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Plant of the Week: Lilium leichtlinii (Leichtlin’s Lily)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Leichtlin’s lily (Lilium leichtlinii) grows up to four feet high and produces masses of golden-yellow flowers. They are tinged a dark red at the base and have purple freckles…

Plant of the Week: Pelargonium graveolens (Rose-scented Geranium)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. There are many species of scented geranium, each with its own unique aroma, released whenever the foliage is lightly brushed. Besides being excellent plants for garden containers, they are…

Plant of the Week: Acanthus hungaricus (Acanthus Species/Bear’s Breeches)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Garden designers refer to some plants as being “architectural plants.” This term suggests that a plant with dramatic foliage, or a distinctive growth habit, can serve as a central…

Plant of the Week: Ratibida columnifera (Long-headed Coneflower/Mexican Hat)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The long-headed coneflower (Ratibida columnifera) grows in open ground and prairies across much of North America. It is drought-tolerant and tough and, if provided with well-drained soil, makes a…

Plant of the Week: Tilia cordata (Small-leaved Linden)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Summer has truly arrived at Wave Hill when the linden trees flower. We have several fine examples of the small-leaved linden (Tilia cordata) and they are in full bloom…

Plant of the Week: Primula bulleyana (Bulley’s Primrose)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The orange-flowered Bulley’s primrose (Primula bulleyana) is one of several species of candelabra primroses. All display their blooms in whorled tiers, stacked vertically on a tall stem. Native to…

Plant of the Week: Paeonia ‘Madame de Verneville’ (Peony Cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. It is peony time in the Flower Garden and their pink, white and red—even yellow—blooms, have been popping open in every bed. There are many species of peonies, native…

Plant of the Week: Coreopsis auriculata ‘Nana’ (Mouse-ear Tickseed cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The mouse-ear tickseed (Coreopsis auriculata) is native to the southeastern United States, where it is found in open woodland and pine barrens.  It blooms earlier than other species of…

Plant of the Week: Geranium maculatum (Wild Geranium)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Among the many woodland-dwelling plants blooming now in our Shade Border is the native wild geranium (Geranium maculatum). Several clumps can be seen there and identified by their pale…

Plant of the Week: Cerastium tomentosum (Snow-in-Summer)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. An old favorite of rock gardens and sunny borders, snow-in-summer (Cerastium tomentosum), is well named. In late spring into early summer, its masses of white flowers could be mistaken…