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. Autumn is here! Mums, fall bulbs and pansies are showing up in the garden.

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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Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)

Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)  can be found near the Adirondack building.

 

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Panicle Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’)

Panicle Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’)  Flowers emerge creamy white, mature to chartreuse-lime and eventually acquire rose tones before finally fading to beige. 

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Taro Violet Stem (Colocasia esculenta 'Violet Stem')

Taro Violet Stem (Colocasia esculenta 'Violet Stem') can be found on the wall below the cut flower garden at Hillwood.

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Floribunda roses (Rosa various cultivars)

Floribunda roses (Rosa various cultivars) 

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Colchicum  (Colchicum species)

Colchicum  (Colchicum species) are bulb like plants often misnamed 'Autumn Crocus'. The cup-shaped flowers bloom without leaves. The plant is poisonous to all critters that may be tempted to eat them makeing them very longlived in the garden. The flowers appear in the fall and foliage, which resembles hosta leaves, appears in the spring.

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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.

  • Panicle Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’) thrives in urban conditions and blooms on current season’s growth, so they bloom reliably each year regardless of the severity of the winter. ‘Limelight’ is a compact cultivar that typically grows to 6-8’ tall and as wide. Flowers emerge creamy white, mature to chartreuse-lime and eventually acquire rose tones before finally fading to beige. 

  • Taro Violet Stem (Colocasia esculenta 'Violet Stem') can be found on the wall below the cut flower garden at Hillwood. They are often called elephant ears because of the size and shape of the leaves. Being a fairly low maintenance plant, Violet Stem Taro is normally quite easy to grow provided a minimum level of care is given throughout the year.

  • 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.

  • Colchicum   are bulb like plants often misnamed 'Autumn Crocus'. The cup-shaped flowers bloom without leaves. The plant is poisonous to all critters that may be tempted to eat them makeing them very longlived in the garden. The flowers appear in the fall and foliage, which resembles hosta leaves, appears in the spring.

  • Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)  can be found near the Adirondack building. The spikes of true blue floweres on this wetland native attract butterflies and hummingbirds 

  • 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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