Hearst Castle gardens

Hearst Castle offers five tours covering different parts of the buildings and grounds. One of these is the garden tour. The gardens are not spectacular, but they are decent examples of the mediterranean style.

At this time in spring, lantana is a prominent feature.

lantana at hearst castle

Sometimes the Lantana is pruned in a clumping pattern.
lantana at hearst castle

Azaleas are another flowering plant that is featured.
azaleas at san simeon

The estate has a lot of steps and terraces that are used to set off plantings.
san simeon terrace

Ceramic elements and columns are other architectural features.
san simeon column

And of course the staturary for which Mr. Hearst was so fond.
hearst castle statue