Western Hills Garden—
What’s Blooming archive
December 2019

December 2019: Winter has been wet and blowy. A neighbor’s big Oak came down and the Bald Cypress lost several big branches. Luckily, we had pruned several large trees for the winter: Black Locust, Persian Ironwood, White Pine, and the Oak at the house. The winter exposes new vistas of the garden’s “bones”. Many of the Camellias are out and putting on a show. Not much else is blooming, but some interesting colors, fruit, seeds, and berries. (new for December are in bold type):

Abelia, Abutilon, Alstroemeria, Ampelopsis brevipedunculata (“Porcelain Berry”), Anigozanthos (“Kangaroo Paws”), Anisodontea sp. ‘Strybing Beauty’, Arbutus (“Strawberry Tree”), Asclepias (“Milkweed”), Azaleas, Banksia spinulosa var. collina “Golden Candlesticks”, Bergenia, Biden, Bouvardia ternifolia (“Firecracker Bush”), Bowkeria verticillata (“Natal Shell Flower”), Brugmansia, Callistemon (“Pink Bottlebrush”), Caltha palustris (“Marsh Marigolds”), Camellias, Cestrum, Chaenomeles (“Flowering Quince”), Cornus capitata berries, Correa, Cunonia capensis (“Butterknife Bush”), Cuphea, Tree Dahlias, Dichroa febrifuga berries, Echium vulgare, Impatiens tinctoria, Erica, Fuchsias (arborescens, boliviana), Geranium (“Cranesbill”), Grevillea, Gunnera, Hebes, Helleborus (argutifolius, foetidus), Holly, Hydrangeas x seemanii, Iris foetidissima berries, Justicia brandegeeana (“Shrimp Plant”), Canna Lilies, ‘Hercules’ Lilies, Lobelia, Mahonia, Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii (“Turk’s Cap”), Modiolastrum lateritium (“Trailing Mallow”), Nerine (“Spider Lily”), Oregano, Passiflora ‘Coral Sea’, Penstemon, Persicaria, Photinia davidiana, Phymosia umbellata (“Mexican Bush Mallow”), Pieris, Plectranthus, Plumbago, Protea, Pseudocydonia sinensis fruit (“Chinese quince”), Roses, Salvia, Symphoricarpos (“Snowberry”), Symphytum (“Comfrey”), Tagetes erecta (“Mexican Marigold”), Tradescantia, Verbena, Viburnum, and Westringia.

Camellias in Bloom

Download a map of the Camellias at Western Hills (2-page, 442K pdf).

Camellia granthamiana in bloom
CamelliaGranthamiana blooms

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