The Butchart Chronicles : September 23, 2016

Flower and Garden Report September 23rd

I guess its official, fall is here! Strolling through the gardens you are still surrounded by amazing colour combinations especially where we’ve started transitioning in the fall Chrysanthemums. Something definitely worth seeing are the new fall displays being set up in various locations. The first of which is located under the shelter next to our visitor centre. Our greenhouse staff gets to show off their great design skills when setting up these amazing creations. Featured in these displays are a wild assortment of pumpkins and gourds which we have grown here at the Gardens. These fall displays also utilize some great plant combinations using grasses, Chrysanthemums and numerous decorative kales.

For fun this week I’ve selected the decorative Kale from our fall display as my plant of the week. These are a great accent plant and as you can see work great in combination with the yellow Chrysanthemum. I’m not sure if these are edible but they sure look tasty and I know the deer really love them. My flower for this week is this new Abutilon to us called Red Tiger. This has been a visitor favorite all season and one of the most asked about flowers in Plant ID.

Carlos Moniz - Horticulture Manager

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
  • Lagerstroemia (Crape myrtle)
  • Lantana
  • Leonotis
  • Leycesteris (Himalayan honeysuckle)
  • Lobelia cardinalis
  • Lysimachia
  • Pachystachys - (Golden shrimp  or Lollipop plant) in containers
  • Passiflora
  • Perovskia
  • Persicaria
  • Phlox
  • Phygelius
  • Physostegia
  • Punica (Pomegranate)
  • Roses
  • Solidago (Goldenrod)
  • Tecoma
  • Tibouchina
  • Tricyrtus
  • Veronia (Ironweed)
  • Vitex (chaste tree)