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The Butchart Chronicles : October 6, 2017

Flower and Garden Report October 6th - 12th

Flower and Garden Report October 6th - 12th, 2017

By Thea Hegland, Horticultural Assistant

It has been an incredible start to autumn here at The Gardens. Beautiful weather has filled the days with warmth and sunshine while the nights have become cool and crisp. Perfect conditions have set the stage for the radiant fall show; warm reds and golden tones of yellow glow throughout The Gardens with spectacular bursts of colour. Leading you through the peaceful garden paths is the canopy of magnificent deciduous trees.

Ornamental grasses accent borders and mixed container plantings. Hardy Fuchsias light up the flower beds with bold reds and royal purples. Attracting the eye, Euonymus europaeus (Spindle tree) is bearing ornamental red fruit with a pretty orange seed pod while the Euonymus alatus (Burning bush) has turned a brilliant red. Our renowned collection of Acer palmatum (Japanese maple) is revealing what autumn is all about at Butchart Gardens. Many of these Maples have graced The Gardens for over one hundred years.

As the days go by the colour in The Gardens intensifies. With Thanksgiving this weekend, it is the perfect time to come for a visit. Bring your friends or family and make a new tradition! From our gorgeous grounds surrounding the parking area to The Japanese Garden autumn colour delights with the Dahlias dazzling in between.

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Abutilon (Flowering maple)
  • Achillea (Yarrow)
  • Aconitum (Monkshood)
  • Angelonia
  • Anigozanthos (Kangaroo paw)
  • Antirrhinum (Snapdragon)
  • Aralia cordata ‘Sun King’(Japanese spikenard)
  • Aralia elata (Japanese angelica tree)
  • Arum italicum (Lords and ladies)
  • Aster (Michaelmas daisy)
  • Begonia
  • Brugmansia (Angels’ trumpet)
  • Callicarpa
  • Canna (Indian shot)
  • Celosia (Cockscomb)
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Clerodendrum bungei (Glory bower)
  • Clerodendrum trichotomum(Glory bower)
  • Colchium (Autumn crocus)
  • Cosmos atrosanguineus  (Chocolate cosmos)
  • Cyclamen coum
  • Dahlia
  • Fuchsia
  • Gazania
  • Gomphostigma virgatum (Otterbush)
  • Gordlinia x grandiflora (Mountain Gordlinia)
  • Helenium (Sneezeweed)
  • Helianthus (Perennial sunflower)
  • Heliopsis (Ox eye)
  • Heptacodium miconioides (Seven –son flower)
  • Hydrangea
  • Iochroma
  • Justicia (Shrimp plant)
  • Leonotis (Lion’s ear)
  • Lespedeza (Bush clover)
  • Lobelia speciosa
  • Manettia (Firecracker vine)
  • Melastoma
  • 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
  • Vitex (Chaste tree)