Garden Inspiration From New York's New High Line
See how to add some urban chic to your own stretch of green
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I just got back from a visit to New York, where one of my first and favorite stops was the new expansion to the High Line, a stretch of elevated train track transformed into a greenway along New York City's West Side. Walking the mile-long path, I noted many enchanting landscape design ideas that you can use to bring a touch of urban chic living in your own backyards this summer.
The new second section of the park doubles its green space and connects three neighborhoods. The mix of live greenery, concrete, rusted metal and warm wood provides an artful color palette to the backdrop of the city.
The entrance to the park starts at the Meat Packing District. As you can see, elevated train lines that were once an abandoned and hideous eyesore have been transformed to a lush oasis in the concrete jungle. Are there any neglected areas of your yard that have potential to be something glorious?
One of the main design elements of the High Line is the use of reclaimed materials whenever possible. Old railroad ties and tracks are now the perfect frames for flower beds.
Another main design element is the use of native plants. Let them grow tall and free as long as their placement and relation to each other is thoughtful. Don't worry about them looking like overgrown weeds. There are portions of the High Line that remained untouched, making the difference between neglected weeds and carefully positioned native plants very clear.
Need to hide an unsightly view or a construction material you aren't especially proud of (such as a chain link fence or CMU walls)? Use climbing plants and vines to block out whatever you wish to disappear.
Place seating throughout your landscaping in different sizes and configurations. Here are a few interestingly sculptural benches.
This larger bench features a tall back made of matching wood.
An even larger construction of multi-tiered wood bench seating can serve as an ampitheater for impromptu performances.
An interesting idea for a lawn is to raise it on a platform above the main level. Consider elevating a small square above ground and using gravel, concrete, or stone on the main level. It will reduce your water bills considerably.
Now that you have saved water on the lawn maintenance, you can afford to add a modern water feature or fountain.
Provide amenities such as food and water for the butterflies, birds and squirrels that live in your yard. This modern sculptural piece was a show stopper.
Frame interesting views with arches, gateways, or gazebos.
Think of unusual materials for your flower beds such as rusted metal strips welded together. The texture, scale, and color of the rusted metal against the greenery is a welcome surprise.
Ideabook updated on Jan. 24, 2013.
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