What's Blooming

Protea 'Pink Ice', South African Garden

    There are literally thousands of interesting individual plants in the Arboretum and Botanical Garden's collections.  At any time of the year there's something blooming, and there's always plenty to see. November is no exception and there is an  abundance of varied blooms in the gardens to see. Well worth a visit!
wtour-trail-sign.jpg  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 Garden can be found here. Follow the World Tour signs to view many of these blooms. You may also access a larger selection of what's currently blooming in our gardens by checking out the photo gallery on the Garden Snapshots page.

California Entrance Garden
  The California Garden, on the right as you enter the Arboretum & Botanic Garden, boasts many special plants of interest to gardeners. Many of these were originally selected in the wild by Garden staff, and have since been propagated and released to the horticultural trade.
   Highlights this November include the Epilobium canum (California Fuschia), that is great for a bird and butterfly garden, and Eriogonum fasciculatum var. foliolosum (Leafy California Buckwheat), which has white flowers which turn pink, and then rust colored in the fall. Other natives include the Arctostaphylos viridissima ‘White Cloud’ (White Haired Manzanita), an unusual manzanita with hairy stems and large clusters of showy white flowers, and Condea emoryi (Desert Lavender), a fragrant multi-stemed shrub.

Epilobium canum (California Fuschia)
Epilobium canum (California Fuschia)
Eriogonum fasciculatum var. foliolosum (Leafy California Buckwheat)

Eriogonum fasciculatum var. foliolosum (Leafy California Buckwheat),

Arctostaphylos viridissima ‘White Cloud’(White Haired Manzanita)

Arctostaphylos viridissima ‘White Cloud’ (White Haired Manzanita)

Condea emoryi (Desert Lavender)

Condea emoryi (Desert Lavender)

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. The proteas include the striking Protea repens 'Embers', with a flower head that is deep red at the top to creamy-color basally, and Protea 'Pink Ice’ (P. compact x P. susannae), that has silvery pink flowers.
   Among the other plants on display are the Erica canaliculata (Channelled Heath), with large displays of pink and white flowers, and the Syncolostemon obermeyerae (Pink Mist Bush), that has a profusion of pink and mauve flowers.

Protea repens 'Embers'

Protea repens 'Embers'

Protea 'Pink Ice’ (P. compact x P. susannae)

Protea 'Pink Ice’ (P. compact x P. susannae)

Erica canaliculata (Channelled Heath)
Erica canaliculata (Channelled Heath)
Syncolostemon obermeyerae

Syncolostemon obermeyerae (Pink Mist Bush) 

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. Among the hebes currently in bloom are Hebe sp. 'Brett's Star' and Hebe 'Wiri Spears', which flowers for long periods in the summer. Other blooms of interest are the Leptospermum scoparium, which is very attractive to bees, and Astelia banksii (Shore Kowharawhara), an evergreen perennial with silvery, pale green foliage.

Hebe sp. 'Brett's Star'
Hebe sp. 'Brett's Star'
Hebe 'Wiri Spears'
Hebe 'Wiri Spears'
Leptospermum scoparium

Leptospermum scoparium

Astelia banksii (Shore Kowharawhara)
Astelia banksii (Shore Kowharawhara)

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. Both are great favorites of the hummingbirds that zip around the garden.
   Two current examples of the banksias are the Banksia victoriae (Woolly Orange Banksia), with deep green foliage and brightly colored flowers, and
 Banksia marginata (Silver Banksia), which displays yellow flower spikes. One of the attractive Grevilleas is the Grevillea ‘Ruby Clusters', that has deep ruby red, pendant flower clusters.
   There is also a variety of other plants of interest, including one of the many attractive callistemons in the garden, Callistemon ‘Reeve’s Pink’, which, when in bloom, is covered with numerous pink cylindrical bottlebrush flowers.

Banksia victoriae (Woolly Orange Banksia)

Banksia victoriae (Woolly Orange Banksia)

Banksia marginata (Silver Banksia)
Banksia marginata (Silver Banksia)
Grevillea ‘Ruby Clusters'
Grevillea ‘Ruby Clusters'
Callistemon ‘Reeve’s Pink’

Callistemon ‘Reeve’s Pink’

Learn about banksias from Melinda Kralj, Australian Garden curator, and the Outback Howlers.

Aroma & 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.
   A wide variety of salvias are currently in bloom this month. Among them are Salvia greggii ‘Orchid Glow’, with luminous magenta blooms, and Salvia microphylla 'UCB' (Little Leaf Sage), that displays flourescent hot pink blooms, and Salvia ‘Sally Greenwood’, that has velvety, royal purple flowers.  Other plants of interest include the Pelargonium ‘Shottesham Pet’, that has aromatic lemon-perfumed foliage.

Salvia greggii ‘Orchid Glow’

Salvia greggii ‘Orchid Glow’

Salvia microphylla 'UCB' (Little Leaf Sage)

Salvia microphylla 'UCB' (Little Leaf Sage)

Salvia ‘Sally Greenwood’

Salvia ‘Sally Greenwood’

Pelargonium ‘Shottesham Pet’

Pelargonium ‘Shottesham Pet’