Posts Tagged ‘our roof garden photos’

Butterfly Stops By Our Lantana


My mom visited us this weekend and got the chance to check out our roof garden. Mom noticed this butterfly enjoying our lantana hanging basket and we snapped a quick picture.

Early this summer, butterflies enjoyed our sedum. Since then, butterflies have become regulars at our roof garden and we’re hoping to plant more next year to attract them. This Butterfly’s Delight collection looks great for bringing on the butterflies.

The lantana has worked well as a hanging basket. It takes a beating from the wind and more than full sun conditions and barely wilts, thought it does require daily watering.

Roof Garden Plant: Daylilies


We planted a pot of daylilies in our Brooklyn roof garden at the recommendation of the helpful team over at Liberty Sunset Garden Center. In the spring and early summer, the lilies gave us a big punch of green. And the daylily started flowering during the first week in July, just as our Ameria maritima and a few other perennials stopped flowering.It was great to have the daylily bursting into flower for our 4th of July party.

Each flower doesn’t last long (hence the “day” part of the name!), but the plant keeps pushing out more flowers.

The daylily is presenting a few problems too. When it rains, the dead flowers from the daylilly fall off and get stuck to the roof surface. The flowers aren’t as attractive as we were hoping. Did all the June rain do something to the flowers? Or should we experiment with putting it in an even sunnier spot next summer? Or is it just that this particular variety (we can’t find the tag from this plant so we don’t know the exact name of it) doesn’t produce especially beautiful flowers?

By the way, daylilies are also grown in the roof garden on Chicago’s City Hall. And here’s the daylily collection at White Flower Farm. We’re wondering if other rooftop and container gardeners have any daylily advice for us.

How Can We Make This Pole Look Better?


Our roof garden sits in the center of our roof. Our chairs stare out directly at this rusty exhaust pole. We hung a lantana there and strung up solar lights, but we want to do more. We need your help . . .  what else can we do to make this pipe look better?

We aren’t able to paint the pole or sit pots at the base.  Any solution needs to hang from the pole. This is a windy, full sun spot, so the plants need to be tough.

Do you have some suggestions?

Our Roof Garden Rose is Blooming


I gave two heirloom rose bushes to R* for his birthday — Yesterday and Cottage Garden from The heirloom roses are small when they arrive. We chose these roses bushes because  “own root” plants don’t get transplant shock and are more able to adjust to the rooftop conditions.

The roses have only been in their containers for a month and one already has a single bloom.

To allow for growth, we planted the tiny rose bushes in 16″ pots and co-planted the roses with herbs.  We picked sea-side varieties that should be adjusted to the windy conditions.

We didn’t plan the color scheme, but the orange-y rose sure looks great with the verigated sage and dark purple basil. As the roses grow, we trim back the herbs.

Slightly Strawberry Looks Simply Sickly


We planted our pink and green container last week. While the white verbena is flourishing, the two Anisodontea Slightly Strawberry plants look sick. Leaves are curling and turning yellow. Any advice?

Patio Furniture Now On Sale


We bought this patio table and chairs from Crate & Barrel early this spring. We wanted something sturdy since our rooftop space is shared by everyone who lives in the building. We also wanted to find sturdy chairs that would stack for storage in the winter. We also needed an umbrella that could stand up to the wind.

Here’s what we picked:

All of these items are now on sale! So if your roof garden still needs furniture, this is a great time to order. We liked this patio table because the tiles cut into the top give it some personality.

Don’t forget to ask them how long it will take to deliver to you. Also, remember that delivery all the way up to your rooftop could cost extra. Many retailers charge an extra fee per box, per flight of stairs.

You might also want to check out the outdoor furniture sales at:

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

How long has it been raining for now? A week? A month? Looks like more rain is coming our way this weekend and into next week.


Enough already. I’m not sure how much more of it our fledgling plants can take. While the herbs and the beach grass don’t seen to mind the stormy weather,  the sedum is jumping out of its pot trying to out run the rain.


How’s your garden holding up? Should we bring some of our containers inside to dry off?