Western Hills Garden—
What’s Blooming archive
April 2020

April 2020: The garden abides, even in troubled times. Camellias and Magnolias are lingering. The new growth provides hope: Kerria, ‘Hercules’ Lilies, Maples, and Maderense geraniums. The Rhododendrons are just starting. The Puya Chilensis has a flower stalk, only the third in 40 years. (new for April are in bold type):

Abelia, Abeliophyllum distichum (“White Forsythia”), Abutilon, Acacia, Ajuga ‘Catlin’s Giant’, Allium, Alstroemeria, Anigozanthos (“Kangaroo Paws”), Anisodontea sp. ‘Strybing Beauty’, Aquilegia (“Columbine”), Aristolochia macrophylla (“Dutchman’s Pipe”), Azaleas, Banksia spinulosa var. collina “Golden Candlesticks”, Berberis, Bergenia, Buttercup, Caltha palustris (“Marsh Marigolds”), Camellias, Ceanothus, Cestrum, Chaenomeles (“Flowering Quince”), Chasmanthe, “Weeping” Cherry, Choisya, Clematis armandii, Clianthus puniceus (“Parrot’s Bill”), Clivia, Corokia, Corydalis, Corylopsis (“Winter Hazel”), Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ (“Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick”), Cuphea, Cytisus ‘Lena’, Daffodils, Daphne, Echium (candicans, pininana, vulgare), Eomecon chionantha (“Chinese Snow Poppy”), Epimedium (“Bishop’s Hat”), Erica, Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae, Forsythia, Fremontodendron californicum x pentadactylon, Fuchsias (arborescens), Garrya (“Silk Tassel Tree”), Gaultheria procumbens (“Wintergreen”), Geranium (“Cranesbill”, maderense), Grevillea, Gunnera, Halesia monticola (“Silver Bells”), Hardenbergia violacea ‘Happy Wanderer’, Hebes, Helleborus (argutifolius, foetidus, orientalis), Holly, Homeria, Hydrangeas x seemanii, Impatiens tinctoria, Iris confusa (“Bamboo Iris”), Jasmine, Justicia rizzinii, Kerria, Kniphofia ‘Christmas Cheer’, Laurel (unknown), Leptospermum (“Wooly Tea Tree”), Leucadendron ‘Jester’, Libertia, Lilac, Canna Lilies, ‘Hercules’ Lilies, Lobelia, Lonicera (“Hack’s Red”), Loropetalum chinense (“Chinese Fringe Flower”), Luculia, Lunaria (“Money Plant”), Lupin, Magnolia, Mahonia, Manzanita, Mathiasella, Melaleuca, Melianthus major (“Honey Bush”), Mimulus, Modiolastrum lateritium (“Trailing Mallow”), Muscari (“Grape Hyacinth”), Myosotis (“Forget-me-nots”), Omphalodes, Osmanthus, Passiflora ‘Coral Sea’, Penstemon, Tree Peony, Persicaria, Phlomis, Phylica pubescens (“Featherhead”), Pieris, Pittosporum x ‘Sappy’, Poncirus trifoliata ‘Flying Dragon’, Welsh Poppies, Prostanthera (“Mint Bush”), Protea, Pseudocydonia sinensis (“Chinese Quince”), Puya chilensis, Rhododendrons, Rhodotypos (“Jet Bead”), Ribes, Rosemary, Salvia, Sarcococca ruscifolia (“Fragrant Sweet Box”), Senecio petasitis, Stachyurus praecox, Symphytum (“Comfrey”), Symplocarpus foetidus (“Skunk Cabbage”), Thalictrum, Tibouchina urvilleana (“Princess Flower”), Tradescantia, Vaccinium (“Blueberry”), Verbena, Viburnum, and Westringia.

Camellias in Bloom

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

Puya Chilensis blooms for the third time in 40 years
Puya chilensis bloom

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