The Butchart Chronicles : November 5, 2015

Garden Report for November 5, 2015

Crimson leaves and berries in the autumn at The Butchart Gardens
What a difference a week makes! Our fall planting is complete, with the exception of some tulip bulbs that decided to take the slow boat from Holland, and the perennial borders are dropping almost as quickly as the leaves.   

I love this time of year as the garden has transitioned into its most peaceful and tranquil mode - such a striking contrast to the dynamic colour and beauty of the summer display. You may find a pocket or two of radiant fall foliage, but for the most part the trees are bare, providing you with an opportunity to enjoy their unique structure and in many cases exhibiting fascinating mantles of textured and coloured bark. 

This is truly a time for peaceful reflection in the garden as the changing of the season reveals a quiet, subtle beauty not evident in any other season.

- Rick Los, director of horticulture

Red bridge in the Japanese Garden with fallen leaves. The Butchart Gardens 2015 autumn.

Flowering in the Garden

  • Fuchsia  (perennial varieties)

Brilliant Fall Foliage

  • Acer palmatum   (Japanese Maple)
  • Gingko
  • Liquidambar

Special Interest (fruit, berries, bark etc.)

  • Acer (bark)   new
  • Arbutus  (bark)  new
  • Betula  (bark) new
  • Callicarpa    
  • Clerodendrum
  • Cotoneaster
  • Euonymus alatus (bark) new
  • Euonymus europaeus 
  • Heptacodium  (bark)  new    
  • Nandina
  • Parrotia (bark)  new 
  • Pyracantha
  • Skimmia
  • Stewartia (bark)  new
  • Viburnum davidii

Late autumn in the Sunken Garden at The Butchart Gardens