The Butchart Chronicles : July 22, 2016

Flower and Garden Report for July 22, 2016

The dahlias had a bit of a slow start this year and are finally beginning to bloom. The rose garden continues to be a highlight providing outstanding colour and fragrances. The Italian garden is also bursting with colour. I love the vibrant colour combinations in this area, (especially the giant new Marigold ‘Garland Orange’ in the first beds through the hedge). The Mediterranean Garden is also hitting its peak and features one of the largest Agave plants that you’ll see growing outside.  Also in this area are some very interesting Cana Lilly’s called Cleopatra. They feature uniquely variegated green with purple leaves plus the flower colouring is also very interesting.
My favorite combination planting for this week is a very simple but eye catching border located in the Sunken Garden. It features Marigold ‘Durango Red’, Marigold ‘Durango Yellow’ and Alternanthera ‘Purple Threadleaf’. The three colours in this combo really work well together and have stood out since the day the bed was planted.
My flower of the week is a longtime favorite of mine, New Guinea Impatiens ‘Supersonic Orange Ice’ We use these plants on their own like in this bed near the gift shop as well as in a number of combination plantings. The vibrant colour and large 2-3” blooms has worked great with many of our new deep burgundy foliaged accent plants.

Carlos Moniz, horticultural manager


Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom include:

  • Abelia
  • Abutilon
  • Acanthus
  • Aconitum
  • Agapanthus
  • Astilbe
  • Astrantia
  • Baptisia
  • Begonia (Tuberous varieties are outstanding – don’t miss the Begonia bower!)
  • Brugmansia
  • Buddleia or Buddleja
  • Canna Lily
  • Catalpa
  • Clerodendron ugandense
  • Clethra
  • Cosmos
  • Crocosmia
  • Dianthus
  • Dierama
  • Echinacea
  • Escallonia
  • Fuchsia
  • Helenium
  • Hemerocallis
  • Hibiscus
  • Hydrangea
  • Hypericum
  • Inula
  • Justicia
  • Lantana
  • Lavatera
  • Lavendula
  • Leonotis
  • Ligularia
  • Lilium
  • Lysimachia
  • Monarda
  • Oenothera
  • Opuntia  (Mediterranean Garden)
  • Pachystachys - (Golden shrimp  or Lollipop plant) in containers
  • Perovskia
  • Persicaria
  • Phlox
  • Phygelius
  • Polemonium
  • Pomegranate (Mediterranean Garden)
  • Romneya (California Tree Poppy)
  • Roses
  • Silene
  • Spartium
  • Thalictrum
  • Thermopsis
  • Thunbergia
  • Tigridia
  • Tradescantia
  • Verbascum
  • Veronica
  • Yucca