The Butchart Chronicles : November 28, 2016

Garden Report November 24th to November 30th

Garden Report November 24th to November 30th, 2016

I never thought that I would be writing about flowers in November, but here I go again, adding on to what I went on about last week. What really struck me was that I was walking around The Gardens early in the morning I noticed a Hummingbird buzzing around a Camellia that was halfway in bloom. Certain Camellias do bloom in the late fall or early winter, but the amount of bloom caught me off guard. In the same bed the Viburnum tinus was putting on a pretty good show and the daffodils I spoke of last week are actually showing some colour. The more I walked the more surprised I became by what was blooming in the garden.  

However, it is the berries that are the usual delights that we see at this time of year and it’s especially the brilliant berries of the Beautyberry (Callicarpa bodinieri ‘Profusion’) that really stand out. These plants absolutely live up to their name as they literally produce profusions of violet berries that brighten up the landscape.

So whether it’s the unexpected flowers that you want to see or the more seasonal show of berries and bark, we are sure that you won’t leave disappointed.   

- Rick Los, Director of Horticulture

In Bloom!

  • Arbutus unedo  (Strawberry tree)
  • Azalea
  • Bergenia
  • Camellia sasanqua
  • Correa  (Australian fuchsia)
  • Fuchsia (perennial varieties)
  • Mahonia ‘Charity’
  • Rhododendron ‘Christmas Cheer’
  • Viburnum bodnantense
  • Viburnum tinus

Special Interest (berries, bark, fruit etc.)

  • Acer   
  • Arbutus 
  • Betula 
  • Callicarpa    
  • Clerodendrum
  • Cotoneaster
  • Euonymus alatus
  • Euonymus europaeus 
  • Heptacodium     
  • Malus  (crabapple)
  • Nandina
  • Parrotia  
  • Photinia villosa  (Christmas Berry)
  • Pyracantha
  • Skimmia
  • Stewartia
  • Viburnum davidii
  • Viburnum tinus