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! 

Upside-down orchid  (Stanhopea Ronsard (wardii) x (oculata))

Upside-down orchid  (Stanhopea Ronsard (wardii) x (oculata)) Stanhopea is a genus of the orchid family from Central and South America with fragrant flowers - sweet and spicy. 

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Hummingbird Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia ‘Hummingbird’)

Hummingbird Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia ‘Hummingbird’)  Clethra is one of those great  summer plants you can’t miss because of its strong fragrance.

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Hybrid Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)

Hybrid Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) Large shrub with bright flowers and glossy green leaves 

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Limelight Panicle Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’)

Limelight Panicle Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’) This late-blooming hydrangea has large, upright, pale lime green blooms that eventually fade to a lovely pink. 

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Bottlebrush Buckeye (Aesculus parviflora var. serotina)

Bottlebrush Buckeye (Aesculus parviflora var. serotina) has upright, eight-to-twelve inch long pure white flowers that resemble bottle brushes and large, tropical-like dark green leaves that turn golden yellow in autumn.

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Waterlily (Nymphaea x 'Colordo')

Waterlily (Nymphaea x 'Colordo') There are dozens of species of waterlily, known for their large, oval green leaves and slightly fragrant blooms that float above the water.  

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Yellow Canna Lily (Canna x generalis 'Tropical Yellow') Spectacular yellow blooms with rose colored flecks provide summer-long tropical flair. 

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Summer is here!

  • Upside-down orchid  (Stanhopea Ronsard (wardii) x (oculata) ) Stanhopea is a genus of the orchid family from Central and South America. The complex fragrant flowers are generally spectacular and short-lived. The scent is very strong, penetrating, sweet and spicy. Their pendant flowers are noted for flowering out of the bottom of the containers in which they grow, lending themselves to culture in baskets that have enough open space for flowers to push through. They are sometimes called upside-down orchids or dragon orchid. 

    Stanhopea is a genus of the orchid family from Central and South America. The complex fragrant flowers are generally spectacular and short-lived. The scent is very strong, penetrating, sweet and spicy. Their pendant flowers are noted for flowering out of the bottom of the containers in which they grow, lending themselves to culture in baskets that have enough open space for flowers to push through. They are sometimes called upside-down orchids or dragon orchid. 

  • 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.  

  • Yellow Canna Lily (Canna x generalis 'Tropical Yellow') Spectacular yellow blooms with rose colored flecks provide summer-long tropical flair. Dwarf form with lush blue-green foliage is ideal for mass planting in beds and borders. Beautiful in pots and window boxes for patio or terraces. In cold climates, lift bulbs in fall. Herbaceous perennial.

  • 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. 

  • Bottlebrush Buckeye (Aesculus parviflora var. serotina) This is a plant you’ll covet if you ever happen to see one in a neighbor’s yard:  it has upright, eight-to-twelve inch long pure white flowers that resemble bottle brushes and large, tropical-like dark green leaves that turn golden yellow in autumn. The straight species flowers in late spring, and variety  serotina  flowers a few weeks later.  It is a large specimen plant that growes eight to twelve feet high, eight to fifteen feet wide.  

  • Waterlily (Nymphaea spp) There are dozens of species of waterlily, known for their large, oval green leaves and slightly fragrant blooms that float above the water.  The flowers come in many shades: pink, blue, purple, pure white and even yellow.  The common North American white water lily often seen in the wild is Nymphaea odorata.                                                                                                                                                      

     

 

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