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Plant of the Week: Pinus parviflora ‘Azuma’ (Japanese White Pine cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Sitting in a large pot at the center of the Flower Garden is Pinus parviflora ‘Azuma,’ a dwarf Japanese white pine. It is a very handsome little tree with a…

Plant of the Week: Brassica oleracea var. acephala ‘Lacinato’ (Tuscan Kale)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Edible plants have been grown in ornamental gardens for centuries, and the practice was common in farmworkers’ gardens in rural England. These cottage gardens appealed to designers and writers…

Plant of the Week: Salvia sagittata (Arrow Leaf Sage)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The angular, pointed leaves of this sage are unmistakably arrow-head shaped and it’s no surprise that both the common and botanical names refer to this characteristic. The Latin word…

Plant of the Week: Lilium leichtlinii (Leichtlin’s Lily)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Leichtlin’s lily (Lilium leichtlinii) grows up to four feet high and produces masses of golden-yellow flowers. They are tinged a dark red at the base and have purple freckles…

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…