We had an opportunity to visit the gardens at Hearst Castle yesterday, and we noticed that many of the plants can also be found closer to home – in our front and back yards. Oleander, bottle-brush, rhododendron, geranium, hydrangea, boxwood, agapanthus, acacia, and many other basics of the California residential landscape are seen in abundance at Hearst Castle. I’m not sure if all of these plants were chosen by Mr. Hearst and Julia Morgan for the gardens or if they were added later. There’s a restoration project underway now for the gardens, so if the next time we visit maybe we’ll see some changes. But it was surprising to see all of these familiar plants. The oleandar and bottlebrush can be seen up and down highway 101. Maybe they were rare plants when selected for the Hearst Castle gardens.