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Plant of the Week: Tetradenia riparia (Iboza)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This aromatic plant is one of the gardeners’ favorites and is worthy of being featured again. It made its first appearance on the blog in January 2017. A pleasant spicy…

Plant of the Week: Idesia polycarpa (Idesia)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. One of the glories of a visit to Wave Hill in winter is the sight of our idesia trees, loaded with their orange-red berries. Native to China and southern Japan,…

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: Lachenalia quadricolor (Four-color Cape Cowslip)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This four-color Cape cowslip (Lachenalia quadricolor) is one of the first of a succession of South African bulbs which will be on display during the winter months in our Palm…

Plant of the Week: Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’ (Miscanthus cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The fluffy seed heads of this miscanthus (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’) make a fine display in the Flower Garden at this time of year. It is a large, perennial grass that…

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: Begonia fuchsioides (Fuchsia-flowered Begonia)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This glossy-leaved begonia, with its deep-red stems and light-pink flowers, is called the fuchsia-flowered begonia because at a casual glance it could be mistaken for a fuchsia. Many hundreds of…

Plant Hybridization in the Palm House: Case in Point

Horticultural Interpreter Alison Filosa works with Charles Day and the Public Programs Manager in Wave Hill’s Public Programs Department. As I explored the plants in the Palm House, the central section of the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory this past winter,…

Plant of the Week: Crassula rupestris (Concertina Plant)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This week, our little concertina plant (Crassula rupestris) is putting on its annual display of neatly clustered pink flowers in the Cactus and Succulent House, the right-hand wing of…

Plant of the Week: Aeonium arboreum ‘Atropurpureum’ (Purple Tree Aeoneum)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Blooming now in our Cactus and Succulent House—the right-hand wing on the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory— is the purple form of the tree aeoneum (Aeonium arboreum ‘Atropurpureum’). It stands…