Image of Enric Ruiz Villa Bio living roof via The Coolist
You are probably familiar with container, raised bed and vertical gardening trends made popular over the last few years; and, you’ve likely heard about the growing number of community gardens sprouting up in cities all over as well. But, what about the idea of a living roof?
If this sounds like wild thinking, you’re on the right track. The living roof, also known as a green roof, is basically a rooftop partially or completely covered by native plants, wild flowers and other vegetation. While the idea has been around for centuries, adapted from the use of grass and sod roofs in Scandinavia, living roofs are now topping buildings, homes, garages, sheds and a wide variety of structures as the environmental and aesthetic benefits of green roofs are better understood.
Don’t think you need to have access to a tricked-out, split level roof like the one shown above that we spotted on The Coolist to start create a living roofs. All you really need is soil, seed, sunlight and little water.