Four of the five hiking girls met at the National Arboretum last month for a stroll around the grounds. It had been years and years since I was there, and it's definitely worth a trip. It starts at the water gardens by the entrance.
The Asian gardens had perhaps the best use of bamboo I've seen.
I made several Notes to Self.
This was a delicious combination of ginger and Hosta 'Halcyon.'
Kirengeshoma will get pretty big - I'm glad I have it under the oak tree instead of in the front garden.
I don't know Hexastylis, but it looks perfect for the shade gardens.
This plumleaf azalea is a native - worth looking into.
I loved the larkspur blooming among the balloonflower (though mine are just now coming into bud, so the timing might not work - nevertheless, get some larkspurs!)
There were a couple mysteries, too. What is this plant? The fruit left a heavy coating of orange pollen on my fingers.
And this is something ordinary, I think, but what? Elderberry??
More pix online here. Note the gorgeous lilies, poppies and larkspur by the Herb Garden. Delicious!