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Astilbe / False Spirea

Astilbe ‘Rheinland’ – A japonica hybrid Astilbe with bright rose-pink panicles borne in dense pyramidal clusters in June and July over finely cut mid green foliage – these make good cut flowers. Astilbes tolerate full sun here in coastal BC … Continue reading

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Native BC Perennials

Viola sempervirens – Trailing Yellow Violet is often found in part to full shade in moist forest beds or along streams, where it can form dense mats. It features April to June yellow flowers with fine maroon whiskers or veining … Continue reading

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Perennials for Moist Soils

Chelone obliqua – Turtlehead is a much underused perennial with late summer to fall terminal clusters of rose-pink flowers that resemble the mouth of a snapping turtle – these also make good cut flowers. This long-lived plant has an erect … Continue reading

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Edible Berries of Coastal BC

Gaultheria shallon – Salal is often used as a groundcover due to its up to 4″ long glossy evergreen leaves. Tolerating deep shade to sun, the height is rather variable (I have literally walked through Salal tunnels) but averages 4′ … Continue reading

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Perennials that Attract Hummingbirds

Penstemon ‘Grape Taffy’ – Beard-Tongue is a long-blooming perennial that also attracts butterflies and is deer resistant. ‘Grape Taffy’ is a newer introduction from Terra Nova Nurseries with reddish-purple flowers accented with a prominent white throat – these are borne … Continue reading

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Shrubby Dogwoods / Cornus

Cornus alba ‘Gouchaultii’ – One of the the best shrubby dogwoods for foliar colour, as the bright green foliage is heavily edged in gold and emerges in spring with a pink tinge – these are followed by purplish-red autumn tones. … Continue reading

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Maples with Fall Colour

Acer rubrum ‘Bowhall’ – A columnar or fastigate deciduous tree often used in boulevard plantings, it grows to about 40′ tall and only 15′ wide. The 3 to 5 lobed green leaves have a contrasting greyish-green reverse, with brilliant yellow-red … Continue reading

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