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Plant of the Week: Salvia confertiflora (Red Velvet Sage)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Ornamental sages come in many shapes and colors, and they are used by the Wave Hill gardeners to provide colorful interest late in the season. A particularly striking one is…

Plant of the Week: Begonia grandis ‘Alba’ (Hardy Begonia cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Sometimes a previous post provides just the right inspiration for a new one. This week, the chosen plant is one that I wrote about at this time last year….

Plant of the Week: Euphorbia cyathophora (Fire-on-the-Mountain)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Fire-on-the-mountain (Euphorbia cyathophoroa) is native to much of the Americas and is a self-sowing annual. That means that although the plant will live for only one growing season, the…

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: Acanthus hungaricus (Acanthus Species/Bear’s Breeches)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Garden designers refer to some plants as being “architectural plants.” This term suggests that a plant with dramatic foliage, or a distinctive growth habit, can serve as a central…

Plant of the Week: Coreopsis auriculata ‘Nana’ (Mouse-ear Tickseed cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The mouse-ear tickseed (Coreopsis auriculata) is native to the southeastern United States, where it is found in open woodland and pine barrens.  It blooms earlier than other species of…

Plant of the Week: Cerastium tomentosum (Snow-in-Summer)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. An old favorite of rock gardens and sunny borders, snow-in-summer (Cerastium tomentosum), is well named. In late spring into early summer, its masses of white flowers could be mistaken…

Plant of the Week: Crocus tommasinianus

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Horticultural Interpreter Alison Filosa works with Charles Day and the rest of Wave Hill’s Public Programs Department. Crocus tommasinianus is otherwise known as snow crocus as it is one of the first crocuses to bloom. Originally found on the hillsides…

Plant of the Week: Galanthus elwesii (Greater Snowdrop)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Snowdrops are a welcome sight in late winter. Their snowy-white blooms often appear in milder spells in early February. Even during colder conditions they will still develop and are…

Plant of the Week: Salvia guaranitica ‘Blue Ensign’ (Anise-scented Sage Cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Much of the floral color in the garden at this time of year is provided by our large collection of ornamental sages. Related to the culinary sage (Salvia officinalis),…