Living Walls

Make your walls come alive!

The rise of biophilic design, bringing natural elements into interior spaces, is changing the way interior public spaces are designed; productivity and wellness are positively impacted by adding natural elements to a space. Whether it is a preserved moss wall, a planted living wall, the audible bubbling of a water source, access to naturally lit spaces, air movement, or designing with elements that reference nature, more and more, spaces are being created or redesigned to more healthfully host people in spaces.

We work with a variety of different natural materials and living wall systems.

We install and design modular living wall systems.

We collaborate with growers to design full contained living wall systems (for larger spaces).

We entertain commissions to create new sculptural living art forms.

Want Integrated Plantscapes to put a living wall in your business?

What plants can grow in a vertical green wall system?

Many plants used in interior plantscape designs can be utilized in living wall compositions; your space will be assessed using our criteria to evaluate the existing natural light or the need for supplemental lighting, environmental humidity, average temperature or nearness to outside doors or vents, and surface material to which the wall will be mounted. Plants have a range of tolerance in which they can live, and it is our desire to select plants that don’t just survive, but thrive. Our design team has the knowledge and experience to design groupings of plant species by moisture and light preferences.

The design of your space and how the space is utilized is paramount in our process. The plants and the overall design of the wall should enhance, be a focal point, and a piece of art that gives character and meaning to both employees and visitors. Living wall compositions can use color in foliage, to create movement and draw the eye around the whole design similarly to framed fine art. We take advantage of foliage color and texture, volume and growing habit to paint with plants.

What is the benefit of a living green wall system?

There are numerous benefits to consider before installing a living wall:

They bring brightness, visual interest, and soften sound. They improve overall health by producing clean air and humidity in a space, and create a heightened sense of well-being. Studies have shown that psychological health is positively impacted by being in a space with live plants and natural elements like moss, wood, water sources, and spaces that can express the movement of air. Designing with these elements in mind is using called biophilic design. (These design principles are at work in places where healing, learning, work and play is happening.)

What are plants that grow on living walls called?

Plants that grow on living walls are components in a live wall system, or grid, or could be called elements of vertical growing or vertical gardens. The system within which they are growing varies; grow pots that draw water through the base of their container, plants planted directly in a growing medium, plants grown in a fiber based pocket.

What are the best plants for vertical green wall?

The best plants for any vertical green wall are the plants best selected for the environment in which the wall is located. Plants will be matched with the environmental conditions in which the vertical green wall is situated. Interior Plantscapers know which plants have a greater tolerance and are more robust in a variety of conditions. When natural light and air flow are compromised, there are ways through supplemental lighting to overcome some of the difficulties.

What is a green facade?

A green facade is a building face that has been greened through the the installation of structures that support growth of climbing plants that grow up and across the exterior walls of a buildings. Plants can be installed in grown in garden beds at ground level, or from a vertical living wall system installed at various levels both on the exterior and interior of the structure.

Can we have an outdoor vertical living wall for our office building?

Each living green wall is designed for a specific project and environment, and all walls are uniquely different.
The type of plants that will thrive in an interior environment are different from what is used in an outdoor setting. Tropical plants from southern climate zones are used in interior vertical gardens. Plants selected for exterior living walls are based on the geographic climate zone of your building’s location. Also, considering that in winter months the plants, naturally will go dormant, seasonal aesthetic options are presented through the design process.

Will you provide a plan list for living plant walls?

When we present our design for your living plant wall, we will identify and give a brief description of each plant, and a listing of the plants in the composition. We’d like you to get to know your plants, like new friends in your space, even though your horticulturalist will be caring for them; many people enjoy getting to know the plants so much that they acquire the same plants in their home that they’ve enjoyed in their workspace.

Can living green wall systems qualify for LEED points?

The implementation the of low water usage and efficient irrigation necessary with living green wall systems, both exterior and interior, increases LEED points.

How is a living wall different than a landscaped office area

A living wall is impactful, creating a living focal, similarly to a piece of framed fine art, or a commissioned mural. It is uniquely designed for the aesthetic of your space and how you use it. The plants in the wall act as a whole, with movement, light and dark areas in the composition, with highlight colors and fine details in fronds, or foliage patterning. Your space is used more efficiently when you choose to have a vertical garden, or a living wall—the plants are concentrated in one area that is highly visible, and would be well utilized in an entry space, or a gathering space.

When your space is landscaped with containers, with plants in corners, atop furniture and acting as room dividers, they feel more like an aspect of the furniture design. They are components of office life, that support and enhance, and yet are less visible and act to enrich the space behind the scenes.

Do you combine interior green walls with interior landscaping jobs?

Green walls and interior landscaping go hand in hand; the plantscape is designed to consider the purpose of different spaces. Green plants with dynamic foliage soften the edges near a bookshelf, or in a hallway; a living wall makes a beautiful focal point in an area where guests are received, or employees dine or relax. Each plantscape has unique needs and special features that is well served by different elements, whether they are a living wall system or a flowering plant on a reception desk.

How often do you visit a living wall system to maintain the plants?

Following the install of your living wall system, your personal horticulturist will visit weekly to ensure your new plants have acclimated to your space. It’s important to remember that these plants have undergone a significant environmental shift on their way to your space: from the sun and humidity of Florida or Southern California, they were wrapped and shipped in a dark climate-controlled truck, arriving at our greenhouse where they were received warmly with a quick polish, and a healthy tonic—prepped and ready to come to their forever home. Once your transition is complete, your horticulturalist will transition to a bi-weekly plant maintenance schedule.

Can we have flowering plants in a living wall system?

Available light is a is a significant concern when choosing the plants for your living wall; it is even more important if you would like to have flowering plants in your design. Plants that flower take more light, and the light needs will need to be assessed with a light meter at the time of the sales call. Some of the plants we like to use in our designs is: Guzmania Bromeliads, Neo Regelia Bromeliads, Phalaenopsis Orchids, and Anthurium, Kalanchoe, Poinsettia, of various colors. Supplemental lighting can be installed if need be.