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 here! Each day brings new flowers.

Rose 'Golden Showers' (Rosa  'Golden Showers')

Rose 'Golden Showers' (Rosa  'Golden Showers') Vigorous climbing rose with thorny stems and large, solitary or clustered, fragrant  flowers. The plant has upright growth with dark stems and glossy foliage that continuously blooms in summer and autumn.

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Japanese Snowball (Viburnum plicatum f. plicatum)

Japanese Snowball (Viburnum plicatum f. plicatum)   shrub that bears pairs of elegant large, white, ball-shaped flower clusters in May. 

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Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum 'Baumannii'​)

Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum 'Baumannii') A  deciduous tree that can grow 80’ tall with an upright habit and oval crown. Large, palmately compound leaves emerge in spring, typically with 7 leaflets, 4-10” long. This tree is known for it’s showy white flowers on upright panicles that develop an overall peach color as they age in mid-spring.

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 (Rhododendron Hybrid)

 (Rhododendron Hybrid) This late-season Rhododendron starts with dark pinkbuds and opens to a rich light pink flower. 

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Japanese or Fairy Primrose (Primula japonica)

Japanese or Fairy Primrose (Primula japonica)  sports clusters of bright flowers in various shades of pink that rise above wavy, green wrinkled leaves. 

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‘Nikko’ Slender Deutzia (Deutzia x ‘Nikko’)

‘Nikko’ Slender Deutzia (Deutzia x ‘Nikko’) A small, graceful shrub covered in slightly fragrant small white blooms.  

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Fringe Tree (Chionanthus retusus) A deciduous small tree with white, fringe-like clusters of fragrant flowers .

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Late Spring is here!

  • Rose 'Golden Showers' (Rosa  'Golden Showers') Vigorous climbing rose with thorny stems and large, solitary or clustered, fragrant  flowers. The plant has upright growth with dark stems and glossy foliage that continuously blooms in summer and autumn. 

  • Japanese Snowball (Viburnum plicatum f. plicatum)  Spreading, bushy shrub that bears pairs of elegant large, white, ball-shaped flower clusters in May. Rough, dark-green leaves look slightly pleated, especially when new. Fall foliage is reddish-purple. Sometimes mistaken for hydrangea.

  • Fringe Tree (Chionanthus retusus) A deciduous small tree with leathery, somewhat elongated leaves, late to leaf out. White, fringe-like clusters of flowers bloom on the ends of branches. Heavier flowering in alternate years. On this female plant, dark-blue drupes (fruits) 

  •  (Rhododendron Hybrid) This late-season Rhododendron starts with dark pinkbuds and opens to a rich light pink flower.   

  • Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum 'Baumannii'A  deciduous tree that can grow 80’ tall with an upright habit and oval crown. Large, palmately compound leaves emerge in spring, typically with 7 leaflets, 4-10” long. This tree is known for it’s showy white flowers on upright panicles that develop an overall peach color as they age in mid-spring.

  • Japanese or Fairy Primrose (Primula japonica Flowering in late May to early June, Japanese primrose sports clusters of bright flowers in various shades of pink that rise above wavy, green wrinkled leaves.  They attract butterflies and are happy in moist sites, particularly in the woodland or shade garden. 

  • ‘Nikko’ Slender Deutzia (Deutzia x ‘Nikko’) A small, graceful shrub with lance-shaped small green leaves that turn reddish-purple in fall.  In spring, the plant is simply covered in slightly fragrant small white blooms.  It’s great for small gardens and containers, or use it massed in borders. 

     

 

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