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.

Exotic Penthouse Vertical Garden

 

Davis Dalbok and his keen team from Living Green created a vertical garden masterpiece for a penthouse garden overlooking lively downtown San Francisco. This wildly imaginative collection of succulents, grasses, ferns and others delightfully frames a gilded centerpiece.

The vertical garden infrastructure consists of an array of Florafelt Vertical Planters that allow for the creative use of many types of plants that are artfully adjusted and sculpted throughout its life.

Florafelt Vertical Garden by Living Green San Francisco.

Birds Of Prey Vertical Garden

Davis Dalbok of San Francisco’s over-the-top garden design group Living Green created a stunning masterpiece for the 2013 Decorators Showcase. Entitled ‘Birds Of Prey’ the walls were filled with grasses, conifers, and Maples to frame fine Japanese works of art also displayed in the outdoor courtyard.

Florafelt Vertical Garden. Decor Showcase 2013. Design by Living Green.
Florafelt Vertical Garden. Decor Showcase 2013. Design by Living Green.

Dalbok and team worked closely with Chris Bribach of Plants On Walls to incorporate his Florafelt vertical garden system. The space create a ‘living room’ as well as a partition to screen the neighbors.

San Francisco Designer Showcase 2012

How can an elegant, traditional entrance to a stately San Francisco home, be re-imagined to be greener and more welcoming, if not otherworldly? Living Green, partnering with Plants On Walls to create a southern exposed vertical melange of succulents and coppery oxalis that morphs into a private shady fern grotto, was part of the solution. Add the pristine white marble floors that one would find in a rajah’s palace or in the fabled Moroccan Casbah Tamador, that the late and great maestro, Luciano tempo, so skillfully restored. Throw in fantastical light fixtures, created by non other than the Luciano himself, and a pair of stunningly beautiful elephants to welcome the weary traveler. Enter The Casbah!

Davis Dalbok, Living Green Design. Decorator Showcase 2012. Florafelt System.
Davis Dalbok, Living Green Design. Decorator Showcase 2012. Florafelt System.
Davis Dalbok, Living Green Design. Decorator Showcase 2012. Florafelt System.
Davis Dalbok, Living Green Design. Decorator Showcase 2012. Florafelt System.
Davis Dalbok, Living Green Design. Decorator Showcase 2012. Florafelt System.
Davis Dalbok, Living Green Design. Decorator Showcase 2012. Florafelt System.

Video: Designing with Florafelt

Chris Bribach of Plants On Walls and Davis Dalbok of Living Green team up to create a dramatic living wall for the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2012. A stunning floating wall of Florafelt Vertical Garden Planters welcomes visitors, first with an array of succulents, both fiery and vibrant, that feather into a serene and shady fern grotto at the entrance. Chris demonstrates how plants are root-wrapped and inserted into felt pockets while Davis explains how the design is arranged to delight with a lush and dazzling visual first impression. Located at the distinguished Hellman Mansion in Pacific Heights, this one-month show features San Francisco’s most prominent and talented designers. Learn how to create your own vertical garden at www.PlantsOnWalls.com.