Do you love gardening and enjoy the scent of fresh flowers, but don’t seem to find the space for exotic plants in your backyard? If you have been wondering how to create a special flowery sanctuary in your small outdoor space, wonder no more – vertical gardening is the answer.
Besides being aesthetically pleasing, vertical gardening is an economical solution to gardening in a compact space. Homes and businesses around the world use stunning displays of gardening to reach heavenward. Here are five vertical garden installations we can’t help loving.
Pont Max Juvenal
Completed in 2008, this urban installation in Aix en Provence was conceptualized in France by the father of vertical gardening, Patrick Blanc. Where a concrete vehicle bridge once stood, variegated green swaths now gracefully echo the arch of the tunnel underneath. It’s a refreshing, unexpected sight that both inspires and invigorates.
Designed and built by architect Edouard Francois, the “Tower Flower” is located in Paris, France and is a vertical continuation of an adjacent park. It contains 380 giant concrete flower pots that are embedded into each of the multi-story apartment building’s balconies. Each pot is planted with bamboo, and light filters through the green, leafy plants into the apartments. There is something retro about the architecture here, but the vertical gardening concept is utterly modern.
Vertical gardens are even featured in The Guinness World Records. The 24 storey Tree House condominium located in Bukit Timah, Singapore, has two vertical gardens on the facade of the apartment building, a stunning display of green in an urban jungle. Imagine being able to look out a window and see nothing but green? Its impact isn’t only aesthetic; the installation is expected to save more than half a million dollars a year in energy and water savings.
Located in Sydney, Australia, this living tapestry of vines and flowers stretches 500 feet high on the exterior of an apartment building. The two dozen green wall panels that cover the building have been filled with over 100,000 plants and are maintained by a special hydroponic system, which automatically waters them. Talk about living green!
Sharjah Golf Club
Not all vertical gardens are located outdoors. Created by Sundar Italian botanists, the garden in the new Sharjah Golf Club has over 26 different species of plants, and adds the final touch of luxury to an already magnificent experience. Anchored by a reflecting wall, the beautiful, lush garden truly takes this desert oasis to the next level.
Whether urban, luxurious, or state-of-the-art, vertical gardens are a delight for all. Here’s to hoping these five beautiful installations will inspire further integration of function and green living.