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. Come to experience Spring with its riot of colorful flowers.
Early May was the time Marjorie Post invited guests to Hillwood for her big garden party. The gardens are celebrating spring with color; come enjoy the gardens dressed in their party finest. Azalea, dogwood, Viburnum, Spirea and more are at their most prolific and glorious moment of bloom!
- Summer annuals are planted! Thousands of annual flowers were planted by the gardeners and enthusiastic volunteers.
- Azaleas are waning but come soon to see the late-blooming azaleas lining the pathway with color.
- Wood hyacinth, also known as Spanish bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica), have naturalized along path edges; their lavender flowers combine beautifully with pink and white azalea blossoms.
- Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) is the state tree of both Virginia and Missouri and the state flower of North Carolina! Find dogwood in Hillwood's gardens near the Motor Court and Rose Garden
- Loropetalum chinensis has survived near Hillwood's putting green since Marjorie Post resided here. It is quite remarkable because it has endured some very cold winters since the mid 1950's.
- Aquilegia Pumila selection is a beautiful, small columbine with bright blue flowers and white spurs; it is the perfect, petite size for Hillwood’s rock garden which is located just inside the lower entrance gate.
- Aquilegia canadensis L. is the wild red columbine. Columbine is perennial and spreads easily by self-seeding.
- Fragrant lilacs are blooming near the Rose Garden and Dacha.
- Vanhoutte Spirea (Spiraea x vanhouttei) brightens the entrance gate to Friendship walk. This charming spirea can be found throughout Hillwood’s gardens.
- Variegated Solomon's seal, Polygonatum odoratum Variegatum is a wonderful woodland plant that can be found in the shade near the Dacha.