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Plant of the Week: Phlomis tuberosa (Tuberous Jerusalem Sage)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The tuberous Jerusalem sage (Phlomis tuberosa) is a handsome plant with distinctive tiers of lavender flowers arranged in evenly-spaced whorls on tall, dark-red stems. It can be seen now in…

Plant of the Week: Papaver atlanticum (Atlas Poppy)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The apricot-orange blooms of the Atlas poppy (Papaver atlanticum) can be seen in various places around the garden from spring and, on and off, into late fall. It is a short-lived…

Plant of the Week: Iris germanica ‘Florentina’ (Iris cultivar)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This iris has been in cultivation for so long that it is not known where it originated. In fact, taxonomists cannot even agree on what to call it. Some consider…

Plant of the Week: Erigeron pulchellus var. pulchellus ‘Lynnhaven Carpet’ (Robin’s Plantain cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. In the wild, Robin’s plantain (Erigeron pulchellus) is found over much of eastern North America. Often seen in rocky, wooded places, it is equally at home in fields and roadsides….

Plant of the Week: Malus sargentii ‘Tina’ (Crabapple cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. There are many types of crabapple—more than 400, if one includes all the species and cultivars—and they reward the gardener with blossom in spring and ornamental fruit in fall. We…

Plant of the Week: Stylophorum diphyllum (Celandine Poppy)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Native to much of eastern North America, the celandine poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum) is a welcome, self-seeding perennial that can light up a shady corner of the garden in spring. It…

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: Magnolia ×loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’ (Magnolia cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This spring has been kind to our magnolias. Mild days, cool nights (with no damaging frosts so far) have resulted in a fine show. Among the group of small magnolias…

Plant of the Week: Leucojum vernum (Spring Snowflake)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The spring snowflake (Leucojum vernum) is an enchanting flowering bulb. Its nodding, paper-lantern-like blooms appear in early spring. Pure white, the blooms have a small dab of yellow or green near…

Plant of the Week: Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica (Puschkinia Variety)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The spectacle of thousands of blue-flowered glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa sardensis) captures the attention at Wave Hill at this time of the year, but tucked away in odd corners are small pockets…