Real World Gardener Best Fit Gardening Rooftop Gardens in Design Elements

November 8th, 2015

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Continuing with the series on best fit gardening. 
Have you ever thought of using that unused space on a flat roof, if you have a flat roof that is?

You don't have to live in Spain to have a rooftop garden, nor just limit yourself to a line of potted plants.
Why not if you have decent access to your roof and it’s approved for pedestrian traffic (ie, the waterproof membrane is intact, sealed and fully protected).

The only obstacle to using it often comes down to simple lack of shade. Exposed to sun and wind, the area is not going to be inviting unless you can find a way to block out the elements.

Equally, you may have dead space over the top of your garages that could be revamped.
Let’s find out what you can plant up there by listening to the podcast with garden designer Peter Nixon

This is for a fairly exposed situation so that’s why Peter focused on xerophytic plants.
The planting suggestions were Aechmea recurvata Benrathii or falsa Tillandsia-this is a small growing Bromeliad. 
Dykia brevifolia or pineapple dykia.
Alcantarea odorata or giant bromeliad and finally, Tillandsia secunda.
There’s also Crucifix orchids or Epidendrum species and other bromeliads such as Bilbergia pyramidalis and Aechmea recurvata.
If you have any questions about rooftop gardening or have a suggestion why not write in or email me

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