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.
Due to our relatively moist winter so far, "Spring is in the air" at the Arboretum. There is no better time to 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.
A selection of these plants were available at the Arboretum's Spring Plant Sale and may now be available at Norrie's Gift & Garden Shop.
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.
Showy native blooms are currently well represented in the California Garden. Highlights this late winter include the Dendromecon harfordii, Fremontodendron ’Ken Taylor’, and Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum ‘Barrie Coate’.
Dendromecon harfordii Channel Island Tree Poppy
Fremontodendron ’Ken Taylor’
Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum ‘Barrie Coate’
South African Garden
Many brilliant colors and fascinating plants can be found throughout the South African garden. There is a wide variety of colorful Leucadendrons, Leucospermums and Ericas currently in bloom. Among them the Leucospermum ‘Veld Fire’, Leucadendron spissifolium ssp. fragrans (Spear-leaf Conebush), Leucospermum 'Tango' and the Erica cerinthoides.
Leucospermum ‘Veld Fire’
Leucadendron spissifolium ssp. fragrans (Spear-leaf Conebush)
New Zealand Garden
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 beautiful Hebe townsonii. Other plants of interest include the Corokia cotoneaster ‘Anton’s Dwarf’ and the Leptospermum scoparium.
Corokia cotoneaster ‘Anton’s Dwarf’ Wire Netting Bush
A stroll through the Australian Gardens is always a feast for the senses. Diving, glittering hummingbirds signal the presence of a wide variety of grevilleas of every form and hue. Those currently in bloom include the showy Grevillea 'Mason's Hybrid'
In other parts of the Australian Garden, especially the Rock Garden, you will find many colorful and interesting plants in bloom. These incude the Lechenaultia biloba Blue Lechenaultia, Chamelaucium uncinatum, Isopogon anemonifolius and Dryandra praemorsa.
Grevillea 'Mason's Hybrid'
Lechenaultia biloba Blue Lechenaultia
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 'Pink' and the Hermannia verticillata (Honeybells), that has a sweet, honey-like fragrance that perfumes the air.
Salvia microphylla 'Pink'
Hermannia verticillata Honeybells
The Succulent Garden's collection focuses on succulents from the coastal areas of Mexico and California. Examples of beautiful and interesting cactus and succulents are exhibited in this garden, including the exotic Agave shawii subsp. shawii, from northern Baja California, Mexico, which is currently blooming.
Agave shawii subsp. shawii