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Flower and Garden Report December 1st - 7th

Flower and Garden Report December 1st - 7th, 2017

By Thea Hegland, Horticultural Assistant

Just like magic, it is Christmas. Thousands of bulbs sparkle and shine as The Gardens are lit up for the festive season. Cedar boughs line the pathways leading the way through the Twelve Days of Christmas walk. Oh, what fun it is!

Christmas classics with a twist instill a festive ambience. Variegated Ilex (Holly) and the scent of Pine are prevalent in The Gardens. Creative winter arrangements flowing with mixed greenery and berries can be found outdoors in cement urns, while approximately 2,200 Poinsettias fill the indoor displays in traditional reds, winter whites and soft pinks.

With all the glitz of Christmas in the air, it is easy to miss the little things that are happening out in the garden. Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ is in full bloom in The Sequoia Grove, very early colour is about to be revealed amongst our early blooming Rhododendrons. Camellia japonica ‘Kanji’ with its pretty pink single flower has begun to bloom.

It’s all up to Mother Nature now. Mild weather can speed things along or a cold snap can come along and shut down any plans for early bloomers.

The gardening staff have been very busy mulching the Roses, raking leaves and protecting tender plants that are left in the garden all winter. Newly rooted cuttings are potted up in the greenhouses and preparations for the next chapter at The Gardens (Spring Prelude) are fully underway. It seems there is always garden momentum, which is a good thing. It is what keeps the passion for the beloved Butchart Gardens alive. 

Plants, trees and shrubs that are blooming or of interest

  • Anthurium (Flamingo flower)
  • Aucuba japonica (Spotted laurel)
  • Bellis (English daisy)
  • Bergenia (Elephant’s ears)
  • Callicarpa (Beautyberry)
  • Camellia
  • Catalpa (Indian bean tree)
  • Cotoneaster
  • Cyclamen
  • Davidia (Dove tree)
  • Erica (Heather)
  • Euonymus europaeus (Spindle tree)
  • Euphorbia pulcherrina (Poinsettia)
  • Garrya elliptica (Silk- tassel bush)
  • Helleborus (Christmas rose)
  • Hydrangea
  • Ilex verticillata (Winterberry)
  • Kalanchoe
  • Jasminium nudiflorum (Winter jasmine)
  • Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ (Oregon grape)
  • Medinilla magnifica
  • Nandina domestica (Heavenly bamboo)
  • Ophiopogon planiscapus (Black mondo grass)
  • Orchid
  • Pansy
  • Pieris (Lily-of-the valley shrub)
  • Polyanthus (Primula)
  • Pyracantha
  • Sarcococca (Christmas box)
  • Skimmia japonica
  • Viburnum x bodnantense
  • Viburnum tinus
  • Viola