Rooftop gardens lend a natural aesthetic that is guaranteed to elevate any home. They can provide additional privacy, naturally improve the air quality and are likely to flourish because of the constant sun exposure. Most importantly, a rooftop garden will add some green to an area with limited space and will be sure to brighten up your home. 

Before embarking on your rooftop garden journey, it is important to take a few things into consideration. For example, the structural integrity of your rooftop should be assessed by engineers before beginning your garden construction. Is the roof able to hold a garden load? Soil and pots are quite heavy, so it is important to check with an engineer or well established contractor before you begin. Make sure you consider where your roof’s access point is, and how you will get your materials, supplies and gardening equipment to and from your roof. 

In line with rooftop access, are you able to hydrate your garden with a nearby water supply? Is there a water point access, or a way to run a hose out to the roof? Consider installing a rain barrel and drip irrigation if a water supply is difficult to source. 

You may also need to consider the sun exposure to your roof. Are there other buildings blocking the sun, or will there be too much heat beating down on your plants? Along with the sun, you want to ensure the plants are protected from other elements, including wind. Think about optimizing your growing potential with sun-loving plants that will thrive in the light!

Creating a rooftop garden might seem overwhelming, which is why you should entrust garden professionals to guarantee you a lush summer. You can always start small with a few pots and plants and build from there – life begins in the garden. 

Get in touch for a full landscaping plan to make your rooftop garden oasis come true. 

Please remember that no rooftop garden should ever be installed without first consulting a structural engineer

Dreaming of having a beautiful garden space? Intimidated by the tediousness of maintaining said beautiful garden space? Well, here is a list of easy to care for plants that won’t take up your time, but will definitely take up some compliments!

Purple Rain

Desert Rose

No, it’s not only music superstar Prince’s magnum opus, it’s also a gorgeous species of sage properly named Salvia Verticillata. This border flower can accentuate any garden, and they even attract butterflies! These smoke-colored lavender-like plants only need moist soil to grow, and do best in full sunlight.

Desert Rose

These East African and Arabian native beauties bloom from a thick trunk that actually stores water. Resembling a bonsai plant, they are just as tough as they are pretty because they can even grow in sand! Although these flowers can survive almost anything, be wary, it’s known to bleed a poisonous sap that may irritate skin. This is a plant that has the potential to bite back!

Ajuga

Ajuga Bugleweed effectively covers all those hard to hide spots of dirt in your garden. These mint cousins can thrive in shady gardens and are known to survive droughts as well. If ever they get out of control, it is recommended to behead them to prevent spread, but no worries, even that won’t kill them!

Rudbekia

Colloquially known as “Black-Eyed Susans,” these garden staples are known to bloom for weeks with little care. They’re actually a mini version of the famous Sunflower and can survive droughts. After growing them in moist soil, they’ll be well rooted and should bloom every season. 

Cosmos

Also from the Sunflower family, these come in all sorts of colours. They also self seed and have over 20 varieties. It’s a super flower! 

Persian Shield

Even the name is a testament to its strength! This bushy Acanthaceae can bloom blue flowers in very hot environments. Just be sure to keep the soil moist. Although they will survive a drought, they might not stay as pretty because they will start to wilt. 

Caladium

Caladiums

The heart-shaped foliage Caladiums sprout include charming leaves of pink, green, white, and red. They do very well in sun and shade, and will bulk up your garden, keeping it nice and strong looking.

Hope you enjoyed our flower powered recommendations of plants that even you can’t kill. If you would like some advice on how to grow these resilient eye candy for the garden feel free to contact us.