Moments from the High Line

TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2016

New Jersey Tea on the High Line? Yes, Please!This versatile but underutilized plant, Ceanothus americanus, was popular during the Revolutionary War as a black tea substitute, alas, without caffeine, but with many medicinal benefits that the Native Americans utilized, see: http://steve.rogueleaf.com/new-jersey-tea/ A lovely white bloom and a compact small shrub of three feet, it's a great addition to any garden and great to see it on The High Line. 

This vibrant combination of pinks and oranges might be illegal in the fashion world but it is full on summer fun in this spot! Orange Butterfly Weed, Asclepias tuberosa, creates important, and increasingly rare, habitat for the monarch butterfly larvae.

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May Showers bring....May Flowers!

MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016

This blue Alpine Columbine mixes well with Golden Alexanders for a happy spring color combo. They are both at their most gorgeous right now so cut some to display in offering to the spring weather Gods, that provided us with a strange autumn like weekend.

This time of year, Aquilegia canadensis is showing off beautiful papery petals that dangle off spindly stems. This cultivar is called Red Lanterns and it's warm red and yellow flowers make an image of little ‘Red Lanterns’ hanging throughout the garden. 

A peaceful riverbed in New York City, you say? Yes, it's possible. Just create a rain garden with river rocks for rainwater from the roof's downspout to flow through, some heavenly blue Camassia with some autumn moore grass, and voila! Proceed to zen out in your own naturescape backyard.

For all you flower lovers with goth tendencies, these Black Sprite Cornflowers are blooming in their own spiky and spidery way right now. They have a rich undertone of purple to them and their dark wild tendrils will sure enough keep it real when your garden gets too pretty and pink! And if you’re into that edgy look they look great as cut flowers in a graphic black and white bouquet.

If you’re looking for a good gardening activity, we suggest sheering back about an inch off your Phlox Subulata. This way they get the chance to give you a second round of blooms, and will definitely come back stronger next season. They are awesome for green roofs and make a nice tight and low round shape to balance the tall green stems and grasses going on in this picture. 

 

 

 

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