The Butchart Chronicles : October 13, 2017

Flower and Garden Report October 13th - 20th

Garden Report October 13th - 20th, 2017

By Thea Hegland

The beauty of art and nature prevail. As the seasons evolve in The Gardens, changes in the flora at the end of the season offer some of the most incredible displays. Perhaps considered one of the best times to visit The Gardens by many, the autumn season boldly paints the garden palette with rich colours and falling leaves. Nestled amongst a picturesque green forest and rolling green lawns, our stunning tree collection is reaching its prime of the season.

Highlights encompass the remarkable collection of eloquent Japanese maples including, but not limited to, Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’ and several varieties of Acer palmatum. The brilliant colours that these trees provide harmonize with the idyllic streams and ponds of The Gardens.

Our many other deciduous trees are also of interest at this time of the year. Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsura tree) and Liquidamber styraciflua (Sweetgum) prominently display their stunning fall colours. Simply at its best now is Heptacodium miconioides (Seven-son flower) with its showy rose coloured calyces. Considered a rare outstanding garden specimen, it captures the interest of plant enthusiasts.

Meanwhile our 70 gardeners are busy removing summer beds, planting Bellis (English daisy) and Myosotis (Forget- me -not) as we anxiously await our precious bulbs from overseas to arrive. Tender shrubs and plants are being returned to the safety of our greenhouses before the first frost.

Lingering flowers of summer can still be enjoyed. Framing the Rose Garden, a sea of bright pink ‘Queen Elizabeth’ Roses remains. While the Rose season is clearly fading, there are still some gorgeous Roses to enjoy!

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Abutilon (Flowering maple)
  • Achillea (Yarrow)
  • Aconitum (Monkshood)
  • Angelonia
  • Anigozanthos (Kangaroo paw)
  • Aralia elata (Japanese angelica tree)
  • Arum italicum (Lords and ladies)
  • Aster (Michaelmas daisy)
  • Begonia
  • Callicarpa
  • Celosia (Cockscomb)
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Clerodendrum bungei (Glory bower)
  • Clerodendrum trichotomum(Glory bower)
  • Colchium (Autumn crocus)
  • Cosmos atrosanguineus  (Chocolate cosmos)
  • Cyclamen coum
  • Dahlia
  • Fuchsia
  • Gazania
  • Gordlinia x grandiflora (Mountain Gordlinia)
  • Helenium (Sneezeweed)
  • Helianthus (Perennial sunflower)
  • Heliopsis (Ox eye)
  • Heptacodium miconioides (Seven –son flower)
  • Hydrangea
  • Iochroma
  • Justicia (Shrimp plant)
  • Lobelia speciosa
  • Manettia (Firecracker vine)
  • Osteospermum (Cape daisy)
  • Pennisetum setaceum (Purple fountain grass)
  • Penstemon (Bearded tonque)
  • Punica (Pomegranate)
  • Rosa (Rose)
  • Rudbeckia (Gloriosa daisy)
  • Schizostylis (Kaffir lily)
  • Sedum (Stonecrop)
  • Solanum
  • Solidago (Goldenrod)
  • Tibouchina (Glory bush)
  • Tricyrtis (Toad lily)
  • Verbena