July and August are so full of gorgeous blossoms and full glorious leafy plants such as hosta's, brunnera, purple and other heuchera. Often the weather is beautiful and as they say 'the living is easy', if not easy, at least beautiful. As you take time to enjoy your gardens, if you notice a space in your garden that looks empty or unhappy, come to Primarily Perennials, Nelson, BC and have a look at what is in bloom or a leaf colour or texture that will perk up the space. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words! Bring your camera or phone with you to help you remember and to show us the problem to be solved. We have over 200 varieties of summer blooming plants available. plus amazing plants which are grown for their wonderful leaf colour or structure.

Check our CATALOGUE. click the link. The searchable data base will open promptly. You can save it using whatever name you like for later referral, or return to our site any time.

You can search by: common name, botanical name, height, spread, sun/shade, colour, bloom time, water requirements or zone. 

The Saturday before Mother's day we will be at the Nelson Garden Festival with some terrific spring specials. We also attend the Kaslo show during May days - usuallly the Garden Festival is on the Sunday.

You can use the botanical name to search the internet for more information about the plant.


□ mid July do 2nd & last general fertilizing of gardens
□ always .. weeding. I like to have gardens so full that I can't see the few weeds that squeeze in to a spare corner. I also use mulch, esp. in those gardens that are more open to show off the unusual varieties.
□ pick raspberries, cherries, blueberries
□ feed fish a small amount every day or 3. do not over-feed - esp. cool or rainy days
□ cut leaves off of spring bulbs 6 weeks after the last bloom has faded.
□ shut off pond pumps in hot weather = conservation of water
□ top up pond as necessary, preferably with rain water. If you must use clorinated water, try to top up a bit every day, or put the water into a rain barrel for a few days.
□ 2nd level tie up tall plants and climbers that require this assistance

□ deadhead flowering plants to encourage more blossoms. I often do this after work, with my favourite beverage close to hand

□ prune  flowering shrubs. best done as soon as they finish
□ late July to Mid August last fertilization of perennial gardens


□ before August 10, the last fertilization of perennial beds, fruit and evergreen’s 
□ pick and pack raspberries and other fruit as it ripens. Don't forget to take some to the food kitchen
□ some plants, such as artemesia, silver mound, should be cut back after blooming. general rule: if it looks messy, cut it back to the new growth at the base of the plant 
□ turn compost, I hope you've had time to regularly water it starting with the first dry spell.
□ put powdered laundry soap on the moss on roofs, it doesn't need much
□ mulch blueberries with 3" peatmoss. Take the dry peat to the bed, then soak the bag, then apply the moist peat.
□ deadhead flowering plants to encourage more blossoms. I often do this after work, with my favourite beverage close to hand
□ delphinium cut to the ground AFTER seed has formed, shake some seed on ground. (delphinium can be short lived) 
□ last chance for summer pruning
□ cut back leaves on grape vines so the grape clusters have sun on them
□ feed fish a small amount every day or 3. do not over-feed - esp. cool or rainy days
□ make antipasto when the veggies are at a good price
□ 3rd level tie up all tall plants and climbers