The Butchart Chronicles : October 30, 2014

Garden Report for October 30, 2014

This will be the last week for the Dahlia Walk as we have no other alternative but to remove it so that we can complete the planting of our biennials and bulbs. This has probably been the best year that we have seen for the dahlias and even today, in spite of the heavy rains, they continue to stand proudly as beacons of colour and beauty.   

Fall (foliage) colour is nearing its peak with the Japanese maples leading the charge in this area. Other fall foliage highlights include the winged Euonymous (Burning Bush), Gingko, Liquidambar and the Cercis ‘Forest Pansy’ which has reddish purple foliage during the growing season and a collage of beautiful oranges and yellows in the fall.

This week will also mark the end of the fall planting season as our staff have once again worked extremely hard through challenging weather conditions to install the plant material for our spectacular spring display.      

Rick Los, director of horticulture

Dahlia Walk

Special Interest/Flowering

  • Camellia sasanqua - new  (outside of the Blue Poppy restaurant)
  • Clerodendron  
  • Cyclamen
  • Dahlia  Last chance for viewing!
  • Fuchsia  (perennial)


Foliage Colour:

  • Acer (maple)
  • Cercis - new
  • Cladrastis - new
  • Euonymus
  • Liquidambar
  • Quercus (oak)
  • Hamamelis (witch hazel)
  • Nyssa - new
  • Parrotia    
  • Styrax

The Japanese Garden in full autumn colour