Gary Lewis

Gary Lewis

Gary Lewis has had a lifelong passion for plants. On his 28th birthday, while working on a master’s degree in botany, he became the owner of Phoenix Perennials in Richmond, British Columbia. He has since built the business into an award-winning destination garden center and mail-order nursery. While writing The Complete Book of Ground Covers: 4000 Plants That ­Reduce Maintenance, Control Erosion, and Beautify the Landscape, Gary dove into the fascinating array of plants that can be used in the lower layers of a garden design. It won the Gold Laurel award from Garden Communicators International and will soon be translated and published in Japan. Gary has led garden tours to Holland, Belgium, France, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and Western Australia.

  • ground covers for pollinators

    The Best Ground-Cover Plants for Attracting Pollinators

    Although pollinator populations are diminishing worldwide due to habitat loss, climate change, pesticides, and disease, gardeners can slow this decline through cultivating and maintaining safe environments where winged garden visitors…

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    Tips for Installing and Caring for a Pollinator Garden

    Choosing a palette of plants that will sustain pollinators throughout the growing season is a great start. However, the way you plant and care for your selections can provide additional…

  • Design

    Calling All Hummingbirds—and Those Who Love to Watch Them

    Who knew there was a plant for fans of the cultural phenomenon that is the Angry Birds video game and movie? While the unusual plant Cardinale™ Red red birds in…

  • Design

    Better Versions of Classic Plants

    For most people, their first attraction to plants and gardening is an appreciation of the beauty of flowers and foliage. Few hearts can remain cold to a hellebore opening on…

  • containers with perennials and succulents

    Container Designs Without Annuals

    The world of perennials has never been so diverse or so useful. New varieties offer more colorful foliage, longer bloom times, and dwarf habits that are perfect for small spaces…

  • Pacific Northwest Regional Reports

    The Best Perennials to Start from Seed – Northwest

    1. Miss Willmott’s ghost Name: Eryngium giganteum USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 9 Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and 1 foot wide Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil Famous plantswoman…