Thursday, September 23, 2010

Green Roof Sedum Plant for Florida - Selecting Green Roof Plants for Florida

Sedums are popular across the world to use as green roof plants.  This is because of their ability to withstand temperature variations as well being drought tolerant.

In Florida, most do not do well.

As mentioned in the blog article, Sedums for Florida Green Roofs sedums can have a difficult time in Florida - especially because of Southern Blight and other fungal diseases.

Southern Blight is transmitted primarily by spores in contaminated nursery soil and becomes a rampant problem during Florida's long, hot, humid summers.

But if you are intent on trying sedums on a Florida Green Roof...try the Blue Spruce variety.

Blue Spruce Sedum

Sedum Reflexum - Blue Spruce Sedum  is one of the toughest I've seen, growing in Florida.

I've seen it on non-irrigated roofs in Gainesville - and last through brutal summers of hot sun exposure.

I've seen it thrive in well-drained soils during the wet season.

The downside to this plant is on hot, harsh roofs it is very slow growing and produces almost no root system.

So it won't spread quickly and fill in your green roof.

But it should survive the 7 Horrible H's of Florida's Green Roofing Ecology!

Happy Green Roofing, Kevin

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Screening the Sun with Vines - Florida Native Vines Cool Houses.

I've mentioned the use of native vine species for creating shade on the house - and keeping hot summers a little cooler here in Florida, before.

We have a sky vine, Thunbergia grandiflora, with stunning blue flowers growing on an arbor over our front picture window.  The vine is deciduous and drops its leaves in the winter when we want the sunshine to pour into the living room.  But during the hot summers the vine keeps us cool with plenty of shade.

Rob Overly calls his window vines his Green Screens and there are many favorites for creating shade.  I personally enjoy the rambling and climbing antique and heritage roses. Check out the link here for a slideshow of some of the climbing and bush roses in our yard.

Also growing in our yard is another great vertical green species - Passion Flower or Passiflora incarnata .

Passion Flower - Passiflora incarnata - great screen vine - Florida
Passifora is a quick growing vine with stunning delicate flowers.

It too is deciduous and makes for a good summer screen, leaves blocking summer high heat, while allowing winter solar radiation to filter through the vines.

Volumetric Green for the Urban Core!

Be sure to check out Kevin's Green Roof resource Blog -

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Green Roof's and Florida Stormwater - Blog Discussion

Be sure to check out the ongoing blog discussion of Green Roofs and Stormwater - an analysis of Florida's new stormwater rule and green roofs at the Florida Green Roof Resource Blog - .  Leave your comments and thoughts - sharing green roofing experience is crucial to the success of our industry. 

Happy Green Roofing!  Kevin

Saturday, September 11, 2010

New Living Wall Project, Jacksonville, Florida

Check out our new soiless living wall project.  The photo here shows the frame being readied for the soiless support medium ( a combination of PPE geo-synthetic fabric, coir and spagnum moss ).

Living Wall Base - MetroVerde
Stay tuned for more updates as teh plants are installed!

As always, you can e-mail me with any questions or comments.


Green Roof Design Guidance Summary

Good, brief design guidance for Green Roofs.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Living Walls and Green Roofs. Vertical Green for the Urban Core.

Atlantis Water Management Company
Check out the Atlantis Water Management Company Website.  Full of resources, engineering and design tips and more for stewardship of our earth's water resources.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Hydroponic Florida Living Wall - Growing Arugula & Vegetables Vertically

Metroverde's soiless vertical living walls bring fresh arugula, oxygen and beauty to the Urban Core.

Solving the need for open land to grow vegetables, MetroVerde's vertical growing systems are adaptable to interior or exterior applications.

Because our systems are modular they can be installed in small, tight areas or across wide open and expansive walls.

Using a specialized blend of growing medium, vegetables, herbs, flowers and native species can be grown anywhere. Our mission is to restore green to the Urban Core.

Call us to discus you next vertical Urban Green growing project.

Cleaning stormwater, creating habitat, providing oxygen and beauty, reducing carbon footprints and creating spaces for food.

Contact us via email here.