Victoria the garden city

Live the garden dream – City of Victoria BC

Live the garden dream – City of Victoria BC

Victoria, BC The Landscapers Paradise

Gardening in relation to Victoria, BC, is probably one of the best cities in British Columbia. Between its temperate, sub-Mediterranean climate and the huge selections of plants to choose from, it makes for a landscapers paradise when it comes to the Garden City. There is very little winter in comparison to the rest of Canada, which opens you up to enjoying the outdoors all year round. Given, there is more rain here than anywhere else but that isnt always a bad thing for growing in the garden.

If your looking for inspiration for your garden and the nurseries arent providing you with enough incite, then perhaps one of the several tourist atraction garden displays may help. From Butchart Gardens to Abkhazi Garden and even Hatley Park gardens. Victoria, BC is also lucky enough to have the 44 hectare Horticultural centre of the Pacific, which is also very enjoyable

If the trees, plants and shrubs arent enough to take your breath away then maybe the birds, bees and butterflies that keep the place humming will amaze you.

The 1400 downtown flower baskets in the garden city of Victoria, BC are also quite spectacular, as you walk around, making your visit quite enjoyable and fragrant.

Plant ideas for your Garden city

Below are a few plant ideas for flower beds to enhance your city garden. When planting try to group the same same plants in 3 and 5’s to get more of a showy result once established.

Echinacea

Echinacea is a very popular perennial for several reasons, they are drought resistant and heat tolerant, easy to grow in the garden, flowers last for months which makes for great cut flowers, and attract a huge selection of birds and pollinators, as well as deer resistant.

They come in huge variety of shades from  pink, orange, yellow and red,  This is also a great plant if you have poor soil in your city garden. It is originally from the eastern United States.

Bugbane

Bugbane is a late-season blooming perennials, generally planted in rich moist woodland situations. ‘Brunette’ is an exceptionally beautiful selection, valued for its large Astilbe-like leaves of purple black. Arching wands or bottlebrush spikes of fragrant pale-pink flowers rise above the clump in early fall. Great for cutting. In cool summer areas this will grow well in sunny sites, otherwise choose a part-shade location, protected from hot afternoon sun. Plants will take about three years to develop into a mature clump.

Astilbe

Astilbe is one of the easiest perennial flowers to grow. They have long-blooming, plume-like flowers in soft shades of white, pink, and red, and the flowers are held on tall, stiff stalks above the airy foliage. Virtually pest-free, they can light up the shade garden or soften a sunny spot, and they are very low maintenance.

Creeping Thyme

Creeping thyme is popular to of chefs and as well as gardeners. This is a very fragrant,  edible perennial ground cover that needs very little upkeep.  Apart from some good  weather and some regular watering, it can be left to its own devices. Excellent ground cover which is hardy and droungt tolerant, as well as a great lawn alternative, blooms from early to mid summer and great for butterflies.

Stonecrop

Stone crop of the lowest maintenance plants, growing in areas where most other plants cant. Available in a huge selection , these succulents are great plant if you’re looking for something more drought tolerant . These succulents come in every color from blue-gray to a red-bronze, and can be found in most gardens.

Diablo Ninebark

Selected for the intense reddish-purple foliage on upright, arching branches. Provides excellent color contrast when used in the border, or as a hedge or screen. Added contrast to the dark foliage are summer’s clusters of creamy-white flowers. Foliage can tend to become dark green in excessive heat of summer and when grown in partial shade. Deciduous. Full sun for best color.

Dusty Miller

With its striking silver foliage, dusty miller looks good in any combination. The silver look of the leaves actually comes from numerous tiny white hairs. These hairs are most prominent on the undersides of the leaves and on the stems. On older plants, the hairs can actually become worn off and you will begin to see the green underneath.

A good use for dusty miller is as a cut flower. The bright silver foliage acts as a clean contrast to bright florals, and it is a nice filler that’s different from your typical green foliage.

Fountain grass

Fountain Grass is a smaller variety with three distinctive seasons of stunning displays in full sun or part shade gardens. First, fine-textured green grass blades up to 3 feet tall are tipped with soft, wheat-shaped seed heads. Foliage turns rust gold in autumn, and finally, pale blonde in winter. Fountain Grass is a favorite for birds and deer resistant.

Beautyberry

The Beautyberry is a fantastic  showy shrub that is low-maintenance plant with year-round color. After months of green foliage speckled with lilac blooms in the spring and summer, the beautyberry  has long, arching branches and yellow-green fall foliage, but its most striking feature is the clusters of glossy purply-pink fruit which hug the branches at leaves in the fall and winter. Virtually drought-tolerant and resistant to disease and pests, this is a shrub that requires very little effort  once you’ve planted it.

Clematis

With stunning diversity, these hardy vines put on an unforgettable show that includes color, fragrance, and multi-season displays of both flowers and showy seed heads. Some are evergreen, some deciduous. Flower sizes range from small and delicate to large plate-sized blossoms. And some even fill the air with sweet fragrance. Blossom times range from late winter right through to autumn, with certain species putting on two command performances over the growing season!

Heuchera

Heuchera is a traditional perennial foliage plant with hundreds of varieties available–and new introductions offered every year. Heuchera plants form round mounds with a woody rootstock or crown at their base. Small bell-shaped flowers appear in spring or early summer on tall stems. Rich in nectar, the flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies, plus they make nice cut flowers. Their leaves are rounded, lobed, hairy, and evergreen or semi-evergreen, depending on the climate. Besides traditional green-leaved coral bells, new varieties of heuchera have leaves in shades of purple, rose, lime green and gold.

Phlox

A summer garden mainstay since colonial times, garden phlox owes its enduring popularity to its heady clouds of billowy blooms, no-fuss nature, and slender stature. But the real icing on the cake is the long flowering season, with the first blooms opening in July and often lingering through September.

Smokebush

The smokebush is an upright spreading deciduous shrub or small tree in the cashew family. It prefers to grow in full sun as its leaves will revert back to green in the shade, and it tolerates a range of soil pH and soil types. and provides a wide range of garden interest throughout the season.

Russian Sage

Russian Sage is  at the top of the list of those fuss-free garden perennials that you simply buy, plant, and enjoy. Just give them full sun and well-drained soil, then sit back and delight in their tranquil beauty.

This resilient plant has become a mainstay in the summer garden, both for its good looks and undemanding nature. Although it can be a slow starter in spring, it does make a statement with its silvery gray-green foliage and then really dazzles in midsummer when the stems are covered in lavender-blue flowers that often linger until fall.

Peppermint

As well as kitchen companions, mints are used as garden accents, ground covers, air fresheners, and herbal medicines. They’re as beautiful as they are functional, and they’re foolproof to grow, thriving in sun and shade all over North America. In fact, mint can be vigorous spreaders, so be careful where you plant it.

Hosta’s

Hostas are one of the few plants that thrive in shade, and they are extremely easy to care for and propagate. Unlike many perennials that must be laboriously lifted and divided every few years, hostas are content to simply grow in place without much interference at all.  Just water in the morning to prevent its green, gold, or variegated leaves from burning, and keep it hydrated throughout the day as needed. Once established, watch this lush plant become a regular landscape addition, returning year after year

Rudbeckia

Rudbeckia is comprised of 20 or so species of annuals, biennials, and perennials from the meadows and woodlands of North America. They are grown for their often numerous, daisy-shaped, mostly yellow flowers with central cones that can be black, brown, or green. The flowers often attract butterflies, and the seedheads attract birds.

Honeysuckle

Grow climbing honeysuckles in moist but well-drained soil in partial shade, ideally with the roots in shade but the stems in sun, such as at the base of a west-facing wall or fence. Give them a sturdy frame to climb up, such as a trellis or wire frame. Water plants in dry spells and feed with a general purpose fertiliser in spring.

Buddleia

Buddleia is an easy and fast-growing shrub, that will suit any garden where there is sun and well-drained soil.

There are larger and smaller varieties, good for borders and pots. Commonly known as the butterfly bush, the flower heads are full of nectar and are a magnet for many insects.

Flowers come in a wide range of colours including purple, blue, pink and white and even yellow. Flowers appear continuously for around four to six weeks in late summer.

Creeping Jenny

A fast-growing and vigorous groundcover, Creeping Jenny (also known as moneywort) brings mats of low-lying chartreuse color to gardens and containers. Native to Europe but naturalized to Eastern North America, its rounded golden leaves form on trailing stems with small, bright yellow flowers appearing in the summer. A perennial in milder climates, be careful not to plant in areas where spreading would be unwanted—a single plant can grow 2 feet wide and root as it goes. Perfect for softening hard edges, following a pathway or spilling from containers.

Peony

Peony flowers are large, showy and sometimes fragrant, making them an essential in the sunny flower garden. Foliage of this herbaceous plant lasts all summer and is an attractive background for other plantings.