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Cypripediums Have Arrived from Germany

cypripedium sale

Cultivated Cypripediums (Lady’s Slipper orchids) are easy to grow in the garden under the right conditions. They prefer cool, shady sites (such as the north side of a building) that don’t dry out.

They look great in combination with slow-growing ferns, epimediums, and small hostas.

Download planting and care instructions here

Please note:
It is never ok to dig up orchids from the wild. The symbiotic microbes that wild orchids depend on do not tolerate disturbance so they won’t survive in your garden. Enjoy them when you see them in their natural habitat and buy cultivars from a reputable nursery.

Cheerful Trollius and Geum for your garden

Trollius 'Alabaster'

Trollius ‘Alabaster’ is a much sought after globe flower with papery creamy white blooms in late spring. It has a delicate bloom that fits well with so many other colours. At 45 cm (18″) / 30 cm (12″), it’s more compact than many other varieties. Plant it in full to part sun.

Geum 'MaiTai'

Geum ‘MaiTai’

From the compact mounds of Geum “Mai Tai” arise purple stems and calyxes topped by ruffled single to semi-double apricot flowers with a warm rose blush – see photo left. Geum ‘Mai Tai” is long lived and exhibits hybrid vigour. It also prefers full to part sun.

Lost Horizons carries 18 different kinds of Geum (also known as “Avens”), from the native Geum triflorum to the bright colours of Geum ‘Lady Stratheden’, and to the rare Geum japonicum ‘Sunsplash.

Veratrum Nigrum: A great, hard-to-find plant

Veratrum nigrum

People are always entranced by the beautiful, large, pleated basal leaves of Veratrum nigrum. In mid-summer flowers appear in the form of dark, reddish black stars. It’s a tall (60-120 cm or 2-4′) plant that makes a elegant statement in the shade garden.

In her Globe and Mail column, Marjorie Harris describes Veratrum nigrum as the ultimate shade plant:

Every so often a plant emerges that completely baffles me. Something so striking I can’t understand why it isn’t available everywhere. Veratrum nigra is an example of a great plant that’s hard to find.

It’s not hard to find at here at Lost Horizons, though. Only $18!

The last of the cypripediums in bloom

Cypripedium 'Phillipe'
Cypripedium 'Philipp'

Cypripedium ‘Philipp’

The Cypripediums put on a spectacular show here at the nursery over the past few weeks, and Cypripedium ‘Philipp’ is the last to bloom. This orchid is a C. macranthos x C. kentuckiense hybrid imported from Germany, and  it has sensationally large blooms. It’s heat tolerant and easy to grow in the garden, where it’s happiest in light shade and well-drained, moist soil conditions. The purple-pink blooms have a large white lip that is attractively dusted with pink.

Want to see more? Check out the rest of our Cypripediums.

Baptisia and Trilliums: Beautiful and hard-to-find natives and native cultivars at Lost Horizons

Double Trillium

Thrilling new selections of Baptisia, our majestic native, just keep on coming. Baptisia ‘Pink Truffles’ is a more compact introduction that is suitable for smaller gardens. The soft pink blooms with a yellow keel appear in late spring and are a new colour for the genus.

Baptisia ‘Vanilla Creme’ forms a relatively compact clump of blue green foliage that emerges glorious bronze in the spring. 10″ spikes of compact of pastel yellow open to creamy yellow. Like all of our selections, blooms are followed by robust seed pods for a long season of interest.

See more of the 15 different varieties of Baptisia that we carry at the nursery.

Trillium grandiflorum ‘Flore Pleno’ is the Holy Grail for many woodland gardeners. These are blooming size divisions that we have imported from Japan. Stunning, almost Camellia-like, white blooms.

At Lost Horizons, we carry 11 different kinds of trilliums including Ontario’s beloved Trillium grandiflorum, Trillium erectum, and the rare and challenging Trillium undulatum.

Dictamnus albus Rosea

Dictamnus albus Rosea

This is wonderful old garden standard that is seldom available. It is commonly known as gas plant for the fact that a match near the bloom results in a quick flame. The statuesque spikes boast large white flowers that are heavily striped with dark crimson, and the whole plants have an intriguing citrus like scent. It can live up to fifty years so plant it somewhere where it will not be disturbed.