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Intensive vegetation – Herbaceous plants

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The intensive green roof’s vegetation is similar to a garden at ground level, because the structure allows this.

In case of garden or landscape type, the substrate thickness used ensures optimal conditions for the vegetation used, but of course the climate and microclimate are also very important.

For this kind of rooftop gardens, perennials or annuals, shrubs, especially native species are recommended.

If we use the right mixture of seeds, the grass will be resistant to extreme temperature and humidity changes, but using turf rolls the following risks could be excluded: erosion, birds, fragile young plants. What is also good to know about rolls: you can save about 2 years work to achieve stabilization and maturity in the planted area.

A list of plants that can be used in case of intensive green roofs is almost impossible, because it is actually a landscape project which takes into account the technical feasibility, the financial and environmental possibilities, the wishes of the client, and all these will define the final appearance.

It is also very important the climate and microclimate of the site, because these plants should not only survive but also have a healthy development and vigorous conditions.

Here we present some examples to underline the diversity of possible options, with species that can successfully populate green roofs:

Acanthus balcanicus
Achillea clypeolata
Ajuga salicifolia
Alchemilla mollis
Alchemilla saxatile
Allium oreophilum
Alopecurus pratensis
Althaea rosea
Alyssum montanum
Alyssum saxatile
Anemone sylvestris
Anthemis arvensis
Anthemis tinctoria
Anthyllis vulneraria
Aquilegia vulgaris
Armeria alpina
Armeria maritima
Asplenium trichomanes
Aster tripoliumAubrieta columnae
Allium schoenoprasum
Alyssum saxatile ‘Summit’
Alyssum saxatile ’Compactum Gold Ball’
Anemone sylvestris
Anthemis tinctoria
Aquielegia caerulea Spring Magic
Aquielegia caerulea Spring Magic ‘Rose and White’
Aquilegia canadensis
Arabis alpina ‘Snow Cap’
Arabis carduchorum
Arabis caucasica ‘Pixie Creme’
Arabis caucasica ‘Snowfix’
Arabis caucasica LittleTreasure ‘Deep Rose’
Arabis caucasica LittleTreasure ‘White’
Arabis ferdinandi-couburgii
Arenaria montana ‘Blizzard’
Armeria maritima ‘Armada Rose’
Armeria maritima ‘Armada White’
Armeria maritima ‘Splendens’
Asclepias tuberosa
Asclepias tuberose
Aster alpinus ‘Beauty Blue’
Aster alpinus ‘Beauty Rose’
Aster alpinus ‘Beauty White’
Aster laevis
Aster nova-angeliae
Aster tararicus
Aster tararicus ‘Jindai’
Astilbe chinensis
Aubrieta hibrid ‘Audrey Early Blue Shades’
Aubrieta hibrid ‘Audrey Purple Red Mix’
Aubrieta tauricola ‘Variegata’
Bergenia cordifolia
Bellis perennis
Berteroa incana
Begonia semperflorens
Brachypodium sylvaticum
Bromus sterilis
Bupleurum rotundifolium
Bouteloua curtipendula Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’
Calamagrostis  acutiflora ‘Overdam’
Calendula officinalis
Campanula rotundifolia

Centaurea montana
Cerastium tomentosum
Chasmanthium latifolium
Coreopsis tripteris
Coreopsis verticillata
Crassula setulosa var.
Dianthus alwoodii ‘Alpinus’
Dianthus carthusianorum
Dianthus deltoides
Dianthus deltoides ‘Confetti Karminrosa’
Dianthus deltoides ‘Confetti Tiefrot’
Dianthus deltoides ‘Confetti Weiss’
Dianthus plumarius ‘Doris’
Dianthus plumarius ‘Double Rose’
Dianthus spiculifolius
Draba aizoides ‘Napoleon’
Echinacea angustifolia
Echinacea pallida
Echinacea purpurea
Echinops ritro
Epilobium angustifolium
Equisetum hymenale
Erysimum hybridum ‘Canaries’
Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald ‘n Gold’
Eupatorium perfoliatum
Eupatorium purpureum
Euphorbia sp
Festuca gautieri
Festuca ovina
Fragaria vesca
Fragaria virginia
Gaillardia grandiflora
Gentiana andrewsii
Geranium maculatum
Geranium pratense
Geranium psilosteum
Geranium sanguineum
Geum triflorum
Gypsophila cerastioides
Hedyotis longifolia
Helenium autumnale
Helianthemum ‘Frie Dragon
Helianthemum hybrid ‘Red Orient’
Helianthus salicifolius
Helinhtemum nummularium ‘Golden Queen’
Hemerocallis sp.
Heuchera americana ‘Dale’s Strain’
Heuchera sanguinea ‘Coral Forest’
Hieracium pilosella
Hosta sieboldiana
Hosta sieboldiana
Iberis sempervirens ‘Tahoe’
Iris germanica Iris setosa
Iris setosa
Koeleria glauca
Lavandula angustifolia
Leontopodium alpinum
Leucanthemum vulgare
Leucanthemum superbum
Liatris cylindracea
Liatris spicata
Linum perenne
Lobelia cardinalis
Lobelia siphilitica
Lupinus perennis
Lysimachia quadriflora
Maianthemum stellatum
Monarda didyma
Monarda fistulosa
Muscari comosum
Nepeta faassenii
Origanum vulgare
Origanum vulgare ‘Variegatum’
Panicum virgatum
Papaver rhoeas
Penstemon digitalis
Petrorhagia saxifraga
Phlox douglasii ‘Lilac Cloud’
Phlox paniculata
Phlox subulata
Physostegia virginiana
Polygonatum pubescens
Potentilla argentea
Potentilla aurea
Potentilla nepalensis ‘Ron Mc Beath’
Potentilla neumanniana
Primula veris ‘Cabrillo’
Pulsatilla vulgaris ‘Alba’
Pulsatilla vulgaris ‘Rote Glocke’
Pulsatilla vulgaris ‘Violet Blue’
Ratibida pinnata
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Perigord’
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’
Rudbeckia hirta
Rudbeckia nitida
Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurascens’
Salvia pratensis
Salvia sylvestris
Saxifraga arendsii ‘Carpet Purple Robe’
Saxifraga arendsii ‘Harder Zwerg’
Saxifraga arendsii ‘Highlander Red’
Saxifraga arendsii ‘Highlander White’
Saxifraga arendsii x ‘Carpet White’
Saxifraga paniculata
Schizachyrium scorparium
Solidago ptarmicoides
Solidago sphacelata
Solidago squarrosa
Solidaster luteus
Stachys byzantina
Teucrium chamaedrys
Thymus citriodorus
Thymus pulegioides
Thymus serphyllum ‘Purpurviolet’
Thymus citriodorus
Verbascum nigrum
Verbena simplex
Verbena stricta
Veronica incana
Veronica longifolia
Veronica noveboracensis
Veronica spicata
Veronicastrum virginicum

With a great experience in landscaping and construction of green roofs, our company is ready to help you choosing the right type of ecological roof and vegetation for your construction: extensive or intensive.

Vegetation of intensive green roofs is similar to that of a garden at ground level, because the structure allows it. In case of intensive green roof gardens or landscape roofs, the thickness of the substrate ensures optimal living conditions for lots of plants, the most important criteria in choosing them, are the climate and the microclimate of the site and their annual growth rate. It is also important to choose native plants or species that are already acclimatized.

For the selection of plants that will form the vegetation of a green roof or a living wall, qualified and experienced horticulturists and landscape engineers are advising us. Plants recommended by us are suitable for the climatic conditions of the site; most of them are native species. Further maintenance of these green roofs is done promptly and with maximum professionalism, so we promise that you’ll have an aesthetic, healthy and viable green roof.

Your ecological roof can be an extensive one, planted with sedum or ferns, or an intensive garden with grasses, perennials, shrubs and even high trees. We also use vegetation rolls developed for green roof systems, but grass can be also sown with seed mixtures, and for immediate results even trays fitted with matured plants can be installed.
For any questions, please contact us!

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