The 5 best plants for a green roof and roof gardens

  • By Myra
  • 13 April 2021
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It's economical, ecological and its popularity continues to rise. It purifies the air, regulates the indoor temperature, saves energy, creates a natural habitat for flora and fauna and encourages biodiversity. Green roofs are one of the most trending, climate-proof constructions of this time, and these are the five best plants to bring your green roof or roof garden to life.
  1. Sedums
Sedums such as the Atlantis® and Sunsparkler® make for excellent ground cover - especially when it comes to designing a green roof or roof garden. They don’t need an extra growing medium, are hardy, easy to maintain and more than happy to grow in a shallow layer of substrate. The colourful flowers will create an aesthetically pleasing contrast and attract a diversity of insects.

Sedum Sunsparkler
2. Sempervivum Chick Charms®
The evergreen sempervivums are perfectly suited for a green roof or roof garden. They're incredibly hardy, don't mind a shallow layer of substrate and are just as happy growing in bricks or rocks. The captivating, bright colours and many varieties of the Sempervivum Chick Charms® will turn into a real focal point.
Sempervivum Chick Charms®
3. Rhodohypoxis ‘Beverly’
The South African rhodohypoxis may prefer dry winters, but would happily thrive as part of a well-drained green roof or roof garden. The rhodohypoxis ‘Beverly’ flowers abundantly from early summer until late autumn, creating a colourful dynamic when combined with the EverColor®  and Wheels of Wonder®. The rhodohypoxis happily grows in well-drained soil, is not prone to diseases and very low maintenance.

Rhodohypoxis ‘Beverly’

4. Carex ‘EverColor’®
With distinctive coloured foliage and contrasting edges, the Carex EverColor® allows you to create any design imaginable. A great grass to brighten up shady areas: hardy, evergreen and very easy to maintain.

Carex ‘EverColor’®
5. Delosperma Wheels of Wonder® 
The colourful Delospermas will continue to enhance your green roof or roof garden with bright colours - from early summer all the way up to early winter. They're drought-resistant, grow happily in well-drained soil and are magnets for bees and butterflies. The Wheels of Wonder® breathe life into your project as no other Delosperma could

Delosperma Wheels of Wonder®

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