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Green Roofs by Season

People often ask us “what will my green roof look like in winter?” We get questions about other seasons as well. Green roofs have several beautiful visual changes throughout the year. These are living things that change appearance and function just like trees and other vegetation. We hope this page will be informative and inspirational.

GREEN ROOFS IN WINTER


In the winter, some green roof plants, such as Sedum album, take on beautiful red hues. Some Delospermas turn deep purple. Other plants go dormant. These plants are very much alive, though not “green” in color.









GREEN ROOFS IN SPRING AND EARLY SUMMER

As with most plants, green roof plants are lushest and present their best chartreuse in spring. Alliums and Dianthus sport pink blooms, while many Sedums bloom yellow between April and June.







GREEN ROOFS IN LATE SUMMER AND FALL

In fall, flowers lead to seedheads, and bright green foliage darkens and turns red or purple.