Exploring Color and Contrast

Monet would be proud. Living Green Design is a noted San Francisco firm that, in their words, “takes a unique approach to garden design that crosses borders, styles and trends.” Their folks believe strongly that interior design, plantscapes and style should all connect to the exterior garden seamlessly. A vertical garden was an ideal way to incorporate this concept of unified indoor and outdoor living.

Davis Dalbok, founder and principal designer, and Brandon Pruett, who specializes in creating multi-dimensional vertical living walls, installed a large, 20×10-foot vertical garden at their San Francisco showroom.

Davis Dalbok, Brandon Pruett. Living Green Design Showroom.
Davis Dalbok, Brandon Pruett. Living Green Design Showroom.

They filled the Florafelt system with a vibrant textural feast of ferns, grasses, yellow oxalis and even trees − Japanese maple!

Oxalis is especially versatile when “painting” a vertical garden: besides yellow, the profuse flowers are available in pink, purple and white, and their foliage adds even more color and texture: chartreuse, purple, maroon, silver, purple-black, speckled combos and more.

Davis Dalbok, Brandon Pruett. Living Green Design Showroom.
Davis Dalbok, Brandon Pruett. Living Green Design Showroom.

Oxalis also thrives in part shade and likes well-drained, moist soil. Reliable up to zone 5, the plants can be treated as perennials in warmer climes; they’ll need overwintering inside if grown in climates like the Midwest, or they can be treated as annuals.

Davis says the garden is a hit. “When clients enter, they are so impressed by the diversity of plant material, and the sheer scale, that they almost always begin to figure out how they might incorporate something similar into their home or office. Most of the ambient natural light comes from skylights above, so this garden provides the perfect opportunity to ‘zone’ the placement of plants in the overall design, demonstrating how one can achieve a successful installation by addressing all of the particulars.”

Davis Dalbok, Living Green Design. Decorator Showcase 2013.
Davis Dalbok, Brandon Pruett, Living Green Design. Decorator Showcase 2013.

Plant materials for their showroom were repurposed from the 2013 Decorator Showcase in Pacific Heights San Francisco. Birds of prey was the title of this exhibition that featured grasses and conifers, maples and ferns.

All plants which are not typical to vertical gardening but were a total transformation of this enclosed space to a lush landscape of lore.

The Living Green team continues to delight and amaze with their unique vision that delivers an experience to be remembered.

Aquaponic Vertical Vegetable Garden

Florafelt Wall Planters are employed to grow a variety of vegetables at a sustainable future farming concept greenhouse. The entire vertical garden system was supplied by Eden Green Walls for the Humble By Nature’s Solar Aquaponic Greenhouse in Wye Valley, UK.

Aquaponics by Kate Humble, Humble by Nature UK.
Aquaponics by Kate Humble, Humble by Nature UK.

Led by Kate Humble, Aquaponics UK are providing technical expertise to explore sustainable food growing techniques using aquaculture, farming fish, and hydroponics with few inputs and many, high value outputs. The goal is to recycle the nutrient rich water into soil-less vegetable production filtering the water in the process so it can be constantly reused.

Aquaponics Greenhouse by Kate Humble, Humble by Nature, UK.
Aquaponics Greenhouse by Kate Humble, Humble by Nature, UK.

This passive solar greenhouse is designed to house a productive, edible ecosystem which is also combined with a variety of other complementary farming techniques such as producing fish and poultry food from insects, growing mushrooms from used coffee grounds and growing poultry, fed from by-products of the system.

Florafelt Vertical Garden Aquaponics by Kate Humble, Humble by Nature UK.
Florafelt Vertical Garden Aquaponics by Kate Humble, Humble by Nature UK.

Chris and Gary’s Vertical Garden

Florafelt 12-Pocket Vertical Garden Planted with Succulents by Chris Bribach, Plants On Walls.
Florafelt 12-Pocket Vertical Garden Planted with Succulents by Chris Bribach, Plants On Walls.

Chris and Gary used a 12-Pocket Florafelt Vertical Garden Planter to create an easy care succulent display for their San Francisco balcony. Succulents are great for saving water and can be hand watered weekly.

The design by Chris Bribach of Plants On Walls incorporated earthy tones to blend with the natural wood siding. Then incorporated a base of green on the edges to give definition. Use of trailers let it hang down wile other succulents will reach upward.

The Florafelt 12-Pocket Planter is 32 inches wide and 24 inches tall. The felt pockets are pre-stapled to a lightweight plastic board that has nylon tabs on the top corners. Simply hung from deck screws.

Succulents are a great way to learn vertical gardening if you have the right conditions. First you’ll need lots of bright light and no frost conditions. Best for our more arid states and continents. Chris and Gary use a hand pumped pressure sprayer to water once a week and also rinse off the plants. Succulents like to go nearly dry between waterings. They are so easy you even place a cutting in soil and they will root and grow.

For their design each pocket receives a felt wrapped wrap grouping of plants. In this case two 4 inch potted plants are placed into each pocket. By arranging pairs or groupings a more detailed flow can be created.

Chris Bribach demonstrates how use Florafelt Root Wraps to create a succulent display.

Vividly Succulent Vertical Garden

Dany Rojany of Bella Casa in Venice Beach, California created graphic designs that mimic the architecture with living succulents. The designs were created using Florafelt planters attached to a chain link support. The design was continued on both sides of this living fence above the interior courtyard water feature.

Florafelt vertical garden by Bella Casa, Venice Beach, California. Photo: Jeff Higginbotham
Florafelt vertical garden by Bella Casa, Venice Beach, California. Photo: Jeff Higginbotham
Florafelt vertical garden by Bella Casa, Venice Beach, California. Photo: Jeff Higginbotham
Florafelt vertical garden by Bella Casa, Venice Beach, California. Photo: Jeff Higginbotham
Florafelt vertical garden by Bella Casa, Venice Beach, California. Photo: Jeff Higginbotham
Florafelt vertical garden by Bella Casa, Venice Beach, California. Photo: Jeff Higginbotham
Florafelt vertical garden by Bella Casa, Venice Beach, California. Photo: Jeff Higginbotham
Florafelt vertical garden by Bella Casa, Venice Beach, California. Photo: Jeff Higginbotham

Garden On The Go

Students at Findley Elementary School learn about the benefits of #greenwalls using the Florafelt Vertical Garden System.

Vertical Garden Stars in Jessica Alba Home

Certain Hollywood stars are well-known for their passion for the environment, including actress Jessica Alba, who lives and breathes it. This celebrity advocate proves that each of us can make a major contribution right in our own homes and in our daily lives.

Many folks don’t realize that Ms. Alba is also the founder of The Honest Company, an eco-friendly line of home and baby products that celebrates healthy living. So when it came time to give her Beverly Hills home a makeover, naturally she went eco-friendly there too and included a Florafelt vertical garden.

Jessica opted for a hearty mix of succulents that are low maintenance and, most importantly, require little water in their drought-prone habitat.

Along with chemical-free paint, PVC-free vinyl chairs and finding many of her furnishings on Craigslist, Jessica proves that eco-friendly living is stylish and sustainable.

Twin Peaks Vertical Garden

Living walls inspire people the world over!  Here’s another great review:

“You’d be surprised at the number of positive comments and questions I get regarding the wall. We live at the top of Twin Peaks in a heavily touristed area due to the dramatic views of the city. There’s not a week that goes by where a few people don’t stop and ask how the garden works, many of them from foreign countries. I installed the automatic watering and feeding systems just as explained from the web site, so I’m able to say it is the easiest part of the garden for upkeep. Thanks again for the great product.”

– R. K. of San Francisco.

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A Lively Reception

Designer Michael Stephan of Rainforest Plants uses two double-sided free-standing Florafelt Recirc units to create a lively reception area for a Downtown San Francisco startup.

Tropical Oasis

Florafelt vertical garden planters create a tropical paradise for this backyard oasis in Doral, Florida.

Luscious Shade Vertical Garden

Designers at Living Green explore color and contrast combining Japanese maple, ferns, grasses, and oxalis in the Florafelt system at their San Francisco showroom. http://livinggreen.com/

Florafelt Vertical Garden by Living Green San Francisco. Florafelt.com

Florafelt Vertical Garden by Living Green San Francisco. Florafelt.com

Florafelt Vertical Garden by Living Green San Francisco. Florafelt.com