The Butchart Chronicles : October 8, 2015

The Flower and Garden Report for October 8, 2015

The transition from summer to autumn has progressed to the point where foliage or leaf colour definitely is more dominant in the garden than our overall floral display. One particular group of trees that seems to always dominate the landscape for us at this time of year is our outstanding collection of Japanese maples. There is no other tree species that produces such a diverse range of brilliant colours at this time of the year – at least in our garden!

Even though foliage colour becomes the primary highlight for our visitors, we still have thousands of colourful chrysanthemums blooming throughout the garden to provide the floral colour that we are famous for. Of course we can’t forget to mention our magnificent Dahlia border! This incredible display stops many visitors in their tracks as they gaze with awe at the abundance of colourful blooms presented in a myriad of marvelous shapes and sizes.    

- Rick Los, director of horticulture

Italian Garden in autumn

Flowering in the Garden

  • Abelia  
  • Abutilon
  • Begonias (incredible tuberous varieties as standards and in hanging baskets)
  • Brugmansia
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Clerodendrum
  • Cyclamen 
  • Dahlia
  • Euonymus europaeus  (colourful fruit)  
  • Fuchsia
  • Gaura
  • Iochroma  
  • Kirengeshoma  
  • Leycesteria  
  • Ricinus
  • Sedum
  • Tibouchina
  • Tricyrtis  

Brilliant Fall Foliage

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