What's Blooming

Salvia 'Costa Rica Blue', Aroma 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. The excessive rains of the past winter have produced an unusual abundance of varied blooms in the gardens this summer. 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 Heterotheca sessiliflora ssp bolanderi ‘San Bruno Mountain’, which is covered with bright yellow daisies, and the Fremontodendron californicum (California Flannelbush), a flowering evergreen shrub.

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

Encelia californica (California Brittlebush)

Heterotheca sessiliflora ssp bolanderi ‘San Bruno Mountain’
Heterotheca sessiliflora ssp bolanderi ‘San Bruno Mountain’
Fremontodendron californicum  (California Flannelbush)

Fremontodendron californicum  (California Flannelbush)

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) and two attractive ericas. The Erica cerinthoides has lovely tubular, red flowers, and the Erica gilva (Green Heather) displays tubular white, to creamy flowers.
   Among the other plants on display is the Syncolostemon obermeyerae (Pink Mist Bush), a small shrub that has aromatic leaves and lavendar-pink flowers.

Protea neriifolia (Flared Form)

Protea neriifolia (Flared Form)

Erica cerinthoides

Erica cerinthoides

Erica gilva (Green Heather)
Erica gilva (Green Heather)
Syncolostemon obermeyerae (Pink Mist Bush)

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. There are a number of Hebes currently in bloom, including the delicate Hebe 'Wiri Spears', which flowers for long periods in the summer, and Hebe pubescens.
   Among the varitety of other interesting plants currently in bloom are two trees: the striking Metrosideros kermadecensis ‘Radiant’, with a brilliant display of beautiful red bristly flowers, and the Vitex-lucens (Puriri), a large tree that produces unusual pink bell-shaped flowers under its leaves.

Hebe 'Wiri Spears'
Hebe 'Wiri Spears'
Hebe pubescens

Hebe pubescens

Metrosideros kermadecensis ‘Radiant’

Metrosideros kermadecensis ‘Radiant’

Vitex-lucens (Puriri)

Vitex-lucens (Puriri)

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 are the Banksia victoriae (Wooly Orange Banksia) and Grevillea ‘Sylvia'.
   This summer also offers variety of other plants of interest, among those currently in bloom are the Correa ‘Strawberries and Cream’, one of the many attractive correas in the garden, and Beaufortia sparsa (Swamp Bottlebrush), a showy shrub with orange-red bottle-brush flowers. Also on display are the brilliant red blooms of the Corymbia ficifolia (see banner above), an ornamental tree in the eucalyptus family. 

Banksia victoriae (Wooly Orange Banksia)

Banksia victoriae (Wooly Orange Banksia)

Grevillea ‘Sylvia'
Grevillea ‘Sylvia'
Correa ‘Strawberries and Cream’
Correa ‘Strawberries and Cream’
Beaufortia sparsa (Swamp Bottlebrush)

Beaufortia sparsa (Swamp 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 microphylla ‘Mesa Azure’, with attractive light purple flowers, and Salvia microphylla 'UCB' (Little Leaf Sage), that displays pretty pink blooms. Other plants of interest include the Pelargonium ‘Lemon Kiss’ (Lemon Scented Geranium), that has aromatic lemon-perfumed foliage, and Backhousia citriodora (Lemon Scented Myrtle), that produces large clusters of creamy-white flowers.

Salvia microphylla ‘Mesa Azure’

Salvia microphylla ‘Mesa Azure’

Salvia microphylla 'UCB' (Little Leaf Sage)

Salvia microphylla 'UCB' (Little Leaf Sage)

Pelargonium ‘Lemon Kiss’ (Lemon Scented Geranium)

Pelargonium ‘Lemon Kiss’ (Lemon Scented Geranium)

Backhousia citriodora (Lemon Scented Myrtle)

Backhousia citriodora (Lemon Scented Myrtle)