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. With this winter's abundance of rain, March at the Arboretum will 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.
Highlights this late winter include a number of native manzanitas, including one of the most delicate in the Arctostaphylos 'Canyon Blush' Manzanita. There are also a number of Ceanothus blooming, such as the attractive Ceanothus maritimus. Other natives include the Ribes malvaceum var. viridifolium ‘Ortega Beauty’, that displays bright red blooms, and the Lepechinia calycina (Pitcher Sage), a member of the mint family.
Arctostaphylos 'Canyon Blush'Manzanita
Ribes malvaceum var. viridifolium ‘Ortega Beauty’
Lepechinia calycina (Pitcher Sage)
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 delicate Protea neriifolia (Flared Form) that displays delicate, feathery blooms and the brilliant Erica cerinthoides.
Among the other plants in bloom are a number of colorful Leucadendrons, including the Leucadendron procerum, and a number of Leucospermums, like the spectacular Leucospermum grandiflorum.
Protea neriifolia (Flared Form)
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 variety of Hebes currently in bloom, including the Hebe macrocarpa var. brevifolia (Surville Cliffs Hebe).
Among a number of members of the myrtle family in the garden, the Leptospermum scoparium and Leptospermum scoparium (Manuka) are currently displaying a profusion of its beautiful pink and white blooms.
Hebe macrocarpa var. brevifolia (Surville Cliffs Hebe)
Leptospermum scoparium (Manuka)
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 examples include the Banksia grandis and and an interesting example of the Grevilleas, Grevillea aquifolium (Holly-leaved Grevillea)
In other areas of the Garden you will find many other colorful and interesting plants in bloom that illustrate the diverse flora of Australia. Among them are the Acacia williamsonii (Whirrakee Wattle), that displays profusions of pompom-like, fragrant, bright yellow flowers, and the Olearia phlogopappa (Alpine Daisy Bush), a small shrub with attractive blossoms.
Grevillea aquifolium (Holly-leaved Grevillea)
Acacia williamsonii (Whirrakee Wattle)
Olearia phlogopappa (Alpine Daisy 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 microphylla ‘Pink’ (Graham’s Sage) and Salvia ‘Hot Lips’. Other attractive blooms include the Geranium incanum (Carpet Geranium) and the Narcissus tazetta ‘Golden Dawn’.
Salvia microphylla ‘Pink’ (Graham’s Sage)
Salvia 'Hot Lips'
Geranium incanum (Carpet Geranium)
Narcissus tazetta ‘Golden Dawn’