The popularity in living walls has been increasing for years, so it was only a matter of time before living roofs started to appear in show garden designs. As living space comes at a premium, and fewer people find themselves with sufficient outdoor space to be able to grow plants, using all available surfaces is a valuable solution. It is an exciting step forward to see living walls in action at flower shows, aiming to inspire us of what can be achieved and the positive environmental and mental impact it can have on us all.
This urban living roof in The Warner’s Distillery Garden, designed by Helen Elks-Smith, includes suitable planting for a living roof, with perennials such as sedums and thyme that can cope with full sun, are draught- tolerant and are attractive to beneficial wildlife.
The Silent Pool Gin Garden, designed by David Neale, features a contemporary living roof which also provides a shaded area below for unwinding.
The Montessori Centenary Children’s Garden, designed by Jody Lidgard, features edible living walls, hydroponic technology, and a wildlife pond, as well as a living roof – a garden showcasing the future possibilities of where technology and horticulture can take garden design.