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Plant of the Week: Lagerstroemia ‘Natchez’ (Crape Myrtle cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Crape myrtles are usually associated with the warmer areas of the U.S.—they are common in the elegant gardens of Charleston and Savannah—but they can thrive further north, even here in…

Plant of the Week: Begonia fuchsioides (Fuchsia-flowered Begonia)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This glossy-leaved begonia, with its deep-red stems and light-pink flowers, is called the fuchsia-flowered begonia because at a casual glance it could be mistaken for a fuchsia. Many hundreds of…

Plant of the Week: Pinus parviflora ‘Azuma’ (Japanese White Pine cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Sitting in a large pot at the center of the Flower Garden is Pinus parviflora ‘Azuma,’ a dwarf Japanese white pine. It is a very handsome little tree with a…

Plant of the Week: Veltheimia capensis (Sand Lily)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The sand lily (Veltheimia capensis) is one of many South African bulbs that will be on display this winter in the Palm House, the central section of the Marco Polo…

Plant of the Week: Photinia villosa var. laevis (Christmas Berry variety)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. One of our finest trees for fall foliage is certainly not the largest. Located in the area of the garden just to the north of the visitors’ parking lot is…

Plant of the Week: Solanum lasiophyllum (Flannel Bush)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. In late fall, the Palm House, the central section of the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory, fills up with intriguing and exotic plants. They all come from warmer regions of the…

Plant of the Week: Salvia confertiflora (Red Velvet Sage)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Ornamental sages come in many shapes and colors, and they are used by the Wave Hill gardeners to provide colorful interest late in the season. A particularly striking one is…

Plant of the Week: Isodon longitubus (syn. Rabdosia longituba)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Isodon longitubus is an unusual and enigmatic perennial. Through the summer, when it looks like any slightly rangy-looking green plant, it is easily overlooked but, late in the fall, it burst…

Plant of the Week: Brassica oleracea var. acephala ‘Lacinato’ (Tuscan Kale)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Edible plants have been grown in ornamental gardens for centuries, and the practice was common in farmworkers’ gardens in rural England. These cottage gardens appealed to designers and writers…

Plant of the Week: Tithonia rotundifolia ‘Torch’ (Mexican Sunflower cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The entrance to the Herb Garden at Wave Hill is an exceptionally colorful sight this fall. Zinnias in shades of salmon-pink and bright-orange vie for space with red-purple globe-amaranths…