The Butchart Chronicles : September 16, 2016

Flower and Garden Report for September 16, 2016

It feels like summer again this week although the mornings are starting to get a little cooler and the days are definitely getting shorter. This is such a great month to stroll around the gardens as they are less congested and you see the first signs of the leaves changing colour. The trees help to provide a warm glow in our background plantings and seem to bring the Japanese Garden to life. The Rose, Sunken and Italian Gardens continue to impress and it seems the Dahlia border gets better every day.

This week’s plant pick is a fun plant that we are using for the second season in containers at the Carousel as well as the border behind the totems. These little Cuphea Vermillionaire have such interesting tubular blooms and you have to take a close look to appreciate them. As with many of the tube or trumpet shaped flowers, the hummingbirds will love you for planting them. My favorite combination planting, Begonia Solenia Dusty Rose / Scaevola Fairy White, has been a solid performer all season. This new Scaevola variety gives the mix a great airy feel and if you look closely at the blooms you see a cool blue tinge. You can find this combination in the bed on the way to the Carousel right behind Annabelle, the bronze carousel horse.

Carlos Moniz - horticultural manager

Begonia Solenia Dusty Rose and Scaevola Fairy White

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom include:

  • Abutilon
  • Albizia
  • Amaranthus
  • Anemone x hybrid
  • Aster (Michaelmas daisy)
  • Begonia (Tuberous varieties are outstanding – don’t miss the Begonia bower!)
  • Brugmansia
  • Canna Lily
  • Celosia
  • Chelone
  • Cimicifuga
  • Clerodendron
  • Cosmos
  • Crocosmia
  • Cuphea
  • Dahlia
  • Eupatorium
  • Fuchsia
  • Guara
  • Helenium
  • Helianthus
  • Heliopsis
  • Heptacodium
  • Hibiscus
  • Hydrangea
  • Iochroma
  • Justicia

     Cuphea Vermillionaire have such interesting tubular blooms