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. Spring is in the air! The forsythia has finally started blooming and the gardens are beautiful again. Now that spring is here we can expect to see new surprises everyday.
Spring color is showing up at Hillwood! After a very cold and long winter some of the early bulbs, perennials and shrubs are starting to bloom.
- Common Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles speciosa) usually blooming in late winter. There are a several in the gardens the large ones are on right side of the visitors drive.
- Guinea Hen Flower (Fritillaria meleagris) the small bulbs are blooming with many other small plants in the rock garden.
- Toadshade (Trillium erectum) there are several species of this early herbaceous prennial at the Adirondack Building along with many other native wild flowers.
- Pieris japonica (Japanese pieris) Narrow leaves are bronzy-green or reddish when they emerge, changing to a lustrous dark green. Clusters of tiny, urn-shaped flowers appear in March. They are located around the garden, often in partly shaded areas.
- Corylopsis glabrescens, (Fragrant Winterhazel) tall woody plant with pale yellow fragrant pendulous flowers. It can be found in the upper section of the Japanese-style Garden.
- Spirea thunbergii (Thunberg Spirea) is always the first Spirea to bloom at Hillwood. Covered in tiny white flowers and rather loosely arching branches about five foot tall and wide. Because of the size this species is one of the old fashioned shrubs that is getting hard to find at the garden center. It can be a little large for the average town garden.
- Helleborus orientale hybrid (Lenten Rose), an early blooming perennial that can be found on a wall under the windows of the Cafe. They begin in winter and can last well into May.