3 TIPS ON ROOFTOP GAR­DENS

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Property - - SUNDAY PROPERTY - from Joan Mal­lon of Love Gar­dens!

1 Go for sim­plic­ity in your con­tain­ers, de­cide on your ma­te­rial, de­cide on the num­ber, keep them all the same.

2 Fol­low that through with sim­plic­ity of plant­ing — don’t try to be too am­bi­tious. Roses won’t grow on a rooftop, wis­te­ria won’t grow three storeys up. Think of the right plant for the right place. Think coastal, think of what will take wind, salt, ex­po­sure. Mar­itime plant­ing is your best bet. The bi­ble is Per­fect Plant, Per­fect Place by Roy Lan­caster. Things like astelias are good, cordy­lines, flax, gen­er­ally spiky-shaped things work very well. Eryn­gium planum or sea holly for colour then, or some nice pretty, soft stuff like os­teosper­mums. Don’t be afraid to go big, weight aside, a pine tree can sur­vive in a big con­tainer or try some­thing hardy that can take the ex­po­sure.

3 Al­ways have a wa­ter source — put a tap on the roof and pos­si­bly a sprin­kler sys­tem and wa­ter ev­ery­thing. Wind is very dry­ing.. You can never have too much wa­ter, even if it’s on the roof.

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