Western Hills Garden—
What’s Blooming archive
April 2016

New arrivals for April 2016: The rhodis and azaleas came early again this year. Of particular note is Marshall’s Azalea occidentalis, ascribed to one of the garden founders. The Japanese maples are already leafed out.

Several dogwoods are blooming, and the dove tree has its first flowers. The white wisteria is out and covering the barn. Homeria provides a surprise on the upper path.

The conifers have great new spring growth. The Beschorneria are sending up giant flower buds. The Giant “Hercules” calla lilies are over 6 feet tall.

Other notables include: abutilon, ajuga, allium, anigozanthos (“Kangaroo Paws”), aquilegia, azalea, banksia, berberis, bergenia, boronia, broom (white and red), buddleia, buttercup, callas, camellias, cantua, ceanothus, cercis (“redbud”), flowering cherry, chionanthus retusus (“Chinese Fringe Tree”), choisya, clematis, clianthus (“lobster claw”), daffodils, davidia involucrata (“Dove Tree”), echium, edgeworthia, erica, euphorbia, fuchsia, geraniums (maderense and maculatum), geum, grevillea, hardenbergia, helianthemum, hellebores, homeria, climbing hydrangeas, iris (Pacific and Japanese), kerria, ‘Hercules’ lilies, leucadendron, libertia, lonicera trifoliate, lunaria, lupin, magnolias, marsh marigolds, mathiasella, melianthus, omphalodes, pieris, polemonium (“Jacob’s Ladder”), puya chilensis, quince, rhododendrons, japanese rose ‘Lady Banksia’, some salvia, sarcococca, scilla, symphytum (“comfrey”), teucrium, tree peonies, verbena, viburnum, weigela, westringia, wisteria.

white wisteria at Western Hills Garden
homeria at Western Hills Garden
Marshall's azalea at Western Hills Garden
maple at Western Hills Garden

Clockwise from top left: Marshall’s azalea, white wisteria, homeria, maple

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