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Fall Planting Tips

In warm summer regions, fall can be an ideal time to plant a brand new perennial garden or to rejig an established one.  The moisture is back (or hopefully will be shortly), the days and nights are cooler and as gardeners we are more comfortable being outdoors than high summer, so we will likely put […]






Preparing the Garden for Winter

Moving or dividing perennials in the autumn is a great way to reduce your work next spring.  The cool, moist weather is an ideal time for perennial roots to become well established, even in cold-winter regions. Gardeners often ask us when the best season is to move specific perennials, so we have a working “rule […]






Winter Preparation

Even though many perennials do well when cut back in fall, remember that some perennials are actually quite attractive throughout the winter months.  Why not leave them if you’re not sure and make notes this year of which ones could use a good trimming (cut back to 6 to 8 inches) next fall and which […]






The garden in winter

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, […]






Nature Play Spaces

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 […]






Japanese Anemone: Brown-thumb Perennial

  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

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 …

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 …

“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

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 […]