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Lacoste Staff Plant Pick of the Week

Itoh Peony

itoh peony

The Itoh Peony, is cross of a woody-stemmed peony and a herbaceous peony.  It was bred in Japan, and has strong stems to hold the flower upright, without peony rings for support.  They have a variety of flower colours, and bloom vigorously.  They are quite disease resistant, and the foliage remains attractive into the fall.

Scientific Name: Intersectional Peony

Plant: in Partial or Full Sun

Grows: 30-36″ (75-90cm) tall by : 30-36″ (75-90cm) wide

Regular (weekly) watering will help maintain a healthy plant!

Stems will die back to the ground each fall, and quickly grow back in the spring.

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Bacopa is a long-time favourite plant to fill the role of “spiller” in container planting.   Its bountiful white flowers are eye-catching and dainty

Scientific Name: Bacopa Sutera cordata

Plant: Sun/Part sun

Grows: 4-8″ (10-20cm) tall and trails up to 36” (90cm)

Bacopa is a low-maintenance plant, requiring no deadheading to remain in bloom all summer long.  It does like to be evenly moist, and long periods without water can cause it to drop blooms and buds.  Luckily, after a few weeks of regular watering, it will recover nicely!


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Snow on the Mountain


Bishops Goutweed is an invasive groundcover that is perfect for sun or shade. It can be quite aggressive, but is great for difficult-to-grow areas.

Scientific Name: Aegopodium podagraria

Plant: in Sun or Shade

Grows: 12-18″ (30-45cm) tall and spreads

Goutweed can be stunning when used in mass plantings.


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Alternanthera Red Threads  


Red Threads is a new variety to Lacoste; we carried it last year and it sold out very quickly.  It’s a great choice for container planting as a “filler”.

Scientific Name: Alternanthera ficoidea

Plant: In sun, 16’ (41cm) apart

Grows: 10 - 12″ (25 - 30cm) tall by 16 - 18″ (41 - 46cm) wide

Red Threads grows in a tightly mounded shape, and thrives in hot sunny conditions.


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A new plant this year at Lacoste! Digiplexus has long lasting tubular flowers in a stunning shade of rosy orange that last all summer long! This is a very large plant that looks exceptional both as a centrepiece in a container, or in the garden as a mass planting.

Scientific Name: Digiplexus Illumination flame

Plant: in Sun

Grows: 36″ (91cm) tall by 18″ (46m) wide

Grows best in full sun but tolerates partial shade locations as well.

‘Illumination Flame’ has proven to be a bee and hummingbird magnet and is otherwise care-free.

Should be are watered and fertilized regularly; ‘Illumination Flame’ can be a thirsty plant during hot and sunny weather.

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Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass

This grass is a favourite throughout the city, in a wide variety of applications. I’ve seen it in planters, planted singly in the garden, and as a mass planting.  In each situation it is a gorgeous grass that never fails to impress

Scientific Name: Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’

Plant: in Sun or Part-Sun

Space: 18-40” (45-100cm)apart

Grows: 4’ (120cm) tall by 32″ (80cm) wide

A narrowly upright and columnar growth habit.

This ornamental grass will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cut back to the ground in late winter before active growth resumes.

Very adaptable to both dry and moist locations.




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A hibiscus is (to me at least) a definitively tropical flower.  Fortunately, even though we don’t live in Hawaii, we can at least grow these beauties through the spring and summer.  The gorgeous flowers are one of my very favourites!

Scientific Name: Hibiscus

Plant: Sun to Part Shade (Hibiscus will bloom more profusely in a sunnier spot)

Grows: 6″ (180cm) tall by 3″ (90cm) wide

Keep soil moist, but do not let the plant stand in water or let the soil dry out

Tropical hibiscuses are considered heavy feeders: Fertilize monthly in spring and summer with a general-purpose fertilizer.


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Flamingo Supertunia


Scientific Name: ‘Supertunia® Flamingo Petunia hybrid 

Plant: in Sun

Space: 10-14” apart

Trails:36 ” long

Great for use both in landscapes and container, blooms all summer.

Mounds AND trails in containers.  Great for baskets viewed from all angles!

Heat tolerant

Easy to care for

Be sure to fertilize regularly to promote continued flowering

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Wendy’s Wish Salvia

Scientific Name: ‘Wendys Wish’ Salvia hybrid PP: 21889

Plant: in Sun

Space: 24 – 36” apart

Grows: 24 – 36” tall

Great for use both in landscapes and container, blooms all summer
Heat tolerant
Easy to care for
Attracts Butterflies & Hummingbirds, resists deer
Be sure to fertilize regularly to promote continued flowering.

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Celosia Intenz

This variety of Celosia has been a favourite with staff and customers alike for the past few years.  The first few years we carried it; it sold out in no time.  Now that it is not quite so brand-new, our Celosia supply lasts a little longer.  Celosia is a great, bright flower that you can count on to bloom throughout spring summer, and into fall!

Scientific Name: Celosia argentea

Plant: in Sun (at least 6 hrs of sun)

Space: 8-12″ (20-30cm) apart

Grows: 18″ (46cm) tall by 12″ (30cm) wide

Bold purple color that continue to bloom throughout the season

– can take the heat.

Easy to care for and maximum color!

Be sure to fertilize regularly to promote continued flowering.