The High Line Blog

  • Plant of the Week: Heartleaf foamflower

    Spring is here on the High Line! Tucked into the shadier areas of the High Line you will notice clumps of these magical looking flowers meandering their way through the garden beds. Native to the Eastern regions of North America, from as far north as Canada to as far south as Georgia, Tiarella... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Grape Hyacinth

    It's been a long, cold, lonely winter on the High Line that at times seemed never ending. The cold weather continued through most of our spring cutback, including a winter storm that covered all of our plants in six inches of solid ice. But the ice slowly melted, and after we managed to dig th... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Eastern skunk cabbage

    Tucked into a boggy, wetland bed of the towering graceful cattail ( Typha laxmanii) and winter scouring rush (Equisetum hyemale), a curious new addition has been added to the High Line's diverse plant collection. Eastern skunk cabbage, Symplocarpus foetidus, is native to Eastern North Americ... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Upright European hornbeam

    As early spring bloomers are popping up, it's easy to overlook the Carpinus betulus. Native to Europe and Asia, the Carpinus betulus is a medium sized hardwood tree than can often be seen around the city being used in a wide range of situations. A slow growing tree, the Carpinus features a com... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Christmas fern

    Polystichum acrostichoides provides green ground cover through winter. The evergreen plant is adaptable and hardy. Its common name, "Christmas fern," denotes its year-round greenery. It is easy to grow and requires little care. P. acrostichoides grows best in full to part shade and prefers wel... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Graceful cattail

    One of my favorite memories of Spring Cutback on the High Line occurred two seasons ago. Our team was working in the bog with our annual group of Google volunteers. As we cut back the area, the densely packed seed heads of the cattails exploded everywhere, mimicking snowfall on that sunny Marc... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Indian hemp

    On bright days in early March, with a low yet strengthening winter sun, it's often preferable to walk the High Line from south to north to avoid glare. The crimson of open dogbane fruit throughout the Western Rail Yards, however, only reveals itself when lit from behind as one heads south towa... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Corsican hellebore

    Hellebores are among the first plants to bloom in spring. On the High Line, our species of choice is Helleborus argutifolius, or the Corsican hellebore. The species is from Europe and Asia, and is suitable for growing zones 5a-8a in the United States. It prefers the dappled light or shade of a... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Golden Bunch crocus

    Do you want a break from the winter? Come take a stroll on the High Line to experience the delicate yellow blooms of Crocus ancyrensis 'Golden Bunch', commonly referred to as the Golden Bunch crocus. This yellow beauty is our earliest blooming crocus here on the High Line, and one of our most ... read more
  • 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