More and more people include gardens on rooftops and balconies to use unused space and restore nature to our urban environments.
In places that lack a typical backyard, a rooftop garden can give everything a standard garden does, with the added benefit of a beautiful view.
This article explores the materials you need for a rooftop garden.
The plants you intend to grow in your rooftop garden are a vital component. It would be best if you considered getting plants native to your location. Native plants will draw local birds and butterflies. Additionally, they will integrate into your garden more readily than non-native species. Your plants will be considerably more likely to survive if there are strong winds or high temperatures. Find out what plants are available in your area by asking your neighbourhood nursery or the professionals at Garden Club London.
Depending on the intended aesthetic and purpose, you can choose from an infinite variety of plants for rooftop gardens. Here are a few things to consider:
- Plants that can withstand wind and sunlight tend to have leaf adaptations that minimise surface evaporation. Examples include plants with tiny or needle-like leaves.
- Plants, such as lavenders, with numerous hairs on the leaves, can give the foliage a greyish look.
- Plants with waxy cuticles, such as phormiums and cordylines, have protection against drying out.
- Windbreak plants can withstand wind and sun, e.g., Pinus mugo.
- Hardy, dense evergreens like junipers can serve as a haven.