This Mediterranean hillside was originally a Mexican one. However, over the last four years or so it has slowly evolved to have more of a Southern European feel. Would you believe that the picture below was on the slope of a green roof in London?
Mediterranean Planting Brightens up an Extensive Green Roof in London
Originally, the roof when planted had more of a Mexican feel. However, over the last few years, shrubs of Southern European origin have taken over to some extent. David Matzdorf, who owns and gardens the roof, kindly wrote an article for us a few years back. Both David and Dusty Gedge of Livingroofs.org featured last year in a Guardian gardening podcast.
Exotic Planting on an Extensive Green Roof in Islington
Although here at Livingroofs.org we are known for being fans of native planting, David Matzdorf’s is one of the green roof wonders of London. His experimentation with exotic species should be an inspiration for gardeners across the country (and beyond). Planted with a range of succulents and shrubs from around world, it is good to see a few native plants amongst the exotica. Chives are flourishing and there are a few others.
David Matzdorf has created a hidden green roof gem in the heart of London that is an inspiration to anyone involved in designing green roof landscapes.
David notes in his most recent post on growing on the edge that he is trying out a few more species. We look forward to hearing more. We also look forward to visiting in the spring when the roof is at its best.