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Current Out of the Blue Newsletter

oct-2016

We’re posting the current Out of the Blue Newsletter here for your convenience. You can always read past editions by visiting the Newsletter Archive section, bottom, 3rd column, half way down on the Heritage website. like tweet Home | Perennials 101 |  Design Tips 2017 is Canada’s sesquicentennial. Canada’s 150th Birthday                    […]






Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental-Grass

  Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’ was the Perennial Plant Association’s 2014 Perennial Plant of the Year™. To see a complete description of our ornamental grasses, simply click on its Botanical Name. Climate Considerations Cool-season grasses begin growing in early spring and slow down or go dormant during the heat of summer. Some of these grasses tend to […]






The garden in winter

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By mid-November many of us put away the lawnmower and grudgingly bring the snow shovels out of storage.  But hard core gardeners know some of the best stuff happens in winter.  Here are just three ideas to keep your garden interesting even through the coldest months. 1.  Use Evergreen Foliage We all know about Spruce, […]






Perennials for the Shade

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Looking for some excellent perennials that thrive in the shade?   Browse our list below. Click on a Botanical Name for more details on each Heritage Perennial. Plant Features Hardy to Zone Bloom Time Drought Tolerant Aegopodium p. ‘Variegatum’ (Bishop’s Weed) Dense carpet of green and white foliage 2 summer yes Ajuga varieties (Carpet Bugles) […]

Perennial Gardening in Containers

Sempervivum (Hens-and-Chicks) in tin oblong container

1.  Container Garden Considerations From patios and balconies to decks and porches, container gardens can add colour and interest to any area around your home… and you don’t even need a garden.  There is a lot to consider in planting and maintaining container gardens, but these tips should provide enough information to make your first […]

Perennials for Ground Cover

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT PLANT FOR THE JOB One of the great things about Jeepers Creepers® is that they offer solutions to what many gardeners perceive as problem areas.  To help you find the right plant, we’ve created an amazing search feature on our sister site:  http://www.jeeperscreepers.info/ that can be used in a number of different […]






Succeeding with Hardy Ferns …

Japanese Beech Fern (Thelypteris decursive-pinnata)

  1. SOME FERN FACTS Ferns are valuable garden plants of great dependability and beauty. Their leaves, known as fronds, can be lacy or leathery, plain green or variegated, providing a long season of interest.  Rarely suffering from pests and diseases, they offer trouble-free elegance. Ferns were tremendously popular in Victorian times, and many of […]






Summer Perennial Border

The Summer Border Design was created by Kelly Schroeder.

Enjoy a riot of colour from early summer through early autumn with this easy summer border.  The plants enjoy a bright location but prefer not to be in the blazing afternoon sun.  A good loam soil and regular watering is required to keep the Cimicifuga and Astilbe at their best.  Otherwise, if these are allowed […]






Japanese-Style Zen Garden

Japanese-Style Zen Garden Design by Kelly Schroeder.

We could all use a little zen in our lives.  If you have even a small piece of ground you can create a peaceful oasis in your own yard.  Simplicity is key and unlike traditional perennial borders with masses of bold colour, the Zen garden keeps colour and quantity to a minimum, focusing on form […]






The Butterfly Garden

The Butterfly Garden Design by Kelly Schroeder.

There is something special about watching a butterfly flit from flower to flower and by selecting the right plants and providing a couple of key things, you can attract these gossamer guests into your garden. Find a bright, sheltered corner to tuck this garden into and provide a small water feature such as a bird […]