The Butchart Chronicles : October 30, 2015

Flower and Garden Report October 29, 2015

Japanese Garden at The Butchart Gardens 2015
The garden has taken on a distinct new look as we are nearing the end of our fall planting season. The display borders look fresh and clean and somewhat green as most of the biennials won’t initiate blooming until we have made it through the winter.   

There is one border that is an absolute stand out; our spectacular display of Dahlias. This display is really beyond spectacular as it appears to be a blooming anomaly in a garden that for the most part has been put to bed for the winter. However, all good things must come to an end, so if you treasure Dahlias, please don’t hesitate to come out and see them as they must make way for the thousands of biennials and bulbs that will be replacing them very soon.   

Brilliant fall colour is still on display throughout the gardens, especially in the Japanese garden with its diverse collection of maples providing a kaleidoscope of warm, glowing colours. I would highly recommend a visit within the coming week to ensure that you have the opportunity to experience the beauty of this special season. 

- Rick Los, director of horticulture

Flowering in the Garden

  • Dahlia
  • Fuchsia  (perennial varieties)
  • Kirengeshoma 

Late blooming dahlia at The Butchart Gardens

Brilliant Fall Foliage

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

Special Interest (fruit, berries, bark etc.)

  • Callicarpa    
  • Clerodendrum
  • Cotoneaster
  • Euonymus europaeus    
  • Nandina
  • Pyracantha
  • Skimmia
  • Viburnum davidii

Callicarpa at The Butchart Gardens