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 

Thunberg Spirea (Spirea thunbergii)

 Spirea thunbergii (Thunberg Spirea) very early blooming 

Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientale hybrid)

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

Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata)

Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata) at frendship walk

Japanese Pieris (Japanese pieris)

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

Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis)

Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis) in the Motor Court

Fragrant Winterhazel (Corylopsis glabrescens)

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


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. 
  • Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis) very fragrant early flowering bulbs in the Motor Court
  • Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata) small trees with white fragrant flowers. There are several trees at the end of Friendship Walk.
  • 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.

Drew Asbury

Greenhouse and Cutting Garden Grower

Knowing that the flowers actually have a purpose is fun for me! As hard as it is to go in and cut the flowers—because they look so beautiful in the garden—it’s then really fun to see them made into an arrangement where the entire arrangement comes out of the cutting garden.

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