Welcome to The Morton Arboretum's Rooftop Garden
Each element in this garden demonstrates our commitment to energy efficiency, reducing our carbon footprint, and beautifying the world.
Why plant a garden on a roof?
High tech. Low impact.
Survival on the Roof
Stonecrops, also known by their botanical names: Sedum and Hylotephium, are perennial succulents with thick, water-storing leaves and ground-hugging growth habits. The 400 or so species of stonecrops come in diverse colors and often produce vivid flowers. Their real attraction, however, is their carefree nature and tolerance for drought.
Autumn Fire Showy Stonecrop
(Hylotelephim spectabile 'Autumn Fire')
|Purple Emperor Stonecrop
(Sedum 'Purple Emperor')
|A blooming cactus that grows in Chicago? Yes! Opuntia humifusa is a low-growing hardy perennial that can tolerate northern Illinois winters. Recognize it by its low, flattened pads and showy, satin-yellow flowers in late spring.|
Note: The Garden is not accessible for public viewing but is utilized for participants in education and horticulture programs.