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Garden Zone

Hudson River Overlook


Between 14th St. and 15th St.

The Hudson River Overlook is the High Line’s most prominent water-view balcony, looking west over the ocean liners, barges, tugs, sailboats—and, of course, the sunsets—on the waterway. Running between 14th Street and the Chelsea Market Passage, just below the Diller – von Furstenberg Sundeck, the planting beds of the Hudson River Overlook feature a selection of natives, including Ohio spiderwort, violet wood sorrel, and sumac trees, which create a striking silhouette against the skyline of the Hudson River and New Jersey.

Featured Plants

Cutleaf staghorn sumac

Rhus typhina ‘Laciniata’

In the same family as cashews, pistachios, and poison ivy (Anacardiaceae), staghorn sumac is easily identified by its fuzzy, antler-like branches.

Raydon’s Favorite aromatic aster

Symphyotrichum oblongifolium ‘Raydon's Favorite’

This iconic and fragrant High Line plant has a cloudlike appearance with masses of purple blooms. It’s an important nectar source for bees and butterflies.

Prairie sundrops

Oenothera pilosella

These cheerful flowers earn the name “sundrops.” The blooms start out encased in a pretty red layer of modified leaves, which split open to reveal four glorious yellow petals.

Star of Persia

Allium cristophii

Each show-stopping flower head contains about a hundred individual flowers. The blooms peak in spring, but the seedheads persist for months with good care.

Ohio goldenrod

Solidago ohioensis

The more than 100 species of goldenrod native to North America grow in a wide variety of habitats including meadows, empty lots, and roadside ditches.

Keep the High Line Thriving

The High Line is beautiful thanks in large part to individual supporters like you. Members provide the tools and resources our gardeners need to keep the gardens open to everyone for seasons to come.

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