The Butchart Chronicles : July 31, 2017

Flower and Garden Report July 28th - August 3rd

Flower and Garden Report July 28th - August 3rd, 2017

By Thea Hegland, Horticultural Assistant


The Butchart Gardens is internationally renowned for its tree collection featuring a wide range of rare and iconic trees from around the world. These trees are fundamental to our garden ecosystem. They provide the framework for the glorious flower beds, shade and a natural habitat for the many birds here at The Gardens.

The gorgeous Koelreuteria paniculata (Golden-rain tree) glows on The Top Walk with its yellow fragrant flowers and stately Populus nigra italica (Lombardy poplar) line the exit path of The Sunken Garden. These trees have historical significance as Jennie Butchart planted them in 1910 to block the view of the imposing cement factory from the Sunken Garden lookout. They have been carefully maintained by our arborists and far exceed their expected lifespan.

On The Concert Lawn, several Julgans regia (English walnut) are gaining attention this week.  Planted circa 1920, these trees bear a green semi-flushy husk that protects the delicious walnut inside. As the walnuts ripen in the fall, they are a delightful treat to the many squirrels that make a home here at The Gardens.

While the trees here are most impressive, there are many other highlights this week. Truly a garden classic, the Hydrangea flowers in magnificent shades of blue, pinks and whites stand out in shady beds with their large flower heads.

With the warm summer days, the Mediterranean Garden is also thriving. Located within one of the warmest exposures on property, it is just coming into its glory now. The Olearia (Daisy bush), Anizgozanthus (Kangaroo paw), Punica (Pomegrante) and Lagerstroemia (Crape myrtle) are all rather striking. With so many unusual plants in The Mediterranean Garden, it is no wonder visitors come to The Plant Identification Centre with challenging questions!

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
  • 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
  • Helianthus (Perennial sunflower)
  • Hemerocallis (Daylily)
  • Hydrangea
  • Iochroma
  • Inula
  • Lagerstroemeria (Crape myrtle)
  • Lathyrus (Sweet pea)
  • Leptospermum (Tea tree)
  • Lilium (Lily)
  • Lysimachia
  • Olearia (Daisy bush)
  • Optunia
  • Persicaria (Knotweed)
  • Punica (Pomegranate)
  • 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