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Plant of the Week: Paeonia ‘Madame de Verneville’ (Peony Cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. It is peony time in the Flower Garden and their pink, white and red—even yellow—blooms, have been popping open in every bed. There are many species of peonies, native…

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: Ajania pacifica (Gold and Silver Chrysanthemum)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The gold and silver chrysanthemum (Ajania pacifica) is the last plant of the fall to bloom in our Flower Garden. Despite the lateness of the season, and recent frosts,…

Plant of the Week: Clematis tibetana (Orange Peel Clematis)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Visitors at this time of the year often remark about the fluffy pom-poms near the central entrance to our Flower Garden. They are the seed heads of the orange…

Plant of the Week: Solanum quitoense (Naranjilla)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Guarding the entrance to the Conservatory, and lurking in the both the Paisley Bed and the Herb Garden, is the spectacular, if slightly sinister, Solanum quitoense. It is a…

Plant of the Week: Gladiolus murielae (Abyssinian Gladiolus)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Some of the blooms in the garden at this time of year are courtesy of the summer-flowering bulbs which our gardeners planted in spring. One of these is the…

Plant of the Week: Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Prairie Sunset’ (Ox-eye Sunflower Cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter.  The ox-eye sunflower is an imposing plant, native to much of central North America, where it may be found in tall grass prairies and light woodlands. The wild species…

Plant of the Week: Allium ‘Ambassador’ (Ornamental Onion)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  Alliums come in many shapes and sizes—including edible crops, such as garlic, onion and leek—but the impressive ornamental Allium ‘Ambassador’, one might say is an excellent representative of the genus….

Plant of the Week: Jasminum nudiflorum (Winter Jasmine)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. “What is that yellow flower?” is a frequent question from our winter visitors. As the common name suggests, winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) does indeed flower this time of year, but…

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…