The Butchart Chronicles : September 2, 2016

Flower and Garden Report September 2, 2016

Dahlia at The Butchart Gardens

The temperatures have dropped and it looks like we finally might get a touch of rain this week, a great reprieve for the garden. The recent heat has made a huge difference for our large Dahlia border. We are starting to get some of the huge blooms that we are accustomed to. The Rose and Italian gardens continue to provide us with outstanding colour as well.

As I walk around the gardens these days I am amazed at the sheer size of many of our bedding plants this year. In the Italian Garden alone we have a bed of Marigolds (Garland Orange) that measure four feet in height and another of Dragon Wing Begonias at three feet! Hard to believe considering we are using only organic based fertilizers throughout the gardens.

For this week my favorite plantings are the two large beds on the approach to the Rose Carousel. I could not decide on a single combination from these beds. I just love the contrasting colours, very unique blooms and the exotic looking plant varieties in these extremely interesting beds. It is like you are walking through a tunnel of colour to get to the carousel.

My favorite plant for the week is a replacement plant that just got placed in a pocket of the perennial border above the Rose Garden. This new variety called Celosia ‘Big Chief mix’ is quite different and  a lot people describe the blooms as looking like little brains. It is a very fun and colourful plant and I am very happy that we have been able to re-introduce Celosias into the gardens again.

Carlos Moniz, horticulture manager

Celosia at The Butchart Gardens                                          

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom include:

  • Abutilon
  • Acanthus
  • Acidanthera
  • Albizia
  • Amaranthus
  • Anemone x hybrida
  • Begonia (Tuberous varieties are outstanding – don’t miss the Begonia bower!)
  • Brugmansia
  • Canna Lily
  • Celosia
  • Chelone
  • Cimicifuga
  • Clerodendron
  • Cosmos
  • Crocosmia
  • Cuphea
  • Eupatorium
  • Fuchsia
  • Guara
  • Helenium
  • Helianthus
  • Heptacodium
  • Hibiscus
  • Hydrangea
  • 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
  • Sophora
  • Tecoma
  • Tricyrtus
  • Veronica (Ironweed)
  • Vitex (chaste tree)

Summer Colour at The Butchart Gardens