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

Specs:
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.

Specs:
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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Fairy-like flowers, black berries & a Dr. Suess-worthy dwarf tree

on September 7, 2017

This week’s features are best viewed in real-life at the nursery or in a completed landscape. Online photos just don’t do these beauties justice.

Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’

Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’

The rare foliage colour of Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ provides a show that no other plant can. Lilac-white fairy bell flowers mature to small black berries. Its spreading properties make this plant ideal for a naturalized garden. Shown here is a good companion, Pratia pedunculata (syn. Isotoma).

The photo features the fairy-like bell flowers contrasted against the dark, black blades of grass. The small black berries will come later in the season.

Specs:
Semi-evergreen, part sun to shade.
Drought tolerant once established but prefers some moisture. Bulbous root system that naturalizes well, gradually forms dense clump if space allows.
Foliage to 12” H

Combines well with: Blechnum spicant and Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’, also available at Selections Nursery.

Picea orientalis ‘Aurea’

Picea orientalis ‘Aurea’

This tree is the coolest ever! Charlie Brown and Dr. Seuss would definitely approve of its cartoon-like, surreal form. In spring, its new growth glows chartreuse-green and the male cones are bright purple pink.

Picea orientalis ‘Aurea’ is an ideal specimen tree, suitable as a focal point in many gardens.

Specs:
Dwarf tree only reaching 35’ H and 25’ W max.
Evergreen, drought tolerant once established.
The occasional dropping needles will acidify soil, great for a native planting or for making Blueberries more tasty.

Combines well with: Abelia ‘Edward Goucher’ and Hemerocallis ‘Gentle Shepherd’, also available at Selections Nursery.

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Visually interesting, low maintenance plants

on July 24, 2017

Visually stunning perennial plants with low maintenance requirements.

Nandina ‘Gulf Stream’ 

Nandina 'Gulf Stream' - low maintenance plant
Nandina ‘Gulf Stream’

This shrub is well-known at our nursery for its top-performance qualities. Nandina ‘Gulf Stream’ is a reliable, low maintenance and visually striking plant that does not require pruning. Creamy spring flowers turn to glossy red berries in summer, further adding to its desirable qualities.

Specs:
Evergreen
Size: 3’ H and W (compact form)
Drought tolerant once established
Full sun to part shade.

Combines well with:
Pennisetum ‘Karley Rose’ and Phormium tenax ‘Bronze’

Phormium tenax ‘Bronze’

Phormium tenax 'Bronze' 1 - low maintenance plant
Phormium tenax ‘Bronze’ 1

‘Bronze’ New Zealand Flax makes a striking accent to a sunny garden spot. Although maintenance requirements are small, this plant will return your investment ten-fold. A mid-summer explosion of juicy orange-red flowers provides a feast for hummingbirds.

Specs:
Evergreen
Drought tolerant once established
Size: max. 7’ H & W
Full to part sun, USDA Zone 8, protect from extreme frost.

Combines well with:  Choisya ‘Goldfinger’ and Hemerocallis ‘Frans Hals’

Choisya 'Goldfinger' - low maintenance plant
Choisya ‘Goldfinger’

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Trade dry twigs for lush foliage and colourful blooms

on July 18, 2017

Still finding casualties of this past winter in your client’s yards? Trade in those dry twigs for fresh, lush green foliage & colourful blooms!

The winter of 2016 was harsh for our West Coast gardens. Many plant varieties that usual survive and rebound in the Spring did not make it this year. 

2016 Winter Casualty
2016 Winter Casualty

Selections Nursery has stock of fresh, lush and well cared for plants to fill any bare spots and replace those dry plants that didn’t make it back through the Spring.

See below for some examples of the plant inventory at Selections Nursery.

As always, the plants continue change as the weeks pass, visit the nursery for a tour or call us with specific requests.

 

Fresh, unique plants available at Selections Nursery:

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Unique plants of the week: a shade lover and a tasty tea herb

on July 6, 2017

Two unique perennials:

Heuchera – low-maintenance, evergreen perennial that will add colour to a shady spot.
Monarda ‘Petite Delight’ – a herbaceous perennial as well as a tasty tea herb.

Heuchera – a perennial in a rainbow of coulours

Heuchera 'Spellbound' Heuchera 'Bella Notte' Heuchera 'Paprika' Heuchera 'Fire Chief' Heuchera 'Delta Dawn' Heuchera 'Lime Marmalade'

Find the perfect Heuchera variety in your favourite colour at Selections Nursery. The varieties shown are ‘Spellbound’, ‘Bella Notte’, ‘Paprika’, ‘Fire Chief’, ‘Delta Dawn’ and ‘Lime Marmalade’. These perennials are low maintenance, evergreen and are perfect for adding colour to a dry shade area.

Specs:
Varieties shown range from 8-10” H and 9-24” W.
Full to part shade.
Dry to average moisture soil.
Evergreen and long flowering period.

Combines well with: Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ or Lonicera nitida ‘Baggensen’s Gold’.

Monarda ‘Petite Delight’

Monarda ‘Petite Delight’

This dwarf Bee Balm variety is beautiful with its pink feathery flowers and glossy green leaves. It holds a fabulous presence in the perennial border as well as being a tasty tea herb. Try steeping a few leaves for 2 minutes in hot water for a sweet immune system boost. Monarda ‘Petite Delight’ is also attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

Specs:
Herbaceous perennial blooming from June – Sept, 10” H x 18” W.
Full to part sun.
Average moisture soil, resistant to powdery mildew.

Combines well with: Carex ‘Blue Zinger’ or Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Goldtau’.

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