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Saving and Starting Perennials Seeds

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In late summer and fall, many kinds of perennials begin to form seed heads, and gardeners often ask us how to go about collecting seed to start their own plants. For hybrid selections of things like Daylilies (Hemerocallis) or Hosta, just be aware that the resulting seedlings are not likely to resemble the parent plant.  [...]

Perennial Plant of the Year

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The 2014 Perennial Plant of the Year!   Each year, members of the Perennial Plant Association from all across North America vote on their choice for Perennial Plant of the Year. We are pleased to announce their choice for 2014:  Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’ (Tall Switch Grass ‘Northwind’) Read more about this easy and attractive ornamental grass [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Introducing the Itoh Peony …

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When only the very best will do! We are so excited about these amazing plants.  They are herbaceous, so they die back to the ground every year, their foliage looks similar to a tree peony but the flowers, oh the flowers.  They are similar to those of tree peonies with ENORMOUS single, semi-double and double [...]

The Garden Room Retreat

The Garden Room Retreat Design by Kelly Schroeder.

There has been a lot of talk about garden rooms over the past number of years.  Simply put, it is a space that defines special areas of the landscape for specific uses.   One of the most important elements in a garden room is creating a sense of enclosure.  The plants selected to enclose the area [...]