I visited the High Line in Manhattan for the fourth time lat month. There is always a lot to learn observing these public plantings and it was great to finally see them in full bloom during the summer. I was focusing on the way the plants were put together by Oudolf: the combinations of contrasting textures woven together in a very naturalistic way. There is a repetition of plants but they are interspersed almost randomly, rather than planted in the waves that Gertrude Jekyll might have employed nearly a century ago. The prairie plantings in the Chelsea Grasslands gave me ideas for the new rain garden at Putnam Park and the Ruin Garden at Teixeira Park while the new woodland plantings at Falcone Flyover has inspired ideas for the new woodland-edge plantings at Teixeira Park and in my own garden.
Classic Oudolf combination: Echinacea purpurea and Eryngium yuccifolium
Another view of Echinacea purpurea and Eryngium yuccifolium in the Chelsea Grasslands
Grass and Perennial Combination
Monarda fistulosa ‘Claire Grace’, Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ and Rudbeckia subtomentosa
Heuchera ‘Amethyst Mist’ and a grass in the Philip A. and Lisa Maria Falcone Flyover
Epimediums, Pachysandra procumbens, Liriope muscari ‘Densiflora’, ferns and Asarum canadense
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ below the huge leaves of Magnolia macrophylla var. ashei