The Butchart Chronicles : November 20, 2013

Garden Report for November 20 2013

Staff Picks






The garden is slowly transitioning into its peaceful winter mode, but you can still find a few remnants of beautiful fall colour. One variety of plants that really stands out at this time of year are the Hydrangeas with their massive flower heads - which even though the colours have faded, the size and composition of the flower are still impressive.

At this time of year you need to look at the garden from a different perspective as the trees and shrubs reveal a more subtle beauty, exposing their unique bark and intricate branching habits. Colourful berries also become more apparent as they do their best to illuminate the landscape.
-- Rick Los, Director of Horticulture


  • Chrysanthemum (containers, baskets and show greenhouse)
  • Cyclamen
  • Fuchsia (perennial)
  • Hydrangea
    HydrangeaHydrangeas are well loved shrubs best known for their unique flowers. The most commonly grown varieties are the delicate lacecap and aptly named 'mopheads' which come in a range of colours including different shades of blue, pink, red and white.

Special Interest (berries)

  • Callicarpa
  • Clerodendron
  • Cotoneaster
  • Euonymous europaeus
  • Hydrangea
  • Pyracantha
  • Viburnum davidii
  • Viburnum tinus

Fall Foliage

  • Acer sp. (some of the maples are still looking good)
  • Gingko
  • Liquidambar
    Liquidambar Seed Pods
    Liquidambar, (seed pods shown above) commonly called sweetgum gum, a late spring foliage tree, it is one of the finest trees for long lasting and consistently brilliant fall colour. Liquidambar is an attractive, versatile tree with maple-like foliage. Liquidambar do require additional moisture during prolonged summer dry spells.