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The High Line Blog

  • Plant of the Week: Purple love grass

    One of our more subtle grasses, Eragrostis spectabilis, has reached its prime season on the High Line. At 12 to 18 inches tall, this clump-forming perennial grass tends to be an inconspicuous presence in the garden until it begins to flower in August when its splayed red to purple infloresc... read more
  • Gardening in the Sky: Maintaining a Sense of the Wild

    In the last Gardening in the Sky post I discussed how human activity often defines urban plant communities. To some extent, the reverse is also true: the wild plant communities that originally grew on the High Line inform both the design and maintenance of our current gardens. The High Line... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Rosenkuppel oregano

    In New York City, home gardening can be a challenge. Looking up, you notice how people use any available space, be it on a fire escape, window box or on top of an air conditioner. Many choose to grow herbs, because often they are tough, have low water needs, smell great, attract pollinators an... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Leadplant

    Amorpha canescens, also known as leadplant, is a deciduous shrub in the pea family (Fabaceae) that is native to the prairies of North America. Though the shrub is found throughout the High Line, it is not common to find this shrub in other parks in New York City. This is one of the reasons it'... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Hoary mountain mint

    While hoary mountain mint is certainly not the showiest plant in bloom on the High Line this week, it should by no means be overlooked. This native perennial herb is an absolute favorite of pollinators, and with pollinator numbers in serious decline everyone should have some in their garden, i... read more
  • Growing, Weeding, and Seeding with High Line’s Green Council

    Summertime has finally arrived for Green Council! We're excited to be working with our community partners, CultivateHKNY and P.S.33, again this year.We partnered with P.S. 33 to help maintain their children's garden by weeding and seeding it. The crops are then given to the students at the elemen... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Wild petunia

    This is the season for tall and showy perennials like compass plant, Culver`s root and coneflower, but it's the much shorter wild petunia that draws my attention every day as I walk up north from Gansevoort to the lawn at 23rd Street. Seen at the many locations along the High Line, wild petuni... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Spiked gayfeather

    Summer is hitting its stride in our High Line gardens. I love this time of year in my zone, the Chelsea Grasslands, because of the bold colors, overflowing planting beds, and abundance of pollinators. One striking perennial in the grasslands is Liatris spicata, or spiked gayfeather. "Spicata" ... read more
  • Gardening in the Sky

    ​Gardening in the Sky: New York's Cosmopolitan Plants

    Ecologists have begun to pay close attention to the spontaneous vegetation that appears in disused spaces like the High Line's original railroad beds. Sometimes referred to as "cosmopolitan", these self-seeded plant communities are comprised of unique mixes of native and exotic species. Such p... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Horsetail

    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 500 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees – each chosen for their hardiness, adaptability... read more