Native plants and pollinators

With the nearby High line gardens as a source of inspiration, this rooftop 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, Helianthus, Aesclepias and later, Vernonia fasciculata. Guara grows wild and airy between tall and small plants while Imperata cylindrica, Nasella and Festuca add soft grass spikes of color. Delicately flowering Nepeta covers the foreground and Verbena bonariensis throws sculptural branches of lilac at the edges all summer long.