Last fall I put together a ground level planting, under a bench. Inspiration came from The High Line. The architects behind the project, Piano Nobile, and the client Adrian, hale from New York in one way or another. So drawing on one of the city’s most prolific public spaces was only natural.

It was just in time for a terrific party we threw to highlight several local designers (July Floral included) and the completed, freshly swept rooftop patio + Semaphore Glass House. You can find a separate blog post on the party here.

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For the plantings, we mixed sedums, grasses and ferns. You can’t go wrong with this trio, as they are low maintenance and so very attractive. I was interested in softer shades of bluey greens & rust to compliment the driftwood hued Ipe wood boards of the patio. The builder created a series of box planters to sit below, lock into place and drain out the bottom. Brilliant!

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Every outdoor space needs a good bench.