The High Line's planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees – each 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 one of our gardeners' current favorites with you.
This week, as April showers make way for proverbial May flowers, we present the sunny Golden Bunch crocus. Crocus ancyrensis 'Golden Bunch' is one of the first spring blooms to emerge in the park. Like their cousins, the woodland crocus, Golden Bunch is grown from a "corm," a bulb-like storage organ found in certain types of plants. Although the parts of the plant above ground die as the season progresses, energy is stored in the corm and protects the plant during its dormant time of year. When the weather warms in the spring, the corms send up their shoots and flowers, heralding a new growing season. Crocuses are small plants, measuring only a few inches tall, but they bring cheerful color to any garden. Golden Bunch crocus, in particular, is a happy reminder that despite rainy days, spring has finally arrived.
WHERE TO SEE THIS PLANT
On the High Line between West 14th and West 15th Streets.
Our horticultural team counts on members and friends like you to help keep the High Line beautiful and thriving. Join our community of supporters who play an essential role in the High Line's most important gardening projects – become a member of the High Line today!