Chelsea Trend: Living Roofs

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.

 

The Warners Distillery Garden,  view of the central dry stone pavillion building and  living roof with Allium schoenoprasum,  various Sedums and Thymus with water feature of Copper fins and rill - designed by Andy Ewinz - Designer: Helen Elks-Smith - Construction: Bowles and Wyer. Sponsor: Warners Gin - © GAP Photos/Richard Bloom

The Warners Distillery Garden, view of the central dry stone pavillion building and living roof with Allium schoenoprasum, various Sedums and Thymus with water feature of Copper fins and rill – designed by Andy Ewinz – Designer: Helen Elks-Smith – Construction: Bowles and Wyer. Sponsor: Warners Gin – © GAP Photos/Richard Bloom

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, view of sunken garden with glass wall water feature, corrugated metal fencing, recycled concrete pillars supporting a roof with water garden, old limestone boulders,  clay brick wall and paving,  copper swing chair, roses, grasses – Designer: David Neale - Sponsor: Silent Pool Gin - ©  GAP Photos/Stephen Studd

The Silent Pool Gin Garden, view of sunken garden with glass wall water feature, corrugated metal fencing, recycled concrete pillars supporting a roof with water garden, old limestone boulders, clay brick wall and paving, copper swing chair, roses, grasses – Designer: David Neale – Sponsor: Silent Pool Gin – © GAP Photos/Stephen Studd

 

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, sponsored by Montessori Centre International City Asset Management, RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 2019 - © GAP Photos/Anna Omiotek-Tott

The Montessori Centenary Children’s Garden, designed by Jody Lidgard, sponsored by Montessori Centre International City Asset Management, RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 2019 – © GAP Photos/Anna Omiotek-Tott

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.