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Covering for a wrinkly asphalt shed roof

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ILikeyourHairyHands Thu 27-Apr-17 18:55:47

I'm always amazed at the knowledge of the gardening types on MN, despite having gardened for 20-odd years a bit of advice would be brilliant here.

For the first time ever I'm dealing with a small courtyard garden, I've always had loads of space and options, I'm really enjoying the challenge, container gardening with a few small beds is actually quite exciting, but, we have a lovely old shed which has an asphalt roof, as I'm lacking in footprint I'm looking up!

Have many vertical planters on the walls but I'd like to get something up there, it's a bit mossy, SW facing, I'm sure I can do something with it.

I see loads of creative solutions on here for small spaces so any suggestions would be brilliant.


ILikeyourHairyHands Thu 27-Apr-17 20:30:14


Liara Thu 27-Apr-17 20:44:03

I have a roof like that, and I have put old, weathered tiles on the 'over' bits and in between soil planted out with sedums. It looks really nice in spring when they all flower, and generally pretty good all year round.

ILikeyourHairyHands Thu 27-Apr-17 20:44:17


ILikeyourHairyHands Thu 27-Apr-17 20:44:27


ILikeyourHairyHands Thu 27-Apr-17 22:04:06

Thanks Liara, I was thinking about sedums. They may work.

ILikeyourHairyHands Thu 27-Apr-17 22:10:52

So you laid some tiles on the roof?

JT05 Fri 28-Apr-17 07:47:29

We experimented with a green roof, on our woodshed roof. It started out flat wood, we put a small retaining rim, made from batons around the edge, then a layer of moisture retaining fabric, then a thin layer of soil. We planted sedums and a few other rockery plants, from other parts of the garden.
After about six years it's still going strong and has also had other little plants colonise it. I do occasionally weed.

Liara Fri 28-Apr-17 20:50:55

Yes, I wasn't too keen on a completely green roof (I have one elsewhere, and wanted something lower maintenance (i.e. which the cats were less likely to dig up!) here) so I made it look as if it was an old roof which had been colonised on the dips by sedums.

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