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Plant of the Week: Asarum canadense (Wild Ginger)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. One could be forgiven for missing the blooms of this native woodland plant. Small, reddish-brown in color, and resting on the ground, they are not entirely obvious but, for all…

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: Ilex opaca ‘Clarendon’ (American Holly cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Evergreens are easily overlooked in summer when they have to compete for attention against the distractions of colorful blooms and the diverse foliage of the surrounding deciduous trees and shrubs….

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…

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: 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: Geranium maculatum (Wild Geranium)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Among the many woodland-dwelling plants blooming now in our Shade Border is the native wild geranium (Geranium maculatum). Several clumps can be seen there and identified by their pale…

Plant of the Week: Darmera peltata (Umbrella Plant)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The Shade Border is home to woodland plants from many parts of the world. One of the oddest is the umbrella plant (Darmera peltata), from the cool, wooded creek-sides…

Plant of the Week: Kirengeshoma palmata (Yellow Wax Bells)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Yellow wax bells (Kirengeshoma palmata) is an exception to the rule that most shade-loving perennials bloom in the spring. Growing to a stately six feet tall and producing numerous…

Plant of the Week: Clethra alnifolia (Summersweet/Sweet Pepperbush)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. There are plenty of reasons to take a stroll in our Shade Border on a hot afternoon in late summer. Most obviously, it is a good place to find…