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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: 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: 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: 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…

Plant of the Week: Eranthis hyemalis (Winter Aconite)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Despite threats of snow and freezing temperatures, some early-blooming plants start to wake up during the second half of February. The cheerful winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) is emerging now in…

Faces of Wave Hill: Helen Stein

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Wave Hill profiled longtime Member Helen Stein for our #FacesofWaveHill social media series and discovered that her life deserves a fuller telling. Helen has been visiting Wave Hill since the late 1980s, was a volunteer gardener and is now a…

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…