The Butchart Chronicles : September 29, 2017

Flower and Garden Report September 29th - October 5th

Flower and Garden Report September 29th – October 5th

By Thea Hegland, Horticultural Assistant

Some excitement happened here at The Gardens this past week. We recently acquired  a rare intergeneric hybrid tree between a Franklinia and Gordonia known as Gordlinia x grandiflora (Mountain Gordlinia). After last winter’s sad demise of the Albizia (Mimosa tree) in the Japanese Garden, a significant space was left empty providing the ideal location to plant this amazing beauty. With pretty, single Camellia-like white flowers and a light sweet fragrance, this delight from the Southern USA promises to add intrigue to our tree collection.

Adding to the excitement this week, the brilliant purple berries of Callicarpa (Beautyberry) seem to have burst onto the scene with intense presence in The Gardens. While it is located in a few areas in the garden, perhaps one of the best spots is near our two prominent Sequoia trees behind the Dahlia Border. Throughout The Gardens many of the leaves on the deciduous trees have started to change colour, offering a tantalizing tease of what promises to be a glorious fall.

Colour remains strong in The Gardens with the never-ending beds of annual plantings. Our famous Dahlia Border is in its full glory. The perennial borders are still providing significant interest with Heliopsis (Ox eye), Aster (Michealmas daisy) and Solidago (Goldenrod). As part of the perpetual cycle in the garden, our seventy gardeners are preparing for the challenging task of planting all these flower beds with almost 300,000 bulbs that are due to arrive from Holland in early October. Let’s hope the weather cooperates!

The hard work pays off when spring arrives and all the beauty of the Tulips, Hyacinth and Narcissus come into bloom. Until then, it is another great week at The Gardens to come for a visit!

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Abutilon (Flowering maple)
  • Achillea (Yarrow)
  • Aconitum  (Monkshood)
  • 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)
  • Callicarpa
  • Canna (Indian shot)
  • Celosia (Cockscomb)
  • 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)
  • Gordlinia x grandiflora (Mountain Gordlinia)
  • Helenium (Sneezeweed)
  • Helianthus (Perennial sunflower)
  • Heliopsis (Ox eye)
  • Heptacodium miconioides (Seven–son flower)
  • Hibiscus syriacus ‘Blue Bird’
  • Hydrangea
  • Iochroma
  • Justicia (Shrimp plant)
  • Leonotis (Lion’s ear)
  • Lespedeza (Bush clover)
  • Lobelia speciosa
  • Magnolia
  • Mandevilla
  • Manettia (Firecracker vine)
  • Melastoma
  • Osteospermum (Cape daisy)
  • Pennisetum setaceum (Purple fountain grass)
  • Penstemon (Bearded tonque)
  • Punica (Pomegranate)
  • Rosa (Rose)
  • Rudbeckia (Gloriosa daisy)
  • Schizostylis (Kaffir lily)
  • Sedum (Stonecrop)
  • Solanum
  • Solidago (Goldenrod)
  • Sophora japonica (Japanese pagoda tree)
  • Tibouchina (Glory bush)
  • Tricyrtis (Toad lily)
  • Verbena
  • Vitex (Chaste tree)