The Butchart Chronicles : June 17, 2016

Flower and Garden Report for June 17, 2016

Garden Report for the Period of June 17 – June 22, 2016

Last week the roses were the highlight and this week it’s the roses that once again continue to outshine every other blooming plant in the garden. With the exception of areas where deer have tried their best to prune out any colour, I don’t think that I have ever seen the rose garden shine so brightly.  

During the past week we have really seen our display borders jump and they are starting to provide ample amounts of colour and interest throughout the entire garden. Of course the perennial borders constantly and somewhat quietly do their part in providing sweeping backdrops of understated beauty thatcomplete the composition.     

However, one of the most photographed plants this week is the magnificent California Tree Poppy (Romneya coulteri) which is putting on quite a show in the front of the original Butchart residence.         

Rick Los - director of horticulture

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom include:

• Abutilon
• Acanthus
• Achillea
• Aruncus
• Asphodeline
• Astilbe
• Astrantia
• Baptisia
• Begonia (Tuberous varieties are outstanding – don’t miss the Begonia bower!)
• Campanula
• Clerodendron ugandense
• Cornus kousa
• Cytisus
• Dianthus
• Escallonia
• Eschscholzia (don’t try pronouncing this one!)   California Poppy
• Helianthemum
• Hemerocallis
• Hydrangea 
• Hypericum
• Iris  - (still a few blooming)
• Kolkwitzia
• Lathyrus (Sweet Pea)
• Lavendula 
• Leptospermum
• Lilium
• Lysimachia
• Monarda
• Oenothera
• Pachystachys - (Golden shrimp  or Lollipop plant) in containers
• Physocarpus
• Polemonium
• Romneya (California Tree Poppy)
• Roses
• Sambucus
• Silene
• Spartium
• Stachys
• Stewartia
• Thalictrum
• Thunbergia
• Tradescantia
• Verbascum
• Veronica
• Zantedeschia – Arum or Calla Lily


Rose:  Rainbow Sorbet