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In the Garden Now: The Flower Garden

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The design of Wave Hill’s Flower Garden takes its inspiration from the Arts and Crafts gardening style, popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. One of the main…

Plant of the Week: Clematis ×triternata ‘Rubromarginata’ (Clematis hybrid)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Covering the fence beside the western entrance to the Flower Garden is one of the Wave Hill gardeners’ favorite plants. It is Clematis ×triternata ‘Rubromarginata’, a cross between C. flammula…

Plant of the Week: Alchemilla mollis (Lady’s Mantle)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis) is native to the mountainous parts of Eastern Europe, and has been a popular garden plant for centuries. Its soft, light-green leaves resemble little cloaks—explaining the…

Plant of the Week: Magnolia ×loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’ (Magnolia cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This spring has been kind to our magnolias. Mild days, cool nights (with no damaging frosts so far) have resulted in a fine show. Among the group of small magnolias…

Plant of the Week: Iris ‘Katharine Hodgkin’ (Iris cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This diminutive iris (Iris ‘Katharine Hodgkin’) is a member of the Reticulata Group of irises. The group includes hybrids and cultivars derived from Iris reticulata and other small species of…

Plant of the Week: Eranthis hyemalis (Winter Aconite)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Despite threats of snow and freezing temperatures, some early-blooming plants start to wake up during the second half of February. The cheerful winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) is emerging now in…

Plant of the Week: Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’ (Miscanthus cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The fluffy seed heads of this miscanthus (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’) make a fine display in the Flower Garden at this time of year. It is a large, perennial grass that…

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…