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) Small funnel-shaped flowers at the end of the branches open pinkish in early summer.

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Tea Viburnum (Viburnum setigerum)

Tea Viburnum (Viburnum setigerum) Attractive bright red fruit (drupe) in october.

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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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Dahlia cultivar (Dahlia pinnata)

Dahlia cultivar (Dahlia pinnata) can be found in the cut flower garden and the floral arrangements at Hillwood.

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Thorny Elaeagnus (Elaeagnus pungens)

Thorny Elaeagnus (Elaeagnus pungens) This evergreen shrub has silvery white , fragrant tubular flowers that are not showey.

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Dahlia cultivar (Dahlia pinnata)  cut flower garden

Dahlia cultivar (Dahlia pinnata) can be found in the cut flower garden and the floral arrangements at Hillwood.

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Autumn is here! The rich fall colors are transforming the gardens at Hillwood. Many shrubs are now covered with showy fruits and berries.

  • Thorny Elaeagnus (Elaeagnus pungens) This evergreen shrub has silvery white , fragrant tubular flowers that are not showey. It will be seen by the olfactory senses rather than the eyes. Look for the fragrance on the way to the Dacha and several other areas in the garden.

  • 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. 

  • Dahlia cultivar (Dahlia pinnata) can be found in the cut flower garden and the floral arrangements at Hillwood. Dahlias are a bulb like tuber that are at there peak in the cool season of autum before the killing frost.

  • 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.

 

  • Dahlia cultivar (Dahlia pinnata) can be found in the cut flower garden and the floral arrangements at Hillwood. Dahlias are a bulb like tuber that are at there peak in the cool season of autum before the killing frost.

  • 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 

  • Tea Viburnum (Viburnum setigerum) Attractive bright red fruit (drupe) in october. The Birds at Hillwood love the fruit - see it before they are gone. There is a group of the Tea Viburnum in the shrub beds at the lunar lawn.


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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