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Plant of the Week: Idesia polycarpa (Idesia)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. One of the glories of a visit to Wave Hill in winter is the sight of our idesia trees, loaded with their orange-red berries. Native to China and southern Japan,…

Plant of the Week: Lachenalia quadricolor (Four-color Cape Cowslip)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This four-color Cape cowslip (Lachenalia quadricolor) is one of the first of a succession of South African bulbs which will be on display during the winter months in our Palm…

Plant of the Week: Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’ (Miscanthus cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The fluffy seed heads of this miscanthus (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’) make a fine display in the Flower Garden at this time of year. It is a large, perennial grass that…

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: 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…