The Butchart Chronicles : July 14, 2017

Flower and Garden Report July 13th - 19th, 2017

Flower and Garden Report  July 13th – 19th, 2017

By Thea Hegland, Horticultural Assistant

From the moment you arrive at The Gardens, you become very aware of the surrounding beauty. The Butchart Gardens is an oasis nestled among the stunning backdrop of a mature forest on the shores of beautiful Tod Inlet. Impressive Thuja plicata (Western red cedar) and Pseudotsuga menziesii (Douglas fir) tower along the pristine green water providing an idyllic setting.

Along the entrance road, Robinia pseudocacacia ‘Frisia’ (Golden form of a Black locust tree) compliment Prunus cerasifera ‘Pissardii’ (Purple plum) in majestic form. The promise of the imposing garden lures you in.

Once inside The Gardens, it is not uncommon to become lost in the beauty. With so much to see this time of year, it is easy to spend hours wandering the paths.

The container plantings are stunning, with inspired combinations of unusual plants and classic favorites. Tropical plants accent our traditional plantings; Alocasia ‘Sarian’ (Elephant’s ear) is bold and daring; Brugmansia (Angel’s trumpet) makes an impression while the Phormium adds structure.

Our Children’s Garden is whimsical. Bursting with a collection of unusual plants - Abutilon, Colocasia, Farfugium and Iochroma (Ornamental eggplant) accented by exotic grass Cyperus papyrus ‘King Tut’and striking Hakonechloa macra.

Hint: At nightfall, be sure to look for the Cereus (Night blooming cactus) with its unique funnel- shaped flowers.

While there is endless exploring to be had, it's nice to take a rest in the cool shade on the Concert Lawn and simply enjoy the moment because you still have the rest of the garden to explore. I recommend that you stop to smell the Cosmos atrosanguineus (Chocolate cosmos) on the left before you reach the Japanese Garden- you will be pleasantly surprised!

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Abutilon ‘Red Tiger’(Flowering maple)
  • Acanthus spinosus ( Bear’s breeches)
  • Achillea
  • Aconitum  (Monkshood)
  • Alchemilla (Lady’s mantle)
  • Alocasia ( Elephant’s ear)
  • Anigozanthos (Kangaroo paw)
  • Aruncus (Goat’s beard)
  • Astilbe
  • Astrantia (Masterwort)
  • Begonia
  • Bletilla ( Chinese ground orchid)
  • Callistemon
  • Catalpa speciosa ( Northern catalpa)
  • Centaurea macrocephala (Giant knapweed)
  • Cereus ‘Queen of The Night’ ( Night blooming cactus)
  • Cornus kousa (Kousa dogwood)
  • Cosmos atrosanguineus  (Chocolate cosmos)
  • Delphinium
  • Dianthus (Pinks)
  • Dierama (Angel’s fishing rod)
  • Fuchsia
  • Helianthemum (Rock rose)
  • Hemerocallis (Daylily)
  • Hydrangea
  • Iochroma
  • Inula
  • Lathyrus (Sweet pea)
  • Lavendula (Lavender)
  • Leptospermum (Tea tree)
  • Lilium (Lily)
  • Lysimachia
  • Philadelphus (Mock orange)
  • Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’ (Mayapple)
  • Primula pulverulenta (Candelabra primula)
  • Romneya coulteri (Tree poppy)
  • Rosa (Rose)
  • Salpiglossis sinuata (Painted tongue)
  • Spartium junceum (Spanish broom)
  • Streptocarpus (Cape primrose)
  • Thalictrum (Meadow rue)
  • Thermopsis villosa (Carolina lupine)
  • Thunbergia
  • Tradescantia