The High Line Blog

  • Plant of the Week: Dwarf fothergilla

    As the season comes to a close, the High Line becomes awash with fall color. One of my favorite plants during this time of year is Fothergilla gardenii. The combination of reds, yellows, oranges, and purples in one small shrub is a sensational sight every fall. Fothergilla gardenii is a na... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Wildfire black tupelo

    Nyssa sylvatica 'Wildfire' is a single stem tree with an attractive pyramidal shape in youth, a more rounded form in maturity, and striking foliage. Its fall colors are stunning, with oranges and reds. New growth throughout spring and summer is of a bright red, while mature leaves are a deep, ... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Eastern red cedar

    As we prepare for the inevitable arrival of winter, my thoughts settle on the birds in the park and their plans for the change of season. Although many trees lose their leaves and herbaceous perennials retreat underground, local birds manage to find resources throughout the harsh season. Junip... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Black huckleberry

    Though the deciduous trees in the park have begun to lose their leaves, visitors can still find exceptional fall color in a few less popular, but nonetheless stunning, plants. One of these is Gaylussacia bacatta, or black huckleberry. This native shrub is found in eastern North America, ... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Allegheny serviceberry

    Though often celebrated for its spring flowers and edible summer berries, Amelanchier laevis also boasts brilliant fall color. The High Line's collection of Allegheny serviceberry trees (a common nickname) is currently at its peak color and compliment the yellowing foliage of the birch tree... read more
  • Plant of the Week: New England aster

    Although New England is famous for its tree and shrub foliage, there are many other plants there that are just as impressive in autumn. One of these plants, aster, is featured prominently on the High Line in the Wildflower Field and Chelsea Grasslands. Many asters have small blooms that are wh... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Bottlebrush buckeye

    It's not surprising when one says that flowers are the most prominent feature of plants. Flowers allure us with their delicate forms, vibrant colors and sweet scents. However, many plants also produce attractive fruit. These fruit appear after the bloom, displaying the plant's essential qualit... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Full moon tickseed

    With autumn beginning to set in, we are savoring the last of the summer flowers still in bloom. One of the most eye-catching at the moment is Coreopsis 'Full Moon'. Like the Solidago caesia, Coreopsis 'Full Moon' is a member of the Aster family.Photo by Ayinde ListhropThe delicate, three inch ... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Azure blue sage

    October is one of the best months to enjoy New York City since it's the time of year when we transition from hot summer weather to crisp fall days. Daylight is getting shorter, students are back in school, and the whole city is humming with activity. It's also a particularly beautiful time on ... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Blue stem goldenrod

    The changing of seasons always brings new anticipation and excitement. At the High Line, the transition from summer to fall is distinctive. Many wildflowers reveal their different looks with fruits and seed heads after the bloom and the prairie grasses reach their prime. It's also a time when ... read more