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The Butchart Chronicles : October 9, 2014

Flower Report for October 9, 2014

This week marked the beginning of the transition into our fall planting season. Although the gardens continue to look fabulous, we need to prepare for next spring as winter is just around the corner. Colour still abounds throughout the garden with thousands of colourful chrysanthemums brightening up many of the display borders. The highlight of the garden continues to be the absolutely magnificent Dahlia border which is providing us with probably the best display that we have ever had. The Dahlias are loaded with blooms coming in an amazing array of colours, shapes and sizes with some of the blooms measuring more than 12” in diameter! The Japanese maples are beginning show their fall colours along with many other trees and shrubs – some plants are also displaying beautiful berries which really stand out at this time of year. And if that isn’t enough, you can still find many amazing hanging baskets and container plantings from the summer that continue to provide an abundant display of colour and foliage!

- Rick Los, director of horticulture

Callicarpa

Special Interest/Flowering

  • Aconitum  Monkshood  
  • Anemone x hybrida    
  • Aster   
  • Begonias (tuberous/hanging baskets)   
  • Brugmansia (Incredible display on Waterwheel Square!)   
  • Chelone   
  • Chrysanthemums

    Autumn chrysanthemums
  • Cimicifuga     
  • Clerodendron  
  • Cyclamen
  • Dahlia  Outstanding!

    Red dahlia
  • Echinacea 
  • Filipendula    
  • Fuchsia 
  • Helenium 
  • Helianthus  Sunflowers! (annual and perennial) 
  • Physostegia    
  • Ricinus       
  • Solidago   
  • Thunbergia 
  • Tricyrtus   

Foliage Colour:   NEW!

  • Acer (maple)
  • Euonymus
  • Liquidambar
  • Quercus (oak)
  • Fothergilla
  • Hamamelis (witch hazel)
  • Styrax

Beginning of autumn in The Gardens