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The Butchart Chronicles : October 7, 2016

Flower and Garden Report October 7th

A sure sign of the changing of the seasons in the garden is the changing of the plantings. This week we began the huge process of replacing our summer display with the tens of thousands of biennials and bulbs that will produce our spectacular spring floral display.

As this process moves forward in the coming weeks you will still be able to find thousands of colourful chrysanthemums throughout the garden. We plan every move and every planting to try and ensure that our visitor will get the best that the garden has to offer every day of the year.

This week we have also noticed the beginnings of some very fine fall foliage colour – another sign that change is in the air.

However, we are not quite there yet as our magnificent Dahlia border continues to dazzle as the kaleidoscope of colours and blooms is simply breathtaking. These plants are so loved by our visitors that we actually have had to cordon the beds off – sometimes too much love isn’t a good thing!   

Another remnant of summer that we sometimes forget about is our outstanding displays of hanging baskets. At this time of year these colourful creations can measure up to 4 feet across and cascade more than 8 feet down. Our Begonia baskets are also hanging on to some magnificent blooms and continue to delight our visitors in our Begonia bower.

- Rick Los, Director of Horticulture

Plants that are still blooming include:

  • Abutilon
  • Amaranthus
  • Begonia (Tuberous varieties are outstanding – don’t miss the Begonia bower!)
  • Brugmansia
  • Canna Lily
  • Celosia
  • Clerodendron
  • Cuphea
  • Dahlia
  • Fuchsia
  • Guara
  • Hydrangea
  • Iochroma
  • Lantana
  • Leonotis
  • Lobelia cardinalis
  • Perovskia
  • Persicaria
  • Phlox
  • Tecoma
  • Tibouchina
  • Vitex (chaste tree)

Plants producing (or beginning to produce) brilliant Fall Foliage

  • Euonymus (Burning Bush)
  • Hamamelis (witch hazel)
  • Liquidambar

Witch Hazel at The Butchart Gardens