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At Southlands Nursery, things are always changing,
and not just with the seasons. We're constantly creating,
searching and bringing in new plants and exciting items
on a regular basis.

Get a sneak peak here or come visit us soon.

SOUTHLANDS NURSERY
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Could it be that dreams do come true?
When artistic talent, sweat, business savvy and encyclopedic
plant knowledge are combined, it seems they do....

Southlands Nursery is a walk-in fantasy,
where beauty always comes before profit.

STORE INFO
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Established in 1991, and located in a charming 'equestrian pocket' on Vancouver's upscale
westside, this unique area called Southlands is a horse friendly enclave right in the city.
Large lots and small acreages house many stables, and it is not unusual to see horses and their
riders go by our gates. With delicious free coffee always on hand, many people tell us that they
come down to the nursery just to experience the beautiful atmosphere.
We hope you will visit soon!

TOM SPEAKS
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According to all my grade school report cards, I never stop speaking!

Here is where I rant/ share/ proselytize about whatever I think is
beautiful/ interesting/ semi-important....

JUST IN
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At Southlands Nursery, things are always changing,
and not just with the seasons. We're constantly creating,
searching and bringing in new plants and exciting items
on a regular basis.

Get a sneak peak here or come visit us soon.

FAVOURITES
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Visiting Vancouver?
Want to order flowers?

Check out this very personal list of some of Thomas Hobbs favourite
Vancouver shops and restaurants you may not otherwise discover.

DAYLILIES
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Thomas Hobbs own hybrids (and other fabulous varieties) are available in
limited numbers. Hybridizing daylilies has become an absolute obsession....
using cutting edge parent plants from the world's top breeders.

Half the fun is in naming them!

ORDERING
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We will never be a fully online shopping nursery, but from time to time
we'll offer special plants or things.Thomas Hobbs own daylily introductions
will be available for Spring or Fall shipping.

We hope to offer other specialties,
such as own own Nerine hybrids, this way, also.

BOOKS & PRESS
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The only thing I love more than gardening is sharing that passion with others.
I've had the pleasure of writing 2 books and have been featured in a number of professional
horticultural and gardening magazines. For the past 16 years I've also worked in television on
GlobalBC's Saturday morning news 'Gardening with Thomas Hobbs' segments. The nursery has
been featured on virtually every gardening show including 'The Victory Garden', 'Martha Stewart'
and 'Recreating Eden'. We were even home to 'The Orchid Nazi' on the hit TV show The X Files!

April 21, 2011

New Evergreen Vines – finally!

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 10:45 pm

    So many people are looking for an evergreen vine other than ivy .  There aren’t many ! Until now, all we have been able to recommend is Clematis armandii, the evergreen clematis. It is a great vine, but is often killed in cold winters (even in Vancouver), and gets very straggly with age.
     FINALLY there is something new to suggest ! Two exciting introductions from our friend Dan Hinkley hit the market this spring. They are both ‘HOLBOELLIAS’. These fast growing, twining climbers are native to high elevations in the Himalayas and China.  A sheltered spot  would be ideal…. we seem to be having extra-cruel winters lately that have been killing lots of ‘hardy’ plants.
   
      The first one is Holboellia latifolia ‘Ritak’ .  This selection has fragrant purplish-pink flowers in March/April that are supposed to smell divine.  The clonal name ‘Ritak’ is the name Dan gave it this plant,  as he found it near the village of Ritak in the Himalayas several years ago. It appears to be a vigorous climber with evergreen leaves on vines up to 15′ long and wide.

 

Holboellia latifolia 'Ritak'

The other new introduction is Holboellia coriacea ‘Cathedral Gem’ . This vine has WHITE flowers in March/April and also has a lovely fragrance that wafts about.  The flowers are larger and showier than the previously available Holboellia coriacea that UBC introduced and we have also sold. This clone was noticed growing on Winchester Cathedral in Wichester, England. One has to wonder who planted it there?  Where did they get it?  How long ago ? It could not have grown ‘wild’ as it is from continents away……
        It would be a neat idea to plant both of these vines together and let them co-mingle. They do produce long, sausage-like fruits that are edible (if you like slime) and taste like Gummy Bears. Those seeking privacy could use trellises and create a very interesting screen effect on a patio or terrace by planting Holboellias in big container(s).
                                                                We have big, big plants of both varieties for sale @ $49.99 in a 5 gallon pot, about 4′-5′ tall already .Holboellia coriacea 'Cathedral Gem'

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