What's in Bloom

Set on twenty-five acres adjacent to Rock Creek Park, Hillwood’s Gardens contain a diverse and fascinating array of plants. Spring is in the air! The forsythia has finally started blooming and the gardens are beautiful again. Now that spring is here we can expect to see new surprises everyday.

Common Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles speciosa)

Chaenomeles speciosa (Common Flowering Quince)  large shrub on visitor drive 

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Thunberg Spirea (Spirea thunbergii)

 Spirea thunbergii (Thunberg Spirea) very early blooming 

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Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientale hybrid)

Helleborus orientale hybrid (Lenten Rose), one of the early blooming perennials

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Toadshade (Trillium erectum)

Toadshade (Trillium erectum) there are several species of this early herbaceous prennial at the Adirondack Building.

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Japanese Pieris (Japanese pieris)

Pieris japonica (Japanese pieris) They are located around the garden, often in partly shaded areas.

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Guinea Hen Flower (Fritillaria meleagris)

Guinea Hen Flower (Fritillaria meleagris) these small bulbs can be found near the lower gate in the rock garden.

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Fragrant Winterhazel (Corylopsis glabrescens)

Fragrant Winterhazel (Corylopsis glabrescens) in the Japanese-style Garden

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Spring color is showing up at Hillwood! After a very cold and long winter some of the early bulbs, perennials and shrubs are starting to bloom.

  • Common Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles speciosa) usually blooming in late winter. There are a several in the gardens the large ones are on right side of the visitors drive. 
  • Guinea Hen Flower (Fritillaria meleagris) the small bulbs are blooming with many other small plants in the rock garden.
  • Toadshade (Trillium erectum) there are several species of this early herbaceous prennial at the Adirondack Building along with many other native wild flowers.
  • Pieris japonica (Japanese pieris) Narrow leaves are bronzy-green or reddish when they emerge, changing to a lustrous dark green. Clusters of tiny, urn-shaped flowers appear in March. They are located around the garden, often in partly shaded areas.
  • Corylopsis glabrescens, (Fragrant Winterhazel) tall woody plant with pale yellow fragrant pendulous flowers. It can be found in the upper section of the Japanese-style Garden.
  • Spirea thunbergii (Thunberg Spirea) is always the first Spirea to bloom at Hillwood. Covered in tiny white flowers and rather loosely arching branches about five foot tall and wide. Because of the size this species is one of the old fashioned shrubs that is getting hard to find at the garden center. It can be a little large for the average town garden.
  • Helleborus orientale hybrid (Lenten Rose), an early blooming perennial that can be found on a wall under the windows of the Cafe. They begin in winter and can last well into May.

 


Brian Barr

Director of Horticulture

Cherry blossom season in DC has been described as a “floral rush-hour.” Of course at Hillwood, the entire spring is a permanent floral rush! Something spectacular is always blooming.

Pictured above: Ellen Charles, president of the Board of Directors at Hillwood, Brian Barr, director of horticulture, and Earl Loy, Marjorie Merriweather Post's former head gardener. 

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