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. Orchid Month is in full force and although winter made a comeback, spring blooms still abound in the garden. Come catch a peek! 

Pansy-like flowers of Miltoniopsis

Pansy-like flowers of Miltoniopsis

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Close-up of purple-leafed plum bloom

The flowers of our purple-leafed plum Prunus cerasifera 'Hollywood' blooming in the motor court

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

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

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Japanese pieris (Pieris japonica) in the Japanese-style garden

Japanese pieris (Pieris japonica) in the Japanese-style garden

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Phalaenopsis Baldan’s Kaleidoscope ‘Golden Treasure’

Phalaenopsis Baldan’s Kaleidoscope ‘Golden Treasure’ and more blooming in the greenhouse.

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Branches of Thunberg spirea (Spiraea thunbergii) full of little white blooms

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The unique spider-like flowers of Brassia 'Rex'

The unique spider-like flowers of Brassia 'Rex'

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Blooms abound in March!

  • Marjorie Post loved orchids. From the exotic looking to the more traditional, we’re sure you’ll find something to love too. Thinking of spring? Take a look at the pansy orchid (Miltoniopsis). The beautiful, broad, flat flowers resemble those of the garden pansy. A native to the high elevations of the Andes, these orchids like cooler spring temperatures. Find this and more blooming in the greenhouse today!

  • The purple-leafed plum (Prunus cerasifera ‘Hollywood’) in the motor court is an original tree from Marjorie Post’s tenure. It is showing its age but still can put on a spectacular show. This cultivar, no longer available in the nursery trade, is much longer lived than those currently for sale today and will produce two inch fruit. 

  • 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. See a wide variety of these orchids in bloom in the greenhouse.

  • Japanese pieris (Pieris japonica) is a broadleaf evergreen shrub with drooping clusters of lily-of-the-valley-like white flowers in early spring.  A pieris in the Japanese-style garden is stunning right now. Others can be found throughout the property and there are many cultivars available at local nurseries that come in various shades of white, pink and deep rose.

  • One of the most popular orchids is the Phalaenopsis, which 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. Have you received a Phalaenopsis as a gift? Join one of our workshops and learn how get blooms year after year.

  • Thunberg spirea (Spiraea thunbergii) is a fine textured, deciduous shrub reaching five feet tall. Small flowers, pink to white, bloom on naked branches anytime from March to April.  Its rounded, arching form has a great effect when massed.  The cultivar ‘Ogon’ or ‘Mellow Yellow’ are frequently found in garden centers and have lovely golden foliage. The Thunberg spirea are lighting up the hillside now at the putting green and throughout the gardens.

  • Also known as spider orchids, Brassias have long narrow sepals and petals that look like spider legs.  Among the most exotic looking orchids, they hail from the tropical regions of the Americas.  Most are epiphytes, deriving their moisture and minerals from the air. Learn more during orchid month throughout March!                                                       

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