A photograph of a sunny roof garden with purple flowers and tall grasses. The sky is pale blue, and a building is visible in the background.

Images: Alia Horvath

Rooftop Meadow in Bloom

17 Aug 2022

We love returning to our rooftop meadow at Wheaton Town Center, installed two years ago with a mix of predominantly native ornamental grasses and flowering perennials. 

Home to Montgomery County Parks and Planning, the meadow is a showcase of sustainability. The green roof is located above a two-story lobby, prominently visible from a conference room, and is one of three on this LEED Platinum Certified project. 

A photograph of a bee amidst purple flowers on a green roof.

The pollinator-friendly plants in this meadow include:

  • Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage) – popular with the bees throughout the Summer, this plant thrives on sunny urban rooftops.
  • Coreopsis verticillata ‘Moonbeam’ (Threadleaf Coreopsis) – while not the most popular plant among pollinators, this eastern United States plant is dependable, blooms for a long season, and attracts a wide variety of bees.
  • Allium – a reliable, clump-forming, bulbous perennial plant. 
  • Echinacea purpurea – native to North America, we selected red and orange cultivars, which we expect to revert to purple after a few years.
  • Dalea purpurea (Purple Prairie Clover) – sought-after by the bees, this prairie native thrives in dry, windy environments, like our rooftops! 

A photograph of a sunny green roof, with meadow style planting. A variety of purple, red, yellow, and white flowers are visible amongst lots of greenery. The top of a building is out of focus in the background.

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