I was browsing around on Etsy, looking at all of the wonderful shops and came across this one that deals in succulent plants. I spent a good half hour going through each photo, ooohing and ahhing over each of these beautiful wonders.
The shop sells these sedum as wedding centerpieces and wreaths which are great gift and party ideas, but I’ve used them mostly as indoor houseplants (really, even the least of the green thumbs out there would be able to maintain these) and even better as coverings for green roofs.
“A green roof or living roof is a roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and a growing medium, planted over a waterproofing membrane. It may also include additional layers such as a root barrier and drainage and irrigation systems. Container gardens on roofs, where plants are maintained in pots, are not generally considered to be true green roofs, although this is debated. Rooftop ponds are another form of green roofs which are used to treat greywater.
Green roofs serve several purposes for a building, such as absorbing rainwater, providing insulation, creating a habitat for wildlife, and helping to lower urban air temperatures and mitigate the heat island effect. There are two types of green roofs: intensive roofs, which are thicker and can support a wider variety of plants but are heavier and require more maintenance, and extensive roofs, which are covered in a light layer of vegetation and are lighter than an intensive green roof.” Taken from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_roof, Modified February 14, 2013 6:44:28 AM
Sedum are the succulents of choice because they are low maintenance, drought tolerant, can withstand fluctuating temperatures and are resistant to many common plant pests.
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