Plant(s) of the Week: Dawn Bodnant Viburnum and White Squill

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Author: 
Erika Harvey
Dawn bodnant viburnum has bright pink flowers that are at their peak this time of year.
 

The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that took root on the elevated rail tracks after the trains stopped running. The High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees — chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, diversity, and seasonal variation in color and texture. Some of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are reflected in the park landscape today.

This week we share with you two of our Gardeners’ current favorites.

Last week we were so busy with kicking off Spring Cutback that we weren’t able to post our Plant of the Week. We’re back this week with two plants for you to enjoy.

Dawn bodnant viburnum

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Stop to smell the flowers when you come to the High Line next. Located in one of the nicest places to relax, you’ll find the flowers of Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn,' better known as Dawn bodnant viburnum, brightening the Sundeck between our lounging chairs.

Dawn bodnant viburnum, or Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn,' is a deciduous shrub that has long-lasting fragrant flowers that bloom from late autumn through early spring. Currently, the flowers are a vivid pink, however this color will fade in the coming weeks to an almost-white hue.

WHERE TO SEE THIS PLANT
Near Gansevoort Street, between West 14th and West 15th Streets, and between West 21st and West 22nd Streets.



White squill

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Scilla mischtschenkoana, known by its common name white squill, is a delicate spring bulb with white flowers that have a hint of blue. Originally native to the mountainous regions of the South Caucasus and northern Iran, these hardy bulbs are a nice ornamental addition to any garden.

In 2010, we added these flowers to the Northern Spur Preserve because we felt the need for some early spring blooms to brighten up the space.

WHERE TO SEE THIS PLANT
Near 16th Street on the Northern Spur Preserve, on the western side of the High Line