The Butchart Chronicles : June 23, 2017

Flower and Garden Report June 22nd - 28th, 2017

Flower and Garden Report June 22nd - 28th, 2017

Written by Rick Los, Director of Horticulture

Summer has arrived and we are so thankful that the beautiful weather that is synonymous with summer has also arrived! We have had to deal with cool, cloudy and inclement weather over the past few weeks so this is a welcome relief.  

In spite of the weather, I have been very impressed with our Rose Garden this year as it’s just exploding with colour! As an added bonus, the delightful fragrances that emanate from these flowers is much more prevalent as the temperatures rise. Something to watch for in the coming week are the dozens of arches and fence lines that are draped with climbing roses of all types – these displays are simply spectacular.          

Throughout the gardens the bountiful borders of beddings plants are providing an abundance of early summer colour. Many of these borders have been cleverly designed so that the colour scheme will evolve throughout the summer – if you visit often, you will probably have noticed this.   

Some features that I would like to draw your attention to this week are the topiary figures that we have on display in various areas of the garden. We have a collection of both moss and living plant topiaries that you can find singularly or in small groupings. The most impressive display of topiaries that you will find here at the Gardens is featured on top of the roof of the Carousel building. Please take the time to check this out when you are in this area or you will miss this little bit of creative genius that our staff have put together for you to enjoy, 

As I mentioned last week, I encourage every visitor to take their time as they wander through the garden as there are many gems such as these that often get overlooked.

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Abutilon
  • Achillea
  • Alchemilla
  • Anthriscus
  • Aruncus
  • Astilbe
  • Astrantia
  • Baptisia
  • Clematis
  • Cornus kousa
  • Cosmos
  • Delphinium
  • Dianthus
  • Helianthemum
  • Hemerocallis (Daylily)
  • Hydrangea
  • Inula
  • Kalmia
  • Kolkwitzia (Beauty bush)
  • Lathyrus (Sweet pea)
  • Lavendula
  • Leptospermum (containers)
  • Lysimachia
  • Philadelphus
  • Polemonium
  • Primula pulverulenta – Candelabra primula
  • Sambucus
  • Stachys
  • Stewartia
  • Styrax
  • Thalictrum
  • Thermopsis
  • Thunbergia
  • Tradescantia