The Butchart Chronicles : July 2, 2015

Flower and Garden Report July 2, 2015


A belated happy Canada day everyone and a happy 4th of July to our American followers. I’m feeling very much like my parents as I seem to focus on the weather more and more every day. There doesn’t seem to be an end in sight to this great weather we’ve been having and the Gardens are loving it. Fortunately for us we have our own water sources to keep the plants hydrated and happy.

As I walked around the gardens today I felt like I found a new ‘favorite plant’ every few minutes. I’ve finally settled on these selections for this week.  My favorite flower is on a plant called Iochroma cyanium. I really like the look of the unique tubular, purple flowers. As with many of these tube shaped blooms, they’re hummingbird magnets! You’ll find these plants in a few locations, like in front of the Blue Poppy Restaurant and in the large colourful beds approaching the Carousel.

This week’s combination planting is a bed near the Sunken Garden lake using, Begonia ‘Solenia Red Improved” with Euphorbia ‘Star Dust White Flash’. It seems that every time I walk by this elevated bed I see visitors snapping pictures of this great little combo.

- Carlos Moniz, horticulture manager


Flowering in the Garden

  • Abutilon
  • Acanthus
  • Aruncus  
  • Astrantia 
  • Astilbe  
  • Baptisia
  • Begonias (incredible tuberous varieties as standards and in hanging baskets)
  • Canna new
  • Catalpa new
  • Centauria  
  • Clematis
  • Cosmos      
  • Cytisus
  • Crocosmia  
  • Delphinium  
  • Deutzia          
  • Doronicum
  • Eryngium (Sea Holly)
  • Fuchsia
  • Helianthus new
  • Hemerocallis
  • Hydrangea new
  • Hypericum
  • Inula
  • Iochroma  
  • Lantana new
  • Ligularia
  • Lilies
  • Lupin 
  • Lysimachia   
  • Manglietia   
  • Melittis 
  • Nectaroscordium
  • Pansy  
  • Papaver   (Oriental Poppy)
  • Philadelphus  
  • Phlox Polemonium 
  • Romneya 
  • Saxifrage  
  • Stachys  
  • Thalictrum
  • Thermopsis    
  • Thunbergia 
  • Trollius 
  • Verbascum  
  • Veronica
  • Yucca new