The Butchart Chronicles : September 24, 2015

The Flower and Garden Report, September 24, 2015



Fall pumpkins and gourds at The Butchart Gardens

This is definitely a time of transition as we hold fast to any evidence of summer in the garden. We reluctantly give way to the new season as nature follows its course and we are powerless to stop its progress. Although an abundance of summer colour can still be found throughout the gardens, the colours and fragrances of the autumn season have begun to permeate the landscape. To that end, we are just starting to see some of the brilliant hues of red, orange and yellow foliage developing on many trees and shrubs.    

As many of our summer plantings begin to fade our magnificent Dahlia border picks up steam and produces an even greater abundance of colourful blooms. This border is unrivaled in its colour and beauty and will continue to be a highlight in the garden for the next couple of weeks.  

- Rick Los, director of horticulture

Dahlia Walk 2015 at The Butchart Gardens
Flowering in the Garden

  • Abelia  
  • Abutilon
  • Aconitum  
  • Albizia
  • Amaranthus
  • Anemone x hybrida  
  • Begonias (incredible tuberous varieties as standards and in hanging baskets)
  • Brugmansia
  • Canna
  • Chelone 
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Cimicifuga     
  • Clerodendrum
  • Colchicum  
  • Cosmos      
  • Crocosmia
  • Cyclamen 
  • Dahlia
  • Euonymus europaeus  (colourful fruit)  
  • Fuchsia
  • Gaura
  • Heptacodium  
  • Hibiscus
  • Hydrangea  
  • Iochroma  
  • Kirengeshoma  
  • Lantana
  • Leycesteria   new
  • Lobelia
  • Lysimachia
  • Pentas
  • Phlox

Dhalia colours at The Butchart Gardens