The Butchart Chronicles : June 15, 2017

Flower and Garden Report June 15th - 21st

Flower and Garden Report June 15th - 21st, 2017

Written by Rick Los, Director of Horticulture

We have one week until summer officially arrives and the stage is set for another sensational season of colour in the garden. Although the weather hasn’t been too warm lately, the roses have still decided to begin blooming right on schedule and within the next couple of weeks we should be in full bloom in this special garden area. 

Throughout the garden we are still waiting patiently for the newly planted borders to completely fill in, but they are already starting to produce some great colour. In the meantime, the perennial borders continue to impress our visitors with a unique beauty that often gets overlooked. Highlights in the garden this week continue to be our collections of Peonies and Iris and as of this week the stately Delphiniums around the Rose garden are also starting to bloom.

One corner of the garden that I would like to draw your attention to this week is located at the junction of paths just before the washroom facilities near the Carousel. Here you will find a terraced bed loaded up with Fuchsias of all shapes, sizes and colours. The display is simply spectacular, but often gets overlooked as many visitors are on their way to someplace else! That being said, I encourage every visitor to take their time as they wander through the gardens as there are many gems such as this that often get overlooked.

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Abutilon
  • Alchemilla
  • Anthriscus
  • Aruncus
  • Astrantia
  • Baptisia
  • Clematis
  • Cornus kousa
  • Cosmos
  • Delphinium
  • Deutzia
  • Dianthus
  • Digitalis
  • Eschscholzia (don’t try pronouncing this one!)   California Poppy
  • Helianthemum
  • Hemerocallis (Daylily)
  • Hydrangea petiolaris (Climbing Hydrangea)
  • Iris
  • Lathyrus (Sweet pea)
  • Lavendula
  • Lupin
  • Lysimachia
  • Meconopsis betonicifolia (Blue Poppy)
  • Nectaroscordium (Sicilian Honey garlic)
  • Paeonia  (Peony – including the Tree peonies)
  • Philadelphus
  • Podophyllum (May Apple)
  • Polemonium
  • Primula pulverulenta – Candelabra primula
  • Sambucus
  • Stachys
  • Thalictrum
  • Thermopsis
  • Thunbergia
  • Tradescantia
  • Viburnum
  • Weigela