4 Inspiring Urban Rooftop Gardens

The day is coming when gardens will be a more common sight than black tar on a roof. Here are a few green roofs we’ve been admiring at Gardenista.

Above: Just planted. In a year, the grasses and sedums will grow together to create a dense carpet. Image by Michael Graydon.

Above: A shed converted to an office, with sedums growing on the roof; British designer David Gumbleton and landscape designer BlueSky Landscapes collaborated on the project. Image via BlueSky.

Above: A green roof in San Francisco, by Feldman Architecture.

Above: On Long Island, a 1,000-square-foot green roof is being planted with native species—including Blue Eyed Grass, Green and Gold, Creeping Phlox, and Wavy Haired Grass—along with sedums and other grasses such as Blue Fescue. Image via Marni Majorelle.

How do you install a green roof on a typical Brooklyn townhouse? Glad you asked: see How to Make the Most of Your Urban Garden: (Hint: Use the Roof Too).


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Alina Kanaski
Alina Kanaski2 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

Jonathan Harper
Jonathan Harper2 years ago


Anteater Ants
Anteater Ants2 years ago


Silvia Steinhilber

Great ideas!

Koty Lapid
Koty Lapid2 years ago


Debbie Miller
Debbie false2 years ago

I love it too!!

Phillipa W.
Phillipa W.2 years ago

I love rooftop gardens. plants make the best insulation too.

Liam Dodd
Past Member 2 years ago


Summerannie Moon
Summerannie M.2 years ago

How cool... sad that somewhere and i forget where, a man created an amazing rock garden which took him years and as you read this, all of it, after he had completed....NOT BEFORE.... or at the start when all knew, he was told by council to take it down as it didnt have permits to build it. Its amazing and its on top of a huge tall building. They might have raised money for charity on certain days of the year and have flights over the roof to raise money for charity. duh! It might be in China.... I cant think ... yes Beiijing in China. I was right. However, his neighbours didnt think it was with all its noise and dripping with water within others' apartments/houses.
Take a look its truly amazing and all that time wow... amazing!

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Melissa F.
Melissa DogLover2 years ago

these all look really cool =]] I love them!!!!