If you have been thinking about installing a living-roof system, choose the plants for it wisely. Opt for those that grow quickly, as well as plants that can self-sustain in your grow-zone.
When planning your living roof, consider using the following plants:
Grass. Grass and ground-cover is a must for a living roof and it is used to fill in around your other plants. It is important to go with something low-growing and that will thrive in your native climate. Talk with local landscaping professionals or garden retailers to find the best grasses for your roof.
Herbs. Herbs make excellent cover for lawns, gardens, and your roof! Additionally, you will have an unlimited supply of culinary herbs for cooking, arrangements, and crafting, while enjoying the fragrance that they provide.
Bring an aromatic touch to your living- roof with these herbs:
- Oregano. Oregano is hardy with a spicy scent.
- Thyme. Thyme grows low to the ground, and can help fill in spaces around your other flowers and plants.
- Mint. If you want a fast-growing herb, choose mint. There are many varieties and types that make your roof smell fantastic, too!
Wildflowers. Wildflowers are hardy and can usually sustain themselves, which is ideal for living roofs.
Some wildflowers that work on living-roof systems include:
- Yarrow. Flowering yarrow is resilient and not fragile, so it makes great cover for roofs. These are colorful plants that thrive and quickly spread.
- Aster. Asters are another wildflower that is perfect for your living roof. These colorful blooms grow easily and attract butterflies to your property, which is another beautiful bonus!
- Wildflower seed mixes. Another idea is to buy a wildflower seed mix from your local garden supply store to scatter among the grass, herbs, and succulents that you are planting. Each year, your roof will display different colors and blooms which makes for an exciting planting option.
Succulents. Succulents are a mainstay of your living roof and will take up the majority of space on larger surfaces.
Some succulents to consider are:
- Houseleeks. For year-round coverage, look for houseleeks. Houseleeks come in a wide range of colors, and grow low to the ground so they cover roofs quite well.
- Sedums. Sedums are a succulent that can thrive in all types of conditions. These are often found growing between rocks or in rough terrain, which makes them hardy enough to plant on your roof. The leaves are often shiny and smooth, resembling stone.
- Hens-and-chicks. The bell-shaped blossoms of hens-and-chicks make them a perfect addition to your living roof. These are hardy little plants, that require very little water, and that often can self-sustain in some climates and regions.
Enjoy the beauty and energy-efficiency of your own living roof! Talk with contractors about reinforcing your roof to support the weight of the plants, soil, and water, and discuss planting options with gardening experts. Use these tips as a guide to some living-roof ideas that can sustain themselves and thrive to create a colorful, vibrant roof!
Contact a company like All American Roofing Incorporated to get started.