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. Winter is here - fewer flowers in the garden but the greenhouse has orchids in bloom!

Sasanqua Camellia ( Camellia sasanqua)

Sasanqua Camellia ( Camellia sasanqua) is a broad leafed evergreen shrub with lustrous dark green leaves. The fragrant flowers open in the fall from September into December.

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Formosa firethorn (Pyracantha koidzumii)

Formosa firethorn (Pyracantha koidzumii) Lustrous, dark-green leaves are evergreen. White flowers in May give way in October to brilliant masses of very small red-orange fruits that persist into winter. 

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Fragrant Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox)

Fragrant Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox) fragrant, transparent yellow flowers on leafless branches in the winter.

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Black jewel orchid (Ludisia discolor)

Black jewel orchid (Ludisia discolor) is a trrestrial orchid species native to Malaysia, Indonesia and Burma. Flowers December to February and lasts a month or more.

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Christmas Rose (Helleborus niger)

Christmas Rose (Helleborus niger) is a winter-blooming evergreen perennial which blooms around Christmas. It is native to alpine areas and open woodlands in southern and central Europe. Flowers sometimes bloom in the snow and the flowers can survive spurts of sub-zero temperatures.

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Leatherleaf Mahonia (Mahonia bealei)

Leatherleaf Mahonia (Mahonia bealei)  The winter blooming flowers are a soft yellow and very fragrant.

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Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum)

Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) non-fragrant yellow flowers open over a long period in winter in response to the slightest degree of warm weather.

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Winter is here!

  • Sasanqua Camellia ( Camellia sasanqua) is a broad leafed evergreen shrub with lustrous dark green leaves. The fragrant flowers open in the fall from September into December.

  • Formosa firethorn (Pyracantha koidzumii) Lustrous, dark-green leaves are evergreen. White flowers in May give way in October to brilliant masses of very small red-orange fruits that persist into winter. Pruned regularly to maintain the intent of the design. Some people have allergic reactions to the thorns, hence the common name.

  • Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) A broad spreading mounded shrub native to China The non-fragrant yellow flowers open over a long period in winter in response to the slightest degree of warm weather.

  • Black jewel orchid (Ludisia discolor) is a trrestrial orchid species native to Malaysia, Indonesia and Burma. A terrestrial orchid, mean it grows in soil and soil-like medium on the ground. In their natural environment, these orchids can be found growing on the forest floor. They are known for their foliage, which is velvety; deep maroon leaves with red veins that run parallel to the center. Flowers are white with twisting spikes. Individual flowers are small but grow in clusters on upright stalks. Flowers will open any time from December to February and last a month or more.

  • Fragrant Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox)Large shrub from China with fragrant, transparent yellow flowers on leafless branches in the winter.

  • Christmas Rose (Helleborus niger) is a winter-blooming evergreen perennial which blooms around Christmas. It is native to alpine areas and open woodlands in southern and central Europe. Flowers sometimes bloom in the snow and the flowers can survive spurts of sub-zero temperatures. 

  • Leatherleaf Mahonia (Mahonia bealei) Upright evergreen shrub native to China with a coarse texture. The winter blooming flowers are a soft yellow and very fragrant.

 

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