San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden
The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is an excellent destination for gardeners who live in a Mediterranean climate. The garden is home to many beautiful, rare, and drought-tolerant plants from similar climate zones, including Australia, South Africa, Chile, California, and the Mediterranean Basin. Visitors discover beautiful plants that thrive during hot, dry summers and cold, wet winters.
Visitors will find stunning color at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden every month of the year. For example, smoke tree has small flowers that create panicles reminiscent of purple smoke in spring and early summer.
Aloe ferox is a dramatic plant from South Africa and is one of the most interesting succulents in the garden. The plant can grow 10 feet tall and bears large flower columns that attract hummingbirds and butterflies.
The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden features many plants that attract hummingbirds and other wildlife. Here, Anna's hummingbird visits Aloe succotrina.
The staff at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is proud of the way the buildings combine beauty and energy conservation. The architecture features big, bright interiors and meets LEED Gold Standards, providing 85 percent of its heat and 95 percent of its cooling without consuming energy.
The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden features many plants that attract butterflies, including California-native plants. There are also exotic butterfly favorites, such as this wild geranium from South Africa.
California poppy, penstemon, and sage are three common wildflowers that thrive in most areas. These low-care flowers are wonderful choices for adding easy color to your landscape.
The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden offers lots of fun plant combinations to inspire visitors. Here, lavender pairs with Calandrinia to create a vibrant show of color that's great along walkways and as a focal point. Both plants are drought-tolerant.
Inspire young budding gardeners by planting easy-to-grow edibles. Sorrel, nasturtium, and kale are examples that combine to create a beautiful salad garden.
At the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, you'll discover many Australia-native plants, such as this drought-tolerant Correa pulchella. It's a tough shrub that attracts hummingbirds.
South African Flora
Add an interesting focal point to your garden with honeybush. It offers color and intrigue with its large silvery-gray foliage and big burgundy flowers. It attracts birds, too.
There are many easy-to-grow plants native to California. One favorite at the gardens is California columbine, which grows well in the shade and is deer-resistant.
Make the most out of small spaces by using containers. They make for easier landscape maintenance because less weeding and cultivating is required. See a lovely array of containers at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden.