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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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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