Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.
Visitors to Wave Hill are enchanted by Cymbalaria muralis. This little beauty can be found growing happily in very odd places. It loves rocky crevices and will make itself at home in the mortar of the stone walls all around the garden.
This first shot shows a crop of it nestled in the wall below the Pergola. If you are making your way down the stairs to the lilacs, now at peak bloom along the edge of the Lower Lawn, you cannot miss them. And look for them elsewhere in the gardens.
Known as Kenilworth ivy, or ivy-leaved toadflax, it has tiny snapdragon-like flowers which bloom for weeks in early summer, and often in the fall, too.