For late season color, it’s tough to be New York ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis). This native plant hails from the Eastern part of the country; choose Western ironweed for gardens in the Great Plains and West. Purple flowers start opening in late summer and linger into fall, providing a late season nectar source for butterflies and other pollinating insects. Watch for migrating hummingbirds to visit this bloomer. Goldfinches and sparrows feast on the seed. Use ironweed in the back of the border or wildlife garden. Grows 4 to 7 feet tall by 2 to 4 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 5-8.
Urban living feels ultra-glamorous in this five-story townhouse located on New York City's posh Upper East Side. The home comes with five bedrooms, five bathrooms and fun perks like a charming garden patio and a roof deck.
This Upper East Side New York City terrace is the ultimate outdoor living. A contemporary wood-and-glass pergola covers the long dining table, which enjoys prime seating for the flatscreen TV. An open outdoor seating area is surrounded by a lush garden and has stunning views of Manhattan.
Nestled among natural rock outcroppings, this traditional pool cabana provides a year-round entertaining space for a Westchester, New York, family. The cabana is designed to complement the architecture of the shingle-style home.
A minimalist 5,000-square-foot urban loft is in an industrial building that was built in the early 1900s in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The loft’s renovation by Desai Chia Architecture won a 2018 AIA Institute Honor Award for interior architecture. The cast iron columns were existing in the open living, kitchen and dining area.