The Butchart Chronicles : August 13, 2016

Flower and Garden Report for August 12, 2016


Along the walk to the Carousel

This week we are formalizing our planting plans and designs for next summer’s floral display. Each year we make changes to improve the quality of the display and to create an extraordinary experience. It’s quite interesting, but no matter how hard we try, we never seem to get exactly what we planned as the weather and other environmental factors always impact the display. 

This summer we started planting earlier with hotter temperatures in May and June which caused some of the plants to grow very quickly. This anomaly caused certain plants to bloom out of sequence, with some plants growing taller and others being stunted. In essence, our unique and creative floral display is always a little more unique and creative than we ever plan!    

That being said, the floral display is sensational and our staff are doing their utmost to manipulate the plants to perform at their very best. If you want to experience our garden at its summer best, now is a great time to come out and visit. 

Rick Los, director of horticulture   

Italian Garden

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom include: 

  • Abutilon
  • Acanthus
  • Acidanthera
  • Albizia
  • Anemone x hybrida
  • Baptisia
  • Begonia (Tuberous varieties are outstanding – don’t miss the Begonia bower!)
  • Brugmansia
  • Calluna
  • Canna Lily
  • Chelone
  • Cimicifuga
  • Clerodendron 
  • Cosmos 
  • Echinacea
  • Eucryphia
  • Eupatorium
  • Fuchsia 
  • Guara
  • Helenium
  • Helianthus
  • Hibiscus
  • Hydrangea 
  • Justicia
  • Lantana
  • Leonotis
  • Ligularia 
  • Lobelia
  • Lysimachia
  • Monarda
  • Origanum ‘Kent Beauty’
  • Pachystachys - (Golden shrimp  or Lollipop plant) in containers
  • Passiflora 
  • Perovskia
  • Persicaria
  • Phlomis
  • Phlox
  • Phygelius
  • Physostegia
  • Romneya (California Tree Poppy)
  • Roses
  • Sophora
  • Thunbergia
  • Tricyrtus