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The Butchart Chronicles : June 3, 2016

Flower and Garden Report for June 2nd



We have just completed the installation of our fabulous summer display and every semblance of spring has disappeared from the garden. Our summer baskets, window boxes and container plantings have all been changed out with fresh, colourful creations designed and created buy our talented staff.
One of the surprises this year is the early arrival of the roses as the warm spring weather that we have experienced has brought them along much more quickly than usual. However, I had better clarify that as the roses are still not quite fully out, but there is definitely enough in bloom to fill up a memory card or two!
Our perennial borders seem to take a backseat to our seasonal displays of bedding plants and bulbs, but they are definitely star performers for us and for our visitors for most of the year. These borders provide a constant flow of exquisite beauty to fill in any gaps that may occur as we transition from season to season.
That being said, the fresh new summer plantings are taking root and are beginning to provide the brilliant displays of colour that we have become famous for.

- Rick Los, director of horticulture

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom include: 

  • Abutilon
  • Anthriscus
  • Aruncus
  • Asphodeline
  • Astilbe
  • Astrantia
  • Baptisia
  • Campanula
  • Ceanothus
  • Clerodendron ugandense
  • Cornus kousa
  • Cytisus
  • Dianthus
  • Digitalis 
  • Eschscholzia (don’t try pronouncing this one!)   California Poppy
  • Helianthemum
  • Hydrangea petiolaris (Climbing Hydrangea)
  • Iris
  • Kalmia 
  • Kniphofia
  • Lavendula 
  • Leptospermum
  • Lupin
  • Nectaroscordium (Sicilian Honey garlic)
  • Oenothera
  • Paeonia 
  • Papaver (Oriental Poppy)
  • Philadelphus
  • Physocarpus
  • Podophyllum (May Apple)
  • Polemonium
  • Roses
  • Sambucus
  • Silene
  • Spartium
  • Stachys
  • Styrax
  • Thalictrum
  • Thunbergia
  • Tradescantia
  • Verbascum
  • Veronica
  • Zantedeschia – Arum or Calla Lily