The Butchart Chronicles : July 16, 2015

Flower and Garden Report July 16, 2015

The Gardens summer display is definitely in peak form right now, including the impressive perennial borders. Over recent years we have added numerous new plant varieties to the perennial borders creating far more interest for the avid gardener. Of special interest are the Tigridia’s, whose spectacular flowers usually, last for only one day. Fortunately they create new blooms daily.


This week I couldn’t decide on just a single favorite flower pick so I’m going to give you 2. First is Crocosmia Lucifer which we use quite a bit throughout our perennial borders and in the Mediterranean Garden. The bright orange colour and massive amounts of delicate little blooms makes this a real stand out. The hummingbirds also love it.

My next choice, Gomphrena Fireworks, can be found in the perennial bed bordering the rose garden. Its small ball shaped flowers actually look like an exploding firework effect with the gold tips at the end of each flower tube. Apparently the bees are also quite fond of this cute little flower.

- Carlos Moniz, manager of horticulture

Flowering in the Garden

  • Abutilon
  • Acanthus
  • Agapanthus
  • Albizia
  • Astrantia 
  • Balsam new
  • Begonias (incredible tuberous varieties as standards and in hanging baskets)
  • Brugmansia
  • Buddleja
  • Canna
  • Clematis
  • Clerodendrum new
  • Clethra new
  • Cosmos      
  • Cytisus
  • Crocosmia  
  • Delphinium  
  • Echinacea
  • Epiphyllum (Orchid Cactus)
  • Eryngium (Sea Holly)
  • Fuchsia
  • Gypsophila new
  • Hebe new
  • Helenium
  • Helianthus     
  • Hemerocallis
  • Hibiscus new
  • Hydrangea    
  • Hypericum
  • Inula
  • Iochroma  
  • Koelreuteria (golden rain tree) new
  • Lantana
  • Leonotis
  • Ligularia
  • Lilies
  • Lobelia new
  • Lysimachia
  • Origanum ‘Kent’s Beauty’  new
  • Pansy
  • Pentas new
  • Phlox
  •  Polemonium 
  • Punicia (Pomegranite) new
  • Salpiglossis new
  • Salvia new
  • Thalictrum
  • Tigidia
  • Thunbergia 
  • Verbascum  
  • Veronica
  • Yucca

Gomphrena and a bee