What To See in September
Throughout the seasons there is always something of interest in the garden: from the fragrant, winter blooming shrubs, to the fresh delights of spring, to the abundance of summer colour, to the grand finale of autumn.
This collection highlights those plants most often asked about at our Plant Identification Centre. It is neither a complete list, nor may all the plants listed necessarily be growing at The Butchart Gardens when you visit. Naturally, weather conditions may alter the blooming time by as much as several weeks.
Place your cursor over the underlined plant name to see a photo.
- Achillea (Yarrow)
- Aconitum (Monkshood)
- Anemone, Japanese
- Begonia, Fibrous
- Begonia, Tuberous
- Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed)
- Geranium, zonal
- Physostegia (Obedient Plant)
- Salvia - farinacea
- Salvia - patens
- Salvia - splendens
- Solidago (Goldenrod)
Showhouse: Tuberous Begonias, Chrysanthemums, Coleus
Lawn renovations including thatch removal, overseeding and replanting are carried out while the soil is still warm and the turf is able to get established before the weather cools off. Deep tine aerating to a depth of 15 - 25 cm (6 - 10 inches) is carried out on high traffic lawn areas. Dahlias are at their peak and are disbudded to promote larger and showier flowers. Dahlias and perennials continue to be supported with larger stakes throughout the growing season to keep up with the growth.
Arts & Entertainment crew: With the wind down of the Fireworks shows comes the removal of fireworks props and mortars from Fireworks field area. The shut down of stage and performance areas takes place. The removal of summer garden lighting happens near the end of the month. Fixtures and wiring is cleaned and stored. Preparations begin to receive the Christmas installations.
From mid-June to the Labour Day weekend, The Gardens comes alive with Night Illuminations, entertainment and Saturday night fireworks. Details will be found on our Summer page.