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. Fall is here and the Japanese Maples still add color to the garden! 

Common Witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

Common Witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana) is a native shrub or small tree with outstanding yellow fall color and small yellow, thread like flowers are fragrant 

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Ballon Plant Milkweed (Asclepias physocarpa or Gomphocarpus physocarpus)

Ballon Plant Milkweed (Asclepias physocarpa or Gomphocarpus physocarpus) is a native milkweed of South Africa and is one of the more favored host plants of Monarch butterflies. 

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Thorny elaeagnus, (Elaeagnus pungens)

Thorny elaeagnus, (Elaeagnus pungens) is a broad-leafed evergreen shrub with a delightful sweet fragrance. 

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Brassavola orchid (Brassavola nodosa ‘Little Stars’)

Brassavola orchid (Brassavola nodosa ‘Little Stars’) This charming, night-fragrant orchid is on display in the greenhouse.

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Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima)

Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) are potted indoor plants grown for the Christmas season.

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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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The Chocolate Orchid (Oncidium x Sharry Baby)

The Chocolate Orchid (Oncidium x Sharry Baby) is a sympodial epiphyte orchid hybrid. The Sharry Baby is also known as the chocolate orchid for its fragrance. 

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Autumn is here!

  • Common Witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana) is a native shrub or small tree with outstanding yellow fall color. The small yellow, thread like flowers are fragrant and sometimes difficult to see if the leaves are still on the plant.

  • Ballon Plant Milkweed (Asclepias physocarpa or Gomphocarpus physocarpus) is a native milkweed of South Africa and is one of the more favored host plants of Monarch butterflies. The flowers are not showy - it is the seed pods that become the real conversation piece when it is covered in them. In 2001 its name was changed from Asclepias physocarpa to Gomphocarpus physocarpus to reflect that it is in the family of African milkweeds

  • The Chocolate Orchid (Oncidium x Sharry Baby) is a sympodial epiphyte orchid hybrid. The Sharry Baby is also known as the chocolate orchid for its fragrance. 

  • Brassavola orchid (Brassavola nodosa ‘Little Stars’) This charming, night-fragrant orchid is an offspring of the species dubbed the "Queen of the Night"! It is a charming primary hybrid between the famed Central American Brassavola nodosa and the prolific Jamaican native, Brassavola cordata

  • Thorny elaeagnus, (Elaeagnus pungens) is a broad-leafed evergreen shrub. In the late fall it produces many bell shaped flowers that are cream colored in small clusters. The overall appearance of the plant is nondescript but they get your attention from far away with their delightful sweet fragrance. The leaves are green on top and the undersides are lighter and coated with silvery flecks.

  • Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) are potted indoor plants grown for the Christmas season. The bright petals of Poinsettias, which look like flowers, are actually the bunch of upper leaves of the plant, called bracts. Poinsettia flowers are small, green or yellow, and grow inconspicuously in the center of the leaf bunch. 

  • 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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