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 - 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