Few bulbs can create the kind of drama that foxtail lilies offer with their rockets of lily-like flowers reaching three, four, five, six, even eight feet high, depending on the species and cultivar you choose. Learn more about the amazing Eremurus!
Camassia or camas lilies are western North American native bulbs that occur from southern British Columbia to California and inland into the western mountains. They form spikes typically one to three feet tall of starry, lily-like flowers in white and various shades of blue. Learn more about these native beauties.
Lilies offer beauty and fragrance and a succession of blooms from spring until late summer. They can also be inserted into small spaces between other plants to add a whole extra layer of colour into the garden.
Next to tulips, daffodils are probably the second most beloved of the spring bulbs, the proverbial runner up in spring's popularity contest. They don't have the broad colour range of the tulips but they are beautiful and dependable coming back year after year with ever expanding clumps. Explore the surprising diversity of the humble daffodil.
Fritillaria are unusual yet beautiful bulbs guaranteed to add botanical intrigue to your garden and containers.
Snowdrops and snowflakes might remind you of winter weather conditions but they are also the common names for some very special bulbs that mostly bloom in the late winter, early spring, and spring gardens. Learn more about Galanthus and Leucojum.
Botanical tulips are the species and their cultivars that were originally used to breed the big hybrid tulips made so famous by the Dutch. These smaller, daintier versions of tulips offer cool forms and colours and they are usually much longer lived, coming back year after year and multiplying when happy.
You can plant new plants all summer long. A few careful steps are all that is required to successfully plant new perennials, shrubs, and trees during the dog days of summer.
No garden is complete without the beauty of vines climbing up fences and trellises and weaving through large shrubs and trees. From patio to garden, here are some design tips for integrating them into your personal space.
Hardy lady's slipper orchids or Cypripedium are exquisite terrestrial orchids that can be grown down to zone 3, sometimes colder. Their hybrids are much easier to grow than the species and can double in flower count every year in good conditions!
The Summer Spice perennial hibiscus are making waves with their new colour breaks including shades of blue! These relatives of the tropical hibiscus can be grown by most Canadian gardeners and have the largest flowers in the mallow family, typically 8-10 inches wide!
There are many plants in our gardens that should not be eaten and that are potentially poisonous to pets and humans. Though they do not present a great danger, it's good to be aware of them so that your time spent in your garden or in parks with your furry friends can be safe and carefree.