The Butchart Chronicles : May 14, 2015

Flower and Garden Report May 14, 2015

Planting season is in full swing and our outstanding team of gardeners is close to the half-way point of changing the garden over from the spring to the summer display. This year’s spectacular summer display will once again include well over 900 varieties of bedding plants arranged in a myriad of colourful combinations throughout the gardens.       

Our focus always seems to be on our displays of bedding plants, but our perennial borders are equally as beautiful with our collection of Peonies and Irises currently highlighting many areas. This is also the peak of Rhododendron and Azalea season so now would be a great time to come out and be dazzled by these outstanding garden performers.

However, if there is one plant that truly captivates our visitors at this time of year it is the Blue Poppy. These brilliant plants are show stoppers and they do have the ability to literally stop our visitors in their tracks – sometimes to the point of causing traffic jams on our paths! 

- Rick Los, director of horticulture

Italian Garden 2015 spring

Flowering in the Garden

  • Aesculus  (Chestnut/Buckeye trees) 
  • Ajuga  
  • Aquilegia 
  • Arabis 
  • Arisaema
  • Azalea
  • Brunnera  
  • Cornus  (flowering Dogwood)  
  • Crataegus  (May tree/Hawthorne)  new
  • Davidia
  • Deutzia          
  • Dicentra   
  • Doronicum   
  • Epimedium   
  • Eremurus  (Foxtail Lily) 
  • Euphorbia 
  • Frittilaria  
  • Geum  
  • Globularia  
  • Halesia   
  • Hemerocallis  (Daylily)    
  • Iberis   
  • Iris  
  • Laburnum 
  • Meconopsis  (both the Welsh and the Blue poppy)  
  • Paeonia  (Peony)
  • Pansy  
  • Pericallis (Cinerarea) 
  • Primula     
  • Pulsatilla    
  • Rhododendron

    Rhododendrons in spring
  • Rubus    
  • Saxifrage  
  • Spiraea 
  • Syringa  (lilac) 
  • Trillium 
  • Trollius  new
  • Veronica
  • Weigela   new
  • Wisteria  

Blue poppies