What's Blooming

Banksia victoriae (Woolly Orange Banksia), Australian 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. October 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 September include the Epilobium canum (California Fuschia), that is great for a bird and butterfly garden, and Encelia californica (California Brittlebush), a member of the daisy family. Other natives include the Arctostaphylos viridissima ‘White Cloud’ (White Haired Manzanita), and unusual Manzanita with hairy stems and large clusters of showy white flowers, and the Dendromecon harfordii (Channel Island Tree Poppy), an evergreen shrub with glaucous-green oval leaves and an abundance of yellow flowers.

Epilobium canum (California Fuschia)
Epilobium canum (California Fuschia)
Encelia californica (California Brittlebush)

Encelia californica (California Brittlebush)

Arctostaphylos viridissima ‘White Cloud’(White Haired Manzanita)

Arctostaphylos viridissima ‘White Cloud’ (White Haired Manzanita)

Dendromecon harfordii (Channel Island Tree Poppy)

Dendromecon harfordii (Channel Island Tree Poppy)

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. These include the striking Protea neriifolia (Flared Form), with a flower head that range s from pink to creamy-green, with a black fringe and, among a number of attractive ericas, the Erica cruenta, with a large display of blood red tubular flowers.
   Among the other plants on display are the eye catching Leucadendron salignum ‘Winter Red’ and the Mimetes cucullatus, an unusual and beautiful plant, commonly referred to as the Red Pagoda plant.

Protea neriifolia (Flared Form)

Protea neriifolia (Flared Form)

Erica cerinthoides

Erica cruenta

Leucadendron salignum  ‘Winter Red’
Leucadendron salignum  ‘Winter Red’
Mimetes cucullatus

Mimetes cucullatus

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. This is the time for many Hebes to show their colors and there are a number of Hebes currently in bloom. These include the delicate Hebe 'Icing Sugar', that displays pink buds opening to delicate white flowers, and the Hebe 'Wiri Spears', which flowers for long periods in the summer. Hebe pubescens, that has an abundance of pale mauve flowers, and Hebe sp. 'Brett's Star' are two other Hebes of interest.

Hebe 'Icing Sugar'
Hebe 'Icing Sugar'
Hebe 'Wiri Spears'
Hebe 'Wiri Spears'
Hebe pubescens

Hebe pubescens

Hebe sp. 'Brett's Star'
Hebe sp. 'Brett's Star'

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 (in the banner image above) the Banksia victoriae (Woolly Orange Banksia) and Banksia seminuda, which comes in yellow or red forms. One of the attractive Grevilleas is the Grevillea ‘Robyn Gordon', a very popular one that blooms virtually all year round.
   There is also a variety of other plants of interest, among those currently in bloom are the Correa reflexa ‘Red Roo', one of the many attractive correas in the garden, and Beaufortia squarrosa (Sand Bottlebrush), a small shrub with bright red bottle-brush flowers.

Banksia seminuda

Banksia seminuda

Grevillea ‘Robyn Gordon'
Grevillea ‘Robyn Gordon'
Correa reflexa ‘Red Roo'
Correa reflexa ‘Red Roo'
Beaufortia squarrosa (Sand Bottlebrush)

Beaufortia squarrosa (Sand Bottlebrush)

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 ‘Hot Lips’, that displays a profusion of white and lipstick red blooms, and Salvia guaranitica (Blue Anise Sage), with showy blooms of intense purple. Other plants of interest include the Pelargonium ‘Shottesham Pet’, that has aromatic lemon-perfumed foliage.

Salvia greggii ‘Orchid Glow’

Salvia greggii ‘Orchid Glow’

Salvia ‘Hot Lips’

Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’

Salvia guaranitica (Blue Anise Sage)

Salvia guaranitica (Blue Anise Sage)

Pelargonium ‘Shottesham Pet’

Pelargonium ‘Shottesham Pet’