A tree/bush from Mt. Vernon – What is it?

A tree/bush from Mt. Vernon – What is it?

Hi all - my husband and I *finally* went to Mt. Vernon, the home of George Washington, even though we've lived in the area for almost a year.

My FAVORITE part of the whole day - the kitchen gardens and the "frou frou" gardens. I think they were DH's favorites too. Apparently, G. Washington was quite the garden and specimen collector. Anyway, there was a smallish tree/bush in the gardens that was absolutely beautiful, but I have no idea what it is. It had these very soft green buds in large bunches. They almost looked like hydrangea buds, but I don't think they were, as they were blooming like this way back in May.

The first two pics on the cut are the mysterious tree/bush, the rest are Mt. Vernon GARDEN PORN.


Any ideas of what it is? I would absolutely LOVE to put one in my garden.






The kitchen gardens, with beautiful lavender (I think):


Some leafy greens of undetermined identity:










My landlords didn’t work out

My landlords didn’t work out

Compost

Compost

first rose of spring!

first rose of spring!

wall.

wall.

Mini Rose Bush

Mini Rose Bush

some kind of bug?

some kind of bug?