Plant and Flower Guides

Peak Season Guide

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Off-Peak Season Guide

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Spring

A symphony of colour

Spring welcomes over 300,000 bulbs, blooming in brilliant colours. As they grow in, we begin “tickling” the soil—breaking up compact soil allows air, water and nutrients to penetrate, while we prune the Roses and Hydrangeas. Meanwhile, the greenhouses become a beehive of activity with more than 16 staff working tirelessly to produce the thousands of plants for our summer gardens.

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Spring Favourites

  • Rhododendron
  • Tulip
  • Daffodil
  • Ornamental Cherry
  • Magnolia
  • Peony

Summer

In full bloom

Summer welcomes colourful Delphiniums, setting the stage for our Rose Garden. Once the Delphiniums have finished blooming, we find our rhythm, a pattern of deadheading Roses, replanting flower beds and dispersing insects to help control pests. Over 900 varieties of plants are grown for our summer gardens alone with an emphasis on floral beauty and colour.

Summer Favourites

  • Rose
  • Hydrangea
  • Delphinium
  • Begonia
  • Fuchsia
  • Lily

Autumn

Rich, warm hues

With a rich collection of Japanese Maples, our Canadian West Coast may grow a reputation for vibrant fall foliage. A diverse collection of Dahlias and vivid Chrysanthemums add to the season’s colour while we begin planting bulbs for our spring gardens—almost 300,000.

Autumn Favourites

  • Japanese Maple
  • Beautyberry
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Coneflower
  • Dahlia
  • Glory Bower

Winter

Peaceful gardens

At The Gardens, winter is in two takes: late October through November and late January through March. In the first half, we prepare for winter fall—and our beloved Christmas display. Greenhouse activity never seems to slow as we move out thousands of Poinsettias for Christmas décor. After Christmas, the garden sleeps while we tend to any alterations or upgrades of the landscape.

Winter Favourites

  • Daphne
  • Crocus
  • Heather
  • Primrose
  • Witch Hazel
  • Hellebore