What's Blooming

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 some of the specimens that are currently worth seeking out. To aid in your quest a map of the Arboretum can be found here.

LEUCOSPERMUMS

Leucospermum cordifolium photograph

The Leucospermums (pincushions) were hit particularly hard by the cold spell in December, 2013 but have bounced back in spectacular fashion this year and are beginning their annual colorful display. Among them them is Leucospermum cordifolium. Their brilliant colors can be found throughout the South African garden.

Leucospermum cordifolium photograph
Leucospermum cordifolium photograph
 

The Australian Rock Garden

Rock Garden

Now is the time to visit the Australian Rock Garden, which is putting on a marvelous display of color and texture at the far side of the Banksia Field opposite Dr. Ball's Redwood Grove.

 

Lechenaultia biloba
Lechenaultia biloba

Also from Western Australia, Lechenaultia biloba (above), a dwarf shrub with fleshy grey-green leaves and brilliant blue flowers, and Lechenaultia formosa (below) with its vivid scarlet flowers, make vibrant splashes of color among the rocks.

Lechenaultiaformosa
Lechenaultiaformosa

 

From Victoria and New South Wales, the Phebalium stenophyllum (Narrow-leafed Phebalium), below, lights up the rocks with its brilliant yellow star-shaped flowers.

Phebalium stenophyllum Phebalium stenophyllum
 

GREVILLEA 'SUPERB'

 Grevillea-superb

 

 Grevillea-superb

A large, colorful swath of this aptly-named grevillea can be found in the clearing leading to the Australian Rock Garden. It is a favorite of bees and hummingbirds.

 

Banksia victoriae
Common name: Woolly Orange Banksia

Banksia victoriae

This showy banksia is planted on the perimeter of the large open area leading to the Australian Rock Garden. (It is partially hidden by the large leptospermum and Grevillea 'Ruby Clusters' planted to either side.) Stunning salmon-orange flowering "cones" up to half a foot in height open from the bottom of the inflorescence upwards. Silvery, rickrack foliage is an added bonus. Notice the soft, feathery new growth in contrast with the leathery, older leaves. (There is a younger specimen of B. victoriae planted in the sandy section of the Australian Rock Garden, just forming its first bloom.)

BANKSIA MENZIESII
(Common name Firewood Banksia or Raspberry Frost)

Banskia

 

Banksia

This smallish specimen can be found just to the left as you enter the clearing leading to the Australian Rock Garden. After blooming, the stamens fall off the cone, leaving a beautiful checkered design.