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Plant of the Week: Allium altaicum (Altai Onion)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. We have many types of ornamental onion in the gardens at Wave Hill, perhaps the oddest, and maybe the goofiest, is the Altai onion (Allium altaicum). Upright, thick, tubular leaves…

Plant of the Week: Clematis ×triternata ‘Rubromarginata’ (Clematis hybrid)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Covering the fence beside the western entrance to the Flower Garden is one of the Wave Hill gardeners’ favorite plants. It is Clematis ×triternata ‘Rubromarginata’, a cross between C. flammula…

Plant of the Week: Pontederia cordata (Pickerel Weed)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Although a few of Wave Hill’s hardy water lilies are in bloom this week, many of the plants in the Aquatic Garden are biding their time for their big moment…

Plant of the Week: Alchemilla mollis (Lady’s Mantle)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis) is native to the mountainous parts of Eastern Europe, and has been a popular garden plant for centuries. Its soft, light-green leaves resemble little cloaks—explaining the…

Plant of the Week: Oenothera macrocarpa (Missouri Evening Primrose)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. One of the beds in our Wild Garden is planted deliberately with low-growing annuals and perennials in order to provide a pleasing contrast to the surrounding plantings, most of which…

Plant of the Week: Actinidia arguta (Hardy Kiwi)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Our Italianate Pergola, situated on the Great Lawn, frames the majestic views of the Hudson River and the Palisades beyond. Growing atop it is a large hardy kiwi plant (Actinidia arguta)….

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…