The Butchart Chronicles : November 17, 2017

Flower and Garden Report November 18th - 24th

Flower and Garden Report November 18th – 24th, 2017

By Thea Hegland, Horticultural Assistant

It’s berry season at The Gardens! This week there are many garden wonders to marvel. Fall favorite, Callicarpa with tiny bead like purple berries brings vibrant colour to the November garden. Clerondendron trichotomum is striking with bright blue berries and pinkish-red calyces. A garden must have, Euonymus europaeus (Spindle tree) steals the show with spherical, four-lobed, clustered red fruit surrounding orange seeds.

Other shrubs such as Skimmia, (Japanese skimmia), Viburnum, Cotoneaster, Aucuba, Nandina (Heavenly bamboo) and Ilex also have interesting berries. These shrubs are classic garden staples. They provide excellent structure and are highlights of a winter garden.

Capturing much deserved attention in the garden is Catalpa (Indian bean tree) with its bounty of pendent, golden bean-like seed pods. Almost as if they were expertly hung by the Christmas decorators! With three different specimens located on The Concert Lawn, these are not to be missed.

Viburnum x bodnantense with its heavenly scented rosy-pink flowers can found in The Sequoia Grove, while the alluring fragrance of Sarcococca follows you through the garden paths.

This week the gardeners are busy raking all the leaves that have fallen from our many trees, mulching the Roses and preparing the garden for winter. Greenhouse staff have been designing indoor plant displays for the Christmas season that are sure to impress.

Always evolving, always interesting, always worth a visit!

Plants, trees and shrubs that are blooming or of interest:

  • Acer (Japanese maple)
  • Anthurium (Flamingo flower)
  • Aucuba japonica (Spotted laurel)
  • Bellis (English daisy)
  • Bergenia (Elephant’s ears)
  • Browallia (Amethyst viola)
  • Callicarpa (Beautyberry)
  • Catalpa (Indian bean tree)
  • Clerodendrum trichotomum (Glory bower)
  • Cotoneaster
  • Cyclamen coum
  • Davidia (Dove tree)
  • Decaisnea fargesii
  • Erica (Heather)
  • Euonymus europaeus (Spindle tree)
  • Garrya elliptica (Silk- tassel bush)
  • Helleborus (Christmas rose)
  • Heptacodium (Seven – son flower)
  • Hydrangea
  • Ilex verticillata (Winterberry)
  • Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ (Oregon grape)
  • Nandina domestica (Heavenly bamboo)
  • Ophiopogon planiscapus (Black mondo grass)
  • Orchid
  • Pansy
  • Parthenocissus tricuspidata (Boston ivy)
  • Polyanthus (Primula)
  • Pyracantha
  • Sarcococca (Christmas box)
  • Skimmia japonica
  • Viburnum x bodnantense
  • Viburnum tinus
  • Viola