The High Line Blog

  • 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
  • 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
  • Plant of the Week: Walker’s Low Persian catmint

    Nepeta racemosa is an herbaceous perennial native to the Caucasus, Turkey and Iran. Purple flowers bloom on spikes from late spring through fall and are loved by hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects. Cats are also interested in this plant! The leaves and stems of Nepet... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Red Feather Clover

    Without the work of bees and other pollinators, we would not have fruits, nuts, berries or vegetables. But despite their importance to our very existence, many people have an irrational fear of bees. For people with an allergy, a bee sting can be serious, but for most it's merely an annoyance.... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Sweetclover

    Sweetclover, Melilotus officinalis, can be found growing on the Interim Walkway by the Western Rail Yards. It is an annual, sometimes biennial, ranging in height between two feet in poor, dry soils to eight feet tall in richer, moist soils. The leaves are in alternate arrangement on the st... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Mars Midget pincushion plant

    As you make your way through the High Line this spring, notice the different stages of plant growth throughout the park. Some plants are still in their early stages of growth, while others have taken center stage in order to fill in gaps until summer. This is an essential design concept of mat... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Star of Persia

    Photo by Ayinde Listhrop This is certainly a beautiful time of year to visit the High line and perhaps my favorite time of year on the High line other than the fall. Many late spring bloomers are out and about, but be sure to not miss the Allium cristophii, or star of Persia! Allium c... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Blue Ice bluestar

    As you walk along the High Line in May, look down. The park changes each week as more flowers emerge. This month features one of the signature plant genuses of the High Line—the Amsonia or Bluestar family. We have two main types, Amsonia hubrichtii, which is more upright with light blue flo... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Eva black elderberry

    he Chelsea Thicket on the High Line is a diverse collection of plants and dependent bird species that nest and forage for food year-round. This week, the Eva black elderberry, Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Eva', is opening its flowers to the public, both human and avian. Photo by ... read more