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2017-05-13
Plants are coming out of the greenhouses, everything is ready to go.....Miniature Hosta looking wonderful, and the cool weather has kept the bulbs in our gardens fresh and long lasting......
2017-04-19
golden zebra daylilyBet you thought this was a Hosta but this is an exciting new Hemerocallis (Daylily) named
Golden Zebra....spectacular variegated leaves and gold daylily flowers similar to Stella D'Oro. Limit one per customer.

2017-04-19
Hosta White FeathersHosta White Feather....pale Hosta need more sun than darker Hosta as they lack chlorophyll. Later in the season the leaves will develop some green areas.
2017-04-19
Marsh MarigoldMarsh Marigold doubles great for that marshy damp location
2017-04-19
ferns  And 5 days later......ferns 2
2017-04-19
peony charles burgessechinacea butterfly kisseshemerocallis lies and lipstickHemerocallis Lies & Lipstick
Echinacea Butterfly Kisses
Peony Charles Burgess
Feb 15, 2017
blackberry and creamAll of the on-line catalogues have been updated....
Echinacea
Heuchera
Hemerocallis - Daylily
Ornamental Grass
Sedum
Shady Characters
Jan 27, 2017
Peony Lady AnnaBrand new Peony Catalogue now on line....more pictures to follow
Jan 25, 2017
Daniel DerondoNew 2017 Clematis Catalogue is on line.
Jan 19, 2017
Hosta Blue IvoryHosta Holy Mouse EarsNew 2017 Hosta catalogue is on line..  a new feature is Hosta New this Year showing new varieties we have not stocked before.
Nov 3, 2016
The season is over and we are putting away plants for winter, and also ordering for next year. Look forward to lots of new Hosta varieties, as well as new Echinacea. Let us know if you are searching for something and we will see if we can help.
Sept 8, 2016
The end of summer, but the heat just won't quit. We have spent the whole summer watering non stop, so our stock is looking great ready for the fall planting season.
June 27, 2016
Summer already.....Just finishing our yearly inventory count. 1400 Hosta in 118 varieties. Over 500 Varieties of other perennials and shrubs in stock.....for roughly 10,000 plants (we keep making more so it is hard to keep track!).
May 3, 2016
Spring is here!! After a slow start it seems spring might finally be here!! Plants are coming out of the greenhouses.
Sept 14, 2015
Putting the gardens to bed for the winter Workshop. Oct 3rd 2pm....more to follow, see workshops
July 25, 2015
River LivingSummer time and living on the river is great for thousand island cottagers.....
We delivered the Spruce to the dock....the rest was up to them.
June 23, 2015
Still lots to see at Made in the Shade.Primula Victoria Laced The primula in the picture is Victoria Laced, and going strong. Primulas like cool locations with regular water. They winter well for us in our gardens.

The Hosta collection looks great, and selection in most varieties is still good.


The rain has filled the ponds to overflowing. This Sunday will be the final workshop, with pond construction and maintenance on the agenda.
June 3, 2015
Ornamental Rhubarb early     ornamental rhubarb june

These two pictures of our Ornamental Rhubarb were taken about 3 weeks apart, May 10th and May 27th.
This giant perennial likes a part shade location, and prefers to be kept moist. Ours is 7 years old.
Late  May
2015
The late deep frost has not been much of an issue for us. While a very few tender plants show some browning, the nature of perennials makes them less prone to damage than tender annuals. If you have frost damage on a few plants, the damage can be trimmed off, and in many cases the plant will grow new leaves to fill in gaps.....
March 27, 2015
About half way through the planting...updated Hosta catalogue, we got all but two varieties we ordered (The two missing are varieties we have had before).
Wishing the cold weather would finish, look for Heuchera pages soon....lots of new varieties this year.

March 13, 2015
Here Lies ButchJust about to get planting! The bulk of the spring order has arrived and next week we start planting. Working in the greenhouses is so fun this time of year.
Nov 9, 2014
SC 1The Eastern Ontario Hosta Society (EOHS) had a photo contest this fall. I have put together a page showcasing some of the great photographs entered in the contest.
For more information about the EOHS contact them by email....
easternontariohostasociety@gmail.com

Nov 6, 2014
After our best year ever, with great sales growth we are ready for whatever winter brings us....All plants protected for winter, orders placed for spring.....Time to start planning for another great season. Thanks to all our wonderful customers!!
Aug 1, 2014
MixedHemerocallisIf you thought Hemerocallis (Daylilies) only came in ditch orange, think again. Daylilies come in stunning colours, and flower for most of the summer....still lots in stock.
July 31, 2014
CoreopsisThe Alpine Scree Garden we started last fall, is really rewarding us with some terrific displays.
These 3 types of thread leaf Coreopsis
have been blooming for all of July and just don't seem to be stopping. All 3 varieties wintered well after being planted in late fall. The new hybrid Coreopsis do not produce seeds the way the old varieties did, and so they are welcome additions our collection.
Coreopsis 'Mercury Rising' (Red)
Coreopsis 'Sienna Sunset' (Burnt Orange)
Coreopsis 'Zagreb' (Yellow)
June 24, 2014
EchinaceaEccentricEchinacea collection is strong this year, with some different colours to choose from. Other plants in bloom now include;
Hemerocallis (Daylilies), Oriental Lilies, Siberian and Ensata Iris, Salvia, Roses, Campanula, Geraniums, Trollius, Aconitum, Astrantia and so much more.




                                                                                                     Echinacea p. Eccentric
June 24, 2014
How to plant a Yucca......use cable ties or string to collect up the leaves. This prevents damage to the Yucca flower from handling (and protects the planter from sharp leaf tips). Before winter do the same thing to protect the heart of the plant from winter snow damage. We have some very nice Yucca available for sale.
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June 24, 2014
Orchids at Purdon ConservationOrchidsPurdon Area.
http://mvc.on.ca/places-to-see/purdon/
Last week we made a pilgrimage to see the wild Orchids.
Well worth a visit every couple of years. To get there travel to Perth then turn north off Hwy 7 onto Hwy #511; follow it through Lanark village. Travel about 5 km north, turn left onto Watson's Corners Rd.; follow it for 12 km watch for signs. Turn right onto concession Rd 8 and travel 3 km. There is a good boardwalk which allows you to walk right into the wetlands to see the 1,000's of Cypripedium regina (Showy Orchids) along with other orchids, pitcher plants and much more. Mosquito repellant might be needed, although the breeze kept them off the day we were there.

We will be bringing in a very limited number of Showy Orchids in the fall. Please contact us if you are interested in reserving one. sales@mitsperennials.com

June 3,2014
IrisWindowTiaWindow














We also do windows!! Thanks to Lynn and Tia who each produced works of art for our windows.
June 3,2014
shima_nishikiLots of wonderful plants still available. Some of the plants just coming in to bloom now include; Prunella, Salvia, Iris, Hemerocallis (Daylilies), Astilbe, Tradescantia, Astrantia, Clematis, Van-Houtti Spireas, all of the Roses including Climbing, Hybrid Tea, Floribunda and Explorers.






Tree Peony 'Shima Nishiki' in bloom.
April 27,2014
IcelandPoppyCatalogue pages are mostly up to date. The nursery is open for the season. The plants are growing well, and are ready to be planted any time now. The aptly named Iceland Poppies (Papaver nudicaule 'Spring Fever Red') on the right are in full bloom and so vibrant! Drop in for a taste of what spring should be like!
We kind of went crazy ordering so there are 26 types of Echinacea this year, 13 are new varieties. There are 24 varieties of Hemerocallis, 18 are new varieties. 14 new Hosta varieties and much much more to see.
April 2014
springGH3All four greenhouses are full of plants now, the bad weather caused a delay to the start of our potting season, but everything is quickly catching up, to be ready for the spring planting season.
Look for updates to the catalogue page in the next week.
Opening day is April 20th!!

Nov 24,2013
Where did the time go? Lots has been going on, including the building of Greenhouse4, as well as a large growing area beside it. This will allow us to grow more plants come spring. Current numbers look like we will grow about 13,000 new perennials, grasses, shrubs and roses in 2014.
Oct 2013
GH4 plasticGreenhouse 4 can be seen in the background. It will be a cool and dry growing space during the summer, for certain drought loving plants. In the spring we will use it for the shrubs, roses and daylilies, none of which need to be kept very warm. Production work will also be moved to this area.
Fall 2013
We have sold out of so many varieties this fall!! Room for lots more next spring. Lots of new Echinacea, Hemerocallis and of course Hosta.
Fall 2013
full pondWe are very excited about the new pond at the back of the property. It will be used for trials of pond plants, over-wintering waterlilies, and also just for the pure fun of having a pond! Lots of wildlife have already been attracted, including a visit from a local Heron and a large population of frogs. (Less after the Heron visit.)
Sept 2013
EOH presentThe Eastern Ontario Hosta Society invited Laura to speak at their September meeting, and gave her this spectacular cutting board!

If you enjoy collecting Hosta and want to meet with other collectors, this is a very nice group.

As more information becomes available about this new group we will keep you posted. Next meeting will be in the spring of 2014.

Contact easternontariohostasociety@gmail.com for more information.

Sept 2013
new shade gardenWe have planted another display garden, in the shade section to highlight the many perennials besides Hosta that grow in the shade. Look for more new tables, better paths and some renewal in the larger shade section in the spring!
Aug 1, 2013
Did you know we sell Ornamental grasses?  We have large quantities of high quality ornamental grasses available.
June 27, 2013
FillipendulaRedUmbrellasStill plenty of selection for many varieties. Nice Water Lilies, Clematis, Daylilies, Hosta of course and this years favorite new plant, Filipendula 'Red Umbrellas"!
May 11,2013
irispeleThings have been busy at MITS, with all sorts of beautiful plants needing care. The Pumila (short) Iris have been particularly pretty and spectacular.

March 20, 2013
pink snowlady     The first round of planting was just finished when we got yet more snow...Conditions were perfect so we made a snow-lady, complete with Made in the Shade pink dress.
     The greenhouses are full, with lots of new items, including a good selection of Itoh Peonies, Tree Peonies, lots of Hosta, Daylilies and so much more.

     Opening day is April 20th but visitors are welcome Mon to Fri 9-5 if you just need a dose of growing things. Weekend visits should be arranged by email.
Feb 1,2013
Hard at work on the new on-line Hosta Catalogue. Planting will start next month, so we are busily figuring out where we will grow the 7,000 plants we have ordered. Look for lots of Ornamental Grass in 2013.
Dec 7, 2012
Thanks to all our great customers for another terrific season. We are hard at work preparing for the 2013 season, with plans for more shrubs, of course new Hosta, some Itoh Peonies and more.
June 8, 2012
We carry a good selection of flowering shrubs, including Spirea, Potentilla, Barberry, Hydrangea, Weigela.
May 15, 2012
Lots of new and different perennials, everything has benefited from the warm weather.... harts tonguejackinthepulpit

Arisaema speciosum
(Jack-in-the-Pulpit) at right (at least 2' tall).

Phyllitis scolopendrium (Hart's Tongue Fern) at far right.

Primula veris
(cowslip primrose) below...the nicest
scented perennial.primulaveris
March 3, 2012
boothThe 2012 Garden Show was held in late February. The new location came with a few challenges, but all the volunteers pitched in and brought it all together. Lots of new faces and old friends dropped by our booth. We have lots of summer bulbs left over, so keep us in mind for Dahlias, Lilies (including tree lilies), Gladiolas and Tuberous Begonias. We will also have Caladiums, Callas, Cannas and Taro bulbs.
    
Sept 1,2011
ThalictrumWhat's in Bloom;
In the Shade....Actea (Bugbane), Chelone (Turtlehead), Ligularia, Plumbago, Thalictrum.
In the Part Shade ... Japanese Anemone, Summer Phlox, Black-Eyed-Susan
In the Sun.... Russian Sage, Sedum, Joe-Pye Weed, Helenium, Heliopsis,  Buddleia, Roses, Chrysanthemums,
Oenthera (Sundrops)
and more
.

                                                                 Photo Thalictrum splendid
June 20, 2011
What's in bloom; In the shade... Clematis, Perennial Geranniums, Goat's Beard (Aruncus), Bowman's Root (Gillenia), Meadowsweet (Fillipendula), Medowrue (Thalictrum flavum...yellow!!), Coral-Bells (Heuchera), Astilbe, Columbine, Rodgersia, Lamium, Primroses.
What's in Bloom: In the sun.....Roses, Peonies, Seaholly (Eryngium), Lemon Drops (Oenthera), Salvia, Cinquefoil, Dianthus, Yellow Baptisia and more.
June 20, 2011
red rosesRosesyello roses

May 28, 2011
pond frontThe new pond at the front is working very well and is now stocked with Water-Lilies, Pickerel Lilies, Miniature Bullrushes, Marsh Marigolds, Water Hyacinths and Water-Lettuce.
May 28, 2011
TurtleRain Rain Rain.....and a visitor to the nursery. This painted turtle came through right beside the patio behind the house. Perhaps it was trying to get to drier land? Certainly it was at least 500 ft from anything remotely resembling a pond.
      All the rain we have had this spring has made for lots of lush growth on our plants...and very little watering needed.

May 19, 2011
Bleeding heartWhat's in Bloom.  Brunnera are still going strong, as are the primula's. The Aubrieta's and Arabis (Rockcress) are pretty and the Moss Phlox is starting. The Anemone blanda we potted up has been blooming for over a month now, and the Cammasia are about to bloom. The late tulips we planted in the front garden are spectacular and loving the cool weather. There are lots more varieties in bloom to see when you visit.
May 19, 2011
So many new plants!! So much rain!! Among the plants which have not made it in to our on-line catalogue are; All sorts of new varieties of Primula (candelabra, cortusoides, denticulata, x polyanthus 'Wanda', pubescens, veris and vialii), May-apples, Waterlilies, Water-Hyacinthes,  Fruit Trees (including some nice 4 in ones) , Grapes, Currents, Blueberries and many more.
April 29, 2011
Open for the season.  Greenhouses are stuffed, with lots of new varieties to choose from as well as old favorites.  In blom now are Hepaticas, Brunnera, English Bluebells and Trilliums as well as many more just about ready to flower. scilla picking  In the gardens the daffodils are just starting their display, and the scilla, chinodoxa crocus and other small lawn bulbs are putting on a wonderful display.

The four year old in the picture was enjoying herslf in a sea of Scilla in her backyard this week.
April 1, 2011
Just 19 days till opening!  New plants are growing in all 3 greenhouses, with lots of exciting new woodland plants as well as new varieties of Hosta, Clematis and shrubs.
Last fall we doubled our greenhouse space, so the perennials have lots more space to grow. The garden show at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour was a great success, with lots of familiar faces visiting the booth over the three days.
Feb 1, 2011
WoodpeckerThis Redbellied Woodpecker is one of the regular visitors to our winter birdfeeders. We also get Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers on a daily basis. Last winter a Pileated came to visit, but the photo did not turn out.
The Red-Poll's are also visiting this winter, along with the usual Chickadee's, Nuthatches, Gold-Finches and of course a mob of Blue-Jays.

July 19, 2010
Daylily Photo Catalogue now on-line. Look for Echinacea and Hosta Catalogues coming soon.
July 15, 2010
Cool ItSummer Specials. All Hemerocallis (Daylilies) are buy 2 get one free from July 15-30. All Heuchera are now half price (yes $6 tax in) when you buy 3 or more. There are also still lots of Hosta at 1/3 off in the "One is the lonliest number" section.  Daylily Cool It (at right)
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May 26, 2010
Tree PeonyJapanese Tree Peony in bloom in the garden. Spectacular!!!
This is a Paeonia suffruticosa 'Shimadaijin' (Island Minister) blooming in my garden today. It was planted two years ago. The flower is about the size of a cereal bowl. The tree peonies prefer a location with good light but some protection from the hot mid day sun. They will slowly grow to waist high. A beautiful specimen for your partially shaded border.
There are still 4 left for sale, hurry though, they won't last long!
May 22, 2010
Plants Out FrontIrises in BloomVictoria Day Weekend!
This is traditionally the weekend your frost worries are over and a great time to get out in the garden. Most of our new stock is out of the greenhouses and ready to plant. The irises are blooming like mad, and it's all much more stunning in person. We're open 10 to 6 all weekend.
April 20, 2010
Hosta First FrostGreenhouse 2Greenhouse 2 is full of plants for the sun, as well as some spillover shade loving plants. Hosta First Frost on the right is this years Hosta of the Year, and this photo taken on the 18th shows how big and full the plants are already.
January 24, 2010
pro-mix down hillGetting Ready for Planting. During the winter we prepare for spring planting. On of the chores is getting pro-mix down into greenhouse #3. As you can see, we like to combine work with play, using our wheel-barrow sled. This is also the time of year we make the new catalogue and do our planning for the coming season. Plans are in the works for a booth at the up-coming Garden Show in Kingston, March 5-7.
October 3, 2009
Aster - SaphireOctober is great month for Ornamental Grasses. They provide interest through the fall and all winter long with their tall stalks and plumes.

Many perennials are still going strong in October with vibrant blooms to brighten your garden. Come in and see the display stock blooming now -- we're open 6 days a week until the end of the month (except Thanksgiving Weekend).

The foliage on many plants like this Brunnera lasts well into the fall with sharper contrasts under the greyer fall skies.



Chelone - Turtle HeadBrunnera - Jack Frost



May 17, 2009
The new Made in the Shade Perennials Inc. web site went on-line today, so watch this space for news about  what's happening at the nursery, which plants are blooming this week, and what's on special.







Made in the Shade Perennials Inc.
3626 Hwy 2 RR 3 (4.5 km east of Joyceville Rd.)   Gananoque,  Ontario    K7G 2V5
Phone: (613) 382-8251    Toll Free: 1 (800) 318-3133     eMail: sales@mitsperennials.com