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Enlarge The Chelsea Grasslands in bloom.

The High Line's planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew on the out-of-use elevated rail tracks during the 25 years after trains stopped running. The species of perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees were chosen for their hardiness, sustainability, and textural and color variation, with a focus on native species. Many of the species that originally grew on the High Line's rail bed are incorporated into the park's landscape. To ask our gardening team a question, visit our Ask a Gardener page.

Plant List

Download the complete planting list for the High Line.

Seasonal Blooms

The design of the High Line's landscape also emphasizes a diversity in bloom time, with plants blooming from late January to mid-November. Download printable versions of our Spring/Summer Plant Guide and Fall Plant Guide.


The High Line's signature landscape is designed by James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, with the consultation of planting designer Piet Oudolf. View images of Section 1 during plant installation.