Accent Plants

These plants can be used to add color, texture, height, extend flowering season, and to attract additional pollinators. They are most effectively used with a base of sedum to create the main cover for the green roof.

  • Asclepias tuberosa
    With its striking bright orange flowers, this North American and Mid-Atlantic native is a great accent plant. It is a host plant for monarch butterfly larva and helps increase the biodiversity on a green roof.
  • Bigelowia nuttallii
    Showy yellow flowers are borne high above tuft-like foliage. A very drought tolerant North American Native, with a lasting bloom. Tolerates some shade.
  • Buchloe dactyloides
    Commonly known as Buffalo Grass, this Short North American Native mat- forming grass has fine grey-green foliage topped with small seed heads in summer.
  • Campanula rotundifolia
    A North American Native commonly used on European green roofs. Needs some shade and water.
  • Carex flacca
    Semi-evergreen blue-green grass. Use as an accent or slow-growing ground cover for foliage.
  • Cylindropuntia imbricata
    This hardy North American cactus can be used to add height and structure to a green roof.
  • Dianthus arenarius
    Fragrant, feathery white flowers and slender grass-like green foliage.
  • Dianthus carthusianorum
    Bright magenta blooms on tall blue-green stems. Narrow grass-like green-blue foliage is clump forming.
  • Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Bikovo’
    This is not your typical Geranium. Green foliage turns red in fall before dormancy. Flowers are pink.
  • Heuchera americana
    This eastern North American Native is grown for its beautiful foliage. It is an accent plant that will tolerate more shade than many other green roof plants.

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