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Green walls from around the world
4/27/2011

Each vertical garden is a unique wall composition of various types of plants that has to take into account the specific surroundings of the place in which it is created. In order to guarantee that the various plants are suited to each other, the immediate and microclimate, the sunlight, and the surrounding context all have to be considered in the plans. It is not only the colorful interplay between the plants on a “green wall” that is fascinating, but also the appearance of the wall itself, which changes daily.

The plants used for the vertical gardens by Vertical Garden Design are sourced from various climate zones throughout the world, for the most part what are known as “lithophytes” (from the Greek for stone ‘lithos’, and plant ‘phyton’). These can grow on rocks, branches, and tree trunks without being rooted in the ground. Among other things these climbing plants have the enormous advantage of their roots acting as excellent natural drainage on the wall.

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The plants for a 'vertical garden' can be found all over the world, sometimes in the most remote regions or the harshest clima zones | Photo © Stylepark
The plants for a 'vertical garden' can be found all over the world, sometimes in the most remote regions or the harshest clima zones | Photo © Stylepark
Lofoten is a Norwegian group of islands in the North Atlantic, well above the Arctic Circle. Nevertheless, here are some geraniums species that are well suited for vertical gardens
Also at high altitudes in the Peruvian Andes, many bromeliad species are based
Fascicularia bicolor originates in Chile and belongs to the family of bromeliads. Here pictured in Parque da Pena, Portugal
Peperomias, seen in Peru
The featured plant is a Matthiola incana (Brassicaceae). Found in a natural area of the costal stretch of Costa Brava in Catalunya
Davallia canariensis (a fern). These plants need a medium-bright location out of direct sunlight
Artemisia in Grand Canyon, USA
The rugged landscape of Les Calanques during springtime
Capparis in the High Atlas mountains of Morrocco
The tropical Andes host an incredible diversity of plants. Just a few of these need fertile soil. Plenty of them only need waxy rocks, or trees to grow onto
At an altitude of 3850 meters at the Lake Andes Chinancochain these bromeliads are to find. The lake is close to the Nevado Huascaran, the highest mountain in Peru of 6768 meters height
Serra de Sintra is located next to the Atlantic, some 30km west of Lisbon city centre. Here are among other plants, the ferns Davallie Canariensis
A Lavandula stoechas that recently started to flower in Cap de Creus, Spain
Moss plants on a stony, wet ground can be found in many countries around the world. Here in Italy
Wayqecha is a cloud forest research station on the eastern slopes of the Andes. There are several fuchsias that work great on a wall
Mosses and lichens cover almost every available surface of the deeper forests of the eastern Andes
On the south coast of France, between Marseille and Cassis, lies the Massif des Calanques. The calanques are geological formations with some similarities to a fjord. The pictured Iris germanica (Irideae) has a dramatic lookout over the water below
Most of the green mat on this picture is Tradescantia fluminensis (Commelinaceae), also called God's eyes - seen in Portugal
Davallia Canariensis in Portugal

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