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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),…

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. Most begonias need the protection of a greenhouse for the winter, but Begonia grandis, a species from East Asia, is a hardy exception and it will survive outside throughout…

Plant of the Week: Colchicum spp. (Autumn Crocuses)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Late September brings the surprising blooms of the autumn crocus (Colchicum spp.). Large and pink (or white, in some selections), they seem to pop up from the ground with…

Plant of the Week: Angelica gigas (Korean Angelica)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Korean angelica has the familiar appearance of many members of the parsley family (Apiaceae), except that the umbrella-shaped flower-clusters (umbels) and stems are a deep maroon color, rather than…

Plant of the Week: Hesperaloe parviflora (Red Yucca)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Native to western Texas and northern Mexico, the red yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora) might not be expected to survive outdoors in the Bronx, yet we have specimens which have thrived…

Plant of the Week: Callirhoe involucrata (Poppy Mallow)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  Native to central and southern United States and northern Mexico, this member of the mallow family (Malvaceae) is an attractive and tough ground-cover plant. Procumbent (sprawling) stems emerge from a…

Plant of the Week: Eremurus himalaicus (Foxtail Lily)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  The Wild Garden this week is graced by the stately blooms of the foxtail lily. Its tall flower spikes arise out the strap-like green foliage and seem to appear in…

Plant of the Week: Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis (Dwarf Sweet Box)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  Dwarf sweet box (Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis) is a low-growing evergreen shrub that blooms in late winter or very early spring. The flowers are small, white and very fragrant. In…

Plant of the Week: Adonis amurensis (Adonis/Pheasant’s-eye)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  One of the very first perennials to bloom at the start of the growing season is the cheerful, yellow-flowered Adonis amurensis. It usually flowers right after the winter snows have…

Plant of the Week: Salvia leucantha ‘Santa Barbara’ (Mexican Bush Sage cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. This late-blooming salvia provides color and interest up to the very end of fall. Its soft, velvety spikes of purple flowers contrast wonderfully against the yellows and browns seen in…