The High Line Blog

  • Plant of the Week: Giant pussy willow

    January usually marks the true beginning of winter weather here in the city. With the temperature starting to hover around freezing and lately being quite below that, it is tempting to spend more time inside planning for the next season. However, the intrepid gardener venturing through the fri... read more
  • ​Participate in Spring Cutback 2017

    In keeping with planting designer Piet Oudolf's vision, High Line plants are not trimmed back at the onset of cold weather as they are in most gardens. When spring arrives, the plants must be trimmed back to make way for new growth. During this monumental horticultural effort, called Spring Cu... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Virginia rose

    This time of year, the serrated leaves of Rosa virginiana are an eye-catching bright yellow set off by prickled red stems. Virginia rose, as it is commonly called, is hard to miss among the taupes and khakis of the winter garden. This is only the latest stage in a dramatic transition from deep... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Japanese forest grass

    As we celebrate and admire the winter structure and texture as the garden design intended, we notice how plants quietly fall, topple, and slouch under the weight of snow or the wear of cold wind. For some plants, it is in their habit to do so gracefully. For others, it's a process of breakage and... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Northern sea oats

    At this time of year, it's easy to walk past sections of browning plants and dismiss the possibility of winter interest. However, for the more enthusiastic plant lover, gardener, designer or landscape painter this is seen as a time to really appreciate the structure and form of a garden w... read more
  • Gardening in the Sky: More Complex Than We Think

    This fall, my favorite bird returned to the High Line, announcing itself with a reedy, melancholy whistle. White-throated sparrows (Zonotrichia albicollis) overwinter in our region and are common at this time of year. On the High Line, you can see them foraging through the leaf litter for seed... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Eastern cottonwood

    On this cold December day, I'm reminded of the sheer beauty of the High Line's trees in the winter time. The naked silhouettes of the bare trees are enough to warm my soul while looking up through their vein-like branching structure. I can't stop my imagination from running wild visualizing th... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Rose mallow

    The spectacular foliage on the High Line this autumn is a testament to the unseasonably warm weather we've been enjoying in New York City. As the winter weather picks up, the garden is slowly starting to shed its layers and reveal its bones. The gardeners work hard to keep the dormant plants l... read more
  • 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