The Butchart Chronicles : August 4, 2017

Flower and Garden Report August 4th - 10th 2017

Flower and Garden Report August 4th – 10th, 2017

By Thea Hegland, Horticultural Assistant

There is always a new plant mystery to solve in The Gardens. Interesting plants seem to suddenly appear and catch the eye. Perhaps they have been there for a while but are just starting to reveal something of interest. The good thing is I have developed excellent detective skills working here amongst the plants over the years. My colleagues in the gardening department contribute a wide range of expertise and when there is a plant mystery, well, we all tend to get a little excited!

The most unusual plant has come along and stumped me for a while. Recently acquired at The Gardens is Fuchsia paniculata. Unlike most Fuchsia plants this one is evergreen and the pink flowers resemble no Fuchsia I have ever seen. Its main attraction is the incredible blue/green ellipsoid berries. Located in pots just outside The Garden Gallery they are drawing interest from many plant enthusiasts. While this Fuchsia is interesting, we grow over 36 different varieties. Most impressive are the Fuchsia hanging baskets, which rival the spectacular Begonias in The Begonia Bower.

I often imagine how exciting a visit to Butchart Gardens is to the visitor who has never been here before. One tantalizing glimpse of The Sunken Garden lures you down. The endless flower beds are in full color; the remarkable trees that were once carefully selected have been established and gentle ferns softly accent the stunning garden. Truly a gardener’s garden, there are many complementary texture plantings.

The Bog Garden, for example, was once a struggling lawn. Sometimes it seems you just have to embrace what you have. As it is a very damp location of The Gardens, it soon became the ideal spot to create The Bog Garden. The large bold leaves of Petasites japonicus thrive in the shady damp conditions. They are highlighted by several different varieties of Hostas. Planted in masses, they make a dramatic impact, while the unusual Impatiens omeiana draws attention with its deep green with white variegated leaves.

I hope all visitors enjoy this very special place. Thank you for coming again and again!

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Abutilon (Flowering maple)
  • Achillea
  • Aconitum  (Monkshood)
  • Albizia julibrissin (Mimosa tree)
  • Alocasia ( Elephant’s ear)
  • Anigozanthos (Kangaroo paw)
  • Astilbe
  • Astrantia (Masterwort)
  • Begonia
  • Centaurea macrocephala (Giant knapweed)
  • Cereus ‘Queen of The Night’ ( Night blooming cactus)
  • Clerodendrum bungei (Glory bower)
  • Cosmos atrosanguineus  (Chocolate cosmos)
  • Dahlia
  • Delphinium
  • Dierama (Angel’s fishing rod)
  • Duranta  ‘Sapphire Showers’
  • Eucryphia
  • Fuchsia
  • Gladiolus callianthus
  • Helianthus (Perennial sunflower)
  • Hemerocallis (Daylily)
  • Hydrangea
  • Iochroma
  • Inula
  • Lagerstroemeria (Crape myrtle)
  • Leptospermum (Tea tree)
  • Lilium (Lily)
  • Lysimachia
  • Olearia (Daisy bush)
  • Optunia
  • Persicaria (Knotweed)
  • Punica (Pomegranate)
  • Rosa (Rose)
  • Rudbeckia (Gloriosa daisy)
  • Salpiglossis sinuata (Painted tongue)
  • Streptocarpus (Cape primrose)
  • Tecoma
  • Thalictrum (Meadow rue)
  • Thermopsis villosa (Carolina lupine)
  • Thunbergia
  • Tibouchina (Glory bush)
  • Tradescantia
  • Zinnia