The Butchart Chronicles : September 22, 2017

Flower and Garden Report September 22nd - 29th

Flower and Garden Report September 22nd – 28th, 2017

By Thea Hegland, Horticultural Assistant

Summer is changing to fall. You can see it in the surrounding forest, it is evident in the garden. The leaves have begun to change color as the days get shorter and the nights get colder. Seasons have their way of naturally evolving and we welcome the change with excitement.

The Gardens are nothing but gorgeous in the autumn. Flower beds filled with Chrysanthemums flow with rich fall color and as the season progresses the deciduous trees turn shades of brilliant reds, vibrant oranges and warm yellows. The rapture of Dahlias is beyond compare. From giant Cactus forms to delicate Waterlily forms, it is easy to spend time lost in total amazement. 

Interesting berries and seed pods can be found around The Gardens. Aronia melanocarpa (Black choke cherry), Cornus mas (Cornelian cherry) and Decaisnea fargesii (Dead man’s fingers) all offer significant interest to the fall garden. Hydrangea flower heads are also showy as they get great fall color.

The showstoppers of the week go to the incredible fall displays. Our talented greenhouse staff has been busy building and designing the festive displays in the main patio area and The Show Greenhouse; these displays are not to be missed! Fancy gourds, Pennisetum (Millet) and an incredible selection of unique pumpkins will be sure to bring out your fall spirit. Something about those pumpkins just make you feel good!

Beyond the seasonal display you will find exotic tropical plants and unusual flowering plants in the Show Greenhouse, located between the Blue Poppy Restaurant and the Gallery. Intense form and texture offer bold statements. Be sure to keep your eye on the ever changing display - you will always find the unexpected amongst the tropical jungle!

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Abutilon (Flowering maple)
  • Achillea (Yarrow)
  • Aconitum  (Monkshood)
  • Albizia julibrissin (Mimosa tree)
  • 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)
  • Chelone obliqua (Turtlehead)
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Clerodendrum bungei (Glory bower)
  • Clerodendrum trichotomum( Glory bower)
  • Colchium( Autumn crocus)
  • Cosmos atrosanguineus  (Chocolate cosmos)
  • Crocosmia
  • Cyclamen coum
  • Dahlia
  • Fuchsia
  • Gomphostigma virgatum (Otterbush)
  • Helenium (Sneezeweed)
  • Helianthus (Perennial sunflower)
  • Heptacodium miconioides ( Seven –son flower)
  • Hibiscus syriacus ‘Blue Bird’
  • Hydrangea
  • Iochroma
  • Justicia (Shrimp plant)
  • Lagerstroemeria (Crape myrtle)
  • Leonotis (Lion’s ear)
  • Lespedeza (Bush clover)
  • Lobelia speciosa
  • Magnolia
  • Mandevilla
  • Manettia (Firecracker vine)
  • Melastoma
  • Pennisetum setaceum (Purple fountain grass)
  • Penstemon (Bearded tonque)
  • Punica (Pomegranate)
  • Rosa (Rose)
  • Rudbeckia (Gloriosa daisy)
  • Schizostylis (Kaffir lily)
  • Sedum (Stonecrop)
  • Sophora japonica (Japanese pagoda tree)
  • Streptocarpus (Cape primrose)
  • Tibouchina (Glory bush)
  • Tricyrtis (Toad lily)
  • Verbena
  • Vitex (Chaste tree)
  • Zinnia