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Green roofs?

I'm looking to maximise growing space in my relatively small garden. I've got a large sloping shed roof that would be quite a good spot to grow some plants on and off it! It's exposed to full sun and is pretty sturdy, but I will stick to small containers along the outside of the roof for the time being. Although I'd love to convert it into a green roof eventually. I'm looking for recommendations on what I could grow. The only issue is that it's quite exposed to wind conditions. 



  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,134

    Hi ecokid - the usual thing is low growing alpines - sempervivums etc. Anything too big dries out and gets battered. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • CurmudgeonCurmudgeon Posts: 38

    Hope your shed roof is strong, you need a minimum of 80 mm of growing depth incl soil and this can end up being very heavy especially when waterlogged

    A living roof construction will usually contain the following components (from the bottom up):

    • Waterproof and rootproof membrane(s) to prevent water and root penetration damaging the building
    • Drainage layer - gravel (lightweight) or other material designed to drain excess water
    • Filter sheet - geotextile or similar to allow water to drain but retain finer soil material
    • Moisture blanket - to hold water (capillary matting or recycled carpet or textiles)
    • 'Soil' / Substrate/ Growing medium
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