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Plant of the Week: Allium altaicum (Altai Onion)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. We have many types of ornamental onion in the gardens at Wave Hill, perhaps the oddest, and maybe the goofiest, is the Altai onion (Allium altaicum). Upright, thick, tubular leaves…

Plant of the Week: Clematis ×triternata ‘Rubromarginata’ (Clematis hybrid)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Covering the fence beside the western entrance to the Flower Garden is one of the Wave Hill gardeners’ favorite plants. It is Clematis ×triternata ‘Rubromarginata’, a cross between C. flammula…

Plant of the Week: Pontederia cordata (Pickerel Weed)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Although a few of Wave Hill’s hardy water lilies are in bloom this week, many of the plants in the Aquatic Garden are biding their time for their big moment…

Plant of the Week: Alchemilla mollis (Lady’s Mantle)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis) is native to the mountainous parts of Eastern Europe, and has been a popular garden plant for centuries. Its soft, light-green leaves resemble little cloaks—explaining the…

Plant of the Week: Oenothera macrocarpa (Missouri Evening Primrose)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. One of the beds in our Wild Garden is planted deliberately with low-growing annuals and perennials in order to provide a pleasing contrast to the surrounding plantings, most of which…

Plant of the Week: Actinidia arguta (Hardy Kiwi)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Our Italianate Pergola, situated on the Great Lawn, frames the majestic views of the Hudson River and the Palisades beyond. Growing atop it is a large hardy kiwi plant (Actinidia arguta)….

Plant of the Week: Phlomis tuberosa (Tuberous Jerusalem Sage)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The tuberous Jerusalem sage (Phlomis tuberosa) is a handsome plant with distinctive tiers of lavender flowers arranged in evenly-spaced whorls on tall, dark-red stems. It can be seen now in…

Plant of the Week: Papaver atlanticum (Atlas Poppy)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The apricot-orange blooms of the Atlas poppy (Papaver atlanticum) can be seen in various places around the garden from spring and, on and off, into late fall. It is a short-lived…

Plant of the Week: Iris germanica ‘Florentina’ (Iris cultivar)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This iris has been in cultivation for so long that it is not known where it originated. In fact, taxonomists cannot even agree on what to call it. Some consider…

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 Senior Horticultural Interpreter. In the wild, Robin’s plantain (Erigeron pulchellus) is found over much of eastern North America. Often seen in rocky, wooded places, it is equally at home in fields and roadsides….