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2015 Tissue Culture Sale

ARHS 2015 TISSUE CULTURE – Advance Sale Information for Members

It’s time again for ARHS members  to order your Tissue Culture plants for Spring 2015. This year we have 23 plants including both new varieties and also some older ones that our newer members may not have.


ORDER IS PICKED UP OR SENT. (Special shipping charges may apply.) We expect the price to increase to $5.50/plant this year as a result of increases in freight and the change in exchange rate.

These plants will be available for pickup in early April. The time and location will be announced at a later date. All members will be advised of the date and location once confirmation is received of the plants arrival date. In addition to your order you may be able to purchase leftover plants on the day of the pick-up.

Plant descriptions and an order form are attached. Please make sure your phone number and, if possible, your email address is included in the order form. This sale is only available to paid-up members in the Atlantic Region.

Orders that are not picked up in Halifax on the sale date will be shipped collect by whatever method you have indicated on you order. Where shipping options are limited, the parcel will be shipped by Canada Post.


Please send your order to ARHS c/o Jon Porter  1103 Brooklyn Shore Rd RR 1, Brooklyn, NS   B0J1H0  902-354-2387   E-mail

When you get your plants, REMEMBER THEY HAVE NOT BEEN HARDENED OFF.  WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU GIVE THEM A GOOD WATERING AND AS SOON AS POSSIBLE POT THEM UP IN 4” POTS.  A mixture of one part peat, one part perlite and one part commercial mix makes a nice light mix for these small rhodies. DO NO OVERWATER. Keep them inside under lights in a cool place until all risk of frost is past(at least late May). On nice days you can place them outside in a shady spot so they can begin hardening off, but do not leave outside overnight until the risk of frost is over.   In  June put them in the ground in a cold frame or other well sheltered spot.  Mulch to keep the moisture and temperature stable and water as needed. The first winter provide some protection. Use a coldframe, burlap or conifer boughs and make sure they are mulched well. Do not use clear plastic as it will cause burning and may even kill them. Shade cloth (which can be purchased at Lee Valley) provides excellent shade and wind protection.

Good luck with your little plants and make some notes on how they do. We would really appreciate feedback on their performance.



RHODODENDRONS (all rhododendrons are elepidotes unless otherwise stated)


  1. ‘Boule de Neige’
Ondieu Midseason flowers are pure white. A tough, reliable cultivar with proven hardiness. Popular across the country. 4 ft. x 6 ft. Zone 5.
  1. ‘Bubblegum’
Briggs Lepidote. A polyploid version of the tried and true standard ‘Weston’s Aglo’. This one has larger flowers, pink with a reddish blotch, that make a terrific show against its more substantial foliage. Just as hardy and more showy than ‘Weston’s Aglo’. Early blooming. PJM-like dark green foliage turns burgundy in fall. 3 ft. x 3 ft. Zone 5.
  1. ‘Crete’
Leach Buds are purplish-pink, as are the flowers as they emerge in early midseason, eventually aging to white. Silvery new growth and beige indumentum and a low-mounding habit. A popular yak hybrid. 4 ft. x 5 ft. Zone 5.
  1. fastigiatum
Lepidote. Dense, low growing habit although this is listed as a taller, upright form. One of the hardiest and considered one of the finest scaley-leaved, alpine types. Lilac purple flowers cover the small, shiny dark green leaves. 3 ft. x 2 ft. Zone 5.
  1. ‘Holden’s Solar Flair’
Leach A cross with two of Leach’s previous hybrids, ‘Calcutta’ and ‘Casanova’, plus ‘Goldsworth Orange’. Rhododendron catawbiense adds hardiness. Explosive, true yellow flowers sport a fiery red blotch. Superb hardiness and dark green leaves mark improvements over previous Leach introductions. A great substitute for Rhododendron ‘Capistrano’. 4 ft. x 3 ft. Zone 5.
  1. ‘Holden’s Spring Herald’
Leach (‘Catalgla’ x rex ssp. fictolacteum) Another new Leach hybrid from the Holden Arboretum. Pale pink flowers have a dark purple-red blotch and fade to white. Early-blooming with dome- shaped trusses. Bold, large leaves to 10″long by 2″ wide with orange-yellow indumentum.Vigorous. 7ft. x 8ft. in 10 years and much larger with time. Zone 5.
  1. ‘Pearce’s American Beauty’
Pearce The compact full truss sits closely on a tight collar of leaves. Dark green foliage is especially wide. Magenta flowers on large trusses of 15- 20 flowers. Robust grower. Very late bloom.5ft. x 4ft. in 10 years.  Zone 5.




Azalea ‘Arneson Gem’ Arneson Red buds open to large, soft yellow-orange flowers, shading to strong reddish orange at the margins. A prolific bloomer with disease- resistant foliage. Early-midseason bloom.Upright, spreading habit. 3ft. x 4ft. Zone 5
Azalea ‘Weston’s Lemon Drop’ Weston Nurseries Lovely lemon scented yellow flowers bloom in early-midsummer. The glossy, disease resistant foliage turns dark wine red in fall. 4ft. x 4ft. Zone 4.
Azalea ‘Weston’s Innocence’ Weston Nurseries Heavy-flowering, dense, mounding plant that features strongly scented, 2” white blooms in early summer. Foliage is mildew resistant and turns burgundy-red in fall. 3ft. x 3ft. Zone 4.





Agapanthus x ‘Summer Skies’ Sky blue flowers stand atop 3′ stems mid- summer through early fall. Deciduous basal foliage. Great in mass plantings or as a single specimen plant. The hardiest Agapanthus grown by Briggs. 2ft. x 2ft.  Zone 5.
Anemone rupicola ‘Wild Swan’ An exceptional new selection offering prolific flowering, surpassing that of the Japanese hybrids! Nodding buds atop tall stems open into pure white flowers with a blue violet reverse. Blooms are held high above deep green foliage. Does not re-seed. Perfect for massing in a woodland setting or spotting into rock gardens. Excellent cut flower. Herbaceous. 18” x 24”. Zone 6.
Calluna vulgaris ‘Larissa’ One of the ‘Garden Girls’ collection with a compact growth habit. It features bright red buds from August to October and dark green foliage. ‘Larissa’ has brighter flower buds and blooms earlier than ‘Alexandra’. Prune Bud Bloomers below the faded flowers in fall or in early spring in colder regions. Grows 12″ high by 15-18″ wide. Zone 5.
Calluna vulgaris ‘Sandy’ This sport of ‘Melanie’ has bright gold foliage that is lime green at the base. It bears pure white buds from September to December and is not prone to scorching in the sun. This is an excellent choice for brightening alpine troughs or rock gardens. Prefers full sun with good soil drainage. Grows 15″ high by 16-20″ wide.Zone 5.



Clematis hybrida ‘Madame Julia Correvon’ A charming and beautiful small vine that will produce a plethora of three inch flowers in a sumptuous shade of rosy wine-red. Clematis ‘Madam Julia Correvon’ will bloom from early summer through early autumn. Grow it scrambling through a large shrub or small tree, or over a fence or trellis. 12 ft. x 6 ft. Zone 5.
Clethra alnifolia ‘Sixteen Candles’ This selection from a batch of ‘Hummingbird’ seedlings is very compact and heavy flowering. Holds its 4-6” spikes of white, fragrant flowers rigidly upright. Like all summer sweets, it tolerates shade and damp soil. Yellow fall foliage color. 2.5ft. x 4ft.  Zone 4.
Enkianthus ‘Lipstick’ White bell-shaped flowers with hot pink edge. Useful plant for its vertical habit, easy care and clusters of pendant flowers. Fall colour features bright red foliage with tones of orange, yellow and purple. Full sun or part shade.  6-8 ft. x 3- 5 ft. Zone 5.
Enkianthus serrulatus The flowers occur mid-spring, and last for the better part of a month. Come late fall, the leaves turn, and the plant can seem to be ‘on fire’. Very beautiful and again, quite long lasting. Enjoys morning sun, afternoon shade, in a relatively rich soil. It has white flowers, similar to those of E.perulatus but larger. 10 ft. tall.  Zone 6.
Helleborus argutifolius ‘Pacific Frost’ Foliage speckled cream or white with new growth tips that are tinted pink. Flowers are green. 2.5ft. x 2.5ft.  Zone 5.
Helleborus x hybridus ROYAL HERITAGE The Royal Heritage™ Hellebores are a strain of hybrids developed over many years by the noted plantsman, John Elsley. They have long- lasting, cup-shaped flowers in a range of colors that includes shades of purple, pink, green, white, and near black, all with a contrasting center of yellow stamens. Blooms begin in winter & continue for 2+ months. Leathery, dark green leaves persist well into Winter.Introduced by Briggs Nursery. 1999 Briggs Plant of the Year. 1.5ft. x 2ft. Zone 5.
Leucothoe grayana An evergreen ericaceous shrub. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) Attractive foliage with a thick leathery texture. Greenish-white, sometimes pale pink, flowers hang from the bottom of the stems. A sturdy deciduous shrub for a woodland border.1.5 to 4 ft.  Zone 6, possibly colder.
Pieris ‘Tipper’ A new selection of the Lily-of-the-Valley shrub from Ticknor. It blooms a little later in the season, with very upright, light pink flowers, that hold their colours better than most.Leaves are glossy green on a semi-dwarf plant. Expected to be zone 5.




Wisteria macrostachys ‘Blue Moon’ As a climbing vine, it should be planted near a fence, trellis or other landscape structure where it can be trained to grow upwards on it, or allowed to trail off a retaining wall or slope. It grows in full sunlight at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years. Huge, 1ft. long, lilac-blue flower clusters repeat their bloom the summer, permeating the air with an intoxicating fragrance. 30 ft. x 2 ft. Zone 4.



Descriptions are primarily from previous ARHS listings or from Brigg’s website ( and )where photographs of many of the selections can be found. More details can also be found at or


ARHS 2015 TISSUE CULTURE ORDER  FORMPlease use this form and make a copy for your records. You will be billed with your order. Send your order to ARHS, c/o Jon Porter, 1103 Brooklyn Shore Rd RR1, Brooklyn, N.S. B0J 1H0 or by email using the address provided in the email sent to members.Name                                                                                                                Address                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Telephone                                                                                                           Email       Please indicate if you, or someone else, will be picking up your order or provide shipping instructions. Orders sent by bus or air freight will be sent   COD.

  • I will pick it up myself:
  • My order will be picked up by:
  • Shipping instructions:                                                                                       
Rhododendrons Quantity
Boule de Neige
Holden’s Solar Flair
Holden’s Spring Herald
Pearce’s American Beauty
Deciduous Azaleas Quantity
Arneson Gem
Weston’s Lemon Drop
Weston’s Innocence
Companion plants Quantity
Agapanthus x ‘Summer Skies’
Anemone rupicola ‘Wild Swan’
Calluna vulgaris ‘Larissa’
Calluna vulgaris ‘Sandy’
Clematis hybrida ‘Madame Julia Correvon’
Clethra alnifolia ‘Sixteen Candles’
Enkianthus ‘Lipstick’
Enkianthus serrulatus
Helleborus argutifolius ‘Pacific Frost’
Helleborus x  hybridus ROYAL HERITAGE
Leucothoe grayana
Pieris ‘Tipper’
Wisteria macrostachys ‘Blue Moon’

Total plants ordered