Large Cypress Trees
Lavender and Rosemary
Mixed Wild Planting
Trailing and High Level Planting
Handbuilt and Bonsai Trees
This is another part of the same Far East project as the earlier dusk picture, with a series of stepped walls going up to around 7m from the ground. The job isn’t quite complete in this picture, the final version continues top right to ‘lose the neighbour’. In a non-violent way, of course…
This is a divider on the roof between two mews houses. It runs between two old chimney stacks which we also covered. It’s unusual to plant something all round like this with a living wall – it’s weirdly three dimensional!
Another basement courtyard, this time open to the weather. The client wanted the wall to look like it had been there for ages. We left holes all the way to the backing and filled them with our fake sheet moss. It works really well, looks very 3D, and is equally effective on a flat roof.
A proper indoor wall, laced with non-UV stuff that’s nice and wild looking, we do quite a few like these for swimming pools and gyms as well. Often as a kindness to other people in the gym – not sure I’d like to look at myself in a mirror either…
This is a very London problem, narrow steps where our usual living wall depth would eat into the access – so we make an extra-shallow wall, which involves a whole lot of fiddly cutting and bad language from the building elves. Looks good, though.
This is an early ‘hybrid’ living wall. The client, a lovely but mildly impatient person, had a natural wall installed late in the year. It was mostly mud with little bits of greenery and he didn’t want to stare at it till the spring – so we added greenery and flowers which, in time, the plants grew through and covered. Result: happiness!
A good example of how skim-lighting a living wall can make it look even more 3D than usual – if you look carefully there’s a recess halfway up on the right to allow access to some switching. This is our classic outdoor wall mix used indoors, with a few extra goodies added for texture. Looks like a nice place to work!
This is (or was) a coal-hole, with a glazed pavement light above in sunny SW6. There’s only about 70cm between the sliding doors and the wall, too small to go out, so we extended the planting across the floor as well! The white geraniums added to the classic wall really work nicely.
Just showing off here! A series of 3m curved half pillars covered in living wall, a flat section above to 6m, leading on to a group of 5m cypress trees. All spot-lit at dusk to boot! A couple of 40 foot containers of stuff were made up here, disassembled, shipped halfway round the world - and then put back together like a ship in a bottle by our talented team of elves.
This is fun – we don’t get the chance to do many ‘before and after’ pictures. The live (....) wall had suffered the usual lack of TLC plus hard water problems. A lot of London ones do. I think they’d had two goes at reviving it before they gave up and called us!
Outdoor Living Walls