What's Blooming Wednesday - Belladonna Lily

Belladonna Lily - Intreegue Design

Welcome back to What’s Blooming Wednesday! Summer is in full swing and we continue to see new shapes and colors every week - on Wednesdays, we hand pick our favorites and feature them here!

Check out what’s blooming this week and what you might see in your neighborhood!

This week, we're seeing Naked Ladies (also known as the Belladonna Lily). 

On these, the green leaves push forth in the early spring and then die back to reveal these gorgeous ladies with “leg for days” in late summer!

What's Blooming Wednesday - Annabelle Hydrangea + Astilbe Younique

Annabelle hydrangea + astilbe - Intreegue Design

Welcome back to What’s Blooming Wednesday! Nature brings us exciting new shapes and colors every week - on Wednesdays, we hand pick our favorites and feature them here! Check out what’s blooming this week and what you might see in your neighborhood!

This week, we're seeing the Annabelle Hydrangea or Smooth Hydrangea. We love love love this hydrangea - we love the huge white blooms and we find that this particular hydrangea has some of the strongest branches. Pruning tip: this hydrangea blooms on new wood, so leave it until early March and then cut back old wood about 6". This provides winter interest with the dried blooms. This hydrangea can be pruned back hard if needed.

This week, we're also seeing the Astilbe Younique 'Silvery Pink'. This ethereal perennial provides beautiful 'misty' blooms in a shady area... and deer don't particularly like it, so that is a plus for the Maryland area!

Annabelle Hydrangea/Smooth Hydrangea

Annabelle Hydrangea/Smooth Hydrangea

Astilbe Younique 'Silvery Pink'

Astilbe Younique 'Silvery Pink'

What's Blooming Wednesday - Clematis

Clematis bloom - Intreegue Design.jpg

Welcome back to What’s Blooming Wednesday! Nature brings us exciting new shapes and colors every week - on Wednesdays, we hand pick our favorites and feature them here! Check out what’s blooming this week and what you might see in your neighborhood!

We love this beautiful Clematis!  We happened upon this particular vine in a forgotten 'secret garden' - it was growing up a volunteer white oak! It was hidden, so it was a nice surprise when the contrast of purple popped out from the deep green of the oak leaf.

The Clematis is a Spring bloomer. As a note, if you have a Spring blooming Clematis, they flower on last year's growth...meaning, if you are going to prune, prune them back as soon as they finish flowering this Spring. The benefit for the plant is that is will have the rest of the season to flush out new growth and produce more flowers for next year!

What's Blooming Wednesday - Baptisia + County Cork Bearded Iris

Baptisia

Baptisia

Welcome back to What’s Blooming Wednesday! Nature brings us exciting new shapes and colors every week - on Wednesdays, we hand pick our favorites and feature them here! Check out what’s blooming this week and what you might see in your neighborhood!

Have you seen the Baptisia blooming? Also known as 'twilite prairieblues', the false indigo a great native. We love how it fills in and has a subtle 'smokey' color. This baptisia is a hybrid with great height and volume for the garden. It's quite drought-tolerant and looks great in August (when other plants tend to look 'really thirsty'). Also, you'll notice in August very interesting and striking seed pods...stay tuned for those! 

We're also seeing the County Cork Bearded Iris. This beautiful plant skyrockets to over 3 feet tall with an impressive show of giant blooms. We are in love with this iris - a real show stopper! Plus, deer won't eat it - which is great for Maryland gardens! If you're interested in adding one of these to your garden, we recommend buying from Breck's - BONUS: it's actually on sale right now!

Country Cork Bearded Iris 

Country Cork Bearded Iris 

Baptisia

Baptisia

Country Cork Bearded Iris 

Country Cork Bearded Iris 

What's Blooming Wednesday - Lilac shrubs + Camellias

Welcome back to What’s Blooming Wednesday! Nature brings us exciting new shapes and colors every week - on Wednesdays, we hand pick our favorites and feature them here! Check out what’s blooming this week and what you might see in your neighborhood!

This week, we're seeing Lilac shrubs - the Miss Kim variety! These ornamental beauties are known for their sweet smell. The flower blooms are heavily clustered and boast a dreamy fragrance you can smell around the neighborhood! 

We've also spotted some stunning Camellias blooms! The Camellia japonica begins flowering in early spring with buds clustering mid-summer, unlike the Camellia sasanqua. The flowers grow between 3-5” with 5-8 petals. There are many cultivars allowing great variety in flower color and formation. 

Lilac Miss Kim

Lilac Miss Kim

Camellia japonica

Camellia japonica

What's Blooming Wednesday - Judd Viburnum + Ajuga Chocolate Chip

Judd Viburnum

Judd Viburnum

Welcome back to What’s Blooming Wednesday! Nature brings us exciting new shapes and colors every week - on Wednesdays, we hand pick our favorites and feature them here! Check out what’s blooming this week and what you might see in your neighborhood!

This week we're seeing Native Judd Viburnum everywhere! This shrub is wonderfully fragrant with a soft smell that you may have smell before you see. Their flower buds start out pink, then open to a creamy white. In their spring/early summer blooming season, they attract pollinators with their nectar. 

Also, check out the Ajuga Chocolate Chip! This plant provides great ground cover with a tight mat of chocolate-brown foliage with dark green undertones. In the spring, we see these lovely blue/purple flowers rise above the dark to create a pretty pattern. 

And, last but not least, be on the lookout for the Apple Blossoms! The timing of apple tree blooms can vary annually based on fluctuating winter/spring temperatures (of which we've had our fair share) but this week we saw the first blooms from our espalier apple tree! 

Ajuga Chocolate Chip

Ajuga Chocolate Chip

Apple blossom

Apple blossom

What's Blooming Wednesday - Saucer Magnolias + Red Buds

Saucer Magnolias - Intreegue Design

Welcome back to What’s Blooming Wednesday! Nature brings us exciting new shapes and colors every week - on Wednesdays, we hand pick our favorites and feature them here! Check out what’s blooming this week and what you might see in your neighborhood!

We still seem to be on a rollercoaster of weather - this past weekend we saw a few days of sun but we're back to chilly spring skies. But that doesn't mean plants aren't growing! 

This week, we're seeing more Saucer Magnolias! These show-stoppers are brightening up our streets and sidewalks with their early pink and white blossoms. These trees have been widely planted in our areas and they are one of the first to bloom in spring. 

Red Buds - Intreegue Design

You can also be on the lookout for Red Buds. These trees are native to eastern North America and can be seen throughout the state. Their deep pink flowers grow right on their reddish brown trunks and zigzag branches and create a beautiful brush of color! Sometimes call the 'rising sun' Red Bud, these blooms are always interesting and striking! 

Red Bud - Intreegue Design

What's Blooming Wednesday - Bleeding Hearts + Quince

Welcome to What’s Blooming Wednesday! Nature brings us exciting new shapes and colors every week - on Wednesdays, we hand pick our favorites and feature them here! Check out what’s blooming this week and what you might see in your neighborhood!

Bleeding Heart blooms - Intreegue Design

Things are starting to happen for Spring, even though it feels like it's not here yet. I love that the things blooming right now are all about the flowers - leaves have not leafed out yet so we're just seeing full pops of color!

This week, we’re seeing the famous heart-shaped flowers of the Bleeding Hearts, also known as Dicentra, bloom! With soft green foliage and rose pink or white heart-shaped flowers, this plant is a favorite of spring shade.

We’re also seeing Quince bloom - it’s typically one of the first shrubs to flower in spring (hopefully that means warmer weather is coming our way)! While it can look a little scraggly, it’s an interesting flower.

Quince bloom - Intreegue Design
Quince bloom - Intreegue Design