Winter in California’s summer-dry climate is very different from the rest of the country.
It is a robust time in gardens as winter rains kick plants into their growing season. It is a great time to visit San Francisco Botanical Garden and get a cure for what most of us think is a dormant season.
The aloes are starting their bloom in the succulent garden.
Of course, any time of year is a great time for the Agave americana, blooming or not.
In fact, beautiful foliage is the key feature for a number of plants in the South African section.
Don’t you just want to stroke the leafy ‘feather duster’ stems of Phylica pubescens ?
Restios, grass-like perennials, have become quite popular and the ones in the Botanic Garden are mature, giving a good sense of scale.
The Heathers are flowering with their profuse tiny bells.
And in the Mesoamerican Cloud Forest, the Giant Groundsel (Telanthlophora grandifolia) shows off.
See more: a new gallery is the Archive.
And don’t forget now, one of the biggest winter attractions in San Francisco Botanical Garden is the showcase of flowering magnolias.