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perenials_0You name it, chances are we’ll have it or we can get that Perennial for you.

In May, our benches become chock full with a wide variety of perennials organized by sun or shade preference. Watch for larger blooming perennials and ornamental grasses as the season progresses.

There are so many choices and new varieties that become available every year.  We carry zone-hardy, reliable perennials. We also feature perennials for the gardener who likes to “push” the zone or try something exotic.

Late May and June bring a selection of water plants for your pond or water bowls.

Warranty on Perennials:

  • First season only — no over winter guarantee.
  • All sale priced plants will be credited for sale price only.
  • Replacement plants come with no guarantee.
  • Warranty does not cover damage due to weather, vandalism, negligence, animals or acts of God.
  • Sod, tea roses, orchids, and cedars are not warrantied.


See below for information about popular perennials. Download the information sheets for more details about your favourite plants!

annualBulbs are useful for a number of purposes. Many supply excellent cut flowers. They are used in formal landscapes, for border planting, rock gardens naturalizing areas, blending with annuals and perennials and for indoor forcing. Buy large, firm, plump and fairly hard bulbs. Avoid flaky, soft and moldy defects. Stay away from bargain bulbs. Purchases should be made at a reputable garden centre and should be planted as soon as they become available.

Spring Bulbs

Spring bulbs are best planted in the fall before the ground freezes. This gives the plant a chance to build roots before winter. Most spring bulbs emerge and bloom in spring — then their foliage starts to fade and they go dormant by midsummer.

Summer Bulbs

Summer bulbs emerge in spring and bloom in summer. Most come from warm-weather areas and don’t like freezing temperatures. Like spring-blooming bulbs, it’s helpful to cut off the plants’ flowers as they fade. In many species, this will encourage the plants to keep blooming. (Lilies are an exception — these summer bulbs bloom only once a year.)

Bulb Care & Tips

Water your bulbs in well after you plant them. Then spread a layer of mulch over the soil to disguise your planting holes — this can discourage critters such as squirrels from digging up your bulbs.

If you live in a cold-winter climate, you’ll probably need to dig the bulbs right around your first fall frost and store them in a cool (around 50F) place for the winter.

For more information on bulbs, please download our printable PDF.

Download Bulb PDF

Spruce It Up Garden Centre - Perennials

Photo: Karl Foerster Grass, Bylands Nurseries Ltd.

Ornamental grasses are a large group of plants that are becoming an essential element in landscape designs. They make dramatic impacts on landscapes, as well as add multi-season interest. They have the versatility and adaptability to grow in any landscape. Grasses can be used as specimens, en mass, in groups, as a hedge or screen, as borders, scattered throughout beds and in containers. They have different shapes which can be used in various settings. A vase-shaped grass would make a striking addition to any formal landscape. A tall upright grass would make a great screen, while a short mounding grass makes a suitable border.

The varying textures of grasses can create different themes. A fine textured grass might have a very graceful, elegant habit which would soften a planting. A stiff upright grass makes a great focal point or specimen. A loose form lends itself to a cottage garden.

Grasses add colour to landscapes. The most common colour of ornamental grass is green but there are blue, golden, red, bronze, black, purple, orange, silver and striped (vertically & horizontally) varieties. When they bloom their flower and seed heads also add a splash of colour.

Grasses are especially valuable in fall and winter. Dramatic seed heads and fall colour are welcome additions when most perennials are being cut down. Some grasses will hold their shape in the winter. Even with snow on the ground, this can add interest to what can often be very dismal landscapes.

For more detailed information about Ornamental Grasses, please download our printable PDF.

Download Grasses PDF

When choosing plants, the level of light the plant will receive should be taken into consideration. To properly select plants suitable to your site, defining the level of shade or sun the plant will receive is helpful.

The most important factor in determining shade levels is to gauge the amount of available light. The amount of available light will vary from morning to dusk, day to day and from week to week throughout the growing season. It is always advisable to observe how much available light an area gets, so one can choose plants that will successfully grow and thrive.

Shade plants usually have darker leaves than sun loving plants. This makes their leaves more sensitive to light and more adaptable to low-light situations. Due to this light sensitivity however, the leaves may bleach, yellow, scorch at the edges or develop burn spots if light levels become too intense.

Alternating Shade

This occurs when light levels shift from sun to shade or vice versa, depending upon the time of day. The important thing to note in areas like this is when sun and shade respectively are most dominant. Some plants prefer morning sun, but need to have afternoon shade.

Medium Shade

Medium shade occurs when an open shade area is further obscured by trees. This can also be a very challenging area for growing plants.

Partial Shade

This is produced by trees and creates a moving pattern of sunlight and shade. Simply put, it is the drifting pattern of light and shadow under trees. This type of shade lets in the greatest range of light and allows for the widest range of plant selection. Dappled / partial shade will support both shade-loving and sun-loving plants.

Dry Shade

Dry shade occurs because most mature trees rob the soil of nutrients and water leaving little moisture for other plants in the area.

Dense Shade

Dense shade is characterized by an almost complete lack of available light. This can be found where tall walls, fences, buildings or trees block all but narrow strips of light.

Open Shade

This shade is created from shadows by structures (adjoining walls, fences or building eaves and bay windows). The distance the shade is cast will vary depending on the time of year. This can be a very challenging area for growing plants, as the hot afternoon and evening sun in the mid-summer may burn the leaves of some plants.

For more information about shade and shade loving plants, please download our printable PDF.

Download Shade Plants PDF

Vines are a versatile group of plants that add a vertical dimension to the landscape. They are suitable for covering surfaces such as walls, banks, tree trunks, posts and trellises. Vines can be flowering or non-flowering. The flowering varieties require more sun to bloom well.

Hardy Grape

Prefer full sun to light shade and moist, rich welldrained soil. New growth in the spring is covered with a whitish downy covering. Leaves are rounded and rich dark green. Plant in a sheltered site away from winds and mulch in the winter. After planting, prune back to two or three strong buds. Next spring cut back last year’s growth to 4 or 5 strong buds. In subsequent years prune back all of the previous year’s growth, leaving no more then 30 buds on each plant.


An extremely vigorous, fast growing vine with large deeply lobed leaves. Prefers a location with full sun to light shade and moist, well-drained soil. Produces clusters of papery, cone-like structures called hops which have a distinct strong scent. A great vine for screening due to its dense growing habit. Hops have the capability of growing as much as 6 meters (20 feet) in one season! Prune hops back to the ground annually.


A striking, adaptable flowering vine that prefers full sun to part shade and moist, well-drained soil. Will tolerate shaded conditions but may not be quite as floriferous. Foliage is rounded, dark and bluish-green. Produces bright, tubular flowers in red-orange from June through September. Attracts hummingbirds! Prune while dormant to maintain desired size. Remove any dead, damaged or diseased branches.

For more information about perennial vines, including Clematis, please download our printable PDF.

Download Vines PDF

Aquatic plants are a necessary part of any water ecosystem. The plants are the living, breathing filters of your pond. They deter algae growth and keep a natural balance. Not to mention adding beauty to the space. It is suggested that to prevent algae growth, 70% of the water surface should be covered with plant material. There are four types of aquatic plants: deep marginals, marginals, floaters and oxygenators.

For detailed information about aquatic plants, including types, please download our printable PDF.

Download Aquatic Plants PDF

A perennial plant is a plant that lives for more than two years. Perennial plants can be short-lived (only a few years) or they can be long-lived, as are some woody plants like trees which can live for over 4,000 years. They are a good investment, not only providing the same benefits as annuals but they even come back and get bigger perennials, especially smaller flowering plants will bloom over the spring and summer and then die back every autumn and winter, returning in the following spring from their roots rather than seeding themselves as an annual plant does. These are known as herbaceous perennials. Before planting, even purchasing perennials, it is important to consider the existing site conditions to determine what type of perennial is best suited for that area. Know the site conditions—light, temperature, soil, slope, drainage, and air circulation.


Most perennials grow best in soil that is well drained with good fertility and a pH of 6.0 to 7.0. Adding organic matter to soil improves the fertility, texture, and water-holding capacity. Apply a two to three inch layer of mulch to conserve water, reduce the need to weed, and keep soil temperature cool. Applying a winter mulch of evergreen boughs when the ground is frozen prevents plants from being pushed out of the ground by alternate freezing and thawing. Winter mulch is used only on newly-planted or divided perennials and tender plants. This mulch must be removed gradually in the spring.


Soak the plants immediately after planting and check regularly to prevent drying out. The rule of thumb is to add one inch of water per week for established plants. Less frequent but deep watering encourages perennials to root deeply. Perennials that are said to tolerate drought are drought tolerant only after they have become established. The addition of mulch will help to reduce the need for frequent watering.

For detailed information about perennial care, please download our printable PDF.

Download Perennial Care PDF

Perennials, especially smaller flowering plants will bloom over the spring and summer and then die back every autumn and winter, returning the following spring from their roots rather than seeding themselves as an annual plant does. These are known as herbaceous perennials.

Be sure to look at the area you would like to plant perennials and choose accordingly. Keep in mind that perennials will continue to spread and grow each year.

To see which perennials grow best in different conditions, please download our printable PDF.

Download Perennials List

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