As NY living wall installers we work closely with our clients to design the living wall. The client has many design options to choose from. Below is a short list of considerations:

  • Color – Colorful or just one color.
  • Arrangement – straight line shapes, rounded shapes or wild.
  • Depth – plants close to the wall, larger plants that come out of the wall, or a mix.
  • Texture – the choice of plants and leave shapes greatly effects the texture of the wall.

Lets look at some examples.

Color

Here are two examples of living walls. One is very varied in it’s color. The other isn’t.

The plants in this living wall are all the same color. Green is the easiest choice but it is possible to do other single colors.

This living wall has many plants of different color.

Arrangement

The arrangement of the plants makes a large stylistic impression. Generally there are three designs:

  1. Plants arranged in formal shapes like straight lines, squares or circles.
  2. Plants arranged in informal shapes like curves.
  3. Plants arranged informally without any shape (although even here we actually pay a lot of attention where the plants go).

This living wall is arranged in formal shapes. In this case it is squares but it could just as easily be triangles or circles.

This living wall has plants arranged in informal shapes where the shapes are natural.

This living wall is arranged informally. The plants are carefully placed to give an informal but balanced look.

Depth

Depending on whether the plants hug the wall or trail out into the room the living wall will have different effects. Of course you can have a mix to create nice contracts.

This living wall has a mix of different depths. It has more larger plants that trail out.

This living wall stays flat against the wall. This is best for high traffic areas.

Texture

Some plants have small trailing leaves, other plants have large clumped leaves. And there are thousands of variations in between. Choosing the plants for this criteria can influence how the overall living wall looks.

 

This living wall was designed with large leafy plants.

In contrast this wall was designed with small leaf plants and grasses. It has a much more wispy feel than the leafy wall above.

Lets look at the design considerations again:

  • Color – Colorful or just one color.
  • Arrangement – straight line shapes, rounded shapes or wild.
  • Depth – plants close to the wall, larger plants that come out of the wall, or a mix.
  • Texture – the choice of plants and leave shapes greatly effects the texture of the wall.

For example after looking at different living walls a client might ask for:

  • Color – Shades of green.
  • Arrangement – Mostly wild with some grouping of plants.
  • Depth – variegated.
  • Texture – mixed texture – large and small leaves.

From those guidelines we would design a wall that looks like this:

This living wall is mostly wild with some species arranged together. The color scheme is mostly green with hints of dark.