The Butchart Chronicles : July 23, 2015

Flower and Garden Report July 23, 2015

After a bit of a slow start, the dahlias have really begun to take off producing many more large blooms daily. The rose garden also continues to be a highlight providing outstanding colour and fragrances. The sometimes overlooked Italian garden is also bursting with colour. This garden’s vibrant flower combinations are a real standout at any time of the day.

This week I’ve chosen a favorite plant that is continually one of the most popular with our visitors. We use these Tuberous Begonias ‘Garden Standard Mix’ in a number of locations around the gardens as well as in the show house. Visitors are blown away by the size, colours and shapes of these amazing blooms. It’s hard to believe that they are started each year from a tiny spec of a seed that’s barely visible to the eye.

My next flower has been one of my favorite bedding plants for a number of seasons. We use these New Guinea Impatiens ‘Supersonic Orange Ice’ on their own such as the ones 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.

Here’s just a small sample of what you’ll find in bloom this week.

- Carlos Moniz, manager of horticulture

Tuberous Begonia

Flowering in the Garden

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

New Guinea Impatiens - orange ice