Top 9 Green Roof Plants

The Graphic Gardeners —  July 23, 2015 — 2 Comments

We’ve selected the top 9 plants for green roof gardens from our 5-year study of 216 taxa. Download the results of plant evaluation manager Richard Hawke’s extensive study. 

INFOGRAPHIC: Top 10 plants for green roof gardens.

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Karen + Maria specialize in Words + Pictures. Maria Ciaccio thinks visually, and has a gift for turning any photo, illustration, strategy, or germ of an idea into a gorgeous graphic. She is an art major who enjoys creating hyper-realistic portraits, and a beginning gardener. Karen Zaworski thinks verbally, and loves the challenge of explaining big concepts in as few words as possible. She is an English major with preternaturally neat printing, and a front yard vegetable gardener.

2 responses to Top 9 Green Roof Plants

  1. Andrew Bunting July 23, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Great graphics and a great study by Richard Hawke!

  2. Could you post a “recipe” for a good extensive roof growing medium that a diyer could make themselves with materials that are readily available? The list in your report is great, but proportions would be helpful. Also, what organic material do you recommend? Organic compost, coir, something else?

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