the High line as inspiration for your rooftop garden
I don't know about you, but when I walk along the High Line, I feel like it is almost impossible to take it all in. First of all, you're elevated, and weaving through buildings in NYC. When has that ever happened in a city? Your vantage point for seeing the city is totally changed. Then there are the layers of a rich and complex landscape architectural design to observe and experience (design provided by Field Operations)--the hardscape, benches, design detail, people,art, architecture everywhere. And yet, beyond all of this excitement and sensory overload, the real show stoppers are... the plants. There are so many, (hundreds in fact) that it may feel overwhelming to actually consider which ones might actually work in your garden. So I thought I would use my rooftop garden as an example of plants that were inspired by the High Line, that do so well with so little maintenance that it's hard to believe sometimes.
Photo by Iwan Baan
The thing about the High Line plants that is important to note is that they are, for the most part, extreme sun-lovers. There are micro-climates along the High Line--places with more shade and different soil conditions--and therefore the plants have been tailored to those specific environments. But generally speaking, these plants love sun and are also tolerant of wind and urban conditions. There are plants that took hold along the High line when it was an abandoned railway, and they are considered native plant species , and so they have been incorporated, and represent a significant portion of the current planting design.
Photo: Matthew Williams for Gardenista