Blooming Hill makes use of old ironing boards to display flowers
Patronizing independent nurseries, not big box store chains, is an important part of my shopping for plants. A totally different shopping experience greets me as I walk in the door and you will find knowledgeable and eager to please owners and workers. The plant selection is quite eclectic with little gems that you wouldn’t find anywhere else.
Also, the plants are taken care of and not neglected like I see too many times at big box stores. Mainstream garden centers and big box stores tend to stick with the tried and true, afraid to plant “outside the pot” for fear that customers won’t buy something different.
Jo Troy, owner of Blooming Hill Greenhouse in Parkton, MD
Jo Troy working on a moss basket, one of her specialties
But as a plant lover, there are so many new varieties and cultivars out there to try, I think that the more to choose from the better. I do love Petunias, Verbenas, and Sweet Potato Vine, but there are so many alternatives available to create something a bit different from your neighbor.
Abutilons or Flowering Maples caught my eye as I entered Blooming Hill Greenhouse, in Parkton, MD and I had to stop and admire this treasure that will be sure to attract hummingbirds to your garden.
You rarely see Abutilons at nurseries; at Blooming Hill they have three colors!
Unusual annuals are everywhere: I forgot the name, but check it out at the open house!
Tucked away off a winding country road, you would never know the greenhouse was there until you stop at a bottom of a hill and spot the small sign. After turning up a steep driveway through woods dotted with Azaleas and other woodland plants, you know you are in for a treat. Greeted by 3 medium size poly greenhouses at the crest of the hill, there are always outdoor selections on tables to slow your journey into the mix of living, breathing, beautiful plants.
The Troy family lives right next to their greenhouses. Row covers are ready to throw on top of outdoor plants for cold snaps
Brimming with treasures, the usual and unusual that you never see anywhere, and hanging and moss baskets everywhere, Blooming Hill is full of surprises. I enter like a kid in a candy shop and want one of everything. Or even better, three of everything! Also carrying tons of herbs and vegetable plants, this is a one stop nursery to fill your place with color.
A completed bowl arrangement
Begonias of all colors and sizes fill Blooming Hill as one of Jo Troy’s favorite plants. She told me that she never met a Begonia she didn’t like! I have to agree with that as I survey the selections of Begonias.
Begonia ‘Unbelievable Miss Montreal’
Begonia ‘Glory Pink’
Blooming Hill Greenhouse
As a landscape designer, if I have a customer who wants to create their own containers but needs help with selection and colors, I send them to Blooming Hill for their expertise and advice. Owner Jo Troy is patient and helps customers personally select their plants to take home or if you bring in your container to the greenhouse, she will customize your planter for a very reasonable cost. Her daughter Millie is also sought after as a designer of masterpieces in a pot.
Millie, Jo’s daughter, is watering all the plants by hand
A plantaholics’s dream come true, Blooming Hill specializes in the creation of “moss baskets”, hanging baskets planted around the entire circumference of the “moss” covering in a wire basket. Requiring many plants to fill in the stuffed balls, and time to grow in, the moss baskets are works of art.
A hanging moss basket is a ball of flowers
See how Jo creates these masterpieces from scratch.
All plant lovers and collectors will find something to ooh and aah over and take home with no location in mind, but thinking that you can’t do without it! Still selling well- filled market packs, the most economical way to buy plants, I splurge on zinnias, vinca, and other annuals to fill my beds for the summer.
A variegated Sunpatien: you just need one of these to fill a pot
So, if you are in the Baltimore area, check out their upcoming open house at 18700 Frederick Road in Parkton, MD, April 30 & May 1st, 2016 from 9AM to 4PM. If you go to the open house, please tell Jo that Claire sent you!
Blue Plumbago, another annual that I never see anywhere else
Surfinia ‘Summer Double Salmon’
A piece of art container for hsade; A customer dropped off this container to have it customized
Moss basket completed but starting the process of growing in and producing flowers
I took this new variety home, a variegated Asclepias for my visiting Monarchs