As we go into the dark days of the year, we want to bring you a little brightness with our favorite winter plants. While it’s easy to dismiss browning plants, we appreciate the hidden gems of color, shade, and shape of a winter garden.
The vibrant red berries of Red Sprite winterberry are a colorful contrast with the subdued tones of dried grasses that characterize the High Line’s winter landscape.
With shiny dark green fronds, Christmas fern can be seen in the woodland understories contrasting against the gravel and/or snow.
Striking in winter, staghorn sumac is easily identified by its antler-like structure, tenacious burgundy seed heads, and dense, velvety reddish-brown hairs which cover the branches of the previous two years’ growth.
The white spikes and spires of the culver’s root are fading to a deep brown, but the slender dark stalks are strong and persistent.
This deciduous shrub that has long-lasting fragrant flowers that bloom from late autumn through early spring.
These beloved trees create a dominant presence year round, particularly in our pioneer woodland edge where the birch’s silvery trunks and diving branches create an intimate space for our visitors to enjoy.
The deep green leaf blades of the northern sea oats will brown a toward the end of summer, but it will not be until the first frost of winter that they take on a pleasing copper brown color.
The blooms of rattlesnake master attract a wide variety of insect life to a garden, though on the High Line in autumn they are prized more for the ornamental quality of its dried seedheads that persevere throughout the winter.
With a striking color contrast against snow drifts, the rose mallow maintains form even in wet, brutal winters.
The sturdy stems and characteristic cone-shaped seed heads of coneflower provide a stark contrast to the lighter tones and more delicate textures of the dormant grasses that dominate the winter landscape of the High Line.
Our horticultural team counts on members and friends like you to help keep the High Line beautiful and thriving. Join our community of supporters who play an essential role in the High Line’s most important gardening projects.
TD Bank is the Presenting Green Sponsor of the High Line.