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Edible Plants (includes Bonus Table)

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See Bonus Table below Looking for something to spice up a salad or add a little zing to a recipe? Yes, Virginia…some perennials are edible! Flowers and edible leaves can make a unique addition to salads, or unusual edible garnishes. However, a few words of warning are necessary to avoid potential trouble. Gardeners should always […]






Poisonous Plants

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  The plants listed on the following pages are poisonous to some degree.  We’ve created this special index as a public service to perennial gardeners. Most home gardens contain at least some toxic or poisonous plants.  Some of the most popular ornamentals are toxic, including shrubs like Rhododendrons and Hydrangeas, trees like Horse-chestnut and Holly, […]






Pests and Diseases

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en·to·mol·o·gy – the scientific study of insects Some call them pests, and in some cases for good reason. But in the grand scheme of things they’re a vital part of the delicate balance of nature. And here’s our select list of sites that will help you learn a little more about those ominous but valuable […]






Nature Play Spaces

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One of our customers in Abbotsford, B.C. recently spearheaded a project to bring nature to local schools.  Valleybrook Gardens was delighted to participate in a small way by donating Heritage Perennials and Jeepers Creepers to this project. Here’s what Kayla Feenstra had to say: “Massive thanks to all of you for your support and partnership in […]






Perennial Plant of the Year

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Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’ has been selected by the PPA membership as the 2016 Perennial Plant of the Year™. This tall, elegant, woody-based perennial has dazzling white flowers. Each year, members of the Perennial Plant Association from all across North America vote on their choice for Perennial Plant of the Year™. The PPA has been selecting outstanding perennials […]






Japanese Anemone: Brown-thumb Perennial

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  A few years ago I might never have picked Japanese Anemone as an easy-care brown-thumb type of perennial.  Somehow I had the impression they were a tad fussy.  There are two reasons for this: they have a tendency to spread, sometimes like crazy, and late-fall planting sometimes fails, likely because of a particularly bad […]






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 […]






Terra @ home at Heritage Perennials …

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Terra @ home recently visited our nursery in Niagara-on-the-Lake.  Enjoy this segment with host, Lesley Stewart and Colleen Zimmerman, Nursery Perennial Buyer.






Toyota ‘Venza’ and Heritage Perennials …

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“Award winning car company chooses Heritage Perennials!  Toyota, a manufacturer highly awarded for product quality, recently chose Heritage Perennials to demonstrate the utility of their Venza model.  You can imagine how pleased we were to see our blue pots in a TV commercial currently in wide play.  It’s always nice to see others recognize the […]






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 […]