Garden Zone

Chelsea Grasslands


Between 18th St. and 19th St.

In the meandering pathway of the Chelsea Grasslands, a combination of prairie grasses and perennials surprise visitors with dramatic variety in color and texture throughout the year. This section is the epitome of matrix planting: grasslands form the bulk of the planting, and showier perennials, planted individually and groups, are scattered throughout. This space reflects High Line Planting Designer Piet Oudolf’s appreciation for the aesthetic characteristics of each plant as it changes throughout the seasons, and showcases salvias, coneflowers, black-eyed susans, switchgrass, bluestem, Culver’s root, and wild bergamot. The bright flowers and green grasses in summer evolve into a tapestry of bright golds, deep reds, and rich browns in fall.
Featured Plants

Twisted-leaf garlic

Allium obliquum

One of several distinctive alliums on the High Line, this delicate plant’s close relation to the garlic we eat is obvious from its unmistakable scent.

Big bluestem

Andropogon gerardii

The tallest member of the North American tallgrass prairies, this grass plays a starring role in the High Line’s signature naturalistic aesthetic.

Rattlesnake master

Eryngium yuccifolium

Native to North American prairies, this perennial is often used in prairie restoration projects, in part because it provides nectar for many insects.

Copper iris

Iris fulva

Fulva is latin for “tawny;” this red and orange iris is a favorite of hummingbirds, which are known to be the plant’s primary pollinators.

Shenandoah red switch grass

Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’

This warm-season grass is native to North America, but the amazing burgundy ‘Shenandoah’ cultivar was actually bred in Germany.

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