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. Spring is moving fast and there are blooms both inside and out. Come catch a peek! 

'Your Imminence' and 'Virichic' tulips blooming in the butler's bed

Paphiopedilum Wayne Booth ‘Orchidheights’ x Iowii ‘Orchidheights’ in bloom

Paphiopedilum Wayne Booth ‘Orchidheights’ x Iowii ‘Orchidheights’ in bloom

hot pink blooms of the 'Hinodegiri' azalea in the motor court

Blooms cover the foliage of this 'Hinodegiri' azalea in the motor court.

yellow blooms of the wood poppy on the woodland path

Bright yellow blooms of the wood poppy

Pink and white flowers of Helleborus x hybrida 'Pine Knot Select Strain'

Helleborus x hybrida 'Pine Knot Select Strain' blooming in the lunar lawn beds

Moth orchid flowers with pink veins on a background of yellow

The unique pink-veined flowers of Phalaenopsis Baldan’s Kaleidoscope ‘Golden Treasure’

yellow, chain-like blooms of Corylopsis glabrescens

Yellow, chain-like blooms of Corylopsis glabrescens


Blooms abound in April!

  • Tulips and other spring bulbs have a long tradition here at Hillwood. We have a large number of tulips in bloom right now throughout the grounds. The butler’s beds features a purple and pink mix called ‘Your Imminence’ with a pink and green tulip ‘Virichic’ added. Find out more about our spring display, which totals over thirty thousand bulbs, on our design tours this week.

  • Marjorie Post loved orchids. From the exotic looking to the more traditional, we’re sure you’ll find something to love too. Paphiopedilum Wayne Booth ‘Orchidheights’ x Iowii ‘Orchidheights’ is one of the taller Paphiopedilum in our collection. At nearly two feet tall, this slipper orchid is reaching new heights and conquering hearts with its multiple blooms, long twisted sepals and dusky purplish red coloring. In their native habitat of southern Asia, Paphiopedilums are typically found growing on the tropical forest floor. Find this and more blooming in the greenhouse today!

  • Azaleas are important plants here at Hillwood. Many of our early bloomers are in full color like this Hinodegiri blooming in the motor court. This is a Kurume hybrid growing to about four feet tall with little leaves and profuse blooms that cover the entire plant. See these and many more around the campus.

  • The celandine or wood poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum) is a U.S. native wildflower that often grows in moist woodlands in full to part shade. It features four-petaled, yellow flowers on bluish green foliage. Find out about this plant and more on a tour of the woodland path.

  • The hellebores or Lenten roses (Helleborus x hybridus 'Pine Knot Select Strain’) are still going strong in the lunar lawn beds. Lenten rose is an evergreen perennial with large cup-shaped flowers that come in a wide variety of colors. The flowers are very frost tolerant and can survive occasional sub-zero temperatures. The evergreen foliage is attractive year-round and the plant forms sturdy clumps that spread slowly but steadily. It also tolerates some drought, so it’s a good choice for dry shade.  

  • A lot of our moth orchids (Phalaenopsis) are blooming in the greenhouse. One of the most popular orchids, they can be found in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Phalaenopsis Baldan’s Kaleidoscope ‘Golden Treasure’ has beautiful pink veining on a background of yellow. These orchids are epiphytes and like to grow in chunky, bark-based medium that allow them to derive moisture and minerals from the air.

  • The fragrant winterhazel (Corylopsis glabrescens) is blooming in the Japanese-style garden. This small deciduous tree develops pale yellow, chain-like clusters of flowers that appear before the leaves. Growing to roughly fifteen feet, this multi-stemmed plant adds late winter interest to a shrub border or woodland garden.



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