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In the Garden Now: Aquatic and Monocot Gardens in August

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Neatly clipped hedges and century-old stone pergolas frame set the background for the Monocot and Aquatic gardens. This formal arrangement creates a pleasing rectangular symmetry, softened by the abundant foliage…

Plant of the Week: Pontederia cordata (Pickerel Weed)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Although a few of Wave Hill’s hardy water lilies are in bloom this week, many of the plants in the Aquatic Garden are biding their time for their big moment…

Plant of the Week: Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica (Puschkinia Variety)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The spectacle of thousands of blue-flowered glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa sardensis) captures the attention at Wave Hill at this time of the year, but tucked away in odd corners are small pockets…

Plant of the Week: Idesia polycarpa (Idesia)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. One of the glories of a visit to Wave Hill in winter is the sight of our idesia trees, loaded with their orange-red berries. Native to China and southern Japan,…

Plant of the Week: Nymphaea ‘Marliacea Chromatella’ (Water Lily cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Claude Monet’s passion for painting water lilies was the direct result of the horticultural efforts of another Frenchman, Joseph Bory Latour-Marliac. Until the late 19th century all species of…

Plant of the Week: Canna ‘Intrigue’ (Canna cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Among the wonders of the Aquatic Garden this summer is the superbly elegant Canna ‘Intrigue.’ Its long and narrow leaves are generously tinted with burgundy and provide a perfect…

Plant of the Week: Cerastium tomentosum (Snow-in-Summer)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. An old favorite of rock gardens and sunny borders, snow-in-summer (Cerastium tomentosum), is well named. In late spring into early summer, its masses of white flowers could be mistaken…

Plant of the Week: Cornus officinalis ‘Kintoki’ (Japanese Cornel Dogwood cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This lovely, small tree is a cultivar of the Japanese cornel dogwood (Cornus officinalis ‘Kintoki’). Although related to our native flowering dogwood (Cornus florida), it is much closer in…

Plant of the Week: Sarracenia flava (Yellow Pitcher Plant)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Exotic-looking and bizarre, pitcher plants could be from a mythical tropical jungle, or even another planet! In reality they are native to much of North America, where they are…

Plant of the Week: Magnolia ×soulangeana ‘Lennei’ (Saucer Magnolia cultivar)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  The severe cold spell in March—which followed an extraordinarily warm February—damaged the swelling buds of many of our spring-flowering magnolias. The result has been a rather scattershot display this month….