Usually, some sort of suspended wire mesh or grid, hung about 6" off of the building. These are good for vine type plants that are rooted in a planting bed at the bottom. More recently, wire mesh designs have developed to include suspended pots for growing medium, however, these require frequent watering as they tend to dry out. Nothing worse than a green wall becoming a brown wall. You can also incorporate elevated beds into the wall itself, so long as there is acess to it from the inside. My daughter grows food and herbs on facades, sometimes called a "living wall". Great idea for an urban restaurant where daily maintenance is not a problem. The wall behind the green wall needs to be a durable material that requires little maintenance, for obvious reasons.
Green walls are a great idea, both from a design perspective and energy efficiency. Very easy to do to.The best part is that is greatly improves the interior space by providing shading and absorbing heat.
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Edited by: MBALDONADO at: 8/13/2008 (11:30)
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