June Blooms: A Flourishing Landscape

pipe Goatsbeard (Aruncus 'Horatio') in bloom. Photo by Joan Garvin.

Every time we walk the High Line, we overhear a park visitor marveling about how established the plants look after having a year in the park. The grasses are thicker and lusher, the flowers are blooming with more gusto — even the trees have a hearty at-home-ness about them.

"Many of the species selected for the High Line are vigorous, but the ultimate charm of a well-conceived landscapes stems from the shape it takes once it matures," said Patrick Cullina, our Vice President of Horticulture & Park Operations. "It may be hard to believe, but most of those plants were installed only one short year ago. We will continue to monitor the emerging patterns, and make refinements that will further strengthen our dynamic landscape." When High Line Planting Designer Piet Oudolf last visited the park, he, too, had enthusiastic things to say about how well the plants have taken root.

As the warm weather keeps coming, the gardens will continue to thrive. June's bloom forecast promises many spectacular days to view the High Line's ever-changing landscape. This month's bloom list (available here on our Web site) is rich with variety and intrigue. Many of the plants, like the Allegheny serviceberry pictured below, showcased a different kind of attraction earlier this year, and have now developed into a fresh sight.

pipe Allegheny serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis) fruit ripening into a lovely purpleish-blue in the Gansevoort Woodland. View the plant in April, when it bloomed with soft, white flowers. Photo by Patrick Cullina.
pipe 'Pale coneflower (Echinacea pallida) in bloom on the lower section of the Diller-von Furstenberg Sundeck. Did you know these plants have been used for centuries as herbal remedies? Read more here. Photo by Patrick Cullina.

Each part of Section 1 has something new developing right now. The flowers and prairie grasses in the Chelsea Grasslands have sprouted to a steady height, creating the sensation that you're traveling through a land miles from the bustle of any city, the myriad blooms along the lower level of the Diller-von Furstenberg Sundeck continue to send out warm fragrances, and flowering vines have begun to trickle to the outside of the art deco railings in the Gansevoort Woodland.

Come check it out — with the summery weather, the High Line is a real treat right now.

EnlargePrairie sundrops.
EnlargeSicilian honey garlic.
EnlargePrairie Junegrass and hairy alum root.

The entire list of this month's blooms is available here: June Blooms.

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