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Plant of the Week: Viola cv. (Pansy cultivar mix)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Who can resist the smiling face of a pansy? This Viola selection is a mixture called ‘Citrus Mix,’ for obvious reasons, and it is superbly matched with similarly-hued Iceland poppies (Papaver…

Plant of the Week: Aristolochia macrophylla (Dutchman’s pipevine)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. A luxuriant and tropical-looking vine, Aristolochia macrophylla (Dutchman’s pipevine), envelops a large section of the Pergola that surrounds the Aquatic Garden. The common name comes from the appearance of its…

Plant of the Week: Nemesia cheiranthus ‘Masquerade’

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Among the spring plantings in the beds on the Kate French Terrace outside Wave Hill House and The Café is this new and slightly bizarre little annual. It’s called the…

Plant of the Week: Cytisus tinctoria

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Cytisus tinctoria appears as a huge mass of yellow blooms in a corner of the Herb Garden. As useful as it is beautiful, the common name for this plant, dyer’s…

Plant of the Week: Cymbalaria muralis

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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…

Plant of the Week: Lunaria annua

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Known by many names, including honesty, silver-dollar plant and moneywort, this European native is decorative in both spring and fall. Right now, it is topped by handsome, purple flowers and…

Plant of the Week: Watsonia humilis

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Named in honor of Sir William Watson, an eighteenth-century naturalist and doctor, this lovely flowering bulb is native to the southwestern Cape of South Africa. Watsonia humilis is one of…

The Tropical House—Starring the Jade Vine!

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Wave Hill gardener Jen Cimino earned her BS in Wildlife Management and Natural Resources from the University of New Hampshire, where she got her first taste of horticulture.  In the last five years, her responsibilities have included the Tropical House…

Plant of the Week: Euphorbia myrsinites

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. One of the unique aspects of Wave Hill is that some plants get to pick their own places to live. Not all of them of course—much thought and expertise goes…

Plant of the Week: Frittilaria verticillata

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. The fritillaries are some of the most beguiling blooms of spring. One of the earliest is Fritillaria verticillata and it is now now starting to show off its pale-green, nodding…