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.
To help you decide where to start, we present a sample of some of the specimens that are currently worth seeking out. To aid in your quest a map of the Arboretum can be found here. To view a larger selection of what's currently blooming in our gardens, check out the photo gallery on the Arboretum Snapshots page.
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.
Showy native blooms are currently well represented in the California Garden. Highlights are the beautiful Epilobium canum (California Fuchsia) and Heterotheca sessiliflora ssp bolanderi, an evergreen perennial with yellow daisy-like flowers.
Epilobium canum (California Fuchsia)
Heterotheca sessiliflora ssp bolanderi
South African Garden
There are a wide variety of Leucadendrons currently in bloom, among them the Leucadendron 'Winter Red'. Their brilliant colors can be found throughout the South African garden. They have been joined by the beautiful Mimetes chrysanthus and, among the many Ericas, the Erica baueri and Erica gilva.
Leucadendron 'Winter Red'
Many New Zealand plants have become familiar to California gardeners and many special forms of these plants are on display. Among these are a variety of Hebes including the Hebe macrocarpa var. brevifolia (Surville Cliffs Hebe) and the Hebe andersonii-x.
Other plants of interest include the Rhopalostylis sapida (Feather Duster Palm) and the Chionochloa flavicans, a versatile long-lived grass that handles drought and an array of soils well.
Hebe macrocarpa var. brevifolia (Surville Cliffs Hebe)
Rhopalostylis sapida (Feather Duster Palm)
A stroll through the Australian Gardens is always a feast for the senses. Diving, glittering hummingbirds signal the presence of grevilleas, like the Grevillea 'Robyn Gordon', of every form and hue.
What might look like furry animals hidden here and there in the shrubbery are actually Banksias, a number of which will be available at the Arboretum's Fall Plant Sale on October 10.
While the Australian Rock Garden is also putting on a marvelous display of color and texture at the far side of the Banksia Field opposite Dr. Ball's Redwood Grove. See the Crowea saligna as one example.
Banksia victoriae (Wooly Orange Banksia)
Grevillea 'Robyn Gordon'