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Plant of the Week: Spigelia marilandica (Indian Pink)

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)

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…

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: Phlomis fruticosa (Jerusalem Sage)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  The Jerusalem sage (Phlomis fruticosa) is a native of the warm lands of the eastern Mediterranean but survives the cold winters here in the Northeast provided it has some shelter….

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…