What's Blooming

Leucospermum 'Veld Fire', 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. April is no exception and in this early Spring there is an  abundance of varied blooms in the gardens to see. Well worth a visit!

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  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 month include Dendromecon harfordii (Channel Island Tree Poppy) and Salvia spathacea (Hummingbird Sage).  Other plants of interest include Iris macrosiphon and Calystegia macrostegia (Morning Glory).

Dendromecon harfordii (Channel Island Tree Poppy)
Dendromecon harfordii (Channel Island Tree Poppy)
Salvia spathacea (Hummingbird Sage)
Salvia spathacea (Hummingbird Sage)
Iris macrosiphon
Iris macrosiphon
Calystegia macrostegia (Morning Glory)

Calystegia macrostegia (Morning Glory)

South African Garden
   Many brilliant colors and fascinating plants can be found throughout the South African garden this time of year. There is a wide variety of colorful proteas, ericas, leucospermums and leucadendrons currently in bloom. One of the proteas is the beautiful Protea neriifolia (Flared Form)Among the many leucospermums on display is the colorful Leucospermum 'High Gold'.
   Other plants of interest are the Leucadendron eucalyptfolium and the brilliant Erica cerinthoides ‘Santa Cruz Scarlet’one of the many examples of ericas currently blooming in the garden.

Protea neriifolia (Flared Form)
Protea neriifolia (Flared Form)
Leucospermum "High Gold"
Leucospermum 'High Gold'
Leucadendron eucalyptfolium
Leucadendron eucalyptfolium
Erica cerinthoides ‘Santa Cruz Scarlet’
Erica cerinthoides ‘Santa Cruz Scarlet’

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 in bloom is the Hebe venestula, that is currently displaying delicate white pink flowers.
   Two other specimens of interest include Corokia cotoneaster ‘Anton’s Dwarf’ (Wire Netting Bush) and the Leptospermum scoparium (Manuka).

Hebe venestula
Hebe venestula
Corokia cotoneaster ‘Anton’s Dwarf’ (Wire Netting Bush)

Corokia cotoneaster ‘Anton’s Dwarf’ (Wire Netting Bush)

Leptospermum scoparium (Manuka)

Leptospermum scoparium (Manuka)

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.
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urrent examples of the banksias and grevilleas is Banksia coccinea and Grevillea 'Bonfire'.  But there is also a wide diversity of other plants of interest at this time of year. Two of the most unique and attractive are the Telopea speciosissima 'Fireball' and Isopogon anemonifolius (Broad-leaved Drumsticks).

Banksia coccinea
Banksia coccinea
Grevillea 'Bonfire'
Grevillea 'Bonfire'
Telopea speciosissima 'Fireball'
Telopea speciosissima 'Fireball'
Isopogon anemonifolius (Broad-leaved Drumsticks)
Isopogon anemonifolius (Broad-leaved Drumsticks)


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 fragrant Rosa banksia ‘Alba Plena’ and the Psoralea pinnata (Fountain Bush), that displays attractive blue, lilac and white, pea-shaped flowers. Other plants of interest are the Narcissus tazetta ‘Golden Dawn’ and the Lavandula stoechas ‘Dedication’ (Spanish Lavender), a fragrant perennial that produces unique tufted blooms.
Rosa banksia ‘Alba Plena’
Rosa banksia ‘Alba Plena’
Psoralea pinnata (Fountain Bush)

Psoralea pinnata (Fountain Bush)

Narcissus tazetta ‘Golden Dawn’ 
Narcissus tazetta ‘Golden Dawn’ 
Lavandula stoechas ‘Dedication’ (Spanish Lavender)

Lavandula stoechas ‘Dedication’ (Spanish Lavender)