The Gardens at Post Hill

At The Gardens at Post Hill we propagate and display temperate terrestrial orchids, related woodland plants, and other horticulturally distinctive plants. We are constantly expanding the information on the website and hope that you will visit often.

Our SPRING 2018 Cypripedium and Other Terrestrial Orchids lists are OPEN. The Pleione list is now closed as the pseudobulbs are breaking dormancy. We thank all of our customers who purchased Pleione this season!

Access the Lists using the menu along the left side of this page. Pleione will be shipped in February. Bletilla, Calanthe and Cypripedium will be shipped in March. All plants are shipped as bare root rhizomes or pseudobulbs.

Please browse the images below of some of our orchids blooming during the 2017 season.

Some of our blooming orchids, Spring 2017

Bletilla Brigantes

Bletilla Brigantes is a hybrid of the two most common species of Bletilla in culture, Blet striata and Blet ochracea, registered by Evenden in 1994.

Bletilla Yokohama Sweetlips Bletilla Yokohama Kate
Bletilla Yokohama was is a hybrid of Blet striata and Blet formosana, registered by Suzuki in 1956. Several grexes have been named. 'Sweetlips' (left) was named by Tony Avent at Plant Delights Nursery. 'Kate' (right)was named by Bill Mathis at Wild Orchid Company. Note the different colors of the lips - purple vs yellow. The temperate Calanthe species and hybrids grow well in our zone 8 Washington garden but do not survive winters in our zone 5 Connecticut garden.

Cyp sieboldii
The temperate Calanthe species and hybrids grow well in our zone 8 Washington garden but do not survive winters in our zone 5 Connecticut garden.

Calopogon tuberosus
Calopogon tuberosus requires a wet growing medium. Bogs are perfect. This specimen is in a mixture of pine bark and sphagnum moss and is sited in a pot under the misting system. It receives mist for 15 minutes every day. This species is a favorite since I saw thousands - or maybe millions - of specimens in wet fields every year growing up on the coastal plain around Charleston SC. Do you notice that the flower is "upside down"? In reality, most orchid flowers twist on their ovaries during maturation so they are upside down. Calopogon flowers are actually rightside up!

Cyp macranthos
I am always impressed with especially brightly colored Cyp flowers. We have many nice blooms this season but this Cyp macranthos is my favorite!

Cyp GPH Olympic Promise Cyp GPH Olympic Promise
Cypripedium GPH Olympic Promise was registered this season by us. It is a hybrid of Cyp Ursel and Cyp segawai. We like the robustness of Cyp Ursel but the yellow coloration is rather weak. We hoped to kick it up with segawai genes. We had our first flowers last year and I was not sure how I liked this hybrid. However, we had several bloom this year and I really like the way the flowers are held. The flowers are more globular than in Ursel and about 2/3 the size.

Cyp Ursel
Cyp Ursel, a hybrid of Cyp. fasciolatum and henryi, registered by Frosch in 2003, has flowers that are larger than Barry Phillips and more subdued in color after its henryi parent.

Cyp Tilman
Cyp Tilman is a hybrid of two large-flowered Cyp's - fasciolatum and tibeticum, registered by Frosch in 2005. We had one plant bloom in 2016 and the flower was huge. This plant, blooming for the first time for us this season, has five huge, colorful flowers on 5 stems.

Cyp formosanum planting
Cyp formosanum planting in our Seattle area garden. These plants were installed in Fall 2016.

Cyp Lady Dorine Lady Dorine is a hybrid of Cyp formosanum with its fan-shaped leaves and fasciolatum, registered by Opsteale in 2008. It has somewhat fan-shaped leaves but without the pleating of formosanum.

Cyp Lady Dorine Cyp formosanum
Flowers of Lady Dorine (left) and formosanum (right).

Cyp Schoko
This is a hybrid of Cyp calceolus and shanxiense registered by Frosch in 2011. I really like the coloration of the pouch of the plants we have.

Cyp macranthos var. rebunense
Cypripedium macranthos var. rebunense is a variety of macranthos that occurs only on Rebun Island, the farthest northern island of Japan. Its flowers are cream-colored or white. This form of macranthos has sacred status in Japan and has been under collection pressure in spite of being protected. The government made seed available a few years ago to try to reduce poaching. This blooming plant and several others were obtained from Anthura via HardyOrchid. We have three specimens blooming this season

Cyp Bernd and Barry Phillips
Cyp Bernd and Cyp Barry Phillips in sale bed.

Cyp Bernd Cyp Bernd album
Cyp Bernd and Bernd forma album. Bernd is a hybrid of Cyp macranthos and segawai registered by Frosch in 2001.

Cyp Barry Phillips
Cyp Barry Phillips is a hybrid of Cyp fasciolatum and segawai registered in 2015 by the Royal Horticultural Society for Anthura.

Cyp macranthos Cyp macranthos Very attractive Cyp macranthos.

Cyp Boots
Cyp Boots, a hybrid of Cyp. calceolus f. flavum and montanum, registered by Pinkepank in 2005, is one of our favorite tiny-flowered montanum hybrids. We have had Boots blooming for several years.

Cyp tibeticum a Cyp tibeticum b Cyp tibeticum c Cyp tibeticum e
Several Cyp tibeticum blooming in their bed.

Cyp GPH Petite Delight
Cyp GPH Petite Delight, a hybrid of Cyp. segawai and cordigerum, registered by Burch in 2015, generally has flowers with pouches pastel yellow, intermediate between its parents.

Cyp Renate
Cyp Renate, a hybrid of Cyp. macranthos and franchetti, registered by Frosch in 2009, has flowers with variable coloration from this dark one to white album forms.

Cyp calceolus
Cyp calceolus is the only Cypripedium that occurs in Europe. It extends into Asia where it commonly hybridizes with Cyp macranthos to form Cyp xventricosum. This specimen has sepals without the characteristic brown coloration.

Cyp kentuckiense x rebunense
Cyp kentuckiense x rebunense is an unregistered hybrid produced by Anthura, has large flowers as does both of its parents.

Cyp kentuckiense
Cyp kentuckiense, one of the latest-blooming Cyp species.

Cyp Ivory habit
Cyp Ivory is a hybrid of Cyp kentuckiense and cordigerum,registered by Koch in 2008. The flowers are small, nearly cordigerum-size and the flower shape and color is dominated by cordigerum as well, with some sepal striping that is kentuckiense-like. A very attractive small hybrid.

Cyp Ivory
Cyp Ivory flower.

Cyp Ulli
Cyp Ulli is a hybrid of Cyp pubescens and cordigerum registered by Frosch in 1994. The flowers are about the same size as those of Cyp Ivory but with longer lateral sepals that have a nice "pubescens twist."

Cyp cordigerum x hotei
This hybrid was made by Anthura. Like many other Anthura hybrids it has not been named but the RHS will likely name it if it becomes popular.

Cyp henryi Cyp henryi
In the older Cyp culture literature Cyp henryi was listed as an easy species. We have found it not to be easy and in speaking to others, that seems to be the concensus. Henryi is one of the few Cyp's to have several flowers in sequence along a flowering stem.

Cyp Michael
Cyp Michael, a hybrid of Cyp macranthos and henryi, was registered by Frosch in 1998. Michael is quite variable in coloration from one clone to another.

Cyp Robin Lee
Cyp Robin Lee, a hybrid of Cyp farreri and kentuckiense, was registered by Keisling in 2000.

Cyp Ulla Silkens Cyp Ulla Silkens
Two variants of the highly variable Cyp Ulla Silkens, a hybrid of Cyp reginae and Cyp flavum, registered by Malmgren in 1996. We find on our own permanently installed plants that the flower patterns vary year by year.

Pleione Brigadoon Pleione Deriba Pleione limprichtii x coronaria Pleione Myojin Pleione Rakata Pleione Sorea

Pleione in general must be grown in pots, even in Washington, and pots are absolute musts in Connecticut. We have been growing our collection over the past few years. Here are some old standby's that bloomed for us for the first time in March, 2017, along with a new hybrid that has not been registered. This hybrid came to us from one of our German wholesalers, so it presumably originated in Europe. In order are Pl. Brigadoon, Pl. Deriba, Pl. limprichtii x coronaria, Pl. Myojin, Pl. Rakata and Pl. Sorea.