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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…

Plant of the Week: Gomphocarpus physocarpus (Swan Plant/Balloon Plant)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. This tender perennial—that is, a plant that is capable of living more than one year in a warmer climate but is killed by our winters here—comes from southern Africa. It…

Plant of the Week: Hosta plantaginea (August Lily)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. The front entrance to the Flower Garden in late summer is graced by the huge, scented blooms of the August lily. Although not actually a lily—it is a species of…

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…

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: Winter Aconite

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. The first, few flowers of early spring are among the most precious of the year, and the winter aconite, Eranthis hyemalis. is one of them. Native to southern Europe, but hardy enough…

The Rewards of Succession Planting

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Louis Bauer is Wave Hill’s Director of Horticulture. I am very pleased to be able to share the news that one of our horticulturists, Harnek Singh, has been awarded a Chanticleer Scholarship in Professional Development, the first to be awarded…

Cold Frames

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Louis Bauer is Wave Hill’s Director of Horticulture. Situated off the east side of the Potting Shed, the cold frame, so named because it is not heated, sits about a foot and half below ground level, with a cover of…

Do Gardeners Catch Spring Fever?

Louis Bauer is Wave Hill’s Director of Horticulture. Of course, we do. But it’s a chronic condition that arrives with the earliest buds and doesn’t let up till sometime in late fall. This year, more than any other in recent…