These NYC- and Miami-based Green Spaces have incorporated techniques to stay beautiful year-round.

Now that fall is here, many of the green spaces we enjoy begin to lose their luster. But lately, residential developments have been implementing techniques to turn their lush garden spaces into beautiful fall and winter landscapes!


New York City :

Gramercy Square

Gramercy Square, a four-building luxury condo project in Gramercy Park, is working with award-winning landscape architect Rick Parisi of M. Paul Friedberg & Partners to create a lavish outdoor space that will look beautiful in a new way during the colder months. Techniques include: planting flowers and shrubbery that bloom at different times of the year; selecting shrubbery and trees that have a beautiful autumn color transition that will create a dynamic, living work of art; incorporating trees with texture that stand out in the winter, including birch and ornamental trees that have exfoliating bar; and, implementing an up-lighting technique to create a stunning effect in the winter, especially as snow falls. (Photo credit: Familiar Control)

51 Jay St.

51 Jay St., a 74-home Dumbo warehouse conversion tapped new kid on the landscape block, Steven Yavanian, to design the outdoor courtyard. To help transition the green space from summer to fall, he recalibrated his design to incorporate birch trees and certain plants that do well in the ever-changing New York City seasons. (Photo Credit: Heavenly)

The Grand at Sky View Parc

The Grand at Sky View Parc features a private, seven-acre rooftop park that was meticulously designed by Moss Gilday Group to look dynamic and colorful through the cooler months. Evergreen trees and shrubbery serve as a consistent lush backdrop throughout the year. Ornamental plants such as crape myrtle and natchez trees boast deep yellow and vibrant burgundy foliage in the fall and bold cinnamon bark that contrasts against white winter snow. There will be succulents that bloom white, yellow and pink in the warmer months, and sprout wine and green flowers in the cold. Dogwood adds bright red winter berries and the tall grasses were chosen to offer a subtle straw-color. (Photo Credit: Dawn Digital)

Fifty Third & Eighth

At HFZ Capital Group’s 25-story Hell’s Kitchen condominium, residents of the property’s 262 contemporary one-, two- and three-bedroom residences will be able to enjoy year-round access to the expansive second floor and rooftop terraces. Designed by landscape architecture firm Terrain, each terrace on Fifty Third & Eighth features rich gardens with a diverse mix of evergreen shrubs, flowers and native plants that thrive in every season. The firm noted that they specifically designed the outdoor spaces to enhance residents’ connection and interaction with nature through a collection of microclimates and shade conditions, native habitats and a wide range of grass types and perennials suited to the building’s urban landscape. (Photo Credit: Fifty Third & Eighth)

Miami :

Oceana Bal Harbour

Oceana Bal Harbour, the artful condominium tower rising in Miami,  still takes the (very few and mild) winter days into consideration when designing its landscape. Famed Swiss landscape architect, Enzo Enea, specifically designed expansive green spaces that take about 70 percent of the property’s land with uses of trees, reflection pools and meticulously manicured lawns. Enea’s use of native plants help the longevity of his gardens in Oceana Bal Harbour, which are primed to survive in each respective climate, thus needing fewer resources to care for them (such as a 75 percent less water). (Photo Credit: Oceana Bal Harbour)

Three Hundred Collins

Three Hundred Collins, a ultra-lux boutique property nestled in the heart of South Beach, is working with renowned landscape artist and founding partner at Urban Robot Associates Justine Velez to bring to life a one-of-a-kind rooftop garden oasis for residents to enjoy. Details include formal, pleached Holly hedges (to provide outdoor dining and lounging space, as well as luxury soaking spas) and rooftop planning that is responsive to the ocean breeze and softens the clean lines of the architecture. The delicate, thin, curving trunks of the Montgomery Palm will gently lean and bend in the wind, providing a constantly moving kaleidoscope of lightly dappled shade, while the ornamental seed pods of dune grasses sway and undulate. (Photo Credit: Bloomimages)

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach features a Meditation Garden where residents can relax their mind as it is structured around a multi-trunked, native specimen sea-grape tree with stout scaffolding branches. The understory planting beneath this 3-story, sea-grape tree are native Coontie Floridana plants while the perimeter trees are Japanese Privet trees, which are artfully limed up, so that their canopy creates a strong horizontal shelf. These multi-trunked trees create a beautiful suspended canopy with native Fakahatchee grass below, providing a nice tectonic ground plane experience.(Photo Credit: DBOX)