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. Summer is here! The annual displays are in full bloom  and the cut flower garden is at it's peak providing flowers for the arrangements in the Mansion, Visitor Center and Cafe. 

Glossy Abelia ( Abelia x grandiflora)

Glossy Abelia ( Abelia x grandiflora) Small funnel-shaped flowers at the end of the branches open pinkish in early summer.

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Common crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)

Common crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) Attractive in all seasons.

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Sweet pepperbush (Clethra alnifolia `Hummingbird')

Sweet pepperbush (Clethra alnifolia `Hummingbird')  can be found near the Adirondack building.

 

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Smooth Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens)  Early summer flowering shrub with flowers that pass from green to white to light brown.

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Begonia ‘Solenia Apricot’

Begonia ‘Solenia Apricot’ are the compact plants that line the French Garden. 

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Floribunda roses (Rosa various cultivars)

Floribunda roses (Rosa various cultivars) 

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Bottlebrush Buckeye (Aesculus parviflora var. serotina)
Bottlebrush Buckeye (Aesculus parviflora var. serotina) 
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Summer is hot and so are the colors in the gardens at Hillwood! Many of the perennials, annuals and shrubs are now in bloom.

  • Floribunda roses (Rosa various cultivars) are a deciduous shrub with lustrous green compound leaves (several leaflets). Multiple canes, usually have thorns or prickles. They blooms in the spring, and sporadically until frost. Located throughout the 12 beds in the Rose Garden.The current plants are All-American Rose Selections from the1960s.

  • Smooth Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens)  Early summer flowering shrub with flowers that pass from green to white to light brown.

  • Begonia ‘Solenia Apricot’ are compact plants that are very tolerant of sun. They also stand up to heat and wind, resist powdery mildew and can be grown in part shade to full sun. This annual can be found in the French Garden.

  • Glossy Abelia ( Abelia x grandiflora) is a semi-evergreen shrub with small leaves and multiple, arching branches. Small funnel-shaped flowers at the end of the branches open pinkish in early summer; their outer layers (the sepals) turn a rosy-purple in late summer, and persist as a colorful feature for many months. Leaves are bronzy in winter. Abelias are planted at several locations on the estate.

  • Bottlebrush Buckeye (Aesculus paviflora var. serotina) is a native multi-stemmed shrub that is wide-spreading with 8 to 12” outstanding cylindrical flowers. This summer blooming shrub also has consistently beautiful yellow fall color. The variety serotina blooms 2 to 3 weeks later than the species.

  • Sweet pepperbush (Clethra alnifolia `Hummingbird') is a dense summer-flowering native shrub with lustrous dark-green leaves. Upright clusters of very fragrant white flowers appear in mid-summer. Fall color is golden yellow. Clusters of small brown seed pods remain through the winter. Hummingbird is a low growing cultivar 30 to 40” high, spreads vigorously by rhizomes and flowers heavily.

  • Common crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) is a vase-shaped tree with multiple trunks. Clusters of flowers appear in summer and may last several weeks. Good fall color in yellows, oranges, and reds. Clusters of half-inch seed capsules persist through winter. The smooth, light-colored bark exfoliates to show underlayers of shades of gray, tan and rich brown. Attractive in all seasons.


Jessica Bonilla

Head Gardener

I love the summer garden at Hillwood, it's quite something! It's an opportunity to really appreciate the great textures and tones of our shade gardens in contrast to the striking colors of our annual flower displays.


 

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