Red Begonia and Blue Annual Vinca Planting

New Summer Plants

We have added a stand of pink wax begonia and annual vinca at 81st street and Central Park west, and it will remain until October, when it will be replaced by a new tulip bulb planting.

Wax begonia

Wax begonia are herbaceous, compact, mound-forming perennials, native to tropical regions, which make them ideal for growing in Theodore Roosevelt Park during the warm New York City summers.


Annual vinca, also called periwinkle, is a fast-growing, drought-tolerant, spreading herbaceous annual, native to Madagascar. These compact, showy plants grow to a height of 12 inches and spread to 18 inches wide.

See them before the fall

Begonia and annual vinca produce beautiful flowers until October, and thrive in partial shade and organically-rich, well-drained soil. Visit the park to see them while they’re here!

8 reasons to visit Roosevelt Park this summer

Mohonia at Roosevelt Park

Summer plants on the Upper West Side

We have scheduled a massive planting at Theodore Roosevelt Park. Starting June 14th and extending to the end of the month, we will install hundreds of beautiful flowering plants in Bull Moose Dog Run, and in the Columbus Ave. and 81st Street gardens.

Can you identify these 8 species?

Look for cherry laurel, hydrangea, mahonia, crepe myrtle, hosta, hellebore, heuchera and anemone. These spectacular specimens will paint our gardens with splashes of purple, lavender, pink, green, white, caramel, chartreuse and yellow. Come back to see more photos as the summer continues!

Hosta in late spring

Hosta Blooming at the Bull Moose Dog Run

Hosta in Roosevelt ParkHosta is native to China, Japan, and Korea. It’s a shade-loving, rhizomatous, clump-forming, herbaceous perennial, with lush, sensuous foliage. Hosta varies in size from dwarfs, which are inches tall, to giants of five feet. Leaves come in a variety of colors, shapes and textures: blue-green, dark green, chartreuse, bronze, red, variegated, crinkled, smooth, wavy, concave, oval, round, heart-shaped, elongated, narrow, and twisted.

New York City is ideal for Hosta plants

With a relatively cool climate, and sun that isn’t too strong, New York City is a great place for Hosta plants. In Roosevelt Park, sweeps of magnificent hosta grow luxuriantly in front of the Bull Moose dog run.

The origins of Roosevelt Park’s Hosta plants

We planted Hosta in the park three years ago, and they are now mature, rich in color and large.  Hosta bloom in late spring, so June is a great time to visit the park and see them.