The Butchart Chronicles : July 7, 2017

Flower and Garden Report July 6th - 12th , 2017

Flower and Garden Report July 6th – July 12th, 2017

By Thea Hegland, Horticultural Assistant

Summer evenings at The Butchart Gardens are special. They instill life long memories of moments when time just seems to stand still. An evening visit to The Gardens is nothing short of enchanting as it is usually a quieter time, the air is warm and the low sunlight softly filters among the trees creating a peaceful ambiance.

Sometimes it’s the little things that catch the eye like a Hummingbird enjoying the sweet nectar from a dazzling Fuchsia and the delicate Nymphaea (Water lily) floating on the tranquil Sunken Garden Lake - also something not to be missed!

My personal favorite bloom this week is the Catalpa speciosa (Nothern catalpa), located on the Concert Lawn. This tree bears beautiful white orchid-like blossoms that are simply stunning in the evening light.

Finally, particularly significant these days is our Begonia collection. While we grow many types, it is the Tuberous begonias that steal the show. These gorgeous flowers cascade from hanging baskets, and are in flower beds planted in profusion. With over 10,000 plants in vivid colours, bright oranges, vibrant yellows, bold reds, shades of pink to classic white, the Tuberous begonias are the definite showstoppers of The Gardens this week.


Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Abutilon ‘Red Tiger’(Flowering maple)
  • Acanthus spinosus ( Bear’s breeches)
  • Achillea
  • Aconitum  (Monkshood)
  • Alchemilla (Lady’s mantle)
  • Alocasia ( Elephant’s ear)
  • Aruncus (Goat’s beard)
  • Astilbe
  • Astrantia (Masterwort)
  • Baptisia
  • Begonia
  • Bletilla ( Chinese ground orchid)
  • Catalpa speciosa ( Northern catalpa)
  • Centaurea macrocephala (Giant knapweed)
  • Clematis
  • Cornus kousa (Kousa dogwood)
  • Cosmos
  • Delphinium
  • Dianthus (Pinks)
  • Fuchsia
  • Helianthemum (Rock rose)
  • Hemerocallis (Daylily)
  • Hydrangea
  • Iochroma
  • Inula
  • Kalmia (Mountain laurel)
  • Kolkwitzia (Beauty bush)
  • Lathyrus (Sweet pea)
  • Lavendula
  • Leptospermum (Tea tree)
  • Lysimachia
  • Philadelphus (Mock orange)
  • Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’ (Mayapple)
  • Primula pulverulenta (Candelabra primula)
  • Romneya coulteri (Tree poppy)
  • Rosa (Rose)
  • Salpiglossis sinuata (Painted tongue)
  • Sambucus
  • Spartium junceum (Spanish broom)
  • Streptocarpus (Cape primrose)
  • Styrax
  • Thalictrum (Meadow rue)
  • Thermopsis
  • Thunbergia
  • Tradescantia