October Blooms

via Joan Garvin's Flickr

via Joan Garvin's Flickr

It’s officially fall. Mornings are brisk, sunsets are early, and much of the landscape on the High Line has taken on an airier, golden brown look as its grasses go to seed. Remembering, of course, that brown is also a color, there’s a lot to look for in this new fall landscape.

In his plans for the High Line, planting designer Piet Oudolf wanted to present a diverse spectrum of colors, textures, and bloom time, echoing the complex landscape that grew up on the High Line after the trains stopped running.

This means that even as the days grow shorter, it’s showtime for many of the High Line’s species of grasses and perennials — in fact, forty-two of the High Line’s 210 species are October bloomers. We’ve created a list, broken down by area of the High Line. [PDF]

And for the serious horticulture enthusiast, here’s a list of every species on Section 1. [PDF]

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2 Responses

  1. Have you ever seen the childrens book “The Curious Garden” by Peter Brown? This story is its reincarnation!

  2. […] took this photo a few days ago on the new High Line Park in New York City. They’ve posted an October bloom list on their site that confirms my identification. I will do a full post about my visit soon, once I […]

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