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Plant of the Week: Hesperaloe parviflora (Red Yucca)

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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)

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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)

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)

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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

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)

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…