Step 7: Planting

We visited the local garden shop and picked up a selection of plants that are hardy (see the bottom of the post for details).

Before planting I placed the plants around to get a feling for the spacing.
Once the spacing was right then dig a hole and bed them in.

Plants we bought:
Name / Notes
* Chamomile - Has spread ok
* Houstonia Caerulea - Has spread ok
* Sedum Hispanicum Glaucum - Brilliant, looks great, spread really well
* Sedumm Reflexum - Brilliant, looks great, spread really well
* Thymus Serpyllum Minimus - Favourite, really dense coverage, very pretty
* Scabiosa (Misty Butterflies) - dont like, looks a bit weedy now
* Acaena Saccaticupula (Blue Haze) - Didnt last too long
* Cotula Hispida - Didnt last too long
* Dianthus Deltoides (Acctic Fire) - looks lovely, but hasnt spread that well

All of the plants have now been in for well over a year, sedum really is the way to go. 

When planting keep them in sensible patches and let them spread
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<p>how much did this cost you in total?</p>
<p>It was a long time ago, but probably &pound;2k if you phase in the extra engineering in the roof</p>
<p>Awesome instructable! now I just need to find somewhere to try it :D </p>
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<p>Hey thats great job! Can you tell me the break up of the cost that is needed for different stuff needed for the same.</p>
<p>I have built a shed from scratch (to fit in a garden space that a usual sized shed wouldn't fit - 3450mm x 950mm) and I am installing a DIY green roof. It is sloping and I am finding difficulty to source a way of trapping the water - any ideas please?</p>
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Wonderful project. This would be very good on porch roofs. Not surprised that the sedums did well. Very good instructions. Thank you.
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do you think this would be an option for a chicken coop roof? i think that would be awesome if it was.
Absolutely, as long as its strong enough
Cool roof. But being from Minnesota ,USA where winter temps can get to -30f. I have to ask how cold it gets there, that you feel you don't need the insulation? My roof is insulated to R50.<br><br>For the moisture blanket (I think you called it) you could have recycled some old used carpeting. The synthetic fibers won't rot away, and anybody that has had a water leak knows how much water carpet can hold ;-)
Hi Gordyh,<br><br>it gets pretty cold here these days with snow for a few weeks at least.<br><br>The reason for not needing it is because the garden itself is such a good insulator. The local government officer could not work out the BTU figure for the living roof so insisted on the additional protection that he was able to calculate for.<br><br>Below the garden is the 2inch thick foam, then a roof void which is also stuffed with fibre glass. In winter its nice and toasty :)
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Looks more or less like every other felt roof after a few years.<br>Only joking, well done, I am sure it will look great in a few years!
....That roof is SUPER strong!! I was just wondering if it could be paved over so you could park your SUV on it? Bahhahahhahha!!! <br>(this was a joke) (I love bees, my Aunt was a bee-I miss her)
You should also be well aware of the plants that you want to be there on your roof. Some flowering plants like zinnias, roses, button roses, and some kind of creepers would look good on your roof. Especially if you are planning for a <a href="http://www.centrallondonloft.co.uk">loft conversion</a>, make sure you plan a roof top garden so that you can feel the aura of the flora from the outside too..I suggest having some flowering plants on the roof rather than just greenery will do the magic!!
Hi catherinetia,<br><br>thanks for the comment! I did think about a number of alternative plants for the roof however as the substrate is pretty thin (because of the weight) and also it needs to be as maintenance free as possible (ie no weeding, no turning, no compost ) which was the reason we went with more rocky/hardy plants. <br><br>Creepers would look cool but would likely start to invade the building, this is why there are stones around the edge to really keep the garden in its place<br><br>tx<br><br>Will
Here's a simple way to green your roof. ;) For info.<br>http://www.uglgrads.com/corpsr_greenroofsystem.php
i like this it awsome view from out the window
Nice design. Have you any idea how much weight load it adds per square meter with the soil saturated by rain? The steel beams make me wonder.
Hi,<br><br>I budgeted for twice the dead load for rain and also snow, that was why the original beams were doubled and bolted together to make sure it was super super strong! <br><br>The wood and time was pretty cheap so I went overkill for safteys sake<br><br>
This is crazy, but I was in London in July and I saw your house and thought it was the coolest thing ever. Well done.
Great stuff, were you in one of the flats behind?
I am so happy to see this!! I'm glad that you're aware of the bees too. Thank you for making more green space. We need all we can get!<br> <br> There are likely some local wildflower seed varieties you might be able to obtain from your local nursery. If not, hop online and find a seed share and connect with them for local, indigenous seeds.
Great documentation and good job mentioning the roof construction and growing medium, very detailed!
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Awesome, I love the idea of a green roof. It looks great.

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