The Butchart Chronicles : July 21, 2017

Flower and Garden Report July 20th - 27th, 2017

Flower and Garden Report July 20th - 27th, 2017

By Thea Hegland, Horticultural Assistant

One visit to The Butchart Gardens is all you will need to become enamored. The Gardens instill an atmosphere of inspiration. Jennie Butchart's artistic vision has gifted us a beloved jewel here on the Saanich Peninsula. It is very evident her legacy is everlasting; visitors travel from far and wide to experience the enchanting Gardens.

It's the little details that are considered that result in outstanding garden displays. Dedicated staff keep The Gardens meticulous, while carefully planned flower beds flow seamlessly throughout the property. Mature trees and shrubs provide significant framework and lush lawns offer quiet green space between the seemingly endless paths. 

With the long warm summer days we have finally been enjoying, the gardens are thriving. Flower beds are filled with colorful annuals that are in full bloom and the perennial borders are just peaking now. Each day there is something new to admire!

Deserving attention this week is our fine collection of Lilies. The soft pale peach color of Lilium ‘Saltarello’ simply stuns; Lilium superbum ‘Turkscap lily’ with its bright-orange, pendent, recurved flowers grace the many perennial borders.

The Italian Garden is an explosion of hot and spicy colors. Once a tennis court, this formal garden boasts dramatic flower beds filled with Rudbeckia, Tagetes, Lantana and Cuphea. The Cross Pond is surrounded by bright red Geraniums and a complementary Salvia farinacea is creating a pleasing focal point. I highly recommend indulging in a refreshing gelato from our Gelateria located right in The Italian Garden – it’s the best way to take in the beautiful surroundings!

With so much to see at The Gardens this week, you will be sure to feel truly inspired.

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Abutilon (Flowering maple)
  • Acanthus spinosus ( Bear’s breeches)
  • Achillea
  • Aconitum  (Monkshood)
  • Alocasia ( Elephant’s ear)
  • Anigozanthos (Kangaroo paw)
  • Aruncus (Goat’s beard)
  • Astilbe
  • Astrantia (Masterwort)
  • Begonia
  • Callistemon
  • Catalpa bignonioides( Indian bean tree)
  • Centaurea macrocephala (Giant knapweed)
  • Cereus ‘Queen of The Night’ ( Night blooming cactus)
  • Cosmos atrosanguineus  (Chocolate cosmos)
  • Dahlia
  • 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
  • Olearia (Daisy bush)
  • Optunia
  • Punica (Pomegranate)
  • Primula pulverulenta (Candelabra primula)
  • Romneya coulteri (Tree poppy)
  • Rosa (Rose)
  • Rudbeckia (Gloriosa daisy)
  • Salpiglossis sinuata (Painted tongue)
  • Spartium junceum (Spanish broom)
  • Streptocarpus (Cape primrose)
  • Tecoma
  • Thalictrum (Meadow rue)
  • Thermopsis villosa (Carolina lupine)
  • Thunbergia
  • Tradescantia
  • Zinnia