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

Ferocactus glaucescens- 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

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Hawaiian Hibiscus (Hibiscus kokio subspecies saintjohnianus) – Hawaiian Garden

Malvaceae Hibiscus Kokio saintjohnianus

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

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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

June 2017

We’ve been really busy the last few months and missed adding entries for April and May. You’ll have to wait until next year to see what’s blooming then, but those are usually our most floriferous months. It’s starting to feel like summer in the Garden, and there’s still plenty in bloom. Come visit soon!

Sand paper verbena (Verbena rigida) – Pavilion Garden

Primrose tree (Lagunaria pattersonii) – Service road above waterfall

Allen Chickering Sage (Salvia ‘Allen Chickering’) – California Native Garden

Cedros buckwheat (Eriogonum molle) – California Native Garden

Gumplant (Grindelia camporum) – California Native Garden

Matilija poppy (Romneya coulteri) – California Native Garden

Baja California senna (Senna purpursii) – New World Desert Garden, Baja Bed

Big galleta (Hilaria rigida) – New World Desert Garden

Opuntia sulphurea – New World Desert Garden

Giant oxalis (Oxalis gigantea) – New World Desert Garden

Koki’o ‘ula (Hibiscus clayi) – Hawaiian Garden

Chocolate flower (Berlandiera lyrata) – Pollinator Garden

Bog sage (Salvia uliginosa) – Pollinator Garden

Mickey mouse plant (Ochna serrulata) – Across the path from the Lily Section

Natal lily (Crinum moorei) – Lily Section

Yellow bells (Tecoma stans) – Plaza Garden

March 2017

Spring has sprung! Many more species are blooming than what’s listed here, so if you get the chance come visit soon! Hover over the photos for name and general location.

Mojave verbena (Verbena gooddingii) – California Native Garden (Desert Bed)

Wooly-leaf sunflower (Bahiopsis lanata) – California Native Garden (Baja Bed)

California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) – California Native Section

Red-skinned onion (Allium haematochiton) – California Native Garden

Fan aloe (Aloe plicatilis) – Desert Garden

Curry bush (Hypericum revolutum) – Southern border of Desert Garden

Purple phlomis (Phlomis purpurea) – Mediterranean Garden

Japanese flowering cherry (Prunus serrulata ‘Pink Cloud’) – Main path south of lower pond

Marmalade bush (Streptosolen jamesonii) – South ADA path

Giant daisy tree (Podachaenium eminens) – South of ADA path

Velvet groundsel (Roldana petasitis) – Main path

Surinam powder puff (Calliandra surinamensis) – Tiverton Gate

Red powderpuff (Calliandra haematocephala) – Main Path

Poison bulb (Crinum asiaticum) – Lily section

February 2017

We’ve had above average rain this winter and the garden is bursting into bloom! Roll over the images below to see the names and general location for some of the plants which are blooming right now.

Catalina currant (Ribes viburnifolium) – California Native section

Bush anenome (Carpenteria californica) – California Native Section

Maritime ceanothus (Ceanothus maritimus) – California Native Section

Aloe x salmdyckiana – Desert Garden

Chinchilla Wattle (Acacia chinchillensis) – Australian Garden

Firecracker flower (Justicia floribunda) – Main Path

Pink Cestrum (Cestrum elegans) – Main path (near South Gate)

(Pink snowball) Dombeya x cayeuxii – west of Cedar Grove

Chinese fringeflower (Loropetalum chinense) – North Main Path

Camellia (Camellia japonica) – North Main path