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Green Roof Plants: A Resource and Planting Guide Hardcover – Illustrated, September 1, 2006
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Although relatively commonplace in Japan and throughout Europe, green roof gardening is just a grassroots movement in the U.S. But ecological and economic concerns are pushing what was once a landscaping anomaly into the forefront of environmental design. It is, however, not as simple as merely re-creating a ground-level garden high atop a building. Green roof gardening must take into consideration structural engineering issues such as load bearing, waterproofing, insulation, drainage, and maintenance. These same concerns make selecting suitable plant material a challenge. The authors have compiled the first reference tool designed to help green roof gardeners determine the best drought-tolerant, low-maintenance, temperature-hardy plants. Supported by 300-plus color photographs and including cultural details on more than 200 species and cultivars, this is an essential resource for home gardeners and landscape architects and designers looking for environmentally friendly choices. Carol Haggas
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“A desirable companion book for anyone who owns a rooftop garden or is interested in designing or installing one.” —The Washington Post
“Supported by 300-plus color photographs and including cultural details on more than 200 species and cultivars, this is an essential resource for home gardeners, landscape architects, and designers looking for environmentally friendly choices.” —Booklist
“The beauty of Green Roof Plants lies in its concise, clear, and extensive. . . coverage of the authors’ years of knowledge. . . . An easy, reliable reference and a practical must-have handbook for all of us in the green roof industry, weathered professionals or novice do-it-your-selfers.” —GreenRoofs.com
“A practical reference guide not just for architects and landscape designers, but for environmentally-conscious home gardeners.” —Michigan Gardener
“Represents the best overview of green roofs and green roof plantings that I have seen in one volume.” —Landscape Architecture
“A welcomed edition to the minimal literature on designing and building green roofs. This reference manual should be on the shelf of every landscape architect and designer who specifies plants for green roofs.” —Oregon Land
“Offers a thorough explanation of plants, including color photographs, that have performed well on roofs.” —Denver Post
“One of the few places you can find detailed discussions about what is required and the specific plants which will thrive up on the roof.” —Lexington Herald-Leader
“Even if you aren’t interested in installing a green roof, the plant list is worth perusing to get ideas for choosing plants that are especially drought-tolerant.” —HortIdeas
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of the variety of plants suitable for green roof applications.
There was enough information to enable an individual to
begin populating their own green roof garden. Illustration
and photo quality was dated.