Hellebores are an incredible group of evergreen perennials for gardeners from zone 3 to zone 9. In warmer zones, they are winter and early spring-blooming plants providing colour from late November through April. In colder zones, they bloom in late winter and early spring as soon as the snow melts. In any zone they provide interest when most other plants are soundly dormant bringing forth the first major burst of colour for the season.
Bulbs, corms, and rhizomes represent a particular life history strategy that has evolved in almost every region of the world. Applied to gardens, they offer us beauty, intrigue, and additional strategies for layering in interest and colour. Explore some of the most interesting oddball bulbs for your patio or garden.
In Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis's article in Fine Gardening Magazine, take 10 plants you've always liked and consider 10 exciting alternatives that you just might love.
David Austin roses are some of the most renowned and beloved roses in the world. Though they are usually listed as hardy to zone 4 or 5, here are a few strategies to grow them in zone 3 in some of the coldest parts of Canada!
Bred right here in Canada, Alan McMurtrie is creating new colours and colour patterns never seen before in the reticulated iris. Learn more about his amazing cultivars.
Through their beauty and unusual flower patterns, Broken Tulips offer not just a pretty display but a connection to a dramatic and tumultuous history.
Cyclamen is a genus of plants known best for the florist cultivars of large, boldy-coloured flowers and dramatic mottled foliage grown as decorative, seasonal or short-lived pot plants. Many people remain unaware that there are species that are hardy in temperate gardens or that they are in leaf and in bloom in the fall, winter, and early spring!
Erythronium is a genus of shady bulbs from North America and Eurasia that form beautiful carpets of ephemeral spring flowers on the forest floors of their native regions. They are known as fawn lilies, trout lilies, and dogtooth violets. They can be used for beautiful early spring displays in the shade garden.
Corydalis solida is a beautiful spring ephemeral that blooms in the shade garden when most perennials are still dormant. Plant them in clumps or drifts to give you colour and spring inspiration at the very beginning of the season.
The beautiful wood anemones or windflowers produce carpets of dainty foliage and masses of beautiful flowers in shades of white, yellow, pink, lavender, and pale blue in early spring. Plant them in drifts in your shade garden to put on a show when your Hosta and ferns are only just thinking of breaking dormancy.
Few garden plants offer flowers held in perfect spheres or dramatic fireworks. The ornamental onions or Allium are not be missed for dramatic and beautiful spring and summer displays.
Crocus are the temperate world's favourite early spring bulb. They are beautiful and long-lived but also tough as nails with an amazing ability to shrug off the vagaries of early spring weather. They also come in various forms not commonly seen in garden centres. Explore all that Crocus have to offer!