A garden oasis and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River

Plant of the Week: Hakonechloa macra (Japanese Forest Grass)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra), as it slowly fades from its summer green to pale straw, is one of the loveliest sights in the garden this time of year. It…

Holiday Preening

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Laurel Rimmer is Wave Hill’s Assistant Director of Public Programs. This week a collaborative group of staff and volunteers added some seasonal sparkle to Wave Hill with nature and garden-inspired décor for the holidays that draws on the muted hues…

Plant of the Week: Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis (Buddha’s Hand Citron)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. This weird-looking citrus fruit is a natural, and extraordinary, variation of the more regular, round-shaped citron (Citrus medica). The Buddha’s hand (Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis) originated in China and for…

Plant of the Week: Taxodium distichum (Bald, or Swamp, Cypress)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Oaks, maples, hickories and other broadleaved trees are expected to put on a colorful display in the autumn but, perhaps surprisingly, there are some deciduous conifers quite capable of adding…

Plant of the Week: Salvia leucantha ‘Santa Barbara’ (Mexican Bush Sage cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. This late-blooming salvia provides color and interest up to the very end of fall. Its soft, velvety spikes of purple flowers contrast wonderfully against the yellows and browns seen in…

Plant of the Week: Epilobium canum ‘Chaparral Silver’—Zauschneria/California Fuchsia

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. More likely to be spotted on a hillside in their native California, zauschnerias can thrive here too, providing they are planted in well-drained, gritty soil, and in a sunny spot….

Plant of the Week: Isodon longitubus (syn. Rabdosia longituba)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Isodon longitubus is an unusual and enigmatic perennial. Through the summer, when it looks like any slightly rangy-looking green plant, it is easily overlooked but, late in the fall, it…

Welcome back to the Picnic Area!

Director Facilities and Capital Projects Frank Perrone reports on repairs to the picnic area adjacent to Glyndor Gallery. Major repairs to the picnic area adjacent to Glyndor Gallery, undertaken nearly two months ago by our Facilities team, working hand-in-hand with Arbitrio…

Plant of the Week: Gomphocarpus physocarpus (Swan Plant/Balloon Plant)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. This tender perennial—that is, a plant that is capable of living more than one year in a warmer climate but is killed by our winters here—comes from southern Africa. It…

Plant of the Week: Aster lateriflorus ‘Lady in Black’ (Calico Aster Cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. The calico aster is a native of eastern North America and, although known in the trade as Aster lateriflorus, has been reclassified by taxonomists as Symphiotrichum lateriflorum. As with other…