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In the Garden Now –Kate French Terrace Plantings

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Summer’s Last Blast The summer pleasures of outdoor dining can often extend into early fall and the Kate French Terrace at Wave Hill House, an extension of The Café, is…

In the Garden Now: Aquatic and Monocot Gardens in August

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Neatly clipped hedges and century-old stone pergolas frame set the background for the Monocot and Aquatic gardens. This formal arrangement creates a pleasing rectangular symmetry, softened by the abundant foliage…

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…

In the Garden Now: Everything’s Coming Up Paisley

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Wave Hill’s Paisley Bed is an example of seasonal bedding—that is, a decorative planting scheme intended to last only a few months. It is a form of gardening which was…

In the Garden Now: Deep Burgundy and Pure White

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. A Wild Garden has a “planted by nature” appearance. It is an informal style of gardening but one which involves thoughtful design and management. Arising from the Art and Crafts…

Plant of the Week: Allium altaicum (Altai Onion)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. We have many types of ornamental onion in the gardens at Wave Hill, perhaps the oddest, and maybe the goofiest, is the Altai onion (Allium altaicum). Upright, thick, tubular leaves…

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: Pontederia cordata (Pickerel Weed)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Although a few of Wave Hill’s hardy water lilies are in bloom this week, many of the plants in the Aquatic Garden are biding their time for their big moment…

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: Oenothera macrocarpa (Missouri Evening Primrose)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. One of the beds in our Wild Garden is planted deliberately with low-growing annuals and perennials in order to provide a pleasing contrast to the surrounding plantings, most of which…