As they say on the Butchart Gardens website, "... we experience somewhat of a Mediterranean climate, with a typically warm/dry summer followed by a wet/cool winter". Well, if the climate is Mediterranean, then there should be a Mediterranean garden here.
And, what a garden it is! This wonderful, lush part of the magnificent Butchart Gardens is not big, but I enjoyed every minute I spent there.
Abutilon (Parlor maple or Flowering maple)
Dwarf Delphinium grandiflorum 'Blue Mirror' with absolutely beautiful deep electric-blue flowers! Not tall and spiky, it forms low bushy mounds of lacy leaves. Blooms throughout the summer, can self sow. Tolerant of hot & humid summers and does very well in regions with short & cool summers.
Zinnia angustifolia 'Starbright Mix' with single orange, yellow and gold flowers. Drought, heat and humidity tolerant. Very informal, graceful plants!
Craspedia (Billy Balls, Billy Buttons, Woolyheads, Drumstick Flowers). Charming, whimsical and funny!
Firm yellow globe-shaped flower heads sit on the top of tall slender stems. Striking effect!
Next picture - Gazania 'Tallent Orange'. Tolerates drought, heat and poor soil. Bright daisy-like flowers last from summer to frost. Interesting grey foliage.
Some of the plants blooming in Mediterranean garden in August:
Abutilon (Parlor maple or Flowering maple), Dierama (Angel's fishing rod), Crocosmia, Ricinus (Castor bean), Cynara (Cardoon), Canna lily, Musa (japanese banana), Hibiscus (Rose of Sharon), Solenostemon (Coleus), Verbena (Vervain), Salvia, Sedum, Lavatera (Mallow), Hibiscus, Senecio (Dusty miller), Romneya coulteri.
You will love visiting this garden! Don't miss it - it's located near the Butchart Gardens' parking lot.
The Butchart Gardens is a National Historic Site of Canada. Their website is Here.
My previous post about Butchart Gardens is Here
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