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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…

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…