In the simplest terms, a perennial is a plant that lives for at least 3 or more years. We usually use this term to describe herbaceous perennials when talking about gardens. Trees and shrubs last for many years too of course, but these are woody plants. The life span of a perennial varies quite a bit, depending on climate, soil conditions, insects or diseases and the particular plant in question. We know the Winnipeg Manitoba market well and provide the plants that work best in our climate.
This selection is rapidly becoming one of the most popular garden ferns. Its common name 'Brilliance Autumn Fern' refers to the lustrous orange colour of the newly emerging fronds which seem to glow against the backdrop of the shiny, dark green, mature fronds.
This fern's vibrant burgundy stems coupled with its dark green fronds will compliment everything else in your shade garden. When planted amidst the dark purple leaves of coral bells, its burgundy stems really stand out. Note: The burgundy color in the stems develops after the second dormancy.
A creeping, moss-like, evergreen ground cover that can be used as a replacement for lawn in cool-summer regions. Irish Moss is especially beautiful growing between pavers and flagstones on a path or wall. Delightful tiny white flowers appear atop the tight green carpet of foliage from late spring to midsummer.
Unlike Stachys byzantina (Lamb's Ear), this species forms large, rounded clumps of green, long and narrow, textured leaves. It is lovely even when it's not in bloom. From early thru midsummer, sturdy spikes of lavender-rose flowers shoot up through the foliage, putting on quite a display.
This selection has a compact habit which makes it perfect for edging, containers, or other small spaces. The foliage spread the first year is quite impressive for a dwarf plant. Dark violet-purple flowers are produced nearly all summer long, particularly if plants are deadheaded.
'Bumbleberry' produces dark fuchsia pink flowers on dark wine purple calyxes on a petite habit of attractive deep green foliage. The deep, intense color makes other pink Salvias pale in comparison. This cute sized package is perfect for the front of the border or grown in a quart pot.
This beautiful shade perennial will make you dance with its impressive spring flowers and unique foliage. Starting in mid-spring shortly after Hellebores are finished booming, dainty light periwinkle blue flowers cover a low, mounded habit. After the flowers fade, you can enjoy its dark green leaves that are lightly sprinkled with silver.
‘Dark Towers’ has much darker foliage that emerges wine purple and keeps its color much better through the summer heat. It grows a bit taller than ‘Husker Red’ and produces masses of pink, rather than white, flowers in early to midsummer depending on the zone.
The dark feature referenced on this plant is its incredible foliage. Dark purple flower stems hold its lilac purple flowers with their white flaring tubes high above the low mound of deep eggplant purple leaves. Attractive dark burgundy seed pods follow the flowering performance for extended seasonal interest.
Not the typical burgundy color of some heucheras, this variety sports leaves that are truly plum purple with even darker purple veins. They are attractively ruffled and have bluntly pointed tips. The dainty cream flowers which appear on 26 inch scapes are an added bonus in early summer.
Heuchera 'Obsidian' exhibits this same glassy sheen and is closer to black than any other heuchera. The surface and edges of the rounded leaves are so smooth they look like they have been polished. Their undersides are deep purple and exhibit the same glassy finish.
Old-fashioned Bleeding Hearts form large, bushy clumps of powdery-green foliage comprised of cut or lobed leaves on fleshy stems. In late spring, chains of puffy heart-shaped flowers with rose-pink petals and white tips dangle beneath the arching, leafless stems. These racemes make delightful additions to fresh bouquets, lasting about 2 weeks in a vase.
A sight to behold! The leaves of 'Jack Frost' are intricately detailed with a crackle-like finish. Though the leaves are dark green, they have a heavily frosted overlay which allows only the green veining to show through. From mid to late spring, baby blue, forget-me-not type blossoms
Jack Frost' has more silver barring with the bars connecting to form a silver collar around the perimeter of the leaf. In addition, there is a very light dusting of silver over the entire leaf surface.This variety produces the same tiny, baby blue, forget-me-not type flowers
One of the most popular Bellflowers. Plants form a low, cushion-shaped mound of small green leaves, with loads of upfacing, open bells appearing in early summer. This selection has clear white flowers. Will continue blooming for weeks if spent blossoms are regularly removed.
2015 American Hosta Growers Hosta of the Year, Shiny green leaves of good substance display yellow margins which lighten to pale yellow. The foliage is somewhat upright early in the season, forming a broad spreading mound as the season progresses. Light lavender flowers appear on very long, sideways arching scapes in early to midsummer.
One of the first hostas to come up in the spring Medium green leaves with wavy, white margins and gray-green streaks at the junction of the margin and center; may lose its variegation temporarily in containers during the hottest part of the season Pale lavender flowers appear on 31-45 inch scapes in midsummer
A hybrid between 'Fragrant Bouquet'; an excellent grower Glossy, deep green leaves with creamy yellow margins that fade to white later in the season Strongly fragrant, white flowers appear on 28" scapes in late summer Prefers up to 3/4 day of sun; more sun yields more blooms, full shade yields fewer
This medium selection has leaves that emerge slightly quilted and green but quickly develop a yellow centre with a hint of orange and dark green margins. As the season progresses, the centres lighten to an off-white but the dark green margins remain. Pale lavender flowers appear in summer.
This large selection has powdery blue-green, wavy leaves, forming an upright vase-shaped mound distinguishing it from other Hosta. Lavender flowers appear in mid to late summer on even taller stems. Excellent specimen. Suitable also for planting in mixed containers or tubs.
Spinach green leaves with a hint of blue and deep golden-yellow margins measuring 1/8" to 1/2" wide Margins hold their color all season long. The broadly ovate leaves are slightly puckered Pale lavender flowers appear on 40" scapes in mid to late summer
Gigantic, heart-shaped, blue-green leaves are of heavy substance and are very slug resistant Leaf petioles stand upright holding the leaves horizontally, then cascade downward forming a beautiful mound of foliage Light lavender flowers are held attractively above the foliage on 48" scapes in midsummer
One look and it’s easy to see why this incredible daylily is a multiple award winner! The gigantic 9”, dark ruby red flowers are officially classified as “unusual form-spatulate” since the petals are long and spoon-shaped. The petals open very wide and flat, displaying the large, golden yellow throat and matching midribs nicely.