The most popular landscaping styles in New York usually make genius use of tiny spaces like rooftops and balconies. In fact, the city that never sleeps is at the forefront of urban landscape design. New Yorkers are growing vegetable gardens on fire escapes, flower gardens in tiny planters on the sidewalk and miniature tropical jungles in greenhouses on top of their buildings. The city is an inspiration to gardening enthusiasts who live in apartments everywhere. If people can get plants to grow in the middle of the Big Apple, despite the lower air quality and lack of sunshine, you can certainly get the plants out on your balcony to thrive!
Some of the most beautiful gardens in New York will never be seen by all of the people bustling along on the street. That is because they are located way up high on the roofs of apartment buildings. Rooftop gardens are a New York tradition that is over 100 years old. Immigrants would use their rooftops to save money and grow their own vegetables. Modern day New Yorkers create vast, elaborate fruit, flower and vegetable gardens up on their roofs just for fun. Some of these rooftop gardens include trees and flowers and are meant to turn the rooftops into peaceful sanctuaries where residents can barbecue or throw parties. Others are divided into plots where every resident of the building has his own patch to plant as he sees fit.
Not everyone in New York has rooftop access and plenty of city dwellers are able to create lush gardens on their tiny balconies. These gardens could include delicious tomatoes and summer squash, growing in a hodgepodge of secondhand pots and containers. Others are carefully planned, miniature Asian inspired gardens with bonsai trees and customized, matching planters. Inventive New Yorkers who don't even have a balcony have been known to create elaborate tiny flower gardens in window boxes.