this is why we caution people about early
planting. Many plants are just fine when late
snow arrives. Some plants fresh out of the
greenhouse can suffer, although perennials will
almost always survive.
Clematis, Astilbe, Echinacea, Ferns, Hosta,
Kirengeshoma and Rodgersia are perennials for
which we are very cautious about spring frosts.
|Getting ready for
opening day next Tuesday April 20th.....this
warm weather has made everyone ready to buy,
however when planning back in September we
planned for the usual timing for our perennials.
This means our young plants still need TLC until
well into May.
Everything is growing fast and looks great. We
are reserving paid for plants via email
and will have extensive curbside business
as well as limited browsing as we did last year
(10 to 4 Tuesday to Saturday).
|Lots of planting
going on.....we are growing well over 10,000 new
plants this year. Look for new Hosta Varieties,
lots of special Peonies, Daylilies and so much
is posted as a PDF for you to browse and
plan what you want to buy. For photographs of
many varieties check
our catalogue pages. We are taking orders
now however no plants will be released until
after April 20th.
|Tuberous Begonias are
here!! Plant these large tubers early indoors
for a great show of flowers all summer long in
dry shade. Pull in fall and store dry. Each year
the tubers get bigger and better.
See our catalogue
for colours and prices. Order by email for
arrived.....lots more than last year but order
early for best selection.
To order see our
Seed PDF and make a list and email or
print form and fill out then send it to us.
|Sign up for our email
newsletter to get notified about product
availability and seasonal sales. We are not one
of those weekly types but send maybe 8-10 per
|We are updating the
on line catalogues for
spring. We are planning on curbside only
through February for; Seeds Corms and other
bulbs. We will also be able to sell small to
large quantities of potting soil for seed
starting. Ask us about seedling trays and we
will happily give them away. New hours have been
posted. Once again we will limit open days to
Tuesday to Saturday as we will have limited
staff. Some later in the day times will be
available for curbside pick-up by appointment.
FALL We are closed for the winter. We will sell
some seeds and potting soil starting in late
February. We will open for the season April 20th
This is a photo of some fall crocus we planted
Oct 1st this year. They have been blooming for 2
weeks so far. We will again sell the bulbs in
late summer next year....
Amaryllis bulbs are here!! Also lots of other
bulbs still in stock.
These Amaryllis are top sized and will usually
produce 2 or 3 stems of flowers with 4 flowers
per stem this winter.
Plant in the first 2 weeks of November for
Christmas Blooms.....or later for a mid winter
dose of cheer.
|Sedum are a mainstay of the fall
garden....the image is of an older Sedum Autumn
Joy. Planted about 8 years ago. Sedum can get
floppy if they are in too much shade or
sometimes when they get old. Very drought
tolerant the foliage sometimes turns yellow if
too much water has been given. It is a good
plant to split every 5-9 years or so, but wait
till spring. We have a large selection of Sedum
still available....see our Sedum Catalogue
tiny frog can rest easily on the Water Hyacinths
in one of our small ponds. Bees also sometimes
use water plants to rest on.
This pond is over 24 years old and still looking
great. One liner replacement and we have
replaced the top boards once.
watering regularly. For best results water
thoroughly in the early morning. Deep watering
less often will encourage roots to go deeper and
plants to establish better. Monarda and Summer
Phlox often get powdery mildew, and evening
watering leaving the foliage moist overnight is
a major cause. The best Monarda I have ever
grown was around a leak in the sprinkler system.
Soaker-hoses also suit Monarda and tall Phlox.
|POND PLANTS HAVE
Water Lettuce, Water Hyacinths, Water Lilies,
Parrot Feather, Papyrus, and more.
|We are continuing with allowing
customers to browse and also curbside pickup.
All the perennials look great.
With the current Covid situation we have made
the difficult decision not to bring any
additional Trees, Fruit Trees or Shrubs in this
This will allow us to concentrate on our core
business of selling perennials.
We will continue to operate with only family
members for all of 2020.
|Other new plants
include; 5 Echinacea, 5 Heuchera (and lots of
old favourites), 5 Itoh Peonies, 6 regular
Peonies, 5 Sedum, 7 Clematis and Martagon
|Thanks to all our
customers for a great year. Looking forward to
2020 with increased tree sales, and as usual
lots of new varieties of perennials along with
|Spring Bulbs are all here, lots
of choice this year including (but not limited
to) Fritallaria, Allium, Eranthis, Chionodoxa,
Camassia, Muscari, Snowdrops and of course
Tulips and Daffodils.
The first bees we see in spring are on the
Crocus and other early bulbs.....and they give
us lovely early colour before any other flowers
are ready to bloom.
|We are prepping for
opening, potting the new stock, wetting our
plants. Opening day will be April 20th....the
Saturday of Easter weekend. Drop by and see all
the new baby plants.
|Pond plants have arrived....
Oxygenators, Water Hyacinth, Water Lettuce,
Hardy Water-Lilies and more.
Waterlilies can be grown in any container that
is at least 15" deep and make a real showstopper
on your patio. As a bonus....they don't need to
be watered all the time.
|Plants are coming
out of the greenhouses ready for planting. We
also have a large quantity of overwintered well
rooted perennials. These are prime stock and
much sought after by knowledgeable landscape
|Camassia bulbs give
these wonderful blue spiked flowers in Late May
/ Early June. They are about 60 cm (2 feet) tall
and our patches last for about 3 weeks. These
bulbs are very long lived with patches planted
20 years ago still flowering well every year.
The foliage can easily be hidden by planting
with a late flowering perennial such as
Black-Eyed Susan or Asters.
Bulbs available now, or in pots come spring.
|New Article about Garden
as well as re-formatting some articles that were
|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......
|June 27, 2016
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!).
|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
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
|The 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
Coreopsis 'Mercury Rising' (Red)
Coreopsis 'Sienna Sunset' (Burnt Orange)
Coreopsis 'Zagreb' (Yellow)
|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).
|June 24, 2014
|Orchids at Purdon Conservation Area.
Last week we made a pilgrimage to see the
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.
We also do windows!! Thanks to Lynn and
Tia who each produced works of art for our
|Lots 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.
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
Look for updates to the catalogue page in the next
Opening day is April 20th!!
|We 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
|Aug 1, 2013
|Did you know we sell Ornamental
grasses? We have
large quantities of high quality ornamental
|March 20, 2013
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.
|What's in Bloom;
In the Shade....Actea
Chelone (Turtlehead), Ligularia, Plumbago,
In the Part
Shade ... Japanese Anemone,
Summer Phlox, Black-Eyed-Susan
Sun.... Russian Sage, Sedum,
Joe-Pye Weed, Helenium, Heliopsis,
Buddleia, Roses, Chrysanthemums,
|May 28, 2011
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
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
|May 19, 2011
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.
|April 29, 2011
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
In the gardens the daffodils are just starting
their display, and the scilla, chinodoxa crocus
and other small lawn bulbs are putting on a
The four year old in the picture was enjoying
herslf in a sea of Scilla in her backyard this
|May 26, 2010
Tree Peony in bloom in the garden.
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
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
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
|Getting 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
|October 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.
|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.