What's Blooming

Metrosideros excelsa, a spectacular evergreen tree now blooming in the New Zealand 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', Trichostema lanatum (Woolly Blue Curls), Romneya coulteri (Matilija Poppy), and the Heteromeles arbutifolia (Toyon), a native evergreen shrub that attracts bees and butterflies to its blossoms.

Salvia clevelandii 'Alpine'
Salvia clevelandii 'Alpine'
Trichostema lanatum (Woolly Blue Curls)
Trichostema lanatum (Wooly Blue Curls)
Romneya coulteri (Matilija Poppy)
Romneya coulteri (Matilija Poppy)
Heteromeles arbutifolia (Toyon)
Heteromeles arbutifolia (Toyon)

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 currently in bloom.
Among them the striking 
Leucospermum grandiflorum and Leucospermum cordifolium ‘Don’s Red’ (Pincushion Protea).

Othert plants of interest are the Protea nitida and Mimetus culcullatus, an eye-catching and colorful multi-stemmed shrub.

Leucospermum grandiflorum
Leucospermum grandiflorum
Leucospermum cordifolium ‘Don’s Red’ (Pincushion Protea)
Leucospermum cordifolium
Protea nitida
Protea nitida
Mimetus culcullatus
Mimetus culcullatus

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, like the Banksia grandis, and grevilleas of every form and hueIn other parts of the Australian Garden callistemons are in bloom, including the Callistemon phoeniceus.

In the area of the Rock Garden, you will find many colorful and interesting plants in bloom. Current examples are the Crowea exalta ‘Ryan’s Star’ and the brilliant blooms of the Verticordia mitchelliana (Rapier Feather Flower).

Banksia grandis
Banksia grandis
Callistemon phoeniceus
Callistemon phoeniceus
Crowea exalta ‘Ryan’s Star’
Crowea exalta ‘Ryan’s Star’ 

Verticordia mitchelliana (Rapier Feather Flower)
Verticordia mitchelliana (Rapier Feather Flower)

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 
‘Mesa Azure’ and Salvia 'Waverly'
Other colorful plants currently in bloom include the Pelargonium sp. (Geranium) and the Albuca shawii (Slime Lilies).

Salvia microphylla 
‘Mesa Azure’
Salvia microphylla 
‘Mesa Azure’
Salvia 'Waverly'
Salvia 'Waverly'
Pelargonium sp. (Geranium)
Pelargonium sp. (Geranium)
Albuca shawii (Slime Lilies)
Albuca shawii (Slime Lilies)