The Butchart Chronicles : October 22, 2015

Flower and Garden Report for October 22, 2015

Japanese Garden tea house in autumn
Our outstanding display of fall colour seems to become more brilliant each day and the Japanese garden is particularly radiant with its diverse collection of maples. For floral colour, you can still find pockets of colourful chrysanthemums blooming in the garden and in many container plantings, but they are also slowly fading away as the season progresses.

However, one of the best floral displays is taking place right now in probably the longest lasting show that we have ever experienced. Our magnificent Dahlia border isn’t showing any signs of slowing down to make way for the next season. This incredible display literally stops our visitors in their tracks and is a must to see if you have never had the opportunity to come out and experience it.     

Our spring bulbs arrived during the past week and have been sorted and organized and are currently being  planted along with biennials for our spectacular spring display. Every year we plant close to 300,000 new bulbs as well as many Narcissus and Hyacinth bulbs that we saved from the previous year. You may be asking yourself what a biennial is and I can assure you that it’s not another newly created age demographic! In the gardening world, biennials are plants that require two seasons to complete their life cycle, typically producing flowers and fruit in the second year. Examples in our garden include forget-me-nots, English daisies and wallflowers.      

This is a great time of year to come out and view the garden in all of its autumn glory!

- Rick Los, director of horticulture

An autumn window into the Sunken Garden

Flowering in the Garden

  • Callicarpa  (berries)   new
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Clerodendrum
  • Dahlia
  • Euonymus europaeus  (colourful fruit)  
  • Fuchsia  (perennial varieties)
  • Kirengeshoma  

Brilliant Fall Foliage

  • Acer palmatum   (Japanese Maple)
  • Acer sp.
  • Euonymus (Burning Bush)
  • Quercus (oak)
  • Hamamelis (witch hazel)
  • Liquidambar