Green RoofsContemporary Garden, Vancouver
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Do I need a gravel border?The gravel around many green roofs is a fire break. The Green Roof Centre in Sheffield recommends 50cm-wide gravel fire breaks should be provided around any openings penetrating the roof surface and around the edges of the roof. A metal upstand can be used in place of gravel.‘The border also helps to prevent vegetation tumbling over the edge of the roof and getting caught in the gutters,’ says John.
The hills are alive! Are you more of a country dweller at heart? Bring an Alpine summer meadow to your rooftop by planting a living roof and you’ll instantly be transported out of the city. Get expert advice before you start, as your roof will need to be properly re-enforced, but then get as creative as you like with coloured and scented plants.