A garden oasis and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River

Plant of the Week: Gladiolus murielae (Abyssinian Gladiolus)

the-plant

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: Clethra alnifolia (Summersweet/Sweet Pepperbush)

close-up

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. There are plenty of reasons to take a stroll in our Shade Border on a hot afternoon in late summer. Most obviously, it is a good place to find…

Plant of the Week: Vitex agnus-castus (Chaste Tree)

close-up

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) is a large shrub that is only just winter-hardy in our climate. When grown with some protection, such as against the sunny wall, however,…

Plant of the Week: Hesperaloe parviflora (Red Yucca)

close-up

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Native to western Texas and northern Mexico, the red yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora) might not be expected to survive outdoors in the Bronx, yet we have specimens which have thrived…

Plant of the Week: Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Prairie Sunset’ (Ox-eye Sunflower Cultivar)

the-plant-2

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: Maianthemum stellatum (Starry False Solomon’s Seal)

close-up

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  The white, star-shaped flowers of this spring-blooming plant may have long since finished, but they are replaced by fascinating fruits. As they ripen, the fruits turn from green to dark…

Plant of the Week: Grevillea ‘Austraflora Fanfare’ (Grevillea hybrid)

close-up

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  Grevillea ‘Austraflora Fanfare’ has lustrous, finely cut foliage and a decidedly wide, spreading habit. New growth emerges a metallic-bronze and the blooms, which are appearing now, are like little upturned…

Summer 2017: A Global Cast to the Paisley Bed

the-gardener

Louis Bauer is Wave Hill’s Director of Horticulture. Each spring, we plant up succeeding waves of brightly hued tulips. This shot of the bed in May, 2015, tells that story. Once summer arrives, the bed gets planted up again for the longer…

Plant of the Week: Spigelia marilandica (Indian Pink)

close-up

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  The Indian pink (Spigelia marilandica) is not exactly pink. Bright red flowers with dazzling yellow is closer to the mark, and it is a magnet for hummingbirds. Although native to…

Plant of the Week: Callirhoe involucrata (Poppy Mallow)

the-setting

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  Native to central and southern United States and northern Mexico, this member of the mallow family (Malvaceae) is an attractive and tough ground-cover plant. Procumbent (sprawling) stems emerge from a…