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. Warm temperatures have pushed out late winter blooms in the garden while there's growing excitement in the greenhouse for Orchid Month. Come catch a peek! 

The beautiful blooms of the Cattleya orchid

The beautiful blooms of the Cattleya orchid

Hybrid Mahonia (Mahonia  x media ‘Winter Sun’)

Hybrid Mahonia (Mahonia  x media ‘Winter Sun’) is a great shrub for winter interest.

Paphiopedilum Via Molinos 'Giant'  blooming in the greenhouse

Paphiopedilum Via Molinos 'Giant'  blooming in the greenhouse

Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum)

Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) spilling over the stone retaining wall

Yellow and pink phalaenopsis blooming in the greenhouse at Hillwood.

Find a gorgeous array of Phalenopsis hybrids blooming in the greenhouse.

Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox)

Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox) has a powerful fragrance for the winter garden.

Unique spray of Oncidium sphacetante 'Evelyn'

Unique spray of Oncidium sphacetante 'Evelyn'


Winter is here but that doesn't mean there's a lack of blooms!

  • Cattleyas are considered the benchmark of orchids and were Marjorie Post's favorites. A portrait of her with this orchid is on display in her bedroom. Its large blooms also made the Cattleya very popular for corsages. Find it blooming in the Greenhouse today!

  • Hybrid Mahonia (Mahonia  x media ‘Winter Sun’) is a statuesque, evergreen shrub that adds interest to the winter garden. Large, leathery, pinnate leaves, which are often spine-toothed, develop in whorls along the stems. Clustered, fragrant, yellow flowers bloom in late fall or early winter and are followed by grape-like clusters of wax-coated berries. 'Winter Sun'graces the drive as you make your way to the Visitor Center.

  • Paphiopedilum Via Molinos ‘Giant’ certainly has a flower that stands up to its name. One of the largest in our Paphiopedilum collection, it is also known as a "slipper" orchid due to its flower shape. See a wide variety of these orchids in bloom in the Greenhouse.

  • Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) is 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. Find it trailing over the retaining walls near the rear entrance to the Museum Shop.

  • One of the most popular orchids is the Phalenopsis hybrid which can be found in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Have you received a Phalenopsis as a gift and wonder how to care for it? Join one of our orchid workshops

  • When nothing else is in bloom, you’ll certainly notice the powerful fragrance that emanates from Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox).  A native of China, this large shrub blooms from December to early March in the South, a little later in the North.  It has small, transparent pale yellow flowers on leafless branches, so it’s easily noticeable. Plant it near an entryway where you can enjoy the scent. Ours is located near the butler's house.

  • This particular dancing lady orchid, Oncidium sphacetante 'Evelyn' has sprays packed with orange and white blooms. Oncidiums have a large native range extending from South America up to Florida. Most are epiphytes, deriving their moisture and minerals from the air. Learn more during orchid month in March!                                                          

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