Peachy the Magazine December 2013 - Page 70

Garden in the Sky Many of the species, including redbud trees and perennial bluestar aster, thrive here and provide brilliant fall foliage. The aster was in peak bloom. As you move through the Washington Grasslands, you will find tall grasses and the signature “peel-up” benches, which appear to grow out of the floor structure. The prairie dropseed was in full bloom, its ephemeral fronds blowing in the wind. Some of the original railroad tracks can be seen between the plantings, which were carefully selected by Piet Oudolf, world renowned garden designer. Many native grasses reflect the self-seeding plants that grew on the High Line in previous years. Concrete paving is ingenuously formed in narrow strips; it not only keeps the path linear but adjusts to accommodate the structure as it meanders through the cityscape and softens the edge with plantings. TOP Aster ‘Raydon’s Favorite’. BOTTOM bench. RIGHT Mexican Feathergrass. 70 PEACHY Peel-up