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The Butchart Chronicles : May 10, 2017

Flower and Garden Report May 4th to May 17th

Flower and Garden Report May 4th – May 17th, 2017

Written by Rick Los, Director of Horticulture

We’re finally there! The peak of the spring bulb display has finally arrived and we should be producing this exceptional level of floral beauty for the next couple of weeks. The weather has been ideal in extending the longevity of the Tulips, Daffodils and even the Hyacinths as they are blooming together in an unusual and spectacular fusion of colour and fragrance. A unique highlight for this year is a special planting of tulips designed to honour and celebrate Canada’s 150 years of Confederation.        

If the bulbs aren’t quite enough, we have an abundance of colour coming at you from every level of the garden with an incredible variety of trees, shrubs and perennials now in full bloom. The Cherry trees are out in full force and the ornamental Crabapples are following closely behind. There is also a colourful parade of Azaleas, Rhododendrons and Lilacs which provide a lovely backdrop to the fabulous display borders.   


If I could make a recommendation, I would say that this is one season in Jennie Butchart’s garden that you truly do not want to miss!  

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Ajuga
  • Amelanchier
  • Anemone blanda (Windflower)
  • Azalea
  • Bellis
  • Bergenia
  • Brunnera
  • Cercis
  • Cornus nutallii
  • Dicentra
  • Doronicum
  • Epimedium
  • Erica (Heather)
  • Euphorbia
  • Exochorda
  • Fritillaria
  • Gentian
  • Geum
  • Helleborus   
  • Hyacinth
  • Iberis
  • Kerria
  • Leucojum
  • Lewisia
  • Magnolia
  • Malus (flowering crabapple)
  • Muscari
  • Myosotis
  • Narcissus
  • Osmanthus
  • Pansy
  • Pericallis (Cinerarea)
  • Pieris
  • Polyanthus/Primula
  • Prunus (flowering Cherries)
  • Pulmonaria
  • Pulsatilla
  • Ranunculus ficaria
  • Rhododendron
  • Ribes (Currant)
  • Spirea
  • Tulips