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Plant of the Week: Eranthis hyemalis (Winter Aconite)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Despite threats of snow and freezing temperatures, some early-blooming plants start to wake up during the second half of February. The cheerful winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) is emerging now in…

Plant of the Week: Viola ‘Conte di Brazza’ (Parma Violet cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. A visit to the T.H. Everett Alpine House on a sunny day this week will be rewarded by a waft of delicious perfume. Its source is this white, double-flowered cultivar…

Plant of the Week: Hesperantha vaginata (Harlequin Evening Flower)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. These striking, yellow and brown blooms belong to the harlequin evening flower (Hesperantha vaginata), a member of the iris family (Iridaceae). Native to a high plateau in the southwest of…

Plant of the Week: Lapeirousia silenoides (Lapeirousia species)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Among the many colorful flowering South African bulbs one of the most jewel-like is Lapeirousia silenoides. It is a tiny plant, barely 4 inches high, but it produces a succession…

Plant of the Week: Aloe mcloughlinii (Mcloughlin’s Aloe)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. There are many aloes—more than 500 species—and most of them are native to eastern and southern Africa. They vary in size and habit but they all have a rosette of…

Plant of the Week: Tetradenia riparia (Iboza)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This aromatic plant is one of the gardeners’ favorites and is worthy of being featured again. It made its first appearance on the blog in January 2017. A pleasant spicy…

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…