The High Line Blog

  • Plant of the Week: Common snowdrop

    If you find yourself lucky enough to be strolling through the High Line gardens in late winter, you may notice the white nodding blooms of Galanthus nivalis, the common snowdrop. While other spring ephemerals and perennials are still slumbering away, this little bulb seems unaffected by freezi... read more
  • Gardening in the Sky: What Makes Good Habitat for Humans?

    I began my last post about bird habitats by talking about the white-throated sparrow because this is one of the animals that enriches my life and makes New York City livable for me. We tend to think about wildlife when we talk about habitat, but what about us humans? What kind of habitat do we... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’

    On February 2, the groundhog saw his shadow, forecasting six more weeks of winter. Not to fear, the High Line features a four season garden where something is blooming 'round the clock. Even in February, typically the coldest month of the year, visitors will find hellebores, witch hazels, and ... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Parker’s Variety fern-leaf yarrow

    There are approximately 100 yarrow species and at least three times as many cultivars in existence. On the High Line, there are two species and three cultivars, including A. filipendulina 'Parker's Variety,' also called fern-leaf yarrow, A. millefolium 'Terracota' and A. millefolium 'Walther F... read more
  • Bur Oak

    Plant of the Week: Bur oak

    I last wrote about the bur oak in September, during our celebration of the Chelsea Grasslands. In that blog post, I mainly focused on the characteristics of the tree that make it a classic specimen of the tallgrass prairie. Winter is a chance to highlight different features of the native oak. The... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Giant pussy willow

    January usually marks the true beginning of winter weather here in the city. With the temperature starting to hover around freezing and lately being quite below that, it is tempting to spend more time inside planning for the next season. However, the intrepid gardener venturing through the fri... read more
  • ​Participate in Spring Cutback 2017

    In keeping with planting designer Piet Oudolf's vision, High Line plants are not trimmed back at the onset of cold weather as they are in most gardens. When spring arrives, the plants must be trimmed back to make way for new growth. During this monumental horticultural effort, called Spring Cu... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Virginia rose

    This time of year, the serrated leaves of Rosa virginiana are an eye-catching bright yellow set off by prickled red stems. Virginia rose, as it is commonly called, is hard to miss among the taupes and khakis of the winter garden. This is only the latest stage in a dramatic transition from deep... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Japanese forest grass

    As we celebrate and admire the winter structure and texture as the garden design intended, we notice how plants quietly fall, topple, and slouch under the weight of snow or the wear of cold wind. For some plants, it is in their habit to do so gracefully. For others, it's a process of breakage and... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Northern sea oats

    At this time of year, it's easy to walk past sections of browning plants and dismiss the possibility of winter interest. However, for the more enthusiastic plant lover, gardener, designer or landscape painter this is seen as a time to really appreciate the structure and form of a garden w... read more