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 and  orchids are blooming in the greenhouse! 

Dancing Lady Orchid (Oncidium Sweet Sugar ‘Emperor)

Dancing Lady Orchid (Oncidium Sweet Sugar ‘Emperor) The Dancing Lady Orchid has spectacular blooms of bright yellow flowers now in bloom in the greenhouse.

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Hybrid Mahonia (Mahonia  x media ‘Winter Sun’)

Hybrid Mahonia (Mahonia  x media ‘Winter Sun’) an evergreen shrub with leathery leaves  and clustered fragrant yellow flowers. 

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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.

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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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Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum)

Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) A broad spreading mounded shrub native to China 

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Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox)

Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox) When nothing else is in bloom, you’ll certainly notice the powerful fragrance from the small flowers

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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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Winter is here!

  • Dancing Lady Orchid (Oncidium Sweet Sugar ‘Emperor) The Dancing Lady Orchid has spectacular blooms of bright yellow flowers now in bloom in the greenhouse. Oncidiums come in many forms; they originate in many places, from sea level countries in the tropics to the high elevations of the Andes in South America.

  • Hybrid Mahonia (Mahonia  x media ‘Winter Sun’) an evergreen shrub with leathery, pinnate leaves which are often spine-toothed, and clustered fragrant yellow flowers. This statuesque, evergreen shrub adds to the winter garden. Its large, frond-like leaves develop in whorls along the stems. It blooms in late fall or early winter. Flowers develop into grape-like clusters of wax-coated berries. 

  • 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

  • Black jewel orchid (Ludisia discolor) is a trrestrial orchid species native to Malaysia, Indonesia and Burma. It is a terrestrial orchid, which 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.

  • 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.

  • Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox) When nothing else is in bloom, you’ll certainly notice the powerful fragrance that emanates from this plant.  A native of China, wintersweet 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.                                                                                                                   

     

 

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