|Living Walls are a great, ecologically friendly architectural addition to any building|
|Green Screen trellising system screens a refuse collection area|
Unfortunately, the plants used here were not native Florida evergreen vines but rather somewhat aggressive horticultural non-native species. Substitutions with native species such as coral honeysuckle, Lonicera sempervirens (an evergreen) or Carolina jessamine, Gelsemium sempervirens (another evergreen vine) with beautiful yellow flowers would have added to the biodiversity and provided amazing habitat and beauty.
However I am not knocking the design. Any vertical green in the urban core has its benefits, from cooling urban heat island effect to cleaning stormwater and air.
|Living walls add an interesting architectural twist to design|
|Living walls create beauty and shade|
The important idea is to use and integrate plants in urban settings. The more vertical green, the more benefits. Trees also, as we are well aware, can be utilized to create visually interesting architectural points.
|Palms as a center piece in the Town Center design|
|Palms are used to create visual height here along this walkway|
On a more limited scale, vertical green systems can be created by the homeowner for a fraction of the cost of more expensive commercial systems and incorporate recycling into the process.
The photo below depicts an example where old chain link fence was used on a vertical wall section below a green roof. The chain link fencing is quite strong and will provide a trellis system capable of supporting most vines.
|Chain link fencing used to create a living wall trellis system|
Remember, adding vertical green to the urban core has many ecological benefits. It is always good to see projects such as Jacksonville's Town Center incorporate vertical use of plants into the architectural and landscape design.