The Butchart Chronicles : June 9, 2017

Flower and Garden Report June 8th - 14th 2017

Flower and Garden Report June 8th - 14th, 2017

Written by Rick Los, Director of Horticulture


Our gardeners are completing the last stages of the summer planting and as usual, they have done an amazing job keeping the gardens in pristine condition throughout this demanding process.

Although they are providing some colour, we will now be waiting patiently for the newly planted borders to fill in. In the meantime, the perennial borders continue to delight our visitors with a unique beauty that often gets overlooked. Our extensive collection of sensational Peonies and Iris are literally stopping visitors in their tracks - sometimes causing such excitement that traffic gets blocked for hours! Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but I dare anyone to try walking by these beauties without stopping at least once.

The rhododendrons and azaleas are winding down as summer winds up. Their glorious displays of colourful blooms will be cleaned up for the year as our staff meticulously deadhead/remove every single spent flower.

As you can see from the list below, there is plenty to see as the garden continues the transition into the fullness of its summer beauty!        

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Abutilon
  • Anthriscus
  • Aruncus
  • Azalea
  • Baptisia
  • Campanula
  • Ceanothus
  • Centaurea montana
  • Cerastium (Snow-in-Summer)
  • Choisya
  • Clematis
  • Cornus kousa
  • Cosmos
  • Deutzia
  • Dianthus
  • Dicentra
  • Digitalis
  • Eschscholzia (don’t try pronouncing this one!)   California Poppy
  • Helianthemum
  • Hemerocallis (Daylily)
  • Hydrangea petiolaris (Climbing Hydrangea)
  • Iris
  • Lathyrus (Sweet pea)
  • Lavendula
  • Leptospermum
  • Lupin
  • Meconopsis betonicifolia (Blue Poppy)
  • Nectaroscordium (Sicilian Honey garlic)
  • Paeonia  (Peony – including the Tree peonies)
  • Philadelphus
  • Podophyllum (May Apple)
  • Polemonium
  • Rhododendron
  • Saxifrage
  • Stachys
  • Thalictrum
  • Thermopsis
  • Thunbergia
  • Tradescantia
  • Viburnum
  • Weigela