The Butchart Chronicles : July 8, 2016

Flower and Garden Report for July 8, 2016

There comes a time each summer when you feel like the gardens fall into a certain rhythm as the borders are at their fullest and most colourful. We are at that point now as all of the transitional plantings that bridge the gap between the seasons have been removed and every planting resonates with the glory of summer. The challenge now lies with the gardeners, who will do everything in their power to ensure that all of the plantings remain picture perfect for the rest of the season.

Outstanding plants that you simply won’t be able to miss this week are the Asiatic or Oriental Lilies. These incredibly colourful and frequently fragrant flowers are highlights in every one of our perennial borders.       

Words cannot do the gardens justice at this time of year as there are simply too many plants whose indescribable beauty could fill countless pages.    


Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom include:

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

Rick Los, director of horticulture