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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…

Plant of the Week: Tilia cordata (Small-leaved Linden)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Summer has truly arrived at Wave Hill when the linden trees flower. We have several fine examples of the small-leaved linden (Tilia cordata) and they are in full bloom…

Plant of the Week: Primula bulleyana (Bulley’s Primrose)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The orange-flowered Bulley’s primrose (Primula bulleyana) is one of several species of candelabra primroses. All display their blooms in whorled tiers, stacked vertically on a tall stem. Native to…

Plant of the Week: Paeonia ‘Madame de Verneville’ (Peony Cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. It is peony time in the Flower Garden and their pink, white and red—even yellow—blooms, have been popping open in every bed. There are many species of peonies, native…