The Butchart Chronicles : August 19, 2017

Flower and Garden Report August 19th – 25th, 2017

Flower and Garden Report August 18th – 25th, 2017

By Thea Hegland, Horticultural Assistant

Victoria is known for its beautiful gardens. Located on southern Vancouver Island, Victoria boasts a sub-Mediterranean climate and spectacular natural surroundings. Easily accessible from the mainland, Victoria is a top destination city. While on the island, a visit to The Butchart Gardens is an absolute must see. Ideal growing conditions have enabled the Gardens to push the boundaries beyond the mainstream plants for Zone 8 and have boldly ventured into Zone 9.


The Mediterranean Garden is an exceptional example of gardening on the edge. Originally planted about 15 years ago this garden has become one of the best kept secrets of The Butchart Gardens. Trees and shrubs have finally been established and trial and error have brought the reward of a magnificent garden. Many of the plants you see here are only marginally hardy for our climatic zone and would never get the chance to do anything exceptional unless the right micro-climate is nurtured. Creative measures are taken to provide a variety of plants from around the world; sub- tropical plants such as Musa (Banana), Colocasia(Taro), Iochroma cyanea ( Ornamental eggplant)are overwintered in our greenhouses before they are planted back in garden for the season.

Also gaining significance in The Gardens is the incredible succulent collection. From Aeonium arboretum to Echeveria they are being used more and more in mixed containers and flower beds. Be sure to check out the impressive succulent display as you enter The Gardens from the car parking lot. (the area around the benches on your right before the cross walk prior to the Coffee Shop/Gift Shop) It is truly a masterpiece!


With so much to see at The Gardens this week you will be sure to have an enjoyable visit. Late summer brings a different feel to The Gardens. The colors are richer. Helianthus (Sunflower) with its warm tones in golden yellow and bronze are symbolic of late August. Soon the Dahlia border will dazzle and delight – you will just have to come back!


Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom:

Abutilon (Flowering maple)
Aconitum  (Monkshood)
Albizia julibrissin (Mimosa tree)
Anigozanthos (Kangaroo paw)
Antirrhinum (Snapdragon)
Aster ( Michaelmas daisy)
Buddleja (Butterfly bush)
Cephalaria (Giant scabiosa)
Cereus ‘Queen of The Night’ (Night blooming cactus)
Chelone obliqua (Turtlehead)
Clerodendrum bungei (Glory bower)
Clerodendrum ugandense ( Blue glory bower)
Cosmos atrosanguineus  (Chocolate cosmos)
Duranta  ‘Sapphire Showers’
Echinacea (Coneflower)
Gladiolus callianthus
Helenium (Sneezeweed)
Helianthus (Perennial sunflower)
Hemerocallis (Daylily)
Heptacodium miconioides ( Seven –son flower)
Hibiscus  syriacus ‘Blue Bird’
Lagerstroemeria (Crape myrtle)
Leonotis (Lion’s ear)
Lilium (Lily)
Lobelia speciosa
Monarda (Bee balm)
Persicaria (Knotweed)
Punica (Pomegranate)
Rosa (Rose)
Rudbeckia (Gloriosa daisy, black-eyed-susans)
Salpiglossis sinuata (Painted tongue)
Streptocarpus (Cape primrose)
Thalictrum (Meadow rue)
Tibouchina (Glory bush)
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