Green covering: October Garden Plants of the Month

Green covering plants are attractive to look at and are a useful addition to the natural environment. They increase the biodiversity of your area and purify the air because the plants absorb and filter carbon emissions. These plants also attract insects (and therefore birds as well), is sustainable, and insulates when planted on roofs: not just in terms of temperature, but also muffling external noise. Because these plants also take up water, you are less likely to suffer flooding in the event of heavy rain. They require virtually no maintenance, and almost every roof is suitable for it. Green Covering plants are suitable for small roofs such as a lean-to, sheds or birdhouses, and are ideal for vertical wall gardens.

Origin
Rockfoil and sempervivum particularly are found in mountainous regions such as the Alps, Dolomites and Caucasus, whilst stonecrop grows throughout the northern hemisphere, particularly in dry rocky regions.


Credit: Thejoyofplants.co.uk

Green Covering plants range
All the Green Covering plants in this selection are succulents. A succulent is a plant that stores water in its roots, stem or leaves to get through periods of drought. There is a choice of over a thousand cultivars. They are often sold in mixed trays.

  • Stonecrop produces white, yellow and red flowers. In addition to the well-known ground-covering species, there are also a few species that grow a bit taller.
  • Rockfoil grows in decorative rosettes with white, red, pink or purple flowers that do not get taller than 15 cm.
  • Sempervivum blooms between April and August with pale yellow, white or pink star-shaped flowers that rise some 10 cm above the rosette on palm-like stems.

Good to know
Green Covering plants are often offered in a mixed mat similar to turf: roll it out, give it some water, leave it to secure itself. This is an excellent option to make life easier for customers.

For more information:
www.thejoyofplants.co.uk


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