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Succulents lushly cover the pool shed in Sherman Oaks, California. Photograph by Flower to the People; design by Comfort Zones Garden Design

[sidebar]Over-the-top planting schemes are aesthetically and environmentally savvy. They save energy. They reduce runoff. And they’re beautiful—like living tapestries. [/sidebar]

Plant a rooftop; change your life. That’s Pamela Berstler’s mission. By converting conventional heat-generating roofs into energy- saving ecosystems where succulents and wildflowers flourish, the West Los Angeles-based landscape designer hopes to transform the local landscape, one green roof at a time. A partner with her husband Alex Stevens in Flower to the People, Berstler designs green roofs for residential clients. She believes homeowners should emulate the green building industry and plant eco-friendly rooftops that absorb and filter storm water, insulate their surroundings against extremes of heat and cold, and put oxygen back into the atmosphere. Not the least among its many benefits, an energy-efficient living roof can also be beautiful.

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