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Rooftops can be challenging places for plants to thrive. Direct sunlight, extreme temperatures, wind, and precipitation affect which plants survive on a green roof, so plants should be selected to withstand harsh environments. 

Extensive green roofs are comprised of sedum or groundcover. Deeper semi-intensive and intensive green roof systems can support native plants, wild grasses, shrubs, and even trees, though they require more maintenance than simpler extensive green roofs.

Sedums & Groundcover

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Flowers & Grasses

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Produce & Herbs

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Additional Resources

  • Cost-benefit Considerations for Green Roofs

  • Green Spec UK

  • Vegetal ID Extensive Green Roof Design

  • NYC Parks Innovative Green Roof Design

  • Green Roof Handbook

  • Green Growers Guide

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