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The Flowers at Butchart Gardens

If you’re planning to visit Butchart Gardens and are wondering what will be in bloom when you get there, this guide is for you. 

Open year round and covering more than 55 acres on the Saanich Peninsula of Vancouver Island, The Butchart Gardens are always in bloom and every visit brings a new experience. Over 50 gardeners tend to a huge variety (and number) of annuals, perennials and biennials. 

The guide is sorted by what’s blooming by month.

Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC

Spring at Butchart Gardens

Spring flowers at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Spring flowers at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Spring flowers at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Spring flowers at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC

Spring starts early here on southern Vancouver Island. With much of the rest of the country usually still buried under snow, February is when we start to feel that spring in the air. We may still get the occasional blast of winter but it's easy to forget when you see tulips popping up, cherry and plum blossoms and camellia and magnolia beginning to show colour.  

Early spring is usually a quieter time to visit the Gardens. Operating hours change with the seasons. In early spring, the gates are open until 4:00 pm and by April and May, they stay open until 5:00 pm. 

Spring flowers at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Spring flowers at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Spring flowers at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Spring flowers at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Spring flowers at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Spring flowers at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Spring flowers at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Spring flowers at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC

February

  • Aubretia
  • Camellia
  • English Daisy
  • Pansy
  • Rhododendron
  • Rock cress
  • Tulip
Spring flowers at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Spring flowers at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Spring flowers at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Spring flowers at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC

March

  • Aubretia 
  • Camellia 
  • Daffodil
  • English Daisy 
  • Forget-Me-Not
  • Grape Hyacinth
  • Hyacinth
  • Lily-of-the-Valley Shrub
  • Pansy
  • Pasque Flower
  • Rhododendron
  • Rock Cress 
  • Scilla
  • Tulip
Spring flowers at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Spring flowers at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Spring flowers at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Spring flowers at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC

April

  • Aubretia
  • Azalea
  • Barberry Bush
  • Bleeding Heart
  • Camellia
  • Candelabra Primula
  • Checkered Lily
  • Cotoneaster
  • Crown Imperial
  • Daffodil
  • English Daisy
  • Forget-Me-Not
  • Grape Hyacinth
  • Hyacinth
  • Leopard’s Bane
  • Lily-of-the-Valley Shrub
  • Lungwort
  • Milkweed
  • Painted Daisy
  • Pansy
  • Pasque Flower
  • Rhododendron
  • Rock Cress
  • Scilla
  • Shamrock
  • Siberian Wallflower
  • Summer Snowflake
  • Trout Lily
  • Tulip
Spring flowers at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Spring flowers at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Spring flowers at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC

May

  • African Arrowroot
  • Aubretia
  • Bleeding Heart
  • Checkered Lily
  • Chilean Rhubarb
  • Columbine
  • Daylily
  • English Daisy
  • Forget-Me-Not
  • Foxglove
  • Foxtail Lily
  • Fuchsia
  • Grape Hyacinth
  • Heliotrope
  • Himalayan Blue Poppy
  • Iris
  • Labelia
  • Leopard’s Bane
  • Milkweed
  • Nectaroscordum
  • Oriental Poppy
  • Ornamental Onion
  • Peony
  • Rock Cress
  • Shamrock
  • Siberian Wallflower
  • Stock
  • Summer Snowflake
  • Trout Lily
Spring flowers at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Spring flowers at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Spring flowers at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Spring flowers at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC

Summer at Butchart Gardens

By early June, the Gardens are bursting with colour and fragrance. In addition to all the blooms listed in this guide, there is also the spectacular Rose Garden blooming from June through early autumn. The Rose Garden at Butchart Gardens boasts 280 varieties of floribundas, ramblers, climbers and hybrid tea roses with a total of over 2,500 rose plants. It's an impressive display you won't forget! Read more about the Rose Garden here

In past years, summer at Butchart Gardens also meant fireworks on Saturday evenings and electric boat tours of the Saanich Peninsula. Sadly these activities are cancelled in 2022 due to "ongoing staffing challenges" according to their website. 

Spring flowers at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Spring flowers at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Spring flowers at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC

June

  • African Arrowroot
  • Angelonia
  • Aubretia
  • Azalea
  • Black Mondo Grass
  • Chilean Rhubarb
  • Cigar Plant
  • Coleus
  • Columbine
  • Cotoneaster
  • Daylily
  • Delphinium
  • False Spiraea
  • Floss Flower
  • Flowering Maple
  • Forget-Me-Not
  • Foxglove
  • Foxtail Lily
  • Fuchsia
  • Geranium
  • Heliotrope
  • Himalayan Blue Poppy
  • Iris
  • Labelia
  • Leopard’s Bane
  • Marigold
  • Mealycup Sage
  • Milkweed
  • Nectaroscordum
  • New Guinea Impatiens
  • Oriental Poppy
  • Ornamental Eggplant
  • Ornamental Onion
  • Painted Daisy
  • Pansy
  • Peony
  • Pepper
  • Poor Man’s Orchid
  • Purple Threadleaf
  • Rhododendron
  • Rock Cress
  • Rodgersia
  • Siberian Wallflower
  • Snapdragon
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Stock
  • Sweet Alyssum
  • Sweet Pea
  • Waxleaf Begonia
Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC

July

  • Acidanthera
  • African Arrowroot
  • Angel’s Fishing Rod
  • Angel’s Trumpets
  • Angelonia
  • Bear’s Breeches
  • Bearded Tongue
  • Black Mondo Grass
  • Black-Eyed Susan
  • Castor Bean
  • Chilean Rhubarb
  • Chocolate Cosmos
  • Cigar Plant
  • Clerodendrum
  • Coleus
  • Common Rose Mallow
  • Dahlia
  • Daylily
  • Delphinium
  • False Spiraea
  • Floss Flower
  • Flowering Maple
  • Foxtail Lily
  • Fuchsia
  • Garden Phlox
  • Geranium
  • Glory Bush
  • Heliotrope
  • Hydrangea
  • Japanese Anemone
  • Labelia
  • Ligularia “The Rocket”
  • Marigold
  • Mealycup Sage
  • Milkweed
  • Monkshood
  • Montbretia
  • Nectaroscordum
  • New Guinea Impatiens
  • Obedient Plant
  • Ornamental Eggplant
  • Pepper
  • Plantain Lily
  • Purple Threadleaf
  • Rodgersia
  • Scarlet Sage
  • Scotsman’s Purse
  • Shrub Verbena
  • Snapdragon
  • Spiderwort
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Stock
  • Sweet Alyssum
  • Sweet Pea
  • Tuberous Begonia
  • Vervain
  • Waxleaf Begonia
  • Yarrow
  • Zinnia
Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC

August

  • Acidanthera
  • African Arrowroot
  • Angel’s Fishing Rod
  • Angel’s Trumpets
  • Angelonia
  • Bear’s Breeches
  • Bearded Tongue
  • Black Mondo Grass
  • Black-Eyed Susan
  • Castor Bean
  • Chilean Rhubarb
  • Chocolate Cosmos
  • Cigar Plant
  • Clerodendrum
  • Coleus
  • Common Rose Mallow
  • Dahlia
  • Daylily
  • Delphinium
  • False Spiraea
  • Floss Flower
  • Flowering Maple
  • Fuchsia
  • Garden Phlox
  • Geranium
  • Glory Bush
  • Goldenrod
  • Heliotrope
  • Hydrangea
  • Japanese Anemone
  • Joe Pye Weed
  • Labelia
  • Ligularia “The Rocket”
  • Lords and Ladies
  • Marigold
  • Mealycup Sage
  • Milkweed
  • Monkshood
  • Montbretia
  • New Guinea Impatiens
  • Obedient Plant
  • Ornamental Eggplant
  • Pepper
  • Plantain Lilly
  • Purple Threadleaf
  • Rodgersia
  • Scarlet Sage
  • Scotsman’s Purse
  • Shrub Verbena
  • Snapdragon
  • Spiderwort
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Stonecrop
  • Sweet Alyssum
  • Toad Lily
  • Tuberous Begonia
  • Turtlehead
  • Vervain
  • Waxleaf Begonia
  • Yarrow
  • Zinnia
Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC

September

  • African Arrowroot
  • Angel’s Trumpets
  • Angelonia
  • Bearded Tongue
  • Black-Eyed Susan
  • Castor Bean
  • Chilean Rhubarb
  • Chocolate Cosmos
  • Cigar Plant
  • Common Rose Mallow
  • Dahlia
  • Daylily
  • Delphinium
  • Floss Flower
  • Garden Mum
  • Garden Phlox
  • Geranium
  • Glory Bush
  • Goldenrod
  • Heliotrope
  • Hydrangea
  • Japanese Anemone
  • Labelia
  • Lords and Ladies
  • Marigold
  • Mealycup Sage
  • Michaelmas Daisy
  • Monkshood
  • Montbretia
  • New Guinea Impatiens
  • Obedient Plant
  • Ornamental Eggplant
  • Pepper
  • Purple Threadleaf
  • Scarlet Sage
  • Scotsman’s Purse
  • Shrub Verbena
  • Snapdragon
  • Spiderwort
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Stonecrop
  • Sweet Alyssum
  • Toad Lily
  • Tuberous Begonia
  • Turtlehead
  • Vervain
  • Waxleaf Begonia
  • Yarrow
  • Zinnia
Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC

October

  • African Arrowroot
  • Bearded Tongue
  • Black-Eyed Susan
  • Castor Bean
  • Chilean Rhubarb
  • Chocolate Cosmos
  • Cigar Plant
  • Dahlia
  • English Daisy
  • Garden Mum
  • Geranium
  • Glory Bush
  • Goldenrod
  • Heliotrope
  • Hydrangea
  • Japanese Anemone
  • Labelia
  • Lords and Ladies
  • Marigold
  • Mealycup Sage
  • Michaelmas Daisy
  • Monkshood
  • New Guinea Impatiens
  • Ornamental Eggplant
  • Pepper
  • Purple Threadleaf
  • Scarlet Sage
  • Scotsman’s Purse
  • Shrub Verbena
  • Stonecrop
  • Tuberous Begonia
  • Turtlehead
  • Vervain
  • Waxleaf Begonia
  • Yarrow
  • Zinnia
Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC

Winter at Butchart Gardens

Even though the majority of blooms have faded by November, thousands of foliage plants thrive throughout the winter months.

And while many of us locals continue to visit any time of the year, the highlight at Butchart Gardens in the winter months is the Magic of Christmas Light Display.

The Christmas display is usually illuminated from the beginning of December until the first week of January. You are encouraged to grab a hot drink in the coffee shop and stroll along the pathways that are lit with thousands and thousands of lights.

The entire property is festively decorated with a highlight being the Twelve Days of Christmas displays located throughout the acreage.

Be sure to look up as you drive through the exit so you don't miss the 12 drummers drumming!

Lee and Della at the Magic of Christmas display

Note the Japanese and Mediterranean Gardens are closed during Christmas. 

Magic of Christmas Light Display at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Magic of Christmas Light Display at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Magic of Christmas Light Display at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Magic of Christmas Light Display at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC

November

  • English Daisy 

December

  • English Daisy
English Daisy at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
English Daisy at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
English Daisy at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC

January

  • English Daisy 

If you're still not sure whether a trip to Butchart is worth your time or money, be sure to read this article

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