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In the Garden Now: Winter-Blooming Trees and Shrubs

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Late February might still be winter but it is when some of our trees and shrubs burst into flower. Many of them originated in parts of East Asia where…

In the Garden Now: The Conifer Slope in Winter

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Conifers have a quiet dignity about them, as suggested in the first photo, taken by Ngoc Minh Ngo for the recent Timber Press publication Nature into Art: The Gardens…

In the Garden Now: Evergreens in the Wild Garden

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Evergreens can easily be overlooked in summer but now, with deciduous trees bare and the rest of the plant life going dormant, they become the mainstay of the winter landscape…

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: 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: 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: 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…

Plant of the Week: Pinus parviflora ‘Azuma’ (Japanese White Pine cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Sitting in a large pot at the center of the Flower Garden is Pinus parviflora ‘Azuma,’ a dwarf Japanese white pine. It is a very handsome little tree with a…

Plant of the Week: Tilia cordata (Small-leaved Linden)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Summer has truly arrived at Wave Hill when the linden trees flower. We have several fine examples of the small-leaved linden (Tilia cordata) and they are in full bloom…

Plant of the Week: Magnolia denudata (Yulan/Lily Magnolia)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Wave Hill’s grandest magnolia tree is the lily magnolia or yulan (Magnolia denudata). A prodigious presence on the edge of the lawn, it stands close to the Front Gate,…