a public space to clean up.

Go for a walk and look for the tallest, oldest trees you can find.

Plant a tree.

Admire a tree.

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Fall Colours – bright orange & red

on October 13, 2017

Bright, crisp, fall colours

Agastache aurantiaca ‘Tango’

agastache tango
Agastache ‘Tango’

Agastache ‘Tango’ is highly floriferous, blooming from July to October in the PNW region. It has a dwarf, compact habit and its scented silvery foliage will charm a lucky passer-by. This variety is a favourite for hummingbirds, and it tolerates humidity better than other Agastache cultivars. Native to the montane region of Mexico

Herbaceous perennial
16” tall & 14” wide
Tolerant of poor soils, drought, and heat
Prefers good drainage
Full or part sun

Agastache ‘Tango’ combines well with: Euphorbia ‘Blackbird’ and Fothergilla major, also available at Selections Nursery.


Athyrium felix-femina ‘Lady in Red’

athyrium felix-femina lady in red
Athyrium felix-femina ‘Lady in Red’

This fern is a spectacle – the bright green fronds with shiny red stems. 

As it unfurls in spring, the bright red-stemmed fronds look just like shiny candy canes. ‘Lady in Red’ makes the perfect companion to a specimen from the Heuchera Rainbow at Selections Nursery.

Herbaceous perennial native to the Pacific Northwest climate
2’ tall & wide
Prefers full or part shade
Average moisture soil

Combines well with: Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’ and Heuchera ‘Fire Chief’, also available at Selections Nursery.

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2017 National Tree Day

on September 26, 2017

Feature Trees at Selections Nursery for National Tree Day 2017

National Tree Day takes place Sept. 27, 2017, the Wednesday of National Forest Week. This day serves as a time for all Canadians to celebrate something that we in the horticulture and landscaping industries celebrate every day – Trees!

Learn more about the history of National Tree Day.

Learn about the benefits of trees in our environment here or read on below our feature trees.

At Selections Nursery, we nurture and care for trees daily, here’s a few we’ve selected to highlight for this important celebration of nature.

Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Tamukeyama’ 

Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Tamukeyama'
Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Tamukeyama’

Deep purple-red dissected leaves, brilliant fall colour and delicate weeping branches; this dwarf tree is a real specimen. Acer ‘Tamukeyama’ is the perfect fit for a Japanese garden or placed beside a water feature. Imagine the graceful weeping branches sweeping down to a reflective glassy pool, mesmerizing the viewer into introspective tranquility.



Dwarf deciduous tree 8’ high & 10’ wide
Full to part sun
Average moisture soil with good drainage
Low maintenance

Styrax japonicus ‘Pink Chimes’

Stryrax japonicus 'Pink Chimes'
Stryrax japonicus ‘Pink Chimes’ – Winter

This tree will provide visual interest in any garden, year-round. Sweetly fragrant, Spring-blooming pink flowers hang down from horizontal branches. In summer, the flowers mature into bell chimes that hold on steadfast to their branches, even into winter. Golden yellow and orange flush the leaves with lively fall colour in October. 

Styrax japonicus 'Pink Chimes'
Styrax japonicus ‘Pink Chimes’ – Spring/Summer



Deciduous tree, approx. 25’ high & 25’ wide when mature
Full to part sun
Average moisture soil with good drainage
Low maintenance


Tsuga heterophylla

Tsuga heterophylla
Tsuga heterophylla

Tsuga heterophylla is well known in these parts as the Western Hemlock, populating our native forests. It will honour a garden with commitment: in 100 years they can grow taller than 250 feet. As a versatile understory tree, it will tolerate shade when it is young. This tree is also evergreen and can withstand summer drought.

Evergreen, approx. 40’ wide & 200’ high in 100 yrs, SLOW growing in the meantime
Full sun to full shade
Prefers moist, acidic soils rich in organic matter

Visit Selections Nursery to view these spectacular trees in person.

Benefits of Trees

Content source: Tree Canada

Trees provide many benefits, creating healthier, more sustainable, and more beautiful communities. Here are just a few of the benefits of trees:

Trees provide food for people and animals (fruit, berries, and nuts)

Trees capture carbon and become carbon ‘sinks’ which reduce the Greenhouse Effect

Trees’ root systems help prevent soil erosion, which prevents water pollution

Properties with trees are generally valued higher in the real estate market

Trees provide employment in the forestry field: foresters, arborists, lumber, research, tree workers, etc.

Trees provide shade in the summer, which saves on air conditioning costs; conifers insulate homes in the winter, reducing heating costs

Trees shade asphalt, making streets and parking lots cooler and extending the life of the asphalt

Trees planted in fields shield against wind and snow and help protect crops

Trees beautify the landscape and block out unattractive views

Trees provide shelter for wildlife

Trees provide health benefits, such as stress reduction, and speed the healing process

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