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 a great time to enjoy the color in the cut flower garden!
Summer is here!
Lily-of-the-Nile (Agapanthus africanus) Evergreen perennial that is native to South Africa (not the Nile River as the misleading common name suggests). The flowers are clusters (umbels) of blue, funnel-shaped flowers atop stiff upright stalks.
Hummingbird Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia ‘Hummingbird’)
Clethra is one of those great late summer plants you can’t miss because of its strong fragrance and pure white flower spikes. Summersweet comes in many cultivars, with white or pink flowers. ‘Hummingbird’ is just 2.5-3 feet tall and wide and spreads nicely with age.
‘Annabelle’ Smooth Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’) One of the most popular hydrangeas, known for its pure white, massive, globe-shaped flower heads and its ability to light up a shady border. In recent years, growers have also developed cultivars with light pink blooms
Limelight Panicle Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’) This late-blooming hydrangea has large, upright, pale lime green blooms that eventually fade to a lovely pink. The shrub is six to eight feet high and wide and makes a great statement when planted en masse.
Flower heads are often used in bouquets, fresh or dried.
Hybrid Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) Large shrub or small tree with bright flowers and glossy green leaves that turn red in autumn. The exfoliating turnk bark remains spectacular throught the year.