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Plant of the Week: Eremurus himalaicus (Foxtail Lily)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  The Wild Garden this week is graced by the stately blooms of the foxtail lily. Its tall flower spikes arise out the strap-like green foliage and seem to appear in…

Plant of the Week: Disporum cantoniense ‘Night Heron’ (Canton Fairy Bells cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  The Shade Border in May is filled with masses of brightly colored blooms, all set against the green backdrop of fresh spring foliage. Look more closely, though, and you might…

Plant of the Week: Erigeron pulchellus var. pulchellus ‘Lynnhaven Carpet’ (Robin’s Plantain cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  Under the linden tree in front of Wave Hill House are several patches of this excellent native ground cover plant.   In the wild, Robin’s plantain (Erigeron pulchellus) is found…

Plant of the Week: Boophone disticha (Oxbane)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  Over the last few months, we have seen a succession of glorious South African bulbs blooming under glass at Wave Hill. The last of these, and largest, is the oxbane…

Plant of the Week: Magnolia ×soulangeana ‘Lennei’ (Saucer Magnolia cultivar)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  The severe cold spell in March—which followed an extraordinarily warm February—damaged the swelling buds of many of our spring-flowering magnolias. The result has been a rather scattershot display this month….

Plant of the Week: Chionodoxa luciliae ‘Alba’ (Glory-of-the-Snow cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  Wave Hill is renowned for its carpets of blue glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa sardensis) each spring. The display has been quite a spectacle over the past few weeks, but not all glories-of-the-snow…

Plant of the Week: Lindera obtusiloba (Japanese Spicebush)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  The Japanese spicebush (Lindera obtusiloba) is a lovely, small tree for a shady garden area. Blooming early in spring, with beautiful summer foliage and great fall color, it is attractive…

Plant of the Week: Genista canariensis (Canary Island Broom)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  This cheery member of the pea and bean family (Fabaceae) comes from the sunny Canary Islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria. In climates with colder winters, such as here in…

Plant of the Week: Bartlettina sordida (syn. Eupatorium sordidum)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  This plant has several common names, including “dirty thoroughwort,” “blue mist flower” and “purple torch of the clouds.” It has more than one scientific name, too: it is now known…

Plant of the Week: Strongylodon macrobotrys (Jade Vine)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  Turquoise is not a common color in the plant world but that is exactly the hue of the extraordinary blooms of the jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys). Native to the Philippines,…