New York City Tree Pits in Spring

We’ve now taken custody of the two tree pits in front of our apartment building. Here’s some photos of OPP (that’s other people’s tree pits) that caught my attention this spring.

tulip tree pit brooklyn

Tree pits are tough. The plants have to endure rough conditions and look great without encouraging too many people to stop and pick the flowers.

This big bunch of orange pansys looked great, but it won’t last for long. This many annuals must be expensive.

Brooklyn Flowers Plants Tree Pit

Nice pop of spring. Does anyone know what these flowers are? I’m wondering if a tree pit should just be one burst of a ground cover-y plant like this or if it should be just a bit more?

I’m not sure how long this tree pit display will last, but isn’t it so optimistic?

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Wow, all those annuals must be expensive indeed. I would put in a perennial if I had to deal with a tree pit. People litter in them, let their dogs poop in them, it’s such an uphill battle. Good luck.

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  2. I’m pretty sure the flowers you asked about are phlox, which bloom in the spring and are a perennial.

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  3. Posted by lindsayinwv on May 31, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Yes, they are perennial creeping phlox–gorgeous in the spring, fairly long-lasting, and a nice green ground cover after they finish blooming.

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  4. Posted by Christina on June 7, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    While I know the person with the cinder blocks had the best intentions, the metal picket is better to use since it allows water to get to the tree.

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