What's Blooming

Zieria 'Pink Crystals', 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. January 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 images that illustrate what plants bloom 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 January include the Dendromecon harfordii (Channel Island Tree Poppy), that displays showy yellow flowers for most of the year. There also are a number of manzanitas blooming, including the delicate Arctostaphylos 'Canyon Blush' (Manzanita) and the attractive Arctostaphylos pajaroensis (Pajaro Manzanita).  Some of the native ceanothus are also beginning to show their blooms, including Ceanothus megacarpus var. insularis (Island Ceanothus).

Dendromecon harfordii (Channel Island Tree Poppy)
Dendromecon harfordii (Channel Island Tree Poppy)
Arctostaphylos 'Canyon Blush' (Manzanita)
Arctostaphylos 'Canyon Blush' (Manzanita)
Arctostaphylos pajaroensis (Pajaro Manzanita)
Arctostaphylos pajaroensis (Pajaro Manzanita)
Ceanothus megacarpus var. insularis
Ceanothus megacarpus var. insularis (Island Ceanothus)

South African Garden
   Many brilliant colors and fascinating plants can be found throughout the South African garden. There is a variety of colorful proteas, ericas and leucadendrons currently in bloom. One of the proteas is the beautiful Protea obtusifolia (Limestone Sugarbush)Among the leucadendrons on display is the colorful Leucadendron salignum 'Wilson's Wonder'. Other plants of interest are the Chrysanthemoides monilifera (Bietou), an attractive drought-resistant, evergreen shrub with bright yellow, daisy-like flowers and the Erica cruenta, one of the many examples of ericas in the garden.

Protea obtusifolia (Limestone Sugarbush)
Protea obtusifolia (Limestone Sugarbush)
Chrysanthemoides monilifera (Bietou)
Chrysanthemoides monilifera (Bietou)
Erica cruenta
Erica cruenta
Leucadendron salignum’ Wilson's Wonder'

Leucadendron salignum 'Wilson's Wonder'

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 macrocarpa, with white flowers that occur in spikes. Other blooms of interest are the Leptospermum scoparium, which is very attractive to bees.

Hebe sp. 'Brett's Star'
Hebe sp. 'Brett's Star'
Hebe macrocarpa
Hebe macrocarpa
Leptospermum scoparium
Leptospermum scoparium

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.
   One current example of the banksias is the Banksia spinulosa ‘Schnapper Point’, that is appropriate for small gardens
One of the attractive grevilleas is the Grevillea x (hybrid of G. lavandulacea), that has clusters of red flowers.
   There are also a variety of correas in bloom, including the Correa reflexa (southwest Victoria form). The Crowea 'Pink Blush’ (Small Waxflower) is an attractive example of a small shrub that is a popular garden plant.

Banksia spinulosa ‘Schnapper Point’
Banksia spinulosa ‘Schnapper Point’
Grevillea x (hybrid of G. lavandulacea)
Grevillea x (hybrid of G. lavandulacea)
Correa reflexa (southwest Victoria form)
Correa reflexa (southwest Victoria form)
Crowea 'Pink Blush’ (Small Waxflower)
Crowea 'Pink Blush’ (Small Waxflower)

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.
   Some of the current examples include the sweetly fragrant Narcissus tazetta ‘Golden Dawn’ and the Pelargonium sp. (Geranium). A wide variety of salvias are also in bloom this month, with one example being the Salvia elegans ‘Frieda Dixon’, that has clusters of dark red flowers. Another plant of interest is the Lobularia maritima (Sweet Alysum), a low maintenance, drought tolerant plant.

Narcissus tazetta ‘Golden Dawn’
Narcissus tazetta ‘Golden Dawn’
Pelargonium sp.(Geranium)
Pelargonium sp.(Geranium)
Lobularia maritima (Sweet Alysum)
Lobularia maritima (Sweet Alysum)
Salvia elegans ‘Frieda Dixon’
Salvia elegans ‘Frieda Dixon’