At the end of April, I was in New York and took advantage of a cloudy day, fortunately without raindrops, to revisit the High Line. This was my third visit. Previously, I visited in January and June but the plants I saw in bloom were, of course, totally different. It’s such a joy to keep discovering new plants and new combinations.
One of the brilliant parts of this design is the attention to succession planting so that there is always something of interest. For instance, Narcissus poeticus, also known as Pheasant’s Eye, was planted between hardy grasses that won’t bloom until mid-summer.
Tulipa ‘Lady Jane’ is planted next to Allium ‘Mt.Everest’, the white cultivar of Allium giganteum, that will bloom in early to mid May.
Seeing Erythronium ‘Pagoda’, a cultivar of Trout Lily, I am inspired to acquire some in the fall. It is sold as a bulb and is larger than our native trout lily. It apparently does quite well in one of the partial shade spaces on the High Line.
I love blue flowers and was struck by the blooms of both Phlox divaricata and Phlox stolonifera. I have tried both in my garden several times but unfortunately, they seem to be favorites of the rabbits. I love to watch them but I do wish these phloxes weren’t to their taste. Both were planted next to Tiarella cordifolia (Foamflower) which is also stoloniferous. The blue and white combination is stunning, especially when placed asymmetrically across from each other.
I had never seen Sassafras albidum in bloom. The young trees on the High Line are still small but eventually they will be quite large (30-60’ tall). The blooms are lovely; the foliage is unusual and has brilliant fall color. Along the walk, there was one area in sun with a Sassafras but below where it was shady was a feathered mass of Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ in bloom. The plethora of blue flowers was beautiful. There were also several Cercis canadensis (Redbud) in bloom, varying quite a bit in color. I never realized that there were so many cultivars for flower color.
The High Line has obviously impacted adjacent buildings. On one, a wall sculpture has been created. On another, a collection of collected sticks and branches has been used to build a structure of sorts. At a third, a giant but colorful metal sculpture has been installed in the courtyard.
Each time I return, I look forward to seeing something new. I can hardly wait for the next visit.