The High Line Blog

  • Plant of the Week: Queen Anne’s lace

    Photo by Ayinde Listhrop As you enter or exit the park towards the northern most section of the High Line, you'll notice a self-seeded display featuring hundreds of white flowers covering the length of the Interim walkway. Aggressive and hardy, yet alluringly attractive, Daucus carota i... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Firetail Mountain Fleece

    Many beautiful blooms on the High Line are fleeting— for example, spring ephemerals pop up for only a few weeks and are soon gone. But Firetail mountain fleece, this week's plant, is long-blooming, sometimes lasting until the year's first frost. Currently it's in peak form in the Washington Gr... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Bellflower Clematis

    The Vegetal Screen is a seated bench area located near the Tenth Avenue Square with trellises for perennial vines, such as Major Wheeler Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler') and Autumn Revolution™ American bittersweet (Celastrus scandens 'Bailumn'). Among these climbers the b... read more
  • Gardening in the Sky: Weedy is in the Eye of the Beholder

    A weed is simply a plant that a particular gardener does not want in a particular place. The designation of "weed" depends on circumstances. A plant that might behave perfectly well in one set of conditions or among one set of companions can become a menace in a different situation. The High L... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Hoary Skullcap

    Tucked away in the northernmost section of the High Line, this native wildflower puts on a stunning display in the mid-to late summer months. Blooming effervescently with its pale lavender and deep purple flowers, Scutellaria incana, common name hoary skullcap, consistently attracts a wide v... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Wild Spurge

    Euphorbia corollata is one of three kinds of Euphorbia that you can find on the High Line. It's a small herbaceous perennial that features tall slender stems, alternate leaves and dainty looking flowers. In the wild, Euphorbia corollata can be found growing in the woods and fields of the Unit... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Mexican Hat

    Many people think the High Line that exists today is "natural", exactly like it was when it was when the rail track was abandoned in the 1980's. In fact, almost every bit of the High Line was planted according to our master plan. However, the design is not set in stone. Piet Oudolf wants his c... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Swamp Azalea

    There are two Rhododendron species represented in the High Line collection, both located in the Flyover woodland garden. The swamp azalea, Rhododendron viscosum, is in full, fragrant bloom. It is an openly branched shrub that grows up to 12 feet tall, but on average maxes at 5 feet. The lea... read more
  • Gardening in the Sky: Starting From Seed

    In the last Gardening in the Sky post I discussed the horticulture team's motivation for starting a small propagation program. In addition to resolving some of the difficulties we've had with sourcing our plants locally, propagating plants helps us understand them better. Each plant has dif... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Hay-Scented Fern

    Photo by Ayinde Listhrop Dennstaedtia punctilobula is a new addition to the High Line this year, and it already provides an immediate contribution to the park's visual aesthetic during these early summer months. With hairy yellow-green fronds, which appear radiant in the afternoon sun, it... read more