What's Blooming

Leucospermum reflexum, 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. This spring has produced an unusual abundance of 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 spring include the Fremontodendron californicum (California Flannelbush) and Salvia spathacea (Hummingbird Sage).
   Other natives include the Eriodictyon crassifolium (Felt-Leaved Yerba Santa)that displays lavender blue flowers and is great for a butterfly garden, and Trichostema lanatum (Woolly Blue Curls), that has aromatic leaves and clusters of furry blue flowers.

Fremontodendron californicum (California Flannelbush)
Fremontodendron californicum (California Flannelbush)
Salvia spathacea (Hummingbird Sage)
Salvia spathacea (Hummingbird Sage)
Eriodictyon crassifolium (Felt-Leaved Yerba Santa)
Eriodictyon crassifolium (Felt-Leaved Yerba Santa)
Trichostema lanatum (Woolly Blue Curls)
Trichostema lanatum (Woolly Blue Curls)


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 and Leucadendrons currently in bloom. Among them are the Leucadendron 'Pisa', Leucospermum ‘Veld Fire’, and the Leucospermum cordifolium ‘Yellow Bird’.
   There are also a number of Felicia fruticosa (Wild Aster) in bloom that add to the variety of blooms and colors that the South African Garden offers.
Leucadendron 'Pisa'
Leucadendron 'Pisa'
Leucospermum ‘Veld Fire’
Leucospermum ‘Veld Fire’
Leucospermum cordifolium ‘Yellow Bird’
Leucospermum cordifolium ‘Yellow Bird’
Felicia fruticosa (Wild Aster)
Felicia fruticosa (Wild Aster)


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 number of Hebes and Leptospermum currently in bloom, including the delicate Hebe diosmifolia x townsii and Leptospermum scoparium ‘Silver and Rose’, that displays attractive rose pink blooms.
   Other examples currently in bloom include the Brachyglottis x greyii x repanda which displays a profusion of long yellow daisy like flowers, and the unique Xeronema callistemon that shows red flowers tipped with orange pollen, that resemble a giant bottle brush.
Hebe diosmifolia x townsii
Hebe diosmifolia x townsii
Leptospermum scoparium Silver and Rose’
Leptospermum scoparium ‘Silver and Rose’
Brachyglottis x greyii x repanda
Brachyglottis x greyii x repanda
Xeronema callistemon
Xeronema callistemon


Australian Garden
   A stroll through the Australian Gardens is always a feast for the senses. There is a wide variety of banksias and grevilleas in bloom of every form and hue. 
This spring also offers variety of other 
colorful and interesting plants in bloom that illustrate the diverse flora of Australia. Among these are a number of Leptospermums and Callistemons in bloom, with the beautiful Leptospermum rotundifolium ‘Julie Ann’ and Callistemon 'Harkness' being two prominent examples.
   Others plants to enjoy are the Eremaea hadra, that displays clusters of deep violet flowers, and the Pultenea pedunculata ‘Pyalong Pink' (Matted Pea Bush), an attractive prostrate, mat-forming shrub.
Leptospermum rotundifolium ‘Julie Ann’
Leptospermum rotundifolium ‘Julie Ann’

Callistemon 'Harkness'
Callistemon 'Harkness'
Eremaea hadra
Eremaea hadra
Pultenaea pedunculata ‘Pyalong Pink' (Matted Pea Bush)
Pultenaea pedunculata ‘Pyalong Pink' (Matted Pea Bush)

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 greggii ‘Desert Blaze’ and Salvia x jamensis ‘Sierra San Antonio’
. Other attractive blooms include the Rosa banksia ‘Alba Plena’, a vigorous climbing rose that produces multi-petal blooms of pale yellow or off-white flowers, and the stunning Psoralea pinnata (Fountain Bush), that displays a profusion of of blue, lilac and white flowers.
Salvia greggii  ‘Desert Blaze’ 
Salvia greggii ‘Desert Blaze’
Salvia x jamensis ‘Sierra San Antonio’
Salvia x jamensis ‘Sierra San Antonio’
Rosa banksia ‘Alba Plena’
Rosa banksia ‘Alba Plena’
Psoralea pinnata (Fountain Bush)
Psoralea pinnata (Fountain Bush)