Landscape designer Lindsey Graves of Living Green Design, San Francisco adds a striking mix of bromeliads and succulents to the entryway of a fabulous Pacific Heights home. Floating above a reflecting pool, the living wall turns an interesting architectural feature into a stylized celebration of earth and water, nature’s most harmonious elements. The living wall planting grid assembles quickly using the Florafelt Pro System.
Once planted, Lindsey artfully added mosses to create fully filled lush living wall. Details are added to create this stunning living masterpiece.
Pro System Living Wall Installation
Lindsey Graves of Living Green Design used the Florafelt Pro System to create this living wall installation. Stainless steel grids were mounted to the wall then the water shield is inserted. For this install a custom recirculation system was added to use water from the pond below. Florafelt Grow Strip is then woven in then Florafelt Root Wrapped plants are added.
Grids are mounted to this stucco wall using stainless steel clips that are attached to the wall. First a concrete bit is used to create a hole in the concrete. Then the Tapcon screws go right in.
An irrigation tubing Tee is attached to the top edge of the grid using zip ties. A 3/8″ hole in the tubing is located at the top center of each row. Open holes are used with recirculating systems. Do not use drip emitters when you make a recirculating system.
The irrigation tubing is connected to the pump that is located directly below the living wall and inside the tank. The electrical connection for this install is located behind the wall. A large hole was drilled so the plug from the pump can fit. The main power and timer is located in the utility space behind the wall.
Florafelt Grow Strip
Weave the Grow Strip into the wire grids. Start at the top then tuck the felt into each opening to create pockets. Use a measuring guide to set each pocket at the same height.
Ready to Plant
The system is fully felted with irrigation in place. Once the pond is filled the living wall will be irrigated daily for 30 minutes.
Plants are wrapped and inserted into the pockets. Plants here were are also added to the top to fill in the top edge.
Lindsey’s artful eye arranged the plants in a flowing pattern to create a natural sense of how plants might grow in the wild. The succulents were arranged by gradient to add further depth. This mix of bromeliads, succulents and orchids all like dry roots which make for a good combination with similar watering needs. Later he filled in around the plants with moss and telanzias to create a finishing touch .