This December, we've already had two snow storms on the High Line, which is a dramatic difference from last December's unseasonably warm weather. Right now our perennials are blanketed under a layer of fresh snow, and it looks winteresque here. One of our more striking winter architectural plants is the rose mallow, Hibiscus moscheutos ssp. palustris, native to the northeastern United States.
Rose mallow likes to be planted in sunny, moisture-holding soils, rich in organic matter, and is hardy to USDA Zone 5. It spreads through rhizomes and seeds but is easily managed and maintained in the garden. Rose mallow benefits from upright support as the younger stems are more delicate, so it is best to grow it with other upright plants, such as graceful cattail, Typha laxmannii, or to stake it. Stakes can be set down low on the plant to hide their appearance, leaving a more "unpolished," naturalistic look.
WHERE TO FIND THIS PLANT:
Rose mallow can be found growing all in the bog on The Diller-von Furstenberg Sundeck, 14th to 15th Streets.
Our horticultural team counts on members and friends like you to help keep the High Line beautiful and thriving. Join our community of supporters who play an essential role in the High Line's most important gardening projects.
TD Bank is the Presenting Green Sponsor of the High Line.