Hundreds of plants create a vibrant, thrilling welcome to a custom home designed by Fani Hansen Architects. Located in San Rafael, California, this amazing installation has been thriving for a full year with very little maintenance. Created from Florafelt Pockets and installed by Chris Bribach of Plants on Walls, the plants were selected for the indoor lighting and have become a harmonious garden.
Explore how you can include architectural details that bring so many plants into your life. Florafelt Pockets are easy to integrate into your designs. Simply plan for a water source that irrigates from the top and a drain tray for excess water. Or you can use a tank, pump, and timer to create a recirculating system.
Holiday Cheer that Keeps Giving
Enjoy a beautiful living wall that lives on. Mix color florals with pine branches to create a cheerful holiday display. Then change it up next year to explore year-round seasonal combinations. This beautiful holiday inspired design was created by Janet Kimber of Plant Walls Canada in Toronto using the Florafelt Compact Kit.
The living wall integrates with the water catchment system
“Thanks Plants On Walls for all your help. Love your Florafelt product. Our Florafelt Pockets living wall is filling in nicely. Building this atrium was my retirement project and took a year to complete. All of the plants are irrigated with collected rain water and fed using Koi pond water. The off-grid water system makes this ideal project for Southern California.”
– Jack Barkley
A wall of plants is more than a beautiful home feature. It’s an entire community of living things. Together they have a life of their own and create a distinct personality. The leaves grow and move every day, creating a subtle but distinct change. It’a living ecosystem that’s complex and rich, and that’s why they draw our attention.
Getting to Know Your Vertical Garden
Touching your plants lets you know your living wall better. You can feel the raw power of life in each leaf. Interacting with plants reminds of the miracle of living things. Getting to know your living wall will also make the plants healthier and happier. For example, wiping leaves removes dust so they can breath easier. The surface of leaves absorb carbon dioxide from our breath and converts it to oxygen, which helps us breathe easier too.
Plants Give Back
Plants bring huge joy. We love potted plants in our homes and offices, but it’s magnified with an entire wall. We spend most of our time indoors, so a vertical garden is a reminder of how important nature is for our well-being. It feels like an open window and lets us experience nature every day.
Inspiring Green Design
This living wall is designed by the architect and owners of this Noe Valley San Francisco home. With their construction team, they created a waterproof alcove with floor drains. An inset plywood surface was waterproofed with rubber pond liner, and Florafelt Pocket Panels were mounted using deck screws. Irrigation tubing was added at the top, and water slowly drips to each plant. Full-spectrum LED lighting provides perfect light levels. A mix of philodendrons and others are were added to create dramatic green sweeps with subtle textures. Over the years, the plants were rearranged, and new species introduced. The Florafelt Pockets and Wraps system makes it easy to sculpt this well-loved living wall.
Florafelt Pockets Make it Easy
Affordable and elegantly designed synthetic felt pockets are mounted easily to walls. Once irrigation and drainage is in place they are quickly planted to provide you with an instant living experience.
Population Hair Salon on Divisadero Street in San Francisco (NOPA area) asked Plants On Walls to create a lush green jungle experience for their hair washing area. As the clients lean their heads back they will be enveloped in the tropics. Owner, Brian approves of the installation that was completed in one day prior to their soft opening. The entire system is on self-watering drip and drains to a floor drain on the back patio.