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Plant of the Week: Adonis amurensis (Adonis/Pheasant’s-eye)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  One of the very first perennials to bloom at the start of the growing season is the cheerful, yellow-flowered Adonis amurensis. It usually flowers right after the winter snows have…

Plant of the Week: Hakonechloa macra (Japanese Forest Grass)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra), as it slowly fades from its summer green to pale straw, is one of the loveliest sights in the garden this time of year. It…

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

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell 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…

Plant of the Week: Hosta clausa (Hosta Species)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. This Korean species of hosta is very strange. The flowers resolutely refuse to open—explaining the clausa (closed) part of the botanical name. It is an odd mutation because insects and…

Plant of the Week: Ligularia ‘Britt-Marie Crawford’ (Leopard Plant Cultivar)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Ligularia ‘Britt-Marie Crawford’ (leopard plant cultivar) is one of the most handsome plants of the Shade Border, a tree-lined walk in a quiet corner of the garden. Its dark-maroon foliage…

Plant of the Week: Sauromatum venosum (Voodoo Lily)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Should you be strolling in the Shade Border over the next few days, you might just catch the gentle aroma of cow manure. The origin of this odor is not…

Plant of the Week: Lunaria annua

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Known by many names, including honesty, silver-dollar plant and moneywort, this European native is decorative in both spring and fall. Right now, it is topped by handsome, purple flowers and…

This Week in the Gardens: The Last Hurrah

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Laurel Rimmer, Assistant Director of Public Programs, takes stock of the gardens before the first deep freeze of winter. After a long and glorious fall at Wave Hill, the temperature plunged below 30 degrees this past Tuesday night, snuffing out…

Spring Unfurls!

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Marilyn Young is the Horticulture Assistant at Wave Hill.  Everywhere you look it is beautiful as spring unfolds at Wave Hill, each direction meriting a visit. One that should not be missed is the Shade Border, located in the northeast…

This Week in the Gardens: Winter into Spring (Feb 26)

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Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter Charles Day looks for small signs of spring. I love observing the changes as one season pivots into the next, and late February is one of these special moments. Certainly, winter is not yet over,…