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. October at the Arboretum continues to produce many 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.
Many varied native blooms are currently well represented in the California Garden. Highlights this summer include the bright yellow blooms of the Dendromecon harfordii (Channel Island Tree Poppy) and the Encelia californica (California Brittlebush).
Other natives include Heterotheca sessiliflora ssp bolanderi ‘San Bruno Mountain’, an evergreen perennial that exhibits yellow daisy-like flowers for much of the year, and the Epilobium canum (California Fuschia), which is now displaying its showy trumpet shaped blooms that are loved by hummingbirds.
Dendromecon harfordii (Channel Island Tree Poppy)
Encelia californica (California Brittlebush)
Eriogonum fasciculatum var. foliolosum Leafy California Buckwheat
Epilobium canum (California Fuschia)
South African Garden
Many brilliant colors and fascinating plants can be found throughout the South African garden. There is a variety of colorful Proteas and Ericas currently in bloom. Among them are the striking Protea repens 'Rubens', that produces multiples of cream and pink colored flowers and the brilliant Erica cruenta.
Other plants of interest are the Metrosideros angustifolia (Cape Gum), an evergreen perennial that produces fluffy, cream-coloured flowers in early fall, and the Mimetes chrysanthus, from a genus that is one of the most beautiful of the protea family.
Metrosideros angustifolia (Cape Gum)
Protea repens 'Rubens'
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. Two striking examples of trees currently in bloom include the New Zealand native Vitex-lucens (Puriri), whose deep red tubular flowers grow on the underside of the leaves, and the Gevuina avellana (Chilean hazelnut), an evergreen native of Chile that produces white flowers and dark red nuts.
Among others are a variety of Hebes, including the Hebe macrocarpa var. brevifolia (Surville Cliffs Hebe) and Metrosideros perforata, a shrub that has bright, dark green foliage and produces large quantities of pure white flowers, which are popular with bees.
Gevuina avellana (Chilean hazelnut)
Hebe macrocarpa var. brevifolia (Surville Cliffs Hebe)
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 seminuda and the bountiful blooms of the Grevillea 'Superb'.
In other areas of the Garden you will find many other colorful and interesting plants in bloom. Among them are the Chamelaucium ciliatum ‘Scaddan’, a mounding shrub with small white flowers that change to deep rose-pink over time, and the beautiful Correa (Strawberries and Cream).
Chamelaucium ciliatum ‘Scaddan’
Correa (Strawberries and Cream)
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 'Phyllis Fancy' and the striking Pelargonium ‘Descanso’ and Pelargonium sp.
Another attractive flowering plant is the Backhousia citriodora (Lemon Scented Myrtle), a shrub with light green, lemon scented leaves.
Salvia 'Phyllis Fancy'
Backhousia citriodora (Lemon Scented Myrtle)