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Plant of the Week: Lapageria rosea (Chilean Bellflower)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. The Chilean bellflower is a climbing vine with lustrous, green leaves and waxy, glowing-pink flowers. Wave Hill’s lovely young specimen is blooming in the Palm House this month. It is…

Plant of the Week: Dombeya burgessiae ‘Seminole’

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Although a member of the mallow family (Malvaceae), this decorative flowering shrub has been called the “tropical rose hydrangea” and it’s not hard to see why: it does look very…

Plant of the Week: Haemanthus deformis (Haemanthus sp.)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. This curious flower is just one of the many South African bulbs that may be seen during the winter months in the Palm House, the central greenhouse of the Marco…

Plant of the Week: Cardiospermum halicacabum (Love-in-a-Puff)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Commonly known as balloon vine or love-in-a-puff, Cardiospermum halicacabum is a small vine originating from the tropics of Central and South America, but is equally happy growing here each summer…

Plant of the Week: Ligularia ‘Britt-Marie Crawford’ (Leopard Plant Cultivar)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Ligularia ‘Britt-Marie Crawford’ (leopard plant cultivar) is one of the most handsome plants of the Shade Border, a tree-lined walk in a quiet corner of the garden. Its dark-maroon foliage…

The Yucca Blooms!

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Louis Bauer is Wave Hill’s Director of Horticulture. Wave Hill’s Director of Horticulture Emeritus Marco Polo Stufano planted this Yucca rostrata, or beaked yucca, about 15 years ago. A native of New Mexico, it was positioned in the corner to…

Plant of the Week: Ipomoea quamaclit (Cypress Vine)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. A charming species of morning glory, Ipomoea quamaclit (cypress vine) is native to South and Central America. It has lovely feathery foliage and tiny, bright red flowers, and loves to twine itself…

Plant of the Week: Verbascum bombyciferum ‘Arctic Summer’

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Verbascum bombyciferum ‘Arctic Summer’ (silver mullein cultivar) is a biennial, meaning that blooming occurs in the second year after germinating from seed. In its first year, the plant forms a strikingly…

Bending and Weaving: Notes from the Wild Garden

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Wave Hill gardener Gelene Scarborough started gardening as a child in North Carolina. When she moved to New York City, she began by gardening for private rooftop gardens. Her career got its start at Wave Hill back in 1997 when…

Plant of the Week: Sauromatum venosum (Voodoo Lily)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Should you be strolling in the Shade Border over the next few days, you might just catch the gentle aroma of cow manure. The origin of this odor is not…