What's Blooming

Pelargonium 'Descanso', Aroma Garden

world tour trail signThere 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. July at the Arboretum continues to produce many varied blooms in the gardens. It's 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.
Many varied native blooms are currently well represented in the California Garden. Highlights this summer include the Salvia clevelandii 'Alpine', and a number of buckwheats, including the Eriogonum fasciculatum var. foliolosum Leafy California Buckwheat and the  Eriogonum parvifolium Seacliff Buckwheat.  The Epilobium canum (California Fuschia) is also beginning to display its showy trumpet shaped blooms that are loved by hummingbirds.

Salvia clevelandii 'Alpine'
Salvia clevelandii 'Alpine'
Eriogonum fasciculatum var. foliolosum Leafy California Buckwheat
Eriogonum fasciculatum var. foliolosum Leafy Calif Buckwheat
Eriogonum parvifolium Seacliff Buckwheat
Eriogonum parvifolium Seacliff Buckwheat
Epilobium canum (California Fuschia)
Epilobium canum (California Fuschia)

South African Garden
Many brilliant colors and fascinating plants can be found throughout the South African garden. There is a wide variety of colorful Leucospermums, Leucadendrons, and Ericas currently in bloom.
Among them are the striking 
Leucospermum cordifolium, Leucadendron Safari Sunshine, and the brilliant Erica cruenta.
Other plants of interest are the Protea repens Sugar Bush, that produces multiples of cream and pink colored flowers.

Leucospermum cordifolium
Leucospermum cordifolium
Leucadendron Safari Sunshine
Leucadendron Safari Sunshine
Erica cruenta
Erica cruenta
Protea repens Sugar Bush
Protea repens Sugar Bush

New Zealand Garden
Many New Zealand plants have become familiar to California gardeners and many special forms of these plants are on display. The most striking example is the Metrosideros excelsa (Pohutukawa), a spectacular evergreen tree with a proliferation of red blossoms.
Among others are a variety of Hebes, including the Hebe pubescens and Hebe speciosa ‘Mokohinau Island’, and the Macropiper excelsa (Pepper Tree), which has aromatic heart shaped leaves. 

Metrosideros excelsa (Pohutukawa)
Metrosideros excelsa (Pohutukawa)

Hebe pubescens
Hebe speciosa ‘Mokohinau Island’
Hebe speciosa ‘Mokohinau Island’

Macropiper excelsa (Pepper Tree)
Macropiper excelsa (Pepper Tree)

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. Current attractive examples include the Banksia baxteri and the Grevillea 'Superb'. 
In the area of the center of the Garden you will find many other colorful and interesting plants in bloom. Among them are the are the Babingtonia virgata and the Lambertia uniflora One-flowered Honeysuckle that produces bright orange or red flowers.

Banksia baxteri
Banksia baxteri Baxter's Banksia
Grevillea 'Superb'
Grevillea 'Superb'
Babingtonia virgata
Babingtonia vigata 

Lambertia uniflora One-flowered Honeysuckle
Lambertia uniflora One-flowered Honeysuckle

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 include the 
Salvia microphylla 'UCB' Little Leaf Sage and the Pelargonium 'Shottesham Pet'.
Other colorful plants currently in bloom include the Heliotropium aborescens White Heliotrope and the Jasminum azoricum, which has a perfumed fragrance and is attractive to butterflies.

Salvia microphylla 'UCB' Little Leaf Sage
Salvia microphylla 
Pelargonium 'Shottesham Pet'
Pelargonium 'Shottesham Pet'
Heliotropium aborescens White Heliotrope
Heliotropium aborescens 'White'
Jasminum azoricum with Western Tiger Swallowtail
Jasminum azoricum with Western Tiger Swallowtail butterfly