Water butt living roof

Water butt living roof. Plants include Semper vivens, Aeonium, Echeveria, Sedum album, Sedum spathulifolium 'Cape Blanco', Sedum rupestre 'Lemon Ball', Sedum tetractinum 'Coral Reef', Sedum album 'Coral Carpet', Sedum pulchellum 'Sea star' and Sedum reflexum 'Red Form' - © GAP Photos

Water butt living roof. Plants include Semper vivens, Aeonium, Echeveria, Sedum album, Sedum spathulifolium ‘Cape Blanco’, Sedum rupestre ‘Lemon Ball’, Sedum tetractinum ‘Coral Reef’, Sedum album ‘Coral Carpet’, Sedum pulchellum ‘Sea star’ and Sedum reflexum ‘Red Form’ – © GAP Photos

Transform what would otherwise be a dull, utilitarian area into a bright, creative feature by planting up your water butt lid with drought-tolerant plants. Sedums, crassulas, sempervivums and other succulent hardy species are perfectly adapted to growing in very shallow soils, because their fleshy leaves are excellent at storing water, allowing them to hunker down during prolonged periods of drought. Once planted up, this living roof requires very little maintenance. A water butt lid offers only 2cm depth of soil, but these robust plants will happily grow here, evolving into a rich, interwoven tapestry of colours.

Semper vivens  - Water butt living roof - © GAP Photos

Semper vivens – Water butt living roof – © GAP Photos

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