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The Butchart Chronicles : October 14, 2016

Flower and Garden Report October 14th

If you want to see spectacular fall foliage colour now is the time to come out and see it at its best. As always, it’s the Japanese maples that steal the show at this time of year followed by the rest of the maple family and a parade of many other varieties of trees and shrubs. To complement the brilliant foliage we still have some very colourful plantings of chrysanthemums that have been performing well despite the wet weather.

The first two of our three bulb shipments have arrived and we have been busy sorting these out so that our gardeners can get them in the ground as quickly as possible. There will be many exciting changes for next spring, but patience is always in order at this time of year as it will be a few months before the first of the bulbs begin to appear in the spring.           

Our magnificent Dahlia border continues to dazzle our visitors as the kaleidoscope of colours and blooms is simply breathtaking. We are hoping to still have a couple of weeks to enjoy these incredible plants, but we can’t take them for granted as the weather plays an important role in how long the blooms will last.

However, probably the most popular photo opportunities right now are the seasonal displays that our creative staff have designed and installed using an unusual assortment of gourds, pumpkins and many other colourful plants. Our visitors really seem to really enjoy being photographed in and among these unique creations.   

- Rick Los, Director of Horticulture

Plants that are still blooming include:

  • Begonia (Tuberous varieties are still blooming in the Begonia bower!)
  • Brugmansia
  • Clerodendron
  • Dahlia
  • Fuchsia
  • Hydrangea
  • Iochroma
  • Leonotis
  • Tibouchina

Plants producing (or beginning to produce) brilliant Fall Foliage

  • Acer (especially the Japanese maples)
  • Aralia
  • Cercidiphyllum  (Katsura tree)
  • Cercis 
  • Cornus kousa
  • Cotinus  
  • Euonymus  (Burning Bush)
  • Quercus  (Oak)
  • Rhus   (Sumac)
  • Stewartia
  • Styrax
  • Fothergilla
  • Hamamelis  (Witch hazel)
  • Liquidambar
  • Nyssa