Gardeners' Delight in Green Roofs

This blog is simply a collection of pictures to celebrate the beauty of small green roofs.

beehive with sedum roof

A rooftop restaurant for bees.  This simple green roof flowers throughout spring and summer providing a ready source of nectar for the inhabitants of this beehive.  It's beautiful AND functional.   As a beekeeper though, I will say that weekly inspections will probably need a bit more muscle power than they used to - the lid of the hive is quite a bit heavier.  Winter insulation though would be superb.

sedum green roof on 70s house extension

This living green roof is in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.  Viewed from above, it's far more attractive than the neighbouring plain-felt roofs.  It also brings some welcome insulation to the unheated extension beneath it.  The area nearest the house is in shade for most of the day - hence sedum plants are smaller, not yet in flower and prone to invasion by grass and moss.  Still looks lovely though!

Green roof gazebo in Lancashire

How lovely is this?

Created by Penny Bennett Architects, this Gazebo is in Lancashire where it is exposed to high winds and cold weather. Nonetheless for that, it looks lovely.  The red colour of the sedum foliage is typical for winter time and in high summer when the plants are coping with drought. 

 

 pretty playhouse with living sedum roof

This pretty little playhouse is just charming.  Quintessentially English with its litte box hedge and window boxes.

The living sedum roof perfectly compliments the blue paintwork.  This is no ordinary playhouse.  It will have been strengthened to support the weight of the roof.  This green roof was created using an Enviromat pitched green roof kit.

 

Enviroden with living green roof

This garden building was made by a boat builder - hence the portholes for windows.  The edging was created by a local agricultural engineer.  It resides in Thursford, North Norfolk.

bird table with living sedum roof

I just adore this bird table with its sedum roof.  Easy and affordable.  Gorgeous.

 

If you've been inspired by any of this pictures.  Use the links below to explore the Enviromat website and find out how (and why) to build your own small green roof.

 

What is a green roof?

 

How to create a living green roof

 

 

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