What's Blooming

Leucadendron 'Inca Gold', South African Garden

world tour trail sign   There are literally thousands of interesting individual plants in the Arboretum's collections.  At any time of the year there's something blooming, and there's always plenty to see. January at the Arboretum continues to produce many varied blooms in the gardens. Well worth a visit!

   To help you decide where to start, below we present a sample of some of the specimens that are currently worth seeking out in our gardens. To aid in your quest a map of the Arboretum can be found here. Follow the World Tour signs to view many of these blooms. You may access a larger selection of what's currently blooming in our gardens by checking out the photo gallery on the Arboretum Snapshots page.


California Natives, the entrance garden
   The California Garden, on the right as you enter the Arboretum, boasts many special plants of interest to gardeners. Many of these were originally selected in the wild by Arboretum staff, and have since been propagated and released to the horticultural trade.
    Highlights this winter include a number of native manzanitas, including Arctostaphylos montereyensis (Monterey Manzanita) and Arctostaphylos pajaroensis (Pajaro Manzanita).  Other natives include the Ceanothus arboreus (Feltleaf Ceanothus) and the showy Dendromecon harfordii (Channel Island Tree Poppy).

Arctostaphylos montereyensis (Monterey Manzanita)
Arctostaphylos montereyensis (Monterey Manzanita)
Arctostaphylos pajaroensis 
(Pajaro Manzanita)

Arctostaphylos pajaroensis (Pajaro Manzanita)
Ceanothus arboreus (Feltleaf Ceanothus)
Ceanothus arboreus (Feltleaf Ceanothus)
Dendromecon harfordii (Channel Island Tree Poppy)
Dendromecon harfordii (Channel Island Tree Poppy)


South African Garden
   Many brilliant colors and fascinating plants can be found throughout the South African garden. One of the most unique is the Puya berteroniana, a terrestrial bromiliad from the mountains of Chile, that forms a rosette of silvery-green leaves from 3-4 feet tall.
   There is also a variety of colorful Proteas and Ericas currently in bloom. Among them are the delicate Protea nitida, that displays silvery white blooms and the brilliant Erica cruenta.
    There are also many eucadendrons to view, including the showy Leucadendron (Winter Red). 
Puya berteroniana
Puya berteroniana
Protea nitida
Protea nitida
Erica cruenta
Erica cruenta
Leucadendron (Winter Red)
Leucadendron(Winter Red)


New Zealand Garden
   Many New Zealand plants and trees have become familiar to California gardeners and many special forms of these plants are on display. There are a variety of Hebes currently in bloom, including the Hebe macrocarpa var. brevifolia (Surville Cliffs Hebe).
   Among a number of members of the myrtle family in the garden, the Leptospermum scoparium is currently displaying a profusion of its beautiful pink and white blooms. There is also the Corokia cotoneaster ‘Anton’s Dwarf’ Wire Netting Bush, an evergreen dogwood relative, that produces tiny, yellow, fragrant flowers.

Hebe macrocarpa var. brevifolia (Surville Cliffs Hebe)
Hebe macrocarpa var. brevifolia (Surville Cliffs Hebe)

Leptospermum scoparium
Leptospermum scoparium
Corokia cotoneaster
‘Anton’s Dwarf’ Wire Netting Bush
Corokia cotoneaster ‘Anton’s Dwarf’ Wire Netting Bush


Australian Garden
   A stroll through the Australian Gardens is always a feast for the senses. There is a wide variety of banksias and grevilleas of every form and hue. A current attractive example of the banksias is the Banksia victoriae (Woolly Orange Banksia).
   In other areas of the Garden you will find many other colorful and interesting plants in bloom. Among them are the Lechenaultia formosa (Red Lechenaultia), a spectacular small shrub, and Tetratheca thymifolia Amethyst Eyes’, that displays vibrant violet colored flowers. The very colorful Eucalyptus caesia ssp. magna (Silver Princess), an ornamental with large pink flowers, also adds to the variety of blooms in the garden.

Banksia victoriae (Woolly Orange Banksia)
Banksia victoriae Woolly Orange Banksia

Lechenaultia formosa (Red Lechenaultia)
Lechenaultia formosa
Tetratheca thymifolia Amethyst Eyes’
Tetratheca thymifolia ‘Amethyst Eyes’ 

Eucalyptus caesia ssp. magna (Silver Princess)
Eucalyptus caesia ssp. magna (Silver Princess)

Learn more about the fascinating Banksias from Australian Garden curator Melinda Kralj and the Outback Howlers.

The Aroma and Succulent Gardens
   The Aroma Garden contains salvias of all shapes and sizes, lavenders, oreganos, thymes, and many other drought-tolerant perennials and shrubs can be seen. You will see many plants that produce their aroma from their flowers, and many which produce their aroma from their leaves.
   Current examples in bloom include the 
Salvia 'Anthony Parker', Salvia ‘Phyllis Fancy’, and Salvia 'Waverly'.  Other attractive blooms include the fragrant and vigorous daffodils Narcissus tazetta ‘Avalanche’ that displays clusters of white flowers with bright yellow cups.

Salvia 'Anthony Parker'
Salvia 'Anthony Parker'
Salvia 'Phyllis Fancy’
Salvia 'Phyllis Fancy’
Salvia 'Waverly'
Salvia 'Waverly'
Narcissus tazetta ‘Avalanche’
Narcissus tazetta ‘Avalanche’