The Butchart Chronicles : October 19, 2017

Flower and Garden Report October 21st - 27th

Flower and Garden Report October 21st – 27th, 2017

By Thea Hegland

One of the greatest walks of a lifetime is here at The Butchart Gardens during autumn. Amongst the magical trees this historical garden is filled with tradition and timeless classics. The vision that Jennie Butchart had for the land which we roam is nothing short of astounding.

With two intense storms this past week bringing on rain and wind, The Gardens remain beautiful. And quiet. The looming grey sky captures the intensity of the autumn colours creating the most beautiful display of the season. Our world-class collection of Japanese maples is simply breathtaking. With many varieties of Acer palmatum including ‘Dissectum Atropurureum’, ‘Bloodgood’ and ‘Osakazuki’ it is easy to be taken by the wonder of it all.

The eagerly anticipated arrival of our spring bulbs is finally here. Now our 70 gardeners are working full steam ahead to plant the nearly 300,000 bulbs that will transform into the famous spring showcase. The summer display beds are being removed and perennial borders are being cut down for the season. All this work just cleans the space and highlights the beauty of the fall.

Plants, trees and shrubs that are blooming or of interest

  • Aconitum (Monkshood)
  • Acer (Japanese maple)
  • Aucuba japonica (Spotted laurel)
  • Anigozanthos (Kangaroo paw)
  • Aralia elata (Japanese angelica tree)
  • Aster (Michaelmas daisy)
  • Begonia
  • Bellis (English daisy)
  • Callicarpa (Beautyberry)
  • Celosia (Cockscomb)
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Clerodendrumtrichotomum(Glory bower)
  • Colchium (Autumn crocus)
  • Cosmos atrosanguineus  (Chocolate cosmos)
  • Cyclamen coum
  • Dahlia
  • Eounymus alatus (Burning bush)
  • Euonymus europaeus (Spindle tree)
  • Fuchsia
  • Gazania
  • Gordlinia x grandiflora (Mountain Gordlinia)
  • Helenium (Sneezeweed)
  • Heliopsis (Ox eye)
  • Heptacodium (Seven–son flower)
  • Hydrangea
  • Osteospermum (Cape daisy)
  • Pennisetumsetaceum (Purple fountain grass)
  • Punica (Pomegranate)
  • Polyanthus (Primula)
  • Rosa (Rose)
  • Rudbeckia (Gloriosa daisy)
  • Schizostylis (Kaffir lily)
  • Sedum (Stonecrop)
  • Skimmia japonica
  • Solanum
  • Tibouchina (Glory bush)
  • Tricyrtis (Toad lily)