Native plants and a shady green oasis

The ground floor garden is a study in shades of green with a wall of english ivy, Prunus laurocerasus ‘Otto Luyken’ shrubs in front and feathery ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) that fill in the foreground. White Allium adds points of light in the fern patch in June.

With the nearby High line gardens as a source of inspiration, the rooftop garden was designed with textural interest using dynamic plantings and a succession of color as the seasons turn. A flourish of exotic annual cleome stands in the center of the garden mid-summer surrounded by Eupatorium, Aesclepias and later, Helianthus angustifolius, and Vernonia fasciculata. Guara grows wild and airy between tall and small plants while Imperata cylindrica, Nasella and Festuca grasses add soft spikes of color. Delicately flowering Nepeta covers the foreground and Verbena bonariensis throws sculptural branches with lilac flowers at the edges all summer long.