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Which plants are best for a low maintenance container garden on a roof terrace?

My roof terrace is in London, England.
I lead a busy life with long work days and frequent short trips away from home so need some suggestions for plants that won't need frequent TLC to stay in good shape.


This is likely to be a windy site, and you'll need plants that can put up with this without the need for regular watering. Low-growing Mediterranean plants should be fine. I'd try Euphorbia myrsinites and sempervivums in shallow pans filled with gritty compost. You can also use lavenders, rosemaries (especially the prostrate kinds) and sages, but these will need at least some watering, when you can manage it. For something a bit bigger, a dwarf pine (Pinus mugo) and/or a prostrate juniper could work well.

Answered by Andrew Mikolajski from United Kingdom, Long Buckby, in August 2010.

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