Top 5 Water Plants To Plant Now

Top 5 Water Plants To Plant Now

1.) Iris Ensata

The Japanese iris is related to a wide variety of different plants, from the bearded iris and other landscaping varieties and are native to North America.

Japanese irises are a great way to add color and texture to your garden. They measure 3 to 6 inches across and their lush green foliage complements their vibrant blooms.

It is recommended to plant the bulbs in autumn for a flourishing display of these irises in spring. However, the nursery is newly stocked with plants that are ready to be transplanted now.

Spring and summer are times when they thrive the best, making them an ideal choice for areas of a landscape that contain boggy ground. Other plants may have difficulty surviving in this kind of environment, however these hardy plants thrive in these conditions.

TIP: The iris family, particularly the Japanese iris, can cause serious harm to humans and animals if ingested. Therefore, caution must be taken when handling this plant.

2.) Sarracenia Velvet

The diverse pitcher plants of North America are an amazing species to behold. Not only do they have incredible traps that help capture prey easily, but they are also easy to grow, which makes them great for beginners.

Pitchers belonging to most carnivorous plants are usually tall and slim, and have attractive colors with seductive aromas. Insects often become stuck on the waxy surfaces or get deceived by the see-through leaves. The nectar secreted by these plants can also be poisonous in some cases, making it risky for visitors.

With eight distinct species and a variety of forms, along with endless options for hybridization, collecting Sarracenia – often referred to as trumpet pitchers – is a hobby that can span your entire lifetime. And the best part is that some of these species are incredibly easy to grow, making them an ideal choice for beginners entering the world of carnivorous plants.

3.) Thalia Dealbata

Thalia Dealbata is an aquatic perennial, which is evergreen and grows in marginal areas. Its leaves are long-stalked, erect, and narrowly ovate, reaching up to 40 cm in length. They have a white powdery coating and slender stems bearing panicles of flowers 2 cm across that are a shade of purple.

This plant is not carnivorous, but it can still cause harm to small insects such as hoverflies and tiny bees when they visit for pollination. They may get stuck in the plant’s sticky pollen and eventually die due to suffocation.

Plants that thrive in moist conditions can be grown in bogs as well. To protect them from the cold and frost during the winter, put their containers under 18-24” of water. This will help keep them safe in place.

TIP: If you have a greenhouse or any other frost free area with ample light, it is wise to move your plants inside those containers during the winter season. Additionally, for wet boggy soil plants, trim the tops and mulch them heavily in winter for optimal growth.

4.) Cyperus Percamenthus

Also known as Dwarf Papyrus, is part of the Cyperaceae family and specifically the Cyperus genus, which contains around 700 species of flat sedges. The Dwarf Papyrus is native to the coastal regions of Africa, where it takes its name from, and can tolerate a range of pH levels.

This plant has a grass-like look and delicate leaves. It produces a tufted foliage that looks like a firework burst – vivid green and yellow colors! Its globular shape is truly eye-catching and beautiful. A great choice for small backyard ponds or container gardens as it grows robustly and beautifully. in wet or dry soil.

Dwarf papyrus plants are known to significantly improve the environment in which they reside. They are efficient in purifying the air, helping to ensure healthy soils and can even improve water quality in ponds. Moreover, these plants play an essential role in maintaining a balanced ecosystem.

5.) Canna Orange Chocolate

Add some vibrancy to your garden with this dwarf Canna! It produces stunning orange blooms and has a showy foliage of olive green and purple-brown. Perfect for borders or large containers.

For optimal growth, this plant prefers a moist yet well-drained soil. At the start of winter, the rhizomes must be taken out and stored in a dry and cool environment; during March, they can be separated into parts as needed and potted again. By late May, these plants should be placed in your garden. Now is the perfect time to get yours as we’re newly stocked and they go quick!

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Top 5 Lilies to Plant This Spring

Top 5 Lilies to Plant This Spring

Lilies are one of the most beautiful flowers to plant in your garden. They come in a variety of colors and sizes, and they can add a touch of elegance to any outdoor space. If you’re looking for lilies to plant now, there are five varieties that stand out above the rest. From the Summer Sunset to the Black Beauty, these flowers are sure to brighten up your garden this season. Read on to learn more about each type and how you can grow your very own at home. Plus, follow along as our President Gord teaches Hannah from Check News all about them!

1. ) Summer Sun, Calla Lily

Enhancing any outdoor setting, the Calla Summer Sun is sure to bring sunshine and light to your garden with its bright yellow petals and small yellow centers. Its vivid hue will fill any area with vibrance!

These flowers thrive when placed in a location with full to partial sun exposure and soil that is kept moist but drained. Additionally, they make an excellent cut flower and are resistant to pests like deer and rabits.

For an abundance of beautiful flowers at the peak of summer. Plant Summer Sun from early to late spring so that they can bloom through the start to finish of summer.

2.) Big Smile, Oriental Lily

Big Smile Oriental Lily offers an eye-catching and unique color combination! Instead of the traditional pink or white petals, it has striking apple-red midribs and a refreshing yellow/green pistil. This popping contrast against the pale white base truly stands out. It grows 40″ tall and with 16-18cm size bulb circumference.

For successful bulb planting, it is important to pick a location with good drainage. Otherwise, the bulbs may be prone to rotting or deterioration. Plus, most bulbs are best planted in full sun and get optimal results if they receive 5-6 hours of direct sunlight every day.

Planting the roots of perennials, annuals or ground cover next to each other may offer some cooling in hot months. Likewise, a 2-inch layer of mulch is also useful in protecting against the sun’s heat.

3.) Black Beauty

‘Black Beauty’ is a magnificent hybrid lily, which was created through the cross-pollination of L. henryi and L. speciosum. Its raspberry flowers are richly-scented with reflexed tepals that have a thin white edge and anthers with little green centers.

The Black Beauty Lily is an oriental flower that produces up to 50 blooms when mature, stretching up to 4-7 feet tall on strong stems.

Not only does this flower grow well in pots, but the cut flowers make gorgeous arrangements with smaller blooms. Perfect for adding stunning beauty to any display! Blooming in mid-summer, it’s the perfect pick for a vibrant bouquet or centerpiece!

4.) Sunny Azores, Oriental Patio Lily

Sunny Azores, while being smaller in size than the traditional Oriental Lily, still have a spectacular bloom and sweet-smelling aroma. Don’t be fooled by their compact size – small flowers can make a big impact with their beautiful fragrances. Plant them in groups to create an aromatic oasis in any garden, or cut a few to bring indoors and enjoy the smell!

Planting Oriental Lily Bulbs should be done promptly, preferably in the Spring but you can get them in the ground up until Autumn. To ensure your plants thrive, locate them somewhere that has plenty of sunshine or partial shade and has soil which drains easily.

5.) Forever Susan, Asiatic Lily

With magnificent maroon color, complemented by sparkling orange accents along the petal edges and core. Forever Susan are typically planted early to late spring and can be expected to bloom early to late summer. For optimal growing, the plants prefer a spot with full to partial sunlight and soil that is well-drained.

If you’re looking for something that can add a vibrant touch to your garden and make stunning bouquets, then this is the right option for you. Its numerous blossoms make it perfect for adorning flowerbeds & borders while also being suitable for creating wonderful arrangements.

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With over forty years of experience planting Lilies, our President Gord Nickel is here to share a few tips and tricks for planting your best Lilies yet. Tune in below to get started.

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Top 5 Spring Hanging Baskets

Top 5 Spring Hanging Baskets

Spring is here, and it’s time to get creative with your outdoor decor. Hanging baskets are a great way to add a bit of life and colour to your garden or patio. With the right combination of plants, your hanging baskets will be blooming all spring long! Canada has some of the best climates for growing plants in hanging baskets. Whether you’re looking for something that will last all season or something that will bring a splash of colour during the warmer months, there are plenty of options for creating beautiful spring hanging baskets. In this article, we’ll cover the top five best hanging baskets to try this spring in Canada.

Depending on the location, people refer to them as Pelargoniums, Ivy Leaf Geraniums or Trailing Geraniums- all of which add beauty and charm to any space.

These beautiful 12-18 inch cascading plants possess gently flowing, ivy-style green foliage and a plethora of dainty, five-petal flower clusters that appear in soft cherry, sweet lavender and creamy white.

Spilling perfectly from window boxes, hanging baskets and containers, and their pretty foliage and abundant flowers will delight you all summer long.

2. Lobelia Midnight Blue

This Lobelia is a great option if you’re looking for full hanging baskets this year. Its vibrant navy blue flowers make it stand out and its trailing size allows it to fit nicely between other plants.

Bees and butterflies are instantly drawn to the beautiful blooms of Midnight Blue Lobelia. Plant them in window boxes, hanging baskets or other containers and let them spill over the edge to create a stunning effect! To ensure they thrive, provide moist soil and either full sunlight or partial shade.

Trailing Lobelia makes an excellent companion for Alyssum. Sowing the very small seeds on top of moist soil is advised and transplantation outside should be avoided unless the temperature is higher than 10°C (50°F).

3. Nasturtium Little Firebirds

These exquisite trailing nasturtiums are a real feast for the eyes and bring a dazzling array of colors to any hanging basket, window box, or container.

Firebird’s vibrant blossoms of deep burgundy, warm pumpkin, and rich coral stand out against the contrasting backdrop of lily-pad shaped leaves with a variegated pattern.

Brighten up your patio or walkway this summer with these beautiful Nasturtiums. Not only are they eye-catching, but their edible flowers also taste like a mix of watercress and honey, making them the perfect candidates for salads or seafood recipes!

4. Strawflower Rainbow Bouquet

Dwarf strawflowers are incredibly easy to take care of and will soon be filled with dazzling, 2-inch double-bloomed flowers on sturdy 18-inch stems. The colors of these blooms consist of frosted rose, soft pink, salmon, lemon yellow and pumpkin creating a visually balanced package.

Planting these flowers will add long-lasting beauty to your hanging baskets and keep it bright for months.

These drought-resistant, hardy flowers are ideal for fresh cut flower bouquets and also easy to dry quickly for crafting projects and “everlasting” decorations. Their long-lasting nature makes them great for any occasion.

5.  Giant Double Pendula Begonia

You’ll be amazed by the hanging stems of these stunning begonias, draped in magnificent double flowers throughout the summer.

Giant Double Begonia Pendula will create a remarkable sight in any hanging baskets or containers with its glorious white coloring. It’s definitely going to be an eye-catching display.

Begonias are a stunning addition to any garden, and these garden begonias are no exception. They will bloom from June until frost, making them the perfect choice for those looking to add a splash of colour to their outdoor space.

Try planting your very own Giant Double Begonia Pendula and follow along as our president Gord Nickel teaches Hannah from Chek News, everything there is to know when it comes to planting your own at home.

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Top 5: Spring Fruits

Top 5: Spring Fruits

Springtime is the perfect time to plant fruits in your garden or backyard. Whether you’re looking for a delicious snack or a beautiful addition to your landscape, there are plenty of options available. From strawberries and cherries to blueberries and kiwis, here are the top five best fruits to plant this spring.

1.) Strawberry Plants

Strawberries are one of the most popular fruits in the world. They come in various shapes, sizes and colours and are known for their sweet flavour and bright red colour. Many different strawberries are available today, each with unique characteristics and flavours. From the classic June-bearing strawberry to the exotic Alpine strawberry, there is something for everyone!

The nutrient-rich content of strawberries makes them an ideal addition to any healthy diet. Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, iron, and dietary fibre. They also contain potent antioxidants, which help protect against various diseases. Additionally, the high levels of polyphenolic compounds found in strawberries may help reduce the risk of certain types of cancer.

2.) Blueberry Plants

Blueberries are one of nature’s most potent superfoods. Packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fibre, blueberries have been linked to numerous health benefits, including improved heart health, better brain function, and a reduced risk of certain cancers. The sweet-tart flavour of blueberries makes them a great addition to any diet! Planting blueberry plants in the spring when temperatures warm up will ensure that your plants have enough time to establish themselves before winter arrives. You can enjoy a bountiful harvest of delicious blueberries with proper care throughout the summer months.

3.) Haskap Plants

Haskap plants are a type of berry that has been gaining popularity recently. They have a sweet-tart flavour and are packed with essential nutrients and vitamins. Haskap plants are high in antioxidants, which can help fight off free radicals and protect against chronic illnesses. They also contain Vitamins C and A, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and zinc. In addition to their nutritional benefits, Haskaps are easy to grow and require minimal maintenance.

4.) Raspberry Plants

Growing raspberries in your garden is a great way to enjoy the sweet taste of this delicious fruit. They are a healthy snack and can also be used to make jams, pies, and other treats. Raspberries come in wide varieties, each with its unique flavour and texture. Knowing the difference between these types of raspberries can help you choose the right one for your garden. In addition to their delicious taste, growing raspberries offers several benefits, such as providing habitat for beneficial insects, reducing erosion, and improving soil quality!

5.) Kiwi Plants


Kiwi plants are a unique species of woody vines native to New Zealand. They have become popular in recent years for their sweet, tangy fruits, as well as for their ornamental value. Kiwi plants are easy to care for and can be grown in various climates, making them an ideal choice for gardeners looking to add some exotic appeal to their landscape. They require little maintenance and can provide an abundance of delicious fruits if cared for properly.
All varieties of these plants are members of the Actinidia genus and produce edible fruit with an intensely tangy flavour. They serve as tasty additions to salads and can be used in many different culinary applications. Additionally, the flowers of these plants provide an attractive ornamental value for those looking to add colour to their landscape. Each variety has specific care requirements, but there are some similarities.

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Top 5 Winter Houseplant Tips

Top 5 Winter Houseplant Tips

Have you ever noticed that your indoor plants don’t look as happy during the winter months? Or even worse, that they don’t survive. In this week’s blog, we’re here to share the Top 5 Winter Watering Tips to help your indoor plants while they patiently wait for warmer, brighter day – just like us!

Get Up and Grow: Caring for Your Houseplants In The Winter


Tip #1 – Don’t Feed

Like animals (and some humans!), most houseplants go into a hibernation state called ‘dormancy’ during winter. With less sun, our plants can conserve energy until the sun returns for extended periods to help them store nutrients – plants start photosynthesis at a much slower rate. Feeding them nutrients during the winter can cause more harm than good, resulting in lifted roots, stunted growth, yellowing leaves, and even killing the plant.

Tip #2 – Avoid Drafts

Although it may seem like a good idea to place your houseplant in a sunny location, like the windowsill, it’s usually not a good idea. More often than not, the Canadian windowsill can be drafty in the winter – sending chills down your plant’s stems! Even without a draft, window temperatures cause frostbite to your plant leaves, killing them. This can be especially dangerous when watering your plant near a cold window, as the water that leads into your plant’s root system can freeze, killing your plant.

Tip #3 – Prune Dead Leaves

As Gord mentioned, pruning your houseplants in the winter is an excellent way to maintain their health. The collection of dead leaves is the perfect place for insects and pests to find the warmth they need to multiply! So, it’s best to steer clear of any build-up. Don’t forget, if you happen to clip your plant by accident, use a water bottle to seal any “bleeding” such as sap (which attracts more insects).

Tip #4 – Don’t over-water!

You might have guessed it, but over-watering your houseplants in the winter is never a good idea -since there is less sunlight to help your plant absorb water. Over-watering your plant could result in root rot, disease and mold. If you’re unsure, try filling a sauce, as Gord mentioned, to help add a more-regulated amount of moisture to your houseplant if it’s looking a little on the dry side.

Tip #5 – Add Light

If you can’t place your plant in a sunny window or put it outside, there’s still hope! All you need to do is purchase a 13-watt lightbulb to provide the extra light you need. Just place your plant near the lamp to give it the daily light exposure it needs to survive the winter. Be sure to check your plant’s dormant light requirements, as too much light is not good either.

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Top 5 Reasons to Compost

Top 5 Reasons to Compost

It’s 2022, and sustainable gardening is a crucial way to save your money and your plants too! In this week’s blog, we’re here to share the top five important reasons to start your own compost bin from scratch! Plus, follow along as our President Gord Nickel Shows Hannah Lepine the perfect way to start your compost bin at home!

1.) Enriches Soil

Growing your own supply of compost is the best way to retain as many nutrients as possible in soil without using chemicals and providing your plants with a rich collection of micronutrients, potassium, phosphorus and nitrogen! While your scraps decay, they create good bacteria and fungi, which work to block unwanted pathogens from infecting your soil.

2.) Retains Moisture

One of the best reasons to grow your own compost is its ability to retain moisture. Though each compost is different, the ability to hold moisture is entirely up to you and what you feed your own compost. However, due high impact of nutrients and microbiomes, composts can retain water for longer, which will also help your plants to establish good healthy roots!

3.) Prevents Disease

Though you can’t expect to add compost to a dying plant to save it immediately, you can expect to prevent a vast amount of disease when growing from compost. The build-up of microbiomes creates a more significant amount of microbes which work together to fight pathogens—reducing unwanted diseases from infecting your plants so that they can grow big and strong!

4.) Reduces Waste

As you’ll learn from Gord, compost bins are great for putting waste to good use. Like food scraps that are returned to the earth after decomposing, yard waste can also feed your compost. Think of all the space you’re saving by breaking down matter and returning it to the planet instead of taking up space in landfills.

5.) Reduces Costs

Why buy the cow if the milk is free? Not only have you got the most out of your money when you put your scraps to good use, but when you compost, you’re cutting down on annual gardening supplies. Think of the money you’ll save on soil, fertilizer and even water year after year! 


How To Start A Compost Bin

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