| June 28, 2013 | Style & Beauty
Dragonfly clip featuring diamonds and yellow sapphires, Van Cleef & Arpels ($29,400). 744 Fifth Ave., 212-896- 9284
Anemone x hybrida
According to the Central Park Conservancy, Manhattan’s 843-acre swath of landscaped greenery is home to countless flowering species, the majority of which peak in July, among them, the Japanese anemone. “Strong” and “persistent” are words used to describe the flower—terms just as apt for New Yorkers themselves. A member of the Ranunculaceae family, this species of anemone is found in several places in the park, including the Conservatory and Shakespeare Gardens and Pleasant Place. A hardy beauty that can grow three feet tall, this herbaceous perennial first blossoms in July and stays in bloom well into fall.
Pavé diamond flower brooch, Aaron Basha ($78,000). 685 Madison Ave., 212-935-1960
JAPANESE TREE LILAC
In 1970 the philanthropist Nell Singer funded the creation of Lilac Walk, a small path at the northern border of the Sheep Meadow. One of the most beautiful park passageways, the Lilac Walk is planted with 23 varieties of the flower from around the world. As the name implies, the Japanese tree lilac is a flowering tree; its blossoms peak in high summer. You can also find these blooms in the Conservatory Garden.
Gold-sliced diamond flower ring ($45,750) and white-gold-sliced diamond flower ring ($29,925), Demarco. DeNatale Fine Jewelers, 111 Broadway, 212-349-8900; Emerald and diamond frog brooch, Aaron Basha ($15,000). 685 Madison Ave., 212-935- 1960
The fragrant lavender, used extensively for aromatherapy products, is part of the plant family that includes other delectably scented garden favorites like mint and basil. A magnet for butterflies, lavender has a classic New York summer season, running from Memorial Day through Labor Day. These aromatic shrubs add their delicate fragrance and perfume to the North Meadow Recreation Center garden.
White and yellow diamond and coral flower brooch, Lorraine Schwartz (price on request). Available exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Ave., 212-872-8892; Coral grasshopper in 18k yellow gold, platinum, diamonds, sapphires, carved coral, and white enamel, David Webb ($33,000). 942 Madison Ave., 212-421-3030
Daylilies are as gorgeous as they are tough, able to thrive in a variety of climates and landscapes and often without much water. They are shortlived beauties, blossoming for a day or so, but their scapes, or stalks, usually bear many buds that open sequentially over a period of time. Hybridizers have broadened the daylily palette from their natural yellows, oranges, and reds but you’ll find that classic colors abound near the Central Park Reservoir and in the North Meadow Recreation Center gardens.
Crystal insect brooches with diamonds, Aaron Basha ($6,500 each). 685 Madison Ave., 212-935-1960; White diamond and orange sapphire flower brooch, Lorraine Schwartz (price on request). Available exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Ave., 212-872-8892
A woodland species whose bushes can grow to eight feet tall, oakleaf hydrangeas bloom from June to August. The flower heads are often described as showy—meaning the wow factor is major when they’re in full blossom. See these buds at the Conservatory Garden, Reservoir East, and North Meadow Recreation Center garden.
Floral earrings in 18k yellow gold, platinum, diamonds, and white and yellow enamel, David Webb ($16,800). 942 Madison Ave., 212-421- 3030
Unlike many wildflowers that wither as temperatures rise, the celandine poppy grows throughout the summer. Buttercup in shape and color, this native North American species is a woodland mainstay. It brightens the Great Hill area, an open hilltop meadow in the park, which Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux first designed as a carriage concourse.
photography by brian klutch; Jewelry styling by Sarah Liebowitz; Floral styling by Mariana Vera for Halley Resources; Flowers courtesy of Belle Fleur. 134 Fifth Ave., 212-254-8703