The Butchart Chronicles : May 12, 2016

Flower and Garden Report for May 12, 2016

Laburnum blooming at The Butchart Gardens in early May 2016
This past week we officially said goodbye to the spring display as the last of the tulips have past their prime, ending the brilliant (but short), seasonal show of flowering bulbs.

Our gardeners are working feverishly to replant the borders with our exciting summer floral display and we are further ahead in our planting schedule than any of us could ever recall. The typical beginning of our summer planting was always considered to be after the third weekend in May, but due to the extraordinary warm weather this year, we will have the majority of the planting completed by that time.

In the garden you will first be met by the most fabulous trellises of brilliant, cascading flowers of Laburnum (Golden Chain tree) which have been trained and pruned to grow along a series of arches. The first plantings of colourful Geraniums will greet you along the main walk and from that point on you will begin to see the arrival of summer colours presented in our annual display borders as well as the many perennial and shrub borders throughout the gardens. This is a great time for azaleas and rhododendrons and of course the brilliant Blue Poppies always get a lot of attention as they are at their peak.    

This is a great time to come and visit just to be able to witness the amazing transformation that is taking place on a daily basis in the garden.      

- Rick Los, director of horticulture

Blue poppies blooming at The Butchart Gardens in May 2016

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom include:

  • Abutilon
  • Ajuga
  • Anthriscus
  • Asimina (Paw paw tree)
  • Astrantia
  • Azalea
  • Bellis (English Daisy)
  • Brunnera
  • Centaurea montana
  • Cerastium (Snow-in-Summer)
  • Choisya
  • Cineraria (Pericallis x hybrida)
  • Convallaria (Lily-of-the Valley)
  • Crataegus (Hawthorn/May Tree)
  • Deutzia
  • Dicentra
  • Eremurus
  • Euphorbia
  • Geum
  • Helianthemum
  • Hemerocallis
  • Iberis
  • Iris
  • Laburnum
  • Lavendula
  • Meconopsis betonicifolia (Blue Poppy) and Meconopsis cambrica (Welsh Poppy)
  • Nectaroscordium (Sicilian Honey garlic)
  • Paeonia
  • Podophyllum (May Apple)
  • Polemonium
  • Prostanthera (in containers)
  • Rhododendron
  • Saxifrage
  • Schizanthus (in containers and window boxes)
  • Silene
  • Spirea
  • Tradescantia
  • Trillium luteum
  • Trollius
  • Weigela
  • Wisteria
  • Zantedeschia – Arum or Calla Lily

Laburnum and rhododendrongs flowering in May 2016 at The Butchart Gardens