August 2018

Long days of summer sunshine are intense in the arid collections. Colorful blossoms can be found throughout the Garden.

Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia diversifolia) – Patio Garden

Tithonia diversifolia

Lemon-scented Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) – Western Australia Natives

Carrion Plant (Stapelia grandifolora) – Desert Garden

Stapelia grandifolora

Devil Tree (Alstonia venenata) – Subtropical Woodlands

Alstonia venenata

Dwarf Organpipe Cactus (Stenocereus littoralis) – Desert Garden

Stenocereus littoralis

Pineapple Lily (Eucomis comosa) – “Lilies”

Eucomis comosa

Primrose Tree (Lagunaria pattersonii) – Near the Nest

Lagunaria pattersonii

Moreton Bay Chestnut (Castanospermum australe) – on Hilgard, outside the fence

Castanospermum australe

Dwarf Bauhinia (Bauhinia natalensis) – Tiverton Fence

Bauhinia natalensis

Tree ocotillo (Fouquieria macdougalii) – Desert Garden

Fouquieria macdougalii

July 2018

Many tropical and desert plants are blooming. A very unusual thunderstorm graced the garden this month, as well as an intense heat wave.

Chinese St. John’s Wort (Hypericum monogynum) – Near The Nest

Hypericum monogynum

Upright prairie coneflower (Ratibida columnifera) – Backyard Exploration Garden

Ratibida columnifera

Baja spurge (Euphorbia xanti) – Desert Garden

Euphorbia xanti

Common myrtle (Myrtus communis) – Near Bromeliads

Myrtus communis

Climbing Lily (Gloriosa modesta) – Lily Garden

Gloriosa modesta

Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet) – The Stream

Alpinia zerumbet

Desert willow (Chilopsis linearis) – Desert Garden

Chilopsis linearis

Coast Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus viridescens) – Desert Garden

Ferocactus viridescens

Brazilian Orchid tree (Bauhinia forficata) – Pavilion Garden

Bauhinia forficata

African Lily (Agapanthus africanus) – The Stream

Agapanthus africanus

June 2018

June is marked by Jacarandas turning the city of Los Angeles into a bright blossom of blue and purple! Matilija poppies are standing tall in the Southern California Natives collection.

Lavender cotton (Santolina chamaecyparissus) – Mediterranean Ecosystem

Santolina chamaecyparissus

Matilija poppy (Romneya coulteri) – Southern California Natives

Romneya coulteri

Blue jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia) – Subtropical woodlands

Jacaranda mimosifolia

Fortnight Lily (Dietes grandiflora) – “Lillies”

Dietes grandiflora

Mock Orange (Pittosporum tobira) – Backyard Exploration

Pittosporum tobira

Poison bulb (Crinum asiaticum) – Patio Garden

Crinum asiaticum

Drooping Prickly pear (Opuntia monacantha) – Desert Garden

Opuntia monacantha

Silky Net Bush (Calothamnus villosus) – Western Australia Natives

Calothamnus villosus

Hawaiian Prickly poppy (Argemone glauca) – Hawaiian Natives

Argemone glauca

Green pinwheel (Aeonium decorum) – Desert Garden

Aeonium decorum

May 2018

In May we continue to see a large bloom throughout the garden, following the winter rains.  Especially notable are the California or Golden poppies in our Southern California Natives collection.

Chagualillo (Puya venusta) – Desert Garden

Puya venusta

Peppermint willow (Agonis flexuosa) – Subtropical woodlands

Agonis flexuosa

California golden poppy (Eschscholzia californica) – Southern California natives

Eschscholzia californica

White sage (Saliva apiana) – Southern California Natives

Saliva apiana

Rose cactus (Pereskia grandifolia) – Desert Garden

Pereskia grandifolia

Bridal wreath (Deutzia crenata ‘Nikko’) – Near Southern end of the Mediterranean garden

Deutzia crenata 'Nikko'

Velvet centaurea (Centaurea gymnocarpa) – Pavilion garden

Centaurea cineraria

Bear’s Breeches (Acanthus spinosus) – Pavilion Garden

Acanthus spinosus

April 2018

Gorgeous pink cherry blossoms are a sure sign of Spring in the Garden!

Japanese cherry (Prunus serrulata ‘Pink Cloud’) – Near Hilgard Entrance

Prunus serrulata 'Pink Cloud'

Jerusalem sage (Phlomos fruticosa) – Mediterranean Ecosystem

Phlomos fruticosa

Orange bush monkey-flower (Mimulus aurantiacus) – Southern California Natives

Mimulus aurantiacus

Purple torch (Eupatorium sordidum) – Near Bromeliad GArden

Eupatorium sordidum

Conejo Buckwheat (Eriogonum crocatum) – Southern California Natives

Eriogonum crocatum

Tower of jewels (Echium simplex) – Backyard Exploration

Echium simplex

Cleistocactus (Cleistocactus sp.) – Desert Garden

Cleistocactus sp.

Brush Pea (Chorizema ‘Bush Flame’) – Western Australia Natives

Chorizema 'Bush Flame'

Golden Spur Columbine (Aquilegia chrysantha) – Backyard Exploration

Aquilegia chrysantha

Bird’s eye gilia (Gilia tricolor) – Southern California Natives

Gilia tricolor

March 2018

Some late winter rain has been quenching the garden. Signs of spring are beginning to show!

Bengal Trumpet (Thunbergia grandiflora) – Hilgard Fence

Thunbergia grandiflora

Bruce’s Dwarf Euphorbia (Euphorbia characias ‘Bruce’s Dwarf’) – Pavilion Garden

Euphorbia characias 'Bruce's Dwarf'

Meema Vine Lilac (Hardenbergia violacea ‘Meema’) – Western Australia Natives

Hardenbergia violacea 'Meema' - Meema purple vine lilac

Natal Bottlebrush (Greyia sutherlandii) – Palm Hillside

Greyia sutherlandii

Fan Aloe (Aloe plicatilis) – Desert Garden

Aloe plicatilis - Fan aloe

Bush Lily (Clivia miniata) – The Stream

Clivia miniata

California Buckwheat (Erigonium fasciulatum ‘Dana Point’) – Mediterranean Ecosystem

Erigonium fasciulatum 'Dana Point'

Sinclairia platylepis (Sinclairia platylepis) – South Entrance

Sinclairia platylepis

Sizzling Pink (Loropetalum chinese) – The Nest

Loropetalum chinese

Lucky Bean Tree (Erythrina lysistemon) – South Entrance

Erythrina lysistemon

February 2018

Bright blossoms can be found throughout the garden in February. The Desert Garden especially has some colorful flowers to explore this time of year.

Blue butterfly bush (Rotheca myricoides) – The Triangle

Mickey Mouse plant (Ochna serrulata) – Path near the Lily Garden

Purple wings (Dalechampia dioscoreifolia) – Tiverton Fence

Golden barrel cactus (Echinocactus grusonii) – Desert Garden

Echinocactus grusonii- Golden barrel cactus

Cape cowslip (Lachenalia aloides) – Mediterranean Garden

Curry bush (Hypericum revolutum) – Mediterranean Garden

Red buttons cactus (Opuntia quitensis) – Desert Garden

Rooiwortel (Bulbine latifolia) – Desert Garden

Japanese flowering quince (Chaenomeles speciosa) – East Stream Path

Prickly Pear (Opuntia ficus-indica) – Desert Garden

Prickly pear

January 2018

The rains have returned! Come see what’s blooming!

Hawaiian Hibiscus (Hibiscus kokio subspecies saintjohnianus) – Hawaiian Garden

Green Goddess Cala Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) – Bromeliad Garden

Perfumed Passionflower (Passiflora vitifolia) – Tiverton Fence

Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii) – Desert Garden

Spotted Emu Bush (Eremophila maculata) – Australia Garden

Catalina Ceanothus (Ceanothus arboreus) – Southern California Native Garden

Silver Leaf Cassia (Cassia phyllodinea) – Mediterranean Garden

Fouquieria (Fouquieria formosa) – Desert Garden

Lester Rowntree Manzanita (Arctostaphylos ‘Lester Rowntree’) – Southern California Native Garden

Mexican Cardinal Flower (Lobelia laxiflora) – Pollinator Garden

December 2017

December brings early blooming plants and those which bloom throughout the year when given supplemental water. As we get into the cooler months the Garden will begin to look greener and more lush before the heavy blooming season in the spring.

Natal flame bush (Alberta magna) – Base of Palm Slope

Climbing aloe (Aloiampelos ciliaris) – Patio fence

Camelia (Camelia japonica) – Stream head

Summer holly (Comarostaphylis diversifolia) – Southern California Native Garden

Carbonilla (Cordia decandra) – Mediterranean Garden

Red flowering gum (Corymbia ficifolia) – South Gate

Bull withe (Heteropterys purpurea) – Patio Fence

Kokiʻo ʻula (Hibiscus clayi) -Hawaiian Garden

Bearded iris (Iris germanica) – Pavilion

Smooth shell macadamia (Macadamia integrifolia) – Subtropical woodland, south of Hawaiian Garden

November 2017

November is an interesting month in the Garden. Shorter days, cooler temperatures and coastal fog jump start the early winter bloom. It’s a great time to visit!

Flaming glorybower (Clerodendrum splendens) – North end of main path Main Path

Bush anemone (Carpenteria californica) – California Native Garden

Desert marigold (Baileya multiradiata) – California Native Desert Bed

Woolly blue curls (Trichostema lanatum) – California Native Garden

Shelpe’s aloe (Aloe schelpei) – Old World Desert Garden

Concertina bush (Crassula rupestris) – Desert Garden

Tiger jaws (Faucaria felina subsp. tuberculosa) – Desert Garden

Cut-leaf banksia (Banksia praemorsa) – Western Australian Garden

Jacquinia (Jacquinia pungens) – Between Mediterranean and Desert Gardens

Granjero rojo (Condalia velutina) – Between Desert and Mediterranean Gardens

Christmas pride (Ruellia macrantha) – Lower Stream

Golden thryallis (Galphimia glauca) – Main Path