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Plant of the Week: Mahonia eurybracteata (Grape Holly species)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This small, evergreen shrub is blooming now in our Palm House, the middle section of the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory. Native to western China, Mahonia eurybracteata has delicate, narrow…

Plant of the Week: Salvia guaranitica ‘Blue Ensign’ (Anise-scented Sage Cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Much of the floral color in the garden at this time of year is provided by our large collection of ornamental sages. Related to the culinary sage (Salvia officinalis),…

Plant of the Week: Begonia grandis ‘Alba’ (Hardy Begonia cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Most begonias need the protection of a greenhouse for the winter, but Begonia grandis, a species from East Asia, is a hardy exception and it will survive outside throughout…

Plant of the Week: Colchicum spp. (Autumn Crocuses)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Late September brings the surprising blooms of the autumn crocus (Colchicum spp.). Large and pink (or white, in some selections), they seem to pop up from the ground with…

Plant of the Week: Seseli gummiferum (Moon Carrot)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Moon carrot is an odd name for this rather odd-looking plant. As a member of Apiaceae (the parsley family), it is indeed a relative of the carrot, but its…

Plant of the Week: Angelica gigas (Korean Angelica)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Korean angelica has the familiar appearance of many members of the parsley family (Apiaceae), except that the umbrella-shaped flower-clusters (umbels) and stems are a deep maroon color, rather than…

Plant of the Week: Kirengeshoma palmata (Yellow Wax Bells)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Yellow wax bells (Kirengeshoma palmata) is an exception to the rule that most shade-loving perennials bloom in the spring. Growing to a stately six feet tall and producing numerous…

Plant of the Week: Gladiolus murielae (Abyssinian Gladiolus)

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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)

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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)

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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,…