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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!

October 6, 2011

Being Bold with Autumn Grasses

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 11:05 pm

I admire this bold planting in the above photo of Nassella tenuissima (formerly Stipa tenuissima), just one block away from our nursery. This grass is commonly known as ‘Mexican Feather Grass’ , and I have referred to it as ‘Tina Turner’s Hair’ . Just so you know, it is sometimes  a short-lived perennial .  Adult plants usually last (or look good) for about three years, and self-sow freely to replace themselves. They require full sun and good drainage.  Soil can be poor (they grow in almost anything), and watering is not really necessary .
Masses of grasses give a ‘hip’ look to contemporary gardens. I am noticing more municipalities (especially Surrey and Langley, B.C.) are doing a fabulous job on their highway median plantings by repeating  grasses in bold groups.  You may have spotted Calamagrostis  ‘Karl Foerster’ standing impossibly vertical about town. This subtle 6′ clump suddenly steals the show when its ram-rod straight flowering stalks dry to a pale brown armful. The more of these plants you see together in a design, the better the visual impact is.  The grass ‘craze’ seemed to be over….. one of this, one of that….forget it.  Be bold – plant masses- and both you and your garden will look ten years younger !

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