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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. Sometimes a previous post provides just the right inspiration for a new one. This week, the chosen plant is one that I wrote about at this time last year….

Plant of the Week: Nymphaea ‘Marliacea Chromatella’ (Water Lily cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Claude Monet’s passion for painting water lilies was the direct result of the horticultural efforts of another Frenchman, Joseph Bory Latour-Marliac. Until the late 19th century all species of…

Plant of the Week: Euphorbia cyathophora (Fire-on-the-Mountain)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Fire-on-the-mountain (Euphorbia cyathophoroa) is native to much of the Americas and is a self-sowing annual. That means that although the plant will live for only one growing season, the…

Plant of the Week: Indigofera amblyantha (Chinese, or Pink, Indigo)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Chinese indigo (Indigofera amblyantha) is a large, slightly rangy shrub with a very long flowering season. From late spring into early fall, it produces successive spikes of delicate, rose-pink…

Plant of the Week: Salvia sagittata (Arrow Leaf Sage)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The angular, pointed leaves of this sage are unmistakably arrow-head shaped and it’s no surprise that both the common and botanical names refer to this characteristic. The Latin word…

Plant of the Week: Canna ‘Intrigue’ (Canna cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Among the wonders of the Aquatic Garden this summer is the superbly elegant Canna ‘Intrigue.’ Its long and narrow leaves are generously tinted with burgundy and provide a perfect…

Plant of the Week: Codonopsis lanceolata (Codonopsis/Bonnet Bellflower)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The Shade Border Arbor, completed a few years ago, has given our gardeners a wonderful new structure to use as support for some interesting vines. One of them is…

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…